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6 Days Gorilla Habituation Safari in Uganda

Karibu Guest House, 84 Nsamizi Road, Entebbe - Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Plot 2, Uringi Cresent, Upper Kiwafu, Entebbe

Memorable Uganda Safaris

Come and share memories with the Adventure Vacation Safaris team in this gorilla habituation safari holiday in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This park is home to more than half of the world's remaining rare mountain gorilla population. Planted high on a ridge looking towards the volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains, this primordial, mysterious, and impenetrable forest with the coolest breeze is a jungle worth traversing in search of these majestic mountain creatures.

Meet the guides

Farouk
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Highlights

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Services of expert safari driver-guide
  • Gorilla habituation experience with permits included
  • Group flight to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned safari vehicle
  • 5 breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
  • 5 nights and one day accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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5 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
06:00
Check-out Time:
18:00

Karibu Guest House (1 night)

This boutique hotel, set in a former presidential residence, is just 10 minutes from Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Catering to a small number of guests at any one time, this hotel offers high-level and personalized service, quality food, a relaxing swimming pool, and a comfortable sleep. Whether your visit to Entebbe is for business or pleasure, you’ll feel at home in this place.

The newly-built safari rooms in the garden open the door to exotic plants and bird life. If you are into bird watching, you won't need to go much further than the hotel's gardens where you can see over 40 species of birds on some mornings. On the other hand, the lake-view rooms in the main house enjoy superb sights of the sunsets over Lake Victoria. Hand-built beds mean that each room has the versatility to be requested as either a single, double, or twin-share occupancy.

The hotel's seven en-suite rooms share the same quality amenities, but each has a unique design. Spacious and airy, they include everything you need for a stress-free stay. Super king-sized beds with firm, quality mattresses provide pleasant rest. Custom-designed mosquito nets hang in a non-intrusive style around the bed area, keeping you well protected as you sleep. A desk, chair, and fast Wi-Fi connection are all great for business travelers, or for keeping in touch back home.

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (4 nights)

Formerly known as Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, this award-winning gorilla lodge provides affordable accommodation and walking safari services in Southwestern Uganda. It shares the rain forest tranquility and warm hospitality that Ugandans are known for. The eco-friendly and romantic lodge is located on the Nteko Ridge, overlooking a beautiful swath of the world-renowned Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - home to the world’s most sought-after animal, the mountain gorilla.

The ridge provides a superb vantage across the Kashasha river valley to the forested hill known as Nkuringo, and the surrounding plethora of trees of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This forest is home to the Nkuringo group of mountain gorillas (Nkuringo gorilla family) and Rushaga gorilla groups, and also where the lodge provides a prime access point to start amazing gorilla trekking activities.

The lodge also has panoramic views of the Virunga Mountains' majestic chain of volcanoes, and across the escarpment into the Albertine Rift valley within the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A few, lucky visitors will experience observing the clouds envelop the forested valley below the lodge, and be party to views of the north as far as the glaciers on the Rwenzori peaks some 160 kilometers away.

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge's strategic location, coupled with excellent cuisine and service and intimate character, makes it the most ideal Bwindi accommodation for adventure lovers. In January 2010, visitors where thrilled to witness not one but two active volcanoes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from the lodge. Both Mount Nyiragongo and the Nyamuragira volcano continue to light up the night sky for intrepid travelers on clear evenings.

And with an ever-increasing number of returning guests and great recommendations and reviews, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge has developed from a low-budget camp to a full-fledged, mid-range lodge that is also preferred by high-end clientele due in part to its eco-friendly facilities and service. The lodge boasts of green credentials, being one of the only two venues in the entire country that operate with a carbon neutral footprint.

The Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge features four intimately hand-crafted en-suite cottages that each have a fireplace, six en-suite Virunga terrace rooms, and a family cottage that sleeps up to five persons. All room types have a safety deposit box, private terrace or patio, extra bed and baby cots, complimentary water, and a personal butler for the whole duration of your stay. Daily housekeeping, daily turn-down, tea and coffee delivery, and laundry services are also available.

Program

Day 1 - Arrival in Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), you will meet your well-experienced private safari driver-guide who will transfer you to Karibu Guest House for an overnight stay. You will travel in an air-conditioned four-wheel drive vehicle with a pop-up roof for game viewing and photography. The vehicle is also equipped with charging sockets and enough legroom.

Day 2 - Group flight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Entebbe International Airport (EBB) to board a flight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the home to over half of the world’s remaining 848 mountain gorillas. Upon arrival in the park, your safari guide will meet you at the Kisoro Airport and transfer you to Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 3 - Gorilla habituation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, you will leave the lodge equipped with a packed lunch and be accompanied by your guide to the park headquarters for a briefing at 8 a.m. before you set off at 9 a.m. through the impenetrable forest's tracks to search for the gentle giants that are accustomed to humans and enjoy a lengthy viewing time.

During the gorilla habituation experience, you may encounter other animal species as well as different bird species. With the help of the game rangers assigned to you, you will have enough time to experience habituation with the gorillas. Later in the evening, you will return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 4 - Full day of relaxation and optional visit to local communities

On this day, you will have a full day of relaxation in your lodge, and your meals will be served at leisure. You may also opt for a local walk and a trip to the local Echuya Batwa communities who inhabit the forests for a cultural experience that shall be paid directly upon visit. Enjoy your dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 5 - Second gorilla habituation experience

After breakfast, you will leave the lodge with a packed lunch and prepare for a full-day encounter with the gorillas. After briefing and orientation, you will be allocated another gorilla family to habituate. Your ranger guide will lead you into the forests where you may also see other different animals and bird species. You will have enough time with the gorillas and a perfect opportunity to take as many pictures as possible. Dinner and an overnight stay will be back at the lodge.

Day 6 - Return to Entebbe

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kisoro Airport for a flight to Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the airport's guest house to enjoy some day room services. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for your flight home.

Included excursions

The two days of gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are included in the price of this retreat.

Guides

Farouk Busuulwa

Location

This safari holiday will take place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is located in the Kanungu District of southwestern Uganda, approximately seven hours and 35 minutes, or 463.7 kilometers, via Masaka Road. A four-wheel drive vehicle is the most suitable mode of transportation for this road. The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and is situated along the Democratic Republic of the Congo's border, next to the Virunga National Park.

Food

All three daily meals, starting from the second day up to the final morning, are included in the price of this retreat. A number of dishes will be served depending on your accommodation's menu and on the availability of recipes and ingredients. The meals include regular food and may also include vegetarian, vegan, organic, pescatarian, fruitian, and raw food options. Your safari vehicle also has a refrigerator that is well-stocked with fruits and soft drinks to refresh you during your trips.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Capture photos of the wildlife and scenery
  • Enjoy the gorilla habituation experience
  • Explore the surroundings through nature walks
  • Meet and interact with the locals
  • Relax at your accommodation
  • See the stunning views and bird life
  • Visit the Echuya Batwa communities at an additional cost

What's included

  • 1 day room at the end of the safari
  • 5 breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi while on safari
  • Fruits and soft drinks while on safari
  • Gorilla habituation permit fees (600 USD / person)
  • Medical evacuation insurance services
  • Services of an experienced driver-guide
  • Transfer from and to Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned four-wheel drive vehicle with pop-up roof

What's not included

  • Airfare costs
  • All items and meals not specified in the program
  • Any additional activities, services, or trips
  • Costs of porter service during tracking
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Visa costs

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Adventure Vacation Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 20 days before arrival.
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