The ultimate primate experience, trek through local villages and lush rainforests with the breathtaking reward of finding yourself in the company of a family of gorillas. One of Africa's major highlights, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the home to approximately half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas, the world's most endangered ape. A close encounter with these amazing animals is not soon forgotten. Admire a family of mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, have your bases covered with all national park and permit fees for gorilla tracking included, enjoy mixing an active wildlife adventure with the culture of Uganda.
Depart Kampala early in the morning and drive through magnificent countryside and tropical bamboo forest en route. Stop along the way at the equator for photographs and Mbarara for lunch before an afternoon arrival to Bwindi.
This tour departs Kampala at 7am. We strongly recommend arriving the day before as this trip does not include a night in Kampala.
The tour begins at 7am in the morning of Day 1 at your Kampala hotel (not included). Please be on time to meet your driver/guide at the front entrance of the hotel. A brief departure meeting will be held in the hotel reception area about general and specific aspects of the trip before setting off to Bwindi.
Meet and Greet Hotel Welcome Meeting07:00
On Day 1 of the tour, a G Adventures representative will meet you at the hotel to go over the details of the tour, providing a schedule, documentation/vouchers, and pick-up times for all included activities. The representative can also answer any questions about the tour or the general area.
Private Vehicle Kampala – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, 9h
Drive through beautiful scenery to Bwindi. Stop en route at the Equator.
Follow experienced guides trekking deep into the forest on the slopes of the volcanoes in search of a family of mountain gorillas for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bwindi’s Impenetrable Forest is a true African jungle. About half of the world’s mountain gorillas live here.
Ugandan authorities are fiercely protective of this natural treasure and permit only a maximum of 8 passengers per day (currently) to visit the gorillas.
Start with a short drive to the park headquarters and meet with your excellent local guides. The guides will provide a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. The trekking group will then head into the forest where the gorillas were the night before and track from that point. If desired, porters can be hired and will carry your personal items and assist you during the trek.
Private VehicleBwindi Impenetrable National Park
Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
Gorilla TrekkingBwindi Impenetrable National Park
Embark on a trek though the lush highland rainforest. (The length and difficulty of the hike will vary, depending on the location of the gorilla family.) Spend 1 hr observing (and often following) these beautiful and endangered creatures, a truly privileged experience. Watch as the gorillas go about their daily business, unconcerned about their admirers, grooming each other, eating bamboo shoots, lounging, and, often in the case of babies and juveniles, playing. It is truly amazing to observe how similar they are to their human cousins.
Porter Hire 20USD per person
Hire a local porter to carry your day pack throughout the trek, giving you more ease on your journey.(B)
Depart early for Kampala. Stop after the town of Mbarara at the Igongo Cultural Centre. Learn about western Uganda traditions and enjoy a traditional lunch. Arrive back in Kampala in the early evening. Tour ends on arrival.
Private VehicleBwindi Impenetrable National Park – Kampala, 8h
Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (B)
BDT 1,51,000 per person on twin sharing basis.
All national park fees and trekking permits. Equator stop. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park guided mountain gorilla trek. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
All countries require travellers to have a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity), and you are required to acquire the entry visas for each of the countries visited.
Please note that upon arrival by air to Entebbe, Uganda, you can obtain a visa for US$100 in $US cash (valid for those who would be permitted a Uganda visa while still in their own country). This visa is valid for 3 months with multiple entries/exits permitted to Tanzania and Kenya only.
This information is accurate at the time of writing, and please contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements and costs, regarding these, and the other countries visited, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation.
East Africa Tourist Visa
An East Africa Tourist Visa allows the holder to move freely between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with only one Visa, and is valid for a period of 90 days. It also acts as a multiple entry Visa, so if you leave any of the above countries, you do not need a new Visa to re-enter (provided it is within the 90 day validity period). These need to be applied for in advance, and you should contact the foreign Embassy (of the country you will be entering through) for more details. The cost is 100USD.
Such as laundry, beverages, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
Simple hotel (1 nt), permanent tented camp (2 nts).
My Own Room:
My Own Room – $149.00
If you’re travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.
There are no meals included as part of the itinerary for this trip. This gives you flexibility: your hotels will have a restaurant or you may inquire about a good local establishment. Part of the excitement of a G Adventures trip is the ability to try local dishes when possible. Your guide will advise you about pre-ordering a packed lunch for your day excursion.
Private minibus/safari vehicle, walking
7-seat 4×4 safari vehicle(s)
Land Transfers & Included Tours/activities: Many of the land transfers and included tours will be by private van, car or taxi, while others may be shared with other travellers depending on availability, nature of the activity and destination. For transfers, you may have a local non English-speaking driver only, for included tours, you will be accompanied by an English speaking local guide. Please note for your own safety it is mandatory to wear your seat belt at all times when in a vehicle.
For this tour, you will be lead by a local G Adventures Driver CEO. He will meet you in Kampala, and be your main group manager and contact during your trip. Our Driver CEO is there to lead your trip, assist you with any questions or concerns, and share with you his broad knowledge of the region. During both treks in Volcanoes National Park, we use an experienced and certified tracking guide, and armed guards to accompany you for your safety. We also use local guides for some included activities where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting.
Personal Thing to Take:
You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labeled and restricted to one soft compact suitcase, or sports bag, maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited. If desired, porters can be hired for USD20 and will carry your personal items and assist you during the trek. It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings, as well as a warm jacket for early morning game drives. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable.