3 DAYS GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI (BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK)
This 3 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari is a magical lifetime experience to the jungle forests of Bwindi impenetrable National park. The gorilla trekking tour is tailor made for you thereby meeting with half of the world’s remaining gentle giants (mountain gorillas). This is all found deep down in their natural habitat, Bwindi Impenetrable forest.
The safari usually starts from Kampala /Entebbe or your choice of residence to south western Uganda through the districts of Wakiso, Masaka and Mbarara. The journey is long with lots of the country’s beautiful scenery along the way, although it is much more rewarding.
On your Gorilla trekking day in this gorilla haven Bwindi, you are allocated to groups of 8 trekkers per group and assigned a ranger guide. With Bwindi having more than 10 gorilla families, an hour is what is allowed for you to meet and interact with a habituated gorilla family. Taking pictures, watching the juveniles play with each other and their human expressions make the experience even more astonishing.
After this, get rewarded with a gorilla trekking certificate with your name on it by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. A song from the locals for the support towards conversation of these mountain gorillas is melodious to your ears.
Note: A gorilla trekking permit must be obtained by every visitor atleast 4 months before the trek from the Uganda wildlife Authority. This allows you to track the gorillas in either one of the regions of Bwindi Forest namely Buhoma, Nkuringo, Rushaga, or Ruhiga. Today, gorilla tracking is on a high demand so you need to book your permit as soon as you confirm your travel dates.
Gorilla trekking safari highlights
Detailed itinerary for the 3 days gorilla trekking safari tour to Bwindi
Day 1: To Bwindi Impenetrable National park
This is the beginning of your magical 3 days gorilla trekking safari; our driver picks you up at your residence after breakfast preferably 6:30am. You start off early to avoid morning traffic and be able to catch up with the long journey to Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Drive via the Masaka Mbarara highway and expect a lunch stop at Agip Motel or Igongo cultural center in Mbarara. We continue with your journey through the beautiful countryside and expect to arrive in Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija or Nkuringo sections of Bwindi at around 5:30pm. After arrival at the lodge, confortably settle in and have time to freshen up before enjoying a sumptuous dinner and retiring for the night.
Meal plan: Lunch and dinner
Day 2: Gorilla trekking/ tracking day in Bwindi Impenetrable National park
Wake up early for breakfast at around 6:00am in the morning and head to the park headquarters for orientations and dos and don’ts while trekking gorillas. This morning your allocated a group of 8 trekkers with a ranger guide and a habituated gorilla family you’re going to trek.
Then head into the forest to find your gorilla family and have an hour interaction with it. The trek can take 30mins to a quarter a day depending on where the gorillas are. A team of trackers works ahead of you and are in constant communication with your ranger while aiding you to find the gorilla family. Upon finding your allocated family, spend an hour with the gorilla family, and then come back to collect your gorilla trekking certificate. This is awarded in recognition for participation in gorilla trekking and support to the in gorilla family. This makes the end of the trek, head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3: Drive back to Kampala/ Entebbe from Bwindi Impenetrable National park
This is the end of the 3 days gorilla trekking safari. Drive back to Kampala in a place of choice or a drop off at the airport. Have a stop at the Uganda Equator to add onto your adventure experience. Take pictures and do experiments to see water rotations in the different hemispheres. Continue with your journey after there and this marks the end of the trip.
Meal plan; Breakfast and lunch
Buhoma region : Buhoma community haven lodge, Buhoma lodge
Rushaga region : Rushaga gorilla camp, Rushaga gorilla Havens lodge
Ruhija region : Gorilla mist camp, Ruhija Gorilla safari lodge
Nkuringo region: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla lodge, Silverback lodge
- 2 nights’ accommodation in Bwindi
- Gorilla trekking permit
- Services of an English speaking driver/guide
- Private 4×4 safari vehicle
- Gas for the tour
- Pick-ups and drop-offs to your place of choice
- Meals as per the itinerary and lunch en-route
- Bottled water
- Park ranger fees
- International flights and Uganda visa
- Telephone calls
- Luxurious drinks
- Tips and gratitudes
- Porter fees
- Any personal interests and activities not mentioned on the itinerary