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Paradise Adventure Vacations

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
Destinations

Destinations

Uganda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Mid Range

Tour Overview

An excellent short, budget safari designed to get up close with a family of mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to half the world’s total number of mountain gorillas. An area of 331 sq km, the park was established in 1991 to offer refuge to mountain gorillas that today remain fewer than 1,004 on earth.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Gorilla Safari
  • You will visit:
    Bwindi
  • Activities:
    Trekking
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Entebbe, end in Entebbe

Highlights

  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park
  • One hour of magical encounter with mountain gorillas
  • Stopover at Equator (Kayabwe)
  • Batwa experience
  • Breathtaking views of the landscape in southwestern Uganda among others
  • Photo taking
  • View the tree climbing lions at the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Summary

  • Day 1: Transfer from Entebbe or Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park
  • Day 3: Return to Entebbe or Kampala

What to Take

  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Long sleeved shirt/t-shirts
  • Drinking water and energy giving snacks
  • Sweater
  • Valid visa and passport
  • Gorilla permits (each costing $600-for foreign non-residents, $500 for foreign residents and Ug.shs. 250000 for East African citizens).
  • Gardening gloves
  • Camera with no flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses and others

Departure More Info

When to go gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park

Bwindi National Park is regarded as an all year round safari destination. Despite this, the dry season is the best time to go and trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park. The dry season is in June, July, August, September and December, January, February. It is also regarded as the peak season so you are encouraged to secure your gorilla permit at least 3-4 months before the actual trek. The wet or rainy season is also ideal but it is characterized by plenty of rainfall which makes the habitat muddy thus posing a challenge when hiking through dense vegetation and steep slopes. The wet season is in March, April, May, and October, November. It’s characterized by plenty of forage which gorillas depend on which makes it simpler or visitors take short hours to find these creatures compared to the dry season when they move to search for what to feed on.

RATES – PER PERSON USD

From USD 1,450 per person

What's Included

  • Accommodation 2 nights and meals
  • Transport in 4 wheel drive safari vehicle
  • Full time English speaking driver guide
  • Gorilla trekking permit ($600 per person)
  • Batwa cultural experience
  • Visit Lake Mutanda or Lake Bunyonyi
  • Stopover at the equator and at Mpambire drum makers

What's Excluded

  • Flights
  • Personal/medical insurance
  • Personal expenses such as
  • Additional accommodation and extra activities

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Paradise Adventure Vacations
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Paradise Adventure Vacations‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

After breakfast at your respective hotel (or area of residence) in Entebbe, Kampala or Kigali, you will be picked up by our professional and experienced driver guide. You will have a briefing about your safari before embarking on a road trip to southwestern Uganda via Entebbe or Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara-Kabale route, which may take you about 8-10 hours to drive. En route you have a chance to make a stopover at the Uganda equator (at Kayabwe) for photo taking and a bit of chilling. Afterwards proceed to Mbarara to have lunch at Igongo Cultural Center or Agip Hotel.

Later drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via Ishaka-Bushenyi while enjoying the best views of extensive tea plantations at Igara. Connect to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s second largest savanna national park after Murchison Falls National Park, and then drive via the Ishasha sector in the southern side which comes with the possibility for you to catch a glimpse of the rare tree climbing lions as they relax on tree branches as well as several elephants, buffaloes and many others. Proceed to southwestern Uganda to Bwindi National Park while enjoying the breathtaking scenery and rolling hills of the Kigezi area. From Kanungu, drive to the Buhoma area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on the northern side.

Accommodation options:

  • Chameleon Hill Lodge, Buhoma Lodge (Luxury)
  • Bakiga Lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange)
  • Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp, Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget)

Enjoy your breakfast at your safari lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and then gather at your respective trailhead as per your gorilla permit to have a briefing at 6:30 am on the set gorilla trekking. During the briefing you will be assigned to one habituated gorilla family to trek in a group of eight visitors. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has about 20 gorilla families that have been habituated and can be trekked by visitors. At 8:00 am, you will embark on your trek with an armed park ranger guide.

The gorilla treks in Bwindi National Park start from the four main gorilla trekking regions; Ruhija, Buhoma, Nkuringo and Rushaga sector, each of which consists of habituated gorilla groups. Buhoma sector comprises of Mubare gorilla group, Habinyanja family, Katwe and Rushegura gorilla group; Ruhija region has Kyaguriro, Oruzogo, Mukiza and Bitukura; Nkuringo area in the southern Bwindi National Park comprises of Nkuringo gorilla group, Bushaho and Christmas while Rushaga area in the south has Kutu gorilla family, Mucunguzi, Nshongi, Mishaya, Busingye, Kahungye, Bweza, Rwigi and Bikingi group.

A mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park may take you between 2 and 6 hours depending on your physical wellness, nature of the habitat and where the gorillas are found. The rewards are magical encounters with gorillas but also other wildlife species including black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, birds, butterflies, unique plants and many others. Upon finding your gorilla family, you have only an hour to have a face to face encounter, take photos and explore behaviors and body gestures of mountain gorillas.

After the one hour of magical encounter, return to the lodge to have rest. In the evening embark on a community visit to the Batwa community. You will have a chance to interact with the Batwa pygmies, the renowned forest dwellers who have lived in the forest as hunters and gatherers for many years. On a community visit in the Batwa community, enjoy the thrilling cultural dances, music performances, explore the ancient hunting and gathering techniques, traditions, cultures and much more.

Dinner and overnight at

  • Chameleon Hill Lodge, Buhoma Lodge (Luxury)
  • Bakiga Lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange)
  • Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp, Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget)

Early in the morning after breakfast, check out from your safari lodge ready to embark on the return journey to Kampala or Entebbe. You will have lunch at Igongo Cultural Center and make a stopover at Uganda Equator for the last photo taking and at Mpambire drum makers to purchase some items.

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