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Gorilla Encounter

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Go all-out Tarzan on this unbelievable Gorilla Encounter expedition, packed with more action than you can poke a banana leaf at. This short African safari starts and ends in Nairobi, with an optional jungle trek in neighbouring Uganda. Get up close and personal with a family of wild mountain gorillas, track chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge and check out the fabulous flamingos at Lake Nakuru. With so many memorable animal encounters, you’ll be giving David Attenborough a run for his money.

Bucket List Inclusions

Lake Nakuru National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The Great Rift Valley

Mountain gorilla trekking (part of gorilla permit payment)

Chimpanzee trekking (part of gorilla permit payment)

More Inclusions

  • 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
  • 13 nights in campsites
  • 2-person dome tents or twin share accommodation
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Camping & cooking equipment
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

Group Size

Maximum 24

Transport

Overland safari vehicle

Start/Finish Times

Start time:
Meet at 8am in Nairobi

Finish time:
Approximately 6pm in Nairobi



Combat your jet lag by arriving a day before our epic adventure, and then rise early to depart Nairobi for the 'Great Rift Valley', an enormous cleft in the Earth's surface stretching from the Red Sea to Madagascar (but with particularly marked escarpments here in Kenya). Have your camera at the ready - these views are something to write home about. Later, we stop at our camp near Lake Nakuru National Park, a relatively small park (by African standards) but with an abundant of wildlife thanks to its location on the Great Rift Valley floor. This afternoon will provide a delightful introduction to East Africa's wildlife diversity thanks to an afternoon game drive making use of local guides and smaller safari vehicles for a more intimate experience.

Included today:
-Great Rift Valley
-Lake Naru National Park game drive

Meals:
-Lunch
-Dinner
From Nakuru we continue northwest and climb in altitude towards the town of Eldoret en route to the Ugandan frontier. Brush up on your geology knowledge by learning about the significance of the Equator as we cross it today from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern. Read also: unique photo opportunities. Finally, we reach Eldoret; it's name based on the Maasai word Eldore meaning stony river, due to the stony bed of the nearby Sosiani River. The town is the fifth largest in Kenya and is the fastest growing with a population of nearly 200,000. Once we reach our fabulous campsite, sip on a sun downer around the warmth of an open log fire and marvel at the idyllic setting of waterfalls, streams and wooden bridges.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
Described by Winston Churchill as the 'Pearl of Africa', Uganda is a country with beautiful natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Travelling through Uganda, you'll be captivated by its sheer beauty and the friendliness of the local people. Tonight we camp in the capital, Kampala, which is an attractive hilly city bustling with roadside traders, markets and busy matatu (minibus taxi) stands.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
From Kampala, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, once more over the Equator and through fertile, green-terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations and tangled forests. Keep your eyes peeled for the herds of Ankole cattle, with their incredible long, curved horns, roaming the roads and paddocks. Setting up camp just a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park, you'll have the chance to kick back and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and mingle with the community, local style.

Included today:
-Queen Elizabeth National Park Chimpanzee trekking on either day 4 or day 5

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
This morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park and take in the magnificent views of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa, as well as Lakes Edwards and George. Queen Elizabeth National park has over 500 species of bird and 100 species of mammals, making it one of the most bio-diverse national parks in the world. Nearby, we visit the Kyambura Gorge for an exciting trek to see the chimpanzees. On departing the National Park, we make our way to the stunning Lake Bunyonyi - the perfect place to unwind, relax and explore (on the days that we don't trek to see the mountain gorillas, of course).

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
Over the next three days, you and your adventure buddies will be split into two groups. On the first day, one group will trek to witness the amazing mountain gorillas up close, while the others have a free day of chilling out on the lake. Then the next day, the groups swap.

On the day of our trek, we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. The area that we explore is home to the world's remaining 700 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (please note that occasionally we may need to travel into neighbouring Rwanda to see the gorillas). The trek into the thick rainforest can be demanding at times, with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest, but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort more than well worthwhile.

