GRAND GORILLA TOUR

In South western Uganda at the edge of the western Great Rift Valley, hugging the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, lies Bwindi Forest. Theatrical mountain formations are swathed in 331 square kilometers of the thick tropical forest that earned the name ‘Bwindi Impenetrable’. Deep in the undergrowth, we encounter families of mountain gorillas in the intimacy of their own home. Almost every visitor of this secluded habitat describes the meeting as a moving, near spiritual experience never to be forgotten.

3 DAYS | 2 NIGHTS

Safari Highlights

  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Equator Experience
  • Batwa Cultural encounter

Itinerary

Day 1: Into the Impenetrable Forest

After your breakfast, you will be picked up by your safari guide/driver to begin your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park with a brief stop at Uganda Equator for a cup of coffee and a chance to look through the many craft markets for a few souvenirs/gifts, followed by another stop for Lunch in Mbarara. We traverse the rolling hills of the southwestern landscape on our way to Bwindi Forest National Park, where we check into our booked Lodge in time for dinner.

Accommodation: Haven Lodge

Meal Plan: Half-Board

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking – Batwa Cultural Experience

After a briefing, we venture into Bwindi Forest on foot and enter a world suspended outside of time. The undergrowth thrives with diverse plants, mammals, and birds. It may be minutes or hours before we come upon a gorilla family, but when we finally do, the encounter sweeps us into a timeless moment. We watch the juveniles play as the impressive adults groom and keep a sly but watchful eye on their human visitors, and in this moment a feeling of kinship rises to close the gap that grew between us and our primate relatives over millennia. We descend, elated and arrested in a timeless moment to be told and retold for years to come. Return to the lodge to catch your breath before your next hard adventure with the Batwa people, also known as the pygmies that originated from the Ituri forest of Congo.

Accommodation: Haven Lodge

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 3: Return to Entebbe/Kampala

Check out of the safari lodge after breakfast and exit Bwindi impenetrable to begin your journey to Kampala with lunch en-route at Igongo Cultural Center. As we cross the equator, back into the northern hemisphere, we feel the distance of the impenetrable forest, but our memories linger close by, accompanying us on our journey home.

Meal Plan: Half-Board

Inclusive

  • All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle
  • Park entrance fees
  • Gorilla permit ($600 permit)
  • Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide
  • Water while on safari
  • All airport pick-ups and drops
  • All activities at stipulated in the itinerary
  • And all government taxes/levies.

Exclusive

  • Phone calls and bar bills
  • Personal insurance
  • Air fare
  • All other services of a personal nature
  • Driver guide’s gratuity
  • No accommodation on day 3 though it can be arranged at an extra cost
  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary

Terms and conditions

* The mentioned rates are in US dollars and subject to change.

* The high season period includes January, February, June, July, August, September and December.

* The low season period includes March, April, May, October and November.

* Availability of accommodation, permits and activities is not guaranteed until confirmation by your contact person at Bushman Safaris. Permits are sold on ‘first come first serve’ basis.

* Gorilla permits can only be secured after receiving the requested deposit.