GORILLA TREKKING EXTENSION

GORILLA TREKKING EXTENSION

The highlight of this 4 night / 5-day extension is to trek for the mountain gorillas in Uganda’s impenetrable forest

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Two days of trekking for the mountain gorillas  

THE PROGRAM

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by a representative of Emmarosh Travel and transferred to your hotel for overnight. The Protea Hotel by Marriott, Entebbe is a beach resort nestled on the shores of Lake Victoria in Entebbe barely a km from the International Airport. Guest accommodation comprises 4 standard rooms, 69 deluxe rooms, 2 junior suites and 12 executive suites on 3 floors. Room Amenities include an en-suite bathroom with separate bathtub and shower, Hair dryer, Minibar, Tea service, Coffee maker, Iron and ironing board and an electronic Safe and multi-channel satellite Television and free WiFi. Other resort services & amenities including the ‘Tides’ restaurant, the terrace, bar, elegant furnishings, a swimming pool, gym, a variety water sports and other games, a luxurious atmosphere, the outside terrace, superb lake views, meeting/conference rooms, complimentary high speed WiFi in the public areas as well as proximity to all the best spots around Entebbe for hanging and dining out. Overnight: Protea Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel. In due time, you are picked up from the hotel and taken to the airport for your scheduled flight to Bwindi. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is in southwestern Uganda. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, her 331km² of montane and lowland forest jungle forests accessible only on foot are one of the most ecological diverse places in Africa with over 220 species of trees (including the endangered brown Mahogany), over 100 ferns, 350 species of birds, 200 species of butterfly, many Moths, Reptiles and 120 species of mammals including Mountain Elephants, small antelope species, several carnivores (the side-striped jackal, African golden Cat, and civet Cat) and 10 species of primates including L’Hoest’s monkey, Black & White Colobus Monkeys, Red-Tailed Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Chimpanzees. But by far her most famous residents are the rare and critically endangered Mountain Gorillas of which only 850 remain in the world and Bwindi is home to almost half. They are a major pull for thousands of tourist who, every year, come to encounter and marvel at these magnificent beings visiting the 10 habituated families residing in Buhoma (north), Ruhija (east) and Nkuringo (south) Bwindi, situated 535kms/9½hrs southwest of Kampala, is one of Uganda’s most popular tourism destinations as well as home of the Batwa pygmy People.   Upon arrival at Bwindi, you are met by a representative of Emmarosh Travel and transferred to your accommodations. The transfer time is approximately 21/2 hours.   Enjoy some trekking opportunities in this lush area before dinner and overnight.   Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is an exclusive 5* tented bush lodge in the northern (buhoma) area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Nestled atop a remote flat ridge deep inside Bwindi’s impenetrable forest, guest accommodation comprises 8 luxurious, spacious and stylish tents tucked away into the forest each fitted with 2x Queen size Beds or 1x King size Bed as well as a spacious en-suite bathroom with hot and cold showers and a large bathtub with views to the forest canopy as well as a private verandah overlooking the forest. Renowned for great silver-service cuisine, service and hospitality, other camp amenities include a spacious main building comprising a kitchen and dining room, a comfortable lounge area, a well-stocked bar, a small library, room service, gorilla tracking, sedan chair, community visits, massage and camp fire when weather permits. Overnight: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp B L D
Enjoy an early breakfast before being taken to the park offices for your gorilla trekking excursion. This experience is considered one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences in the world. After registration, all participants are divided into groups of 8. Each group is allocated a gorilla family to trek for the day. Each group of 8 is led by a gorilla specialist guide. After briefing, you are transferred by car to the trailhead to begin trekking by foot.   Once sighted, guests can only spend one hour with the gorillas. Enjoy this unforgettable experience.   Return to the lodge for a well-deserved shower and lunch or relaxation then dinner depending on time of return.   If time permits, you may enjoy an evening community walk around the lodge and local area and possibly meet the Batwa pygmy people who live around the forest. Overnight: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp B L D
Enjoy another day of gorilla trekking as you visit another gorilla family. Return to the lodge in the afternoon and spend time relaxing and enjoying the lodge facilities and Bwindi Forest before dinner and overnight. Overnight: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp B L D
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred back to Kihihi airstrip for your return flight to Entebbe (0945/1125hrs). On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe where a dayroom is reserved for your comfort and convenience until 1800hrs. In the evening, you will be transferred back to the airport for your international departure fight. Dayroom: Protea Hotel B