Please note: Depending on the availability of the chimpanzee and gorilla permits, the tour itinerary may vary from the brochure itinerary. From time to time, we may have to trek on different days. If at any time our gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, i.e Rwanda (instead of Uganda) this may entail extra visa fees, although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the tour itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Island boat trips
-Village walk
-Traditional dance
-Bird watching
-Canoe hire
If you're not on today's trek, take advantage of your free time by the seven kilometer-wide lake with an abundance of boredom-killer activities. Hire canoes and swing by some of the islands, wander the local tribes and villages, visit the local orphanage, and channel your inner explorer with a nature walk. Alternatively, kick your feet up at camp and catch up on the diary or postcards back home.

Included today:
-Gorilla trekking on either day 7 or day 8

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Island boat trips
-Village walk
-Traditional dance
-Bird watching
-Canoe hire
For those with a free day, spend your time swanning around the campsite, canoe the lake's peaceful waters or discover why the stunning area is known as the 'place of many birds' with a spot of bird-watching. Today's on your watch, so spend it as you see fit.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Island boat trips
-Village walk
-Traditional dance
-Bird watching
-Canoe hire
Leaving Lake Bunyonyi, we make our way back across the Equator, through lush pasture lands and the northern reaches of Africa's largest lake, Lake Victoria, to Kampala. A hotspot for great food and entertainment, Kampala is the perfect place for our overnight stay. Take the night to enjoy the hospitality of the local Ugandans, before resting your head and getting in some much-needed zzz's.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
After we farewell the capital, we venture a short distance to Jinja where our camp on the grassy banks of the River Nile awaits. It was in 1862 that the British explorer John Hanning Speke recognised Lake Victoria as the 'source of the Nile', settling a long running dispute about Africa's (and the world's) longest river. From this modest monument, the Nile begins its 6,610km journey through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
Since our camp in Jinja overlooks a dramatic set of rapids (known as Bujagali Falls), it's no surprise the region is somewhat of an adrenaline playground. Thrill seekers will revel in the chance to try optional white water rafting, but if you lack that daredevil streak, mountain biking, quad biking and village walks are also on offer.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Bungee jumping
-Quad biking
-White water rafting
-Community school project
-Nile Cruise
-Nile stand up paddleboarding
-Kayaking
-Fishing trips
-Mountain biking
When you've had your fill of heart-racing activities, roll up your sleeves and take the opportunity to make a difference for children at a local school project. 'Softpower' is a locally-run volunteer programme aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area. Your contribution of a few hours of painting or plastering is always most welcome (and serves as a great mood booster, too).

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Bungee jumping
-Quad biking
-White water rafting
-Community school project
-Nile cruise
-Nile Stand Up Paddleboarding
-Kayaking
-Fishing trips
-Mountain biking
After our excitement-filled break in Jinja, we retrace our steps across the border of Kenya and on towards Eldoret, where we will set up camp for the evening. Tonight, share a few laughs with your new travel pals and reminisce on your gorilla encounter stories around the campfire.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
This morning we cross the equator and make our way back to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Hold back the tears as you say farewell to the week that was and share hugs with your newfound safari sidekicks. Keen for more adventures? Chat to your guide about arranging an onwards journey.

Meals:
-Breakfast
Get excited. This. Is. Africa! First up: Kenya’s Great Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru National Park, where we’ll kick things off with a game drive. Best known for its birdlife, Nakuru also contains plenty of rhinos, leopards, warthogs, baboons and lions – so keep those eyes peeled.

Included today:
-Visit the Great Rift Valley
-Visit Lake Nakuru National Park

Meals:
-Lunch
-Dinner
Today we’ll kick it north through the highlands to Eldoret, a thriving town on the Kenya-Uganda highway. Grab dinner and go exploring before we move on to Kampala tomorrow.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
Get ready to roll into Uganda’s bustling capital city. With a rich history to explore (not to mention a whole bunch of shops, attractions and gardens) you certainly won’t be short of things to do here.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
From Kampala we’ll travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, checking out green terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations, steep mountains and tangled forests along the way. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for herds of Ankole cattle! When we reach the national park, a spot of chimpanzee trekking is on the cards. OMG.

