The Uganda Experience
Gorillas | Chimpanzees | Wildlife | Culture
Hosted by Jay + Brandi
If you are like us, I am sure you have always dreamt of the moment you can come up close and personal with the majestic Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat. Considered one of the most exclusive wildlife encounters in Africa, this experience is sure to get you giddy!
Our adventure begins in Entebbe, a town on the peninsula of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria, where we will rest up for the night in Entebbe’s most luxurious hotel, simply known as Hotel No. 5.
The next morning we set off for an early flight to Kidepo National Park, an untapped 560 sq mile National Park home to the big 4 (no rhino). While in Kidepo we will have the entire 560 sq miles to ourselves, taking over its only lodge - Apoka. For three nights, we get to explore this untouched gem, its abundance of wildlife, and the endangered local mountain tribe that calls it home.
The chimps are calling, and we must now fly to Kibale National Park. One of only a handful of places to see habituated chimpanzees in the wild anywhere in the world. We spend two nights at Primate Lodge, with a two to three hour trek in search of the chimps in their natural habitat. We have also included an authentic Ugandan lunch at a local homestead in Kibale.
Finally, the highlight of this entire trip - The Gorilla Trek! We take a six hour drive through Uganda’s country side to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, staying at one of its most exclusive property’s - Sanctuary’s Gorilla Forest Camp for two nights. After resting up for the night, we set out on foot to search for the mountain gorillas through the rainforest. The trek can take up to 7 hours depending where the particular gorilla family we are trekking is located - their positions change throughout the day.
On the final morning, we fly back to Entebbe and prepare for our departure back to the US.
The gorilla trek can take up to 7 hours through varied terrain. It is a rainforest so there are chances of rain and mud. The length of the trek depends on the location of the particular gorilla family we are following.
Seeing the gorillas is not guaranteed, but there is a 90% chance of seeing them.
We only get about 1 hour with the gorillas once found - this is regulated.
A gorilla encounter can be as close as them coming to touch you.
Gorilla permits are $600 per person per trek. We have included one trek.
A max of 8 people per gorilla family is allowed. So, we are likely going to split up into two groups, trekking with other guests.
The chimpanzee trek can take between 2 and 3 hours, and can also be strenuous. Since they are in the wild, you will be on foot in search of them and not guaranteed.
Per person/sharing - NO SINGLE ROOM OPTION
9Days / 8 Nights
1 night - Hotel No. 5 - Entebbe
3 nights - Apoka Lodge - Kidepo National Park
2 nights - Primate Lodge - Kibale Forest
2 nights - Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Getting up close and personal to our closest ancestors - Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees. One of Africa’s most powerful wildlife encounters!
WHEN IS IT?
June 4 - June 12 2020
START / END
We start and End in Entebbe, Uganda
*price subject to change. Credit card payments are subject to 3.5% fee.