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Gorilla Trekking: Uganda

9 Days, 8 Nights

£ 2,199.00

Deposit:   10%

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9 Days, 8 Nights

£ 2,199.00 - £ 177

Per Person
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About the tour

This is the ultimate African experience.

It's time to dive headfirst into the heart of Uganda, as you brush shoulders with wild mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Lions in their natural habitats.

Rich with breathtaking encounters, this trip takes you on a river cruise through stunning national parks, allows you to trek with wild Gorillas and Chimpanzees in lush forests, swim through majestic waterfalls surrounding Lake Bunyonyi and embark on an epic game drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park for the chance to see the Big-Five.

This bucket-list adventure will carve out memories that will last a lifetime.

Tour Summary: The Need-To-Knows

Starting Location: Entebbe
Finishing Location: Entebbe
9 Days Accommodation
8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunchtime, 8 Dinners Meals Included
All Transport Included
Tour suitable for - 18+ (age range)
Physical rating = 5/10
Best suited for - Everyone
Starting Location: Entebbe
Finishing Location: Entebbe
9 Days Accommodation
8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunchtime, 8 Dinners Meals Included
All Transport Included
Tour suitable for - 18+ (age range)
Physical rating = 5/10
Best suited for - Everyone
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Tour Itinerary

Jambo! Welcome to Uganda -the pearl of Africa.

Your adventure begins at the airport where you will meet your Safari Driver Guide for a warm welcome and be transferred to your Entebbe Hotel. Here, you will also be briefed on your safari ahead and will be advised on where is best to change your money in Entebbe town.

In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at the Hotel (alcoholic drinks not included). After dinner, you will have the chance to relax and mingle with your tribe for the first time.

Sleep well, as tomorrow is the start of our epic adventure!

•Airport Transfer

•Lake Victoria View Guest House or similar -
Getting up nice and early (0600hrs), we will enjoy a lovely breakfast in our hotel, before checking out and driving to Lake Mburo NP. With a brief stop-over at the Equator, you will get the opportunity to stretch your legs and take some iconic photos.

Arriving in good time, we will tuck into some lunch at Eagles Nest Camp. This afternoon we will enjoy a beautiful bike ride through the Lake Mburo National Park, giving you the chance to take in the beautiful surroundings of natural flora and fauna that are rich with flocks of animals and birds.

This bike ride will give you the opportunity to see Zebras, Topi, Impalas, Warthogs, Buffaloes and much more. Fear not - there are no Lions in the Park so you won't have to look over your shoulders every 30-seconds.

In the evening, we will enjoy dinner together and catch up with our guide who will brief you on the next day’s events.

Included Activities:
• Transfer
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
• Bike Ride in the Park

• Eagles Nest Camp or similar -

Optional Activities:
• Boat Ride $40 per person
After another early breakfast, we will leave Lake Mburo and head for the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Bunyonyi (with a brief stop-over at Kabale Town).

After check-in, we will enjoy a lovely lunch, before embarking on our epic quad-biking experience. Engines on, we will visit the surrounding neighbourhoods and head for the high viewpoint of Lake Bunyonyi. Prepare for your mind to be blown as Lake Bunyonyi boasts 29 incredible islands; each with a mythical story behind it.
The main islands include Akampene (Punishment Island), Bucuranuka Upside Down Island, Kyahugye Island, Bushara Island and Bwama (Sharp's Island).

After quad biking, you will have a few hours to yourself, so feel free to partake in one of the optional activities listed below

In the evening, we will relax and enjoy a nice supper together.

Included Activities:
• Transfer
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
• Quad biking
• 1hr Boat ride

•Arcadia Cottages or similar -

Optional Activities:
• US$ 10 - per person Canoe ride for 1 hr on Lake Bunyonyi
• US$ 170 - per Boat (max 8pax) visit to Bunyonyi Pygmies village visit.
• US$ 50 - per Boat (max 8 pax) to be taken to away Lakeshores for Wild swimming in Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast, the morning is yours to enjoy.

If you don't want a lie-in, either head back down to the lake and enjoy a number of optional activities - like canoeing and wild swimming - or visit the Batwa (Pygmies) locals and learn more about their way of life and their charming cultural dance performances and poems.

After lunch at the accommodation, we will leave the Lake for the Mountains.

