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BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST, GORILLA TREK AND CHIMPTREK

This is thick, misty jungle like you only know it from the Jungle Book. The mountains covered with thick, dark forest are home to nearly half of the critically endangered mountain gorillas.

IMPENETRABLE FOREST

Also discover this mysterious jungle (and everything that hides in it)? No problem at all! You can take a real trek through the jungle in search of the mountain gorillas. But Uganda has several jungles where our hairy second cousins hide out. In Kibale Forest or Kalinzu Forest you can look for our ancestors: the chimpanzee.

ABOUT BWINDI AND THE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS:

Thick, green, humid jungle vegetation, so dense that you can barely make your way through it. The Bwindi ‘Impenetrable’ Forest is called the Bwindi ‘Impenetrable’ Forest for exactly this reason. The rainforest is largely located in Uganda, and grows a little over the border with Congo. It is therefore right next to Congo’s famous Virunga National Park. These mysterious forests, which cover mountains and volcanoes, are also home to the rare mountain gorillas. Mountain gorillas are the most endangered primate species in the world: in the 1970s the estimated number was only 600 (yes, in the entire world!) Because they have acquired protected status, the group has now expanded to a number of 800. Of these, about 400 live in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and the other 400 around the Virunga volcanoes in Congo, Rwanda and Mgahinga National Park in the southern tip of Uganda.

A gorilla trek is a magical, unforgettable experience. From a lodge near the park, you get up early to trek into the misty forest. The hike is right through the jungle (think: machetes, lianas, Tarzan and Jane), accompanied by a tough ranger who tracks down the mountain gorillas. Sometimes you find them right away, sometimes you have to hike about five hours before you find them. And there you are: face to face with these majestic apes. You get to admire them for an hour while they casually do their thing, just a few meters away. This tour may not be a budget option, but the experience is one to remember!

Want to know more about gorillas in Uganda? Then read on here!

ABOUT BWINDI AND THE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS:

Voor wie maar geen genoeg kan krijgen van de mensapen, kan ook nog op zoek gaan naar chimpansees. Ten Noorden van Bwindi, bij Queen Elizabeth National Park en Fort Portal vind je twee andere dampende wouden: Kalinzu Forest en Kibale Forest. De wouden zijn kleiner dan Bwindi, maar niet minder mooi! De trek is aanzienlijk goedkoper en de hike duurt minder lang. Maar het resultaat – een uur lang onze familieleden in hun natuurlijke habitat bestuderen – is niet te evenaren!

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HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI

The rolling hills of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi in KwaZulu-Natal with lots of green are a paradise for the self-driver. Located in the heart of Zululand, this park was established in 1895, making it one of the oldest game reserves in Africa! It is home to Big 5, but you also have a chance of spotting cheetahs and Wild Dogs. Throughout the park you can find several hides, where you can watch the wild animals drinking and playing by the rivers.

ELEPHANT COAST

The bush to beach experience on the Elephant Coast is varied, unique and cultural in many ways. This area is located in the east of South Africa, in the Kwazulu-Natal province. Sodwana Bay is ideal for a dive into marine life, in St. Lucia you will find hundreds of hippos (sometimes even in the village itself) and in HluHluwe-iMfolozi you can spot the BIG 5.  

GREATER KRUGER

Dé safari experience van de Eastern Loop. In Greater Kruger wordt je volledig in de watten gelegd en ga je samen met een ranger op avontuur in de dichtbegroeide bush bush. Geen verharde wegen en geen self drive. Je gaat een paar dagen genieten van de kalmte en de bijzondere flora en fauna.

Mto wa mbu

Mto Wa Mbu is letterlijk vertaald ‘River of Mosquitoes’, maar gelukkig zijn er niet zoveel muggen meer, en kun je nu genieten van safari’s. Vanuit de standaard jeep, maar op de mountain bike, tuktuk, of met een lokale kano.

LOCAL LIVING IN SODWANA BAY

Sodwana Bay is a bay in South Africa on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal, between St. Lucia and Lake Sibaya. It is a popular diving destination and lies in the middle of South Africa's oldest Maputaland Marine Protected Area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But apart from the wonderful beach vibes, this place is also known for its rich Zulu Culture which we would like to show you.  

KOSI BAY

Kosi Bay, ook wel birder’s paradise! Kosi Bay is een reservaat van 11.000 hectare waar 6 verschillende meren samenkomen in de uiterste noordoosthoek van de provincie Kwa-Zulu Natal in Zuid-Afrika. Daarnaast is het een van de best behouden estuaria aan de Indische kustlijn! Het is een prachtig gebied met weelderige natuur vol dieren en vogels.

HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI

The rolling hills of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi in KwaZulu-Natal with lots of green are a paradise for the self-driver. Located in the heart of Zululand, this park was established in 1895, making it one of the oldest game reserves in Africa! It is home to Big 5, but you also have a chance of spotting cheetahs and Wild Dogs. Throughout the park you can find several hides, where you can watch the wild animals drinking and playing by the rivers.

ELEPHANT COAST

The bush to beach experience on the Elephant Coast is varied, unique and cultural in many ways. This area is located in the east of South Africa, in the Kwazulu-Natal province. Sodwana Bay is ideal for a dive into marine life, in St. Lucia you will find hundreds of hippos (sometimes even in the village itself) and in HluHluwe-iMfolozi you can spot the BIG 5.  

GREATER KRUGER

Dé safari experience van de Eastern Loop. In Greater Kruger wordt je volledig in de watten gelegd en ga je samen met een ranger op avontuur in de dichtbegroeide bush bush. Geen verharde wegen en geen self drive. Je gaat een paar dagen genieten van de kalmte en de bijzondere flora en fauna.

WHY TRAVEL WITH CHARLIE’S TRAVELS?

WE ARE “ON THE GROUND” IN AFRICA

The team lives and works all over Africa and therefore has a lot of first-hand knowledge and experience.

 

WE DEVELOP OUR OWN ROUTES

Wherever Charlie and his team travel, they develop new routes and experiences together with local entrepreneurs.

EVERY TRIP IS CO-CREATION

We tailor each trip based on your wishes and our African knowledge. Everything is possible and nothing is too crazy! Give us a try?

WE WORK IN A RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE WAY

Charlie’s Travels works together with local partners and contributes to CO2 projects to offset environmental pollution.