Bwindi Gorilla Safari

Travel off the beaten path visiting some of the last remaining populations of mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. On private safari you will travel by 4×4, staying in small luxury lodges. In addition to rangers and gorilla trackers you will be accompanied by your safari guide.

Highlights

 

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST

GORILLA TREK

LAKE MBURO N.P.

Camps and Lodges

 

CASSIA LODGE

MININGO LODGE

BWINDI LODGE

Day by Day Itinerary

 


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.

     Cassia Lodge 

     Meals: None

 


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.

     Mihingo Lodge 

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


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.

     Bwindi Lodge 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 4 | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Gorilla Trek

 

After breakfast, time permitting, you will have a tour of the city including a visit to the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and the genocide memorial. You will then be taken to the airport for your departing flight.

     Bwindi Lodge 
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     Meals: Breakfast

 


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.

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Please 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.

Rates and Dates

US$2,375 per person, based on double occupancy

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INCLUSIONS

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

EXCLUSIONS

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)