In the afternoon, we will enjoy the cultural Buhoma Village walk, where we will meet the locals in their daily lives and learn how they benefit and co-exist with the wild animals of the Bwindi Forests.

Dinner will be serviced in Buhoma Community Rest Camp.

Included Activities:
• Transfer
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
• Buhoma village Walk
• Interactions with the Locals

• Buhoma Community Rest Camp -

Optional Activities:
• Canoe Ride -$10 Per person
• Swimming - Free
• Batwa Village visit –$20
This is the moment you have all been waiting for!!

After a hearty breakfast, the adventure begins. A quick transfer will see us at the gates of the Bwindi park and we will set off for Gorilla tracking.

Hiking through stunning forests, we will learn about other environmental attractions and vegetation before eventually arriving at the Gorilla family. From here, we will spend over an hour watching and interacting with these amazing animals. Undoubtedly, this is an experience you will never forget.

After an hour, we will trek back to the starting point and be transferred back to our hotel for dinner where we will reminisce about the wonders of today!

In the evening, you are free to visit the town or just sit back and relax at the lodge.

Included Activities:
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
• Gorilla Tracking

• Buhoma Community Rest Camp

After breakfast, we will leave Bwindi for Kibale National Park.

On our way to Kibale, we will stop off at Queen Elizabeth National Park for a once in a lifetime Game Drive -where we can see animals such as zebras, Topi, impalas, warthogs, buffaloes and of course... LIONS!!

You will also be offered an optional boat ride along the Kazinga Channel (group decision), before jumping back into our private bus and heading to Kibale Forest Camp where we will soak up the surrounding tranquillity and enjoy a lovely meal!

Included Activities:
• Transfer
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
• Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive

• Kibale Forest Camp -

Optional Activities:
• Boat Ride - $30 per person
Today the power is in your hands.

Either spend the morning trekking with wild chimpanzees or experience full cultural immersion by joining us on a local village walk for the chance to experience how the locals really live - experiencing daily chores, farming, brick making, wood chopping and much more.

OPTIONAL Chimpanzees tracking (£175):
The Chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than to any other living creature and are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. This incredibly diverse forest is also home to over 13 species of primates including red Colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, black-faced vervet monkeys, baboons and also bush babies.
A network of lush forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat - with 335 species recorded including the endemic Prigogine’s ground thrush. What's more, this park also houses the elusive forest elephant, so today is a real treat.

In the afternoon, we will reconnect and enjoy a guided walk through the Bigodi wetlands sanctuary; a community-developed conservation program. The proceeds from tourism at this site go directly to community members and pay for daycare, supporting sustainable agriculture and other income-generating programs. The sanctuary is home to a huge variety of bird and animal species - like the Shining Blue Kingfisher, Blue Throated Roller and other rare species like Narina Trogon, Pied Hornbill, Yellow Spotted, Hairy Breasted and Yellow-Billed Barbets.
Terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species.

The evening will be yours to relax - so enjoy a nice meal and put your feet up!!

Included Activities:
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
• Bigodi Sanctuary Walk

• Kibale Forest Camp -

Optional Activities:
• Chimp Trekking - $200 per person
• Village Walk – 20 Per person

After breakfast, we will check out with packed lunches for a drive back to Entebbe with an en-route stop to Kabaka.

On arrival in Kampala City, you will stop at the Kabaka’s Palace (time at site: 1hr:30mins). Kabaka’s Palace is the official residence of the King of Buganda. It was customary for a new king to choose a hill where he would build a new palace. Each new palace will become the new capital of the Kingdom and the King is free to rename the place as he so wishes.

Here you will learn the history of each king and the palaces in which they live in, before being transferred back to Entebbe for our final night.

Included Activities:
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
• Kabaka’s Palace Visit

• Lake Victoria View Guest House or similar -
Sadly, its the end of your adventure.

After breakfast at your hotel, we will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • All Transfers (Safari 4 x 4 cruiser throughout)
  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunchtime, 8 Dinners
  • Private English Speaking Guide
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Game Drive
  • Quad Biking & Bike Rides
  • Wild Swimming
  • Village walks
  • Bigodi Sanctuary Walk
  • Airport Transfers
  • Flights
  • Any visas required
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional activities - Chimp trekking, Village walks, boat cruises, etc...
Tour Details
Essential tour information


BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE -You can be sure that with our booking flexibility and complete financial security, you are in safe hands if you need to change your plans due to international restrictions. 

