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3-Day Bwindi Gorilla Trek from Entebbe/Kampala

Bwindi 3-Day Gorilla Trek Adventure – As you might have read before, Uganda harbors over half of the remaining endangered mountain gorillas in the world in its forests of Bwindi.

This 3-Day Bwindi gorilla trek from Entebbe/Kampala will reward you with a short, memorable gorilla trekking encounter with these primates in the impenetrable forests of Bwindi.

If you need an experience with Uganda gorillas that begins from Entebbe or Kampala, this package is for you.

The tour can begin from Kampala or Entebbe depending on where you spend your night.

Please note that the journey from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is 8 – 9 hours, as opposed to the 4-hour drive from Kigali in Rwanda.

The good side is you will be able to visit the Equator and explore Uganda’s countryside as you drive to Bwindi.

Mountain Gorilla Conservation

3-Day Bwindi Tour Highlights

  • Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi and Batwa Community Walk
  • Day 3: Transfer back to Kampala & End of Trip

Detailed 3 Days Gorilla Tracking Bwindi Itinerary

2 Days Bwindi Gorilla Trekking from Kigali in Rwanda

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park

On this first day of your 3-day gorilla trekking Bwindi tour, rise to an early breakfast, get picked up by a guide from our company, and drive towards southwestern Uganda, where Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located.

We shall have a brief stopover at the Equator for some brief photography moments and coffee, have lunch en route at Igongo Cultural Center in Mbarara, then proceed with our final drive to Bwindi Forest, where we shall arrive in the evening, have dinner, relax, and rest.

  • Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge (Budget) / Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (Mid-Range) / Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Luxury)
  • Meals & Drinks: Lunch & Dinner (Breakfast not included) Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
  • Driving Time: Approximately 8 hours

Day 2: Mountain Gorilla Trekking and Batwa Community Walk

This is the best day of your Uganda tour.

After an early morning breakfast, we shall rush to the park headquarters to catch up with the 7:30 am briefing meeting before we make our way into the impenetrable forests of Bwindi in search of Mountain Gorillas.

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park should take 2 – 8 hours, depending on how long it takes for your group to locate the gorillas, including a full hour of an encounter with these primates.

You shall then return to your lodge for lunch and head for an afternoon cultural experience with the Batwa Pygmies.

  • Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge (Budget) / Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (Mid-Range) / Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Luxury)
  • Meals & Drinks: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
  • Optional Activity: Batwa Community Walk ($30 Per Person)

Day 3: Transfer back to Kampala

On the third day of your 3-day Bwindi gorilla safari, we shall embark on another 8 – 9-hour drive to Kampala to catch up with your flight back home.

We shall have lunch in Mbarara (Igongo Cultural Center), stop over at the equator for another photography moment, then drive straight to Entebbe International Airport for an evening airport drop-off.

This marks the end of your End of 3 days Uganda gorilla trekking from Entebbe/Kampala tour.

  • Main Destination: Entebbe/Kampala
  • Meals & Drinks: Breakfast, Lunch & Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
  • Driving Time: Approximately 8 hours

Included in this 3-Day Bwindi Gorilla Trek:

  • Gorilla trekking permits
  • Boat cruises on Lake Bunyonyi
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • Park Entry fees
  • Environmental fees
  • Government taxes
  • 4X4 dust-proof safari vehicle & Fuel
  • Full-time English speaking driver/guide
  • Bottled mineral water while on safari (all days)
  • All meals as per the itinerary

Not Included in this 3-Day Bwindi Gorilla Trek:

  • All optional activities as indicated
  • Tips
  • Visa fees
  • Air tickets
  • All items of personal nature like laundry, phone calls, beer, e.t.c
  • Anything else not included in the itinerary

Gorilla Trekking Rules

  1. A maximum of only eight people are allowed to visit a habituated gorilla family in a day. This reduces the risk of behavioral disturbances to the gorillas.
  2. Do not litter the park or forest. Whatever you bring with you to the forest should be taken back with you, no matter how small.
  3. Keep your voices low while trekking mountain gorillas. Shouting or making noise is not allowed.
  4. Maintain a distance of 7 meters while observing gorillas. This keeps the group relaxed and undisturbed. However, if gorillas come close to you, you can interact with them freely.
  5. Tourists must stay close to each other while observing gorillas. You will not be allowed to scatter all over.
  6. Always wash your hands thoroughly before heading to trek mountain gorillas.
  7. Do not smoke, eat, or drink in the presence of mountain gorillas, as this could increase their risk of diseases due to droplets or passive smoking.
  8. In case of a gorilla charge, follow the guide’s instructions, such as not looking gorillas directly in the eyes. Crouch down slowly and never attempt to run away.
  9. When photographing gorillas, move slowly and carefully. Flash cameras should be turned off, as they scare gorillas.
  10. Visitors are not allowed to touch gorillas. They are wild animals.
  11. After finding and observing the gorilla group, keep your voices down until you are about 200 meters away from the group.
  12. The maximum time you can spend with mountain gorillas is 1 hour. If gorillas feel disturbed, the guide might end the visit early. For gorilla habituation, you will spend up to 4 hours.
  13. If you are carrying a contagious disease, you will not be allowed to visit mountain gorillas. Please volunteer to stay behind if the warden doesn’t notice your disease to avoid transmitting it to gorillas. Gorillas do not have the necessary immunity to fight diseases, and one sick gorilla could endanger the entire family.
  14. If you need to relieve yourself while in the forest, the guide will dig a hole at least 30cm deep for you. Cover the hole when you’re done.
  15. If you feel like sneezing or coughing while with mountain gorillas, turn your head away from their direction to minimize the risk of disease transmission.
  16. Children under the age of fifteen years will not be allowed to trek mountain gorillas.
  17. Gorillas live on the slopes of mountains, so bring along good hiking boots for steep muddy slopes, raincoats, warm clothing, socks, and garden gloves, as the weather can be unpredictable, and rain may fall.
  18. Trekking gorillas can take many hours, so carry packed lunch, energy snacks, and drinking water.
  19. The best time for trekking mountain gorillas is during the drier months of June to September and December to February. During this time, the roads to the parks are more accessible, and the trekking trails are less muddy, with lower chances of rain. In the wet season, it might be challenging to reach the parks, and a four-wheel-drive vehicle may be necessary. Also, bring raincoats and warm clothing.
  20. Gorilla permits cost $700 in Uganda. Permits must be obtained in advance, especially for the peak season, through the respective countries’ governing bodies or tour operators.

Gorilla Trekking Packing List

Trekking Gear for the Wet Season:

  • Rain jacket
  • Good hiking boots
  • Garden gloves
  • Long-sleeved clothes
  • Warm clothes

Trekking Gear for the Dry Season

  • Sunglasses and hats
  • Sunscreen

Gorilla Trekking Equipment for Both Seasons

  • Drinking water
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras and batteries
  • Energy snacks and packed lunch
  • Insect repellents

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