The Great Gorilla Project
Arrival at Entebbe International Airport. A project leader or a representative from the guesthouse will meet you at the airport and take you to the guesthouse, which is approximately 15 minutes from the airport.
Free and Easy morning (a chance to enjoy the guesthouses lovely setting and great breakfast). Around midday you will be transferred to the jetty for an afternoon trip to the award winning Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary. It takes approximately 50 minutes by speed boat and you will get to find out about the conservation work being done by the island and get to see the chimps come down for their afternoon feeding.
Transfer to Kisoro (10 hour drive). On the way you will stop at the Equator so you can witness being half in the northern and half in the southern hemispheres as well as visit the many beautiful local craft shops here. Just over half way through the journey you will break for lunch at a hotel on the way. Late afternoon you will arrive at The Golden Monkey Guesthouse, part of the community development programme, where you will stay for the rest of your project.
Orientation and briefing of the area. A chance to go and exchange money/go to the internet/buy phone sim cards to call home. In the evening there will be an introduction by the Wildlife Clubs of Uganda, GAFI and Mgahinga Community Development Organisation.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable Forest (Also on one other day during day 6-13)
Give back days with various volunteer activities. On these days you will be taking part in a variety of activities working alongside Great Apes Film Initiative (GAFI), Wildlife clubs of Uganda and the Mgahinga Community Development Organisation. These activities will include: - Building and establishing a tree nursery bed for the community to raise indigenous trees and provide an income for the community school. This is a very sustainable measure we are implementing to enable the local community and children at the school to learn about the native species to the national park, to be able to plant the seedlings raised within the community to provide sources of firewood, fruiting trees for animal fodder, as nitrogen fixing for the soil and to increase the coverage of the national park in the long run. Also any surplus seedlings can be sold on at a small profit to the school which in turn will improve their education and facilities, and in growing the trees at the school itself, raises generations who are much more aware of the needs of their environment. - Community tree planting to expand the coverage of forest and provide alternative sources of fuel/fodder/food. We will use native tree species to kick start the kind of planting that will be able to happen once the tree nursery is established. You will also spend a day tree planting at Lake Mutanda, which may involve medicinal species planting to further support the community and reduce the need to look to the national park to obtain some of these plants, protecting it further. - A trip to National park to see the children you have enabled to visit the national park alongside the Wildlife Clubs of Uganda. Many of the children who are part of the wildlife clubs of Uganda have free entrance to the National Parks as a benefit of being a member, however many of these children come from very remote areas or extremely impoverished backgrounds, and just the ability to cover the transport to get them to the parks is not there. Therefore included in the price of the project, each person taking part has enabled a child from one such community to visit Mgahinga national park and get a direct education in the forest they are being taught to protect. On this day, you will also have the chance to visit the park and possible learn a thing or two along with the children, and witness their passion and drive to protect the world they live in. - Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable Forest You will have a day off in the middle where we can help you organise trekking in the national parks
Transfer back to Entebbe (10 hours), once again with a stop for lunch and at the Equator to pick up those last minute bits that you forgot to buy on the way out! You will be taken to the airport for your flight out that night. If you flight is not until the next day you may need to book accommodation for this night at your own cost.
- Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable Forest - Assist in a pedal powered film session to educate remote schools and communities through GAFI's project - Meet Sir Ian Redmond, OBE honoured gorilla conservationist with over 30 years experience - A visit to Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary. - A stop at the Equator! - Building and establish a tree nursery bed - Community tree planting to expand the coverage of forest and provide alternative sources of fuel/fodder/food. - A trip to National park to see the children you have enabled to visit the national park alongside the Wildlife Clubs of Uganda.
- Accommodation - Pick up transfers - Overland transport - Meal allowance - you will be given a food allowance that will cover the average diet and enough water for each day. It will be up to you to manage your budget and does not include soft drinks or alcohol. These are however available at the guesthouse but you may want to bring some extra spending money for this. - All volunteering activity, equipment and donations - Local Guides - English speaking tour leader
- International flights - Visa - Insurance - Personal expenses - Medical expenses - Drinks - Tips/gratuities - Camera fees - On this trip up to 2 gorilla permits will have to be purchased in advance at USD 350.00 - Note: The supplier will purchase the gorilla permits on your behalf to ensurethe correct day and group. Permits are not included in the purchase price are non refundable as stated on the Ugandan Wildlife Authority website: http://www.uwa.or.ug/gorilla.html