Chimpanzee Tracking, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and the Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Uganda Private Journey

Uganda

8 Days

From $6,995

Level 3+

Moderate

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    Overview

    Uganda, with its mystical forests, sun-dappled savannas, legendary Great Rift Valley, and the snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains, is an absolutely gorgeous setting for this Private Journey. Led by your own safari guide and in a private vehicle, enjoy a thrilling big game safari, gameviewing by boat, and the ultimate—the rare opportunity to track chimpanzees and mountain gorillas on foot! To observe these endangered creatures up-close in the wild is one of the world's most unforgettable experiences—the excitement of coming within a few feet of them is simply surreal.

    Arrive: Entebbe, Uganda

    Depart: Entebbe, Uganda

    Highlights

    • Enjoy thrilling encounters with mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
    • Track chimpanzees on foot in Kibale Forest National Park
    • Thrilling gameviewing safari on the savannas of Queen Elizabeth National Park in the Great Rift Valley
    • Private safari guide and vehicle

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      Itinerary

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      After an overnight in Entebbe, head through Uganda's lovely landscapes to Kibale National Park, home to 13 primate species. Here you'll track bands of chimpanzees as they play, feed, and scamper across the treetop canopy. Other denizens of the park include vervet, colobus, and red-tailed monkeys, and grey-cheeked mangabeys.
      Queen Elizabeth National Park, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, supports a wonderful diversity of wildlife in habitats ranging from lowland rainforest to wetlands to grassy savannas—all with the stunning backdrop the Ruwenzoris, Africa's fabled “Mountains of the Moon.” Enjoy gameviewing by 4WD vehicle in the park's lake-dotted savannas, and boating in the Kazinga Channel, with its large concentrations of hippos, elephant, and other wildlife that often come to the water's edge to drink.
      Bwindi is one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Among the 11 resident primate species are 310 magnificent mountain gorillas, half of the world's population of this elusive and highly endangered mammal. You'll enjoy the incomparable experience of tracking, then quietly observing, the mountain gorilla clans that reside in Bwindi's montane forests. The tracking can be physically challenging, but the rewards are tremendous and the rigors soon forgotten when you spot a gorilla family and become absorbed in watching these gentle creatures. When not observing mountain gorillas, you have time to observe some of the amazing varieties of bird, butterfly, and animal species that make their home in this unusual park. Depart on Day 8 via Entebbe.
      Private Sunset Cruise on Lake Victoria
      View the local flora and fauna, and get a glimpse into life amongst the fishing villages along the shores of expansive Lake Victoria on this private two-hour sunset boat cruise. Includes red and white wine, gin and tonics, non-alcoholic beverages, cheese, crackers, fruits, and other local snacks.


      Gorilla Health Center Visit
      After a rewarding day tracking mountain gorillas, you have the option to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Conservation Through Public Health's (CTPH) outstanding gorilla conservation efforts. A Ugandan-run non-profit lead by Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, CTPH aims to improve the health of wildlife, ecosystems, humans and their livestock in and around Uganda's protected areas. Activities include a tour of the facilities, a demonstration of how CTPH analyzes gorilla samples (with the opportunity to participate!), and discussions about CTPH's work with the local community.

      Dates & Pricing

      Best months to go: June to September & December to February. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: 25% of trip cost
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: 25% of trip cost
      90 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of private driver/guide
      • Accommodations in hotels or lodges
      • All meals except 1 dinner as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • All gratuities (except for private driver/guide)
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from arrival until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to private driver/guide
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees
      • Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Karibu Guesthouse

      Entebbe, Uganda

      Day 1 (1 night)

      “Karibu” means welcome, and you'll feel very much at home at this cozy guesthouse, with its gracious staff, lovely gardens, and clean and comfortable rooms. Each offers a private bathroom, fan, and mosquito-netted beds. Set on a hill with views of Lake Victoria, it's an ideal spot for a quiet...

