701: Gorilla safari and Executive Retreat

Ref: 701, 5 days

701: Gorilla safari and Executive Retreat

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A fascinating gorilla safari into the heart Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where you will spend time with the mountain gorillas and enjoy a cultural experience with the Batwa tribe.

This short break rewards your top executives with amazing experiences and also provides time out, in a stunning setting, to re-charge and re-think.  Trek deep into the lush forest with your guide tracking the mountain gorillas and spend an hour watching them in their natural habitat.  Also, learn about the fascinating Batwa tribe of forest keepers and gain an insight into their culture.  There are opportunities  to enjoy walks around your lodges and don’t forget the amazing flights over the Ugandan countryside and national parks. All this with stays at Uganda’s best lodges where your every need will be catered for and where you will have the peace and quiet you need to work.

 

Highlights

  • Domestic flights over scenic Uganda
  • Thrilling moments with the mountain gorillas
  • Fascinating experience with the pygmy forest keepers
  • Time out to work and facilities to meet your requirements

 

Overview

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

Day 2: Domestic flight to Kihihi and Batwa experience

Day 3: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest

Day 4: Flight to Kyaninga near Fort Portal and time to work

Day 5: Final work session and return flight to Entebbe

 

 

When is the best time of year to visit Uganda?

Although Ugandan seasons have become less predictable in recent years, peak tourist seasons usually coincide with dry seasons. When choosing your dates consider:

  • Uganda is an all-year round destination with a pleasant climate and temperatures averaging in the mid 20s0C. The huge variety in altitude means temperatures vary around the country (but this also means increased biodiversity)
  • Flight prices often increase in European/American holiday seasons
  • There are fewer tourists in low seasons so you can have the place to yourselves!
  • Many hotels offer all-year prices so the price of your visit may not change much between seasons
  • Most major roads going from the capital, Kampala, up-country are tarmac. Conditions on murram roads may worsen, to varying degrees, in rainy season
  • Rainy season can be good for birding as there is more food (bugs) available
  • If you are targeting certain birds, ask our advice on breeding and migration seasons
  • Should you plan to climb the Rwenzori mountains, dry seasons are best
  • Hiking may be better in rainy seasons when it is cooler

 

Please note

Permits are required to track gorillas. The minimum ages is 15 years. Gorilla permits are limited to eight people per gorilla family. Permits are also required to track chimps and the minimum age is 12 years.

Please read the information about primate tracking on our primates web page and remember to look at our suggested packing list.

 

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Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel.
Accommodation: Serena, Lake Victoria  - Kampala Meal plan: depends on your time of arrival
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Day 2: Domestic flight to Kihihi and Community walk in the evening
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your 07:45 domestic flight to Kihihi airstrip in South western Uganda. Your lodge guide will meet you and drive you, past beautiful tea plantations to Buhoma. Check in your lodge, have lunch and relax. Spend the afternoon with the Batwa, a tribe of pygmy forest keepers who lost their traditional way of life when their home became a national park and who will show you how they lived in harmony with the forest. Enjoy cultural music in the evening as you relax at the lodge before dinner.
Accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp - Bwindi Impenetrable forest
Meal plan: All inclusive except premium brand drinks and champagne
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Day 3: Gorilla tracking, community walk
After an early morning briefing, you will join your group and your guide will lead you deep into the forest to locate a gorilla family. Once you find them, you will enjoy a magical hour watching the gorillas as they eat, play, groom and sleep. Depending on your time of return from tracking, take a community walk or relax at the lodge.
Accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp - Bwindi Impenetrable forest
Meal plan: All inclusive except premium brand drinks and champagne
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Day 4: Helicopter flight to Kyaninga
After breakfast, take a helicopter flight over Queen Elizabeth national park enjoying breath-taking views of the animals and landscape below. On arrival, check-in, have lunch and relax before your workshop starts in the afternoon. In the evening take a walk to the rim of the crater lake and admire the natural wonders of this magnificent location.
Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge – Fort Portal
Meal plan: All inclusive except premium brand drinks and champagne
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Day 5: Workshop
Continue your deliberations in the morning and after another splendid lunch, have a short wrap-up session before your flight back to Entebbe. Departure
Please note: all timings and routings are approximate and subject to change at short notice.

Guide price: US$ …. per person

Based on 6 adults, in single rooms, in luxury accommodation, in peak season with domestic flights.

 

The price for every safari depends on the number of people travelling, their ages, the time of year, whether or not international flights are included, the type of transport and accommodation used and the activities undertaken.

 

We calculate according to the specific dates of your booking because after we publish our itineraries some things may change. For example, hotels may increase their prices, exchange rates fluctuate, the government may introduce new taxes or some discounts may become available. Unfortunately, we also have to pass on surcharges imposed on us by, for example, airlines when fuel prices or airport taxes are unexpectedly increased.

 

We would be happy to prepare a quotation, based on your requirements. We normally include most costs in the price so all you need to bring with you is ‘pocket money’ for items like drinks, tips and personal shopping e.g. souvenirs.

Price includes

3 domestic flights each

1 gorilla tracking permit each

a single room in luxury, all-inclusive accommodation

Private vehicle with driver and fuel for this itinerary

All entrance and other fees for the activities included in the itinerary

Mineral water in transit

All government taxes

Price does not include

International flights

Visas

Travel insurance

Personal expenses: alcohol, laundry services and souvenirs

Tips (normally 5–10% and around $10 per day for your guide).