Journey through the home of almost half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas, the extraordinary Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Traverse one of Africa’s only surviving ancient forests in a small group, over 9 incredible days filled with our handpicked selection of the best sights, experiences and accommodation.
With your treks sandwiched between relaxing stays in your luxury forest lodge during your five-night stay, you’ll be ready and raring to go when it is time to travel on foot. Climb the steep inclines of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where the hours of trekking will be instantly forgotten when you enter the presence of the awesome endangered mountain gorillas that inhabit the forest.
With only a small population of mountain gorillas still left in the world, this is a trip of a lifetime. A unique, custom Ugandan safari that will be completely unforgettable.
Welcome to the Pearl of Africa!
Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed by a representative and transferred to
the guesthouse (5-10 minutes). After checking in, meet your guide for briefing.
Arrive, unwind, relax, enjoy lunch/ dinner and get ready for your next adventure!
After an early breakfast, meet your driver at the lobby and transfer to Entebbe International Airport for a domestic flight to Western Uganda, departing at 07.00 or 07.45 hr. (check in time is 1 hr before departure) From Kihihi Airstrip (expected arrival at 08.45 / 09.30 hr) you will be met by a guide and transferred by road approx. 1hrs drive to the home of the endangered mountain gorillas.
Check in at the lodge and enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to relax and prepare yourself for the next day.
Optional activity: Go for an optional (guided) forest walk for a first introduction with Uganda’s unique flora and fauna.
DAY 3: UGANDA / Bwindi Impenetrable Forest / Gorilla trekking day
Gorilla trekking day!
Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. However the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort!
Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling by the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Afterwards trek back to the lodge for lunch and a refreshing shower.
DAY 4: RETURN BACK HOME
UNTILL NEXT TIME!
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end…! Goodbye to the safari life, feeling relaxed, mesmerizing scenery, great food, family time and romantic memories.
Depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head back to Entebbe with the morning or afternoon flight.
At Entebbe International Airport connect to your international flight.
2021 /4,375 Incl. $ 700 trekking permit / per person sharing /2 pax min.
👉🏼Best time: MARCH – OCTOBER
Gorilla trekking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Accommodation & Meals as specified
"Inter-Africa" flight as per itinerary
Tour Guide (where applicable)
All transportation as specified on itinerary
Activities as specified in itinerary
Tips & Private Expenses
Visa's (When applicable)
Additional accommodation before or after the safari
Uganda, better known as the “Pearl of Africa”, is a country filled with national parks and game reserves with enticing promises of wildlife sightings.
Explore Uganda’s stunning greenery, soaring mountains, and the greatest natural treasure of all – half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population.
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
Gorillas in Bwindi!
The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a biodiverse, mountainous area in southwest Uganda. An ancient rain forest, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest extends over a series of steep ridges in the Virunga Volcanoes mountain range. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site due to its ecological uniqueness and natural beauty, roughly half of the world’s total gorilla population live in this park.
The Mountain Gorillas are among Uganda’s top tourist attraction. While trekking these great creatures, the experience and excitement you encounter while with them is really worthwhile. Tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest can be conducted all year round. Some gorilla trekkers prefer visiting from June to September as well as from December up to February. You can visit Bwindi at any time of the year, the low season calls for cheaper gorilla permit price but generally there is slight difference in the seasons.
Meet the gorillas eye to eye in the wild and spend a full hour watching, photographing and learning about these great apes that are only found in Uganda!
Encounter these fascinating primates in the heart of the World Heritage Site known as the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Explore mist-covered mountain slopes in search of enchanted moments spend watching the intricate interaction of families of mountain gorilla.
Track the groups of mountain gorilla that live protected by this dense network of vines and shrubs, rewarded by exhilarating moments as you get to view their complex social structure at work.
Gorilla trekking is a unique, thrilling and fulfilling experience – it is a journey leading one to appreciate the hidden treasures of Uganda. There are over 36 gorilla groups within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park but only eleven can be visited for gorilla tracking since others are still undergoing habituation process. Visiting one or more habituated gorilla groups in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is worth as each of them tells different stories which afterwards rewards visitors with unforgettable experiences of a life time. The habituated gorillas are now used to humans but they are wild. So anything unexpected can happen-follow the guides rules you will get no harm normally you do not eat or drink when you’re with the gorillas. You should keep a distance of 7m from the gorillas, although of course the gorillas themselves are unaware of this and will often get very close, in which case you should try to move away.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Lodge Accommodation
Gorilla trekking experience!
Set on the banks of the pristine Munyanga River and facing the Impenetrable Forest! A huge terrace wraps around the main building, from where guests can enjoy views of the forest and relax to the sound of the river flowing gently by. Sink into a chair in front of the fireplace in the living room with a book, or enjoy a drink from the bar before sitting down to dinner in the restaurant or out on the terrace.
Most of the produce used is grown on-site to ensure everything is as fresh as it is delicious.