3 Day Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi

This short Bwindi itinerary is ideal to add on to most of our Kenya safaris that include the Mara. This is made possible using the Mara-Entebbe scheduled flight which then connects to Bwindi.

The Mara-Entebbe flight departs at 08:45 am via Kisumu for immigration to arrive at 11:30 am, approximately. You then connect to Bwindi on the 12:45 pm flight that arrives at 13:55 pm, approximately. Flight connections are only possible to Kihihi airstrip as Kisoro airstrip is only served by a morning flight out of Entebbe.

Please note: From 2024, the Mara-Entebbe flight only operates in the peak season and with a minimum of 4 pax.

Clients have a choice of the following accommodations and will be able to track gorillas in the Buhoma sector:

  • Silverback Lodge
  • Mahogany Springs Lodge
  • Buhoma Lodge
  • Bwindi Lodge
  • Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
  • Tracker’s Lodge

Note: Due to lack of suitable accommodations options in Ruhija, it is possible to track gorillas while staying in Buhoma area. Transfer charges are extra and driving time is approximately 1.5 hours each way.

 

Important Notes on Gorilla Permits

  1. The Uganda gorilla permit currently cost $700 but will increase to $800 starting July 2024, per person per trek
  2. Once purchased, gorilla permits are NON-REFUNDABLE.
  3. There is a minimum age of 15 years for gorilla treks.
  4. Additional Gorilla Permits must be pre-booked / paid if gorilla tracking on the additional (optional) day.
  5. All Gorilla Permits need to be purchased at the time of booking or a deposit equivalent to 25% of the cost of the safari paid, whichever is higher.
  6. Gorilla viewing is subject to availability of permits, which are limited.
  7. Permit prices are subject to change without notice.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Masai Mara – Bwindi

Leave your Masai Mara property (with packed lunch) and transfer to the airstrip to board the scheduled flight on Air Kenya to Entebbe. From Entebbe Airport, connect on Aerolink to Kihihi airstrip in Bwindi. Met and transferred to your camp/lodge for check in. Rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the selected accommodation.

Day 2: Bwindi

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. Full board accommodation at the selected accommodation.

Day 3: Bwindi – Entebbe

Breakfast at lodge then transfer to the airstrip for either the 10.55 am or 14.05 pm flight to Entebbe.

Prices: Mahogany Springs Lodge

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Includes: Flights Mara-Entebbe, Entebbe-Kihihi-Entebbe, 02 nights  full board accommodation (1 glass of wine or 1 beer or 1 soft drink with dinner), airstrip transfers and gorilla tracking transfers in private 4×4 vehicle (gorilla tracking in Buhoma), 01 gorilla tracking permit

 Excludes: Drinks, additional gorilla permits (currently cost $700 but will increase to $800 starting July 2024), tips and gratuities

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DATES FROM DATES TO PER PERSON SHARING, PACKAGE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PACKAGE EXTRA NIGHT AT MAHOGANY SPRINGS LODGE(ACCOMMODATION ONLY)
01-Dec-23 29-Feb-24 3074 USD 193 USD 334 USD
01-Mar-24 31-May-24 2924 USD 179 USD 257 USD
01-Jun-24 30-Jun-24 3074 USD 188 USD 325 USD
01-Jul-24 31-Oct-24 3174 USD 188 USD 325 USD
01-Nov-24 30-Nov-24 3024 USD 179 USD 257 USD
01-Dec-24 31-Dec-24 3174 USD 193 USD 334 USD

Prices: Buhoma Lodge

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Includes: Flights Mara-Entebbe, Entebbe-Kihihi-Entebbe, 02 nights full board accommodation plus drinks, one complimentary massage per guest per stay, airstrip transfers and gorilla tracking transfers in private 4×4 vehicle (gorilla tracking in Buhoma), 01 gorilla tracking permit

Excludes: Premium drinks, additional gorilla permits (currently cost $700 but will increase to $800 starting July 2024), tips and gratuities

