3 Days Gorilla Trekking Tour
The 3 Days Gorilla Trekking Tour is a luxury Uganda Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park. A road drive across from Entebbe to Bwindi would take you about 9-10 hours through magnificent aerial views of beautiful landscape of mountains, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth, where half the world’s population of the highly endangered mountain gorillas live in its jungles. The forest is a large primeval forest located in southwestern Uganda in the Kanungu District. It is on the edge of the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift, at altitudes ranging from 1,160 metres (3,810 ft) to 2,607 metres (8,553 ft).
|Day||Routes/activities||Accommodation||Covered Meal Plan|
|Day 1||Kampala – Bwindi National Park||Mahogany Springs / Chameleon Hill||B|
|Day 2||Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Jungles||Mahogany Springs / Chameleon Hill||B, L, D|
|Day 3||Fly back to Entebbe||–||B,L|
- Return Flight fees from Entebbe to Kisoro (bwindi),
- Mineral water in the vehicle,
- Services of an English speaking Driver/guide,
- Accommodation as shown at the lodges mentioned in the itinerary,
- Meals as shown (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner),
- All Park Entrance Fees,
- *Gorilla Tracking Permits-once (*prices as shown separately).
- International Airfares; Excess baggage charges;
- Ugandan Entry Visa Fees
- International travel Vaccinations and Inoculations;
- Items of personal nature such us Room service,
- Beverages, Communications charges (telephone, fax, internet), Laundry, etc.;
- Postage fees, Porterage fees, Tips and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and Hotels staff,
- Shopping charges for Curios and Crafts,
- International Airport Departure Taxes,
- Optional activities unless specified as included,
- Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.
DAY 1: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (Buhoma/Rushaga)
Pick up from place of your overnight stay and head to Bwindi National Park with a stopover at the Equator where you watch the demonstration of water flowing in the northern and southern hemispehere. Have lunch in the calm town of Mbarara and proceed through the verdant countryside. You will pass traditional homesteads and have panoramic views of the surroundings. Dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs / Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill (L-D)
DAY 2: Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi
After breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide.
After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure – participants can expect to walk long distances in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be challenging, however the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback far more than makes up for the effort in their quest. Granted the time taken can be quite unpredictable taking anything from 2 to 8 hrs or longer.
You will have packed lunch from the lodge for this hike. Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour viewing them . Later head back to the trail head.
Dinner and Overnight at Mahogany Springs / Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill
DAY 3: Bwindi National Park (Kisoro) – Kampala / Entebbe
Breakfast and you will be transferred back to the airfield for your onward flight back to Entebbe Airport. You will be picked up by a company representative and transferred to your hotel or guest house.
Travel Tip: You may book a flight to Kihihi or Kisoro to cut the travel distances shorter. Please inform us if you would like a scheduled flight.
END OF TOUR
How to Go on Gorilla Trekking Tour In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Delve deeper into Uganda’s southwestern corner, and you will find a different type of creature. Here, in the depths of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, half of the world’s remaining wild mountain gorillas roam free, and you can trek through their disappearing habitat to see them at work, rest and play.
Only 96 trekking permits ( 12 gorilla groups in Bwindi) are issued each day by the Ugandan Wildlife Authority, and each must be applied for through a registered safari operator like us. Ugandan Wildlife Authority issues gorilla permits at $600 per person effective July 2020 the gorilla permit will cost $700 per person.
Having similar DNA to humans, gorillas are highly susceptible to illness, and even catching a common cold could wipe out an entire group. Park visitors must keep a minimum distance of seven metres from the animals at all times, and visits are limited to one hour in the company of one of three habituated families.
Because of these restrictions, the future of this critically-endangered creature looks bright. Following decades of illegal deforestation and poaching, the number of gorillas at Bwindi has steadied over 400 individuals, and for the first time in years and still on the rise.
But gorilla trekking is no stroll in the park. It can take anywhere up to 10 hours to find the elusive creatures in the dense undergrowth. Guides 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.
Before you start the gorilla trekking tour treks, you begin with an early morning safety briefing. Depending on gorilla movements, you can spend a morning anywhere within the park’s 331sqkm forest with either the Mubare gorilla family, the Habinyanja or the Rushegura group. The biggest is the Rushegura, a 12-strong group of habituated gorillas, including what is believed to be the world’s largest silverback, named Mwirima and weighing nearly 200kg.
In his family troop is Karungi, Nyamunwa, Kibande, Nyampazi, Ruterana, Kalembezi, Buzinza and several young males, including a couple of babies. Each is so named because of their individual markings in the local Ugandan language. Their broad shoulders look menacing but their eyes show wariness and they are incredibly shy. Though the woods are dense and thick, the gorillas leave behind muddy prints the size of baseball mitts, and are easier to spot than you may think. Wherever their leader Mriwima goes, they follow, leaving battered trees with broken limbs and chewed pieces of bark and bamboo in their path.
So what is it like seeing a wild mountain gorilla only a few metres away? Well for first, book the 3 Days Gorilla Trekking Tour to get your adrenaline started. When you find these magnificent creatures , at first, there may be a fluster in the trees or a violent shake in the canopy above your head. Then there may be a bang and a clatter, or a snapped branch and dark shapes plummeting into a clearing in front of you. Expect your adrenaline levels to rocket and, in the warm, thin air, you will realise that cowering in front of an oncoming silverback is not something you could ever get used to.
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|LUXURY||Mahogany Springs base on twin sharing||USD 1725|
|LUXURY||Chameleon Hill based on twin sharing||USD 1670|
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