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Gorillas and Game Parks - Absolute Africa
Gorillas and Game Parks - Absolute Africa
Excellent
9 reviews
Starts
Entebbe
Destinations
+9
Ends
Arusha
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Highlights

  • Explore the Uganda Equator
  • Visit Dian Fossey's grave, gorilla orphanage
  • Game cruise at Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Discover local culture at Mto Wa Mbu markets
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Camping
Max Group Size
28
Transportation
Overland Truck
Start in Entebbe and end in Arusha! With the overland truck tour Gorillas and Game Parks, you have a 13 day tour package taking you through Entebbe, Uganda and 10 other destinations in Africa. Gorillas and Game Parks includes accommodation as well as meals, transport and more.

9 Reviews

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  • Gorillas and Game Parks reviewer 1
    Written on July 7, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Its an early start and a long bumpy ride to the gorillas. On the way you will see fantastic scenery and villages coming to life as the day breaks. Children walking miles to school in the dark. The whole trip is an event with the climax being the gorillas. You are almost certain to see them. You may have to walk for hours or minutes, its a lucky draw. No matter what you will be astounded at the magic of those beautiful creatures. Enjoy, we did.
    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for your review, Sally. You paint a beautiful description of travelling overland through East Africa and seeing what, for many, is the key highlight of our tours to this region. We would love to have you back on the Big Yellow Truck if you ever fancy exploring other parts of the route!
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  • K
    Written on July 7, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    The guide and driver were both good. Unfortunately, the trip was not that good. The young people, and those who were older but trying to relive their 20s, spent the whole time screaming drunk. And, I do mean LOUD! Like all the time! They were so loud that they would yell at the leader and contradict her. Sometimes, she had to tell them to be quiet but no one listened to her. It was totally out of control. These people had little interest in culture or wildlife but instead spent the time planning the next party. And if you're not into that, then you're not part of the group. Some of the people on the tour were so fed up that they wanted to leave and forfeit their trip costs. It was uncomfortable and I would not take another Absolute Africa tour unless you're into non-stop drinking & partying & screaming at everyone you see.
    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    We are glad to hear that you were happy with your tour leader and driver - we select our crew very carefully and they are a huge asset to Absolute. We are disappointed for you though that you were not so happy with other aspects of your tour and, this being the case, we would encourage you to get in touch with us at your convenience. We can then look into what you are raising directly. Our trips are mainly made up of travellers in their twenties and thirties who share a wish to get the most out of their time in Africa - from its famous wildlife to the varying cultures and magnificent scenery. There is regularly an eclectic mix of personalities and characters on the tours. We find that this usually enhances the trip for most clients who enjoy getting to know people from totally different walks of life. Travellers to Africa spend a lot of time and money when embarking on a trip to the continent. Our travellers are not willing to miss out on the highlights in order to party throughout the tour. What you are describing then isn’t usual. These are NOT party trips and we have a strict no alcohol policy on the truck as well as strict rules around noise. Our travellers do love to have fun for sure on the other hand, and some may enjoy a drink at camp at the end of the day, celebrating and reminiscing over the fantastic things they have seen and done together, and enjoying the friendships they make on tour. The focus though remains firmly in the activities and highlights of the tour itinerary and the crew are tasked very much to ensure the tours achieve this and typically clients extend their tours more than they wish to drop out. Do feel free then to get back to us directly so we can look into your concerns further.
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  • J
    Written on September 28, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    It's the connections with people, animals and the amazing African landscapes that makes this trip incredible! This trip includes some amazing experiences from Gorillas, chimp walks, having hippos outside your tent, camping in national parks, masai village visits, to travel in the big yellow truck. Made all the better by the people you get to share them with. We had the loveliest drive Angelo who kept us all safe and happy with his beautiful, happy and positive nature. Our tour guide Derek was exceptional. His Knowledge and connection to Africa, it's animals and people made for interesting and insightful commentary. He did an excellent job setting, meeting and exceeding our expectations throughout the trip. Most importantly Derek took the time to connect with everyone in the group creating lasting friendships! Thanks Derek, Angelo and Absolute Africa!
    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thanks you for taking the time to leave a review, Jodie. We are very happy to hear you got so much out of your Gorillas and Game Parks tour and will of course pass on your comments to Derek and Angelo. We hope you will travel back Africa with us again some time!
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  • P
    Written on September 7, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    This tour was amazing, went in with huge expectations and was still blown away. Absolute Africa brilliant every step of the way, tour guide, Derek, could not have been better. If your looking for a tour around 2 weeks can't recommend this one highly enough
    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Hi PJ - thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are so glad to hear you had a blast on your tour and we will pass the comments onto Derek :)
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  • G
    Written on December 8, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    Best tour I have ever been on. No faults, guide Aly awesome, great group, great food, great tours, unforgettable gorillas.
    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your trip!
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  • Gorillas and Game Parks reviewer 6
    Written on September 3, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fantastic trip! Love this company.. Would recommend again!
    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you! So glad you had a fantastic trip. We hope to see you back in Africa soon for some of the other countries too! The Team @ Absolute Africa
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  • Gorillas and Game Parks reviewer 7
    Written on August 22, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for a Five Star review! The Team @ Absolute Africa
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  • Gorillas and Game Parks reviewer 8
    Written on August 22, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    You wont regret if you chose Absolute Africa for the adventure of your life.
    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the adventure :) The Team @ Absolute Africa
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  • A
    Written on December 18, 2007

