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Gorilla Tracking Africa & Adventure Safaris Uganda

  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
Destinations

Destinations

Uganda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Mid Range

Tour Overview

Ours is a uniquely delivered Uganda gorilla trek experience with select award-winning tour guides in Uganda. On this Uganda 3-day gorilla trek tour, our teams will not only ensure you are allocated the most exciting mountain gorilla families for your indelible lifetime experience, but we also ensure that the entire three days you are with us are packed with memories throughout. This is a private gorilla safari experience, so your safari guide gets to be more creative, doing many things outside our standard itinerary to enhance your enjoyment. And we shall provide a customized safari vehicle for your comfort and safety on the road.

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Bwindi Impenetrable NP
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Red-tailed Monkey, L'Hoest Monkey, Blue Monkey, Bush Buck, Black & White Colobus
  • Activities:
    Trekking, Birding
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Entebbe, Kampala or Kigali
  • Minimum age:
    16

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 1,690 per person

What's Included

  • Accommodation on full board basis
  • Ground transportation by private 4WD vehicle
  • Airport transfers
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Park fees & entry fees
  • Additional guides/porters where appropriate

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Beverages other than mineral water in the vehicle and at meal times
  • Optional excursions
  • Tips and gratuities for your guides and accommodation staff
  • Items of a personal nature including laundry
  • Travel & medical insurance

Disclaimer

Day by Day Overview

Your safari guide will meet you at your accommodation in Entebbe, Kampala or Kigali. Our usual Uganda gorilla safari start time is 07:00 am if you are in Uganda. If you plan to start the tour from Kigali, we can start anywhere between 8 am and 2 pm. Your tour guide can also pick you from  Entebbe or Kigali Airport if you are arriving today at no extra cost. Your flight should arrive at Entebbe no later than 11 am or Kigali no later than 1 pm.

After a tour briefing set off on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The journey passes through expanses of diverse landscapes, traditional farmlands, mountains and valleys. There are several beautiful spots along the way and your tour guide will be happy to briefly stopover to allow you to enjoy and take photographs. About 75 km from Kampala is the Equator line crossing point from where the whole earth is divided into two halves, where you have a stopover. If you started from Entebbe or Kampala, you have a lunch break at a restaurant in Mbarara city and should be about one hour. After this, we continue with the remaining three hours of our journey, traversing mountains, tropical rainforests and bamboo forests.

The drive to the mountain gorilla sanctuary is over seven hours from Entebbe or Kampala, most of the time on the smooth-surfaced road with about 45 minutes of dusty roads. You could choose to fly to Bwindi if you don’t feel like driving. One way flights range from USD 280-360 pp.

Your lodge/camp for the night before the gorilla trek is located in the park of by the park boundary, convenient enough for you to reach the Bwindi park headquarters in a few minutes on the day you do your gorilla tracking. Dinner will be served there as well.

Accommodation options  (all on full board basis)

  • Upmarket: Mahogany Springs Lodge | Buhoma Lodge | Bwindi Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge
  • Moderate: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge| Engagi Lodge | Silverback Lodge Bwindi |  Gorilla Mist Camp
  • Low Budget: Gorilla Haven Lodge Rushaga | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp |  Gorilla Conservation Camp

Today enjoy the amazing experience of gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a highlight for many visitors to Uganda. It is recommended that you have your breakfast very early (before 7 am) so that we can make it to the Bwindi park headquarters in good time for the pre-gorilla trek briefing. Your tour guide will be waiting for you as you have breakfast at the lodge. Most of the lodges we book are located quite close to the park offices and the tour guide shall be waiting to lead you there.

At the park office, you shall need to present your passport (or its copy) for accrediting followed by the briefing which mostly highlights what to expect in the forest when you meet the mountain gorillas, the ecology of the gorilla and their conservation status plus the other wildlife you might see in Bwindi. Normally, there is a cultural music performance to the guests by a women’s group from the local community. Next, you will be allocated to a gorilla group that you will be tracking. Gorilla group allocation can depend on the location of the gorillas together with the age and physical status of the guests. As of August 2020, Bwindi has 19 habituated gorilla families, one of which you can track on your booked day.

In some cases, you might need to drive for a few minutes before hitting the trailhead to the gorillas but most tracks start from the park offices. We trek the gorillas through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and gorilla trackers, in search of our allocated mountain gorilla family. Many times, we trek along freshly made footpaths deep into the impenetrable jungles of Bwindi. Being an afromontane rainforest, there are higher chances of rain during the day and it is important to prepare well.

Trekking to the gorillas in Bwindi might sometimes be tougher than expected and can often go on for as long as six hours. The park guides are very sensitive to accommodating all types of visitors and there are numerous stops along the trek. Also, they plan out the most comfortable routes for all guests so that even those who are physically challenged are in good hands.

When you finally catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback mountain gorillas, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. To ensure safety for the mountain gorillas and yourself, the rangers will be guiding you to stand not less than 6 metres from the gorillas. It is also advisable that you wear a face mask in order to limit any disease transmission between humans and the mountain gorillas. Enjoy one hour with the mountain gorillas, sit around them while gazing into their big round eyes, take all the photos (and yes – selfies as well!)

After the gorilla viewing experience, you start trekking back. A few minutes along, the park guides locate a safe spot for you to have your packed lunch in the jungle. As you trek back, there will be time to take notice of the other wildlife in the forest. Keep a sharp eye out for the chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus and olive baboon. Bwindi is also a prime birding destination with over 350 bird species,  seven of which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa. There are also many forest elephants, buffalo, bushbucks, serval cats among other mammals which live in Bwindi.

Accommodation options  (all on full board basis)

  • Upmarket: Mahogany Springs Lodge | Buhoma Lodge | Bwindi Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge
  • Moderate: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge| Engagi Lodge | Silverback Lodge Bwindi |  Gorilla Mist Camp
  • Low Budget: Gorilla Haven Lodge Rushaga | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp |  Gorilla Conservation Camp

We shall be ending the 3-day Uganda gorilla trek your with our drive back to Kampala/ Entebbe or Kigali (daily flights to Entebbe can be booked as well). You will be traversing the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda while taking in the breathtaking sights of the hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’. This area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep-sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced cultivated rows. Don’t miss the impressing longhorn Ankole cattle as we traverse Mbarara. A remarkable highlight of this journey is the Equator line and surely you will cross it as we have a brief stop here. We will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home.

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