4 Day Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi

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This three-night adventure by road or by air takes you into the World Heritage Site of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in search of the Mountain Gorillas.

This is a rare opportunity to visit some of the World’s last tracts of primeval forest - it is virtually untouched and retains an awe-inspiring collection of endangered flora and fauna. Optional upgrade to Air Safari brings spectacular aerial views of the landscape as well as reducing travelling times.

 

Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge is the finest lodge in the area and offers premium accommodation and a truly unique jungle experience. Separated by nothing more than an idyllic stream, the gorillas themselves are frequent visitors.

The tour operates either by road (from and back to Kigali, Rwanda) or by air (from and back to Entebbe, Uganda).

Please Note: there is a minimum age of 15 years for gorilla treks.

 

Highlights Include:

  • Gorilla Tracking in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Forest Walks in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Bwindi Community Hospital visit
  • Birding
  • Community Project visits through Bwindi and Buhoma

 Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge

Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge offers a truly unique jungle experience. Separated by nothing more than an idyllic stream, the gorillas themselves are frequent visitors to the finest lodge in Bwindi!

The adventure lodge in Uganda boasts eight bandas facing the forest canopy, each with a private terrace from which you can spot the wildlife jumping from tree to tree mere metres away. Each room has en-suite bathrooms and the eco-luxury comforts are all provided in eco-sensitive ways.

A cosy fireside bar and lounge in the main building offers the chance for you to relax while sharing stories of your gorilla trekking experience with other guests.

Accommodation

  • 8 stone and timber glass-fronted guest bandas with thatch roofs (3 doubles and 5 twins) reflect the local building style.
  • En-suite bathrooms with flushing toilet, double vanity, shower with hot and cold running water.
  • Rooms have walk-in mosquito nets, 240v lighting and a private balcony.
  • Bandas are individually named after Bwindi gorillas.
  • Wi-Fi available in the main lodge building.

 

 

 Itinerary

Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi (4 Day Safari)

Day 1

Option 1 Road Safari (transfer approx 6 hours): Departing from Kigali you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari.  Cross the border into Uganda and continue through the beautiful terraced hills to the forested slopes of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The journey through the rapidly changing landscape takes you to Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, which faces the towering trees of the surrounding forest. Lunch en route or at lodge. Depending on when you arrive there may be time before dinner to explore the lodge grounds with its clear mountain stream or visit the local village. Overnight at Bwindi Lodge.

Option 2 Air Safari: Starting from Entebbe take the 07:45 am or 12:30 pm flight to Kihihi (1 hour 15 mins to 2 hours depending on stops). Once there you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey. Transfer to Buhoma and Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge. Lunch included (depending on arrival time). Rest and before dinner explore the lodge grounds with its clear mountain stream or visit the local village. Overnight at Bwindi Lodge.

 

Day 2

Enjoy an early breakfast, then set off through the steep, densely forested hills in search of Mountain Gorillas. Tracking in the Bwindi Forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day but observing the gorillas in their natural habitat is awe inspiring. Alternatively there are other activities and excursions on offer in and around the National Park:

 - Discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies, and learn about the native tribal inhabitants of the forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi Forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills.

 - Or, take a guided walk in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life. This walk offers excellent photographic opportunities and the knowledgeable guide will provide a great insight into this globally important habitat.

 - Or, walk through the local village, and learn about community life and Bwindi Community Hospital that started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 60,000 people. Also take a tour of the local tea processing operation at the lodge which enables guests to see the various different methods for tea growing.

Overnight at Bwindi Lodge.

 

Day 3

Breakfast at lodge, then either go gorilla tracking again (additional permit at a supplement, subject to availability), or opt for one of the other, gentler but equally rewarding alternatives:

  • Forest Walks in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Visit the Bwindi Community Hospital
  • Visit Ride 4 a Woman Community Sewing Project
  • Birding
  • Explore the Batwa Trail

Overnight at Bwindi Lodge

 

Day 4

Option 1 Road Safari:  Breakfast at lodge. Leave Bwindi and transfer back to Kigali by road. Lunch en route. Take a tour of the city (time permitting), perhaps visit the Genocide Memorial museum for an insight into Rwanda’s social history. Drop off at a hotel (hotel not included but can be arranged at a supplement) or drop off at the international airport.

Option 2 Air Safari:  Breakfast at lodge then transfer to the airstrip for either the 10.55 am or 14.05 pm flight to Entebbe.

 

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4 DAY MOUNTAIN GORILLAS OF BWINDI SAFARI: prices are Per Person (minimum 2 people)

PRICES INCLUDE:

All transport in 4x4 vehicle and an English-speaking driver/guide. 1 Gorilla Permit per person. A choice of excursion on Day 3 (including permits / fees if applicable). Accommodation on an All Inclusive basis at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (unlimited alcoholic and soft drinks, laundry service and activities around the lodges). One complimentary massage per person.

Air Safari option is as above plus flights Entebbe – Kihihi – Entebbe and return transfers from airstrip to lodge.

Please select your currency:
DATES FROMDATES TOSCHEDULED DEPARTURE BY ROAD (FROM / TO KIGALI)SINGLE SUPP
01-Mar-1431-May-142237 USD158 USD
01-Jun-1414-Oct-142485 USD176 USD
15-Oct-1415-Dec-142237 USD158 USD
PRIVATE DEPARTURE BY ROAD (FROM / TO KIGALI): BASED ON GROUP SIZE:
DATES FROMDATES TO2345SINGLE SUPP
01-Mar-1431-May-142450 USD2209 USD2088 USD2016 USD141 USD
01-Jun-1414-Oct-143062 USD2761 USD2610 USD2520 USD176 USD
15-Oct-1415-Dec-142450 USD2209 USD2088 USD2016 USD141 USD
DATES FROMDATES TOSCHEDULED DEPARTURE BY AIR (FROM / TO ENTEBBE)SINGLE SUPP
01-Mar-1415-Dec-143010 USD176 USD
DATES FROMDATES TOPRIVATE DEPARTURE BY AIR (FROM / TO ENTEBBE)SINGLE SUPP
01-Mar-1431-May-143281 USD158 USD
01-Jun-1414-Oct-143646 USD176 USD
15-Oct-1415-Dec-143281 USD158 USD

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

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