Face to Face with a Gorilla
This 3-day Luxury gorilla trekking tour to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is perfectly tailored for you. You will spend 3 days in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park located in southwestern Uganda and home to more than a half of the endangered mountain gorillas (approximately 452 individuals). Depending on availability of gorilla permits at the time of confirmation, you may trek gorillas in Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga or Nkuringo
It is a little hectic, especially if you are not flying.
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Drive from Kampala to Bwindi Forest National Park
Day 2: Face to Face with A Gorilla, and then to Lake Bunyonyi
Day 3: Drive back to Kampala
Depart Entebbe \ Kampala for your 8-9 road transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park located in South western Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half the number of mountain gorillas in the whole world and is the only place where chimpanzees co-exist with Mountain Gorillas. You will have an en route stopover at the Equator crossing for photographic and simple experiment before continuing to Mbarara town for Lunch. After lunch, you will embark on your scenic drive to Bwindi NP or Kabale for overnight at Buhoma Lodge or Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.
Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
After an early morning breakfast, you will drive to the Park headquarters for briefing about the dos and the don’ts during your Gorilla Trek. Once this is done, you will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, which can take you from half an hour to three quarters of the day. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. During the trek, it is likely to spot other primates, birds and rare tree species.
On finding the gorillas, you will be allowed to spend one full hour, face to face with them, taking pictures, as per the rules. Interaction with these gentle giants can be fulfilling.
You will be awarded a certificate for participating in gorilla trekking and thus contributing to the conservation of mountain gorillas.
After the trill, we may relax at your lodge or take a drive to Lake Bunyonyi, another beautiful sport on Uganda’s Africa’s second deepest lake, dotted with islands.
Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge or Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp or Keije Bunyonyi Resort.
After your breakfast, you will be driven to Kampala or Entebbe through Ankole , making a stopover at Igongo cultural Centre, and then proceed to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport, past the Equator Monument site , where you may stop for a Photo moment . You will use the same route enabling you to have a second stop over at the Equator.
Pre and Post trip accommodation can be arranged. Or, depending on your flight time, you may choose to fly out of Uganda today.
Accommodation: End of Tour, No accommodation.
The Flighting Version of this trip is also available.
Our signature safaris is worth your 5 days spend on a gorilla and wildlife safari in Uganda, where you tracking the Primates in a forest reserve, then a national parks and also view the different wild animals, birds and butterflies obviously on top of driving through beautiful terrains in the country side and a thrilling boat ride.
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Arrive to Uganda, the Pearl Of Africa.
Day 2: Drive from Kampala to Kibale Forest National Park
Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP
Day 4: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Day 5: Face to Face with a Gorilla.
Day 6: Travel Back to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport
Arrive at Entebbe Integrational Airport. You will be met by your trip manager and head to your hotel for safari briefing and stay:
Meal plan: Half Board
Take an early breakfast and set off for Kibale Forest national park, a stunning and beautiful tropical forest in western Uganda approximately 6-7hrs from Kampala. Kibale forest is renowned for the highest density and diversity of primate species numbering to around 13 notably, the Chimpanzees, Red-colobus, Blue, Red-tailed and Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Black and white colobus monkey, I’hoesti monkey.
Evening, visit the Bigodi wetland, a bird’s sanctuary plus a walk around the Magombe swamp, which will provide you with the wide range and the variety of special Fauna and flora.
Accommodation: Fort Motel / Kibale Guest Cottages on a full board basis.
After breakfast, you will be driven to the park headquarters at Kanyanchu for a pre-trekking briefing by the Wildlife Authorities staff. The thrilling tracking the chimpanzees takes between 1-5hrs activity depending of the availability of the apes. Chimpanzees live in extended communities of up to 100 individuals, not in families like gorillas and other primates. They are also noisy, so you are likely to hear them long before you see them. But the encounter is very fulfilling.
After this experience, return to your lodge for a late checkout, and head to Queen Elizabeth NP, check in your Lodge around the Equator, refresh and have your lunch.
In the late afternoon, set off for a boat-ride on the Kazinga Chanel, a 35kms natural fresh water channel connecting the lake George to lake Edward , believed to have the world’s highest concentration of Hippos, also a haven for African Elephants, buffalos and several savannah animals and over 350 species of birds.
The Boat-ride can also usher in a beautiful sundowner, as the sun shies away into the hilly horizons of the eastern DR Congo.
Accommodation: Kikorongo Safari lodge / Elephant Plains / Mwenyenyange Caves lodge.
After a lazy breakfast, set off to Bwindi, through the Ishasha sector, of Queen Elizabeth national park, in such for the tree climbing lions, birds and other animals. After lunch take a 3-4 hours’ drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the home of the Mountain gorillas (gorilla gorilla berengei). The impenetrable forest Bwindi is also habitat to other animals like the bush buck, antelopes, forest duiker and so much of the bird species like Ruwenzori Turacco, African green broad-bill, white-tailed blue flycatcher, brown-necked parrot, white-bellied robin chat and Frazer’s eagle owl. it is most famous for the Mountain Gorillas. You will reach the park late in the evening.
Accommodation: Rihija Safari Lodge, Bakiga Safari Lodge, on a full board basis
Now, this is the D-day. Wake up for an early breakfast and head to the park headquarters for the detailed briefing about how to track that takes you face to face with a Gorillas. Since the trek is in the impenetrable mountain forest, you must be physically fit to undertake this near adventure activity that climaxes at complete hour face to face with a gorilla family, among other primates. The 1hr to a whole day trek will be under the guidance of highly skilled game rangers through the forest in bid to see the great apes. On your way through the thick forest, you are likely to see other primates like the red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons and some birds, notably, the Ruwenzori Turacco, African green broad-bill, White-tailed blue flycatcher, Brown necked parrot and White-bellied Robin, woodpeckers and sunbirds among others. Wow, it is done, Return to the lodge for a late check-out and head to lake Bunyonyi
Accommodation: Arcadia Safari Lodge / Keije Bunyonyi Resort / Bunyonyi Eco resort.
After breakfast, set off from this wonderful part of Uganda, and drive back to Kampala, having a stopover Igongo Cultural Centre and Country Hotel Lunch and brief tour of Uganda’s largest private museum, purchase a curio and take pictures , then at the Equator and back to your Hotel in Kampala or Airport. Or stay an extra night as you revel Kampala city (at an extra cost).
A memorable safari with Gorilland TravelCare Uganda.
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