Visit the last of the majestic mountain gorillas with us. Our 3 day gorilla safari will take you into the impenetrable depths of the gorilllas’ habitat in Bwindi forest in the south west of Uganda.
With roughly 800 mountain gorillas left in the world, tracking and seeing them in the wild is something only a few people will ever have the chance to experience! About 450 mountain gorillas inhabit an extinct volcanic region called the Virunga Range along the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in East Africa. The other 350 or so mountain gorillas inhabit a nearby area of Bwindi in Uganda, a thick rainforest.
Early in the morning, our guide will pick you from your hotel and set off for Bwindi in the South West of Uganda. The first part of the journey takes you through central Uganda crossing the equator in Mpigi district on to Masaka then Lyantonde via Lake Mburo National Park . Following a stop in Mbarara for lunch you continue on to the last stretch through a gradually rising beautiful landscape of rolling hills fetching up in the picturesque highlands of Kigezi, famously nicknamed “The Switzerland of Africa“. Arriving at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the early/late evening, you’ll check into the Silverback Lodge.
Following a hearty breakfast, you will receive a briefing from the park guides on the dos and don’ts and then you’ll venture off into the forest. Tracking gorillas is an exhilarating experience taking you deep into the thick jungle and requires a modest level of physical fitness as it can take anywhere from 2-4 hours to find the gorillas. Once you have found the gorillas, you’ll be able to spend up to one hour with them! It is always best to hear from other visitors, and this is Stella and Trudy’s story:
“At a distance of about fifteen feet a mountain gorilla with her baby appears. She comes out of the bushes, looks at me and lies down. My presence does not seem to bother her. She just wants to rest, whether I am there or not. I can almost touch her. My heart dances with joy. I am in a good position to take pictures, so I let my camera do its work. It is the thrill of a lifetime. I cannot but agree with the American zoologist George Schaller, the first to study gorillas in the Virunga volcanoes, who once said: ‘No one who looks into the eyes of a gorilla, gentle and vulnerable, can remain unchanged.”
In the afternoon you’ll take a walk, with a guide, to visit the surrounding communities. You’ll meet and interact with the locals and immerse yourself in some of the traditional pastimes like cultural dances and story telling. Returning to the lodge late in the day and settle in for a quiet evening, dinner and a good night’s sleep.
After breakfast you will travel back to Kampala. On the way back to the city you will have lunch in Mbarara town, and after Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photos, buy souvenirs and have tea or coffee. We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite, hotel or location of your choice in Kampala.
Accomodation at Silverback Lodge
Notes & Extras
This 3 day gorilla safari includes the following:
Please carry with you the following;