3 Days Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari Uganda

This 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking tour will reward you a short memorable gorilla trekking encounter for magical everlasting experience in Bwindi forest.

This 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda takes you to one of the best gorilla tracking destination in Africa for gorilla safaris and primate experiences. Uganda is a home to over half of the remaining endangered mountain gorillas in the world; found in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park. This 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking tour will reward you a short memorable gorilla trekking encounter for magical everlasting experience in Bwindi forest.
This gorilla trekking safari package to Bwindi is perfect to visitors who wish to start their safari from either Kampala or Entebbe depending on where you spend your night from. Please note that the journey from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is approximately 8 to 9 hours as opposed to the 4 hours’ drive from Kigali in Rwanda.
Visitor taking Entebbe-Bwindi circuit have chances to stop at the equator for photography and experiencing a diversity of local cuisines at Igongo cultural center before checking in at their respective booked hotel in Bwindi.
Bwindi is the major gorilla trekking destination in Uganda; attracting a number of visitors to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat with more than 17 habituated gorilla families and several semi-habituated gorilla groups.
Other activities that can be done in Bwindi include nature walks, birdwatching and to a visit to Batwa community.
Bwindi forest national park is endowed with over 350 bird species, 310 butterflies, 200 trees species and 120 primates including chimpanzees and Black & White Columbus monkeys during gorilla trekking safari and tour. On arrival at the airport, you will be picked by our company driver guide to start your 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari in Uganda.

3 Days Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari Uganda Highlight

Day 1: Pick up and transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park
Day 2: Bwindi Mountain Gorilla Trekking Safari And Batwa Trail
Day 3: Transfer Back To Kampala
Below is a detailed safari plan for this 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari tour. In case you need to customize this package, we are very open to that. We shall tailor make it to best suit your travel needs.

Day 1: Pick up and transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park

On this first day of your 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari tour, rise up early and take breakfast, get picked by our company guide and drive towards Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south western Uganda. You will have a brief stopover at the equator for photography moments and later drive off to Igongo Cultural Center in Mbarara lunch before proceeding to your final destination- Bwindi Forest. Check in to your lodge, relax and get ready for gorilla trekking adventure the next day.
Accommodation options Mahogany Springs Lodge (Luxury), Bakiga Lodge (Mid-range) and Ride4awoman (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Bwindi Mountain Gorilla Trekking And Batwa Trail

This is the best day of your Bwindi gorilla trekking safari package. Walk up and have an early morning breakfast and later head to the park headquarters to catch up with the 7:30 am briefing meeting before heading deep into the impenetrable forests of Bwindi in search for giant Mountain Gorillas. Gorilla trekking may take 2 to 8 hours depending on the physical fitness of the trackers and the location of the gorilla family. Return to the starting point to pick your certificate and drive back to your lodge for lunch. Later take an evening cultural experience with the Batwa Pygmies.
Accommodation options Mahogany Springs Lodge (Luxury), Bakiga Lodge (Mid-range) and Ride4awoman (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Transfer Back To Kampala

On the third day of your 3-day bwindi gorilla trekking safari, have breakfast and start your journey to back to Kampala or Entebbe to catch up with your flight back home with everlasting experiences. We will have lunch in Mbarara and later drive off to the airport for drop off.
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Bwindi gorilla trekking safari package includes;

Gorilla tracking permit
Ground transport
Bottled water in the safari vehicle
Full board accommodation for two nights
Service of an English-speaking driver guide
All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Bwindi gorilla trekking safari excludes;

Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
Tips to porters and driver/ guide

Things to carry for this 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking tour in Uganda

Water proof hiking boots
Long sleeved shirt/t-shirt and water proof pants/trousers

Sun glasses and a hat to protect you from the sun
A sweater
An insect repellent
A camera
Gardening gloves
A rain-jacket

How to get to Bwindi for 3 days gorilla trekking safari

Bwindi is among the top exciting national park in Uganda and a travel destination you can’t leave out while on a Uganda safari. Bwindi impenetrable national park is a home to a half of the remained mountain gorilla population with over 400 and other primates such as chimpanzees are found here though rarely seen as well as animal species like forest elephants, antelopes among others.
Bwindi is located in Southwestern Uganda just near the escarpment of the western rift Valley covering current districts of Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro.
Bwindi impenetrable national park was gazetted in 1991 and declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994 in order to protect the endangered mountain gorilla species under a strict management of Uganda Wildlife Authority. Bwindi is bisected into four sectors of Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo; each with habituated gorilla families for gorilla trekking safari tours.
Bwindi is approximately 8 hours’ drive from Entebbe en route Masaka- Mbarara- Kabale- Bwindi route driving through beautiful rolling hills, tea and banana plantations. Visitors can also take chattered flights from either Kajansi airstrip or Entebbe international airport to Kihihi and Kisoro airstrips. The journey is about 1 hour’s flight.
More still you can get to Bwindi for 3 days gorilla trekking safari from different routes such as Queen Elizabeth-Ishasha-Buhoma-Bwindi if you are coming from Kasese or northern part of Queen Elizabeth National park and also Kigali-Katuna-Kabale-Bwindi route for those looking to start their gorilla trekking safari from Kigali Rwanda.

