This January 6 we’ll be hosting an 11-day Uganda Coffee and Gorillas Tour in partnership with Dunn Brothers Coffee. While we’ve led trips in Uganda before, and have those other offerings going in 2018, our newest trip is different. Here’s why.
From Plant to Brew, Witness the Full Life of Coffee
On the third day of the trip you’ll go on a tour of a coffee plantation and learn about the life of a coffee plant. Then you’ll help pick and wash the coffee, de-shell the beans, and roast them in the traditional way over an open fire. After that, you’ll grind the beans so you can have a cup of Joe to enjoy with a slice of cake in the afternoon.
Watch a Wide Array of Amazing Wildlife
It’s not just mountain gorillas you can hope to see on this trip. There are loads of opportunities for seeing rare animals. On day five in Lake Mburo National Park you can expect to see birds, hippos, giraffes, and impalas. On day eight in Queen Elizabeth National Park you might witness lions, leopards, giant forest hogs, Cape buffalo, elephants, and bush buck. On day nine in Bwindi you’ll go on a morning game drive in search of tree climbing lions.
Get An Intimate Look at the Nakivale Refugee Settlement
The American Refugee Committee (ARC) will set up a full day of programming around the settlement, which is home to more than 80,000 people. Dunn Brothers Coffee partners with ARC and donates a portion of their sales to help support relief work. In ARC’s Uganda camp, refugees from countries including Somalia and Burundi have come to live. Many of them reside in small brick or mud houses, some covered with corrugated iron roofs. ARC has set up systems that provide clean water and sanitation to all of the residents. The organization has also organized events, like the first annual Nakivale Marathon, which saw men and women run to raise money to help keep girls in school.
Go Up Close and Personal with Mountain Gorillas
On the tenth day, after a morning briefing from a ranger guide you will use animal trails to penetrate the thick Bwindi Forest. You’ll hike until you come to the mountain gorillas. The time and the terrain will vary depending on the primates’ movements. Uganda is home to roughly half of the world’s 800 or so remaining mountain gorillas, so this is a rare opportunity. The trail can be steep at times, but past visitors have said the chance to observe these gentle and endangered giants is an unforgettable moment.
Learn more about the Uganda Coffee and Gorillas Tour.