Gorilla trekking takes you to the heart of Uganda, a wildlife lovers’ paradise. Be at one with nature – trek the dense African jungle with gorillas, enjoy river cruises in beautiful national parks and cycle through the magnificent scenery. There’s a wealth of adventure to be had in Uganda. The memories will last a lifetime.
Only a handful of people get to spend time with wild mountain gorillas in their natural habit. Gorilla trekking is therefore both a fascinating and truly unique experience. There are roughly only 720 mountain gorillas left on the planet, and half of them are found in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Learn more about mountain gorilla trekking and Follow Alice to the pearl of Africa to get a serious tick on that bucket list.
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Trip Mix: 20% History & Culture | 30% Activity & Sport | 50% Wildlife & Nature
Focus Themes: Wildlife
Physical Rating: Low/Moderate
Accommodation: Authentic, boutique style lodges and cottages, mid to upper scale
✓ Get up close and personal the worlds last population of Mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
✓ Mountain bike safari in Lake Mburo National Park
✓ Enjoy unparalleled views over Lake Bunyonyi
✓ Explore hidden islands on traditional Ugandan wooden boats
✓ Safari through Queen Elizabeth National Park
✓ Stopover at the equator and explore the city of Kampala
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One of the most important things about any trip is having the right local knowledge. Our local guide, Dan, or more commonly known as ‘UganDan’, is an absolute superstar! Every person that goes on an adventure with Dan tells us how how much value he added to their Uganda trips. One of our clients commented that it was like “with a good friend who has invited you to his home country”.
“Our guide Dan was very reliable, super committed to showing us as much wildlife as possible and above all, a ton of fun! We all wished we could extend for a few days and some of us already booked our next ‘UganDan’ experience with Follow Alice” Eva Maria Stolz
Arrival at Entebbe Int. Airport where Dan, our local Ugandan leader, picks you up and drives you to our guest houses. Check in and relax from the journey. In the evening, join us for an optional dinner with your fellow adventurers in Entebbe and possibly a drink in one of the local bars after. Or just enjoy the view on beautiful Lake Victoria.
We start early in the morning for a transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Refresh yourself with a swim in the pool upon arrival and enjoy lunch on Rwakobo Rock with scenic fews on the Ugandan grassland. If you are not too tired and prefer to relax at the pool we recommend to join us for a bike ride through Lake Mburo national park when the sun starts setting. We’ll see zebras, antelopes, baboons, long-horn cattle.. all from a very close range!
We leave early again and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in southwestern Uganda near the Rwandan border with a stopover in Kabale. Kabale is located higher up the hills at almost 2,000m above sea level and hence enjoys more moderate temperatures year round.
We continue to our lodges – expect astonishing views from the terrace on the picturesque Lake Bunyonyi. Believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa, Lake Bunyonyi is one of the country’s top natural treasures. It’s framed by lush, green-terraced hills, but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical. After lunch, you can either relax, explore the neighbourhood on a quad bike or go bird watching. The word “Bunyonyi” in local language means “birds” and yes, you guessed right – because the lake is home to a extremely broad range of bird species!
After a hearty breakfast, we get on traditional Ugandan wooden boats and paddle to one of the islands where we enjoy lunch. The island features a small adventure park including a Ziplining facility across the lake. We invite everyone to give it a go or just swim in the lake and sunbathe. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit!
After a refreshing day at the lake, we transfer later in the afternoon to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where we check into our cottages in the Gorilla Camp to get ready for the big day to follow.
After an early breakfast, we get a briefing by the park rangers. We then begin our gorilla trek in the densely forested landscape of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. There are 3 different choices for gorilla trekking; short, medium and long. The long trek is roughly up to 6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the jungle. For anyone physically in good shape we recommend the long one. Learn more about gorilla trekking here.
Gorillas are an endangered species – unfortunately, and there are only ~720 gorillas left in the wilderness. Only very few people get the chance every year to connect with them in their natural habit. It’s a truly unique experience to see these magnificent animals just a few meters away! We have packed lunch on the jungle trek and return to our lodge to relax late afternoon.
After breakfast, we embark on a scenic journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive down the hills from Rushaga is packed with impressions and breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Drive by local farmers, picturesque African villages and pass through postcard-like valleys nestled in the hilly landscape. Refresh yourself in the pool after checking in the lodge and enjoy the views over Queen Elizabeth National Park. Later in the afternoon, go for a walk through the communities and get an impression of the Ugandan life. Or for the ones that are not too tired from the journey and the day before, there is an option to go on a Chimpanzee Trek in Kyambura Forest.
Today’s program is discovering Queen Elizabeth National Park – both from boat and by jeep. We expect to see lions, buffaloes, warthogs, hippos, crocodiles, elephants and many more at a close range. After the boat cruise ends around 4pm, we will visit the local salt lakes and get an introduction to another piece of Ugandan day to day life.
After breakfast, we will take you to Kampala with a stopover at the equator for lunch. You can find here plenty of shops to buy souvenirs and gifts to take home for friends and family. We check into our guest house in Kampala late afternoon. Kampala is Uganda’s national and commercial capital and offers a lot of culture and nightlife. If you are not too tired from the journey, we would love to invite you for a farewell dinner at Ndere cultural centre with cultural shows and a buffet full of authentic local food. Kampala has also a bustling nightlife and our local friend will be happy to give you recommendations on how to end the trip with a bang!
After a final local Ugandan breakfast, board your plane back home equipped with plenty of great memories and lots of new friends!
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