3 Days Gorilla trekking safari

Code: NBHTY
3 DAYS - 2 NIGHTS
  • gorilla trekking
  • gorilla 1
  • gorilla 3
  • gorilla 9

This tour is all about visiting the endangered mountain gorillas of Uganda. To sit in the forest with these rare and gentle giants is an unforgettable and moving experience. The spectacular scenery and warm people of the region provide an excellent backdrop to your wildlife and adventure experience. You can choose between two lodges Buhoma Lodge or Engagai Lodge. Scenic flights to and from the Bwindi Impenetrable forest area maximize your time in the region.

PLEASE NOTE: For the gorilla trek please bring walking boots, or waterproof trainers and socks, long pants and a light, long sleeved shirt. Layers are best, as conditions in the tropical rain forest can change from hot to wet and cold in an instant. Start with a long sleeved t-shirt and long pants, thick socks and boots; add a fleece and rainproof jacket and you should be right for all conditions. Please choose khaki or muted colors to allow you to get closer to the wildlife. Bright colors advertise your presence and make it more difficult to track game. Anti histamine cream is useful if you get too close to any stinging nettles; the gorillas are immune to these, so often choose this soft place to rest. Gloves can sometimes be a handy addition. A small day pack is very useful to carry water, lunch and cameras. The day can be a long one but is 100% worth it. Photographing gorillas is allowed, but flash photography is prohibited. Anyone wishing to use a video camera must pay for a special permit. After your long trek relax at the lodge or head out to the local community. A relaxing massage is available at the lodge at your own cost.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONEntebbe/ Kampala
DEPARTURE TIME7.30Am

INCLUDES:

  • Full board accommodation whilst on safari.
  • Domestic flights.
  • Transfers in both directions between the International Airport.
  • Gorilla trekking permit.
  • Airport Arrival/Departure Meet and Greets at the airport.
  • Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals

EXCLUDES:

  • International airfares & Visa fees.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Accommodation in Arusha.
  • Other personal items.
  • Souvenirs.
  • Anything else not mentioned in our itinerary.


 

Our Itinerary for 3 days Gorilla trekking Safari Package:

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DAY 1: FLY FROM ENTEBBE TO BWINDI

Check in at Entebbe International airport for 08:30 am for the Aerolink flight to Kihihi. The scenic flight in a small plane will take approximately one and a half hours. On a clear day this flight may include views of Lake Victoria, Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Ruwenzori Mountains. Please the note baggage limit for this flight is 15kg including hand luggage. Baggage should be in soft sided bags. Should you have additional luggage it is recommended you leave it in your Entebbe hotel. On arrival at the Kihihi airstrip you will be met but your lodge driver who will transfer you for the final two hours through to the park. Please note the final drive in to the park is on rough roads. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where every valley is steep sided and every inch of spare space is used for agriculture, is a very densely populated area. It is estimated that up to 90 people are supported by every acre of subsistence agriculture bordering the park. These patchwork mountains are dotted with small thatched villages that make the drive interesting and scenic. The afternoon is at your leisure to either relax at the lodge or set of to explore the local village of Buhoma. “Accommodation at either Buhoma Lodge or Engagai Lodge on full board basis.”

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DAY 2: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST GORILLA TREK.

Your gorilla trek is sure to be the highlight of your tour. Up early you head to the ranger station, where you are allocated guides before heading into the forest. The walk to find the gorillas may be as short as two hours, but it will generally take 2 to 4 hours to find them as their territory can range up to 40km. The park rangers and guides will clear the way and assist you through the forest. You will need a good fitness level to make this walk as the going can be slippery and tough at times. Once the gorilla group is located you will spend an hour with them as they feed, rest and play. Sitting with the mountain gorilla is one of the most amazing wildlife experiences you will ever have. A dominant male silverback can weigh over 200 kilos and is the largest living primate. He will control your meeting as well as deciding when his group will eat, sleep and move on. His females care for their young with affection and playfulness but also with discipline. They are very curious, and are capable of making over 25 different vocalizations, including chuckling and purring. Communication also includes posturing, chest beating and if all else fails the charge! The privilege of spending an hour with a family group is an experience that will never leave you. After your hour is up, you will find your way slowly out of the forest and back to the camp to swap stories about your amazing experience.

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DAY 3: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST TO ENTEBBE

After an early breakfast you transfer by road back to the Kihihi airstrip for the flight back to Entebbe International Airport where your tour ends.

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