Included today:
-Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee trek (either day 4 or day 5)

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
If the amazing mountain #views aren’t enough for you this morning, wait till you see Lake Edwards and Lake George! Did you know? Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 500 species of birds and 100 species of mammals, making it one of the most biodiverse national parks in the world. If you’re lucky, you might get to spot a few critters en route to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees (if you didn’t already make this journey yesterday). Unlike their mountain gorilla cousins, chimps live mostly in the trees, so keep an eye up high!

Included today:
-Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee trek (either day 4 or day 5)

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
Over the next three days, you and your adventure buddies will be split into two groups. On the first day, one group will trek to see the amazing mountain gorillas up close, while the others will have a free day of chilling out on the lake. Then the next day, the groups will swap.

Quick fact: the Lake Bunyonyi region is home to the world’s remaining 770 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. On the day of our trek, we’ll meet our local guide and tracker bright and early before venturing into the rainforest. The trek can be demanding at times (look out for uneven terrain and hill climbs), but trust us – the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle giants will make the effort totally worthwhile. Excited yet? We sure are!

What can you do at Lake Bunyonyi when you’re not trekking, you ask? Good question. Take your pick from our optionals: hire a canoe, hop on a boat trip or check out a traditional dance performance. If you’re all about the animal life, you can even indulge in a spot of bird watching. Wanna chill? We won’t judge. You’ll have plenty of time to relax around camp and send a few postcards home.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
If you’re not on today’s trek, take advantage of some free time by the lake with a bunch of boredom-killer activities. Hire canoes and swing by some of the islands, wander the local villages or channel your inner explorer with a nature walk.

Included today:
-Mountain gorilla trek (either day 7 or day 8)

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Island boat trip
-Visit a local village
-Hire a canoe
-Watch a traditional dance
-Go bird watching
Got a free day? Yesterday’s optionals are still here for you! Spend your time swanning around the campsite or discover why this area is known as the ‘place of many birds’ with a spot of bird watching. What’s it gonna be?

Included today:
-Mountain gorilla trek (either day 7 or day 8)

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Island boat trip
-Visit a local village
-Hire a canoe
-Watch a traditional dance
-Go bird watching
After your once-in-a-lifetime gorilla experience, it’s time to venture out of the wilderness and back into civilisation as we hit the road to Kampala.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
Onwards to Jinja – a great place for optionals like kayaking, whitewater rafting and bird watching.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
Since our camp in Jinja overlooks a dramatic set of rapids (known as Bujagali Falls), it's no surprise the region is somewhat of an adrenalin playground. Best make the most of it while you're here!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Quad biking
-Whitewater rafting
-Community school project
-Nile cruise
-Stand up paddleboarding
-Kayaking
-Fishing trip
-Mountain biking
When you've had your fill of heart-racing activities, why not roll up your sleeves and take the opportunity to make a difference to the local community by volunteering? Soft Power Education is a locally run volunteer programme aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area. Your contribution of a few hours of painting or plastering is always most welcome (and serves as a great mood booster, too).

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Quad biking
-Whitewater rafting
-Community school project
-Nile cruise
-Stand up paddleboarding
-Kayaking
-Fishing trip
-Mountain biking
After our excitement-filled break in Jinja we’ll retrace our steps across the border into Kenya. Then: it’s off to Eldoret we go! Tonight, share a few laughs with your travel buds and toast the end of your trip with one last night around the campfire.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
After breakfast we’ll carry on along the Rift Valley to Nairobi, where our Gorilla Encounter trip will wrap up. Make sure you swap numbers – you’ll want to relive the amazing experiences you’ve shared time and time again! #gorillalife

Meals:
-Breakfast

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the endangered status of Mountain Gorillas a trekking permit is required for this trip at an additional cost to the trip price. This permit must be paid in full at the time of booking in order for us to secure it for your trip. It also covers the cost of Chimpanzee trekking.

Please get in touch with us for up to date pricing during your time of travel or if you require more information regarding Gorilla permits.

 Camping

On our Camping trips, you will be staying in easy-to-assemble, two-person dome tents provided by us. Please try to keep the tent clean, zipped up and remember that no smoking, candles or mosquito coils are permitted in the tent. To keep pests away, we also ask that you not eat or leave food in your tent. Ain’t nobody got time for bugs.

