3 Days Luxury Gorilla Tracking Safari
The 3 Days Luxury Gorilla Tracking Safari is an unforgettable experience that will take you deep into the heart of Uganda’s lush forests to encounter some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. Here’s a sample itinerary for a luxury gorilla tracking safari in Uganda:
Day 1 Travel from Kampala by road to Bwindi forest
3 Days Luxury Gorilla Tracking Safari starts at 6:30 am when we pick you up from your address in Entebbe or Kampala at 7:00. When we set off for the South West of Uganda, driving along the Kampala to Masaka highway. Meanwhile, the first part takes us through central Uganda, with a brief stop at the imaginary equator line.
You will have Lunch in Mbarara at the famous Igongo Culture Centre, and from here, we continue. Thereafter, the last stretch through Kabale town before we start the climb of the twisting hill. Your arrival at Ruhija will be at 4:00 p.m. Check into Gorilla mist lodge or Ruhija gorilla lodge.
Driving time: ± 9 hours
Luxury Accommodation: – Ruhija Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Mist Lodge, or Kiho Lodge
Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 The day of Luxury gorilla tracking!
This morning at 6:00 am, You will travel by car from the lodge to your briefing area in Ruhija. Firstly, On arrival, you will attend a briefing (7:30 am) and at 8.30 am. Secondly, you will start tracking by way of walking into the forest. We can not determine how long the walk will be since it depends entirely on the way the gorillas will move looking for food.
Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend up to one hour with them! Above all, you will be expected back to the starting point by 7:00 p.m. at the latest.
It is always best to hear from other visitors, and this is Janet and Sarah’s story:
Evidently, “At a distance of about fifteen feet, a mountain gorilla with her baby appears. Likewise, she comes out of the bushes, looks at me, and lies down. My presence does not seem to bother her. Just wants to rest, whether I am there or not. However, I can almost touch her. But your heart dances with joy. Besides, I am in a good position to take pictures, so I let my camera do its work. It is the thrill of a lifetime during a 3 Days Luxury Gorilla Tracking Safari.
Importantly, I cannot but agree with the American zoologist George Schaller, the first to study gorillas in the Virunga volcanoes, who once said: ‘No one who looks into the eyes of a gorilla, gentle and vulnerable, can remain unchanged.”
Luxury Accommodation: – RUHIJA Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Mist Lodge, or Kiho Lodge
Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Travel Back to Kampala or Entebbe
Similarly, early in the morning, after breakfast, you will travel back to Kampala to end the 3 Days Ruhija Gorilla Tracking Safari. On the way back to the city you will have lunch in Mbarara town, and after Masaka. There will be an opportunity to stop at the Equator for photo shoots, buy souvenirs, and have tea or coffee.
We will bring you to a guesthouse or hotel in Kampala or Entebbe. If you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onward flight.
Driving time: ± 9 hours
Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch
Included in the price for this trip
English speaking driver
Not included in the price for this Luxury Gorilla Tracking Safari trip
Any other personal interests
The first and last night in Uganda
4×4 safari vehicle.
A good vehicle with an English-speaking driver. If necessary, we can also hire other vehicles.
Ruhija is one of the four sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda. It is home to incredible biodiversity and a wide range of bird and butterfly species, as well as its population of mountain gorillas.
Here are some things to know about the Ruhija sector:
Gorilla Trekking: Ruhija is one of the best places in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to go gorilla trekking. The sector is home to three gorilla families habituated for tourism, making it an ideal destination for those looking to see these majestic creatures up close in their natural habitat.
Hiking Trails: The Ruhija sector also offers a number of hiking trails that allow visitors to explore the park’s diverse flora and fauna. One popular trail is the Bamboo Trail, which takes visitors through bamboo forests and offers stunning views of the park.
Bird Watching: Ruhija is a paradise for bird watchers, with over 345 bird species recorded in the area. Some notable species include the African Green Broadbill, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, and the Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher.
Scenic Views: The Ruhija sector is situated at a higher elevation than the other sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Visitors can take in the scenic views of the Virunga Mountains, Lake Bunyonyi, and the Ishasha plains.
Community Visits: Ruhija is home to the Batwa community, an indigenous group that has lived in the area for centuries. Visitors can participate in community visits to learn about Batwa’s traditional way of life and culture.
Overall, the Ruhija sector is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in exploring the natural beauty and biodiversity of Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a protected area in southwestern Uganda, in the district of Kanungu. The park is known for its vast biodiversity and is home to over 120 species of mammals, including several endangered primates, such as the mountain gorilla, chimpanzee, and colobus monkey.
The park covers an area of approximately 331 square kilometres and is characterized by its thick forest, considered one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 in recognition of its exceptional natural beauty and unique ecological importance.
The park is particularly famous for its mountain gorillas, and it is estimated that around 400 gorillas are living in the park. Visitors can embark on guided tours to observe these incredible creatures in their natural habitat, an experience that is both unforgettable and life-changing.
Apart from gorilla tracking, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers a variety of other activities, such as bird watching, hiking, and cultural tours to local communities. The park is also home to several lodges and campsites, providing visitors with a comfortable base to explore the park and its surrounding areas.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a must-visit destination for any nature lover or adventure seeker visiting Uganda. The park offers an opportunity to witness one of the most incredible creatures on earth, the mountain gorilla, and to experience the beauty of one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet.