This 4-day safari is crafted to bring you face-to-face with the world-famous mountain gorillas in Uganda’s lush Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Previously critically endangered, the world’s remaining mountain gorillas – which are currently numbering about 1,000 individuals in total – reside only in three places in the world: Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
53 percent of these majestic species live in the magical Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda, an eight-hour drive from the capital Kampala. And aside from the prized mountain gorillas, Bwindi also plays host to various primates and a host of insect, bird and plant species.
Your trip will begin and end at Entebbe International Airport.
INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE
>>Airport pick-up and return
>>Fully escorted by Mutanda Gorilla Tours guide
>>3 nights accommodation
>>Daily breakfast, lunches and dinners
>>All sightseeing and park entry fees as per itinerary
Once you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, you will be picked up by a Mutanda Gorilla Tours driver/guide who will take you to the capital Kampala, a 40-minute drive from Entebbe.
Upon arrival in Kampala, you will check into your hotel for dinner, relaxation and overnight ahead of tomorrow’s eight-hour journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
But in case you have enough time on your hands, you will go on a brief tour of Kampala –a city that has been christened East Africa’s Entertainment Capital – and browse local markets, eateries and hangouts.
What’s more, Kampalans are famous for their outstanding friendliness so expect to have a great time!
Distance from Entebbe: 40 minutes
Hotel options: Kampala Serena Hotel | Tourist Hotel |Pearl of Africa Hotel | Hotel Africana | Naguru Skyz Hotel
In the morning after breakfast, you will check out of your Kampala hotel and begin your eight-hour journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Kanungu district, southwestern Uganda. The journey to the park will reward you with awe-inspiring views of the verdant Ugandan countryside that is dotted with beautiful rolling hills farmed in terraces.
About five hours into the journey, you will make a stopover in Mbarara town – one of the largest towns in Uganda – where you will have a sumptuous lunch before embarking on the final stretch to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Upon arrival, you will be a guest at one of the picturesque lodges near the park.
Distance from Kampala: 8 hours
Hotel options: Gorilla Safari Lodge | Gorilla Resort Lodge | Clouds Lodge | Mahogany Springs Lodge | Silverback Lodge
Today is the highlight of your four-day trip to Uganda. You will have an early morning breakfast and then head out for Africa’s most coveted travel adventure: mountain gorilla trekking in the thick jungles of the impenetrable Bwindi rainforest.
Your starting point will be the park headquarters, where you will be taken through the dos and don’ts of mountain gorilla trekking before park rangers divide you into about 14 trekking groups – and each group of 10 will track its own gorilla family. The trek through the slippery trails of Bwindi Forest can sometimes be exhausting as it takes anything from 2-8 hours before you finally come across the gorillas.
But once you find them, you will realize how the trek is worth every penny spent and energy expended; it’s such a memorable and humbling experience to come face-to-face with these majestic species that have been on the verge of extinction for decades.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s rules dictate that you can only spend one hour with the gorillas as you watch them feed and play. Take note: despite the mountain gorillas’ enormous physiques, they are not aggressive at all as they are accustomed to human presence; expect them to simply stare at you.
After the once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking adventure, you will be taken back to the lodge for lunch and a brief relaxation before going out again to check out the Batwa, the famous pigmies who previously inhabited Bwindi Forest.
Expect a thrilling evening as these former hunter-gatherers dance and sing for you. As a token of appreciation, don’t forget to buy yourself a souvenir in their crafts shop! From here you will head back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Today marks the end of your four-day mountain gorilla safari with Mutanda Gorilla Tours. In the morning after breakfast, you will be driven back to Kampala, making sure to stopover at the Equator, the monument that marks the centre of earth. Here you will get to have some memorable Kodak moments, lunch at a local restaurant, and also buy some souvenirs at the African Crafts Market.
When you arrive in Kampala, you will be transferred to your hotel or Entebbe International Airport to catch your flight back home, depending on your schedule.