Uganda Gorilla Trek Tour Experience - 3 Days Gorilla Safari
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Ours is a uniquely delivered Uganda gorilla trek experience with select award-winning tour guides in Uganda. On this Uganda 3 day gorilla trek tour, our teams will not only ensure you are allocated the most exciting mountain gorilla families for your indelible lifetime experience, we also ensure that the entire 3 days you are with us are packed with memories all through.
This is a private gorilla safari experience, so your safari guide gets to be more creative, doing many things outside our standard itinerary to enhance your enjoyment. And we shall provide a customized safari vehicle for your comfort and safety on the road.
We normally want to start the gorilla trek tour from your hotel of stay in Kampala or Entebbe at 07:00AM on any day you best prefer to start. If you are arriving a day before, we can assist book your hotel in Entebbe but otherwise you only need to let us know where you are staying in Entebbe or Kampala and we pick you up from there.
From there we drive stopping at numerous places for sightseeing before finally arriving in the evening at Bwindi where you have your lifetime experience with the rare mountain gorillas (only 884 remain and 50% of these are with us in Bwindi!), spend two nights before going back to Entebbe or Kampala.
On the last day of the gorilla trek tour if you are proceeding to the airport, we can drop you there as well. We usually arrive back at about 17:00hrs.
- Day 1: Start your gorilla trek tour experience by driving from Kampala/ Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- Day 2: Gorilla Trekking, experiencing mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Day 3: Departure from the gorillas' home to Kampala/Entebbe
Day 1: Start your Uganda Gorilla trek tour by driving to Bwindi impenetrable N. Park (the mountain gorillas' home)
Meet and greet with our local guide in Kampala/Entebbe/Kigali at 07:00 hours before starting the gorilla trek tour on your drive heading to southwestern Uganda to the home of the mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
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 nine-hour journey.
The drive to the mountain gorilla sanctuary is over 7 hours from Entebbe or Kampala, most of the time on smooth surfaced road with about 45 minutes of dusty muram. You could choose to fly to Bwindi if you don't feel like driving. One way flights range from 280$-360$ pp.
Uganda Gorilla Trek Accommodation options (all on full board basis)
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Today enjoy gorilla tracking in Bwindi.
After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip - gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek the gorillas through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and gorilla trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla tracking excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.
While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L'Hoest's, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla.
Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.
Uganda Gorilla Trek Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Day 3: Departure to Kampala/Kigali/Entebbe (Daily flights to Entebbe can be booked as well)
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 before for your flight back home.
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