4-Day Drive Gorilla Safari
Discover the Pearl of Africa by air! Enjoy a scenic flight over the lush green hills of Uganda and prepare yourself for an unforgettable meeting with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. With convenient departures from Entebbe International Airport and daily departures!
Your safari at a glance:
|Day||Destination / Activity||Accommodation||Meal Plan|
|1||Arrival in Entebbe||The Boma||-|
|2||Drive to Bwindi NP (Buhoma)||Mahogany Springs||B-L-D|
|3||Gorilla tracking||Mahogany Springs||B-L-D|
|4||Return drive to Entebbe||B|
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Day to day program
Day 1 >> Arrival
Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel (5-10 minutes). Overnight at The Boma Entebbe
Note: the airport pick up will be arranged by your hotel.
The Boma – Entebbe
This welcoming guesthouse is situated on the outskirts of Entebbe and only 5 to 10 minutes from Entebbe Airport. It is a tastefully restored colonial homestead consisting of comfortable bedrooms. Each of them is decorated along African themes and has their own private bathroom. A diners’ bar is set in a landscaped garden with lake views. The main house includes a private dining veranda and living room for overnight guests.
Day 2 >> Entebbe – Bwindi Forest NP (540km/9-10hrs drive)
After an early breakfast transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park the home of the endangered mountain gorillas. . While driving through a verdant countryside, you will pass traditional homesteads and enjoy panoramic views. Enjoy your Lunch en route arriving Bwindi in the afternoon/evening. Dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs. (B-L-D)
Bwindi National Park
Of the over 800 mountain gorillas worldwide, Bwindi National Park is home to almost half of the gorilla population. There is no better place for observing these gentle giants from a close distance! Thanks to the wildlife conservation program, the number of gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest only has increased from 300 to 400 in the recent years, which include nine different families that are habituated for tourism purposes. Apart from the famous residents, the dense forest hosts 9 other primates. There are different trails in the park, including the Munyanga River Trail and Waterfall Trail, leading through the pristine rain forest to three sparkling waterfalls.
Mahoghany Springs – Bwindi NP
Mahogany Springs is located at a 2 minutes’ drive from the headquarters in Buhoma. It offers eight individual bandas with 2 double beds, en-suite bathroom and a private terrace with panoramic views of the forest and surrounding land. The main building includes a craft shop, large bar area, relaxing lounge area with fireplace, restaurant and a large veranda.
Day 3 >> Gorilla tracking
Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants!
Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. However the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort!
Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that comes in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling by the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience!
Dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs. (B-L-D)
Day 4 >> Bwindi NP – Entebbe – Departure
Today we will depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and drive back to Entebbe with the morning flight. At Entebbe International Airport connect to your international flight. (B)<
* Timings may vary depending on aircraft routing.
* Low season includes April, May and November.
Included in the price:
- Airport transfer to/from Entebbe Airport (by hotel)
- Ground transport per private 4WD safari customised vehicle
- Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals as described in the itinerary
- AMREF Flying Doctors Insurance
- VAT for hotels and lodges outside Kampala
- International flight
- Visa (USD $50, available upon arrival)
- Gorilla permit
- Optional activities
- Meals and drinks not mentioned above
- Items of personal nature
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Prices are subject to change. Availability of accommodations and activities is not guaranteed; reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the requested deposit. Should any of the included accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute it with an alternative suitable accommodation, which might affect the final quoted price. For more clarity please consult the more detailed Terms & Conditions.