3 DAYS BWINDI GORILLA SAFARI-AFRICA
Day 1: TRANSFER TO BWINDI.
DISTANCE – 520 KM – 10- 12 Hours Drive from Kampala or Entebbe .
You will be picked up from your hotel in Kampala by a tour guide from AA safaris and tours ltd who will drive you to Bwindi national park situated in the southwestern part of Uganda.
Take your lunch in Mbarara or Kabale depending on the route that you will be taking to Bwindi before you proceed. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park is the home to the legendary Gentle giant apes the mountain Gorillas – It is renown to be the home to almost a half of the the few worlds’ left mountain gorillas! The national park Bwindi gets its name from a local language because of its thickness even after the ice age. Locally, Bwindi means ‘impenetrable and it is no doubt that stressing the word impenetrable on the local meaning Bwindi gives emphasis to any one going to this forest for Gorilla Trekking . This is because it is one of those unique forests that remained thick even after the ice age had washed away all other forests.
Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge of your own choice.
Budget accommodation package– Buhoma Community bandas or Bwindi View bandas or Nkuringo campsite tents or Virunga Hotel or Nkuringo safari centre
Moderate- accommodation package– Lake Kitandara camp or Nkuringo camp site or Wagtail Eco lodge or similar
Upmarket accommodation package– Engagi lodge or Buhoma lodge or Gorilla Resort camp or Traveler’s rest camp or Silver back lodge
RUSTIC Luxury accommodation package– Gorilla Forest Camp or Clouds Lodge or Gahinga Volcanoes Lodge, or Volcanoes Bwindi safari Lodge.
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Immediately after breakfast and transfer to your starting point for briefing and formalities before you can start with the Gorilla tracking in Bwindi which now has 7 habituated Gorilla tracking families. The ranger guide will lead you to track the extraordinary Mountain Gorillas and will also will give you all the information that you may need about the entire flora and fauna that you will encounter along the gorilla trekking. On encountering the gorillas, you will stay with them for 1 hour and then after return to your lodge for a dinner and overnight at the end of the Gorilla Trek.
Day 3: Transfer to Kampala
After a morning breakfast, leave Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and drive back to Kampala, Lunch en route.
RATES FOR THE GORILLA TREKKING TOUR .
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SPECIAL NOTE :
Take note that the above rates include;
- 1 gorilla permit at US$ 600
- Ground transfers and fuel costs
- Services of a full time English speaking driver guide
- Full board accommodation
- Drinking water is a complimentary on all package types whereas we offer wines and laundry services for the rustic Luxury package ONLY.
The price excludes;
Tips, flights , visa fees and any other personal expenses.
ACCOMMODATION DESCRIPTION .
Budget accommodation will either be at;
Buhoma Community bandas or Bwindi View Bandas if you are tracking gorillas in Buhoma sector
Trekker’s Tervan if you are tracking gorillas in Ruhija or Bitukura Sector.
Wagtail Eco Lodge or Enganzi lodge if you are trekking gorillas in Nshongi , Kahungye or Mishaya sector
Nkuringo Safari Centre if you are gorilla tracking in Nkuringo sector .
Moderate accommodation will be at ;
Lake Kitandara Camp or Gorilla Resort Camp if you are tracking gorillas in Buhoma Sector.
Ruhija Gorilla safari lodge if you are tracking gorillas in either Oruzogu Family or Bitukura Family
Nkuringo Campsite if you are tracking gorillas in Nkuringo
This package has limited accommodations
Up Market accommodation will be at ;
Buhoma Lodge or Engagi Lodge or Silver back lodge if you are tracking gorillas in Buhoma
Gorillas in The Mist lodge if you are tracking gorillas in Ruhija( Oruzogu or Bitukura).
Gorilla Safari Lodge if you are gorilla tracking Nshongi Family
Nkuringo Safari lodge if you are gorilla tracking Nkuringo Family
RUSTIC LUXURY ACCOMMODATION WILL BE AT ;
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest camp if you are gorilla tracking in Buhoma Side
Clouds Lodge if you are tracking gorillas in Nkuringo or Nshongi Family .
