overview

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest forms part of the Bwindi National Park in Uganda and is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in Africa. The forest has dense jungle vegetation and is home to the half the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population as well as 11 other mammal species, including giant hogs and forest elephants. The Bwindi Forest is the best place in Uganda to go gorilla trekking and although it may take hours, or even the whole day, the daily success rate for sightings is around 90 percent.

Once you locate a habituated family group, you will spend roughly an hour observing quietly from a respectful distance. Trekking back to the lodge, the procession is usually quiet, as you and your fellow travellers reflect on your encounters with our closest mammalian cousins, recalling soulful gestures, expressions and interactions. The eco-friendly Bwindi Lodge is separated from the forest by a clear mountain stream, and here you can enjoy a well-deserved dinner and a good night’s rest. Rise early for a second day of gorilla trekking (subject to availability), guided rainforest walks, or cultural activities such as tea tasting, community visits, and learning the traditional practices of the Batwa people.

This short gorilla-trekking adventure combines well with an East African big-game safari.

  • Tour duration: 4 days
  • Start: Entebbe
  • End: Entebbe
  • Destinations:
  • Accommodation:
    3 nights at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge
  • Comfort Level: Basic
  • Type of Tour: Tailor-made
  • Type of Accommodation: Accommodated

Itinerary Highlights

  • Track mountain gorillas
  • Guided nature walks 
  • Cultural tours of the Batwa village

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Uganda

After landing at Entebbe International Airport, check into your domestic flight to Kihihi. On arrival, you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will remain with you throughout your journey, sharing a wealth of wildlife knowledge and providing insight into the country’s unique culture and conservation history. The road transfer to your eco-friendly lodge on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest takes roughly two hours, and is a chance to witness a considerable stretch of Uganda’s dense jungle vegetation and remote rural communities. Once you arrive, take some time to rest before dinner, explore the grounds and nearby mountain stream, or take a stroll to the local village. 

Day 2

Gorilla Trekking

Rise early and depart for a day of trekking in the Bwindi Forest in search of the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Finding these great apes can be a lengthy process, often taking the whole day, depending on conditions and how far the gorillas have moved during the night. A certain level of stamina is required to combat the humidity and sometimes tricky mountain pathways. Wet weather and mud can also slow the process down but you will always be under the careful guidance of your ranger and a team of professional trackers will help you wherever possible over steep slopes and through dense vegetation. Upon finding a family group, you will spend roughly an hour quietly observing as they groom, play and communicate with each other. 

Day 3

Learn about local life

Gorilla trekking for a second day requires additional permits that are subject to availability. Alternatively, you can explore the rainforest on a guided walk, learning the importance of the rainforest habitat from your guide while you observe endemic bird species, butterflies and colourful plant life. Tour the local village, the surrounding tea plantations, and learn about the community’s impressive hospital that started as a small clinic under a tree. You are also able to discover the traditional hunter-gatherer practices of the Batwa – the indigenous people of the Bwindi Forest. 

Day 4

Time to reflect

As you return to the Kihihi airstrip on the 2-hour return transfer, you have time to reflect on a newfound awareness of Uganda’s precious wildlife inhabitants and welcoming local people. While the country may have a fractured history, it has taken great strides in conservation, with ecotourism lodges playing an important role in bolstering efforts among communities to preserve and protect the rainforest. 

Inclusions

  • 3 Nights at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge on fully inclusive basis
  • Expert driver/guide and vehicle for the duration of the itinerary
  • One chimpanzee and one gorilla permit
  • Selected park fees, nature and community walk fees
  • Complimentary massage
  • Laundry services

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jun 2016 - 14 Oct 2016 $3045
  • 15 Oct 2016 - 14 Dec 2016 $3045

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Anza Snyman

Anza Snyman

Africa Safari Expert

"On this fly-in Uganda Gorilla Safari you’ll enjoy trekking the mountain gorillas in one of the best areas of the Bwindi Forest whilst staying at comfortable accommodation that overlooks the forested mountains of the Bwindi Forest. I loved staying at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge with their beautiful views, friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere."

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