      Ndali Lodge

      Kibale, Uganda

      Days 2-3 (2 nights)

      Perched on the rim of an extinct volcano above Lake Nyinambuga, this family-run lodge was built by a British tea farmer and has the wonderful atmosphere of an English country home. The setting is amazing, facing the Mountains of the Moon, and the eight simple cottages feature four-poster beds with...

      Twin Lakes Safari Lodge

      Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

      Days 4-5 (2 nights)

      With its stunning location on the edge of an escarpment, this lodge offers spectacular views overlooking Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lakes Edward and George, and the Rwenzori Mountains. There are nine spacious cottages, each with en suite facilities and private shaded veranda where you can relax and take in the...

      Mahogany Springs Lodge

      Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

      Days 6-7 (2 nights)

      You'll feel like part of the family at this quiet retreat, set just outside the national park in a beautiful location overlooking the mountains. The spacious cottages have a large en suite bathroom and private terrace, an ideal spot for relaxing and taking in the views. Panoramic terraces around the...

      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 3+, Moderate. The hike to see the mountain gorillas can last anywhere from 2 to 8 hours, which includes one hour spent with the gorillas, over terrain that can be steep, thickly forested, and/or slippery. Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler to Africa should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, and an openness to the unexpected.
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      Altitudes for the gorilla tracking portions of the trip range from approximately 3,900 feet to approximately 7,500 feet. You will be hiking through dense, thorny bush covering up to four miles or more in distance. You may be hiking in all types of weather; rain can occur in these mountains at a moment's notice. The climate is hot and humid. We will often hike uphill to follow the clans, but will take breaks along the way. The hike to see the chimpanzees takes an average of 2.5 hours, though it can last up to 4 hours when chimps are on the move in search of food. We will hike on marked trails for at least part of the trek. However, as with the mountain gorillas, we will follow the chimps' movements, prompting us to sometimes go off-trail based on their wanderings. Altitudes during this portion of the trip range from  approximately 3,900 feet to approximately 4,600 feet. Conditions can be boggy and since we are in a tropical rainforest, it can rain at any time.

      Gorilla tracking is a strenuous activity and it is important to be in good physical condition. The shape you're in will be an important factor in your enjoyment of and ability to partake in these hikes. Make an effort to get in good physical condition with hiking, biking, running, or other kinds of exercise beyond your normal routine. Start getting in shape months before your departure. A brisk 30-45 minute walk every other day over moderately steep terrain can do wonders for your conditioning.

      The climate in Uganda is considered “modified tropical”— similar to the equatorial climate of other East African countries like Kenya and Tanzania, but slightly modified by its altitude, which ranges from 3,500 to 4,500 feet. Daytime temperatures are usually in the 70s and 80s, and humidity is fairly high. You can expect to experience some rain during the course of the trip. Like Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda has two annual rainy seasons, one between March and May and one between October and November.

      June, July and August
      During these months, the country is refreshingly green and the weather is coolest, especially in the higher altitudes, with a high of 70°-80° and a low of 40°. Riding in the safari vehicle can be chilly some mornings, but the temperature usually warms up by 10:00 am.

      September, October and November
      These are delightful times to visit Uganda and can be compared to springtime in the US. The jacaranda and other trees are bursting into blossom and the days are warmer. The high temperatures are 75°-85°F, with a low of 65°F. Scattered rains occur in November and early December. These “short rains” just freshen the country and lay the dust, although they can sometimes be heavy.

      December to March
      These are Uganda's “summer” months. The temperature range is from 80° to 90° during the day (coastal areas are hotter and can range from 80° to 100°). The evenings range from 50°F to 60°F.

      April and May
      The rainy season (the “long rains”) occur during these months.

      You will have a private guide and driver in a 4WD safari vehicle. We use five- or seven-passenger Nissan safari vehicles (never minibuses!), and all vehicles have roof hatches for easy wildlife viewing and photography. A cooler of drinks and refreshments is carried aboard. And our 4WD vehicles can go virtually anywhere, an important feature when we're tracking game. Please note there are some long driving days over rough roads and dusty dirt tracks.

