Fly-In Gorilla Tracking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Uganda
Bwindi National Park, located in south western Uganda on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, is considered the most diverse forest in Uganda. The area, one of the few large expanses of forest in East Africa, where lowland and mountain habitats meet, contains a dense ground cover of herbs, vines, and shrubs. Home to over 120 mammals, 345 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies, and 160 species of trees, Bwindi is one of the richest ecosystems in East Africa. The park contains almost one half of the world’s population of the endangered Mountain Gorilla, making it an extremely valuable conservation site. Bwindi is also home to several endangered bird species with very limited ranges, and acts as an important catchment area for many rivers, supplying water for agriculture in the surrounding region.
Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi
Fly on a scheduled (daily) flight to Kihihi Airstrip. Upon arrival at Kihihi, you’ll be met by a Hotel representative and driven to Crested Crane Bwindi Hotel. Check in at the Hotel and enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to relax and prepare yourself for the next day. Or go for an optional (guided) forest walk or village community walk for a first introduction with Uganda’s unique flora and fauna.
Overnight and Dinner at Crested Crane Bwindi Hotel
Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to participate in one of these activities.
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Following breakfast at the lodge, get your gorilla tracking attire on, pick packed lunch, water and transfer to the park offices. You’ll convene with the rest of the travellers for gorilla trekking briefing and allocation of the gorilla families.
After briefing, you’ll transfer to the starting point and head into the forest to track your habituated gorilla group. En route to the gorillas, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Your gorilla tracking will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family.
The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 8 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 Mountain Gorillas.
Dinner and Overnight at Crested Crane Bwindi Hotel
Note: It is possible to include an additional day in Buhoma on this itinerary with an option to experience a second gorilla trek. This makes the itinerary a 4-day fly-in safari. Please request this option on our web inquiry form.
Day 3: Return To Entebbe
After breakfast, you’ll transfer to Kihihi for your return flight to Entebbe.
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NOTE: The package is for a Minimum of two (2) people and a maximum of eight (8) since a gorilla group can only be assigned to 8 visitors a day.
If you plan to spend additional time in Uganda, this safari can be tailored to your wishes to include some of the many activities available in Entebbe and throughout Uganda.
You could visit Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary or the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre; Take a short trip to Jinja – the Adventure of East Africa offering grade 5 white water rafting, quad biking and bungee jumping!