5 day gorilla safari in Uganda
Description of 5 day gorilla safari in Uganda
A classic Uganda Gorilla trekking itinerary that will take you deep into the beautiful Bwindi National Park which is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population! This short but sweet itinerary offers the ultimate tick-list adventure as you get to come up-close to these remarkable gentle giants for one of the most exciting wildlife encounters you are likely to ever experience.
Driving from Entebbe to Bwindi in the company of an experienced guide and driver, you will enjoy spectacular scenery at every turn before arriving in Bwindi to stay at the famous Mahogany Springs to begin your adventure of a lifetime. As well as your Mountain gorilla experience you will also have chance to see some of the 9 other primates that make this dense forest their home and over 350 species of birds, as well as enjoying nature walks and hikes to the park’s three sparkling waterfalls.
- Enjoy the ultimate wildlife experience…walking with the famous mountain gorillas!
- The chance to see 9 other primates in the wild and over 350 bird species
- Discover Bwindi National Park’s spectacular scenery
- Travel in comfort in the company of an expert English-speaking driver and guide
Prices shown are per person, based on 2 people sharing. A single room supplement applies for solo travellers.
***Big discounts available for bookings of more than 2 people
Prices do not include international flights but these can be arranged as part of your package.
Please note: The gorilla tracking experience will require a walk of between 2 and 8 hours through sometimes muddy conditions, and so participants will require an average level of fitness.
PlanetThis tour is dedicated to experiencing one of the world’s most impressive wildlife encounters…getting up close to Uganda’s famous endangered mountain gorillas. As a team of dedicated wildlife conservation enthusiasts we fully understand the importance of opening up these experiences to like-minded people from all over the world. We believe that “good” tourism to these parts of the world directly has a very positive impact on the conservation efforts that are in place across the country, and we find that our customers return from these wildlife trips with a renewed passion for helping with these conservation efforts. By opening up the eyes of people across the world to the ongoing fight to conserve the habitats of the country’s wildlife, and by actively encouraging investment in these schemes, we can directly help the people of Uganda to preserve the elements that make this country so unique.
The cost of this trip includes the cost of the permit for your gorilla trekking experience. A large portion of the cost of your permit goes directly to protecting these vulnerable animals and ensuring that their population thrives. Without tourist visits there would be substantially less funds available to do this. These funds go towards numerous projects including research, gorilla doctors, and improving security so as to eradicate poaching and other human impacts. Each of the habituated families of mountain gorillas are only allowed to be visited by one group of eight people per day, and only 72 visitors are allowed each day. The gorilla trekking experiences are strictly controlled and national park authorities will accompany visitors to ensure that the correct etiquette around these marvellous creatures is carried out at all times. We can also offer recommendations on how to ensure that your visit only brings positive outcomes, including the recommendation to bring a surgical mask with you when you visit the gorillas so as to reduce the risk of passing any infections to them. As part of the National Park’s responsibilities to these animals, if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness you will not be permitted to join the trek.
Your pre-departure information will include information on how you can travel in a responsible manner, including not only advice on the correct behaviour around the animals you will encounter, but also advice on how to ensure your visit has as little impact on the environment as possible. This pre-departure information will be provided digitally in the first instance, as opposed to printing, and will include information on responsible use of water and appropriate waste disposal methods.
As part of our commitment to providing you with the most responsible and conscientious ways to see this magnificent part of the world, we also ensure that all accommodation providers used on your trip are as committed to upholding their side of their responsible tourism bargain as we are. For example, the owners of Mahogany Springs Lodge are strictly dedicated to providing an eco-friendly experience to their customers. They firmly believe in the importance of giving back to the country of Uganda and the environment, and continuously support projects that they believe make a difference.
Likewise, the owners of the Boma Guest House are exceptionally dedicated to operating their business in a manner that maintains a balance between helping the environment and the community, while providing guests with a comfortable atmosphere to relax in. The owners are constantly seeking out ways to reduce the energy used at the hotel and schemes in place include the use of solar power for all hot water, and the use of a water catchment system which allows for rainwater to be stored and pumped into the main tanks as well as being used for irrigation and gardening. They have also completed eradicated the use of plastic water bottles throughout the hotel, exclusively use energy saving light bulbs, use bicycles for transport for errands and food collection, and, where possible, endeavour to only use locally sourced or home grown produce in the restaurant. The hotel are also heavily involved with Papercraft, a local grass roots project that makes eco-friendly products such as hand-made soaps and recycled paper for menu covers and notepads. All recyclable items used in the hotel are then transferred to Papercraft to be recycled again.
As a company we firmly believe that environmental responsibility starts at home (and the work place of course). We encourage recycling of waste as a company and as individuals, and where possible for business use we use public transport. We are also heavily involved with a project to recycle used or damaged binoculars, which are then sent to conservation projects across the world. Conservation projects and wildlife charities that we support around the world include Africat, The Dian Fossey Foundation, Wader Quest and Wildlife SOS, amongst many others.
PeopleAs well as respecting the wildlife of the destinations we visit, we also place a huge emphasis on respecting the cultures and people of these fascinating countries. We solely work with providers and suppliers who are passionate about protecting the communities, wildlife and landscapes of this remarkable country, and our tour providers are committed to creating and upholding transparent and honest relationships with local communities and suppliers. We use an experienced, local and reliable travel company who employ local people, so that not only do they hold intimate knowledge of the regions and how to protect them, but also so that as much of the revenue created as possible is filtered straight through to the local communities. Indigenously owned and managed, our agents provide career opportunities that without the tourism aspect would not be possible and are fully committed to their in-depth sustainability policy. They also support numerous local projects including RAHAB Uganda.
As part of our commitment to protecting the communities we visit we also ensure that all accommodations used on your tour have a proven track record of treating staff well and fairly, and have policies in place for giving back to their local communities. At Mohogany Springs Lodge the vast majority of their family of staff come from the local communities and they have numerous projects in place for supporting and giving back to those communities. These projects include “Ride4aWoman”, a local community project which was set up to provide local widows with the ability to provide for their family. The project provides these women with sewing machines and other facilities, along with teaching them skills, to assist them in earning an income. The owners of the lodge also sponsor a local orphanage, have installed a clean drinking water system in the local community, and support a local hydro-power project which will provide electricity to the local area and hospital.
Solely using local agencies and providers means we have up to date local information and can therefore provide the most relevant information in our pre-departure literature. This includes information on on-going initiatives and community efforts that we actively encourage our customers to become involved in, including schemes to provide school children with equipment, information on cultural etiquette and advice on how to engage with and help the local communities. We offer first-hand advice on creating meaningful and respectful relationships between tourists and residents, and suggest local areas and communities to visit gaining cultural insights along the way, along with advice on where to buy souvenirs (to ensure the proceeds are going directly to the vendors), where to eat & where to drink.
As a company we are proud of our principle based values which our community can always depend on. We support several home and overseas charities, organisations and campaigns including Msaada, and sponsor numerous individuals and underprivileged children in many countries. We are committed to ethically working with overseas partners who employ and support local communities and local guides who know and love their region like no other, delighted to share knowledge and are dedicated to looking after our valued customers.