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      Client Testimonials

      "This was an outstanding trip that satisfied both myself and my son's "bucket-list" desire to see the gorillas and wildlife in Africa."

      Bob K.

      Reno, NV

      "This ‘trip of a lifetime’ actually exceeded my expectations. Uganda is a special place. The accommodations were top notch and the level of service received was off the charts."

      David K.

      Livermore, CA

      "All of the accommodations exceeded my expectations as did the food and service staff. Very impressive. And our guide was spectacular. He had extensive knowledge of every aspect of our adventure, from the animals on safari, to government policies, to the local food. He took close care of us to ensure we had safe and interactive excursions."

      David S.

      Portland, OR

      "We especially loved our guide—what an amazing person. He was very kind, friendly, knowledgeable, and not only provided the ability to see all the wildlife we wanted to see, but also introduced us to the people of Uganda. We feel we had as much fun with him and the people as we did with the gorillas!"

      Tom M.

      Naples, FL

      "All of the hotels were wonderful! Each had a different look and feel and every one was charming! All of the staff and the various locations were friendly, polite, and always extremely helpful and accommodating."

      Vanessa K.

      Hillsborough, CA

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      Our Area Specialists know every detail about our tours. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Be sure to check the expiration date. For entry to Uganda, your passport must be valid for at least six months after your departure from Uganda and have a minimum of two double blank pages available. It is very important that the blank pages say &#8220;Visas&#8221; at the top. The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\/passport_1738.html\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> (the service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016) or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisaexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a>. Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip. <br><br>It is a good idea to carry photocopies of your passport's photo page and any acquired visa pages for your trip (if applicable) in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.","Custom_Visas_and_Entry_Notes":"US citizens need a visa for Uganda. (Current cost is $50, subject to change without notice). Travelers can apply for their visas online once they confirm their return flight as this is a requirement for the application,<strong> however, the visa is only valid for 90 days from the visa's date of issue. <\/strong>We recommend either the<strong> <\/strong>Uganda e-visa application system (<a href=\"https:\/\/visas.immigration.go.ug\/\">visas.immigration.go.ug\/<\/a>), or Passport Visas Express (<a href=\"https:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/\">passportvisasexpress.com\/<\/a>) to obtain your visa. <br><br>Step 1: Choose the type of visa: \"Uganda Ordinary\/Tourist Visa\" (single entry)<br>Step 2: Fill out the requested personal and travel information. Our local partner's office address is required on the form: <br><br>Classic Africa Safaris<br>Plot number M, 77 Erica Magala Road<br>Entebbe, Uganda <br><br>(+256) 784-332-501 (local office hours). (+256) 772-642-527 (24\/7 or emergency line) <br><br>Step 3: Upload clear copies of current passport, yellow fever certificate, and a passport photo. (For an East Africa Tourist visa, a travel itinerary and proof of return ticket must also be submitted.)<br>Step 4: Once the online application form is completed and submitted, the applicant will receive a barcoded email notification of approval. This can take 3 or more days. Once received, this bar-coded email should be printed and brought to Uganda for presentation upon arrival.<br>Step 5: Upon arrival in Entebbe, the bar-coded email along with passport and original yellow fever certificate must be presented. The Immigration officer will scan the barcode, take fingerprints and a photograph and collect the visa fee (USD cash only, in excellent condition and dated 2009 or later). Your visa will then be printed and pasted into the passport. <br><br>The visa is valid for 90 days from the visa's date of issue. <br><br>If you plan on extending your trip to Kenya or Rwanda, you will also need a Kenya or Rwanda Visa. You can apply for an East Africa Tourist Visa, which allows you to visit Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. The holder of the East Africa Tourist Visa shall enter from the country that issued the visa