6 Days Gorilla Trekking Adventure – Fly-in Safari

Gorilla Trekking Adventure – Fly-in Safari

6 Days Gorilla Trekking Adventure – Fly-in Safari

  • Price
  • Duration 6 Days 5 Nights
  • Dates Open
  • Safari TypeGuided, Private Safari
  • LocationUganda
  • Departure CityEntebbe
  • End CityEntebbe
  • Contact nameLydia
  • Contact phone+256 774 805580
  • Cancellation policyUp to 60 Days
  • AccommodationAs shown in itinerary
  • Group TypeTraveler’s choice
  • Restriction No Children Below 15 years
  • LanguagesEnglish

Safari Overview

This 6-day bucket-list Gorilla Trekking Adventure takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda’s far southwest mountainous region, where you will have the opportunity to track Mountain Gorillas. This action-filled excursion will take you also to Mgahinga National Park, where you will trek up Mount Sabinyo 3,645m, one of the region’s inactive volcanoes. You will have the opportunity to get up close to another endangered species, the Golden Monkey, in its natural habitat of bamboo forest. Local tribespeople will pilot dug-out canoes as we traverse Lake Mutanda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including one of the most endangered great apes species, the mountain gorillas. An estimated population of just above 1000 mountain gorillas is left in the world. Almost half of them live in the Bwindi protected park; the other population roams the slopes of the Virunga mountains shared between Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC.

Safari Highlights

  • Entebbe to Kisoro Local Flights and an aerial view of western Uganda
  • Trekking the African jungle floors in search of the elusive mountain gorilla
  • One hour in the presence of mountain gorillas in the natural habitat
  • Nature forest walks around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Batwa natives community visit and canoe Excursion on Lake Mutanda

Know before you go

  • You’ll be taking a small local flight from Entebbe to Kisoro near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where you’ll track the mountain gorilla and visit the local native communities.
  • This activity requires relative fitness because you’ll be trekking through uneven, steep terrain at high altitudes of up to 8,000 ft. The weather is tropical rainforest weather; it can rain anytime and get very chilly at night. No kids below 15 years can track gorillas here.
  • The tour is limited to a maximum of 6 travelers per vehicle and a 30% deposit on confirmation.

Safari Includes

  • Local guide
  • Gorilla Permit ($700)
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers in 4×4
  • Private tour
  • English guide
  • Gratuities & tips
  • All activities
  • Visa & travel insurance

General FAQs

  • You can reschedule this trip as a private tour to any date up to 12 months at no cost.
  • A 30% deposit of the total tour price will be required to secure a booking, the balance being due 45 days before the tour departure date.
  • Bookings not secured by the appropriate deposit will be released.
  • Cancellation between 90 and 45 days of tour departure will incur a 20% tour price penalty charge. Confirmed bookings canceled within 45 days of the tour departure date or no show will incur 100% of the tour price penalty charge.
  • Availability of accommodation and activities is not guaranteed; reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the requested deposit payment. Should any quoted accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute them with a suitable alternative option, which might affect the final quoted price.
  • All clients who participate in this tour must be adequately covered by medical insurance and travel insurance to protect them in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Rates specified for this tour are subject to change without notice; however, every effort will be made to maintain them. If any change of Government taxes or operating conditions affects the rates, we reserve the right to pass on these charges.

UGANDA GORILLA PERMIT CANCELLATION POLICY
(different and separate from the tour cancellation policy)

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permits will be guaranteed ONLY upon receipt of the deposit (US$750 for both permits in Jan to Jun 2020 and US$900 in Jul-Dec 2020) since we need to immediately pay Uganda Wildlife Authority Offices in order to secure the permits.

Cancellations received on full payment:

  • More than 90 days before the tracking date, 25% cancellation fee
  • 89 to 46 days before the tracking date, 50% cancellation fee
  • 45 to 9 days before the tracking date, 75% cancellation fee
  • 8 to 0 days before the tracking date, 100% cancellation fee

Important: the minimum age required for gorilla tracking is 15 years whereas for the chimps the minimum age required is 12 years; in case of flu or of any other airborne disease the visitor will be not allowed to meet with the gorillas or the chimps.

