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Mountain gorilla, Bwindi

Uganda Flying Gorilla Safari - 3 Days

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Itinerary
Accommodation
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Overview

Uganda Flying Gorilla Safari - 3 Days

Uganda 3 day gorilla tracking tour‐ flying to Bwindi National Park from Entebbe.

This three-day gorilla tour goes with a flight from Entebbe to your gorilla trek in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park  thus avoiding the long 9-hour drive to Bwindi and back.  

The flight from Entebbe to Kihihi/Kisoro airstrip (the landing near Bwindi) departs at 07:45 and the return flight from Bwindi departs at 09:45 arriving Entebbe at 11:25. With this, it means you may consider arriving Entebbe either a day before the tour start day or, earlier than 7AM on Day 1 of the tour.

  • Day 1: Flying Entebbe to Bwindi
  • Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
  • Day 3: Flying Bwindi to Entebbe
Itinerary

Day 1: Flying Entebbe to Bwindi

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to Entebbe. Upon arrival at the airport, you will connect another flight from Entebbe International Airport to Kihihi/Kisoro airstrip in the south-western part of Uganda.

Your flight schedule is as follows:

Departure Entebbe: 07.00 am (check in latest at 06.0 am, 1 hr before your flight departs)

Arrival Kihihi: 09.30 am Arrival Kisoro: 08:55 am

On arrival at Kihihi/ Kisoro airstrip you will be picked up by the staff of lodge you are staying at. You will be transferred in about 1 hour to the lodge.

Journey time: Flight in the morning or afternoon / Transfer to lodge 1½ hours

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge

Moderate: Engagi Lodge | Silverback Lodge | Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Buhoma Community Campground | Rushaga Gorilla Camp | Travellers Rest Hotel

Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

Today is the big day… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare mountain gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.

The gorillas you will track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla’s habitat. En route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.

The time taken to track the gorillas can take as little as 2 hours to as much as 7 hours before one returns! Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist'.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge

Moderate: Engagi Lodge | Silverback Lodge | Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Buhoma Community Campground | Rushaga Gorilla Camp | Travellers Rest Hotel

Meal plan: Breakfast, boxed lunch and dinner

Day 3: Flying Bwindi to Entebbe

Our  representative will take care of your transfer  to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrip. Today you will travel back to Entebbe International Airport.

Please let us know if you wish us to include one (or more) nights in Kampala /Entebbe or arrange your transport to and from Entebbe Airport with Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris.

Your flight schedule is as following (please ask you sales consultant the exact time schedule on the date you are flying).

Journey Time for flights to between Bwindi and Entebbe

45 min transfer to Kihihi/ Kisoro & 1h10 min flight 

Morning flight option

Departure time from Kihihi: 09.45 AM 

Departure time from Kisoro: 09.10 AM 

Arrival time in Entebbe: 11.25 AM 

       

Afternoon flight option

Departure time from Entebbe: 

12.00 PM or 14.45 PM

Arrival time in Kihihi: 

13.55 PM or 14.55 PM

Departure time from Kihihi: 14.05 PM or 15.05 PM

Arrival time in Entebbe: 15.55 PM or 16.15 PM

* Timings may vary depending on aircraft routing.

Meal plan: Breakfast

 

 

Accommodation
Inclusions

Includes

  • Airport transfer to Entebbe on Day 1 (from Kampala or Entebbe)
  • Transfer from Kihihi/Kisoro Airstrip to your lodge in Bwindi
  • Transfer to and from lodge to gorilla tracking start point
  • Transfer from your lodge on Day 3 to the airstrip for Entebbe return flight
  • Flight to and from Kihihi/Kisoro Airstrip
  • All accommodations while on tour
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Gorilla tracking/trekking permit in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park  

Excludes

  • International flight (can be arranged if required)
  • Visa and personal insurance
  • Drinks, tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package

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“ My wife and I have recently returned from our Kenya/Uganda safari and gorilla trek. We had a fantastic time and have some superb memories and photos. It was fantastic, from Alex, our tour guide along with the other crew, the food, the safari’s and the gorilla trek. We can never have enough praise of this trip. ”

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