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3 Days Epic Gorilla Tracking Safari in Bwindi Forest, Uganda

Broadbill Forest Camp, Rubanda, Uganda

Short Gorilla Safari in Uganda

This safari is an express value-for-money gorilla tracking tour where you will have an experience with Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Gorilla tracking ranks among one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Africa for most travelers, and the feeling that you get being so near to one of man's closest relatives is hard to describe. Mountain Gorillas are one of the world’s most endangered apes. It is estimated that there are only about 880 left throughout the world. Almost half of them can be found in Uganda, and populations can also be found in neighboring Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 8 persons
  • Children policy: Children from 15 years old are allowed to join this safari.
  • Starting and ending point: Kampala
  • Park fees and tracking permits are included.

Meet the guides

Jennifer
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Highlights

  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest
  • Stopover at the equator on the last day
  • See great views of the mountains from your accommodation
  • Transport in a 4WD minivan with pop-up roof
  • 2 nights camp accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Airport transfers

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3 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:00
Check-out Time:
16:00

Broadbill Forest Camp is located in Ruhija, on the eastern edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park. It is calm, peaceful with stunning view of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, making it a perfect place to totally unwind and relax, away from the pressures of everyday life.

The tents are en suite with hot water and a private veranda. From your balcony, you will see lots of rare Albertine Rift Valley endemics, and with birding skills of the birding expert Emmy Gongo at the lodge, you would be able to identify them.

Program

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Today after an early breakfast, your guide will pick you up at 7 a.m. in Kampala. He will transfer you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in South Western Uganda, through a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’.

You will see beautiful terrace hills and you will drive through a bamboo forest zone. On a clear day, you will have great views of the Virunga Mountains. You will have lunch en route before proceeding to the park. You will arrive at the lodge in time for dinner

  • Journey Time: 10 hours
  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the park headquarters for briefing about gorilla tracking. You will encounter one of Bwindi’s endangered mountain gorillas. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa that can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primates, 113 species of mammals, over 200 species of butterflies and 360 species of birds. The gorillas you track are habituated and can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period of time, every day.

The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as two hours to as many as seven hours. 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’.

  • Journey time: 15 minutes each way
  • Accommodation:
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Transfer back to Kampala or Entebbe

After breakfast at the lodge, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport (EBB). As you pass through the equator, there will be a stop for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping.

Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe International Airport (EBB), make sure your flight is at 10 p.m. or later. If you want to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let Peak Cruise Safaris know.

  • Journey time: 9 hours
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Transport

Peak Cruise Safaris' standard offering for Budget tours is a 4wd safari van with a pop-up roof for easy safari viewing. All clients will have a dedicated window seat. Your professional driver/guide will be at your disposal for questions or translations.

Guides

Jennifer Twikirize

Location

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa that can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primates, 113 species of mammals, over 200 species of butterflies and 360 species of birds. The gorillas you track are habituated and can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period of time, every day.

What's included

  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest
  • Stopover at the equator
  • Services of an English speaking Ugandan driver / guide
  • Transport in a 4WD minivan with pop-up roof for excellent safari view
  • All fuel for the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals as per the itinerary
  • Packed lunch for the gorilla tracking
  • Gorilla permit
  • Park entrance fees

What's not included

  • International air fares
  • Entry visa to Uganda
  • Meals not mentioned
  • A porter for during the gorilla tracking
  • Personal (medical / travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.)

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 in the price. Peak Cruise Safaris will pick you up and drop you off at the airport. You will be met at the airport by your host with the driver who will transfer you to the lodge or hotel in Kampala or transfer to Kibale where the safari begins from day one. Or if you have booked in Kampala, you will be picked by your guide and transfer to the park.

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 30 days before arrival.
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