Bwindi Gorilla Safari
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Lake Mburo N.P, Gorilla Trekking
Day 1 – Entebbe – Kampala
Arrive into Entebbe today and after clearing customs you will be met and transferred to your accommodation at the Cassia Lodge.
Overnight – Cassia Lodge (B&B Basis)
Day 2 – Kampala / Lake Mburo National Park
This morning you will depart for Lake Mburo National Park, a 3 and ½ hour drive from Kampala. This area of Uganda is similar to the wildlife reserves of Kenya and Tanzania, with extensive acacia woodland and grasslands. Here you will find eland, zebra, topi and impala. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the sitatunga antelope and red, black and yellow papyrus gonalek.
You will arrive at the secluded Mihingo Tented Lodge in time for lunch. Mihingo is a peaceful retreat adjacent the park . It features 10 luxury “tents” which are built on wooden platforms with stilts, covered by a thatched roof, with full en-suite bathrooms. Each tented room is nestled on a private piece of the lodge’s property, enabling guests to enjoy the tranquil environment in complete seclusion. Placed in varied settings, some rooms are situated in a forest, some with a lake view, and some on rocky outcrops. The main dining area is a large thatched structure built of rocks, the wood of dead weathered olive trees found on the land,. Below the dining area, an infinity swimming pool offering stunning evening sunsets over Lake Mburo National Park .
After lunch you will go on a short canoe ride in the Lake Mburu, followed by an afternoon game drive.
Overnight – Mihingo Lodge (all meals & activities)
Day 3 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Today you continue to the dense forested hills of Bwindi. The Bwindi Impenetrable forest was established in 1991 to protect ½ of the remaining Mountain Gorilla’s. Here exists about one half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas. Other animals including the Colobus monkey, chimpanzee, elephant, bushbuck, duiker, buffalo, golden cat, leopard, civet, bush pig and giant forest hog. This pocket of primeval forest in the Virunga Mountain range is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and has been designated as a World Heritage Site. The Gorillas live at altitudes of up to 6,500 feet (1,980 m) so be prepared for a long and difficult hike. Usually these habituated gorilla’s are tracked daily by the park rangers, but they can travel long distances through the dense jungle in a matter of hours.
Your stay here will be at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge. This luxury Lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi forest and consist of 8 spacious bandas with a dinning room, bar and lounge that overlooks the forest below.
Relax for the rest of the day or go on a guided walk.
Overnight – Bwindi Lodge (all meals & activities)
Day 4 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Gorilla Trek
This morning you arise early to begin your hike to find the Gorilla’s. Depending on where they were last spotted it may take several hours to come upon them. But your patience and stamina will be rewarded. Coming upon a family of these amazing creatures in the undergrowth is an inspiring moment. After a full hour with these intelligent gentle creatures it’s time for one last look before hiking back to the trail head, then back to the lodge.
Overnight – Bwindi Lodge (all meals & Gorilla Trek)
Day 5 – Bwindi / Kampala – Entebbe
After breakfast it’s time to leave for Kampala. A picnic lunch will be served en-route and you will arrive in the late afternoon.
Note – Optional flights from Bwindi to Kampala can be arranged at an additional cost – for those wishing to avoid the long 8-10 hour drive back or needing to depart Kampala earlier.
Bwindi Gorilla Safari Rates
- Starting from $2,375 per person sharing double accommodations
- Private Airport transfers in Entebbe
- All accommodations as per itinerary
- All meals while on Safari (B&B in Kampala)
- All drinks including beer, wine and spirits at Bwindi lodge
- Professional guide throughout for small group tour and 4×4 vehicle
- Private guide and 4×4 vehicle for private safari
- All wildlife reserve and national park fees
- 1 Bwindi Trekking Permit
- Services of park rangers and gorilla guides
Does not include:
- Airfare into and out of Uganda
- Alcoholic beverages (except at Bwindi Lodge)
- Laundry (can be done for a small fee)
- Visas and visa fees
- All items of a personal nature
- Travel Insurance (Emergency Medical, Medical Transportation and Repatriation Insurance is required)
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- Airport Departure Taxes (required)