3 days Gorilla Trekking Safari Rules and Regulations in Bwindi

Avoid eating, drinking or smoking during trekking safari before the gorillas
Keep your voices low before the gorillas during your Bwindi gorilla trekking safari however feel free to ask questions to your ranger guide
Bwindi gorilla trekking safari can strictly be booked by persons above the age of 15 years
Avoid making unnecessary movements during trekking and before a gorilla family. Keep within your group.
Keep a distance of about 7 meters at the time before the gorillas on your 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari.
Do not go for Bwindi gorilla trekking safari if you feel weak because the activity requires physical fitness
Turn off your flashlight while taking photos of mountain gorillas
You will spend one hour with the mountain gorillas to take photos and also see them play before heading back to the starting point.

Best time to book a 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari in Uganda

The best time to go gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi: Gorilla tours can be done throughout the year however; the best time to see mountain gorillas in Bwindi Uganda is from June to September and December to February. Below is a detailed travel guide for visitors looking for this experience;
Generally; Uganda is characterized by pleasant warm and tropical climate with insignificant seasonal variations hence making it the best destination that can be visited through the year. Uganda has wetter months that make some activities very difficult to undertake. Therefore; it is advised to factor in the climatic patterns while planning for your 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari tours in Uganda.
Temperatures in Uganda are affected by altitude and the average hotness is about 21.5°C or 71°F and a minimum degree is always at 12°C or 54°F at night time. The country is also crossed by the equator with annual rainfall ranging between 1,000 and 2,000 millimeters.

March to mid-May

We advise visitors looking for mountain gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga National Park to avoid this season due too heavy rainfall received during this period that affects gorilla tracking experiences through making the trails slippery and movements difficult to trackers. The access roads to either Bwindi or Mgahinga tend to be affected by heavy rain down pour as well.

Mid May to mid-October

This is the longest dry season with perfect conditions for gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. We strongly recommend visitors to book their holiday tours during this time. However; this is normally a peak season and prices for accommodation tend to go higher hence affecting the price of packages at times. Yes, it is always dry season during these months but we advise you to pack waterproof clothing because weather is unpredictable in Uganda.
Chances of spotting other wildlife in different parks are also high if you intend to extend your trip to other destinations like Queen Elizabeth national park, Kibale forest national park and Murchisons falls national park.

Mid-October to November

This period experiences short rains and gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi may be slightly harder due to wet grounds and forest cover however; these are great months for bird watching tours in Uganda as trees and plants tend to flower and attract a number of bird species. It is even possible to enjoy specialist birding tours at the end of heavy rainfall. Also, during this period, photography is also perfect due to blue skies that create some great, clear images.

December to February

This is also another peak season in Uganda characterized by dry climatic conditions good for wildlife sightings and allows outdoor activities such as hiking and climbing.
Our preferred months for Bwindi gorilla trekking safari in Uganda are February and September due to available preferential rates and it is less crowded than the traditional peak months of Christmas and peak summer months.

3 Days Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari Information

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a prime safari destination in Uganda with thick ever green vegetation. Every day when visitors go for the famous gorilla trekking adventure safari in Bwindi; the ranger guides have to cut vegetation for trackers to clear paths in order to meet respective allocated gorilla families. Bwindi is true African jungle with droplets of the sun coming through the think forest cover giving you a feeling of being in paradise with zero pollution from several emissions common to our daily environment; expect to breath in fresh air.

Gorilla trekking permit.

A gorilla trekking permit is a ticket that will allow you access the park for 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking safaris experience. Currently; a gorilla permit goes for $700 per person for both Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda. If compared to other destinations, Rwanda charges $1500 and $400 in DR Congo.
Uganda is the best option for trekking mountain gorillas especially for the 3 Days Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari, the activity may be combined with wildlife viewing adventures in other national parks such as Murchison falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Lake Mburo National Park among others.

How to acquire a permit for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Uganda:

Gorilla permits are always available for all dates throughout the year. However, booking this 3 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari, we advise you to secure your gorilla permits 3 to 4 months in advance to avoid cases of missing out on a permit for your specific travel dates. At times, permits tend to run out two months prior to their respective trekking dates.
Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda are conducted in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park and in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. However due to inconsistency of gorilla families in Mgahinga as compared to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park, tour operators prefer purchasing gorilla permits for Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park and a total of 72 visitors may track gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park to see gorillas in all the trekking sectors on a daily basis.
We therefore advise guests to book and acquire gorilla trekking permits through a safari agent to avoid mistakes such as; booking for permits in a sector far away from your choice of accommodation. Guests intending to make a direct booking with UWA should note that the roads to Bwindi are very remote and are not accurate on google maps, this may be hard for visitors to access the park, or at times may miss out the activity hence incurring unplanned cost like rebooking permits and booking for extra night
Contact us today to book for this 3-day gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi Uganda, we have highly trained safari planners to craft for you customized gorilla tours in Africa!

Where to Stay for Bwindi gorilla trekking safaris?

Bwindi has a number of well-established accommodation properties ranging from camps, lodges and homestays located within the forest and at the outskirts of the park. The cost of staying in Bwindi for a gorilla trekking safari ranges from $70 for lazy camping and standard accommodation and $600 for high end travelers.

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