Please note: You must provide your own sleeping bag on Camping trips.

  

Accommodated

Sometimes you just need your creature comforts. We totally get it. That’s why our Accommodated trips offer the same level of excitement and adventure as our Camping trips – except every day ends with a night in a comfortable bed in a range of safari cabins, tented camps and hostels.

Please note: Trips staying in Spitzkoppe and Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater will not be accommodated and two-person dome tents with a mattress and sleeping bag will be provided for these locations.

 

Campsites

Campsites you will stay in vary considerably. The general standard in East Africa is modest, although
most have reasonable toilet and shower facilities. In southern Africa, the standard is usually somewhat higher. Occasionally we may camp out in the bush (with limited or no facilities).

In addition to meal assistance, there are other odd jobs you will be expected to undertake as part of any trip in Africa. We ask that you get involved in collecting firewood, lighting fires, filling water tanks, loading luggage, keeping the truck clean and even helping with the dishes. Lending a hand has never been so much fun, trust us.

 

Uganda - Lake Bunyonyi

Boating on the lake - US$25-80

Village walk/nature walk - US$5

Traditional dance - US$30

Bird watching -US$5

Canoe hire - US$5

Uganda - Jinja

Bungee jumping - US$110

Quad biking - US$80

Nile stand up paddleboarding - US$20

Kayaking - US$20

Mountain biking - US$30

White water rafting - US$135

Community school project - US$40

Your included meals are detailed in the 'More Inclusions' section of this document. While on the road, you will be provided with three meals a day unless otherwise stated. African overland trips are participation based, which means you will be expected to do your bit for the team by helping with purchasing, cooking and cleaning-up duties. In some places, we will be able to go out for a meal.If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs, as long as you advise your travel agent or Topdeck Trip Consultant when you book. Please be aware that it may not be possible to cater for every single dietary requirement, but we will always try our best to arrange it.

Your Topdeck crew never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that’s not what friends do! We also know how much tipping can cost you. So go ahead, spoil yourself with the money you will save by travelling with Topdeck (just don’t forget Mum’s souvenir).

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One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:

When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow Topdeckers if you become separated.

In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.

It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.

05 de janeiro a 18 de janeiro
R$ 10.459,90
12 de janeiro a 25 de janeiro
R$ 10.459,90
02 de fevereiro a 15 de fevereiro
R$ 10.459,90
Saída garantida
09 de fevereiro a 22 de fevereiro
R$ 10.459,90
02 de março a 15 de março
R$ 10.459,90
30 de março a 12 de abril
R$ 10.459,90
27 de abril a 10 de maio
R$ 10.459,90
Saída garantida
04 de maio a 17 de maio
R$ 10.459,90
25 de maio a 07 de junho
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01 de junho a 14 de junho
R$ 10.459,90
22 de junho a 05 de julho
R$ 10.459,90
29 de junho a 12 de julho
R$ 10.459,90
20 de julho a 02 de agosto
R$ 10.459,90
27 de julho a 09 de agosto
R$ 10.459,90
17 de agosto a 30 de agosto
R$ 10.459,90
Saída garantida
24 de agosto a 06 de setembro
R$ 10.459,90
14 de setembro a 27 de setembro
R$ 10.459,90
21 de setembro a 04 de outubro
R$ 10.459,90
12 de outubro a 25 de outubro
R$ 10.459,90
19 de outubro a 01 de novembro
R$ 10.459,90
09 de novembro a 22 de novembro
R$ 10.459,90
16 de novembro a 29 de novembro
R$ 10.459,90
07 de dezembro a 20 de dezembro
R$ 10.459,90
14 de dezembro a 27 de dezembro
R$ 10.459,90
04 de janeiro a 17 de janeiro
R$ 10.459,90
11 de janeiro a 24 de janeiro
R$ 10.459,90
01 de fevereiro a 14 de fevereiro
R$ 10.459,90
08 de fevereiro a 21 de fevereiro
R$ 10.459,90
29 de fevereiro a 13 de março
R$ 10.459,90
07 de março a 20 de março
R$ 10.459,90
28 de março a 10 de abril
R$ 10.459,90