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3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi National Park

This 3 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park will bring you face to face with the massive giants of Bwindi as you embark on the gorilla trek in the thick jungles of Bwindi. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in the south western part of Uganda covering an area of 321 km2 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The forest lies at an altitude between 1160 m -2607 m above sea level and is famous for being home to over 300 mountain gorillas.

Safari highlights

  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
  • Photo session at the Equator
  • Optional – community walk

Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Bwindi impenetrable forest for the Uganda gorilla trekking safari

Your day will start after an early breakfast and you will embark on your gorilla safari southwards to Bwindi impenetrable forest. The journey will offer you highway sights of rural and semi-urban Uganda with several fruit & vegetable markets along the roads, craft and drum makers and a stop at Uganda’s Equator monument where you will cross to the southern hemispheres. After the experience at the Equator, the drive will continue with a stop over in Mbarara for lunch before proceeding to Bwindi with short bathroom stopovers and picture sessions of landscape and other attractions.

Journey time – 8 hours

Meal plan – lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Up market – Bwindi Lodge
  • Mid-range – Haven lodge
  • Budget – Buhoma community rest camp

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest

uganda gorilla bwindi forestToday early morning your driver guide will pick you up from the lodge and transfer you to the briefing point by 7 am before you start your gorilla trek at 8 am. On arrival at the briefing place, you will be welcomed and given seats until time of briefing as your driver guide registers you with the ranger on duty to be allocated for a gorilla family. You will eventually meet your ranger guide and start your gorilla trek in the jungles of Bwindi. We advise you to hire a porter to carry your day pack because sometimes the gorillas could be located a distance far from the start of your trek, they can also help push or pull you along the steep slippery paths in the forest.

Optional – afternoon community walk

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Transfer to Entebbe

Today you drive back to Kampala. Have lunch at the Equator and enjoy picture sessions in both the northern and southern hemispheres. This will mark the end of your lovely Uganda holiday.

Meal plan – Breakfast & Lunch

Gorilla trekking tips

  • Mountain gorillas sometimes nest far from the start of your gorilla trek, you should pace yourself and drink plenty of water.
  • Eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden – designated time and place will be communicated.
  • Bwindi being a tropical forest, it can rain anytime so we encourage you to carry a rain poncho
  • Waterproof walking shoes or hiking boots are essential.
  • Gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants
  • Long trousers and long sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest to avoid insect stings.
  • Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash
  • Porters are available to help you carry your day pack for a small charge.

Tour includes

  • Gorilla tracking permit
  • Ground transport
  • Bottled water in the safari vehicle
  • Full board accommodation for two nights
  • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Tour excludes

  • Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Tips to porters and driver/ guide
  • Insurance

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