Uganda Gorilla Safari
Uganda Gorilla Safari 4 Days
A classic Uganda Gorilla trekking itinerary that will take you deep into the beautiful Bwindi National Park which is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population! This short but sweet itinerary offers the ultimate tick-list adventure as you get to come up-close to these remarkable gentle giants for one of the most exciting wildlife encounters you are likely to ever experience.
Driving from Entebbe to Bwindi in the company of an experienced guide and driver, you will enjoy spectacular scenery at every turn before arriving in Bwindi to stay at the famous Mahogany Springs to begin your adventure of a lifetime. As well as your Mountain gorilla experience you will also have chance to see some of the 9 other primates that make this dense forest their home and over 350 species of birds, as well as enjoying nature walks and hikes to the park’s three sparkling waterfalls.
Prices shown are per person, based on 2 people sharing. A single room supplement of $1327 applies for solo travellers.
***Big discounts available for bookings of more than 2 people
Prices do not include international flights but these can be arranged as part of your package.
Please note: The gorilla tracking experience will require a walk of between 2 and 8 hours through sometimes muddy conditions, and so participants will require an average level of fitness.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Enjoy the ultimate wildlife experience…walking with the famous mountain gorillas!
- The chance to see 9 other primates in the wild and over 350 bird species
- Discover Bwindi National Park’s spectacular scenery
- Travel in comfort in the company of an expert English-speaking driver and guide
- All accommodation and meals as described in the itinerary
- Gorilla permit for Bwindi National Park and gorilla tracking experience
- Transport to/from the starting point for gorilla tracking
- Airport transfer to/from Entebbe Airport
- Transportation in a 4WD safari vehicle. Prices shown are for a minivan option. Upgrade options are available
- English speaking guide driver
- AMREF Flying Doctors Insurance
ITINERARY3 Nights 4 Days
- Day 1 | Entebbe
- Day 2 | Entebbe to Bwindi National Park
- Day 3 | Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi NP
- Day 4 | Bwindi NP to Entebbe
Welcome to the pearl of Africa! After having arrived independently to Entebbe International Airport you will be greeted by a representative for your transfer to the Boma Guesthouse (5 to 10 minute drive) for your included overnight stay. Enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep in this tastefully restored colonial homestead in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead.
Overnight stay at the Boma Guesthouse with breakfast included.
Entebbe to Bwindi National Park
Today your adventure begins in earnest as after an early breakfast you will be collected for your transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the home of the mountain gorillas! Accompanied by an English speaking driver guide the 540km journey by 4wd minivan will take approximately 9 to 10 hours, with a stop for lunch in between. Sit back, relax, and soak up the spectacular scenery that abounds along the way. You will arrive at the luxury Mahogany Springs Lodge by late afternoon/early evening and enjoy a tasty evening meal before settling into your beautiful “banda” which features 2 comfortable double beds, an en-suite bathroom and a private terrace with panoramic views of the forest and surrounding land.
Set back on the pristine waters of the Munyanga River, Mahogany Springs is located just 2 minutes drive from the Bwindi National Park headquarters where we will be heading to tomorrow for our gorilla tracking experience.
2 nights accommodation at Mahogany Springs Lodge with 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners. Upgrades to a Land Cruiser vehicle for your transfer from Entebbe to Bwindi are available upon request.
Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi NP
Get ready for the experience of a lifetime! After an early breakfast you will join your transfer to the offices of the National Park where upon arrival you will be allocated a gorilla family, an 8-person group and a gorilla trekking guide. After a briefing into what lies ahead, including safety precautions and an introduction to the behaviour of the gorillas, you will be driven to the trailhead for the start of your thrilling adventure.
Depending on the gorilla family that you have been allocated the trek to see them can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 6 hours so patience and an average fitness level are required. The terrain can be muddy, and rainy weather is likely, but as you trek through the jungle the anticipation of seeing these gentle giants in the wild, along with the spectacular views and likely bird sightings on offer, is likely to be more than enough distraction from that. And we can almost guarantee that when you come face to face with these majestic animals the trek will soon become a distant memory!
