3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari

This 3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an affordable Uganda Bwindi gorilla trekking safari that can be undertaken by budget, mid-range or luxury travellers to Uganda all year round.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has been proudly named “The Ultimate Gorilla Experience,” because of its gorilla population. It is a stunning tour destination and also the world’s largest mountain gorilla population host situated in southwestern Uganda just at the edge of the rift valley. That alone makes it so far the best place for 3 days gorilla trekking safari in sub-Saharan Africa. It is recognized as a Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its diverse unique ecosystems.

Your 3 days gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park will explore you to the oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest, it is not only covered with the great apes but also several scenic trails and a diverse number of species of mammals like chimpanzees, butterflies, amazing bird species, species of geckos, chameleons, frogs and lots of unique flora such as vines, mahogany, ferns, and bamboo plant species. It also home for the endemic giant forest fern.

3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari
  • Day 1: Transfer or drive from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. There will be a brief stop at the equator line for photography.
  • Day 2: Undertake Mountain Gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. About 6-8 hours trekking time, with 7 other trekkers in a group and a maximum of 1 hour in the presence of the Mountain Gorillas. 
  • Day 3: Transfer/drive back to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport.

Transportation options on your 3 days gorilla trekking safari

By Road

Using a 4×4 vehicle from Entebbe international airport to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is approximately 499km which takes about 8 – 9 hours. You can also use Kampala – Fortportal – Kasese via the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Ishasha for climbing lions then later connect to Rukungiri – Kihihi to Kanyantorogo then branch off to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

By Air

Chartered planes can be booked from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip to Kihihi Airstrip. It is about1hr 49mins flight by Aero link to the Park. After meeting your Uganda safari driver who will double as your guide, your Bwindi gorilla trekking safari will proceed with a scenic drive along the highway in your earlier preferred safari vehicle which provides stunning viewpoints as you journey through the beautiful regions and diverse landscape of Uganda while heading for the gorilla safari adventure. Bwindi forest park is the single mountain gorilla natural habitat with the highest population of the elusive species and a natural forest that rewards trekkers with lifelong jungle memories.

What to pack on your 3 days Gorilla Trekking Safari

  • Jungle boots.
  • Heavy jackets.
  • Rain gears.
  • Light clothes.
  • Hand gloves in case of stinging insects.
  • Head cap.
  • Binoculars(optional) for bird watchers.
  • Insect repellant.

Day 1: Have an early breakfast before setting off on your adventure from Entebbe international airport or Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for your 3 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari. A professional Uganda safari guide from wild jungle trails will meet you for a transfer to the Park. For the almost 550km drive to Bwindi National Park, you will be driven on a 4×4 wheel safari vehicle on a fairly tarmacked road along Kampala- Masaka- Mbarara-Kabale highway.

Along Kampala – Masaka highway, there will be a stopover at the Equator line in Kayabwe for a photo moment and geographical experiments on how water swirls in opposite directions in the Northern and Southern hemispheres at the Equator line.

Continuing to the southern hemisphere for your Uganda gorilla tour, you have lunch en route at Mbarara town. Driving further to western Uganda, the rolling terraced hills of kigezi highlands and the long-horned Ankole cattle are part of what will constitute your scenic drive. On arrival at your preferred accommodation facility, your driver-guide ensures check-in for dinner and a night’s rest at the hotel or lodge. This will mark the end of your first-day gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi.

Drive Time: 8-10 hours
Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation Options: LuxuryBuhoma Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge, MidrangeSilverback Lodge/Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, BudgetBuhoma Community Camp/Gorilla Valley Lodge

Day 2: This is your long-awaited day for the Uganda Mountain Gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi forest. After early morning breakfast, your Uganda safari driver guide will pick you up from the accommodation facility for a drive to the gorilla trekking sector headquarters. At the headquarters, briefing on the tracking etiquette starts before 8:00 am local time. During the briefing, a total of 8 tourists are allocated a single gorilla family to trek according to fitness levels.

Each gorilla safari Uganda trekker then receives a trekking stick and heads to the jungle in company of the park rangers and guides, Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is unpredictable because of the movement behaviors of the gorillas and therefore the activity lasts about 6-8 hours. These hours are spent in search of the gorillas however only 1 hour has spent the presence of these gentle giants. At the end of this memory-filled 1 hour, you return to the park headquarters where you receive a Uganda gorilla trekking tour certificate. Later after that, you meet with your safari driver-guide for a drive to your lodging facility.

Besides the gorillas, Bwindi forest is also rich in a variety of African civet and the African golden cats, butterflies, endemic bird species, monkeys such as the red-tailed, Le’host, blue and black and white colobus monkeys, forest hogs, duikers, flowering plant species such as the brown mahogany which is a threatened plant species in the Park and so much more which you will sight as you take your nature walks through the scenic trails of the mighty jungle while on your 3 gorilla trekking safari.

Accommodation Options: LuxuryBuhoma Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge, MidrangeSilverback Lodge/Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, BudgetBuhoma Community Camp/Gorilla Valley Lodge

Day 3: After a beautiful night in the foothills of the gorilla land, you embark on the road drive back to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport for a departure flight. You will have lunch en route and can purchase any craft materials at several souvenir shops along the way to always remind you of your Bwindi gorilla trekking safari. Our Wild Jungle Trails Uganda safari guide ensures you get to your preferred end of 3 days gorilla trekking safari destination safely.

3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari Includes

  • Uganda gorilla trekking safaris permit.
  • Accommodation and meals.
  • A 4×4 safari vehicle.
  • Acknowledgeable English speaking driver guide.
  • Bottled drinking water.

3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari Excludes

  • International flights.
  • Visas.
  • Laundry, Tips, Extra meals and drinks like alcohol.

Extra activities not included in the itinerary

Other activities on your 3 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari may include

  • Cultural tours like visiting the community of the Batwa(pygmies)culture and learn how they used to light the fire using sticks.
  • A chance to visit the Buhoma Kisizi waterfalls in the thick rainforest.
  • A visit to Lake Bunyonyi which is the second deepest lake in Africa.

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