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Gorilla Trek

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The one that gets you up close & personal with the gorillas in Uganda

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  • Duration

    4 days

  • Places

    3 places

  • Meals

    3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Minivan + Safari Vehicles

  • Group Size

    Max 30 people

  • Team

    Local Guides and Driver

Entebbe Int'l Airport, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve, Lake Mburo

Gorilla Trek

1 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Gorilla Trek, including up to 1 hour with gorilla group

0 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 3 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    2 nights in African Lodge, 1 night in Luxury Safari Tent

    You will stay in safari lodges typical of the environment with all the facilities you require to be an adventurer but one who can still enjoy some comfort.

About this trip

You've been in search of the Big Five, now what about the Big Six? On this trip we get up-close-and-personal, trekking deep into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve to meet the elusive East African Gorilla. Majestic, mountain-dwelling and pretty darn massive, these magnificent creatures are worth every second of the journey through the Kigezi mountains to find them. With an expert team of gorilla trackers and local guides, a special permit to spend up to an hour with a gorilla family, and an extra game drive at Lake Mburo for wildlife spotting, prepare yourself for the most unforgettable wildlife encounter and once-in-a-lifetime gorilla experience.

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  • Only $99 deposit to book*

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. Entebbe Int'l Airport

  2. 2 2 nights

    Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve

  3. 1 1 night

    Lake Mburo

  4. Entebbe Int'l Airport

DAY 1 - Entebbe International Airport to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve

Entebbe Int'l Airport

Upon arrival at Entebbe airport, you'll be met by a rep who will introduce your safari driver guide. After a safari briefing, we'll drive to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve

This is a full day drive from the Lake Victoria basin, passing through Ugandan villages and beautiful agricultural countryside where you see people tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. Lunch will be taken en route at Mbarara, before we proceed through the Kigezi mountains to the Buhoma area of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We'll check in here at our Lodge, drop off our bag and settle down for dinner before bed.

Stay

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Lodge

DAY 2 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve

We'll start early to make the most of our Gorilla-spotting opportunities today. After breakfast at the lodge, we'll drive to the nearby park offices to attend a briefing by the Tourism Conservation and the gorilla guides. You will be briefed on how to behave in the forest while in the presence of a gorilla family. Later, after registration, the gorilla trekking starts with trackers, guides and porters. Once the gorilla group is found, you will be allowed an hour to stay with the gorillas before breaking off for lunch in the forest. Later, we'll walk back to our waiting vehicle and return to the park offices to receive a gorilla trekking Certificate. Mission complete! You'll be dropped at the lodge to freshen up after our adventures. Time permitting, you may have the chance tonight to sign up for a community village visit or a Batwa Cultural experience.

Stay

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Lodge

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Gorilla Trek, including up to 1 hour with gorilla group

DAY 3 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve to Lake Mburo

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve

Lake Mburo

After breakfast, we'll take a morning drive through terraced evergreen mountains, referred to as the 'Little Switzerland of Africa'. We press on to our Tented Camp for lunch, before a late afternoon game drive for some spotting of zebra, impala, topi, Cape buffalo and other plains game to add to your growing wildlife list. We return to the Camp before dusk for dinner and overnight.

Stay

Mantana Lake Tented Camp

DAY 4 - Lake Mburo to Entebbe International Airport

Lake Mburo

Rise and shine for a final morning game drive followed by breakfast at the camp. After breakfast you'll get driven back to Entebbe and dropped at the airport for your onward flight. It's goodbye for now, but you'll leave with plenty of photos and memories to revisit this adventure for a long time to come.

Entebbe Int'l Airport

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter Uganda. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa (if required) to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations change regularly, so make sure you stay up-to-date before you travel. It is also essential that you have any necessary vaccinations & comply with all laws of the countries visited.

Please note, a non-refundable cost permit is required to confirm your place on this trip.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On this trip the bag restriction is 65x46cm with a max weight of 15kg, and bags must be soft sided. No hard-sided suitcases will be allowed.

What do the Contiki team do?

You’ll have an expert Local Guides & Gorilla Trackers to navigate the trail, Porters to carry all the essentials. This is your team. Trusted Contiki partners who are specialised, smart, friendly, fun, and integral to your adventure. Please note that this is not an 18-35 trip, and you may trek with other travellers outside that age bracket. This trip uses local guides and experts for tracking the Gorillas and getting you around for the duration of the trip.

What's not included that I should budget for?

How much spending money you’ll need will depend on how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of any Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
It is strongly advised to have US$ in cash before the start of the trip.  Most places let you pay with card, but it is strongly advised to have US$200 - US$300 just in case. In all areas of the service industry in Africa, whether it’s restaurants, bars, hotels or taxis, it’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent. The same goes for your Guide, Tracker and Porter team; if you feel that their service has been exceptional then feel free to tip them. Our travellers often ask what to tip, we suggest 2.00 US$ per person per day. Remember that tipping (& how much you tip) is optional - it’s entirely up to you.

How much time do we spend with the gorillas?

On Day 2, you’ll attend a briefing by the Tourism Conservation and the gorilla guides, where  you’ll be briefed on how to behave in the forest while in the presence of a gorilla family. You’ll then set off on a trek with the gorilla trackers, guides and porters, and once the gorilla group is found, you will be allowed an hour to stay with the gorillas before breaking off for lunch in the forest. Then on Day 3, you’ll get to go on a late afternoon game drive for some spotting of zebra, impala, topi, Cape buffalo and other plains game to add to your growing wildlife list. 

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

When you're trekking and staying in camps and lodges you are likely to be off-grid. Then again, when you’re this close to nature, camping under starswept skies, a mobile detox isn’t such a bad thing. You’ll still be able to upload your best snaps as you travel. 

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From working with local suppliers and guides to choosing sustainable wildlife experiences, we make sure we’re always giving something back to this incredible continent.