3 Days Bwindi Gorilla Tracking Safari Tour

Bwindi Gorilla Tracking Safari Tour

Uganda Gorilla Tracking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

3 Days Tailor-made safari | Anyday departure

Highlights

  • Scenic road trip to Kisoro Town on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Excellent gorilla trekking with almost guaranteed sightings
  • Superb birdwatching adventure with knowledgeable guides
  • Pristine rainforest Exploration

Overview

Bwindi Gorilla Tracking Safari Tour : track – and closely observe – endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the best place in Uganda to track mountain gorillas. The park protects half the world’s population and has several habituated groups. The forest is also a birdwatcher’s paradise- with 350 species recorded, including many Albertine Rift endemics.

On the this Gorilla Tracking Safari we take you on adventure through the misty thick jungles of Afirica’s most diverse forest, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest situated along the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift trekking the endangered Mountain Gorillas and their families.

What is included in the price of the trip

  • Airport Transfers
  • Transportation – 4×4 Safari Cruiser/Van
  • Accommodation – Budget/Luxury Lodging
  • English Speaking Driver/Guide
  • Park Fees & Guide Fees
  • Bottled Drinking Water en-route
  • Meals as specified in itinerary

What to Expect

Bwindi is a pristine rainforest on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. The terrain is a string of ridges and valleys covered in very dense impenetrable forest. The main attraction we will be looking out for in Bwindi is its mountain gorillas. Of its population of approximately 340 individuals, more than a hundred are habituated. Surprisingly, Bwindi has more than 120 mammal species, which is the 2nd most of any park in Uganda (after Queen Elizabeth NP). Most of these are small forest species. Elephant is the only one of the Africa big 5 which is present, although they are rarely seen. More regularly encountered are some of the 6 antelope species, which include bushbuck and several types of duiker.

The Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari starts and Ends in Entebbe. From your hotel, we’ll drive south-west of the capital Kampala for 7+hours to Kisoro District just out of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Along the way you’ll have a stopover at the Equator where we will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time. The drive takes us through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Long-horned Ankole cattle with their incredibly long curved horns. Then we ascend into the Kigezi highlands, known as the “Switzerland of Africa”, with terraced farming and mountain scenery to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

The third day of the the Bwindi Gorilla Trekking safari is the most adventurous day of the holiday, you get to embark on a real jungle trek through the misty thick forest. But gorilla tracking is no stroll in the park. It can take anywhere up to 10 hours to find the elusive creatures in the dense undergrowth. Guides will lead trekkers up precipitous verges and across rivers, and rusty machetes are used to hack paths through the thick, thorny rainforest. It is the perfect place to live out a childhood Tarzan fantasy, with vast swathes of trees, vines, branches and bushes surrounding trekkers as they penetrate deep into the rainforest.

When we finally find the gorillas, you’ll spend up-to 1 hour in there presence because that is how much time we are allowed to spend with them. You’ll be required to follow a couple of rules like no flash on your cameras, no sudden noises, no sneezing directly to the animals…. enquire with our team for more info.

Important Information

Best time for Bwindi Gorilla Trekking
Rainfall is the main factor to consider when deciding the best time for gorilla tracking. Heavy rains result in slippery and challenging hiking trails. It can rain at any time of the year, but the time periods of June to August and December to January have less rain and are thereby considered the best time to go. The park stays open throughout the year.

Departure Point
Hotel pickup and drop off within Entebbe/Kampala

Departure Time
6:30am

Duration
3 Days/2 Nights

View Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01

Arrival at the Entebbe International Airport.

Our Guide will warmly welcome you on arrival at Entebbe International Airport or at your hotel in Entebbe/Kampala. For the former, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about you safari by the guide. Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have your money changed on this day, and you may also have the chance to visit Kampala city, about one hour drive from Entebbe.

Please note: accommodation on arrival is not inclusive but can be arranged upon request.

DAY 02

To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Depart from Kampala early morning and proceed south-west. Have a stopover at the Equator where we will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time. The drive takes us through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Long-horned Ankole cattle with their incredibly long curved horns. Then we ascend into the Kigezi highlands, known as the “Switzerland of Africa”, with terraced farming and mountain scenery to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi - Uganda Gorilla Tracking Safari

Driving time: ±7 hours
Budget Accommodation: Buhoma community Rest camp or Wagtail Eco-safari camp.
Luxury Accommodation: Silverback lodge, Buhoma lodge or Lake Kitandara Tented camp

DAY 03

The Gorilla Trekking Adventure in Bwindi Forest.

We will head to the briefing point at the park headquarters and from here you will be briefed about the do’s and don’ts while in the jungle forest with the gentle Giants. You will be provided with walking sticks and you are also advised to have your lunch parked with enough drinking water. The Gorillas share with us humans 95% of their genes and starring into their pondering eyes is as overwhelming as it is awesome.

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi - Uganda Gorilla Tracking Safari

After After Gorilla Trekking, we will travel back to our lodge, relax, dine and overnight.

Equip yourself with knowledge about gorillas before your trip. Read – What you should know about gorillas & gorilla Trekking

End of Safari and back to Kampala

Have a stopover at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where we will have the opportunity to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations.

We arrive Kampala in the late afternoon.

Budget Accommodation: Buhoma community Rest camp or Wagtail Eco-safari camp.

Luxury Accommodation: Silver back lodge, Buhoma lodge or Lake Kitandara Tented camp

Safari Costs Include

  • Airport Transfers
  • Transportation – 4×4 Safari Cruiser/Van
  • Accommodation – Budget/Luxury Lodging
  • English Speaking Driver/Guide
  • One Gorilla Permit per person
  • Bottled Drinking Water en-route
  • Meals as specified in itinerary

Our costs exclude:

  • For short trips accommodation on arrival and departure are not included, but can be arranged on request.
  • Flights
  • Visa fees (50 USD)
  • Sodas, beers, wines and other drinks
  • Vaccinations
  • Medical Insurance
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ACTIVITIES
Gorilla Trekking / Bird Watching / Photography / Scenic Drive / Nature Discovery / Outdoor Adventures / Safari

THEMES
Scenic Road Drive / Thick Jungle Forests/ Mountains / World Heritage Site / The Wild

FEATURES
Mountain Gorillas, Jungles, Monkeys

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