4 Days Fly-in 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 - NORTH - 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 Entebbe International Airport for a domestic flight to Western Uganda, departing at 07.00 or 07.45 hr. From Kihihi Airstrip (expected arrival at 08.45/09.30 hr), you will be transferred by road in about one hour 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. 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 National 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 with the morning flight to Entebbe International Airport, where you will connect to your international flight. Timings may vary depending on aircraft routing.

Pricing

Number of Pax High season Low season (April, May and November)
Travelling with 1 pax US $ 2,967 US $ 2,737
Travelling with 2 pax US $ 2,030 US $ 1,846
Travelling with 3 pax US $ 1,806 US $ 1,628
Travelling with 4 pax US $ 1,691 US $ 1,518
Travelling with 5 pax US $ 1,628 US $ 1,449
Single Suppliment US $ 265 US $ 242
PRIMATES TRACKING PERMITS (to be added to the package) US $ 700 US $ 700

Package Inclusive:

  • Pick up and drop off Entebbe International Airport
  • Domestic flight by Aerolink per 11-seater Caravan (max. weight allowed 15kg in soft luggage)
  • 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