PRICING INFORMATION

These prices are valid for travel in 2020. Christmas and New Year surcharges will apply for any travel between Dec 15 – Jan 15, 2021. These holiday surcharges are NOT included in these rates. Single room supplement and solo traveler rates are on request only. Any travel during the peak time may be subject to updated terms and conditions.

Travel Dates JAN 6 - MAY 31 NOV 1 - DEC 12 SEP 1 - OCT 31 JAN 1 - 5; JUN 1 - AUG 31 DEC 15 – 31
LAND PRICING $3,090.00 $3,870.00 $4,470.00
COST OF PERMITS $1,400.00 $1,400.00 $1,400.00
INTERNAL AIR $590.00 $590.00 $590.00
Please add the land cost with the cost of permits and the internal air to get the total per person pricing. Please ensure to look for your specific travel month.

Please note the cost of the permits is nonrefundable / nontransferable once purchased. Full payment of permits is required at the time of booking together with 25% deposit for the land and internal air program.

INCLUSIONS

  • All meet and assists
  • All transfers
  • Shared camp based 4WD Toyota Land Cruisers at Bwindi
  • Private 2WD Toyota Hiace Minivans in Entebbe city
  • Services of courteous and professional English-speaking driver/guide
  • Mineral water in the vehicles
  • Two days of gorilla trekking (permits quoted separately). This is a shared experience  
  • One day of chimps trekking (permits quoted separately). This is a shared experience
  • Scheduled flight Bwindi/Entebbe (this flight is quoted separately)
  • Applicable Park entrance Fees
  • Accommodation at the indicated hotels as shown. Meals as shown (B-Breakfast; L-Lunch and D-Dinner)
  • Taxes.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Intercontinental flights
  • Entry Visa
  • Items of a personal nature such as crafts and curios shopping, laundry, bar drinks etc.
  • Tips and gratuities for your Driver/guide, Hotel or Restaurant Staff
  • International airport departure taxes, any other items not shown in the itinerary
  • Anything not mentioned under the inclusions

RESERVATION AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Deposit per person required at time of booking: A deposit of 25% of the program price plus the full cost of the permits (gorillas permit & chimps) is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. If your reservation is made within 120 days of departure, the entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of the request to secure confirmation. Please note all permits are nonrefundable / non transferrable once purchased. We strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance to cover any unexpected cancellations.

CANCELLATION CHARGES

Cancellations must be received in writing and will become effective on the date of e-mail receipt. Cancellations received by Emmarosh are subject to the following:

CANCELLATION FEES PER PERSON

121 days prior to departure (or more): 20% of the program price per person plus the full cost of the permits (gorilla trekking & chimps trekking). The cost of permits is nonrefundable / nontransferable. We strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance.
120-91 days prior to departure: 35% of program price

90-61 days prior to departure: 50% of program price

60 days prior to departure (or less): 100% of the program price

Changes to the Itinerary:

The guest will be responsible for any changes or cancellations made to the itinerary at their request or beyond their control, before or during travel, including expenses incurred due to a change, delay or cancellation of any flights. If a guest cancels or leaves a journey and a roommate remains, an additional supplement may apply to the price for the remaining guest.

CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR INTERNAL AIR

All internal air is 100% non-refundable at time of final payment (some exceptions may apply).

CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR EXTRA SERVICES WHERE APPLICABLE

Additional hotel nights and other extra services booked in connection with Emmarosh programs are subject to specific cancellation penalties.