Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

Gorilla Trek | Chimpanzee Trek | Guided Adventure

Uganda

Connect to life on the rivers, in the villages, and on the mountains of Uganda 

EXCLUSIVE! Gene & Jo Ann Taylor, co-founders of The Walking Connection are your hosts and walking companions for this small group adventure. Built with safety, social distancing, and serenity as priorities, this is the perfect adventure for a private family or group of close friends. 

October 22 - 31, 2022 

With optional three-night extension pre and post extensions.

10-Days, 9-Nights

A unique adventure to the Impenitrible Forest and Uganda's Mountain Gorillas.

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$1,000,000USD        

per person, double occupancy

$300 USD Due With Registration

WE ARE YOUR 

CONNECTION

To us, Todos Santos, Mexico is Sergio and Bryan Jauregi. We began visiting Los Colibris Casistas a decade ago. They are two of the most welcoming hosts you will ever meet and we are proud to call them our friends. When our journey is over, you'll do the same. Both of them, along with every member of their team will see to it that your adventure is just right for you, whether that's packing a lunch to sit on the beach or climbing the regions tallest mountain! 

 

As The Walking Connection begins to rollout our plans for our 2021, we chose this adventure because of how closely they work with Jo Ann to carefully plan a safe and fun adventure that features outdoor meals, socially distanced walks and hikes and accommodations that meet and exceed all the safety standards and best practices required in today's world. 

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Your Experience

Level of Activity

 

This is a beach adventure holiday with optional activities on both land and sea.

 

Each day consists of 3-5 hours of adventure, most centered around water activities and walking over various terrains - all optional with plenty of opportunities for your own down time. Hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding or easy beach walks are all available for varied abilities.  

And don't forget to pack your camera with crystal blue waters and glorious sunsets, photo opportunities will abound!

 

It is our mission to provide you with the most fulfilling and appropriate adventure for your fitness level. We are available to discuss options ahead of booking!

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Level of Comfort

The sleeping accommodations on this journey are very comfortable and always with lots of personality. Although star ratings are not particularly helpful when it comes to small boutique casitas and luxury tents on the beqch, you will feel pampered with a front row view of both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean!


Though you are travelling essentially the width of Baja California Sur over the course of this breakway, the weather will be similar from day to day. We expect to have fine weather that will be basically dry.  


Temperatures should be around 80° -85°f (25°- 30°c) during the day, with pleasant evenings at 60° - 65°f (15°- 20°c) 

All meals and activities are in the great outdoors in wide open spaces with plenty of room for social distancing.

We will be following the Adventure Travel COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines using international industry standards, public resources from the CDC, WHO, governments and tour operators.

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Photo Credit: ColinRuggiero

THIS is Glamping 

 

Ever since the Walking Connection's first trip to Kenya 25 years ago we have loved glamping! On our return from Africa, we sought out other unique locations where we could connect deeply to stunning nature in an authentic way. 

Glamping is where being in the great outdoors meets modern luxury. It's where you can have a deeper engagement with your surroundings and still enjoy the comforts of home, sleeping beneath a blanket of stars. 

 

With high style under canvas, think of it as glamorous camping. Beautifully decorated walk-in tents with fine linens on real beds and colorful rugs underfoot - this will be your personal space to escape the ordinary.

 

Day-By-Day

Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.

DAY 1
Arrive Entebbe, Uganda
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The hotel is situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Victoria. Conveniently it is within just a few minute's drive of the airport for easy arrivals and departures.

 

Its design is a blend of modern and African influences. Together with its expansive gardens and private white-sand beach, the comfortable surroundings are the perfect start of your Ugandan adventure with us.

 

Though we are only here for a short duration, the welcoming hospitality and warm smiles are your introduction to warm African hospitality. 

Meals Included: Dinner

Accommodation: Protea Hotel  1-Night

DAY 2
Early morning transfer back to the airport for
flight to Kasese.

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Ndali Lodge is located in the ‘Crater Field Area’ overlooking Two Crater Lakes offering mesmerizing views and just a short 45-minute drive to the chimpanzee trekking starting point. The lodge is perched on the rim of an extinct volcano which has since become the Lake Nyinambuga. At night the dining room is festooned with candles for a tranquil and intimate setting. The sitting room, reception and dining room open out onto Lake Nyinambuga. 

Early morning transfer back to the airport for flight to Kasese.


We will be met by our local guide and vehicle for a transfer through the lush agricultural countryside passing through beautiful tea plantations and to the edge of the greater Kibale Rainforest.

 

Enjoy a guided crater lake walk and a farm walk on the vanilla estate, or just kick back, relax and enjoy the surroundings.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ndali Lodge Night 1 of 2

DAY 3
Chimp trekking in Kibale Forest

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Today look forward to the opportunity to explore Kibale Forest National Park. Home to 13 primate species, a guided forest trek will be offered in search of one of the most popular primate species in the world – the chimpanzee.

