4 Days Drive Gorilla Safari – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Destination Overview

Of the over 800 mountain gorillas worldwide, Bwindi National Park is home to almost half of the gorilla population. There is no better place for observing these gentle giants from a close distance! Thanks to the wildlife conservation program, the number of gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest only has increased from 300 to 400 in recent years, which include nine different families that are habituated for tourism purposes. Apart from the famous residents, the dense forest hosts nine other primates. There are various trails in the park, including the Munyanga River Trail and Waterfall Trail, leading through the pristine rainforest to three sparkling waterfalls.

TOUR SUMMARY

  • This tour starts and ends in Entebbe
  • You'll visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - BUHOMA
  • Activities: Gorilla tracking and forest walking
  • Accommodation: The Boma Entebbe and Mahogany Springs

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe to The Boma

Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! Arrive at Entebbe Airport, where you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel (5-10 minutes) overnight at The Boma Entebbe. This welcoming guesthouse is situated on the outskirts of Entebbe and only 5 to 10 minutes from Entebbe Airport. It is a tastefully restored colonial homestead consisting of comfortable bedrooms.

Day 2: Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 

After an early breakfast transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, 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. Or go for an optional (guided) forest walk for the first introduction to Uganda’s unique flora and fauna.  Dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs.

Day 3: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Park

Following early morning 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 tricky and require a degree of (average) fitness. However, the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback ultimately makes up for the effort!

Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, waterproof hiking boots and a light raincoat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long-sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grab onto the vegetation, while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that comes in very handy, especially when hiking downhill.  A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily lives; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling by the juveniles is a unique and unforgettable experience! Dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs.

DAY 4: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Entebbe – Departure

Today we will depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head back to Entebbe International Airport and connect to your international flight.

Pricing

Number of Pax High season Low season (April, May and November)
Travelling with 1 pax US $ 2,979 US $ 2,714
Travelling with 2 pax US $ 1,800 US $ 1,593
Travelling with 3 pax US $ 1,495 US $ 1,300
Travelling with 4 pax US $ 1,340 US $ 1,150
Travelling with 5 pax US $ 1,248 US $ 1,064
Single Suppliment US $ 259 US $ 236
PRIMATES TRACKING PERMITS (to be added to the package) US $ 700 US $ 700

Package Inclusive:

  • Pick up and drop off Entebbe International Airport
  • Safari vehicle
  • All specified accommodation
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Evacuation insurance (AMREF - Flying Doctors)
  • English speaking driver-guide
  • Medical Kit

Package Exclusive:

  • International Flights
  • Entry Visa Fees; fees for International travel Vaccinations and Inoculations
  • Gorilla permit
  • Optional activities
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Items of personal nature
  • Porterage fees
  • Souvenirs
  • Laundry service
  • Tips