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12-Day All-inclusive Gorilla & Wildlife Safari

12 Days

Experience the ultimate adventure with the 13-Day All-Inclusive Gorilla & Wildlife Safari, an extraordinary journey that uncovers the diverse treasures of Uganda’s western safari circuit. Your adventure begins in Entebbe, where a world of wonder awaits. Traverse through Uganda’s largest national park, a sprawling wilderness divided by the majestic Nile River in the northwest. Witness Africa’s renowned “Big Five” game animals as they roam freely during an exhilarating game drive and boat safari. Be mesmerized by the breathtaking spectacle of Murchison Falls, the world’s most powerful waterfall.

Continuing your all-inclusive expedition, immerse yourself in the primate haven of Uganda, setting forth on an unforgettable chimpanzee trekking escapade within Kibale National Park. Traverse the captivating landscapes of the West, encountering not just twelve diverse primate species but also over 300 bird species, immersing yourself in the vibrant tapestry of the region’s biodiversity.

Prepare for another captivating chapter as you embark on a riveting game drive and a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here, the majesty of nature unfolds before your eyes as you encounter herds of elephants, buffalo, schools of hippos, and the occasional glimpse of lions, leopards, and various antelope species. Your journey then leads you to the enchanting mountainous southwest, where an extraordinary rendezvous with giant apes awaits within their impenetrable jungles.

In the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, one of the last sanctuaries of the endangered mountain gorillas, you’ll set forth on an adventurous trek to meet the fearless silverback and his family. Beneath the misty jungle canopy, spend 60 minutes in serene and uninterrupted observation of these magnificent creatures. Witness their untamed behaviors and intricate social bonds, which remarkably mirror our own.

The All-Inclusive Gorilla & Wildlife Safari is crafted to provide the perfect adventure for solo explorers, families, couples, or groups of friends seeking unparalleled privacy throughout their journey. This expedition can be tailored to suit your preferred travel style and activities, ensuring a truly personalized experience. Consult with our knowledgeable local experts, who are eager to address your queries and assist you in curating the journey of a lifetime. Take the first step towards this extraordinary adventure by inquiring now.

Overview

The short Uganda gorilla trekking safari is for adventurers who have less time on holiday or those connecting their Africa safari from the vibrant wildlife destinations like Masai Mara, Serengeti or Kruger in South Africa. The trip is a perfect tailor-made package for travellers who enjoy country road drives and forest hiking experiences.

It starts in Entebbe and, using a custom four-by-four safari truck, drives you across the southwestern Tuscan-like landscape to a serene forest lodge on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Here, you’ll spend the next three nights in a forest cottage with enchanting views over the steamy forest canopy and the rift valley rugged region. On the second day, expert trackers will guide you into the jungle to find a mountain gorilla family. You’ll spend a once-in-a-lifetime electrifying hour silently observing the mountain gorillas live their forest lives.

You’ll also explore the rugged rural region on foot, with immersive walks through communities and terraced gardens. Engage with the Batwa native community on a forest trail, showcasing their ancient cultures, drama, hunting and survival skills when they occupied the gorilla-filled jungles.

Itinerary

Our driver will pick you up from Entebbe International Airport (15 minutes) and check you in at your hotel within Entebbe. You'll meet with your gorilla trekking safari trip specialist for a briefing just before dinner.

Otherwise, we have optional activities around Entebbe to keep you active when you arrive early in the day. For example, birding around the botanical gardens, taking a walk to the markets, shopping, or a boat ride to Mabamba swamps to catch sight of the monstrous historical shoebill and hundreds of other rare African endemics.

Your private driver guide for the entire journey will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning to fit the road by 6:30 am. The long drive from Entebbe to Kisoro takes about 9 hours on a smoothly surfaced road. The last leg on a dirt road takes about one and a half hours through some of the most spellbound landscape views up to the lodge.

You'll stop for lunch en route at the traditional drum-making artists, the equator for Instagram moments. The driver will stop anywhere you hope to capture a great photography moment.

Your butler will ensure you are up and about by 7:00 am with a packed lunch, the right trekking gear, drinking water, and a walking stick. The Uganda gorilla trekking excursion briefing starts at 7:30 am at the visitor's centre.

8:00 am: Your tracking guide and two gun-bearing rangers will lead you and six other tourists into the rainforest to find a habituated gorilla group. Time spent tracking the gorillas is relative, but once you find them, you can observe them for about an hour at a 10 meters distance. Alternatively, you can observe the gorillas for about four hours if you book a gorilla habituation pass.

