mountain gorilla tracking; uganda safari; bwindi national park

Mountain gorilla, Bwindi National Park, Uganda

Bwindi’s magical montane forests are home to half of the world's population of mountain gorillas, a highly endangered mammal. We hike through dense, sometimes steep forests at altitudes of up to 8,500 to find and observe the gorilla families.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6495  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Entebbe, Uganda
Depart: Entebbe, Uganda
Lodging: 7 nights hotels and lodges, 3 nights tented camp at Bwindi
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Trip Level: 2 days of gorilla tracking (3-7 hours on steep and sometimes muddy trails), 2 days chimpanzee tracking on forested trails (3-4 hours each day), 4WD game viewing


  • Enjoy thrilling encounters with mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Track chimpanzees on foot in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Phenomenal game viewing safari on the savannas of Queen Elizabeth National Park in the Great Rift Valley
  • Comfortable forest lodges with superb access to the wildlife
  • Experience Uganda’s welcoming culture

Our guide, Habib, was perfect in every way. The overall experience was well planned and worth the effort and money.Beverly B.—Beaufort, SC

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

This active adventure has it all: a thrilling big game safari, a welcoming culture, game viewing by boat, and the ultimate—the rare opportunity to track chimpanzees and mountain gorillas on foot! To observe these endangered creatures up-close in the wild is one of the world’s most unforgettable experiences—the excitement of coming within a few feet of them is simply surreal. And Uganda, with its mystical forests, sun-dappled savannas, legendary Great Rift Valley, and snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains, is an absolutely gorgeous setting for our adventures, including our safari with sightings of elephants, lions, leopards, herds of buffalo, and the largest concentration of hippos in the world. Our expert guides and comfortable safari lodges keep you well taken care of throughout this exhilarating journey.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Kibale Forest National Park / Wild Chimpanzees

Head through Uganda’s lush countryside to Kibale Forest National Park, where you’ll track bands of chimpanzees as they play, feed, and scamper across the treetop canopy, an unforgettable opportunity to observe these fascinating and intelligent creatures in the wild. Other denizens of the park include vervet, colobus, and red-tailed monkeys, and grey-cheeked mangabeys.

Days 4-6
Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari

In the Great Rift Valley, Queen Elizabeth National Park, designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, features stunning ecosystems teeming with diverse wildlife and some 500 avian species. Safari by 4WD vehicle on lake-dotted savannas, walk shady trails and go birding in the Maramagambo Forest, and boat on the Kazinga Channel, with its huge population of hippos—up to 30,000!

Days 7-9
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / Gorilla Tracking

Bwindi, the remnant of a once-vast primeval forest, is home to 11 primate species including some 400 magnificent mountain gorillas, half the world’s population of this highly endangered mammal. From our lovely lodge, hike at altitudes of 3,800 to 7,500 feet for the spine-tingling experience of coming face to face with them in the wild. With two full days here, you’re virtually assured of encounters with these elusive creatures.

Days 10-11

Options in Entebbe include a visit to Ngamba Island’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Depart on Day 11.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 3+, Moderate. During game drives in our 4WD vehicles, we guarantee window seating for all—there’s no taking turns on who gets the window seats. We use five- or seven-passenger Nissan safari vehicles (never minibuses!), and all vehicles have roof hatches for easy wildlife viewing and photography. A cooler of drinks and refreshments is carried aboard. And our 4WD vehicles can go virtually anywhere, an important feature when we’re tracking game. Please note there are some long driving days over rough roads and dusty dirt tracks.

The hikes to see the mountain gorillas can last anywhere from 3 to 6 hours over moderately steep, thickly forested, and uneven terrain, and the climate will be hot and humid. Gorilla tracking will occasionally feel strenuous as we hike uphill to follow the clans, but we will take breaks along the way.  The shape you’re in will be an important factor in your enjoyment of these hikes. Make an effort to get in good physical condition with hiking, biking, running, or other kinds of exercise beyond your normal routine. A brisk 30-45 minute walk every other day over moderately steep terrain can do wonders for your conditioning.

Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler to Africa should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, and an openness to the unexpected.

