Fly-in Gorilla Tracking Safari, Uganda (mid-range accommodation)
Working with our project partners who live in the Virunga forests we are able to present this special opportunity. It is a self-contained module that can be combined with other safaris, beach time or a mountain trek.
The mountain gorilla is the world’s most endangered ape and is only found in small areas of mountain rainforest in south-western Uganda, north-western Rwanda and the east of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Gorilla tracking is an intense experience that can take most of a day. The guide leads you through the gorilla’s world, explaining aspects of their ecology and behaviour along the way. To state the obvious, gorillas are wild creatures with no fixed routine, so success is not guaranteed, but your chances of a gorilla encounter are very good, better than 95%.
The guides and trackers have habituated some gorilla groups and are known to them personally. “Habituate” describes the gradual process of introducing a gorilla family to humans, over a period of months. The aim is to reach a point where small groups of unknown humans, accompanied by the known guide, may approach.
We will meet you at the airport and drive you to The Imperial Resort in Kampala (1 ½ hrs). This is a Ugandan-owned and operated hotel with a solid reputation.
Overnight in city hotel. B&B
After breakfast, we’ll run you back to the airport for the flight to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the extreme west of Uganda. Your guide will be there waiting for you. Pick up and proceed to Gorilla Safari Lodge on the southern boundary of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It has just 8 cottages, including two which are family rooms (NB. Min age to visit the gorillas is 15 years). If you’re looking for clean, tidy and well managed lodge, this owner-operated lodge is spot on. Competitively priced and offering good, solid value.
Below: Gorilla Forest Lodge
Welcome to Bwindi! Lunch is served in the lodge and in the afternoon a guide is on hand to escort you to a nearby village, walking through community land that is farmed in the traditional way: an insight into daily life as a Ugandan.
Above: at home: young girl of the Twa people.
Dinner and after dinner your guide will brief you a about gorilla etiquette and the background to gorilla conservation
To find out more about Gorilla etiquette click here
Click to learn more about the Gorilla families in Uganda
To find out more about Gorilla conservation click here
Overnight at Gorilla Forest Lodge. Full board, all meals.
Above: who is watcher and who the watched?
After breakfast we’ll drive you to the road-head and the start of the trek which goes through montane rainforest. After a while you’ll see (and hear) the first signs of gorilla activity: the first sound you usually hear is the sound of snapping bamboo (they eat the inner flesh of the plant). A max of 1 hour is spent with the family. Trek back to Gorilla Forest Lodge, full board, all meals.
After breakfast jump aboard the Land Rover for the return to the airstrip for the flight back to Entebbe [Kampala], depending on what you’re doing next.
What to bring
Gorilla tracking can be a long and arduous walk, so go prepared.
Wear shoes with good tread, suitable for steep, muddy slopes.
Carry rain gear, sunscreen and a hat, as the weather is unpredictable.
Carry enough water and a snack.
When taking photos, remember your subjects are black animals in dim light and flash is not allowed. Use a fast film setting (400-800 ASA) on your digital camera. A monopod can also be very helpful because shutter speeds can be slow in the dim light.
Return flight Entebbe to Bwindi.
1 nights B&B in Kampala
2 nights accommodation at Gorilla Forest Lodge.
Private use of 4×4
Private guide throughout.
Park entrance fee
I day gorilla tracking permit
Visa for Uganda (Obtain at airport upon arrival)
Meals not detailed above.
Please help the gorillas www.friendagorilla.org
If you would like to visit these extraordinary animals in their natural habitat then either contact us call on 01837 559 07
Price: £1,880 (based on 2 persons, twin share.)
Single supplement: £192
Departs ANY day.
Significant discounts (15%) for groups of 4 or more travelling together.
Below: the peaceful, fig-loving grey-cheeked mangabey. The gorilla’s diminutive neighbour.