and move within the two other countries without applying for another visa or paying another visa fee. If you go to Kenya first, you can obtain this visa upon arrival. If you visit Uganda or Rwanda first, you'll need to obtain the visa in advance. The visa is valid for 90 days and costs $100. <br><br>If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements.","Custom_Money":"The unit of currency is the Uganda shilling. We recommend you bring most of your funds in US cash. US currency is accepted to pay for expenses at most, but NOT all accommodations. However, because you will generally receive a lower exchange rate using US dollars, and they are extremely difficult for locals to exchange, we highly recommend changing some of your money at the airport, upon arrival in Entebbe. Important: US bills must be clean, in good condition, and dated 2009 or newer. Old bills are not accepted. US cash in large bills ($50 and $100) gets a better rate than $20s. Small bills ($1) are not welcomed. You will always receive a better price for souvenirs purchased with shillings. <br><br>Traveler's checks are not accepted. Only Visa credit cards are accepted at hotels and lodges (not widely accepted anywhere else) and there is often a 5% to 7% surcharge. ATMs within Uganda are located at the international airport and in some of the larger cities such as Kampala and Entebbe. The ATM at the airport has often been out of service, but recently additional machines have recently been installed, so the likelihood of one of the machines working is better, but cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, please do not rely on the use of ATMs to obtain cash while on your safari. ATMs will only accept Visa cards and cash will be given in Ugandan Shillings. Consult with your Trip Leader on how much cash to exchange. Any extra Uganda shillings can be exchanged at the airport upon departure. If you plan to use your credit card abroad, inform your credit card company before your departure that you will be using the card in a foreign country. <br><br>You will need to budget spending money for gratuities, for meals not included in the trip itinerary, and for personal items such as souvenirs. Note: Laundry service fees can be expensive at hotels, but laundry is complimentary at Ndali Lodge and Gorilla Forest Camp.","Custom_Tipping":"Tipping is completely discretionary but customary. Over the years, clients have asked us for tipping guidelines to reward outstanding service. All tipping is included except for your driver\/guide. A range of reference for your driver\/guide would be $15-20 USD per trip member per day.","Custom_Food":"Please reach out to us directly to discuss any dietary restrictions or concerns you may have. We can easily make arrangements for most diets, but please keep in mind that certain cultural differences or logistical limitations can make it difficult or at times impossible to accommodate all requests. With this in mind, please inform us at least eight weeks before your trip if you have a special diet, and any food allergies in particular, so we can do our best to meet your needs.","Custom_Communications":"<strong>Telephone<\/strong><br>The international dialing code for Uganda is 256. Please contact your cell phone company for specific instructions for international use.<br><strong><br>Email &amp; Internet Access<\/strong><br>Internet access at our hotels and lodges may be available but is not guaranteed.","Custom_Electricity":"The electrical current in Uganda is 240 volts. Plugs are usually three-pin, square peg (as in the UK). You will need an outlet adapter if you wish to use any personal appliances or recharge batteries while on traveling in East Africa. <br><br>Some accommodations may have generators that run only during certain hours during the day (usually morning and evening). In lodges where there is no electricity in the guest rooms, cameras and video equipment can be charged in the manager's office\/main building upon request. You may also wish to bring a cigarette lighter adapter that can be used while in vehicles. If you wish to recharge camera batteries, you will also want to bring a spare which can be charged while you are out for the day. You will not be able to use hair dryers or electric razors while in most tented camps, as they have low wattage fuses, which will trip if such appliances are used. <br><br>For those with sleep apnea, CPAP machines can be accommodated on this adventure as long as advance notice has been given. You must bring any necessary power converters or outlet adapters with you, as they will not be available during the adventure. In addition, we recommend bringing a battery pack that can be recharged in order to ensure the use of your machine at all