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DATES FROM DATES TO PER PERSON SHARING, PACKAGE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PACKAGE EXTRA NIGHT AT BUHOMA LODGE(ACCOMMODATION ONLY)
01-Oct-23 31-Oct-23 3129 USD 165 USD 370 USD
01-Nov-23 30-Nov-23 3009 USD 100 USD 310 USD
01-Dec-23 31-Dec-23 3269 USD 180 USD 440 USD
01-Jan-24 29-Feb-24 3309 USD 240 USD 460 USD
01-Mar-24 31-Mar-24 3169 USD 160 USD 390 USD
01-Apr-24 31-May-24 3049 USD 100 USD 330 USD
01-Jun-24 30-Jun-24 3169 USD 160 USD 390 USD
01-Jul-24 30-Sep-24 3309 USD 240 USD 460 USD
01-Oct-24 31-Oct-24 3169 USD 160 USD 390 USD
01-Nov-24 30-Nov-24 3049 USD 100 USD 330 USD
01-Dec-24 31-Dec-24 3309 USD 240 USD 460 USD

Prices: Bwindi Lodge

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Includes: Flights Mara-Entebbe, Entebbe-Kihihi-Entebbe, 02 nights full board accommodation plus drinks (Standard Banda),  one complimentary massage per guest per stay, airstrip transfers and gorilla tracking transfers in private 4×4 vehicle (gorilla tracking in Buhoma OR Ruhija), 01 gorilla tracking permit

Excludes: Premium drinks, additional gorilla permits (currently cost $700 but will increase to $800 starting July 2024), tips and gratuities

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DATES FROM DATES TO PER PERSON SHARING, PACKAGE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PACKAGE EXTRA NIGHT AT BWINDI LODGE(ACCOMMODATION ONLY)
01-Oct-23 14-Dec-23 3819 USD NIL 665 USD
15-Dec-23 31-Dec-23 4689 USD 450 USD 1100 USD
01-Jan-24 29-Feb-24 4859 USD 470 USD 1185 USD
01-Mar-24 31-May-24 3909 USD NIL 710 USD
01-Jun-24 30-Sep-24 4859 USD 470 USD 1185 USD
01-Oct-24 14-Dec-24 3909 USD NIL 710 USD
15-Dec-24 31-Dec-24 4859 USD 470 USD 1185 USD

Prices: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

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Includes: Flights Mara-Entebbe, Entebbe-Kihihi-Entebbe, 02 nights full board accommodation plus drinks, airstrip transfers and gorilla tracking transfers in private camp 4×4 vehicle (gorilla tracking in Buhoma), 01 gorilla tracking permit

Excludes: Premium drinks, additional gorilla permits (currently cost $700 but will increase to $800 starting July 2024), tips and gratuities

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DATES FROM DATES TO PER PERSON SHARING, PACKAGE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PACKAGE EXTRA NIGHT AT SANCTUARY GORILLA FOREST CAMP(ACCOMMODATION ONLY)
01-Oct-23 31-Oct-23 3929 USD 770 USD 770 USD
01-Nov-23 20-Dec-23 3334 USD NIL 495 USD
21-Dec-23 02-Jan-24 3929 USD 770 USD 770 USD
03-Jan-24 31-Mar-24 4009 USD 808 USD 810 USD
01-Apr-24 31-May-24 3379 USD NIL 495 USD
01-Jun-24 30-Jun-24 4009 USD 808 USD 810 USD
01-Jul-24 30-Sep-24 4121 USD 868 USD 885 USD
01-Oct-24 31-Oct-24 4009 USD 808 USD 810 USD
01-Nov-24 20-Dec-24 3379 USD NIL 495 USD
21-Dec-24 02-Jan-25 4009 USD 808 USD 810 USD

Prices: Tracker's Lodge

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Includes: Flights Mara-Entebbe, Entebbe-Kihihi-Entebbe, 02 nights full board accommodation plus drinks, airstrip transfers and gorilla tracking transfers in  4×4 vehicle (gorilla tracking in Buhoma), 01 gorilla tracking permit

Excludes: Premium drinks, additional gorilla permits (currently cost $700 but will increase to $800 starting July 2024), tips and gratuities

Please select your currency:
DATES FROM DATES TO PER PERSON SHARING, PACKAGE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PACKAGE EXTRA NIGHT AT TRACKER'S LODGE
01-Jan-24 29-Feb-24 3215 USD 533 USD 532 USD
01-Mar-24 31-May-24 3152 USD 500 USD 500 USD
01-Jun-24 31-Oct-24 3215 USD 533 USD 532 USD
01-Nov-24 30-Nov-24 3152 USD 500 USD 500 USD
01-Dec-24 31-Dec-24 3215 USD 533 USD 532 USD

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