9-Day GORILLA & CHIMPANZEE Trekking Yoga Safari

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9 Days
Uganda
Uganda
Min Age : +10

Set your mind free as you explore and discover why Uganda’s diverse landscapes are so spectacular and home to the Mountain Gorilla. This is a surreal, magical place where you will become one with your surroundings and where days are filled with wildlife encounters, whilst also focusing on your yoga practice.

We will be teaming up with Namaste Yoga Safaris, accompanied by their professional teacher, Marcel, for the duration of the retreat.
Tour guide Ndyabagye Chris will be showing us what makes Uganda so special as we hike the Murchison Falls and drive through 5 National Parks for a chance to see Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Lion, Hyena and Leopard, just to name a few. We will set out on foot to trek Gorilla and Chimpanzee, which will for sure be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. This is truly a unique experience as only a few people get to spend time with these beauties. There are just over a thousand mountains gorillas left in the world, and half of them are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where we will be trekking these gentle giants. There are 18 gorilla families that have been habituated for tourism purposes, and 17 of those are tracked in Bwindi. Uganda is also one of the only 3 countries in the world where you can do Gorilla Trekking.

Yoga sessions depends on the day’s activities and travel time. Since most mornings start quite early due to all the amazing activities on offer and also the best time to view wildlife, you can expect a beautiful yoga flow most afternoons overlooking the jungle. Sessions will be a combination of pranayama, vinyasa flows and guided meditation – finding and creating space within. The therapeutic moves will allow you to go inward and become familiar with your own body as you link your breath and connect with nature. Here you will feel as if time is standing still, where living in the present moment is the only option. Your mind and body relaxed. The practice promotes a calming and meditative state that will benefit beginners to experienced students.

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Price Includes

  • Driver and Guide Services
  • Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
  • Air Tickets
  • Visa
Highlights (4-12 December 2022)

Daily yoga out in nature surrounded by the beauty of the Ugandan forests – Wildlife game viewing – Get up close and personal the world’s last population of mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Chimpanzee trekking – Boat cruises – Visiting the Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Lake Bunyonyi – Local and knowledgable guide – Beautiful accommodation, all with breath-taking views – Morning meditation sessions

Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVAL AIRPORT AND TRANSFER TO KAMPALA / ENTEBBE TOWN FOR OVERNIGHT​

Arrival at the Airport, transfer to your Hotel / Lodge in Entebbe or Kampala, The city of Impalas built on seven hills originally. Kampala is Uganda’s Capital City. Dinner and Overnight at Lake Victoria Serena Hotel / Golf Course Hotel, Cassia Lodge (Midrange) Red chillie Hideaway Camp / Namirembe Guest House (BB)​

Day 2 KAMPALA - MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

Our Driver Guide will pick you up from your Hotel and will depart by Road heading North west for Murchison Falls National Park with a stop in Masindi for lunch, arrival in the Park on time for Dinner and Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge / Sambiya River Lodge / Budongo Eco Lodge / Redchilli Rest Camp. (FB)​

Day 3GAME DRIVE, LAUNCH CRUISE ON THE NILE DELTA

After an early breakfast, we enjoy our first game drive through the park. Watch the parade of Elephants, Giraffe, Buffalo, and many species of Antelope pass you by and try to spot a Lion or Leopard relaxing in the sunshine. Return to the Lodge for lunch.
In the afternoon, we will take a relaxing boat trip along the Nile to the bottom of the mighty Murchison Falls. Here, we will spot Hippos, a dazzling array of birdlife along the banks like kingfisher, cormorants, bee-eater and the rare shoebill stork and of course, those Nile Crocodiles! Listen out for the thunderous and electrifying sound of the famous waterfall as you approach its base. We disembark from the boat and return to the Lodge for Dinner and Overnight as above. (FB)​

Day 4MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK - KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK​

After Breakfast, we will have an early start departing from Murchison Falls National Park and transfer to Kibale National Park late in the afternoon through Kyenjojo Fort portal Road. You will enjoy your lunch Enroute and later in the evening you reach your hotel / lodge for Dinner and Overnight at Primates Lodge / Mountains of the

Day 5CHIMPANZEE TREKKING, BIGODI WALK, WETLAND​

Up early report to the ranger station to start tracking chimpanzees in the forest and this will enable you view other primates like the colobus monkeys, Mangabeys, baboons, Bushbabies and many more. You will move with a guide who will make your walk informative and productive making it interesting. He will provide information on both flora and fauna. Have lunch and then in the afternoon you will go for a walk to Bigodi (Known for bird watching) sanctuary for plenty of birds and rare fauna and flora. Dinner and overnight at Primates Lodge / Mountains of the Moon Hotel (Luxury), Chimp Nest Tree House/ Chimpanzee View Guest house(Midrange) /Rwenzori travelers Inn (Budget). (FB)​

Day 6TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK​

After breakfast Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park enroute stop at the Salt lakes and fishing village in Katwe. Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge / Jacana Lodge / Katara Lodge (Luxury)Ihamba Safari Lodge / Enganzi Lodge / Kingfisher Lodge (Midrange) / Simba Safari Camp (FB)​

Day 7GAME DRIVE, BOAT CRUISE ON KAZINGA CHANNEL​

A morning wake up call for an early morning cup of tea /coffee with pastries. Our morning safari of Queen Elizabeth National park starts around 7:00am. We depart for a sunrise game drive on the northerly parts of the park along the Kasenyi track. It is at this time that the Big Cats are active on their daily hunts. We will drive around the crater Lakes in search of Leopards, Lions, Hyenas, Uganda Kobs and other wildlife. We later, return for breakfast and relax by the pool. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel for solitary Buffalo, Hippo and other animals at the edge of the channel as they cool off. European migrant birds like the terns and gulls congregate here in large flocks. Dinner and Overnight at your Lodge as above.

Day 8QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK TRANSFER TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK.​

An early start for Breakfast, we drive out of Queen Elizabeth National Park, driving through the Southern Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, we proceed to Bwindi with an enroute Game drive in Ishasha Viewing the Famous Tree Climbing Lions here if Lucky enough.
We Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Arriving late afternoon for Our Dinner and Overnight at Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Mist Lodge / Gorilla safari Lodge / Buhoma Community Camp / Nkuringo Gorilla Camp(FB)​

Day 9GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI FOREST - AFTERNOON VISIT TO THE PYGMIES.

Gorilla Tracking Tour Basing on time you will be able to see them; short tour 2-3 hours, long tour 8 hours, An afternoon Visit to the Pygmies Community in Bwindi. Return to Lodge for Dinner and Overnight as above (FB)​

Day 10TRANSFER BACK TO KAMPALA WITH A LUNCH STOP IN MBARARA.​

We proceed to Kampala stopping enroute at the Equator and the Drum Makers.

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