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Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Uganda

from $5,399* per person 6 Days Year-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Deeper Africa 8 people max
  • Entebbe international airport
  • Culture & Nature trips
The dense rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest protects over half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population. Local trackers meet you at the forest edge, and guide you through the rainforest to the gorilla group you will be viewing. Two days of gorilla viewing allows you to visit two separate family groups. 

Gorilla viewing in Bwindi allows you very close to a gorilla family.  The gorillas know that you are watching; but because you are in the company of a local guide who knows the family well, you are accepted by the group.

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.

Itinerary

Day 1
Mihingo Lodge
Mboru National Park
Arrive at Entebbe Airport before noon. Pickup by Deeper Africa guide after
clearing customs. Your Deeper Africa guide will have a sign that has your name
on it.
Enjoy the afternoon drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Pass through beautiful
agricultural countryside where fruits and vegetables grow in abundance. Wildlife
viewing as you travel through the park to Mihingo Lodge. The drive will take
you through savannah, acacia, woodland, swamp, and lake environments. This
Ugandan park is the only reserve in the country to support a population of
impalas. There are plentiful topi, bushbuck, zebra, buffalo, eland, reedbuck, and
warthogs. Viewings of predators are rarer, but the water environments bring
abundant sightings of hippos. At least 315 bird species have been recorded in
Lake Mburo National Park with many East African bird species present at the
very northern limit of their range.
Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge.

Day 2
Gorilla Forest Camp
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
UNESCO World Heritage
Site
Breakfast at Mihingo Lodge. Spend the morning wildlife viewing in the park or
hiking, as you choose. Your lodge is set in a series of rugged hills on the west
side of the park with majestic views of Lake Mburo and the undulating grassy
valleys that hold wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities.
Afternoon drive westward to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Lunch at Kabale.
Close to half of the world’s mountain gorilla populations (approximately 320) are
resident in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Mountain gorillas’ larger size and
thicker fur coats distinguish them from their lowland counterparts. Seeing
mountain gorillas is considered to be the most profound wildlife viewing
experience in the world. Afternoon check-in at Gorilla Forest Camp with
sundowners (drinks at sundown) on the verandah looking into the rainforest.
Unpack and prepare for your next two days of gorilla viewing.
Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp.

Day 3
Gorilla Forest Camp
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Breakfast at Gorilla Forest Camp. After breakfast you’ll attend an introductory
session at the park headquarters to learn about forest and gorilla trekking
etiquette. Ugandan park guides will be taking you into the rain forest and there
will be park guides in your party who work daily with the gorillas in Bwindi.
You’ll hike to the point where the gorillas were seen the day before and track
from that point. Trekking can range from 1 to 5 hours as you move into the
gorilla’s home range. The terrain is rough and sometimes muddy. Picnic lunches
are provided. Birds abound with over 350 species sighted.
You’ll return in the afternoon to Gorilla Forest Camp for some relaxing.
Afternoon activities can include:
Relaxing on the verandah or soaking in the tub after gorilla trekking;
Hiking on the Waterfall Trail, which follows the Munyaga River; or the
Community Village Cultural Walk through the local Buhoma Village. This walk
is led by a community guide who will take us through the Buhoma market area
and out on the local trails to meet the village banana brewer and a traditional
medicinal healer. Along the way, you’ll see traditional farms and homes.
Villagers may come out to greet you. If you choose, we can arrange for you to
visit the people of the local Batwa tribe. These people were displaced out of
their traditional forest habitat by the Ugandan government in 1991 when Bwindi
Forest was declared a World Heritage site.
Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp.

Day 4
Gorilla Forest Camp
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Breakfast at Gorilla Forest Camp. Today you will visit a different gorilla family
residing in the rain/montane forest of Bwindi.
• No more than eight guests are allowed to view each of the three
habituated gorilla families at any one time.
• You should maintain a distance of at least 7 meters from the gorillas.
Do not touch the gorillas or try to make contact. The gorillas will
break the rules occasionally. In such cases, don’t increase the distance
between you and them, but drop back as soon as you can without
disturbing them.
• Do not use flash cameras.
• Do not eat or smoke.
• Do not do anything that may cause the gorillas stress or exhibit any
behavior that they may see as a challenge. Respect their space, speak
very quietly, and avoid unnecessary movement.
• Keep in a small group and never surround the gorillas.
• Leave nothing behind but footprints.
Afternoon activities from Gorilla Forest Camp as you choose.
Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp.

Day 5    Mihingo Lodge
Breakfast at Gorilla Forest Camp. Begin the scenic drive back to Entebbe, stopping at Mihingo Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park for the night.  Pass through beautiful agricultural countryside where fruits and vegetables grow in abundance. Turn off the main road to look for herds of Ankole cattle famous for their long horns, raised by the Banyankore people.   You will do traditional wildlife viewing throughout the park’s ecosystems which include savannah, acacia woodland, swamp, and lake environments.  This Ugandan park is the only reserve in Uganda to support a population of impalas.  There are plentiful topi, bushbuck, zebra, buffalo, eland, reedbuck, and warthogs.  Viewings of predators are rarer, but the water environments bring abundant sightings of hippos.  At least 315 bird species have been recorded in Lake Mburo National Park with many East African bird species present at the very northern limit of their range.  Your lodge is set in a series of rugged hills on the west side of the park with majestic views of Lake Mburo and the undulating grassy valleys that hold wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities.   Hiking and walking are available from the lodge.     

Dinner and overnight at Mhingo Lodge.

Day 6    Transit through Entebbe    
Breakfast at Mhingo Lodge. Continue the drive back to Entebbe. Time for lunch and to connect to an afternoon flight out of Entebbe International Airport.  


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