4 days: Gorilla Tracking

This mini-break takes you to south western Uganda to see the amazing endangered mountain gorillas – a very special experience. Although the initial drive is quite long, there are plenty of interesting stops along the way including the equator. On your return, you will break the journey with an overnight visit to Lake Mburo national park with chances to see zebra, various antelope, giraffe, buffalo and hippo among others as well as a wide variety of birds. Also enjoy a boat ride on the lake – watch out for the crocodiles. All-in-all, an action-packed few days.

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  • Track, and then spend an hour with, a gorilla family
  • Enjoy abundant wildlife and spectacular views in the national park
  • Boat ride on Lake Mburo
  • Stop at the equator
Day 1: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable forest
08:00 am your guide will collect you from your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala and will remain with you throughout your safari. You will drive (approx 8 hours) to Bwindi, passing through the beautiful Ugandan countryside with plenty of breaks en route including one at the equator.
Day 2: Gorilla tracking
08:00 am After a short briefing at the park headquarters with your small group, your ranger will lead you through the tropical rainforest in search of your gorilla family. Join them for an hour, observing their behaviour in their natural habitat.
Day 3: Travel to Lake Mburo national park
Start your return journey by driving to Lake Mburo national park. After lunch, take an afternoon game drive in search of the animals. Relax and enjoy a sundowner by the side of the lake before settling in for the evening at your lodge.
Day 4: Boat ride and return to Entebbe/Kampala
Start your day with a leisurely boat ride along the lake shores where you may find hippos, crocodiles and lots of wonderful birds. Then have a last look for animals as you leave the park and make your way back to Entebbe/Kampala, stopping for lunch and perhaps shopping en route.

Note: this safari starts and ends in Entebbe/Kampala. Should you need it, we can arrange accommodation for you on the first and last nights, at extra cost.

Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Responsible tourism: where possible, we use locally owned accommodation with good environmental credentials.

Any of the activities below can be swapped for activities in this itinerary or you can extend this itinerary to add any of them. This may involve additional costs. We will be pleased to advise you about options and extensions.

 

  1. Take a short domestic flight from Entebbe to Bwindi (and return) if you prefer.
  2. You may prefer to arrive/depart from Kigali airport, Rwanda or book an open jaw flight, starting your safari from Entebbe and ending in Kigali.
  3. Please see our itineraries for longer wildlife and primate holidays.
  4. Please see our Entebbe & Kampala activities if you have more time in town

 

Guide price: USD 1,890 per person, based on 2 people travelling.

Price includes:

  • 1 gorilla tracking permit each
  • Full-board, non air-conditioned accommodation
  • Private safari vehicle with driver and fuel for this itinerary
  • All entrance and other fees for the activities included in the itinerary
  • Mineral water in transit
  • All government taxes

Price does not include:

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses: alcohol, laundry services and souvenirs
  • Tips (normally 5–10% and around $100 for your guide).

Why do we use guide prices?
The price for every safari depends on the number of people travelling, their ages, the time of year, whether or not international flights are included, the type of transport and accommodation used and the activities undertaken.

We calculate according to the specific dates of your booking because after we publish our itineraries some things may change. For example, hotels may increase their prices, the government may introduce new taxes or some discounts may become available. Unfortunately, we also have to pass on surcharges imposed on us by, for example, airlines when fuel prices or airport taxes are unexpectedly increased.

We would be happy to prepare a quotation, based on your requirements. We normally include most costs in the price so all you need to bring with you is ‘pocket money’ for items like drinks, tips and personal shopping e.g. souvenirs.

Insurance

AMREF flying doctors provide a medevac service in case of illness or injury during your safari. This costs $25pp for 31 days. We recommend this service and can include it in your package price.

Booking

Once you have selected one of our safari packages you need to send us a booking form. When we receive this we will check availability and inform you if any changes are necessary and issue an invoice for a 50% deposit plus the full cost of any tracking permits (in case of cancellation permit fees are non-refundable). Only once this payment is received can we guarantee availability and issue a booking confirmation. Full payment is required 70 days before travel.

Payments and cancellation

We charge in US dollars. Payment is by bank transfer into our Standard Chartered USD bank account in Uganda. You can also pay by credit card although there is a 5% administration charge. For those booking from within Uganda, cash payments are possible at our office.

When we book your safari, we have to pay non-refundable deposits on your behalf, for example to hotels. Therefore, we charge cancellation fees as follows:

30% of reservation costs if you cancel more than 50 days before your arrival date

100% of reservation costs if you cancel less than 50 days before your arrival date

We strongly recommend that you include cancellation cover in your travel insurance.

Disclaimer: We enter into an agreement with you in good faith but we sometimes encounter unexpected changes in local conditions which can affect your itinerary or price. These changes are beyond our control and we are not liable for them. While we endeavour to protect you against the effects of these changes, we reserve the right to amend the agreed itinerary and price in response to them. Such changes include but are not limited to weather conditions, road conditions, supplier price increases, fuel increases, government tax increases, supplier service changes e.g. cancellation of ferry services for river crossings or national park operations (track maintenance, animal translocations). We assure you that, we will always give you as much notice as possible of changes, suggest alternative plans and keep additional charges to a minimum.

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Accommodation

To help us select the right accommodation for your safari (and in the absence of a complete national hotel classification system e.g. 1*–5*) we use four levels: high-end, mid-range, budget and backpackers. These terms can mean different things to different people but are helpful to an extent.

Air-conditioned rooms are not available in all hotels. Where AC is available, there is usually an extra charge.

Some locations have a limited choice of accommodation and so, to stay there, you must accept what is available. Where possible we prefer to work with responsible accommodation providers. This means hotels and lodges which are locally owned, employ local staff, support their community and protect the local environment.

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Transport

As standard, we use a spacious 7-seat, 4×4 safari Land Cruiser, with pop-up roof, fridge and phone/camera charging facilities. This is the perfect safari vehicle.

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Alternatively, we offer a slightly cheaper 7-seater, 4×4 safari van with a pop-up roof.

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For large group tours we use small buses called Coasters. These usually seat around 28 people, including 5 jump (fold-down) seats in the aisle. They do not have a boot/trunk so luggage is carried on the back seats which reduces the seating capacity. The overhead luggage shelves are small and can only accommodate small bags. Therefore, we recommend you do not over pack.

All vehicles include a driver/guide and fuel for your itinerary. Additional activities, not included in your itinerary, may incur an additional fuel charge. Our vehicles are comprehensively insured, in good mechanical condition and have seat belts fitted.

Please let us know if you have any special travel requirements. For example, if your group has disabled members we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Fly-in safaris

Fancy a fly-in safari, hopping from one location to another by small plane? Or save time by travelling to one of the farther destinations on your itinerary by air instead of road? Domestic flights are available to a variety of locations in Uganda so you can visit all or some of the places in your itinerary by plane, enjoying stunning aerial views of the countryside and wildlife below.

Scheduled and charter flights are available. Scheduled flights have some limitations in terms of routings and days of operation and in some cases minimum numbers are required. We will be pleased to advise you if you wish to fly.

Note: The luggage limit on small aircraft is 15kg per person, including both hand and hold luggage.  This must be in soft bags not hard suitcases.

See our Responsible Tourism pages for information about our approach to tourism and advice on how to travel responsibly.

For general advice please see our travel advice webpage.

Specific advice for this safari

Permits are required to track gorillas. The minimum ages is 15 years.  Gorilla permits are limited to eight people per gorilla family.

Please read the information about primate tracking on our primates web page and remember to look at our suggested packing list.