COMING FACE TO FACE WITH A GIANT MOUNTAIN GORILLA MUST TRULY BE THE MOST GENUINELY BREATHTAKING WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE ON EARTH!
Your safari at a glance:
|Day||Destination / Activity||Accommodation|
|1||Arrival in Entebbe||Boma Guest House||BB|
|2||Drive to Bwindi NP||Silver Back Lodge||B-L-D|
|3||Gorilla Tracking||Silver Back Lodge||B-L-D|
|4||Drive Back to Entebbe||Departure||B.L|
|B = Breakfast||L = Lunch||D = Dinner|
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to the Pearl of Africa!
Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed by Great Lakes Safaris guide and transferred to your hotel in Entebbe approx.7mins drive. Overnight at Boma Guest House.
Day 2: Entebbe – Bwindi National Park
Approx. 540km / 9-10hrs drive
After an early breakfast drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park-home of the endangered mountain gorillas. This will be relatively a long drive with stops at places of interest including the Equator, royal drum makers and lunch en-route in Mbarara town. Continue to Bwindi and check in at the lodge for dinner and overnight, time permitting go for an optional community walk around Buhoma village.
Dinner and overnight at Silverback Lodge (B-L-D)
Of the over 800 mountain gorillas worldwide, Bwindi National Park is home to almost half of the gorilla population. There is no better place for observing these gentle giants from a close distance! Thanks to the wildlife conservation program, the number of gorillas has increased from 300 to 400 in the recent years, which include nine different families that are habituated for tourism purposes. Apart from the famous residents, the dense forest hosts 9 other primates. There are different trails in the park, including the Munyanga River Trail and Waterfall Trail, leading through the pristine rainforest to three sparkling waterfalls.
Day 3: Gorilla tracking
Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants of Bwindi!
Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. However the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort!
Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling by the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience!
Dinner and overnight at Silver Back Lodge (B-L-D)
Day 4: Bwindi NP – Entebbe – Departure
Approx. 540km / 9hrs drive
After an early breakfast we will depart Bwindi for Entebbe with stops at places of interest, stop over at the Equator if not done on day 2, lunch will be en-route in Mbarara town, continue to Entebbe International Airport to connect to your international flight (B, L)
*** END OF YOUR SAFARI WITH GREAT LAKES SAFARIS ***
Included in the price:
- Airport transfer to/from Entebbe Airport
- Ground transport in a private 4WD safari vehicle
- Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals as described in the itinerary
- Transport to/from the starting point for gorilla tracking in Buhoma
- AMREF Flying Doctors Insurance
- VAT for hotels and lodges outside Kampala
- International flight
- Visa (USD $100, available upon arrival)
- Gorilla permit
- Optional activities
- Meals and drinks not mentioned above
- Items of personal nature
The Boma – Entebbe
This welcoming guesthouse is situated on the outskirts of Entebbe and only 5 to 10 minutes from Entebbe Airport. It is a tastefully restored colonial homestead consisting of comfortable bedrooms. Each of them is decorated along African themes and has their own private bathroom. A diners’ bar is set in a landscaped garden with lake views. The main house includes a private dining veranda and living room for overnight guests.
Silverback Lodge is a small and cozy lodge perched high, atop the valley overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The architectural design is simple and natural, yet filled with characther. There are seven rooms built next to each other that are designed using local materials. Each room has an ensuite bathroom (with hot water showers) and comfortable chairs on the veranda for viewing the forest. The restaurant has unique menus, varying from local to international dishes. The Summit Bar is well stocked and in a comfortable setting.
Terms & Conditions:
Prices are subject to change. Availability of accommodations and activities is not guaranteed; reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the requested deposit. Should any of the included accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute it with an alternative suitable accommodation, which might affect the final quoted price.
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