Mountain Gorilla Safari - Budget Safari: 1500 pp

Destinations: Entebbe | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Duration: 3 Days

Overview

The 3 Days Mountain Gorilla Safari is a short and well designed tailor-made safari perfect for a safari traveller that's looking for an African budget safari. You have searched and landed on the right page, lets get you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to meed the endangered mountain gorillas.

The three day mountain gorilla safari begins in Entebbe or Kampala depending on which hotel or lodge you're booked in and takes a 6 hour long drive to western Uganda through beautiful landscapes, winding hills, wonderful communities and town to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park on the first day. Yes it's a long drive but it is worth it if you enjoy adventuring through the country side and enjoy seeing magnificent African views. This mountain gorilla safari promises you an unforgettable gorilla trekking experience on the second day with the help of gorilla trekking guides. There's a couple rules you'll have to follow when you get to the mountain gorillas but they're really simple ones.

Highlights of this Safari

  • Scenic Countryside Drive to Western Uganda
  • Mountain gorilla trekking in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Optional Community walks

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable forest

Start the anticipated 3 day mountain gorilla safari a drive south west of the country through several landscapes and amazing sceneries en route to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest home of the mountain gorillas after breakfast at your hotel. You will have a quick stopover at the Equator to take some memorable photos with your nice camera before proceeding to the beautiful Mbarara town for lunch. This drive will take you through the grasslands of Ankole and further to the west. Look out for the long horned cattle as you drive to Bwindi where you will arrive in the evening.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
Accommodation: Broad Bill Forest Camp/Kisoro Travellers Inn
Meals: Lunch & Dinner (Breakfast Not Included)
Drinks: Drinking Water

Day 2: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After an early morning breakfast, you will be driven to the Park headquarters for registration and joining others for a mountain gorilla trekking briefing about the dos and the don'ts during your Gorilla Trek. Once this is done, you will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the mountain gorillas, which can take you from half an hour to three quarters of the day. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. On your gorilla 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 them before trekking back to the Park headquarter. This is indeed an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful yet endangered Creatures. You will be awarded a certificate for participating in mountain gorilla trekking experience and thus contributing to the conservation of mountain gorillas. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
Accommodation: Broad Bill Forest Camp/Kisoro Travellers Inn
Meals: All Meals Included
Drinks: Drinking Water

Day 3: Departure for Entebbe

Breakfast and then start the drive back to Entebbe with a stopover in Mbarara for lunch. Stop over at particular spots for photo shots and at Mpambire drum makers. Your driver/guide will then complete your transfer to the airport in time for your evening flight back home or you can choose to spend the night in Kampala/Entebbe

Main Destination: Entebbe
No Accommodation included

End of The Mountain Gorilla Safari

INCLUDES

  • Airport transfers on first and last day,
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the whole trip
  • Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees
  • Drinking water while in the vehicle
  • Gorilla Permit at USD600.00per person per trek
  • Pre and Post tour accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala

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Mountain Gorilla Safari Advice

No other wildlife encounter in Africa matches the astounding experience of spending time face-to-face with wild gorillas. Gorilla Trekking takes place in a handful of far flung locations, adding a layer of exotic adventure to a mountain gorilla safari that is hard to match on any other itinerary. The fact that mountain gorillas as a species are on the brink of extinction and treks are a highly restricted activity, encountering wild gorillas is considered a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.

We’re proud to support gorilla trekking tourism that contributes directly to protecting rainforest habitats and conserving both mountain gorillas. Thanks to income derived directly from tourism, the mountain gorilla population has stabilised, (approximately 880 in numbers worldwide) which gives us hope for the future of gorilla tourism.

How to Go Mountain Gorilla Trekking: While chimp trekking is still in its infancy, gorilla trekking is a tightly regulated activity and we strongly recommend using the experience and planning expertise of one of our Africa Safari Experts. Gorilla Permits are not only expensive but extremely limited and difficult to secure. Immediate payment is necessary as permits are not provisionally held. Logistics can be a challenge, and you’ll need advice on matching an experience with your expectations.

What to Expect on a Gorilla Trek: For a mountain gorilla safari trek you need to be fairly fit, equipped for the humid, muddy conditions of a rainforest hike, and in good health – mountain gorillas are susceptible to human illnesses but don’t have our immunities, which means a common cold can be deadly to a whole family of gorillas and you won’t be permitted to trek if you are unwell. Even in the dry season, the rainforest is a challenging environment: it's humid, wet and muddy with some steep slopes, plenty of insects and thick vegetation. It is absolutely worth the effort to spend time with gorillas in the wild, but be prepared to exert yourself on the gorilla trek.

Your professional guide and gorilla tracker lead you into the forest’s secret paths, looking for a habituated gorilla family. Once found, you’ll approach the gorillas quietly and settle down to observe them from between 7 and 10m (22 to 32 ft) away. You’ll spend between 40 minutes and an hour with the gorillas, watching the adults forage and groom each other while the babies tumble and play. You’ll be under the watchful gaze of the great silverback patriarch, whose soft brown eyes constantly sweep over his family protectively. Witnessing gorillas express typically human gestures and emotions is a truly profound experience and one of the reasons that gorilla trekking is such a life changing encounter.