Impenetrable Forest in search of the mountain gorillas. Then proceed to Lake Mburo National Park, An attractive acacia-dotted savannah home to huge herds of impala, as well as uncommon topi, eland, klipspringer and other antelope. Zebra and buffalo also graze these peaceful acres and the lake also supports a wonderful diversity of birds. Bwindi
Impenetrable Forest is the last place on earth where you
can find the near extinct Mountain Gorillas.
Where as the total number of mountain gorillas in the world is estimated to be between 650 to 700 individuals, Uganda's Bwindi impenetrable forest national park boasts of more than a half. Bwindi in east Africa was and has been the main place of seeing these giant apes during Rwanda's troubled years but these days Parc National des Volcanoes is also drawing visitors in numbers again. Abacus African Vacations a local tour operator has also started taking a good number of visitors to the bordering Congo for other families of gorillas.
Mgahinga National park of Uganda had oneamily habituated gorillas but they have crossed to the other side of the country
So Gorilla safaris to that park are temporarily suspended. If you intend to gorilla tracking safari to Mgahinga National park, seek information from Uganda wild life Authority or get in touch with us for the update.
A minimum of three days are required to visit and track the gorilla. the first day is of driving and the second day is the day of tracking and the third day is for driving again back to Kampala or Entebbe. The Uganda tour operators listed here can give you better tour itineraries for visiting these surviving mountain gorillas. Gorilla Tracking Permits in Uganda:
Non residents pay USD 375; East African Residents pay USD 355
The cost includes park fees and guides fees
The same prices apply to the gorilla tracking permits to Rwanda. While Congo gorilla permit is at USD 340
Its strongly advisable to book gorilla permits several months prior to your visit: There are currently four gorilla families habituated for tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and these are Mubare(M),Habiyanja(H),Rushegura® and Nkuringo(N)
Only 32 tourists per day are allowed to track gorillas. 24 in Bwindi and 8 in Nkuringo gorillas family on the side of Kisolo.
Gorilla trekking is the most memorable experience you will ever experience in a life time!! By visiting these wonderful primates,you are giving them a chance to live and you are also supporting the surrounding community.
Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park still functions as an important base for international research; biologists come and go, some studying the gorillas, and some focusing on other aspects of the environment and its wildlife.
To inquire on the availability of a gorilla permit contact us.
Departures: Daily, minimum 2 persons.
Day 1: Bwindi
Depart Kampala in the morning driving south with stops at the craft village at the Uganda Equator for pictures and shopping. After lunch at the Lakeview hotel in Mbarara, proceed through the beautiful evergreen mountain country referred to as the "Little Switzerland". Arrive Bwindi
Impenetrable Forest late afternoon/early evening. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp.
Approx Transit time: 8 - 10 hrs
Day 2: Day 1 of Gorillas in Bwindi
After breakfast and briefing by park ranger guides, depart with picnic lunch boxes to start a 30 minutes - 8 hours trek to find the Mountain gorillas. The tracking starts at the area where the gorillas were the previous day. After a full hour with the gorillas, return to Gorilla Forest Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Day 2 of Gorillas in Bwindi
With picnic lunch, take a second chance tracking the gorillas. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp
Day 4: Lake Mburo National Park
Transfer to Mbarara for lunch before heading into the Lake Mburo National Park for an afternoon game viewing. Game in the park includes Zebra, Impala, Eland, Topi, Hippo and a variety of woodland bird species. Dinner and overnight at Mantana Mburo Tented Camp, situated on a small hill overlooking the lake.
Approx Transit time: 6½ hrs
Day 5: Kampala
Another morning game drive in the park until lunch time. Depart after lunch for Kampala. End of services.
Approx Transit time: 6 hrs