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Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari with 2 gorilla treks- 4 Days

Gorillas and Wildlfe Safaris Hall of Fame Trip Advisor RecommendedThis is 4-days Uganda gorilla trekking safari with two gorilla treks in Bwindi two times. Maximize your visit to Africa by trekking the mountain gorillas twice on your Uganda gorilla tour. The 4-day gorilla trek tour starts and ends in Kampala or Entebbe but we can also start/ end in Kigali if you let us know. Flights to/from Bwindi can also be arranged instead of driving. This is a private and partially group tour - the transfers are private but when hiking to see the gorillas in Bwindi you will be in a group of not more than 7 other persons. You could also choose to fly to Bwindi and back with our 4 Days Flying to the gorilla tour.  

Overview
Itinerary
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Overview

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari with 2 gorilla treks - 4 Days

  • Day 1: Drive from Kampala or Entebbe to Bwindi or even Kigali
  • Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
  • Day 3: Second Gorilla Trek in Bwindi
  • Day 4: Drive back to Kampala or Entebbe or Kigali. (There are also daily flights from Bwindi to Entebbe in case you prefer not to drive again. Entebbe-Bwindi flights cost range between $250-370 depending on the location of the gorilla trek.

Uganda  4 days Gorilla tracking tour to Bwindi National Park from Kampala or Entebbe.

This 4-day gorilla tour with 2 gorilla treks goes from Entebbe or Kampala via the Equator to your gorilla trek in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with some of the best sceneries in Africa along your way.  

Maximize your gorilla tracking experience by visiting two different Bwindi Gorilla families on your tour to East Africa. You will definitely see a difference in either gorilla families, and most certainly notice several traits different in each of the gorilla families.

You will need two gorilla tracking permits for this tour. We ensure you visit to different Bwindi gorilla families on either days.

Itinerary

This 4 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari allows you to trek gorillas in Bwindi two times. The gorilla trek tour starts and ends in Kampala or Entebbe but we can also start/ end in Kigali if you let us know. Flights to/from Bwindi can also be arranged instead of driving. 

Full Tour Itinerary for 4-day Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari (2 gorilla treks) Bwindi

Day 1: Drive (from your hotel in) Kampala/ Entebbe to Bwindi
(flight option available as well, let us know in case you need) 

Meet and greet with our local guide  at your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala at 07:00hrs before starting on your drive heading to southwestern Uganda. En route, there is a local community popular for making local drums and crafts and a fruit market. Stopover, admire and buy yourself souvenirs.

Proceed to the Equator line taken as one beautiful scenery in Africa - the pathway of the sun and take photographs.
Pass by mountains, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest during the 8- hour journey.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Mahogany Springs Lodge | Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge | Mt. Gahinga Lodge

Moderate: Silverback Lodge Bwindi or Engagi Lodge or Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Gorilla Conservation Camp | Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge | Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro

Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

Today is the big day… for the memorable mountain gorilla trekking experience! 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: Mahogany Springs Lodge | Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge | Mt. Gahinga Lodge

Moderate: Silverback Lodge Bwindi or Engagi Lodge or Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Gorilla Conservation Camp | Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge | Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro

Meal plan: Breakfast, boxed lunch and dinner

Day 3: Second Gorilla Trek in Bwindi

After breakfast, you will go for the second gorilla trek but in another group returning in the afternoon. Time permitting, spend the afternoon on a community foot safari to explore the lifestyle of the people living and surrounding the park. Return to camp exhilarated to relieve the encounter with friends over a drink.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Mahogany Springs Lodge | Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge | Mt. Gahinga Lodge

Moderate: Silverback Lodge Bwindi or Engagi Lodge or Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Gorilla Conservation Camp | Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge | Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro

Meal plan: Breakfast, boxed lunch and dinner

Day 4: Departure to Kampala/Kigali/Entebbe (flight option available as well, let us know in case you need) 

Early breakfast before embarking on our return to Kampala, driving down the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda while taking in the breathtaking sights of the hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’.

This area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep-sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced cultivated rows. Not to miss as we traverse Mbarara are the impressing longhorn Ankole cattle. A remarkable highlight of this journey is the Equator line and surely you will cross it as we have a brief stop here.

We will be in Kampala in the evening (about 18:00) before for your flight back home.

