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
3 Days Luxury Gorilla Trekking safari | Any day departure
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 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
- One way/Return Flight to/from Bwindi
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.
Hotel pickup and drop off within Entebbe/Kampala
3 Days/2 Nights
Day 1. 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. Silver back 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 does 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.
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.
Budget Accommodation: Buhoma community Rest camp or Wagtail Eco-safari camp.
Luxury Accommodation: Silver back lodge, Buhoma lodge or Lake Kitandara Tented camp
- Air ticket Return
- $600 Gorilla permit
- Transport 4×4 safari Vehicle.
- Hot meals
- Luxury Lodges
- Drinking water
- English speaking Guide.
- Airport Transfer
- Accommodation on Arrival and dept. ( This can be arranged on request)
- Visa Fees $ 50
- All kinds of personal nature
- Tipping of staff.
Terms and conditions:
- The rates are in US dollars and subject to change.
- Availability of accommodation, permits and activities is not guaranteed until confirmation by payment.
- The estimated travelling hours are based on the actual hours of driving; stops for lunch or photos not included.
Your FIRST-AID KIT should contain Lip balm with sunscreen, Aspirin, Ibuprofin , Malaria pills, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamine, Antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, rehydration powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking.
Please find below a check list, it is rather elaborate but you could get what is relevant for you.
- Travel Documents
- Insurance info
- Flight info
- Cash, credit and debit cards
- Vouchers and pre-departure information
- Required visas or vaccination certificates
- Yellow Fever certificate
- Weather-appropriate clothing
- Fleece or wool jumper/jacket
- Windproof/waterproof jacket
- Small towel and swimwear
- shirts/t-shirts, cool and breathable
- Long-sleeved shirt or sweater for evenings and hike into the forests
- pair of shorts
- pairs of long trousers
- pair hiking pants/track pants
- Comfortable shoes
- Sport sandals
- Sun hat, Bandana
- Watch or alarm clock
- Toiletries (biodegradable)
- Toilet paper
- Day pack
- Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
- Personal Entertainment
- Waterproof backpack cover
Gorilla Trekking / Bird Watching / Photography / Scenic Drive / Nature Discovery / Outdoor Adventures / Safari
Thick Jungle Forests/ Mountains / World Heritage Site / The Wild / Flying
Mountain Gorillas, Jungles, Monkeys
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