A short fly- in visit to Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to see Mountain gorillas while based at the comfortable Buhoma Lodge. It is an excellent add-on to a safari in Kenya or Tanzania and/or a beach extension to Zanzibar.
Day 1 Depart from London Heathrow to Entebbe on an overnight flight via Nairobi.
Day 2 On arrival in Entebbe, you will be met and assisted with connecting on the light aircraft flight to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Flight duration is 2 hours. On arrival at the airstrip, you will be met and transferred in a four wheel drive vehicle to the lodge. Drive time is about 90 minutes. Stay for 3 nights at the comfortable and well-run Buhoma Lodge, set on the slopes of the forest, in an en suite cottage with all meals included. You might wish to go for a guided nature walk today - there is a flat trail leading from the lodge eastwards into the park, along which you can see an abundance of small wildlife including Colobus, Blue and L'Hoest's monkeys, perhaps a Duiker or two, a myriad colourful and rare rainforest birds such as Ross's turacou, the beautiful Black bee-eater and many species of Sunbirds and Weavers.
Day 3 The lodge is conveniently located five minutes from the UWA Park HQ where the 07h00 gathering point for gorilla tracking experience is. Here you will meet your guide, have a briefing from the head ranger on what to expect before heading up the densely forested slopes to search for the endangered Mountain Gorillas, the global population of which is estimated at some 800+ individuals. The trekking is relatively strenuous and be as quick as 45 minutes or it might take up to six hours, at relatively high altitude. Once you find the gorilla family, you are allowed to spend an hour with them for conservation reasons. It is a thrilling and unforgettable wildlife experience!
Day 4 Because your golden hour with the gorillas passes so quickly as to feel like 5 minutes, we strongly suggest you consider a second gorilla trek today. Other advantages of having a second gorilla trek are that just in case you do not manage to see them on your first attempt, you have a backup excursion. (Success rate exceeds 90% but nature can never be guaranteed). There are other activities on offer, such as a birding walk through the Buhoma sector of the forest, relaxing at the lodge or an optional visit the local Batwa community to learn about the original people of these once great rainforests, who were later displaced and marginalised and for who the Forest Peoples' Programme have been doing extensive work.
Day 5 Today you will be transferred by road back to the airstrip for your afternoon light aircraft flight to Entebbe International Airport, where you check in for your onward flight (either overnight back to London via Nairobi, or, if you prefer, to another Eastern African destination - ask us for details and a quotation for any extensions).
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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