Detailed Itinerary

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DAY 1: Entebbe – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After an early breakfast and briefing on your Gorilla Trekking Adventure, your assigned driver will transfer you to Entebbe Airport, where you’ll catch your local flight to Kisoro in southern Uganda. During the short flight, you will see Uganda’s diversity from high up. We will pick you up from the airstrip and drive you to Nkuringo – a short distance that can take up to 2 hours.

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is set 2160 meters above sea level and offers stunning views looking north over the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, south to the volcanoes of the Virunga, and west into the rift valley and DR Congo.

After lunch, we will take you for a community walk with one of our guides from the camp; he will introduce you to his family.

Accommodation and meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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DAY 2: Gorilla Tracking Activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Early morning after your breakfast, the highlight of the Gorilla Trekking Adventure starts with a briefing at the visitor centre, park headquarters. At 8 am, the gorilla trekking will start with a detailed briefing about gorilla etiquette. Depending on which family you are trekking, the briefing point is either 300 meters or 23 km away. After the briefing, we will either start walking or be driven to the closest starting point. We will then begin searching for the gorillas. Once we find them, we will spend 1 hour with them.

Accommodation and meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner

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Day 3: Forest Nature Walk – Bwindi Forest

Your next Gorilla Trekking Adventure challenge is a hike through the natural African jungle accompanied by our local guides through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, one of the most diverse habitats on earth and home to 120 species of mammals, 200 varieties of tree, and more than 50 reptiles.

08.00 am with your guide commence the Nkuringo Walking Safari activity into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park as part of the Kashasha River and Ivy River trails. This walk is a full-day activity where there would be an opportunity to visit the Munyaga River falls in the forest. Your walking guide will furnish you with knowledge about the woods and their inhabitants. The walk is about 15 km and can take from 4-7 hours, depending on your walking speed

You will rendezvous with your vehicle at Nteko Village on the DR Congo border. From here, your driver will drive through the beautiful landscapes from 10 km back to Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Accommodation and meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner

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Day 4: Community Walk and Canoe Excursion on Lake Mutanda

Another exciting Gorilla Trekking Adventure day with a local community walk and canoe excursion on lake mutanda near the Bwindi Impenetrable NP. Depart Nkuringo after breakfast with your Nkuringo Walking Safari guide to begin walking to Lake Mutanda, having been dropped by your safari vehicle at Rubuguri Junction.

From the junction, you can take a 9-km walk to the north shore of the lake or drive down. Here, you’ll join the dugout canoe team at the Rwajenje landing site for a two-and-a-half-hour canoeing adventure to the southern shore. You’ll take a 90-minute walk into Kisoro town from Lake Mutanda’s south coast.

Then we will drive past Kisoro to Mount Gahinga National Park. Overnight: twin room at Volcanoes Mgahinga Lodge

Accommodation and meals:
Gahinga Lodge
Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner

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Day 5: Golden Monkey Tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National park

The 33 sq km Gahinga National Park is the smallest national park in Uganda. Nonetheless, its flora, fauna, and three extinct volcanoes offer a wide range of adventure activities that make for excellent hiking, trekking, and birding in the area.

Your driver will ensure that you’re at the Ntebeko visitor centre from your lodge by 7:30 am to join the daily guided Golden Monkey tracking adventure excursion. The tracking and viewing activity occurs in a 4 to 5-hour window. Golden Monkeys are a unique endangered primate species that can only be found on the volcanoes of the Virunga and in the Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda.

Optional activity – Mt Sabinyo Volcano Climb

Tracking usually takes approximately 1-8 hours.

After breakfast, proceed to Mgahinga National Park headquarters for a briefing to start a Volcano climb of Mount Sabinyo. Mt. Sabinyo, at 3,669m, takes about eight hours to cover the 14km round trip, following a steep ridge up to the peak. A Nkuringo Walking Safari guide will be with you on this trek.

Mount Sabinyo, known locally as ‘Old Man’s Teeth’ because of its serrated rim, an extinct volcano, and at 3645 meters, it is one of the region’s highest peaks.

Accommodation and meals:
Gahinga Lodge
Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner

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Day 6: Domestic Flight to Entebbe

Transfer to Kisoro Airstrip – Entebbe We will drive back to Kisoro for your flight back to Entebbe. Approximate arrival time 10.30hrs

Accommodation & meals:
No Accommodation
Breakfast