5 Days Ultimate Fly-in Gorilla Trekking Tour
The 5 Days Ultimate Fly-in Gorilla Trekking Tour is a luxury Uganda Safari that saves you on time spent travelling from Entebbe to Kisoro – Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park. A road drive across from Entebbe to Bwindi would take you about 8-10 hours but the fly-in would tremendously cut these hours down to about 1-2 hours with the 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 2||Flight form Entebbe – Kisoso||Boma Guest House||B|
|Day 3||Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Jungles||Mahogany Springs / Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge||B, L, D|
|Day 4||Fly back to Entebbe||Boma Guest House||B|
DAY 1: Arrival – Boma Guest House (B&B)
Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed and transferred to your accommodation in Entebbe (B&B) Boma Guest House where the guide will brief you on tomorrows start of the Fly-in Gorilla Trekking Tour.
DAY 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (Ruhoma/Rushaga)
After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport for a domestic flight to Western Uganda. The scheduled flight departs at 07.45 hr and expected arrival time is 09.30 hr at Kisoro Airstrip. From here you will be picked by your guide and transferred by road (32Km/1.5 hour) to the home of the endangered mountain gorillas to start the anticipated Gorilla Trekking Tour adventure.
Note: Bwindi National Park is divided into 3 major sectors – Buhoma Ruhija and Rushaga Areas. Depending on the gorilla family available at the time of your booking, you might track EITHER one of the sectors. You either take a flight to Kihihi (Buhoma) or Kisoro (Rushaga). Timings will be confirmed after the aircraft routings are determined.
Check in at the lodge and have a relaxed lunch thereafter relaxation (B-L-D)
Mahogany Springs / Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
DAY 3: Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi
After an early breakfast (6:30 am) head to the park headquarters and go through the formalities of track preparation and your guide will brief you on gorilla etiquette and other tips on a Gorilla Trekking Tour.
Gorilla Trekking through the thick undergrowth can be a strenuous task, albeit in the end, a rewarding one. Led by a park ranger, the actual trek to the gorillas’ resting place can be between 4 – 8 hours or less. Once your assigned gorilla group has been located you will spend 1 hour in their company. There after head back to the lodge for relaxation.(B-L-D)
Mahogany Springs / Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
DAY 4: Flight From Bwindi (Kisoro) – 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.
Note: There are flights that depart in the afternoon from Central Bwindi unlike Southern Bwindi. If you prefer, you may engage in an activity early morning either a village walk, Batwa Experience or a nature walk if tracking the Buhoma Area to make it in time for the afternoon departure flight at 14.05 hr and arriving at 15.55 hr at Entebbe International Airport. The flight from southern Bwindi is at 09:10hrs arriving at 11:25hrs. (B-L-D)
Boma Guest House
DAY 5: Departure
Enriched with an experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories from the ultimate Fly-in Gorilla Trekking Tour, you will say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa. In time you will be transferred to Entebbe Airport for your international flight. (B)
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 72 trekking permits 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 $600.00 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 at around 400, and for the first time in years, it is very slowly 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 5 Days Ultimate Fly-in Gorilla Trekking Tour to get your adrenaline started. When you find these magnificen creaturs , 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.
- 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.
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|BUDGET||Mahogany Springs base on twin sharing||USD 1500|
|LUXURY||Clouds Mountain Lodge based on twin sharing||USD 2475|
|PERMITS||Gorilla Trekking Permit for 1 person||USD 600|
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