Mountain Gorilla Rwanda

Gorilla Tour in Uganda

The Bwindi forest is a very thick lush tropical forest on steep sided slopes and so tracking the mountain gorilla can be a lot harder going than in Rwanda. It is far more challenging because of the hills and can take anywhere between 3 and 10 hours in total, from start to finish. On the odd occasion, one is lucky enough to find the gorilla quickly, particularly if they are on the lower slopes. Access to the Nkuringo group is on a very steep trail.

The Gorillas in Uganda, live in the areas of Bwindi which has four habituated families with 32 permits now available per day. Three of the families are in Buhoma, namely Mubare, Habinyanja, and Rushegura and one in Nkuringo, called the Nkuringo group. This particular group, is difficult to track.

Safari Overview

Day-1: Arrival at Entebbe and drive to Mbarara

Day-2: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day-3: Interaction with the Mountain Gorillas

Day-4: Drive to Mbarara

Day-5: Depart

Uganda Gorilla Tour Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrival at Entebbe airport and transfer to Kampala for lunch before departing to Mbarara. We will drive through the Equator, Masaka, and then continue to Mbarara town. Detailed briefing. Dinner and overnight at Lake View Hotel. .

Day-2: After early breakfast we will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP, home of the endangered mountain gorilla. We will stop on the way to have our packed/picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp or Lake Kitandara Safari Camp.

Day-3: After an early morning breakfast, we will be transferred to the national park headquarters for a briefing by the guides before departing on the hike in search for the Great Mountain Gorillas. The excursion in a thick rainforest and the interaction with the mountain ape, provide a wonderful life experience. After returning to the lodge, have the rest of the day free for relaxing. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp or Lake Kitandara Safari Camp.

Day-4: After an early breakfast we will depart to Mbarara. We will pass Ntungamo, and we will stop to have our packed/picnic lunch. Mbarara district is known for the Ankhole cattle (long horns. Dinner and overnight at Lake View Hotel.

Day-5: After breakfast we will depart to Kampala. We will pass Masaka and the Equator before arriving to Uganda's capital city. After lunch you will be transferred to Entebbe airport for your departure flight.

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Gorilla Rwanda Safari

Mountain Gorilla Permits

Gorilla tracking permits are limited to 8 permits per gorilla family per day. In Rwanda, 56 permits are available per day and in Uganda, 32. Mgahinga has 8 per day. Gorilla permits currently cost $500 per permit.

Permits cannot be reserved and as such, have to be bought and paid in full on date of booking. As such, there may be 24 permits available for a specific date when you make an enquiry and the next day, all permits may be sold.

As such, once you have decided on your date of tracking, if permits are available we will request full payment for the permit. If by the time the funds are cleared the permits have been sold out, we will give a full refund. Once the permit is bought and secured, there is a 100% cancellation penalty.

Gorilla Tour in Uganda
Duration 5 Days
Best time Jan - Feb, June to October
Sleeping Tents, Lodges

Mountain Gorilla Permits

Trek Grade: 1A
A combination of long days with steep paths and some mountain scrambling. The route follows reasonable paths through thick vegetation, up hillsides, slippery shale surfaces. Snow or rain may be encountered along the route. There is no need for technical climbing equipment. Altitude levels up to and around to 4200m. Medium risk of altitude sickness. No need for porters. Use of a daypack only.

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Dates and Costs

All of these tours are arranged on a private basis.
Prices vary based on the number of people and class of accommodation

For current prices please contact us

Gorilla Rwanda Safari

Price includes
Airport Transfers
All Meals mentioned
Bottled mineral water while travelling
Transport in 4x4 safari vehicle
English speaking guide/driver.
National Parks' entrance fees and Gorilla Permits

Prices excludes
International flights and associated taxes
Drinks (sodas, beer, wine, spirits...)
Ugandan and Rwandan visas if required
Mandatory Medical and travel insurance.
Tips for baggage and porterage
Items of a person nature
Any other concept not indicated as included

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