Some photos from Uganda Gorilla Trek Tours

Uganda gorilla safari gorilla tour - seeing mountain gorillas in Biwindi

Very close with Bwindi gorillas

Uganda gorilla safari, Uganda gorilla tour - seeing mountain gorillas in Biwindi

Uganda Gorilla Trek tour experience gorilla tracking safari Bwindi

Uganda Gorilla Trek - Briefing for gorilla trackinf

Uganda Gorilla Trek - Briefing before gorilla tracking in Bwindi

Views of Bwindi Forest on this Uganda Gorilla Trek Tour

Inclusions

Included

  • All ground transport using a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Services of our professional & accredited Tour Guide cum driver   
  • All accommodation for the gorilla trek while on tour (3 nights)  
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water available on the vehicle
  • 2 x park entrance fees to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • 2 x gorilla tracking permits in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Other sightseeing along the way

Excluded

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

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BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

The park is located in southwestern Uganda, covering parts of Rukungiri, Kisoro, and Kabale Districts. It is situated in a hilly country-side that, together with some remnant lowland forest outside the boundary constitutes an important water catchment area for many rivers, supplying the agricultural land of the surrounding region.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a true equatorial jungle, inhabited by four gorilla groups. Amongst the dense vegetation the columbus monkey jumps from branch to branch, chattering its warning to its fellows hidden by the foliage. Chimpanzees, in families of 20 or 30, make the rounds, searching for fruit and edible plants.

It is situated in a hilly country-side that, together with some remnant lowland forest outside the boundary constitutes an important water catchments area for many rivers, supplying the agricultural land of the surrounding region.

The best time to visit Uganda is late December to late February, and from June to September, as the weather at this time of year is generally dry, and warm. Temperatures average at around 25 degrees Celsius.

THE MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREKKING EXPERIENCE

Mountain gorillas are wild animals and, as such, sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, for the last 14 years, no one has trekked the gorillas and failed to see them in Uganda. Certainly, you won't be the one with bad luck! On the trek, once you find the gorillas, you will be allowed an hour with the gorillas and you can only go not more than 6 meters from them.  As the gorilla tracking can sometimes take a full day, you will need to go with your packed lunch and lots of drinking water when trekking to the gorillas.

Gorilla trekking timings and conditions vary tremendously as the gorillas move continuously through the rain forest. It is good to be prepared and remember the weather can change with very little warning. The terrain is often steep and through areas where there are no marked paths.

TIPS FOR THE BEST GORILLA TREKKING EXPERIENCE IN UGANDA

 Secure Gorilla Trekking permits early

Gorilla Trekking is the most popular foreign tourist activity for Uganda. On every single day, only 128 tourists can trek the gorillas in Bwindi. Uganda has the cheapest gorilla permits prices at USD600 (or USD700 beginning July 2020) for safe gorilla tracking as Rwanda's gorilla permits cost USD1500. This means the competition is quite high for the few gorilla permits in Uganda and it becomes hard to secure gorilla trekking permits a few days to your Uganda gorilla tour (although it is often possible with luck more so in the green season months of October, November, April and May).  It is best to have your gorilla trek permit fully confirmed at least 4 months in advance.

Assess your fitness levels 

There is a likelihood you could walk for 3-6 hours on a gorilla trek. Gorillas are located deep in Bwindi forest with thick undergrowth over several steep volcanic slopes. Gorilla groups keep roaming this forest looking for their favorite food. They are never stationed in the same place over days. Your gorilla trek will follow this same trend and it is quite unpredictable knowing how long or tough your gorilla trekking shall be. The longer trek is not necessarily a problem, just something to be prepared for.  A bit of moderate physical fitness is needed for gorilla trekking in Uganda.

Guides & Porters for the gorilla trek

You will be guided through the forest on your gorilla tracking by a Uganda Wildlife Authority guide whom you will meet at the departure point in the morning of your trek. Your guide can help you book a porter (or two!) so that you can track without having to carry the few essential items listed below in a day pack which you should bring with you. The porters are from the local community and very used to the local conditions and can assist in pushing, pulling and supporting you during your trek to the gorillas. They are usually an additional fee, over and above your safari cost, and you should budget on approximately USD15-20 per porter per day as a fee with additional tipping being optional.

As the porters do not have tracking permits they will be stopped a short distance from the point you will be viewing the mountain Gorillas. Please remember to take whatever you may need from your bag to view the gorillas and rather leave valuables at the lodge/camp.

You will be allowed up to one hour for viewing of the gorillas from when they are sighted by your group. This is to ensure that the wild animals are not overexposed to human presence. Whilst in their presence you will also be required to keep minimum distances from them – generally between 5-7 metres and your guides will ensure this is enforced.

What to pack on gorilla trekking

• Plenty of water – 1-2 litres per person
• High energy snacks in addition to your packed lunch provided by the lodge/camp
• Spare film and batteries for videos and cameras
• Gloves (gardening type are good)
• Waterproof bag to protect photographic equipment
• A hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and band-aids might be useful
• A lightweight waterproof jacket/poncho
• Walking sticks are made available at the start of the trek for some of the steeper and more slippery tracks and may prove to be very handy.

Gorilla Trekking Age Limits

The age limit for gorilla trekking is 15 years and the authorities are very strict on this! With special written permission however, a 14yr old might pass.