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7 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Uganda

  • Kibale National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Primates Unveiled Wildlife Uganda Safaris

Your entire life should be an adventure, new experiences and unpredictability that the the idea implies, but you can't wait for excitement to come to you. Uganda Safari Experts' safari tours are designed with the best options to give you an unequaled travel experience with maximum focus on enhancing your knowledge of the African wildlife and environment, as well as its society and culture.

Highlights

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Game drives and forest and swamp walks
  • Gorillas and chimpanzees tracking permits
  • Entebbe International Airport (EBB) transfers
  • Charter flight from Kayonza to Entebbe
  • Transportation on a 4 × 4 vehicle
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 6 activity days
  • English
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Lake Victoria hotel

Spacious and elegant, entirely refurbished, and re-decorated, this classic colonial style four-star property is a true oasis of tranquility. It nestles in lush tropical gardens, amidst majestic royal palm trees, while its verandahs and terraces overlook the calm beauty of Lake Victoria. It is conveniently located only five minutes away from Entebbe International Airport (EBB). You will be staying here on the first night of the safari tour.

Ndali lodge

Ndali lodge is a verdant expanse of indigenous trees, home to a diverse array of birds, monkeys, and other wildlife.The estate dates back to the 1920's, an era of large-scale tea planting in the area. You will be staying here on the second and third night of the safari tour.

Gorilla Forest Camp

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda. This camp is one of the most remote and atmospheric in Africa. As the only concessionaire luxury camp within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the perfect base from which to track the park's most famous resident - the mountain gorilla.

The main area features a comfortable lounge and bar area as well as the dining area, while the mini-spa offers a wide selection of treatments. Located within the national park, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests an unrivaled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area.

In fact Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp often receives regular visits from the gorillas themselves. For the lucky guests in camp at those times, they may have the chance for a gorilla encounter without even leaving the camp. You will be staying here from the fourth until the sixth night of the safari tour.

Day 1

Arrive at the Entebbe. After a short introduction, you will be transferred to Lake Victoria hotel where you will stay for the night.

Day 2

After an early morning breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven through the Lake Victoria Basin to Kibale Forest province. After reaching Kyanjojo, you will be driven through the lovely tea plantations to Ndali lodge where you will stay for the night. It is positioned on a high saddle amidst two crater lakes. The stunning views and cooler climate surrounds Ndali lodge are some of the finest features it has to offer tourists.

The rooms are wonderfully adorned employing local crafts and materials. It also feature high-ceilings and four-poster beds alongside mosquito netting.

Day 3

On this day, you’ll be taken for a forest and swamp walk to enjoy the rainforest, birds, primates, and encompassing chimpanzees. There are roads made all over the forest so walking shouldn’t be difficult. You will have an overnight stay at Ndali lodge.

Day 4

On this day, you will be driven to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park through Queen Elizabeth National Park. This route goes through Fort Portal , then east of the Rwenzori Mountains, which leaves you with a chance of witnessing glaciated summits. This full-day drive gently descend into the Great African Rift Valley and the most scenic region known as the Switzerland of East Africa. You will have an overnight stay at Gorilla Forest Camp.

Day 5

After having breakfast, you will be taken to the park headquarters and meet experienced local trackers and guides who will share their experience in gorilla trekking. Your gorilla tracking will start that point from where the gorillas were last seen the previous night. The trekking will take anywhere from one to six hours and terrain will be steep and muddy at times.

Get ready for some real physical workout while exploring the forest and surrounding area. All your physical tiredness will disappear once you locate the mountain gorillas. A digital camera should be taken for unlimited photo shooting. It can rain at regular intervals, thus water-proof clothing is recommended. Picnic lunch will be offered, so take adequate water with you. You will have an overnight stay at Gorilla Forest Camp.

Day 6

Enjoy yet another day of gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park. You will have an overnight stay at Gorilla Forest Camp.

Day 7

On this day, you will be transferred to Kayonza to deposit the leased flight to Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Then you will be connected to departure flight.

Gorilla tracking rules

Before departure for gorilla tracking

  • A maximum eight visitors may visit in a group of habituated mountain gorillas on a daily basis. It will lead to minimum behavioral disturbances to the gorillas and lessen the chances of their exposure to human borne diseases.
  • You should wash your hands always before heading over to tracking gorillas.

Along the way of gorilla tracking tour

  • You should keep the level of your voice as low as possible. On your gorilla tracking safari, you will get to see the greatest concentrations of bird species and other wildlife along the forest.
  • You should not leave any rubbish thing while going on a tracking safari in Uganda. This means whatever things or accessories you bring for your gorilla tracking trip should be carried out back with you.
  • You will be taken to the sites where the tour guides seen the gorillas the day before. From right there, you will follow the trail of gorillas to search them. Even, you will be able to look out for the nestling sites of gorillas along the way.
  • When you will approach to the mountain gorillas, the tour guides will inform you to get ready.

When you are nearer to the gorillas

  • At least seven meters (21 feet) of distance should be maintained to observe the gorillas at all times. The more distance you will be, the more relaxed your group will be.
  • You need to stay tight to your groups when you are up close with the gorillas.
  • You should keep down your voice. Remember that it is okay to ask questions to the tour guides.
  • You shouldn’t smoke, eat, or drink when you are nearer to the gorillas as eating or drinking near to them will increase the chances of food or drink morsels or droplets falling which will cause the risk of disease transmission.
  • Oftentimes, the gorillas charge. You should follow the guides. For instance, crouch down slowly, don’t look at the gorillas directly on to their eyes, and always wait for the animals to pass. You shouldn’t make an attempt to run away because that will increase the risk factor.
  • Flash photography is not allowed. When taking photographs, you should move slowly and carefully.
  • Don’t ever try to touch gorillas as they are wild in nature.
  • The maximum time you will get to spend with gorillas is one hour. If the gorillas become nervous or agitated, the tour guide will finish your gorilla tracking tour early.
  • After visiting, you should keep the voice down until you are away 200 meters from the gorillas.

This gorilla trekking safari will take place in Kibale National park, Queen Elizabeth National park, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, in Uganda.

You will be provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner for your safari tour. Your meals are included in the price.

  • Book spa treatments and massages at the spa in Gorilla Forest Camp
  • Enjoy the game drives
  • Explore the grounds
  • Interact with the locals
  • Observe the gorillas and other animals
  • See the stunning views

You can book spa treatments and massages at the spa in Gorilla Forest Camp for an additional fee.

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Charter flight from Kayonza to Entebbe
  • Forest and swamp walks
  • Game drives
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking permit
  • Gorilla trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Park entrance fees
  • Transfers to and from Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Transportation on safari in a 4 × 4 vehicle

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport. Transfer from and to the airport is included. Uganda Safari Experts will pick you up from the airport.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.