Mountain Gorilla tour in Uganda

“Drive from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest via Queen Elizabeth National Park as part of a small group searching for chimps, tree climbing lions and 4hrs with a family of mountain gorillas. Steep 3hr trek required.”


Kibale Forest National Park | Anticipated animals include: monkeys, chimps and baboons | Queen Elizabeth National Park | the Great Rift Valley | safari camps and jungle lodges | Game drive in Kasenyi area of QENP looking for lions, elephants, antelopes and buffalos | Gorilla safari lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest | 3hr trek and 4hr permit to watch mountain gorillas | Optional additional hour permit for free day also available |

Description of Mountain Gorilla tour in Uganda

This is not just a ten day tour of Uganda it’s an absolute privilege and an opportunity to watch mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in the safest and least intrusive way possible.

Mountain gorillas in Uganda offer real insight into rarely captured natural moments and those four hours spent in their company will whizz by but last a lifetime in terms of an inspirational and truly unique experience.

Alongside the open window on the world of a habituated gorilla family you’ll also embark on game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park and dramatic descents into the Great Rift Valley where a whole host of lions, buffalo, elephants and antelopes await.

From treks to see chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park to comfortable camping and jungle lodges, this ten day small group tour follows a series of exciting experiences culminating in a steep and muddy three hour trek to those four hours of unmitigated mountain gorilla bliss.

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Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Mountain Gorilla tour in Uganda

Accommodation and Meals:
The accommodation on this trip is mainly in lodges with one night in a tented camp. The vast majority of the staff is from nearby villages and they even offer accommodation for staff staying in villages further away. This industry is a great source of employment for local people, so by staying in these hotels we are supporting steady income for local communities. In terms of meals, hotels will source local produce as much as possible and clients are encouraged to explore local restaurants and markets if convenient. Main meals are typically based on a meat or bean stew and ‘ugali’ (maize flour and water) or ‘matooke’ (boiled and mashed green banana).

Our tours are designed to entertain as well as inform about wildlife issues and promote animal welfare. When we visit National Parks such as Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park, we pay park fees which contribute to the protection of these parks and the myriad of unique (and sometimes endangered) species which can be found there e.g. baboons, gorillas, elephants, lions, and leopard. Local guides are also employed when we enter these reserves. This creates employment and gives clients an altogether more informative, genuine experience.

The permit fee charged to see the Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest goes directly towards the preservation of this endangered species and their fragile but beautiful environment. By travelling with us, you ensure that rangers are paid a fair wage and have the provisions and personnel to protect themselves and wildlife against harmful poaching activity.

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. On this trip we have decided to include drinking water in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe filtered drinking water will be available throughout which means all guests need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way.

Group size:
This is a small group tour and so numbers do not exceed 8, meaning that local environments and the communities and variety of species (endangered and otherwise) that we encounter are not seriously impacted by our stay. This group size also allows us to travel with ease and therefore to stay at a number of unique, lesser known campsites and one hotel that would not usually benefit from tourism commerce due to its limited size.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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