Mountain Gorillas and Great Migration
Some things you cannot see in a zoo. Mountain gorillas and a herd of two million wildebeest are two examples.
This tour takes you there.
Did you know that there are no Mountain Gorillas in any zoos anywhere in the world? Thankfully!
There were some in captivity in the 19th and early 20th centuries but they all died. It is now unlawful to capture any Mountain Gorillas, of which there are about 1000 remaining.
The good news is that after decades of declining they are making a steady comeback. Fees paid by tourists directly fund veterinarians, armed rangers and hundreds of others who protect the health and safety of these magnificent creatures. This is one of the few good news stories in global conservation. There are now about 300 more Mountain Gorillas in the wild than when we first started taking guests to meet with them in their natural habitat.
Here's something else that often surprises people: The Great Migration is not an annual event. Rather, millions of wildebeest are constantly on the move in a huge circuit around the contiguous grasslands we know as the Maasai Mara (Kenya) and the Serengeti (Tanzania). In a miracle of nature, the rains move in an annual cycle around the vast plains, that straddle the equator. Those rains give rise to fresh green shoots and the herds of antelope follow the sweet scent of fresh grass. Consequently, whatever time of the year you wish to travel, we can plan an itinerary to match the historic schedule of this marvel of nature.
This particular itinerary is best in August and September, when the weather in Uganda is benign and the Great Migration herds are in the Maasai Mara.
NB: The international flights in this itinerary are not included in the price. They are included on the schedule to indicate the logistics for Melbourne guests. That said, it is a simple matter to readjust the itinerary to suit guests from any city in the world.
Fully Escorted: US$14,513 per person, sharing
Independent: US$12,213 per person, sharing
Fully Escorted: US$15,964 per person, sharing
Independent: US$14,534 per person, sharing
NB: Fully Escorted tours depend on a group size of six guests.
- Accommodation on bases specified herein
- Most meals (refer to accommodation basis)
- Drinks in some properties (refer to accommodation. Drinks not mentioned means not included.)
- Transfers specified herein
- Domestic flights specified herein
- On fully escorted tours you will be accompanied by an Australian guide with more than 100 safaris under their belt. That will usually be our founder, Neville Jones.
- Independent travelers will be accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide during all activities such as game drives.
- All international flights
- Some meals (refer to accommodation basis)
- Dinner at Cultiva
- Travel Insurance (compulsory)
- Passport and Visa expenses
- Tips and Gratuities
- Anything not mentioned herein