Uganda gorilla by Rod Waddington

3 Day Uganda Gorillas Experience in Bwindi Forest Park

Tour Length3 days
Priced from pps $1254 R18172 £949 1109 A$1771 C$1683 NZ$1823 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Lodge Safari

  • Starts & ends in Kampala, Uganda
  • Accommodation Bungalow or Chalet
  • Transport 4x4 Vehicle
  • Wildlife Exceptional Birding, Gorillas & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This unique lodge tour gives you a more intimate and extended encounter with the endangered African mountain gorillas in Uganda.

Unlike other gorilla trekking safaris, this Gorilla Habituation Experience enables you to spend up to four hours with these majestic primates, visiting one of the two gorilla groups being habituated in the Rushaga area of Bwindi National Park. You also get to trek in smaller groups of four guests, instead of the usual eight, with UWA rangers and a researcher.

This short Uganda Gorilla Tour offers a particularly rare and special mountain gorilla experience - truly one of the most poignant wildlife encounters on earth!

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Uganda

This budget Gorilla Habituation Tour starts at 07h00 with collection from your pre-tour hotel in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.

Leaving the city behind we drive south-west to Masaka, stopping en route to have snacks and take photos at the equator. Then we travel west to Igongo Cultural Village, pausing to visit the village centre and fascinating Ankole Museum, housing interesting cultural and historical displays. From Igongo we continue west to Mbarara where we have lunch at a motel.

After lunch we cover the remaining distance to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to nearly half of the African mountain gorillas surviving in the wild today. This World Heritage Site encompasses one of the most biodiverse and lush rainforests in the world - an ancient montane forest inhabited by rare and endemic creatures, from endangered primates to montane forest butterflies and birds.

Arriving in the southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park we head to our lodge, perched on a hill overlooking the rainforest, near Rushaga. Tonight we have dinner at our lodge and prepare for our incredible gorilla encounter tomorrow.

  • Accommodation: Gorilla Valley Lodge (or similar)
  • Meal plan: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Bwindi Forest Gorilla Experience – Uganda

On day two we are up early for breakfast, before our gorilla trek; which starts with a briefing at 08h00. The short talk is given by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) staff and covers gorilla trekking procedures and rules.

After the informative talk we set off into Bwindi National Park, following the UWA ranger into the dense rainforests. We walk with a researcher and guides on this gorilla experience, as we will be spending up to four hours with one of the two gorilla groups that are being habituated to humans.

Spending four hours with the endangered African mountain gorillas is an incredibly rare opportunity! On other mountain gorilla treks visitors get to spend only one hour with the gorillas, but the habituation process allows you to spend more time in the company of these majestic apes. You will be trekking in small groups, consisting of only four guests, the guides and the researcher. Gorilla trekking is usually done in groups of eight, so the small group size is another remarkable aspect of the gorilla habituation experience in Uganda.

Our intimate gorilla encounter gives you the chance to watch the gorillas go about their daily activities. We observe the mountain gorillas feeding, dozing off and interacting with each other on the forest floor - an extraordinary wildlife experience. Spending extra time with these gentle giants is an incredible privilege providing greater insight into the social primates, and is only possible during the two year period of habituation.

Trekking through the forests and swamps of Bwindi can be challenging and tiring, especially in the rainy season (March to May), but spending time with the gorillas is worth every bit of effort. The lodge provides packed lunches for the trek and you need to take along your own water and snacks. Bring a rain jacket and ensure that you are wearing sturdy hiking or jungle boots.

After our once-in-a-lifetime gorilla experience in the wild hills and valleys of Bwindi Park, we return to the lodge for dinner and a good night's rest.

  • Accommodation: Gorilla Valley Lodge (or similar)
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Bwindi Park to Kampala or Entebbe – Uganda

This morning we wake up to the lush forest surroundings at the lodge and enjoy breakfast in this peaceful setting.

Then we leave the Bwindi Forests behind, driving back to the capital of Uganda, Kampala. We drive via Mbarara and Masaka, stopping for lunch and crossing back over the equator along the way. Arriving in Kampala we drop you off at your post-tour accommodation or transfer you to the Entebbe International Airport for your onward flight.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Please Note:

The tour price excludes the Gorilla Permit fees of US$ 1500 per person.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience is only done in the Rushaga Area of Bwindi; thus we cannot stay in the Buhoma Area, due to accessibility issues.

Child Policy

Only children over the age of 16 may go gorilla trekking.

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+Included in the Tour Price
  • Transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle 
  • Fuel expenses
  • Accommodation on safari
  • Services of an English speaking driver/guide
  • Meals on safari
  • A soft drink per meal (soda or mineral water with lunch & dinner)
  • Igongo Village & Ankole Museum Visit
  • Park entrance fees
  • Ranger fees
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • AMREF Emergency Evacuation Insurance
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  • One Gorilla Permit per person
  • Local and international flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in Kampala (prior to safari & on return)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks, souvenirs & personal items
  • Tips for local guides
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