Your time in the forest can not be pre-determined as every day differs from the previous. However, most trekkers are out of the jungle by 2:00 pm with a satisfactory grin.

We recommend a massage at the lodge spa when you return and a relaxing evening.

The fourth day of this short Uganda gorilla trekking safari has some optional activities to keep you active. Otherwise, you can chill at your forest cottage for a relaxing holiday.

Stay back at the lodge and relax, read a book, join a cooking class or take a walk around the property and talk to some locals.
Go back into the mysterious jungle to meet with the gorillas for a second time. Maybe join the rangers for the habituation experience that gives you more time with the gorillas. But remember, you must have pre-booked the trekking permit.
Drive down to Lake Mutanda for a traditional dug-out canoeing experience with some of the most enchanting views on the volcano lake.
Forest walk either on a Batwa Forest Trail or the Circular Trail through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; this time not for gorillas but everything else ethereal about the jungle.
Go on a sundowner picnic on top of the world with 360-degree spellbinding views of the hilly landscapes. It's a walking distance from the lodge.
Staying at: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

After breakfast, lazily get your bags and take another rural drive down the volcanic mountains through Kabale, Mbara cities to Entebbe. Here, you can freshen up for your late flight or stay another night in the lakeshore town.

In Entebbe, you can use our facilities at Papyrus guest house to freshen up for your international flight back home. Accommodation for this day is not included, though. But we can book you a room at your advice.

Accommodation (Optional): Papyrus Guesthouse

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch (packed).

General FAQs

What is the Rwenzori Mountain Range?

The Rwenzori Mountain Range is a stunning mountain range in Western Uganda that is home to the third-highest peak in Africa, Mount Stanley.

What is the best time of year to hike the Rwenzori Mountains?

The best time to hike the Rwenzori Mountains is during the dry seasons, from December to February and June to August. During these months, the trails are more accessible, and the views are better

How long does it take to hike the Rwenzori Mountains?

The length of a hike in the Rwenzori Mountains varies depending on the route and itinerary. However, most treks last between six and twelve days.

What are the physical requirements for hiking the Rwenzori Mountains?

Hiking the Rwenzori Mountains is a strenuous activity that requires a high level of physical fitness. It is recommended that you begin training several months before the trek and consult with a doctor to ensure you are fit for the hike.

What gear do I need to bring for a hike in the Rwenzori Mountains?

You will need to bring appropriate hiking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, rain gear, and a backpack. It is also recommended that you bring your own sleeping bag.

Do I need a guide to hike the Rwenzori Mountains?

Yes, it is required to have a guide when hiking the Rwenzori Mountains. Guides are trained to navigate the terrain and ensure your safety during the hike.

How much does it cost to hike the Rwenzori Mountains?

The cost of hiking the Rwenzori Mountains varies depending on the route and itinerary. However, most treks range from $1,500 to $2,500 per person.

Is altitude sickness a concern when hiking the Rwenzori Mountains?

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern when hiking the Rwenzori Mountains. It is important to take your time and acclimate to the altitude during the trek.

What is the accommodation like on the trek?

Accommodation during the trek is typically in mountain huts or tents. The huts and tents are basic and do not have electricity or running water.

Is it safe to hike the Rwenzori Mountains?

Yes, hiking the Rwenzori Mountains is generally safe. However, it is important to follow the guidance of your guide and take necessary safety precautions during the trek.

What to eat:

  • High energy and nutrient-dense foods are recommended for hiking in the Rwenzori Mountains.
  • Pack snacks such as nuts, energy bars, and dried fruits to keep your energy levels up throughout the day.
  • For meals, the lodges and camps on the mountain offer a range of options including rice, pasta, soups, stews, and grilled meats.
  • Vegetarians and vegans can also be accommodated with meals such as vegetable stir-fry and lentil curry.
  • It’s important to stay hydrated, so make sure to bring plenty of water or a water filtration system.
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything that hasn’t been properly sterilized or cooked, to reduce the risk of food poisoning or water-borne illnesses.

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12-Day All-inclusive Gorilla & Wildlife Safari
  • Hotel
  • 3 nights in Hotels, 1 nights in Special Stay
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
  • Expert Trip Manager + Driver Team + Local Guides
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