Group Size: Based on Minimum of 2 passengers
Enjoy one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant experiences possible. Nothing can prepare you for that first encounter with a full grown silverback gorilla, up to three times the size of a man, yet remarkably peaceful and tolerant of human visitors. We offer a range of scheduled and private trips to visit the gorillas, either by road, or by air from Entebbe.
Day 1 - Bwindi National Park
This morning take the scheduled flight to Bwindi National Park and transfer onwards to your lodge. Commanding spectacular views of the park, this quality lodge with only eight spacious and comfortable cottages offers a cosy and relaxing environment. Spend the afternoon at leisure. (D)
Buhoma Lodge is excellently located, just a five minute walk away from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park headquarters where you will begin your gorilla treks. There are eight cottages dotted along a hillside with stunning views of the forest opposite. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated with simple furniture. They all have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water and balconies where you can relax with a coffee in the afternoon enjoying the view. In the evenings, a fire is lit in the main lodge to keep you warm in the cool evenings. The lodge has also started offering massages in your rooms, if you’re achy from your trek (at own expense).
Day 2 -Bwindi National Park
After breakfast transfer to park gate for a briefing before starting the trek to find the gorillas and spend an unforgettable hour with them. Return to the lodge for a relaxing afternoon. (BLD)
The journey, through dense foliage and up steep climbs, is abundantly rewarded with the lifetime experience of viewing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. You will have an opportunity to be within metres of these magnificent apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities. Mountain gorillas are extremely rare with only an estimated 850 remaining in the wild. This is an experience you won’t easily forget!
Day 3 - Queen Elizabeth National Park
Today you drive to the southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – Uganda’s oldest park – with an optional stop enroute to visit the Ishasha Community Project. On arrival enjoy an afternoon game drive. (BLD)
Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated inside the southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe river, and is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. This exclusive camp offers quality accommodation and services in this unspoilt remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for its tree climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees in the area. Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area besides the river, is comfortably furnished and with large mosquito netted beds, its own private en suite bathroom and dressing area providing running water, hot water ‘bush’ showers and a flushing eco-friendly toilet. A central lounge and dining area, under a cool thatched roof, provides a comfortable environment for meals and relaxing during the day. A shaded area beside the river offers al-fresco dining and an evening ‘fireplace’ for guests to relax with sundowners and share their day’s experience. As the camp is within the National Park, we have designed it to be as low impact as possible with low usage of water, power and other resources. Solar power is used for lighting with power points limited to a central area allocated for recharging cameras and videos..
Day 4 - Queen Elizabeth National Park
Game drives will be enjoyed in the Ishasha area, looking for the huge herds of buffalo, elephant, and Uganda kob and of course the famous tree-climbing lion typically found in this region. (BLD)
Day 5 - End of Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Transfer through the park to the airstrip for the scheduled flight back 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.
Price excludes Gorilla permit US$600 pp per trek and is subject to change.
Trekking 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.