A long weekend to enjoy an amazing experience, tracking gorillas in the depths of Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
As well as seeing gorillas in the wild, you can take a guided walk in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life. Walk through the local village, you can learn about community projects, discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies and learn about the native tribal inhabitants of the forest, who, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills.
Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. This is a trip that requires stamina as it may take most of the day to track these amazing creatures.
Day 1: Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Entebbe
Day 2: Arrive Entebbe and transfer to hotel, 1-night
Day 3: Fly to Kihihi airstrip and transfer to Bwindi Forest, 3-nights lodge
An early morning start as you head to the airport and board the flight to Kihihi airstrip (about one hour). From there it is a short drive through the forested slopes to the lodge at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. After lunch you can explore the surroundings on a self-guided river walk.
Accommodation: Bwindi Safari Lodge, 3-nights (full board)
Day 4: Gorilla-tracking and photography.
Early today you will set off to track gorilla through the steep, densely forested hills. Tracking in the Bwindi forest requires stamina and may take most of the day. There are other activities and excursions available, from guided walks in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plants, to visits to the local village to learn about community projects, and discovering the traditions of the indigenous peoples. One day’s gorilla-tracking permit is included in the cost of the trip. Additional permits for a second days tracking should be purchased in advance of travel – subject to availability and at additional cost.
Day 5: Optional activities - gorilla-tracking, guided walks, village visits.
You can either choose to go gorilla tracking again (additional permits required, subject to availability) or opt for one of the other, gentler but equally rewarding activities and excursions on offer in and around the park. Take a guided walk with a knowledgeable guide providing insight into this globally important habitat or visit projects such as the Amagara project and Bwindi Community Hospital.
Day 6: Fly back to Entebbe and depart
Day 7: Arrive UK.
You should note: This trip may be enjoyed as a tailor-made trip, or more economically as part of a small group on regular scheduled departures. The price of this trip includes a contribution of US$100 per person to support a non-profit organisation set up by our local supplier in Uganda. This trust supports a variety of community and conservation activities in and around Bwindi, which in turn enhance the livelihood of local communities and help to ensure the survival of the great apes.
- When to go: Jan to Dec: Tours depart from the UK on Thursdays
- Price including flights from/to UK: From £2,995 pp
- Price excluding international flights: From £2,245 pp
- Duration inc. flights from/to UK: 7 days
- Duration exc. international flights: 5 days
- Single supplement: From £148
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has an exceptional range of altitude and is one of Africa’s most extensive belts of primary montane forest. Though there is a fine array of birdlife, the prime attraction is its mountain gorillas (over 300) and four family groups have been habituated to allow human approach.
Bwindi Safari Lodge
This stunning eco-lodge overlooks the primeval forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys and birds. Accommodation consists of eight spacious wooden cottages, and guests often spend hours on the terrace watching the varied wildlife moving through the tree canopy.