Uganda Gorilla Fly-In

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Uganda Gorilla Fly-In

Highlights Include:

  • Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Up close encounters with endangered mountain gorillas
  • Fully customizable & the perfect addition to any of our safaris
  • Cultural experiences that highlight local people and their way of life
Tour Details

From: $2,880 per person | Single supplement on request

4 days

2021 Departures: Daily
January 1 – March 31, from $3,100 per person
April 1 – May 31, from $2,880 per person
June 1 – October 31, from $3,200 per person
November 1 – 30, from $2,980 per person
December 1 – 31, from $3,200 per person

This 4-day extension takes you to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, where you have the opportunity to trek endangered mountain gorillas. While trekking you might also see smaller primate species and regional, endemic birds. Back at your accommodation, you can enjoy some of the many activities available to you, including nature walks, planting trees, touring the vegetable garden where the lodge grows their freshest ingredients, and meeting the Batwa tribe. Multiple days of gorilla trekking can be arranged (first permit is included) and your stay in Uganda can be extended to explore other areas, such as Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Victoria.

Itinerary
This is a sample itinerary. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.

Day 1Arrive Entebbe, Uganda

Upon arrival at Entebbe airport, you will clear customs and immigration and then you will be met by a representative outside the baggage hall area and be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight at The Boma Entebbe

Day 2Experience Bwindi Impenetrable Forest | Meals: B L D

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Entebbe Airport for a scheduled flight to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You will be met on arrival and transferred to Mahogany Springs Lodge in time for lunch. The afternoon is a leisure for taking part in any optional activities (some at extra cost). Dinner will be provided at the camp/lodge. Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge

Day 3Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest | Meals: B L D

After breakfast you will be taken on a short drive to the park headquarters where you will begin your gorilla trekking experience. This generally takes and entire day and you will return to your camp/lodge in the late afternoon. A late lunch will be provided and the rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge

Gorilla Trekking
Well-trained guides lead you to the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from there the tracking begins. The gorillas, whose continuous search for food requires a nomadic lifestyle, determine the duration of the hike. The trek can take between one and six hours, sometimes more, at elevations in excess of 7,500 feet and over rough terrain.

Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is invigorating, and the beauty of the forest and its inhabitants is fascinating. When the gorillas are encountered, any fatigue is quickly forgotten. Observing a wild gorilla family in its natural habitat and on its terms is considered by many naturalists to be the most profound natural history experience in the world. Few who have had this rare privilege would disagree. It is important to recognize that these gorillas have only recently been habituated to tourists.

Their curiosity is obvious, but they have only begun to grow accustomed to humans. Each strictly-regulated 60-minute visit passes all too quickly, and you depart leaving the gorillas to their fragile existence.

After time with the gorillas, you return to camp with unforgettable memories of a rare and wondrous experience. If the gorilla groups are relatively close, you’ll also have the chance to hike nearby forest trails to obtain a better understanding of the forest and its other inhabitants. These hikes provide the opportunity to observe smaller primate species and regional, endemic birds.

Day 4Depart Entebbe, Uganda | Meals: B

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for the morning scheduled flight to Entebbe. You will be met on arrival and assisted to connect to your departure flight.

Included
Not Included
  • Three nights’ accommodation
  • Transfers as indicated, including return flight Entebbe-Bwindi
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Beverages (except premium brands)
  • One gorilla trekking permit (USD $700 per person, per trek)
  • All park fees and government taxes
  • Laundry
  • Flights to/from Uganda and related taxes
  • Travel insurance (emergency medical & evacuation coverage required)
  • Fees for passports, visas, or health vaccinations
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Second gorilla trekking permit (USD from $770)
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature such as spa services, internet, phone, etc.
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