Uganda Gorilla Trek

Uganda is home to large groups of mountain gorillas and is the perfect place for a close encounter with a majestic primate.

Gorillas in Uganda are spread across the biologically diverse volcano range of the Virunga Mountains and the steep terrain of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi, a UNESCO World Heritage site and known as ‘the place of darkness’ due to its dense treetops, is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas.

Often a more affordable option than gorilla trekking in Rwanda, permit costs in Uganda vary according to season. Our trekking adventure is designed to give you the best chance to see these magnificent animals play, feed and rest. A maximum of eight visitors can view a gorilla family for a maximum of one hour, which makes for a very intimate experience.

It can be hard work to reach the gorillas – Bwindi is known appropriately as impenetrable. But we source the best and most knowledgeable guides to lead you through the misty cloud forest to your assigned gorilla family. While gorilla sightings and encounters are very reliable, viewing is dependent on variables such as weather and tracking conditions.

You will inevitably cross paths with other primates on your trek. Parts of the Virunga Mountains are home to another endangered species, the golden monkey, and Bwindi has L’hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys and blue monkeys.

If you’ve always wanted to encounter monkeys and gorillas a Uganda trek should be on your wish list.

Price: On Application

Duration: 4 Nights/5 Days

Trek Ratings: Activity 1&2 / Conditions 3 / Accommodation 1 / Training/Preparation 3

Best Season: All Year Round.  Peak season is typically during one of the two dry seasons: (1) from January to February or (2) June to September

Country Visited: Uganda

Trip Start: Entebbe

Trip Ends: Entebbe

Trip Style: Guided Trekking

Activity: Trekking

Day 01 > Arrive in Entebbe
Day 02 > Flight from Entebbe to Bwindi National Park
Day 03 > Gorilla Trek
Day 04 > Gorilla Trek
Day 05 > Flight from Bwindi National Park to Entebbe

Day 1 – Pre-Trek

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative, who will assist you with the immigration and then transfer you to Boma Guest House. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at Boma Guest House.
Breakfast Included

Day 2

Meet your guide in the lobby for your transfer to Entebbe airport and connection with your scheduled flight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, departing at 07:00 hrs and arriving at 09:35am. Upon arrival at Kihihi airstrip you will meet our representative and be transferred to the lodge (approx. 2 hour’s drive). 

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a lowland forest jungle and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, only accessible on foot. It is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa providing habitat for over 90 mammals (including 11 primates), 346 species of birds (including 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics), 202 species of butterflies, 163 tree species, over 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and other endangered species. 

Bwindi is however most notable for her 340 critically endangered Mountain Gorillas.

Activities

Overnight at Bwindi Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3

Wake up and prepare for the unforgettable experience! After an early breakfast transfer to the park HQs for pre-Gorilla tracking briefing and about the gorilla family you will track then set off into the forest in the footsteps of the Mountain Gorillas.

You will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young. You can spend an hour with the gorillas.

The trekking can take from 1 to 5 hours but sometimes it might take longer, depending on the location of the gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest. At times, the terrain is rough and muddy. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery makes the trekking worthwhile.

Overnight at Bwindi Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 4
Enjoy a second day of your unforgettable experience! After an early breakfast you will be transferred back to the park HQs for another day of gorilla trekking. Although visiting and finding the gorilla’s is never guaranteed, a second day of trekking provides an opportunity not to miss out on this unforgettable experience. It can also allow more time to spend with these incredible animals and the experience from one day to the next is always very different.

Overnight at Bwindi Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 5
After your morning breakfast you will be transferred back to Kihihi Airstrip to connect with your scheduled flight back to Entebbe which arrives at 11:25am to connect with your onward journey.

Breakfast Included

Please contact us for further information and upcoming departure dates.

Cost Includes

Fully escorted
All ground transfers
Entebbe – Hotel (where available)
Trek – Accomodation in safari lodge or camp
Meals as indicated
Domestic Flight
Public Liability Insurance

Cost Does not Include

International flights
Passport & Visa costs
Travel insurance
All items of a personal nature, including trekking equipment
Meals other than those specified on itinerary
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Please contact us for further information and a comprehensive equipment list.

How do I get to Uganda?

Entebbe international airport is serviced by the core Middle Eastern carriers and is easily accessible from Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. Private transfers and guided excursions will transport you around the country.

How long should I spend in Uganda?

A week for gorilla trekking and a further 2-3 weeks to explore Kibale Forest National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park to discover other great highlights of Uganda.

Are there any health considerations I need to prepare for?

Anti-malarial’s are required as well as Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Yellow Fever. We recommend visiting your travel doctor for the latest information on travel vaccinations.

Will I need to get a Visa before travelling to Rwanda?

Australian citizens require an entry visa for Uganda. You can obtain a visa at the port of entry upon payment of the visa fee or in advance at an embassy. The price differs based on number of entries into the country and start from US$100 for a single entry three-month visa. Also available is the East Africa tourist visa for US$100, valid for 90 days, that will give you entry to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

What languages are spoken in Uganda

English is an official language in Uganda along with Swahili.

What attractions and experiences can I find in Uganda?

Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria, White Nile River, birding, gorilla trekking, wildlife safaris.