Group Size: Based on Minimum of 2 passengers
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the only concession located within the National Park. A perfect base for a gorilla tracking experience, offering luxury and exclusivity in the heart of the rainforest with only eight large en-suite tents. For several years each group of gorillas has undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually made them used to the presence of humans. Experienced guides accompany the tracking, many of whom have been involved in the habituation process themselves.
Day 1 - Bwindi Impenetrable
On arrival at Entebbe Airport you will be met by a representative from Sanctuary Retreats and assisted to your scheduled flight to Kihihi (Bwindi).
On arrival at Kihihi (Bwindi) Airstrip you will be met and transferred to Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. This is a driving time of approximately 75 minutes. (LD)
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the ideal base for a gorilla tracking adventure in Bwindi. Guests can dine under the stars and relax by the roaring campfire. On cooler evenings, the central cottage provides a warm shelter. Located within the National Park, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests an unrivalled 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, up to 4-6 visits per month. For the lucky guests in camp at those times, they may have the chance for a gorilla encounter without even leaving Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp! The eight tents are just as impressive as the communal areas. Wooden floors and decks support comfortable warm beds, and each tent boasts a bathtub, ideal for soaking tired muscles after a day spent observing and meeting gorillas, that looks straight out into the jungle’s canopy.
Day 2 - Bwindi Impenetrable
After breakfast, a 10-minute walk takes you to the park headquarters where you will meet the park officials for a briefing before the commencement of the tracking at 08h30.The gorillas we track belong to one of the ‘habituated’ family groups in Northern Bwindi. For several years each group has undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually made them used to the presence of humans. Experienced guides will accompany the tracking, many of who have been involved in the habituation process themselves. Once the gorillas are located, the group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them.
BWINDI IMPENTRABLE FOREST
The park is located in south-western Uganda, covering parts of Rukungiri, Kisoro, and Kabale Districts. It is situated in a hilly countryside, which, together with some remnant lowland forest outside the boundary, constitutes an important water catchment area for many rivers, supplying the agricultural land of the surrounding region. This is the richest forest in Uganda, in terms of the number of plant species, as the area is one of the few large expanses of forest in East Africa where lowland and montane communities merge. The valley bottoms contain a dense ground cover of herbs, vines, and shrubs with only a few trees hence its name, the impenetrable forest. This is one of the richest faunal communities in East Africa. There exists about one half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas. There are also several endangered species of birds with limited ranges.
Return to camp for an afternoon of leisure and overnight. (BLD)
Day 3 - Bwindi Impenetrable
Today you can choose to relax at the camp or participate in a nature walk or bird walk to spot some of the 300 bird species that live here, including 24 that are endemic to the area. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Batwa (Pygmy) tribe. It is a rare privilege to meet the Batwa of Bwindi, only eight of the original Batwa remain and although no one is sure exactly how old they are, they are believed to be between 80 and 110! (BLD)
Day 4 - End of Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp Tour
After a final morning in camp you will be transferred back to Bwindi (Kihihi) Airport for your flight to Entebbe. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included. The price excludes Gorilla permit US$600pp per trek (US$450pp per trek low season). Permit prices are subject to change.
Tracking may be fairly strenuous with treks up to six hours or longer, at high altitudes, not uncommon. Also, mountain gorillas are wild animals and, as such, sightings cannot be guaranteed. However viewing success rates are over 95%. Minimum age 15 years.