Uganda is nicknamed the “Pearl of Africa” because of its incredible greenery, mountains, lakes, and greatest natural treasure of all – half of the world’s last remaining mountain gorilla population. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is surreal and unlike any other experience in Africa. Groups consist of no more than eight people because small numbers are easier to manage and do not overwhelm the gorillas.
This safari can be designed as an “extension” to one of our other offerings or it can be a stand-alone safari and incorporate other activities in Uganda.
Mountain gorillas are wild animals and, as such sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, viewing success rates are over 90 percent. Once a gorilla family has been located, visitors are allowed one hour with the gorillas. By comparison to our Big Cat Safari, this one is much more hands-on and rugged, but well worth the effort. While finding the gorillas can take anywhere from one to five hours (sometimes longer), those in at least decent shape and health can make the trek. If you’re worried about the trek, you can hire some of the local porters to carry your gear, and you if you’d like! The porters come from the surrounding village and cost $15/day plus a tip. Even if you don’t need them to carry anything for you, I still recommend you hire a porter as it’s a great way to directly help support the village.
Day 1, Saturday Overnight in Nairobi
Day 2, Sunday Depart for Uganda.
We have an early morning flight to Entebbe, Uganda where we are met and transferred to our onward internal flight to Kihihi airstrip in Bwindi. It’s about a 90-120 minute drive to our lodge. We will relax at our lodge and prepare for our trek tomorrow.
Day 3, Monday Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Gorilla Trek #1.
Our experienced guides will accompany us on our tracking. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous days to locate the group. These treks can be anywhere from 2-4 hours each way to locate the family. There is a very high probability of locating a family of gorillas, but it is not guaranteed. These gorillas are by no means tame and are completely wild animals but have become to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period each day. When we locate them, we will have one hour with them. In the afternoon we can take part in a cultural activity in the area.
Day 4, Tuesday Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Gorilla Trek #2.
This is a repeat of the first day.
Day 5, Wednesday Return to Entebbe and flight home.
The cost of the trip includes:
Overnight in Nairobi
One way or return flight Nairobi to Entebbe
All ground transportation with private driver
Three nights meals and accommodations in Uganda
Two gorilla trek permits ($600 each)
The cost of the trip excludes:
Uganda visa ($50) available upon arrival
Emergency medical and evacuation coverage is mandatory. Trip cancellation is optional.