Upon sighting the gorillas your group will be allowed one hour with them to watch them as they go about their daily lives; feeding, moving, playing, wrestling and feeding their young – this will be a totally unique and unforgettable experience!
Gorilla trekking experiences in Bwindi have been designed to ensure that numbers are kept to a minimum whilst still offering the experience of seeing these animals in the wild so that more can be done to protect them and ensure the species’ ongoing survival. The vast majority of your gorilla permit cost goes to protecting these vulnerable animals and ensuring that their population thrives. Without tourist visits there would be substantially less funds available to do this. Each of the habituated families of mountain gorillas are only allowed to be visited by one group of eight people per day, and only 72 visitors are allowed each day.
After your thrilling experience of witnessing the famous mountain gorillas up-close, your guide will lead you back to base where you will be transferred back to the lodge for a delicious dinner and the chance to reflect on what may well have been the greatest wildlife experience of your life.
Bwindi NP to Entebbe
After your memorable time in Bwindi National Park it’s time to head back to Entebbe as you depart after breakfast for your return drive to the airport, with lunch along the way.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Mahogany Springs Safari Lodge
This outstanding lodge set back on the pristine waters of the Munyanga River offers the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Located within a spectacular setting just 2 minutes drive from the Bwindi National Park headquarters, this is the perfect place in which to relax after the mountain gorilla experiences that Bwindi holds. A marvel of expert interior design throughout, Mahogany Springs offers eight individual luxurious and spacious “bandas” which comprise of 2 double beds, a beautifully designed en-suite bathroom and a fantastic private terrace with panoramic views of the forest and surrounding land. Upgraded suites with two bedrooms and a spacious living area are also available.
The main area of the lodge has been designed to offer the highest levels of comfort and features a beautiful and relaxing lounge area with fireplace and a book, games and DVD library. The large bar area is stocked with a great selection of wines and beverages and the welcoming restaurant allows guests to enjoy delicious a-la-carte meals either by the cosy glowing fire or outside on the terrace surrounded by the delightful sights and sounds of nature. Weekly BBQ nights are held on the terrace and a tasty afternoon tea filled with sweet treats and yummy pastries is available free of charge every day. The huge panoramic terrace that stretches all around the front of the building finishes off in style one of the most luxurious accommodation options available in all of East Africa.
Boma Guest House, Entebbe
Set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb just a short drive from Entebbe International Airport, this welcoming guesthouse is the perfect place from which to begin your Uganda safari experience. A tastefully restored colonial homestead, the Boma Guest House effortlessly combines modern comforts with the charm and characteristics of the original 1940’s building.
Each of the guest house’s comfortable and welcoming bedrooms has been decorated in a mixture of African and European décor and features an en-suite bathroom, four-poster beds with mosquito nets, and a private verandah. The guest house is situated within beautiful landscaped gardens with lake views and the delightful private swimming pool is perfect for a refreshing dip after a long flight. There is also an excellent on-site restaurant and bar, and a craft shop.
What Our Customers
What a super experience – thank you so much making our trip to Uganda everything we wanted. We saw several gorillas, which were our main objective but were absolutely entranced by the variety and beauty of all the birdlife. More emphasis on this needed in your briefings, I would say, but this is a minor criticism since the guides were most knowledgeable and helpful and did all possible to ensure our comfort and safety. No hesitation in recommending you to friends and anybody who will listen! Thank you so much from us both.
We needed some suggestions for our African adventure since, although pretty seasoned travellers, this was somewhere we still needed to tick off our list. The lady we spoke to in your office was most helpful. We had seen ‘gorillas in the mist’ on TV so this was a must for us. She understood our needs and looked after us well – I still cannot believe how close our guide was able to get us to a family of these great apes – we now have lots more jealous friends. Thank you to all involved.
Thanks for all your help – the very detailed briefing and advice really made our vacation in Africa a true ‘Trip of a Lifetime’. Recommendations follow!
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