REFUND GUARANTEE - We will refund you if we have to cancel the trip for any COVID-19 related issues.

30 DAY NO-FEE FLEXIBILITY - Transfer your trip date free of charge up to 30 days before departure.

COMPLETE FINANCIAL PROTECTION -Your trip is protected though our PTS & ATOL membership.



Please note: This trip must receive a minimum of three reservations forty-five days prior to the departure date. In the unlikely event that we do not receive three or more bookings for each departure, you will have two options:

1. You will be able to change dates at no additional cost to you (flexibility up to 3 years)

2.  Full refund will be given.





> Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)

> Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)

> Passport (required) (With photocopies)

> Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)

> Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)



The official unit of currency in Uganda is the Ugandan Shilling. There are limited opportunities to access banks and ATMs in cities only.

Tipping is expected.



East African Time (GMT+3)



The official language of Uganda is English/Swahili. You will, however, find that English is spoken by most people.



Like most countries in East Africa, Uganda has a warm tropical climate with temperatures averaging around 25–29°C (77–84°F). The months from December to February are the hottest, but even during the dry seasons - the evenings can be chilly with temperatures falling as low as 17–18°C (63–64°F)


Important Notes:

1. WIFI: Please be aware that wifi and internet access is not as readily available in Uganda as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to.

2. YELLOW FEVER CERTIFICATE: It may be required to show a Yellow Fever certificate upon entering the country visited. Please check in with your local health expert for advice on Yellow Fever and other inoculations required for this area.



Your health and wellbeing are of great importance to us during your trip.

It is vital that you speak to a medical professional/doctor who specialises in travel medicine before you depart. Advice on your current level of fitness, pre-existing medical conditions is important. You will also need to discuss where you will be travelling to and undertake an appropriate immunisation programme and other medical requirements. Preventative measures as advised by your doctor are very important, such as applying DEET mosquito repellent from dusk to dawn as well. We also recommend that you carry a small personal medical kit.

Please note that airports and other points of entry to Uganda may require you to show a certificate of vaccination for Yellow Fever. We recommend you seek medical advice regarding other vaccinations such as Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Tetanus.

Malaria precaution is essential, we suggest you consult your GP on which Malaria tablets to take. Risk of malaria can increase during periods of heavy rain, during the rainy seasons, and in densely populated areas of Southern & East Africa. To prevent malaria, we recommend speaking to your doctor about taking preventative medication (prophylaxis), combined with regular use of insect repellent spray/cream. Please check updated travel health advisories specific to malaria before your departure.


Itinerary Changes:

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary, therefore, on occasions, there may be some alternations. While we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.



Given the unpredictable nature of weather and travel, we are sometimes forced to make late itinerary changes due to unexpected heavy rain and/or storms and road closures. In the event of this occurring, itinerary changes may need to be implemented after the commencement of your trip. In this event, your Tour guides have full authority to change the itinerary and/or order of activities and substitute alternative destinations and activities as necessary. No refunds are available due to itinerary changes and missed activities caused by extreme weather conditions and/or road closures.


Water Bottle:

We ask you to please bringing your own reusable water bottle to refill along the way. 


Arrival Complications:

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact GoKo Travels or your Tour leader on the numbers provided in the contact selection of this document (bottom).

If you are unable to get in touch with us via the details given on our website, please refer to our emergency contact details.

You do not need to pre-booked an airport transfer, as your tour leader will collect you from outside the airport and will take you to your Starting Point hotel.



Passports and Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity) and entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. 

Visas for Uganda for most nationalities must be obtained through an Electronic Visa application online in advance, and a payment of $50 USD cash will have to be made upon arrival to the border. 

Angola, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Burundi, Comoros, Cyprus, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Italy (Diplomatic Passport holders only), Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Nationals of these countries are issued gratis (free of charge) visas upon their arrival.

** Please be advised that a valid yellow fever vaccination card is mandatory for entry into Uganda.

**: Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.




GoKo Travels doesn't currently have the facilities to book your external/international flights. Therefore, you will have to prearrange your own flights to the required destination. We are always looking to improve our services, therefore, are planning to implement this solution as soon as possible.  

