Gorilla Tracking & Trekking Safari
Our 3-day Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari takes you to the misty Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is home to more than half the World’s population of 1063 (As per posting time) remaining Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest offers a unique birding opportunity, cultural experiences, and a scenic allure of stunning hills and lush vegetation inhabited by a wide variety of primates.
What to Expect
For a great Bwindi gorilla trekking experience, you need to be fairly fit, equipped for the humid, muddy conditions of a rainforest hike, and in good health – gorillas are susceptible to human illnesses but don’t have our immunity, which means a common cold can be deadly to a whole family of gorillas and you won’t be permitted to trek if you are unwell. Even in the dry season, the rainforest is a challenging environment: it’s humid, wet, and muddy with steep slopes, plenty of insects, and thick vegetation. It is absolutely worth the effort to spend time with gorillas in the wild but be prepared to exert yourself on the trek.
Your professional Bwindi gorilla trekking guide and tracker leads you into the forest’s secret paths, looking for a habituated gorilla family. Once found, you’ll approach the gorillas quietly and settle down to observe them from a distance. You’ll spend between 40 minutes and an hour with the gorillas, watching the adults forage and groom each other while the babies tumble and play. You’ll be under the watchful gaze of the great silverback patriarch, whose soft brown eyes constantly sweep over his family protectively. Witnessing gorillas express typically human gestures and emotions is a truly profound experience and one of the reasons that Bwindi gorilla trekking is such a life changing encounter.
You’ll be asked to leave any personal items or bottled water you’re carrying with your porters and approach the gorillas with only your camera. You are not allowed to use a flash and it’s best to use a camera that doesn’t make loud clicks, whirring or other mechanical noises.
- Its a 3 Days 2 Nights Safari.
- Destination: Bwindi National Park.
- Tour dates: - All Year Round.
- Type of transport: - Road using a comfortable 4×4 Tour van/4×4 Jeep (Land Cruiser)
- Tour Type-Private
Trip Extensions available on request.
Day 1 - Kampala – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After your breakfast our driver picks you up, from your hotel/ residence and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park with brief stopovers at the local drum making center in Mpambile and, at the Equator for some photo taking for your memorable adventure moments and then en-route to Mbarara town for our lunch.
From Mbarara town we drive through Bushenyi, Ishaka, and view the tea plantations at Igara. Your road will then head even higher to where you can see the triangular peaks of the Virunga volcanoes of Rwanda and the Congo. We then drop down into a valley, to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home of the mountain gorilla. Tonight you will sleep to the sounds of the mountain rainforest.
Destination: Bwindi National Park
Travel Time: 6 to 7 hrs. (430 Km)
Accommodation: : Gorilla Resort Bwindi
Complementaries: Drinking water
Meals: Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
Day 2 - Mountain Gorilla Trek-Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
You will have an early breakfast and be driven to the Park Headquarters for a briefing at 7:30 am about the rules of Gorilla tracking. After the briefing, you will set off for the Gorilla trekking in the thick jungle.
The jungle is very lively with rich forest sounds. The trek ranges between 2 – 8 hours and you have one hour to stay with the Gorillas once sited. In the afternoon you can opt for a community walk among the Bwindi indigenous natives, the Batwa people who used to live in the Bwindi forest before it was gazetted as a National Park and learn about their life and culture as a forest people. You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.
Destination: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Accommodation: Gorilla Resort Bwindi
Meals: All meals included and drinking water
Optional Visit: A Community walk
Day 3 - Bwindi Gorilla Forest - Kampala
You will depart Bwindi after breakfast and travel back to Kampala with a stopover for lunch en-route. You will arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon.
No Accommodation on this last day
Travel Time: 6 to 7 hrs. (430 Km)
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Prices & Seasons 2023
- All transfers
- All accommodation during the tour
- All applicable government taxes, levies and park entrance fees
- All meals and drinking water during the tour
- Services of our professional driver guide
- All game drives as noted in the itinerary
- Personalized service.
- Passports and visa applications and processing
- International flights and taxes
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic beverages
- Tips and Gratuity for driver/guide
- Entrance fee for activities noted as optional