3 DAYS GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI TO BWINDI (BY FLYING)
Top notch Luxury Gorilla safari of the rear mountain Gorillas in Bwindi forest and you’re guaranteed with Gorilla permits, Gorilla location, families and habituation to an up-close encounter
View Safari Highlights:
- Day 1: Pick up from your hotel Kampala/ Entebbe
- Day 2 : Gorilla tracking in Bwindi
- Day 3 : Transfer to the Airstrip then fly back to Entebbe.
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 Africa’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 to Expect
Bwindi is a pristine rain forest 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. You will be picked up by our safari guide heading to the Airport to catch an early Morning flight ( 45mins-1hour) to Kihihi. On arrival, meet with guide to transfer you to your Hotel for a night awaiting the Gorilla trekking experience the next day.
The second day of 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.
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.
DAY 01 : To Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Charter from Entebbe Airport to Kihihi. Early morning breakfast is paramount before you head to the Airport by 5:30am. Board with Aerolink family that takes 1 hour to your final destinations Kihihi but all depending on the weather forecast. On arrival, you are welcomed by our Safari guide and later proceed to your Hotel. The drive takes you through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and Tea plantations, ascend into the Kigezi highlands, known as the “Switzerland of Africa“, with terraced farming and mountain scenery to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Relax at lodge or do an evening community walk. Overnight at your lodge. Silverback lodge/ Buhoma lodge/ Mahogany Lodge.
Day 2 : Gorilla tracking.
A morning cup of coffee or tea is recommended before your gorilla tracking safari. You will then 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. Staring into the pensive brown eyes of these gentle giants, who share 95% of their genes with humans, is as humbling as it is thrilling. How to see mountain gorillas: Mind-blowing Bucket-list Trip, After tracking you will travel back to your lodge, relax dinner and overnight stay at your lodge.
Day 3 : Transfer to the Airstrip.
After breakfast, we prepare to transfer to the Airport to be flown back to Entebbe to connect with your international flights. On arrival at Entebbe Airport, to those who are spending a night in Entebbe / Kampala shall be picked by our safari Guide and transferred to their respective Hot.
Luxury accommodation: Silverback lodge, Buhoma lodge or Lake Kitandara Tented camp
Budget Accommodation: Buhoma community Rest camp or Wagtail Eco-safari camp.
The 3 DAYS GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI TO BWINDI (BY FLYING) Cost Includes
- Air ticket Return
- $600 Gorilla permit
- Transport 4×4 safari Vehicle.
- Hot meals
- Luxury Lodges
- Drinking water
- English speaking Guide.
- Airport Transfer
Our 3 DAYS GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI TO BWINDI (BY FLYING) cost exclude:
- Accommodation on Arrival and dept. ( This can be arranged on request)
- Visa Fees $ 50
- All kinds of personal nature
- Tipping of staff.