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Courtesy of Rafiki Eco-Safaris, enjoy a truly incredible, once-in-a-lifetime, 5-day, 4-night Gorilla Expedition for two people at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Stay includes accommodation for 2 in a Luxury Cottage-Double Room; all meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner with bottled drinking water only; local ground transportation to and from the destination (travel time 11 hours); English-speaking guide and Batwa tribe community visit. Stay is valued at approximately $2,150 USD / £1,735 GBP*. Please note the winner will be required to separately pay for the gorilla tracking fee permit of $750 per person; Visa fees of $50 USD per person; the Kisoro surcharge of $70 USD per person; internal flights and international flights to and from Uganda; and for all additional personal expenses and purchases including further meals, drinks, laundry, gratuities, etc. Rafiki Eco-Safaris is more than happy to help the winner to extend their expedition to include visits to other National Parks such as Queen Elizabeth, Kibale Forest, and Murchison Falls – any extensions will need to be paid for separately by the winner at the time of booking their expedition.
Note: The trip by road is more scenic than traveling by air. However, the winner can choose to travel by road on the first day and by air $700 return (inter-regional flight) on the 5th day if they wish.
Auction stay dates: to be booked in advance and stay taken in November 2022, or in April, May or November 2023, excluding stays over the Easter weekend, subject to availability.
Rafiki Eco-Safaris offers great travels and tours to the African wilderness. They cater to the inbound traveler and groups planning their Safari to Uganda: the Pearl of Africa and East Africa. They create friendly experiences for all travelers that are sustainable for both the wildlife and environment and are also responsible to the local communities.
This auction is for an incredible Rafiki Eco-Safaris Gorilla Expedition. Visit Uganda and embark on a journey to meet one of the world’s most endangered species: the mountain gorilla. These gentle giants reside in the beautiful Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to half the world’s gorillas which is estimated to be about 440 out of the total 880. Guests on this amazing journey will encounter Uganda’s vibrant and varied wildlife whilst hiking through tropical forests with experienced guides. The challenging treks will be rewarded by this action-packed adventure.
This will truly be one of the most exciting experiences of a lifetime. The gorillas are gentle animals, and it is an unforgettable experience to photograph them as they interact. Guests will be able to stare into the eyes of these gentle giants and watch them in awe as they play and go about their daily activities. Each encounter is different and has its own rewards; you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming, and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display. The guides might also look for other primates like the L’ Hoest Monkey, Black and White Colobus; Red-tailed and Blue monkeys. Other mammals you might see include the Rwenzori Duiker, Yellow back duiker, Caruthers squirrel, Bohm’s and Alexander squirrels, and many more.
Entebbe – Kisoro (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest) See note (a) and (b): Depart Entebbe 0700, Arrive Kisoro 0810. Return Journey: Depart Kisoro 0825, Arrive Entebbe 1125.
a. Kisoro flights are subject to the prevailing weather conditions and strictly morning flights
b. Kisoro has a surcharge of USD 70 per person
c. Will operate with a minimum of 4pax and does NOT apply to Kisoro
d. Services from Entebbe will route via Murchison Falls National Park except for Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday
e. Subject to Pakuba to Kasese/Mweya traffic
4-night Gorilla Expedition: a once in a lifetime experience at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Welcome to Uganda.
Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. By road (Travel time 11 hours)
Go Gorilla Tracking with packed lunch. Experience the once-in-a-lifetime experience. Come face to face with these giant primates.
Explore the Batwa tribe community’s original habitants of the forest. Enjoy their folk stories and dances.
End of Safari. Travel back home in the evening, with travel memories for family and friends.
The winner and their guests will be staying at Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (the word Ichumbi means ‘a cool, comfortable home). The lodging facility lies just a 10-minute walk to Rushaga gate of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and has a spectacular view of the park right from your room! The lodge has been designed to provide high-end comfort and relaxation during Gorilla tracking experiences, birding watching, and generally whilst enjoying forest life, all surrounded by an impressive landscape. The winner will be staying in a luxury double room with a double bed, hot water, hair drier & hair straightener (on request). On arrival, guests will be met with a hot or cold towel, and the lodge provides a collection of guests from either the airport or from nearby towns (Kabale & Kisoro on advance request).
If the winner chooses to extend their visit to Uganda to include visiting other places, Rafiki Eco-Safaris would only be too happy to discuss other options.
Terms and Conditions
Luxury Travel Diary terms and conditions apply. *This auction item is valued at approximately $2,150 USD by Rafiki Eco-Safaris – please note this valuation is the list price provided to Luxury Travel Diary by the Auction Prize Provider and should be used as a guide only as cheaper discounted rates may be available. No cash alternative is available. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion, or discount. The prize stay is subject to confirmation and accommodation choice may change if one quoted is not available. This auction item excludes flights and transport – you will need to arrange and pay for your own flights/transportation to and from your home to your agreed Rafiki Eco-Safaris collection point to coincide with your booking. Your stay is subject to availability, must be booked in advance, and stay taken in November 2022 or in April, May, or November 2023, excluding stays over the Easter weekend. Please note the winner will have to pay the gorilla tracking fee permit of $750 per person; Visa fees of $50 USD per person; the Kisoro surcharge of $70 USD per person; internal flights and international flights to and from Uganda; and for all additional personal expenses and purchases including further meals, drinks, laundry, gratuities, etc. Please note any associated taxes/resort fees/entrance fees etc., and all additional purchases will be collected from the winner by the relevant property at the time of booking your stay or on departure and will not be deducted from the amount bid for the item. Please note Rafiki Eco-Safaris terms and conditions also apply to this prize which can be read in full here: http://rafikisafarisuganda.com/terms-and-conditions/ . Winners must pay for their auction item in full via PayPal within 48 hours of the auction’s end. The full Terms of our auctions can be found here. To the fullest extent permitted by law, Luxury Travel Diary will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of the winners’ use or enjoyment of the prize; and the winner acknowledges that Luxury Travel Diary accepts no responsibility whether directly or indirectly for any claims whatsoever arising in respect of the prizes provided by third-party providers or sponsors.