This six night trip immerses you in an amazing wildlife experience, tracking gorillas in the depths of Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
At Bwindi, you will trek through the steep and dense forest, before coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the lush vegetation – without doubt, an inspiring and privileged experience. This is a trip that requires stamina, as it may take most of the day to track these amazing creatures, but the reward is an unforgettable and truly once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounter.
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. Walking 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, although no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills.
Read Director Nick Joynes' exhilarating account of his time with Bwindi's mountain gorillas.
Day1: Depart the UK
Day2: Arrive Entebbe
On arrival at Entebbe you will be met and transferred to your overnight hotel.
Accommodation: Boma Guesthouse, 1-night
Day3: Fly to Kihihi airstrip & transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
It's an early morning start today 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 your lodge. After lunch you can explore the surroundings on a self-guided river walk.
Early today you will set off to track gorilla through the steep, densely forested hills of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Tracking in the Bwindi forest requires stamina and may take most of the day.
There are also other activities and excursions available from the lodge, from guided walks in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, butterflies and rare flora, to visits to the local village to learn about community projects, and discovering the traditions of the indigenous peoples.
Note: 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.
Day5: 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.
Day6: Fly back to Entebbe & depart
Your safari ends today as you fly back to Entebbe in the morning and connect to your return overnight flight back to the UK.
Day7: Arrive UK
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Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 7 daysfrom £2,895 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 5 daysfrom £2,150 pp
Single supplement: From £180
When to go: Jan-Dec
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has an exceptional range of altitude and is one of Africa’s most extensive belts of primary montane forest. Although 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.
Where: Kanungu District
Ideal for viewing: chimpanzee, golden monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, L’Hoest’s monkey, mountain gorilla
Excellent for: Gorilla trekking
Suggested accommodation is shown below.
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This lodge is situated within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and less than five minutes walk from the start point of the gorilla trekking. It comprises eight comfortable cottages, each with its own private verandah, which affords wonderful views of the surrounding forest canopy.