 

We'll follow the soundtrack of birdsong as we trek in the depths of Ugnada's lush green forest. Grey-cheeked mangabey and the red-tailed monkey dance in the trees along the way.Well-maintained trails and generally flat terrain provide exceptional access to explore the forest.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ndali Lodge Night 1 of 2

Day 4
Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning we gently descend into The Great African Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

 

This fertile, equatorial area and has beautiful scenery and is Uganda’s most popular and accessible savannah reserve.

 

Grassy savannahs, leafy rainforests, dense papyrus swamps and natural volcanic crater lakes fill the landscape. As a result, it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more than 610 species of birds. 

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Kyambura Gorge Lodge

 Night 1 of 2

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Enjoy a mid-morning game drive and lunch at the lodge. After a siesta, enjoy afternoon lodge-based activities including a visit to the Women’s Coffee Co-op, a beekeeping project, or the active buffer zone walk and tree planting.

Day 5
Kazinga Channel boat launch

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The waterbirds in the area are plentiful; in particular, water thick-knee, yellow-billed stork, various plovers, white pink-backed Pelicans and white-bellied cormorants, with 560+ recorded species and a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24-hour period.  You will also view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world (reported to be about 30,000).

This morning game drives afternoon private boat ride along the Kazinga Channel (2hrs). The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel is one of the most popular activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

 

It provides an amazing chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh river breeze whilst observing a large selection of animals. Those species commonly seen along the riverbank are elephants, buffalo, waterbuck and Ugandan kob. On occasion, visitors will also see giant forest hog, leopard and lion. 

 

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Kyambura Gorge Lodge

 Night 2 of 2

Day 6
Queen Elizabeth NP, Community tourism

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Women's Coffee Co-op (included lodge activity for guests at Kyambura Gorge Lodge) 

The Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative is a community-based initiative designed to provide vocational training to women and an alternative, but sustainable, source of income.

 

The coffee is sold in the Kyambura and Bwindi Lodges. The coffee tours are also a popular tourism attraction for Volcanoes Safaris guests, who can see how African coffees are harvested and processed before sampling the ‘best cup of coffee in Uganda’.

This morning you have an option of lion tracking, game drives, afternoon take part in the lodge-based activities.

 

Community bee-keeping project (included lodge activity for guests at Kyambura Gorge Lodge)

In January 2012 the VSPT, in association with Malaika Honey, organised beekeeping training. The course provided apiary management, care and harvesting information to fifteen members of the Omumashaka Bee Keepers Co-Operative, who have been producing honey in Kyambura since 2006. The local farmers were taught the necessary skills to become commercial beekeepers through practical, on-site training. The hives have been set up to create a fence surrounding farmers’ land, helping to deter elephants from raiding the crops and reducing human-wildlife conflict as elephants detest bees. Sales of honey and fees paid by international visitors help make the project sustainable and increase the livelihood of local people.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Glamping Accommodation: Camp Cecil de la Sierra - Night 2 of 2

Day 7
Tree Climbing Lions ???

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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park has at least 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and is ranked as one of the best in Uganda for forest birding, with 23 highly localised Albertine Rift endemics. Bwindi is renowned for its mountain gorilla population, slightly more than half the world’s mountain gorilla population is resident in Bwindi: an estimated 480 individuals living in over 15 groups. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is an extremely special privilege and an encounter unparalleled in most likely the whole of Africa.

Morning game drive and leave behind the lush savannah grass plains of QENP with a game drive in the Ishasha sector and continue to Buhoma/Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, arriving in Buhoma town in the late afternoon. Bwindi forest is a magnificent luxuriant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rife Valley, this ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age – is regarded to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa.

 

 


 

Overnight at Bwindi Lodge (BLD)

 

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Day 8
Gorilla trekking day.

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Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras/lenses with good low light capabilities and lots of memory cards and back-up batteries are highly recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and gear.

(Trekking Buhoma groups approx 5-30 min from lodge)

 

After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point.  The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes not in excess of 7,500 feet.  The terrain is rough and at times muddy.  Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile.

 

Overnight at Bwindi Lodge (BLD)

Day 9
Kilhihi Airstrip - Entebbe

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This morning we depart the lodge at 7.30am for the drive to Kihihi airstrip (approx. 1.5 hrs) for your scheduled flight back to Entebbe airport, transfer to Entebbe Protea Hotel or Hotel No.5 for your COVID test (as needed based on current requirements).

 

Overnight at Protea Hotel or Hotel No.5 (BL)

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Day 10
Home or Points Beyond.

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

 

Enjoy a traditional lunch at Tinka’s homestead, prepared carefully for visitors and highlighting a variety of Ugandan specialties. John Tinka is a prominent community leader in the Bigodi district. His efforts to bring sustainable tourism to his community are visible in the community-run Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary and Bigodi Community Walk.

 

Tinka welcomes us into his home to enjoy a well-prepared traditional Ugandan meal. Not only will you be able to experience the typical Ugandan diet, but Tinka will also describe each dish and give you background information on the farming techniques, harvesting, and cooking methods involved in preparing the meal.

