Gorilla Trekking & African Wildlife Safari - Uganda

Gorilla Trekking & African Wildlife Safari - Uganda

Gorilla Trekking & African Wildlife Safari - Uganda

Gorilla Trekking & African Wildlife Safari - Uganda

Expedition details

Available Dates: October 2018 (Oct 2019 TBD)

Cost: USD $6500.00 Per Person*
Exclusive Privately Guided options also available

Hosted by: Alex Roldan

Maximum number of Guests: Six

Cost includes: Eight nights full-board accommodation.
Two Gorilla Treks
Chimpanzee Trekking
All safari game drive activities – including private boat cruise
All road transportation and internal flight.
Wildlife photography mentorship and post processing workshops.

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Highlights

  • Nine day Uganda expedition
  • All in country ground and air transfers inclusive
  • Two Gorilla Treks in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Your permits are included
  • Chimpanzee Treking in Kibale National Forest – Your permits are included
  • Two days Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park – including a predator tracking session.
  • Private boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Small intimate groups ensuring a more exclusive experience. (Three to six guests)
  • Exclusive Private Guiding Experience available for two to three people
  • Photography mentorship and dedicated Lightroom assistance, designed to assist you in cmpiling a well-rounded collection of images from your journey.

Disclaimer: Scheduled itinerary and activities may be subject to change due to external factors beyond our control. Every effort will be made to provide suitable alternatives where ever possible.

Overview

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda is probably one of the most rewarding and intimate wildlife experiences you can have – many people have described it as life-changing.  Imagine coming face-to-face and spending time in the company of such a noble species which displays such a high-level of intelligence and emotion… Very few experiences will compare or prepare you. There is no denying that sitting amongst wild gorillas with their searching, intelligent eyes in a face that almost reflects our own is a powerful experience.

On this incredible expedition you will join Alex Roldan, Co-founder of Earth Art Creative Expeditions. Our journey will take us through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Uganda and give you the opportunity to get close to, photograph and experience the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla.

We will be trekking and hiking in order to reach the areas where the Gorillas, Chimpanzees and other primates inhabit – so we advise that a reasonable and decent level of fitness is required as sometimes the terrain can be difficult.

The first leg of the journey will take us to Kibale, famous for its Chimpanzee population. We will embark on foot to track and locate these amazing primates in their natural habitat whilst also looking out for other species such as Colobus monkeys, Bushbabies and many more.

The middle part of the journey will not only break up the potentially lengthy walking activities, but also give the chance to witness and photograph a diverse range of African species. We will take in a private boat cruise on the Kazinga Chanel, searching for elephants and the myriad of beautifully coloured bird species which inhabit the water’s edge. From here we travel in to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, enjoying Safari game drives and also partake in predator tracking with a local research team. We will also spend some time in the southern section of the reserve looking for the famous fig-tree climbing lions.

Next, we head to Bwindi, Impenetrable Forest to spend two mornings in search of the noble Mountain Gorillas. This part of the trip will involve trekking and hiking through potentially difficult terrain but it will certainly be worthwhile as it will give a great chance of having a life-changing experiencing with this astounding, yet critically endangered species. Again, a reasonable and decent level of fitness is required.

This outstanding journey has been considered to give you an exceptional wildlife experience – giving you the opportunity to witness and photograph a diverse range of African species. Leaving you with an abundance of amazing memories and images to take home and inspire you.

Once you have booked and your place is confirmed; Alex will be in touch to talk through this amazing trip and also send you a suggested packing list.

Read more about Alex Roldan

Alex Roldan Wildlife Photographer

An avid ethologist, with a keen passion for conservation and the natural world – that’s how I would describe myself.

I have been fortunate to have trained, qualified and subsequently worked as a professional Field Guide and Ranger in various game reserves around South Africa – including the world renowned Sabi Sands.

Intrigued by textures, light, shapes and colours; I strive to let each of my images tell a story – encapsulating the character of the subject – this is the ethos behind my photography endeavour to stay true to this vision as closely as possible with each image I capture.

One of my main goals with my work as a wildlife and nature photographer has never been for personal recognition but to highlight the plight of what remains of the natural world around us. Using my passion and understanding, I aim to show more than just a fleeting moment captured but also tell a story, bringing the image alive and giving it greater depth.

Cost

USD $6500.00 Per Person. Exclusive Privately Guided options also available Contact us to options on Exclusive Private Guiding or as part of a small intimate group of likeminded enthusiasts – with a maximum of six guests in total.
A deposit of USD $2000.00 per person is payable at time of booking. Which may be refundable – please see your T&C’s.

Inclusions

Eight nights’ full board accommodation.
Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking permits, national park fees & conservation levys.
Internal connection flight and ground transfers.
Personal photography mentorship with our professional wildlife photography guide.
Group photo review sessions and post production editing discussions. Designed to give you a well rounded portfolio of images and amazing memories to inspire and take home with you.

Exclusions

Cost does not include international flight and appropriate visa requirements. Extra side excursions, laundry and personal costs (when available). Personal and equipment insurance. Photographic kit and equipment hire – we can assist with this through reputable rental companies. Drinks (except water supplied in 4x4 vehicles), tips and gratuities are also not included.

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Full Itinerary

Part One

Day One – Arriving in Entebbe, Uganda we will meet you at the International Airport and spend the night relaxing at the comfortable, local Boma Guesthouse. During dinner, Alex will go through the planned itinerary logistics with you, answering any questions you may have, and also sharing some ideas and inspiration for your photography during the coming adventure.