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your Tour leader/ local representative, who will take note of your insurance details and emergency contact number. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability of luggage, cancellation, curtailment and loss and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.



When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. Some prefer to spend all their money on alcohol, while others prefer souvenirs. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier.

Money Exchange: 

The local currency in Uganda is the Ugandan Shilling. For the latest exchange rate refer to

Money Matters:

There are limited opportunities to access banks during parts of the trip. Although you will not need large amounts of cash, we highly recommend you withdraw what you need upon arrival in Entebbe.

Credit cards are generally accepted in tourist shops and some restaurants across Africa. Visa and Mastercard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only. Foreign currency is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates.

With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities and even some campsites, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognised, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries. 

PLEASE NOTE: Many businesses and banks in Africa, especially East Africa, do not accept US dollar notes older than 2006. If you are bringing USD, we strongly recommend large bills in good condition, 2006 series onwards only. Any old or damaged notes may not be accepted.

Contingency Funds: 

We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to an extra GBP£300 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last-minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result, there may be some extra costs involved.



Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of your tour program. The gesture serves as an expression of appreciation for exceptional service, and amounts given are up to your discretion.

Tipping is one of the most direct ways that you can have a positive economic impact within the African community. Although it may not be customary for you, it is an important source of income for those in the tourism industry. Giving a tip should be seen as a formal 'thank you', and the action should in no way be awkward. 

The best method of tipping someone that has served the whole group is to plan in advance, and not rush when it comes to saying goodbye.

You may use the following as a guideline, all given in a per person format: 

Tour leader: $5-8 USD (per day, per person)

Local guides: $2-3 USD (per day)
Safari Guide/Driver: $2-3 USD (per day)

Restaurant Staff: 10-15% of the cost of the bill

Gorilla/Chimp trekking guides: $2-4 (per day)




All accommodation is included in the price of this trip 

If you wish for a private room, you must request before booking.



8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunchtime, 8 Dinners

Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with GoKo Travels you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally, meals are included in the trip price, therefore, it is your responsibility to let us know if you have any food allergies at time of booking, so we can make arrangements accordingly.

Travellers with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to advise us at the time of booking. If you do not inform us before departure date, it may be impossible to source special dietary requests. 

You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised us of any special dietary requirements beforehand.

The below dietary can be easily catered for: 



Dairy-Free (soy available )



Please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the above.



You will need to purchase any alcohol and other drinks separately unless otherwise highlighted in the itinerary.



ALL Transport is included. 



As you may well know, adventures always carry an element of danger. Our GoKo trips are not just package holidays, they are immersive experiences that go off the beaten path and push can you beyond your comfort zone. That’s what makes them awesome, and that’s why we take safety very seriously.

Different countries have their own infrastructures, laws, regulations, transport systems, cultures, political situations, climates and ecosystems so the nature of an adventure means it carries genuine risks. With this in mind, we are dedicated to ensuring all reasonable precautions are made to provide trips that are safe.

We closely monitor all the countries we travel to, keeping in regular contact with our operators and suppliers for their local knowledge and expertise.

If you have any concerns about travelling to a particular country, most governments provide their own travel advice. Here are some useful links regarding foreign travel: UK citizensUS citizensCanadian citizensAustralian citizens; New Zealand citizens. If you are not from one of the following countries, please visit your official government advice page.

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling.

Water-based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities, have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our guides to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by a guide(s).


MEDICAL & HEALTH continued...

All GoKo travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our tour leader / local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, GoKo Travel reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. Information should be gathered round necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure.

For legal reasons, our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.



While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group guides or local representatives straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/ local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

If for whatever reasons, you wish to contact GoKo directly regarding changes to your scheduled trip or make a complaint while you are already on your trip, or need to contact us in cases of an emergency, please use the following  details below:


Emergency Contact Number: +44 7305027666

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Recommended Equipment List
  • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
  • Cash, credit and debit cards
  • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
  • Earplugs
  • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
  • Flashlight/torch
  • Locks for bags
  • Outlet adapter
  • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Small travel towel
  • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • Hiking boots
  • Swimwear

Available Dates

11 Sep 2021
09 Oct 2021
13 Nov 2021

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