Other details of these accommodations will be give to you on request .
We do have scheduled or group gorilla tours that leave every weekend though we mostly tailor make our tours to our private tour clients’ needs.
BUHOMA COMMUNITY BANDAS
Buhoma Community Rest Camp is situated at the border of Bwindi impenetrable National Park at the Buhoma side and it was set up to provide accommodation to the budget travelers who may visit the area. The lodge has got 6 safari tents, self-contained and are over looking the forest. There are also 2 cottages, self-contained too and facing the forest and while here, you may have an opportunity to see the gorillas when they drop by at the lodge. More to those are the five twin cottage bandas, these are non-self-contained and are built with local materials with African materials which makes them look real unique from the rest. While the dormitory can accommodate 6 beds depending on the clients’ interest and there are also camp sites all throughout the camp and are surrounded by green grass and thick tropical forest. This is good for the adventurous travelers.
Self Contained Rooms
Go for US$110 per person (full board)
US$140 for two people (FB)
US$90 for one person (bed)
BWINDI VIEW BANDAS
This is at the edge of Bwindi forest just a few meters away from the entrance of the forest at buhoma side and it is a good place for the budget travelers. They have got the self contained and the non self contained single, twin and triple rooms as well as bandas and camping facilities.
The single rooms are @ USD 30 (bed only)
The win/ double@ $60(bed only)
And a triple @$90(bed only). And the meals are @ $10 per meal while breakfast goes for $5
TRAKKERS TERVAN COTTAGES
The cottages are built on the hill in Ruhija in the neighborhood of Bwindi national park with a very friendly environment and provide first class service to its guests. This is the best place for the budget travelers who would wish to enjoy the comfort of the cottage.
There are 5 cottages, spacious enough, with comfortable beds, the rooms have got en-suite bathrooms, flush toilets and cold water flowing. You can also have the opportunity to see the Virunga especially on the sunny days and also enjoy watching the beauty of the sun as it rises in the morning. There is also room service on request and you can enjoy the balcony bird watching especially in the evening after your day’s activities among which may be forest/ primates walk among others.
You can also expect to get the best meals prepared by expert chefs and will include both the local and the international dishes since they receive guests from all over the world.
WAGTAIL ECO LODGE
Wagtail Lodge is built with local material like the banana fibers as the ceiling, stones on the floor which makes it real natural and it is situated in Rubuguri village in the southern part of Bwindi, a budget travelers’ accommodation facility and it’s strategically located for the tourist who track the Nshongi and Nkuringo Gorilla groups and it is also close to Rwanda and DR Congo in that you need just an hour and a half to be in Rwanda. It is owned by a local investor and has bandas and tents with electricity 24 hours and private bathrooms as well as flush toilets but the single rooms have got shared bath rooms. They have two double rooms, two twin rooms in a self contained bandas and four single rooms with shared bathroom especially for those who may want to spend stingy as well as a Campsite for those who may want to camp.
Their restaurant prepares and serves both the local and the international foods for lunch, dinner and breakfast as well and you cam expect some entertainment in the evening from the local people around the campfire and enjoy the sound of the birds in the night as you try to catch some sleep which gives you the real experience of spending the night in the jungle.
Self contained bandas and tents go for $ 100 per person
This is set on the hill with a clear view of Bwindi national park. The campsite has got accommodation facilities for the midrange spenders too but these tents are fro the budget travelers who may wish to spend the night there especially those tracking the Nkuringo group of Gorillas. They have got 6 rooms for the budget travelers And the bathrooms are shared. They also have a couple of cottages which are of moderate standard.
A single room is @$ 130 while a twin @$84 per night
They also make camping arrangement for those who are interested in camping in
Single occupancy @ $ 60 per night.
While a twin @$100 per night.
The Also own cottages which cost
Single occupancy USD 240
Double Occupancy USD 355