Day Two – Uganda Road Trip. After breakfast we set off by road towards Kibale National Forest, with an opportunity to stop at Mabamba Swamps to go in search of the mysterious Shoebill Bird. Arriving at Kibale, we will check in to our accommodation at Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse for the next two nights.

Day Three – We start our day with an early morning wakeup call and breakfast. Shortly after, we will make our way to the Ranger Station in Kibale National Park to meet our local guides and trackers who will lead us to locate the resident Chimpanzee colonies – Spending time to observe their natural daily activities and habits. We will enjoy a packed lunch whilst in the forest. After we have finished the chimpanzee activity, for those that are still keen to explore, we can head out on a nature walk, taking in more of the sights and sounds of Kibale Forest Reserve. Dinner and drinks will be enjoyed back at the accommodation. Giving us the opportunity to revel in the experience, share they day’s photography before retiring for the evening and falling to sleep with the sounds of African wilderness around you.

Part Two

Day Four – After a morning wakeup call and breakfast, we pack up and depart Kibale; travelling towards Queen Elizabeth National Park for the second leg of our safari. En route to our accommodation at Meweya Safari Lodge, we will enjoy an exclusive, private boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, searching for elephants and the myriad of beautiful birds which inhabit the water’s edge. Depending what time we arrive back from our boat cruise, we may have opportunity to take in a late afternoon game drive.

Day Five – Predator Tracking! Our day begins with an early morning wakeup call and coffee. We will head out in to the northern sections of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and follow a local research team as they go in search of the predators which they have been entrusted to monitor. After the morning activity, we will make our way south through the game reserve, taking our time and looking for wildlife as we go.

Day Six – Let’s go find lions! After an early morning wakeup call and sip of coffee, we make our way in to the Ishasha section of the Queen Elizabeth National Park to go in search of the famous fig-tree climbing lions and other stunning wildlife. Should the weather allow, we will stop for a breakfast in the bush before making a slow loop back to our lodge before packing up and heading south towards Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. After a couple of hours drive we will reach the impressive and intimate Buhoma Lodge. This property commands some seriously impressive vistas of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. During this evening we will discuss the plans for the next couple of days, going through photos that you have already captured and also talking through Lightroom techniques to assist with the editing of your images.

Part Three

Day Seven – After breakfast, we will make our way to the Rangers’ station, where we will meet our guide for a full briefing of the day’s gorilla trekking. Please remember that although there is over a 90% success rate at viewing these noble species, Mountain Gorillas are wild animals and as such, sightings are not guaranteed. Once sighted, we will be allowed one hour with the group of gorillas we encounter before heading back to the lodge. Please be aware that treks can last anywhere between two and seven hours depending on the location of the gorillas. The day’s activity will be arranged accordingly but there should be ample time to relax during the afternoon, recharge your camera batteries, look through the images you have already taken and work with Alex on processing techniques – or should you wish, there are cultural excursions we can assist in arranging for you.

 

Day Eight – This will be your second opportunity to head out again and search for mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

 

Day Nine – After breakfast at the lodge, we will transfer to Kihili Airstrip, which is situated close by for our scheduled flight back to Entebbe International Airport. Your time with us will end here, so you are fee to choose to spend the evening here, relaxing and unwinding after your phenomenal journey, or you may wish to catch your connection home or to your next destination.

Please note:
Chimpanzee trekking can be strenuous and is not for the faint-hearted. The chimpanzees are active during the day and can be highly mobile but this is definitely a worthwhile experience.

Gorilla Trekking: Again, this can be a strenuous activity. Gorillas move continuously through the rain forest. It is always advisable to be prepared for weather conditions to change at any time. The terrain within the forest will probably be steep through areas where there are no marked paths. It can be very strenuous – as mentioned, the length of the treks can vary anywhere between two and seven hours depending on which family of gorillas we are tracking. It will be hot, humid and at moderately high altitudes – please be prepared for this by being as fit as possible. This may sound daunting but also please try to envisage how rewarding it will be to spend time in the company of this critically endangered species. It will truly be an experience like nothing you have had before. Being in the presence of a species which is wild yet shows a high degree of intelligence and emotion will certainly be something you will never forget.

Once you have booked and confirmed your place, Alex will be in touch to discuss the details with you. He will also send and talk through a suggested packing list to assist you in preparing for this simply incredible journey which will more than certainly inspire you with the world around you.

Accommodation

Chimpanzee Forest Guest Lodge – Kibale, Uganda

Chimpanzee Forest Guest Lodge was formally a residence of the British District Commissioner, during Uganda’s colonial period.

The 100 acre property is located on the edge of Kibale National Park and enjoys panoramic views of the indigenous forest, ancient crater lakes, beautiful gardens and tea plantations. It is a friendly and secure facility with free WiFi in the well-stocked bar area.

Chimpanzee Guest Lodge - Uganda

Chimpanzee Forest View

Mweya Safari Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park – Uganda

Mweya Safari Lodge is located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains. Each room at Mweya Safari Lodge has a breathtaking view of the Kazinga channel.

WiFi is available and an infinity pool is at your disposal to unwind after a rewarding day exploring Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park – Uganda

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated within the Southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe River. It is an idyllic retreat for those who truly love the wilderness. This exclusive camp offers superb quality and facilities in un-spoilt wilderness.

Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Uganda

Buhoma Lodge is a top-quality, intimate property which commands spectacular views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla. This is only one of two lodges situated within the National Park. Elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities and a spa. This truly is a superb and comfortable place to stay and discuss the day’s activities around fireplaces which add atmosphere and warmth to cool, refreshing evenings.

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