4 Day Gorilla Trek South Bwindi Impenetrable Forest on a Budget
4 Days/3 Nights
You will travel deep into the heart of Bwindi’s rainforest in search of the mountain gorilla. Bwindi holds over half of the world’s remaining endangered mountain gorillas. You will witness these animals at their most natural, in their environment going about their everyday existence. A touching experience only few ever get to experience.
- Up close and personal with the mountain gorillas of Uganda
Safari at a Glance
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Day 1: Entebbe(Uganda)
Day 2: Entebbe to Kisoro
In the early morning (7 am) we pick you from you accommodation and head for the south west of Uganda.
The first part of the journey takes us through central Uganda, and after a stop in Mbarara for lunch, we continue on the last stretch through a beautiful landscape also defined as the “Switzerland of Africa”: mountains, lakes, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, taking in the vast planes between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, with the Virunga volcanoes dominating the view. At the bottom of the valley is Kisoro, where we will stay at the famous Travellers Rest Hotel.
In the sixties the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’ Dian Fossey visited the Travellers Rest Hotel many, many times to do paperwork, relax or meet people. Fossey said about the hotel: “It was my second home”. Travellers Rest Hotel is just outside Kisoro and offers a cozy stay for the tourists coming to see the endangered mountain gorilla. The hotel, built in a somewhat colonial style, and entirely renovated in 1999, has a comfortable ambiance.
Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
The day of gorilla tracking!
You will travel by car from Travellers Rest Hotel in Kisoro to Nkuringo, in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP (1hr). Once there you will first receive a briefing (7.45am) and at 8.30am you will start the tracking. Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend up to one hour with them! You will be expected back to the starting point by 7.00pm at the latest. Being physically fit is recommended.
It is always best to hear from other visitors, and this is Stella and Trudy’s story:
“At a distance of about fifteen feet a mountain gorilla with her baby appears. She comes out of the bushes, looks at me and lies down. My presence does not seem to bother her. She just wants to rest, whether I am there or not. I can almost touch her. My heart dances with joy. I am in a good position to take pictures, so I let my camera do its work. It is the thrill of a lifetime. I cannot but agree with the American zoologist George Schaller, the first to study gorillas in the Virunga volcanoes, who once said: ‘No one who looks into the eyes of a gorilla, gentle and vulnerable, can remain unchanged.”
Dinner and overnight stay at the Traveller’s Rest Hotel.
Day 4: Kisoro to Kampala
Early in the morning after breakfast you will travel back to Kampala. On the way back to the city you will have lunch in Mbarara town, and after Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee.
We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe – or, if you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight.
Cost and Availability
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- Prices are in $USD
- Prices based on twin share
- Single traveller supplement fees apply
- 3 Nights lodge accommodation
- Bottled water
- All meals while on safari
- Airport transfers
- 4×4 safari vehicle with driver/guide throughout
- National Park fees
- Group Prices & child rates (>12yrs only) available on request
What's Not Included?
- Gorilla passes ($600 USD per person)
- International flights
- Guide tips
- Alcoholic beverages