Embark on an unforgettable 3-day gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, a land renowned for its lush forests and diverse wildlife. This short but immersive journey takes you into the heart of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where you’ll have the rare opportunity to encounter and observe mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. This adventure promises an intimate and life-changing experience with these magnificent creatures, making it a must-do for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Accommodation Options (Midrange):
During your 3-day gorilla safari, you will be accommodated in midrange lodges or tented camps that offer comfort, convenience, and a connection to the surrounding natural beauty. Accommodation options may include lodges like Buhoma Gorila Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, or similar properties in the Bwindi area.
Day 1: Arrival in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Your journey begins with your arrival in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas. You will be met by your guide at the nearest airstrip or a designated meeting point. After a warm welcome, embark on a scenic drive to your chosen lodge or camp near the Bwindi Forest. Check in and settle into your comfortable accommodation, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the forest.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Experience
Today is the highlight of your safari as you set out for an unforgettable gorilla trekking adventure. After an early breakfast, you’ll head to the park headquarters for a briefing on gorilla trekking etiquette and safety guidelines. You’ll also be assigned to one of the gorilla families that you’ll visit today.
The trek can vary in duration and difficulty, depending on the location of the gorilla family you’re visiting. It may take a few hours or the entire morning, but the experience of encountering these gentle giants in their natural habitat is truly rewarding.
Once you find the gorilla family, you’ll have up to an hour to observe and photograph them from a safe and respectful distance. It’s an incredible opportunity to witness their social interactions, behaviors, and the bond between family members.
After the gorilla trek, return to your lodge for a well-deserved lunch and relaxation. You can spend the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps exploring the surrounding area or engaging in optional activities like a community visit or nature walk.
Day 3: Departure
After breakfast, bid farewell to the beautiful Bwindi Forest and depart for your next destination or journey home, marking the end of your 3-day gorilla safari in Uganda. Your guide will transfer you to the nearest airstrip or the location of your choice.
– Gorilla trekking permit
– Accommodation as specified
– Meals as per the itinerary (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
– Bottled water during the safari
– Park fees and permits
– Professional guide
– Ground Transportation
– International airfare
– Visa fees (if applicable)
– Travel insurance
– Personal expenses
– Tips and gratuities
– Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
How to Get There:
To commence your 3-day gorilla safari in Uganda, book an international flight to Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Several international airlines operate flights to Entebbe from major cities worldwide. Upon your arrival in Entebbe, you can take a domestic flight to a nearby airstrip, where your safari guide will meet you. Alternatively, you can arrange for ground transportation to the Bwindi area, which offers the opportunity to enjoy Uganda’s beautiful landscapes during the journey.