accommodations.","Custom_Laundry":"Laundry service is available at most lodges along the way, which will help you pack light.","Custom_Ship_Notes":"","Custom_Inoculations":"Entry requirements are subject to change; check with the Centers for Disease Control for updates. All shots should be entered on your International Health Card (yellow card), which is provided by the facility giving the shots. Keep it with your passport while traveling. This provides an important personal record for you to refer to when making future travel plans. We recommend you discuss the following with your physician:<br><strong><br>Yellow Fever (Required)<\/strong><br>Proof of a Yellow Fever inoculation is currently required for Uganda. For most travelers, a single dose of yellow fever vaccine provides long-lasting protection and a booster dose of the vaccine is not needed. However, some travelers may require a booster dose. Also, certain countries might require a booster dose of the vaccine; visit the CDC Travelers' Health link (<a href=\"https:\/\/wwwnc.cdc.gov\/travel\">cdc.gov\/travel<\/a>) for information on specific country requirements. Have proof of the shot recorded in your International Health Card and carry the card with your passport. Health officials at borders often (but not always) request proof of the shot. <br><br>Please note: According to the CDC, people 60 years or older may be at increased risk for serious adverse events following vaccination, compared with younger persons. This is particularly true if they are receiving their first yellow fever vaccination. If you are over 60, please discuss this with your physician. If you are advised to decline the vaccine, please get a written waiver from your physician or travel clinic in case you might need it during the visa application process.<br><strong><br>Polio<\/strong><br>People who have received the primary series of at least three doses of polio vaccine are considered fully immunized. People who are unsure of their status should receive the vaccine (three doses spaced at intervals).<br><strong><br>Hepatitis<\/strong><br>The vaccines HAVRIX and VAQTA (two injections, six to 18 months apart) give long-term protection against Hepatitis A and are worthwhile if you travel regularly to developing countries.<br><strong><br>Tetanus Booster<\/strong><br>A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years).<br><strong><br>Typhoid<\/strong><br>The CDC recommends the injection or the oral vaccine, Vivotif Berna. You may not be able to take the oral vaccine simultaneously with mefloquine (for malaria prevention).","Custom_International_Health":"Proof of a Yellow Fever inoculation is currently required for the following countries: Rwanda, South Africa (if traveling from Zambia), Tanzania (if traveling to Zanzibar or from Kenya), and Uganda. Have the shot recorded in your International Health Card and carry the card with your passport as proof. The vaccination is good for life. For more information, refer to <a href=\"https:\/\/wwwnc.cdc.gov\/travel\">cdc.gov\/travel<\/a>.","Custom_Malaria_Prevention":"All travelers to Uganda are urged to take antimalarial medications. Malaria is a serious but preventable disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Please discuss antimalarial medication with your doctor, who will explain various antimalarials and their side effects and recommend a regimen for you. In addition to medication, a further precaution against malaria is to wear long sleeves and long pants at dusk. Thin clothing should be sprayed with insect repellent, especially around the elbows and ankles. Use repellent containing DEET. <br><br>If, after returning from your trip, you have a persistent fever, fever with chills, muscle aches, and headache, report to your doctor the possibility of exposure to malaria. <br><br>For further malaria information, consult your doctor or the CDC Malaria Hotline (<a href=\"https:\/\/www.cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers\/\">cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers<\/a>) or by phone at 888-232-3228.","Custom_Staying_Healthy":"<strong>Drinking Water<\/strong><br>Consider all tap water unsafe. Do not drink it or brush your teeth with it; use bottled water, available everywhere. Don't use ice in your drinks unless you are sure it was made with treated water. When in doubt, ask your Trip Leader for guidelines. <br><br><strong>Bot Fly Bites<\/strong><br>Bot flies bites are a rare occurrence for travelers in the tropics and rarely cause serious health problems but we want you to be aware of the possibility. (Bot flies are called mango flies in Uganda.) If you have a mosquito bite that seems extremely itchy, is swollen or raised, looks like a spider bite or a boil, or has a small hole in the center, ask your local guide or Trip Leader how to treat it. If you have already returned home, see your doctor and be sure to tell him or her that you have been in a tropical area. Try to find a doctor who knows about tropical medicine, as few US doctors are knowledgeable about bot fly bites. In general, judicious use of mosquito repellent with DEET is the best way to avoid bites.