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Gorilla Tracking Tour

3 Day Uganda Tour - Budget Option

Journey into the highland rainforests of Uganda to track the rare mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Bwindi is a wildly diverse ancient rainforest, and protects around half of the world's population of Mountain Gorillas. Trust us, you’ll never forget your experience of meeting our highly endangered relatives!

From $990 PP

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Highlights

- Track rare mountain gorilla family.
- Views across the rainforest from your camp.

*Prices includes your gorilla tracking permit!

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Drive to the ancient rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable NP.
Day 2 - Track a mountain gorilla family in the rainforest.
Day 3 - Return to Kampala from Uganda's southwestern highlands.
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Day 1 - Heading to the highlands

You’ll be collected early to drive down to Bwindi Impenetrable NP from Kampala (or Entebbe). It's a long drive so settle back in your vehicle and enjoy the views. You’ll stop off at the equator as you pass into the southern hemisphere before passing by Lake Mburo NP (watch out for zebras by the side of the road) to reach Mbarara town. Here we'll have time to stop off for lunch before heading into the highlands and beautifully terraced hillsides of the south west of Uganda. Complete your journey by winding along murram roads to reach the rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable NP, reach your accommodation before dusk so you can enjoy the views across the rainforest.

Bwindi Impenetrable NP, protects an ancient rainforest. Image © Rachel Landman
Adult silverback mountain gorilla.
Image © Rachel Landman

Day 2 - Gorilla tracking

Experience Uganda’s greatest natural wonder, an intimate meeting with one of Bwindi Impenetrable NP’s gorilla families. Start early with an orientation from a Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers on tracking the gorillas, before they guide you through the rainforest. They’ll identify the local plants, birds and wildlife as well the general ecosystem of Bwindi Impenetrable NP for you. The trek length varies, depending on where the gorillas spent the night, ranging thirty minutes to six hours. Once you find these incredible creatures you will spend one hour with them. We think you’ll agree it’s one of the most magical experiences you can have with nature to see this unique family feed, socialise, nurse their young, patrol and display their prowess. After which make the return trek to your camp to spend a sedate evening unwinding to the sounds of the African rainforest.

Day 3 - Heading Home

Set off early from Bwindi Impenetrable NP to make the eight to nine hour drive back to Kampala (or Entebbe). So settle back and enjoy the ride as you descend from the highlands of Uganda back down to the plains and plantations by Lake Victoria. You’ll stop off along the way at Mbarara for lunch, at roadside markets you might like to explore and the equator. You’ll then arrive back in Kampala (or Entebbe) by early evening.

The highlands of south-western Uganda. Image © Rachel Landman
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Full Board Option

Our budget tour options do not include food. This is because some budget travellers prefer to take their own food with them in order to help manage their budgets. We can however add a ‘full board option’ on a per person basis if preferred.

If you would like to add a Full Board option to your tour, please contact us for more information.

Highland Lakes

Whether you’re tracking gorillas or hiking volcanoes you’ll want some time to relax on your travels. You can’t get much better then spending some time at Uganda’s highlands lakes. Here you can paddle canoes around the sparkling ‘lake of little birds’ and discover the islands and history of Lake Bunyonyi. Or you can relax, swim and bird watch at Lake Mutanda with its volcano panorama of the Virunga mountains including Mt. Muhavura, Mt. Gahinga and Mt. Sabyinyo which mark the Uganda / Rwanda / DRC border.

If you would like to add this destination to your tour, please contact us for more information.

Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda’s most popular savannah park, Queen Elizabeth National Park is bursting with highlights. From explosion-crater lakes, tree-climbing lions, elephants, game herds, boat safaris and chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge’s sunken rainforest. Adding this park to your itinerary gives you a real feel of Uganda’s savannah and rainforest in one destination.

If you would like to add this destination to your tour, please contact us for more information.

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4×4 Supercustom

This tour is based on using a Supercustom. On safari in Uganda, you need vehicles that you can rely on, vehicles with as much comfort as we can provide to make your journey a happy one! The 4x4 Toyota Supercustom is a practical option for group safaris as they offer space, comfort and are reliable vehicles. Each vehicle can comfortably seat eight clients as well as a driver and an extra seat for when we hire additional guides and rangers. They perform well off-road and have pop-top roofs for that intimate experience with nature in the parks. As a conscientious business, we chose this vehicle, as it is kind to the environment; running on diesel with low consumption. This is therefore our standard touring vehicle.

Please note this tour is based on your being collected and dropped off in either Kampala or Entebbe. For other locations please contact us for a quote.

Upgrade Option – Landcruiser with pop top

Some clients simply prefer a Landcruiser on their safari! They are after all the conventional way to travel on safari. Like the Super Custom, they offer comfort and reliability. They offer more intimacy for small groups of two to four clients and are optimal for single travellers. With their pop-up roof hatches, they give you up-close and personal interactions with nature.

For price quote please see "Prices Tab". Please note prices are based per car hired and on pick up and drop in Kampala or Entebbe. For other locations please contact us.

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Foreign Uganda Residents Discount: -$100 Per Person

East African Citizens Discount: -$520 Per Person

Land Cruiser Pop Top: +$180 Per Group

This Tour Includes

N.B. We use the following abbreviations in our list of what is included in this tour.
NP = National Park
SC = Self Contained (private toilet and shower)
NSC = Non Self Contained (communal toilets and showers)
UWA = Uganda Wildlife Authority

Full time use of a private vehicle (as per your itinerary)
A Full-Time Private Driver/Guide
Fuel for your entire journey (with an allowance for any necessary detours)
Accommodation (please view TripAdvisor links in itinerary for impartial ratings)
- 2 nights at Buhoma Community Camp (dormitory, NSC)
Breakfast on days 2 & 3.
Bottled Drinking Water (1.5 liters per person, per day in your vehicle)
All Activities
- Gorilla tracking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP)
Wildlife & Tracking Permits
- Gorilla Tracking Permit x 1 (UWA)
Park & Vehicle Fees
- Bwindi Impenetrable NP x 1 day (Park Entry, Driver Entry, Vehicle Entry)
Specialist Guides and Rangers
- Gorilla tracking guide (UWA)
Collection from and drop-off at your desired location (in Kampala or Entebbe)
Lodging & food for your guide/driver (same lodge premises as you, where possible)
A dedicated Tours Manager based in Kampala in daily contact with your Driver/Guide and on call, 24/7 in case of an emergency.

This Tour Excludes

Items marked ‘(*for an additional cost)’
Additional meals (full board option available on request)
Alcohol (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
Laundry (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
Souvenirs & items of a personal nature
Personal Insurance
International or Domestic Flights
Visas (refer to your embassy)
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