 

Afternoon Bigodi wetlands walk. Bigodi village is situated in the highlands of western Uganda, in the shadow of the Ruwenzori Mountains, the famous "Mountains of the Moon". The swamp walk takes place in the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, which is located in the Magombe wetland. The sanctuary is a major eco-tourism attraction in the Kibale Forest area. 

Where We Sleep

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Camp Cecil de la Isla

 

Our base camp on one of the island´s most beautiful beaches, features 8 beautifully decorated walk-in tents with real beds, lovely linens, bedside tables, lanterns, beach towels, storage space, rugs, chairs, and more.

 

Espiritu Xantus Café is where the on-site chef makes wonderful meals for you every day – and daily happy hour of course!  

 

For sustainability there are two shared sun showers and two compost toilet cabañas.

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Ndali Lodge

Ndali Lodge is located in the ‘Crater Field Area’ overlooking Two Crater Lakes offering mesmerizing views and just a short 45-minute drive to the
chimpanzee trekking starting point. The lodge is perched on the rim of an
extinct volcano which has since become the Lake Nyinambuga. At night the dining room is festooned with candles for a tranquil and intimate setting. The sitting room, reception and dining room open out onto Lake Nyinambuga

 

 

There are 8 cottages providing luxurious accommodation, each facing west to offer a panoramic view to the spectacular ‘Mountains of the Moon’ – Rwenzoris. The interiors are imaginatively and comfortably furnished, using local materials.
Each cottage, large enough to accommodate a family, has en-suite facilities with bath and shower, and a private verandah ideal for watching the sun setting behind the Rwenzori Mountains. At night the dining room is festooned with candles for a tranquil and intimate setting. The sitting room, reception and dining room open out onto Lake Nyinambuga and are connected by two open
breeze-ways.


Overnight Ndali Lodge BLD
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Camp Cecil de la Sierra

 

The camp is in a ranch's huerta, which is filled with beautiful mango and grapefruit trees. The accommodations are 4 exclusive beautifully decorated walk-in tents with real beds, lovely linens, bedside tables, lanterns, towels, yoga mats, fans, storage space, rugs, chairs, and more.

 

There is a library/reading area, a yoga space and a comfortable stargazing area where you can comfortably recline under the big mountain skies. 

Each tent has sustainable en suite compost toilet and camp has a shared shower cabaña.

Photo Credit: ColinRuggiero

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Photo Credit: ColinRuggiero

Photo Credit: Maasai Wanderings

Photo Credit: Maasai Wanderings

Photo Credit: Maasai Wanderings

A Dream Come True...

"“Thank you for organizing such an amazing trip to Tanzania.  Everything was first class and far exceeded my expectations.  Each day I kept asking myself, how can this get any better?  And each day it did!

- Cindy R., California

"The guides, the food, the service, and most of all our fellow travelers made this a trip of a lifetime."

- Colleen H., Alberta, Canada

"The accommodations were all excellent and unique, perfectly suited to the terrain we visited. For those who count, the numbers of animals, especially the big ones, were amazing."

- Tom M. and Elizabeth D., Arizona

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Space is limited on This EXCLUSIVE Adventure with

Gene & Jo Ann Taylor, Co-founder & President of The Walking Connection.

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WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

Gene & Jo Ann Taylor, Walking Connection co-founders will be your hosts. •4-nights accommodations •Meals per the itinerary •Bilingual certified local guides eager to share their extensive wildlife knowledge, history and culture •All activities with related equipment. •Entrance fees and permits •Daily happy hour and 2 drinks with dinner •Prescheduled group airport transfer •Detailed “Know Before You Go” information including recommended website, reading lists, packing list, what to bring, weather and much, much more

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WHAT DOES THE PRICE NOT INCLUDE?

International round trip airfare or departure taxes. •Local guide gratuities. •Travel insurance. •Airport transfers other than scheduled group transportation at beginning and end of itinerary •All items of a personal nature, including beverages and shopping • Photographs or phone calls • Discounts/Refunds on any unused portion of the tour • Anything that is not expressly stated in the itinerary or on the inclusion list above.

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WHO IS GOING ON THIS TRIP?

Our adventures typically have between 6 and 12 guests. Walking Connection travel experiences are inclusive for a variety of abilities of positive and like-minded guests, happy to enjoy nature, culture, history and fantastic food along the way including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This trip will be hosted by co-founders Jo Ann and Gene Taylor -- Come Walk With Us!

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WHAT IS THE CANCELATION POLICY?

Updated Covid Policy: Should you have to cancel your tour the following terms will apply: A full refund of your deposit will be given if we are notified 46 days or more prior to this trip. If your deposit was a credit from a previous trip postponement, the amount can only be used as a future credit. After that •For cancellations 45 days or less prior to the trip that are due to Covid-19 or government sanctioned travel restrictions, 100% of amount paid can be used as a future trip credit.•For cancellations and no shows 45 days or less prior to the trip that are not related to Covid-19, 100% of the trip price is nonrefundable. No refunds will be made for any unused portion of the tour.

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