<br>","Custom_Getting_In_Shape":"In order to ensure that you enjoy your visit with the gorillas to the fullest extent, it is a good idea to engage in an exercise program for at least several weeks or even months before your departure. The treks, which usually last between two and eight hours, including one hour spent with the gorillas, may cover more than four miles in distance and may occur in any kind of weather; rain may occur at a moment's notice. In addition, you may also be walking for up to six hours when viewing the chimps in Kibale Forest. <br><br>Please also note that the gorilla treks occur at altitudes of up to 7,500 feet above sea level and can be very physically strenuous. At this altitude, shortness of breath, pounding heart, and lack of energy are normal responses to the diminished amount of oxygen in the air. To lessen the effects of altitude, should you feel tired or short of breath, we highly recommend drinking plenty of water. Proper hydration is essential, particularly at higher altitudes. In addition, the avoidance of alcohol, cigarettes, and heavy foods will go a long way towards preventing acute symptoms. It can be very humid and the terrain is often steep, rough and, at times, slippery and muddy. The goal is to be able to walk uphill for several hours, so make sure your exercise regimen includes walking up inclines. 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Discover the perfect companions for your journey ahead by <a href=\"https:\/\/bookshop.org\/lists\/wilderness-travel-uganda\">following the link<\/a> or scanning the QR code.","Custom_Photography":"","Custom_Cultural_Considerations":"","Custom_Giving_Back":"","Custom_Enviromental_Concerns":"","Custom_Shopping_and_Souvenirs":"","Custom_Seasickness":"","Custom_Explore":"","Custom_Additional_Information":"<strong>Language<\/strong><br>English is the official language of Uganda and is taught in grade schools, used in courts of law, and by most newspapers and some radio broadcasts. Ganda or Luganda is the most widely used of the Niger-Congo languages, and is preferred for native language publications in the capital and may be taught in school.","Custom_Essentials":"<ul><li>Air tickets (or E-tickets)<\/li><li>\nPassport<\/li><li>\nOne other picture ID, such as driver's license<\/li><li>\nInternational Health Card (&#8220;Yellow Card&#8221;) with proof of Yellow Fever inoculation<\/li><li>\nExpense money<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Luggage":"Charter flights within Uganda strictly limit the weight of passengers' luggage, including carry-ons and camera equipment. Please check directly with your Wilderness Travel contact for the specific luggage weight limits for your group. <br><br>Luggage should be <strong>soft-sided (wheels okay)<\/strong>. Excess baggage on internal flights is subject to being left behind and later shipped to you at considerable expense. If you have excess luggage that you won't need while on safari, you can leave it with our office in Entebbe at the start of your trip (make sure all bags are locked and labeled). You will then be reunited with it when you return to Entebbe at the end of the trip. <br><br>Note that trip members weighing over 187 lbs. may be subject to the purchase of an additional seat depending on how full the flight is. Please contact our office so we can check with the charter company. <br><br>You should also bring a daypack for camera gear, binoculars, water bottle, and personal items needed during the day. You must bring a daypack for gorilla tracking, as you will use it to carry your lunch, layers, water, etc. <br><br>Note: If you are planning to extend your trip for game viewing in Kenya, there are also strict weight limits on small plane flights to the Masai Mara.","Custom_Clothing":"<strong>Gorilla &amp; Chimp Trekking<\/strong><br>On your primate treks, strong hiking boots with good tread and ankle support are essential. We highly recommend a breathable, quick-drying long sleeve shirt and long pants. Bring a light, waterproof jacket with a hood, as it can rain at any time. You should also dress in\/bring layers (it can get hot or cold quickly). Wear thick, long socks, gaiters (see below for more information), and sturdy gloves (see below for more information). 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. 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