Gorilla Tracking with Crystal Cruises
Locking eyes with an almost-500 pound silverback mountain gorilla, with just a few feet of African forest standing in between, travellers participating in Crystal Cruises' newest Overland Adventure may share a scene few on earth will ever see. With just 600 mountain gorillas left in the world, and only a handful of active guests permitted on the excursion, Crystal's new "Bwindi Forest Gorilla Tracking Experience" is an ultimate bucket list trip. The five-night journey is only available to guests sailing back-to-back on two of Crystal Serenity's 2014 World Cruise segments: an 18-night 10th March voyage from Singapore to Cape Town and the following 21-night 28th March cruise from Cape Town to Southampton. From South Africa's port of Durban, outing participants will travel deep into Uganda, then re-join the ship in Cape Town.
Over two days, participants will follow expert guides into the UNESCO World Heritage-classified Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, tracking the gorillas' paths. Guests can then safely watch their playful interactions, observe their distinctly individual personalities, learn about their habits and history and possibly see other residents such as forest elephants, giant forest hogs, blue monkeys or one of 350 bird species and 200 types of butterflies.
On non-tracking days, the group will also learn about Uganda's wetland, savannah and forest eco-systems at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, and participate in a mock Batwa Pygmy (considered the "keepers of the forest" for more than 5,000 years) hunting party, including tribal singing and dancing. Luxury accommodation includes two nights at The Lake Victoria Serena Resort, set on the world's largest tropical lake, and three nights at the silver-service Sanctuary Gorilla Camp.
The "Bwindi Forest Gorilla Tracking Experience" costs from $11,676 per person. The combined, 39-night cruise itinerary calls in Singapore (overnight); Jakarta, Mauritius/Port Louis, Durban, Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Luanda (maiden call), Bom Bom Island/São Tomé, Takoradi, Dakar, Agadir, Lisbon and Southampton.
Crystal is also offering ten other Overland Adventures (shore excursions where guests stay inland overnight during a cruise) in Africa next year, taking guests to Nelson Mandela's former home, through the countryside by Victorian-era railcar and on multiple safaris in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
Crystal's passion for creating exclusive, eye-opening luxury shore-side experiences are cornerstones of its Crystal Adventures programme, earning the line top ratings for two decades.
For further information and reservations please call The Luxury Cruise Company on 0800 6123 354