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UGANDA & GORILLAS OVERLAND

9 Days, Kampala to Jinja
UGANDA & GORILLAS OVERLAND

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Meet mountain gorillas and the other amazing wildlife on this 9-day overland adventure. Spot chimps in Kalinzu Forest and join experienced trackers while travelling deep read more...

IS THIS Yolo TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Are young at heart
    • Prefer fast-paced and budget-friendly trips
    • Want to have meaningful encounters with local people
    • Love making new friends
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 08 Nights accommodation (Participation camping (8 nts)).
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Overland truck, minibuses, walking).
  • Entrance and chimpanzee tracking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve.
  • Guided mountain gorilla trek with permits.
  • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, certified mountain gorilla trackers.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 50-70 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Kampala
Day 2 Kampala/Kalinzu Forest Reserve
Day 3 Kalinzu Forest Reserve/Lake Bunyonyi
Day 4 Lake Bunyonyi
Day 5 Lake Bunyonyi
Day 6 Lake Bunyonyi/Kampala
Day 7 Kampala/Jinja
Day 8 Jinja
Day 9 Depart Jinja/Kampala
Departures
  • Oct
    2017
  • Nov
    2017
  • Dec
    2017
  • Jan
    2018
  • Feb
    2018
  • Mar
    2018
  • Apr
    2018
  • May
    2018
  • Jun
    2018
  • Jul
    2018
  • Aug
    2018
  • Sep
    2018
  • Oct
    2018
  • Nov
    2018
  • Dec
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Mon, 23 Oct '17
  • Tue, 31 Oct '17
  • Mon, 27 Nov '17
  • Tue, 05 Dec '17
  • Mon, 18 Dec '17
  • Tue, 26 Dec '17
  • Mon, 01 Jan '18
  • Tue, 09 Jan '18
  • Mon, 15 Jan '18
  • Tue, 23 Jan '18
  • Sun, 04 Feb '18
  • Mon, 12 Feb '18
  • Sun, 18 Feb '18
  • Mon, 26 Feb '18
  • Sun, 04 Mar '18
  • Mon, 12 Mar '18
  • Sun, 18 Mar '18
  • Mon, 26 Mar '18
  • Sun, 01 Apr '18
  • Mon, 09 Apr '18
  • Sun, 08 Apr '18
  • Mon, 16 Apr '18
  • Sun, 06 May '18
  • Mon, 14 May '18
  • Sun, 10 Jun '18
  • Mon, 18 Jun '18
  • Sun, 01 Jul '18
  • Mon, 09 Jul '18
  • Sun, 08 Jul '18
  • Mon, 16 Jul '18
  • Sun, 22 Jul '18
  • Mon, 30 Jul '18
  • Sun, 05 Aug '18
  • Mon, 13 Aug '18
  • Sun, 12 Aug '18
  • Mon, 20 Aug '18
  • Sun, 26 Aug '18
  • Mon, 03 Sep '18
  • Sun, 16 Sep '18
  • Mon, 24 Sep '18
  • Sun, 30 Sep '18
  • Mon, 08 Oct '18
  • Sun, 21 Oct '18
  • Mon, 29 Oct '18
  • Sun, 28 Oct '18
  • Mon, 05 Nov '18
  • Sun, 11 Nov '18
  • Mon, 19 Nov '18
  • Sun, 25 Nov '18
  • Mon, 03 Dec '18
  • Sun, 09 Dec '18
  • Mon, 17 Dec '18
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Kampala
  • Kalinzu Forest Reserve
  • Lake Bunyonyi
  • Jinja
  • DAY 1 Arrive Kampala

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (Dinner)

  • DAY 2 Kampala/Kalinzu Forest Reserve

    Watch the Ugandan countryside pass by on the day's journey.

    Overland truck
    Kampala - Kalinzu Forest Reserve 6h 345km
    Get into the thick of the action aboard this rugged ride built with the wild in mind. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Kalinzu Forest Reserve/Lake Bunyonyi

    Get up early for an included chimpanzee tracking excursion, then tour a tea plantation before setting off for Lake Bunyonyi.

    Chimpanzee Tracking Excursion
    Kalinzu Forest Reserve
    Enjoy a chimpanzee tracking excursion through the scenic Kalinzu Forest Reserve. Trek along the ridges and valleys of the Rift Valley escarpment to visit chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Follow forest trails, which offer amazing views over the Rwenzori Mountains, Lake Edward, the Kazinga Channel, and the Congo. The Kalinzu Forest Reserve is steeped in mystery and rich with local legends. Learn about the folklore and uses of the forest from a local guide.

    Tea Plantation Visit
    Kalinzu Forest Reserve
    Walk through a tea plantation with a local guide. View multiple varietals of tea, and learn about the process of growing tea plants from the harvesting stage to what goes into making the best cup of tea.

    Overland truck
    Kalinzu Forest Reserve - Lake Bunyonyi 3h
    Get into the thick of the action aboard this rugged ride built with the wild in mind. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 4 Lake Bunyonyi

    Enjoy a one-day guided mountain gorilla trek.

    Mountain Gorilla Trek
    Lake Bunyonyi
    Take an unforgettable guided trek (1-6 hrs) deep into volcano forests for a wildlife encounter of a lifetime, and meet a family of mountain gorillas. One of Africa's major highlights, a close encounter with these amazing animals is simply breathtaking.

