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3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kanungu District, Western Region, Uganda

Fascinating Uganda Safari

Join this short yet memorable gorilla trekking in Uganda with Pita Safaris. Venture on a journey into the wild and experience the natural beauty and amazing species of flora, fauna, and wildlife in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the world’s remaining mountain gorillas (approximately 400 individuals) located in southwestern Uganda. Depending on availability of gorilla permits at the time of confirmation, you may trek gorillas in Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga or Nkuringo.

Highlights

  • Gorilla tracking activity
  • Safari in a 4WD vehicle with pop up roof
  • Services of an English-speaking driver / guide
  • 2 nights of accommodation
  • National park entry fees
  • Gorilla tracking permit
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals

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1 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 7 participants
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Accommodation

Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Buhoma Community Rest Camp located at the entry point of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a budget lodge that provides guests several lodging options such as bandas, self-contained safari tents, dormitory-style accommodations, and leveled terraces for those with camping equipment. The camp also has an open-fronted restaurant where guests can enjoy exceptional views of the magnificent forest canopy and the lodge gets occasional visits from gorillas.

Silverback Lodge

Silverback Lodge perched on high, atop the valley overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers a wide range of outdoor activities and accommodates guests in en-suite rooms with private verandas. The view is absolutely stunning and the best place to enjoy après-tracking cocktails.

Bwindi Lodge

Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge offers a truly unique Uganda jungle safari experience. Separated by nothing more than an idyllic stream, the gorillas themselves are frequent visitors to the lodge.

The adventure lodge in Uganda boasts eight bandas facing the forest canopy, each with a private terrace from which you can spot wildlife, including chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, and monkeys jumping from tree to tree mere meters away. Each room in the gorilla safari lodge has ensuite bathrooms and eco-luxury comforts are all provided in eco-sensitive ways.

Program

Day 1: Kampala - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Very early in the morning, you will leave Kampala for a long journey towards the western part of Uganda. It is a full-day drive via a scenic route. On the way, you will pass the equator where you will stop for photos and shopping. You will have lunch in the calm town of Mbarara and proceed your drive through the verdant countryside. You will pass traditional homesteads and have panoramic views of the surroundings. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Haven Lodge

  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive to the park headquarters for registration and join others for a gorilla trekking briefing about the dos and the don’ts during your gorilla trekking. Once this is done, you will set off for gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment.

Tracking in the Bwindi forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day depending on the movements of the gorillas in search of food. On your trek, you are likely to spot other primates, birds, and rare tree species. After finding the gorillas, you will be allowed to spend one hour with gorillas observing them and taking photos before trekking back to the park headquarter. This is indeed an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful yet endangered creatures.

The afternoon is free for you to enjoy other activities and excursions on offer in and around the national park. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Haven Lodge

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Kampala

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (airport) with en route stopover in Mbarara town for lunch and a brief stop at equator line crossing area for a photo opportunity 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.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Location

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in southwestern Uganda, occupies an area of 321 square kilometers. This ancient rainforest is home to half of the world's mountain gorillas. Humans and gorillas share 94,8 percent of the same genetic makeup. This national park is home to 120 mammal species, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, and geckos, which many are endangered.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

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

What's included

  • Gorilla tracking activity and gorilla permit
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Airport transfers to and from Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Ranger guide fees
  • Park entry fees
  • Allowances for a driver and guide
  • Services of English-speaking driver / guide
  • Drinking water
  • Transportation based on a 4WD safari minivan vehicle with a pop up roof for game viewing
  • Fuel for the whole trip

What's not included

  • International flight
  • Pre and post tour accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala
  • Uganda visa (50 USD which can be paid on arrival at the airport)
  • Personal (medical / travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, porter, hotel staff, etc
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season

 

  • April 1 - May 31
  • November 1 - November 30

 

High season

 

  • December 1 - March 31
  • June 1 - October 31

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