Gorilla Safari 2016 – Low Season Special

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)

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