    Get prepared before heading out: bring plenty of water and waterproof clothing (it can rain on only a few minutes' notice), and be sure to bring protective bags for cameras and film. Dress in layers with long sleeves and long pants to protect against stinging nettles found in the forests. The trek's often chilly, at first, until you start trekking.

    Note: Ugandan authorities are fiercely protective of this natural treasure, and currently permit only a maximum of eight people, per day, to visit a given gorilla family. The group will be split into different sub-groups for the trek, and depending on the number of travellers, different sub-groups may do their trek on different days. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Lake Bunyonyi

    Enjoy free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Lake Bunyonyi.

    Free Time
    Lake Bunyonyi Full Day
    Get out and do as much or as little as you'd like around Lake Bunyonyi.

    Optional Activities
    Swimming

    Lake Bunyonyi
    Jump in and enjoy the water!

    Canoeing
    Lake Bunyonyi
    Get in a boat and enjoy paddling out into the water. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 6 Lake Bunyonyi/Kampala

    Return to the capital after a long drive. Almost to Jinja!

    Stop off at the Equator along the way to break up the drive.

    Overland truck
    Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala 12h 520km
    Get into the thick of the action aboard this rugged ride built with the wild in mind. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Kampala/Jinja

    Enjoy this town known for its outdoor and adventure activities.

    Overland truck
    Kampala - Jinja 3h 90km
    Get into the thick of the action aboard this rugged ride built with the wild in mind.

    Free Time
    Jinja Afternoon
    Get out and enjoy the adrenaline capital of Uganda.

    Optional Activities
    Quad Biking

    Jinja
    99USD per person
    Get ready for lots of fun on this exhilarating quad biking tour. Ride along the banks of the Nile River through forests and farms and past villages.

    Mabira Forest Mountain Biking
    Mabira Forest
    45USD per person 180USD per group
    Take to two wheels to see a different side of Jinja and the surrounding area. Cycle through villages and agricultural plantations to get a real of taste of rural Uganda before heading to the main forest in search of monkeys. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 8 Jinja

    Enjoy this town known for its outdoor and adventure activities.Opt to raft down the White Nile River, mountain bike up and down the hills or check out the local market.

    Free Time
    Jinja Full Day
    Get out and enjoy the adrenaline capital of Uganda.

    Optional Activities
    Mabira Forest Mountain Biking

    Mabira Forest
    45USD per person 180USD per group
    Take to two wheels to see a different side of Jinja and the surrounding area. Cycle through villages and agricultural plantations to get a real of taste of rural Uganda before heading to the main forest in search of monkeys.

    Quad Biking
    Jinja
    99USD per person
    Get ready for lots of fun on this exhilarating quad biking tour. Ride along the banks of the Nile River through forests and farms and past villages.

    Nile River Rafting
    Jinja
    115-125USD per person
    Did you know the Nile River starts here? Get out and raft it! Enjoy an exhilarating and thrilling whitewater rafting trip down Grade 5 rapids.

    Nile River Kayaking
    Jinja
    75-140USD per person
    Ride the whitewater of the Nile on a kayaking trip. Take an introductory whitewater kayaking course or dive right in with a tandem kayaking trip with an experienced guide. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Depart Jinja/Kampala

    Transfer back to Uganda's capital where the tour finishes upon arrival in the late morning.

    Book onward travel for 2pm or later.

    Shuttle
    Jinja - Kampala 2h-4h90km
    Move efficiently from point A to point B aboard this dependable ride.

    Departure Day (Activities)
    Depart on arrival to your final destination. Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 50-70 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 22 passengers, at an average there are 20 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. An essential part of your safari is participation. The group is usually divided into small groups and given different tasks which change on a day to day basis, from kitchen duty group (helping in prepare meals and clean up afterwards), the packing group (sets up all tables and chairs outside) and the cleaning group (which cleans the truck by emptying the rubbish bin and brooming). it is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your CEOs will do all the meal preparation, but we do ask the clients to help with the washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in insect nets. Mattresses are also available, which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable.

  10. Sleeping bags cannot be rented on any of our Africa overland or safari trips

  11. Travelling can be difficult, as long drives and poor road conditions are the rule as opposed to the exception in both Kenya and Uganda. This overland camping trip is about travelling to see what the region is like, and see some animals in game parks, to trek to see the mountain gorillas, along and some other sights in between. As such, we cover long distances and have long, bumpy travel days to to get to some of these amazing locations. Despite this, the diversity and scenery of the African landscape, the local culture and abundant wildlife are all well worth the experience.

  12. G Adventures can never guarantee the sighting of wildlife, especially when it comes to mountain gorillas. However, the mountain gorilla trek is organized to ensure success. Before heading into the jungle, our local guides receive coordinates from trackers on the whereabouts of the gorillas, and the trackers stay with the gorillas until the group arrives. Please note that if you are unwell with anything contagious, even a common cold, you may be denied any of the treks to ensure the safety of the gorillas and chimps. This is a national park regulation, and trekking permits will not be refunded if you are denied entrance due to illness.

  13. Visitors to Uganda should be in excellent physical condition, without any heart problems and prepared to spend strenuous days in humid rain forests, steep terrain and high altitude trekking for chimpanzee and gorillas, as well as other primates. As it is very dark in the jungle; only high speed film (ISO 400 or higher) will give good results. Those preferring to remain at base camp in Bwindi may do so, however, there is no price reduction.


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