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We pride ourselves on the skillful planning of gorilla safari treks, climbs, the Big 7 safaris and special interest holidays for the most discerning traveler. Trek East Africa Safaris will offer you the best possible introduction to the mystery and beauty of East Africa’ spectacular places – the awesome gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda, the fascinating climbs to Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya and Mt. Rwenzori; to the exciting safari animal kingdom of Serengeti, Masaai Mara; Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Akagera National Parks, white water rafting and to the Beach in Mombasa, Zanzibar and Ssese Island. The list of destinations is endless. Out trips are filled with great experiences and fond memories. Trek East Africa focuses on minute details to ensure that your trip will be the stepping-stone to a breakaway from the ordinary. As the Trek East Africa Motto goes; “The customer is king!“

OUR TOP HOLIDAY SAFARIS AND ITINERARIES

Trek East Africa Safari will tailor-make your itinerary, focusing on your interests – may it be Gorilla Trekking, Mountain Climbing, Chimpanzee tracking, wildlife Game viewing, Scenic drives or visits to places of cultural significance.

TREK EAST AFRICA SAFARIS

THE EAST AFRICA TAILORED SAFARI TRIPS

HIGHLIGHTS ON YOUR UGANDA TRIP

Most trips take a circular route around the country. You fly into Entebbe, on the northwestern shore of Lake Victoria, and travel in a 4×4 with a private driver-guide in a clockwise or anti-clockwise loop. The classic route, which I recommend, takes in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (with a stop usually made en route in Lake Mburo National Park to break up the ten-hour journey), Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kibale Forest National Park, which is around six hours northwest of Entebbe.

The roads can be bumpy (my guide joked that I was being treated to an ‘African massage’) and they sometimes skirt the edge of steep drops, but your driver will be familiar with the route and put you at ease. As there are some long journeys, you get to see a large portion of the country and its shifting landscapes.

Trek East Africa (TEA) offers public and private sector clients’ gorilla treks, Africa tours, travel and transport services

SAFARI DESTINATIONS

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Tree Climbing Lion in Queen Elizabeth National Park Ishasha Section

Murchison Falls National Park

Volcanoes National Park

Akagera National Park

Semuliki National Park

Safari Stories For Inspiration

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We strongly recommend the following: Rain poncho (lightweight), long-sleeved shirt, waterproof trousers, sturdy hiking boots, leather gardening -type gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent and any necessary medications must be brought by yourselves. Still Cameras and Camcorders are allowed, but bring batteries.

GORILLA RULES

ON THE WAY TO THE GORILLAS

1) Always wash your hands before you head out to the gorillas.

2) A maximum number of eight (8) visitors may visit a group of habituated Mountain gorillas in a day. This minimizes behavioral disturbance to the gorillas and the risk of their exposure to human borne diseases.

3) You will be taken to where the guides left the gorillas the day before. From there you will follow the mountain gorillas’ trail to find them. Look out for the gorillas’ nesting sites along the way!

4) When you reach the Mountain Gorillas, the guides will inform you when to get your cameras ready.

5) Please always keep your voices low. You will also be able to observe the great birdlife and other wildlife in the forest.

6) Do not leave rubbish in the park. Whatever you bring into the forest should be carried back with you.

WHEN YOU ARE WITH THE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS

1) Keep your voices low at all times. However, it is okay to ask the guide (s) questions.

2) You must stay in a tight group when you are near the mountain gorillas.

3) Keep a minimum of 7 metres (21 feet) from the Mountain Gorillas. This is to protect the Mountain Gorillas from human disease transmission.

4) Do not eat or drink while you are near the mountain gorillas.

5) Sometimes the Mountain Gorillas charge. Follow the guide’s example crouch down slowly. DO NOT look the Mountain Gorilla in the eye. Wait for the Gorillas to pass and do not attempt to run away as this could increase the risk of attack.

6) Do not touch the Mountain Gorillas. They are wild animals.

7) Flash photography is not allowed. When taking pictures, move slowly and carefully.

8) The maximum time visitors are allowed to spend with the Mountain Gorillas is one hour. This is done to limit their disturbance. If the Mountain Gorillas become agitated or nervous, the guide will end the visit early.

9) After the visit, keep your voices low until you are 200 metres away from the Mountain Gorillas.

GENERAL HEALTH RULES

Remember Mountain Gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases. The following are ways to minimize the risk your visit might pose to them;

1) If you are feeling ill, or have a contagious disease when you are already at the park, please volunteer to stay behind. An alternative visit will be arranged for you or you will be refunded your money as per gorilla reservation guidelines.

2) If you feel the urge to cough or sneeze when you are near the Mountain Gorillas, please turn your head away and cover your nose and mouth in order to minimize the spread of viruses or bacteria.

3) Always stay 7 metres (21 feet) away from the Mountain Gorillas. The further back you are, the more relaxed the group will be.

4) Respect the Gorilla limit imposed on the time visitors are allowed with the Mountain Gorillas each day. This minimizes the risk of disease transmission and stress to the group.

5) If you need to go to the “toilet” while in the forest, please ask the guide to dig you a hole and ensure you cover it when you have finished.

6) Do not leave any rubbish in the park.

By following the rules above and through purchase of a permit, you are contributing to the conservation of the Mountain Gorilla.

A percentage of the funds raised from park entrance fees and the community levy on permits is shared with the local communities living adjacent to the parks so as to help contribute to their development projects and also improve on the natural resource management in the region.

Any breach of these rules may lead to termination of tracking without any refund.

The plight of Africa’s mountain gorillas really came about in the 1960s predominantly through the work of Dian Fossey. A lot of the work she did, through extensive studies and research, launched Africa’s mountain gorillas to fame.

Reasons for trekking mountain gorillas varies from person to person and there may be a few people who can’t even give you a valid reason why they are so interested in it. However, whether you have a reason or not, gorilla trekking remains one of the most stirring and rewarding wildlife experiences there is.

Uganda Tourism Association
Uganda Tourism Board
Uganda Wild Life Authority
Association Of Uganda Tour Operators
African Conservation Foundation