- Explore the bustling streets of Kampala, the capital of Uganda
- Get close to wild mountain gorillas in their natural habitat
- See gorillas playing, sleeping, and feeding within mere feet of you
- Support conservation efforts by fueling the eco-tourism economy
- Enjoy mountain views as you road trip through western Uganda
|Day 1||Welcome to Uganda!||Kampala|
|Day 2||Transfer to Bwindi National Park||Bwindi Impenetrable National Park|
|Day 3||Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi National Park||Bwindi Impenetrable National Park|
|Day 4||Transfer Back to Entebbe|
Day 1: Welcome to Uganda!
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, your guide will meet you and help you transfer to your accommodation.
Spend your first day in beautiful Uganda—often called "The Pearl of Africa"—resting and preparing for a trip full of thrilling adventures.
If you feel like you don't need rest, you can take the afternoon and/or evening to explore the capital city of Kampala. Visit the Uganda Museum and the Lubiri Palace, or simply walk around the busy streets.
Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi National Park
Get ready for the start of your gorilla adventure! In the morning, you'll depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site is considered one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the entire world. Its rainforest is over 25,000 years old, and contains almost 400 species of plants. It is also the best place in the planet to see wild mountain gorillas.
There are only about 800 wild mountain gorillas left worldwide. Of those, 400 reside in Bwindi! A visit to the national park—especially one focused on meeting these great apes—can help conservation efforts.
Besides gorillas, the region provides shelter for another 120 species of mammals, including several primates such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes.
Day 3: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi National Park
Rise bright and early for a gorilla tracking adventure! Before beginning the trek, park rangers will brief the group to ensure your safety and that of the great apes. The trek usually takes three to six hours. We recommend bringing a good pair of walking boots or shoes.
The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the (sometimes) thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search for gorillas. As part of anti-poaching efforts, the apes are under 24-hour monitoring, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them!
Once you have located a gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings on the side, and approach the gentle giants with only your camera. It is advised that you keep within 23ft (7m) of the apes to reduce the risk of transmitting human diseases to them. This also helps guides interpret the animals' behavior and easily retreat if danger is perceived.
You will be able to see the families in their natural environment: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping. The gorillas are usually quite curious to see humans as well! You'll be allowed exactly one hour with the apes before returning to base.
Day 4: Transfer Back to Entebbe
It is time to say goodbye to the forest and head back north. You will be transferred directly to Entebbe International Airport, where your guide will help you check-in.
We hope you've enjoyed this incredible gorilla adventure!