Head deep into the magnificent Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Located in southwestern Uganda, its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of the country's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests. The purpose of your excursion will be to see wild mountain gorillas, one of the most endangered great ape species on the planet. Expert park rangers will guide you into the forest and help you interact with the gorillas in a responsible and environmentally-friendly way.


  • 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

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Entebbe, Transfer to Kampala 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 Return to Entebbe, Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kampala, Transfer to Kampala

Street in Kampala
Street in Kampala

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

Gorilla in the Bwindi forest
A gorilla in the Bwindi forest

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 on 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.

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Day 3: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi National Park

Young gorillas playing
Young gorillas playing

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: Return to Entebbe, Depart

Victoria Mall in Entebbe
Victoria Mall in 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. 

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Map of Uganda Mountain Gorilla Adventure: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - 4 Days
Map of Uganda Mountain Gorilla Adventure: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - 4 Days