Our accommodations will be in comfortable hotels, safari lodges, and tented camps with spacious tents equipped with en suite facilities.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

Feb 20-Mar 1, 2016   Habibu Muhereza
Jul 5-15, 2016
Aug 2-12, 2016
Jan 9-19, 2017
Feb 20-Mar 2, 2017

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$6495 (6-7 members)
$6895 (4-5 members)
Single supplement: $1095
Forced single supplement: $895
Internal airfare: $400 (subject to change)
Chimp permits (2 treks): $300
Gorilla permits (2 treks): $1200
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Extension Costs
Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans
   from: $1995
Masai Mara National Reserve Extension
   from: $3395

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $1900
90 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee (Gorilla and Chimp Permits): $1500 per person
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • All meals included
  • Guaranteed window seating in LandCruisers
  • Safari camp staff
  • Membership in Flying Doctor Society
  • Land transportation, airport transfers for passengers as noted, baggage handling

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, internal airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, optional excursions, airport departure taxes, park fees, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff (tipping the camp crew is normal but entirely at your discretion), additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations, travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Entebbe, Uganda
Date: Day 1

Suggested Airport for Arrival:
Entebbe, Uganda (airport code: EBB)
Suggested Flight Arrival Time: morning
Entebbe, Uganda
Date: Day 11

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Entebbe, Uganda (airport code: EBB)
Suggested Flight Arrival Time: anytime

Protea Hotel

Day 1 (1 night),
Day 10 (1 night), Entebbe, Uganda

This relatively new hotel is right on the shores of Lake Victoria, just a quick drive from the airport. Well appointed guest rooms are spacious and offer all the modern amenities, and at the end of the day, you can relax on the terrace with a drink while admiring the superb lake views. Nearby attractions include the Botanical Garden and the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre.

Ndali Lodge

Ndali Lodge

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Kibale, Uganda

Perched on the rim of an extinct volcano above Lake Nyinambuga, this family-run lodge was built by a British tea farmer and has the wonderful ...
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Kyambura Game Lodge

Kyambura Game Lodge

Days 4 to 6 (3 nights), Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Located about a half hour’s drive from Queen Elizabeth National Park on the edge of a small village, this intimate lodge has spacious ...
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Gorilla Forest Camp

Gorilla Forest Camp

Days 7 to 9 (3 nights), Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

This luxury tented camp is one of the only properties right inside Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The main lodge has a bar and dining room ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Denis Erabu

Denis Erabu, born in eastern Uganda, is of the Kumam tribe. He grew up in a rural village, where his father is a local chief. After completing secondary school, Denis moved to Kampala and became an escort driver for an NGO that delivered relief supplies to Southern Sudan. Four years later, he ...
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Edward Kabagyo

A member of the Munyoro tribe, Edward was born in the Hoima District in Western Uganda. Since his childhood, he’s had a keen interest in Uganda’s fauna, and has been involved in wildlife and conservation within Uganda for the last 15 years. Edward’s knowledge is truly ...
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Habibu Muhereza

Departure Dates: February 20-March 1, 2016

After working as a teacher for a few years, Habibu, a member of Uganda’s Munyankole tribe, decided to pursue his love of wildlife and completed the necessary training to become a Uganda Wildlife Authority guide. As a ranger and interpretive guide, he has deep knowledge of Uganda’s ...
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:


wildebeests migration serengeti masai mara kenya tanzania

Masai Mara National Reserve Extension

Spectacular Gameviewing in One of Africa’s Legendary Reserves

Cultural Adventures, Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 2


Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans

One of the World’s Most Thrilling Wildlife Experiences

Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 4

Client Comments

Our guide, Habib, was perfect in every way. The overall experience was well planned and worth the effort and money. Beverly B., Beaufort, SC This is one of those experiences one will never forget. The beauty of Uganda and its people, along with the extraordinary viewing of primates and other wildlife, couldn't have been better. Many, many thanks. Joseph B., Portsmouth, RI The overall experience was amazing. Great wildlife viewing, good accommodations, a nice group of people, good diversity of activities. The Kazinga channel trip was one of the highlights, along with the chimp and gorilla tracking. Kenneth B., Chicago, IL Observing the gorillas in their natural habitat was a life-changing experience. One of the gorillas even reached out and touched me on the leg! Melinda C., Tucson, AZ It was a wonderful, memorable trip. We have traveled a lot in Southern Africa and seeing the gorillas and chimps up close was a thrill. Elisabeth B., Buenos Aires, Argentina This was the trip of a lifetime. It was well planned and organized, and the other travelers were good company. Leaders were attentive and helpful. Animals were spectacular. What's not to like? Cap T., Davis, CA
Thank you—I’ll never forget this trip! Judy G., Lafayette, CA This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A wonderful adventure in a beautiful land. Bruce H., Santa Fe, NM What a great trip! I don’t know how it could have been better...and Uganda—what a special place. Ellen H., Santa Fe, NM Thoroughly enjoyed this trip. The highlight was observing the mountain gorillas, but every day had something interesting to see or do. Diane S., Evergreen, CO This trip offers an extensive look at a beautiful country that is still off the beaten path. The variety of environments and animals, from savanna to rainforest, is amazing, and the itinerary was very well thought out. Jack S., Evergreen, CO I wish I was still there. Everything about the trip was unique and so memorable! Laura C., Whitehouse Station, NJ

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