"Helping local children's development, support the push for national conservation and see beautiful wildlife in their natural habitat!"
Realize the wonders of the natural world while working to save it as a volunteer on The Great Gorilla Project. On this award-winning, 13-night trip to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest you’ll get up close and personal with the magnificent mountain gorillas in their natural habitat - a genuine 'once-in-a-lifetime' experience. Volunteers not only contribute to the on-going protection of these beautiful animals, but will also witness these incredible creatures on two separate, permit-inclusive treks for an experience unlike any other. The work undertaken during this conservation tour is essential in closing the gap between the gorillas who roam the forest freely, and the local, indigenous communities who share its resources.
Between days spent trekking to the gorillas and undertaking conservation work, volunteers experience a four-day excursion to Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park, tracking wild chimpanzees, lions and hyenas, with an unforgettable boat journey down the Kazinga Channel. With food and accommodation paid for volunteers can focus on the wonders surrounding them, and the beautiful creatures they will witness. This extraordinary experience allows volunteers an unforgettable journey and the knowledge that their travel has made a difference to help and save these endangered animals.
Read the story of Dian Fossey, guardian of the rare mountain gorilla, by clicking here.
The mountain gorilla has few natural predators and yet, due to detrimental human activity, such as poaching, civil war and habitat destruction, the mountain gorilla has become the most endangered species of gorilla. The Great Projects have an extensive and defined sustainable travel policy that ensures that local communities and volunteers work together to increase the conservation of endangered animals and protect the vulnerable eco-systems. In addition to this, part of the volunteers’ fee (up to £350) is donated to the project itself, helping to fund screenings of documentaries by both National Geographic and the BBC, which are shown through their innovative bike-powered cinemas. These screenings reach 10,000 people across Uganda, spreading the message of sustainability far and wide.
The tours are led by local experts and follow International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) guidelines surrounding gorilla tourism and responsible practices, such as wearing face masks to protect the gorillas from illness. Through The Great Gorilla Project, volunteers work alongside staff to raise local awareness of gorilla conservation. The project is dedicated to spreading the message of gorilla conservation to communities that surround the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and National Parks.
Arrive at Kigali International Airport, Rwanda where the project leader will meet you at the airport. Travel to the guesthouse, approximately 5 minutes from the airport. Settle in and meet your fellow volunteers.
A 3-hour drive to Kisoro in which you will stop at the Rwandan/ Ugandan Border. Break for lunch and have some time to relax on arrival.
Go on your first gorilla Trek in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Experienced park guides will impart their knowledge about the habitat and conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas.
Spend your time taking part in sustainable projects to help local communities, from teaching local children to small building projects. Be prepared to be adaptable and flexible, as the projects will depend on the community's needs at the time.
Embark on a second trek for the chance to see a different endangered gorilla family in their natural habitat; this is a great chance to appreciate the difference in the behaviours of different groups.
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Sail down the Kazinga Channel where you can see any numbers of creatures, including hippos, elephants and lions.
Spend the day searching for chimps on a chimpanzee trek. You’ll hear them long before you see them!
Transfer back to Kisoro.
Help the Gorilla Organisation transport their unique pedal-powered cinema to remote schools and communities, where the message of conservation can reach the youngest of ears.
Spend time with the children of local schools as you trek through the Mgahinga National Park.
Spend the day at one of Gorilla Organisation’s community project sites.
Travel back across the border to Kigali knowing that you have truly helped gorilla conservation in Uganda.
- The rate shown is a 'from' price per person
- Click 'Ask a Question' up above to enquire about full project dates, availability and costs
- To secure a place on this project a 20% deposit is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due any time up to 60 days prior to your start date.
- Two gorilla-tracking permits and one chimpanzee-tracking permit
- A monetary contribution to the two charities involved in the project
- Transfers to and from the airport
- Full orientation and support from the project managers
- Accommodation and meals (click 'Ask a Question' up above to find out full accommodation and meals info)
- Any flights
- Travel insurance to include cover for repatriation
- Visas if required
- Use of internet and telephone
- All beverages
- Trips undertaken other than in the planned itinerary
- Anything else not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' up above to chat to the operator directly!
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