    This trip was awesome, however I would be sure to do the 2 weeks and start in Entebbe as this trip says and not take the extra week and leave from Nairobi as also available because you will just cover the same ground on your way backdown to Nairobi. The roads are shocking in Kenya and parts of Uganda, so be prepared for a lot of bumps (girls take a good bra) and a heap of dust!! As the truck has roll up sides (which you normally want open as it is too hot with them rolled down) you can't avoid getting filthy dirty while you are driving. Aside from that, the time spent with the gorilla's is a true highlight. Be aware that my permit cost 275 pound (aprox AUS$650 / US$550) and I heard that they want to put the permits up to around US$1000 in the next year or so. Seeing the chimps first at Ngambe Island is good as you get a taste for what it will be like to see the gorillas. It's a great day going across to the island by boat and seeing the chimps at feeding time. Jinja was another good spot with heaps of activities available such as horse riding and white water rafting on the Nile. The weather when I was there (late November) was pretty good and we were lucky not to get too much rainfall. As with a lot of overland tours, be prepared for early morning rises and a lot of setting up tent!

Itinerary

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  • Day 1: UGANDA
  • Day 2: UGANDA
  • Day 3: UGANDA
  • Days 4 - 6: UGANDA - RWANDA
  • Days 8 - 13: TANZANIA

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Questions & Answers

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    • April 1, 2016

      Is this trip guaranteed to depart?

      Yes. This trip is guaranteed to go.

    • February 19, 2016

      When is the best time to view the migration?

      The prime time to visit the Serengeti in Tanzania is usually regarded as being from late November through to March when the big herds of wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelle and zebra head on to the southern plains of the Serengeti.

      To get the best viewing on the other hand in Kenya's Masai Mara July through to September are usually regarded as the best months.

    • February 15, 2016

      What is the local payment?

      The local payment is a separate payment from the initial price you pay before you leave. If a local payment is required it will be shown with the trip price. This second payment is made in Africa at the start of your trip. It is payable in USD. The local payment provides us with the means for expenses that need to be paid in cash to local businesses en route to be arranged in the most cost effective manner possible, a saving we can then pass on to you. It also means we can operate in a way that directly supports local businesses and wildlife authorities as we travel. Local Payment will not be changed once you have booked your travel arrangements.

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    Typhoid
    Recommended for Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Cholera
    Recommended for Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Rabies
    Recommended for Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    Meningococcal meningitis
    Recommended for Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Ideally 3 weeks before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Uganda. Required for entrance into the country for Rwanda. Ideally 10 days before travel.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,474 km.
    • Entebbe (Uganda)
    • 93 km
    • Lake Victoria (Uganda)
    • 117 km
    • Kampala (Uganda)
    • 290 km
    • Queen Elizabeth National Park (Uganda)
    • 121 km
    • Kabale (Uganda)
    • 10 km
    • Lake Bunyonyi (Uganda)
    • 75 km
    • Kigali (Rwanda)
    • 549 km
    • Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
    • 55 km
    • Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania)
    • 75 km
    • Mto Wa Mbu (Tanzania)
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