- 4 Days from$2895 p/p in USD
- DeparturesYear Round
Guided, Large Group, Small Group
Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for an incredible mountain gorilla trekking experience. Trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes to find a mountain gorilla family, it’s a memorable moment as you sit with them for an hour. On the trek look out for other species which live in the forest including elephants, buffalo, chimpanzees, L’hoest’s monkeys, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus and baboon as well as numerous bird species. In Queen Elizabeth National Park you’ll explore the park for lions, hippos, elephant, buffalo, hyena, leopard and much more on game drives and a boat cruise.
- Safari types:Big Five Safari, Gorilla Safari, Wildlife Safari
- You will visit:Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Wildlife:Birds, Mountain Gorilla, Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Hyena, Red-tailed Monkey, L'Hoest Monkey, Ugandan Kob, Hippo, Duiker, Bush Buck, Black & White Colobus, Topi, Warthog, Big Five
- Activities:Game Drive, Trekking, Boat Cruise, Birding
- Getting around:4x4 Safari Vehicle, Transfer Vehicle
- Start/end:Start/end in Entebbe or Kampala
- Minimum age:16
Brief Tour Itinerary
- Day 1: Meet and greet in Kampala or Entebbe at 07:00 am, drive to Uganda’s mountain gorilla sanctuary – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, stopping over at Equator and lunch in Mbarara, sightseeing along the way
- Day 2: Encounter the gentle giants – gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Day 3: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park with wildlife safaris along the way in the Ishasha Sector to see the tree-climbing lions, boat trip for game viewing along Kazinga Channel
- Day 4: Early morning game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, depart back to Entebbe Airport or Kampala for end of the tour
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 2,895 per person
- Accommodation for the gorilla trek as per itinerary on full board basis
- Ground transportation by a private 4WD vehicles
- Airport transfers
- 1 gorilla permit per person
- Activities as per itinerary
- Park fees & entry fees
- Additional guides/porters where appropriate
- 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
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Gorilla Tracking Africa & Adventure Safaris Uganda‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘Gorilla Tracking Africa & Adventure Safaris Uganda‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
- All itineraries are subject to availability
Day by Day Overview
Meet and greet with our local guide in Kampala or Entebbe at 7 am for the drive to southwestern Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home of the mountain gorillas. Under normal driving, this should be about six hours but your guide will be pointing out several places of interest en route so it may take longer. There are several traditional cultural drum-making communities along the way to see. We shall be traversing Lake Mburo National Park along the way while the lush green organic farmlands of bananas, coffee, tea, pineapple and fruit markets are so beautiful along this journey.
We shall also be having a brief stop at the Equator crossing point. This line divides the earth into two halves and you have an opportunity to stand on both halves. There are a couple of interesting experiments to show the earth’s movements and its effects which you can ask your guide about. We should be arriving in Bwindi at about 4 pm where you will check in at your accommodation, which is located very close to the Bwindi park headquarters. Enjoy your evening in the remote jungles of Africa as you await more unforgettable experiences on the next day.
Accommodation options – all on full board basis
Waking up amidst African jungle sounds is one unforgettable experience for many visitors on the gorilla trek expedition. Sleeping in the neighborhood of at least 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 88 moths, and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates makes the most memorable African song for any morning. Usually it’s almost a guarantee that the sun will come up at 7 am. Having your breakfast basking in the glory of the morning sunrays, your guide chatting out on the expectations for the day’s exceptional experience is the perfect set-up for encountering the mountain gorillas.
After your breakfast, the tour guide/driver will transfer you to the Bwindi park office from where all gorilla tracking activity commences. You will have a pre-trek briefing with detailed information about the ecology of the mountain gorillas and their conservation, rules and regulations about gorilla tracking, and other species in Bwindi. Afterwards you will be allocated to a group (not exceeding 8 persons in total). Mountain gorillas live in groups or gorilla families. Bwindi now has at least 19 gorilla groups and every day each gorilla family can be visited by not more than 8 persons, each encounter not exceeding 1 hour. The gorillas keep roaming the jungles of Bwindi but we easily locate them by first trekking to their previous day’s location and then tracking signs of their movement to the current location.
Your gorilla tracking experience could be as short as 1 hour or as long as 7 hours, depending on where the gorillas are. The lead trackers will allow for numerous breaks along the way for you to not only catch your breath but also get time to observe the rest of the species in Bwindi which can include forest elephants, buffalo, chimpanzees, L’hoest’s monkeys, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus and baboon. Bwindi is also a prime destination for birdwatchers with 350 bird species including seven 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.
We trek to find the gorillas through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and gorilla trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 meters from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
Accommodation options – all on full board basis
After your gorilla tracking experience in Bwindi, it is time for another exciting two days of African wildlife safaris. From the set-off from your Bwindi accommodation, we shall be driving through some beautiful and stunning savannah grasslands on our way to Uganda’s most popular wildlife protected area, Queen Elizabeth National Park. Our first call is the park’s southern sector, Ishasha, a much more remote and less-traveled part of the park, but one which has a sense of exclusivity and remoteness. The game densities here are high, and this region has reported some of the largest herds of elephant anywhere in Uganda, as it is their main migration corridor between Uganda and the DRC. To most visitors, the major highlight is the tree-climbing lions and your guide try to get you close to them depending on how much time you have to reach the final destination. Lions are not known to climb trees but the ones in Ishasha sector have perfected this habit, more so when the day gets warmer.
We continue driving to the north of Queen Elizabeth National Park where we immediately join in on a 2-hour launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. The 40 km Kazinga Channel divides Queen Elizabeth National Park into two with its 80 km shoreline attracting large numbers of birds, reptiles and mammals. A launch trip on Kazinga to view this wildlife spectacle is the park’s most famous and enduring activity. You have one opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at a mere foot away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle-billed stork, and many others.
Accommodation options – all on full board basis
We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park, Kasenyi Plains. A network of game tracks signed by stone cairns explores the plain north of the Kazinga Channel. Although this patchwork of grassland and scrubby thickets can make game viewing a challenge, large numbers of animals actually live here. We shall be driving slowly while looking carefully to spot the wildlife. Across the wide plains, you should expect to see more wildlife such as lions, elephants and solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda kobs. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at a very close range.
Return to your lodge for breakfast and afterward head for Kampala (about 5 hours driving) via Mubende (or Entebbe) This route travels through breathtaking scenery and delightfully rolling plantations, some of the best in Uganda. Depending on how much time we have on us we can tour around Kampala’s crafts and souvenirs markets before checking in at your hotel or being transferred to the airport.