3 Days Budget Gorilla Tracking safari in Bwindi Forest
Mountain Gorillas are one of the world’s most endangered apes. It is estimated that there are only about 880 left throughout the world. Almost half of them can be found in Uganda, and populations can also be found in neighbouring Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Accommodation during the trip is based on a standard double/twin or single room in mid-range accommodation. All rooms have en suite bath and private veranda.
Highlightsof the 3 Days Budget Gorilla Tracking safari
- Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- Spectacular views
Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Today after early breakfast, your guide will pick you up at 7am, in Kampala, who will transfer you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in South Western Uganda, through a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see beautiful terrace hills and you will drive through a bamboo forest zone. On a clear day, you will have great views of the Virunga Mountains
You will have lunch en route before proceeding to the park. You will arrive at the lodge in time for dinner
Journey Time: 10 hours
Accommodation: Broadbill Forest Camp (Value for money)
Meal plan: All meals
Broadbill Forest Camp is located in Ruhija, on the Eastern edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park. It is calm, peaceful with stunning views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, making it a perfect place to totally unwind and relax, away from the pressures of every day life.
The tents are en suite, with hot water and a private veranda. From your balcony, you will see lots of rare Albertine Rift Valley endemics, and with birding skills of the birding expert Emmy Gongo at the lodge, you would be able to identify them
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest:
Today after early breakfast, you will be transferred to the park head quarters for briefing about gorilla tracking. You will encounter one of Bwindi’s endangered mountain gorillas. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable national park boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa that can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primates, 113 species of mammals, over 200 species of butterflies and 360 species of birds. The gorillas you track are habituated and can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period of time, every day.
The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
Journey Time: 15 minutes each way
Accommodation: Broadbill Forest Camp
Meal plan: All meals
Day 3: Return to Kampala or Entebbe
After breakfast at the lodge, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe Airport with a stop over at the equator for a photo moment and souvenir shopping.
Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you want us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.
Journey Time: 9 hours to Kampala, 10 hours to Entebbe
Accommodation: Not included
Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch
This is a private tour, departure can be organised for anytime throughout the year subject to the availability of accommodation and transport.
The bookings with the hotels mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking.
In case the mentioned hotels are not available during the requested period, we will do our best to book a hotel in the same class for you- of course after consulting you.
Gorilla and chimp permits
It is not possible to ‘reserve’ gorilla and chimpanzee permits. Therefore we can only buy them after your booking and down-payment and it all depends on availability.
Our standard offering for Budget tours is a 4wd safari van with a pop-up roof for easy safari viewing. All clients will have a dedicated window seat. Your professional driver/guide will be at your disposal for questions or translations.
Tour Package Including:
- Transport in a 4WD minivan with pop-up roof for excellent safari view;
- All fuel for the tour;
- English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
- Accommodation as listed in the program;
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Packed lunch for the gorilla tracking;
- Park-entrance fees according to the program;
- All activities described in the itinerary;
- 1 gorilla permit per person
- International air fares and entry visa Uganda
- Meals that are not part of your accommodation;
- A porter for during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack);
- Personal (medical/travel) insurance;
- Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc;
- All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.)
Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Rwanda as well or in the other sectors on Bwindi or Mgahinga
Gorilla tracking is dependant on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all parks are on a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.