Day 1: Fly From Entebbe to Bwindi forest national park.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to Entebbe. Upon arrival at the airport, you will connect another flight from Entebbe International Airport to Kihihi/Kisoro airstrip in the south-western part of Uganda.
Departure Entebbe: 07.45 am (check in latest at 06.30 am, 1 hr before your flight departs)
Arrival Kihihi: 09.30 am / Arrival Kisoro: 08:55 am
On arrival at Kihihi/Kisoro airstrip you will be picked up by our representative or staff of lodge you are staying at. You will be transferred in about 1 hour to the lodge.
Journey time: Flight in the morning or afternoon/transfer to lodge 1½ hours
Luxury: ICHUMBI Gorilla Lodge / Mahogany Lodge ( B,L,D)
Budget: Ride4woman / Rushaga Gorilla Camp (B,D)
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi forest national park
This is the big day… our guide will pick you up from your lodge, at 7.30am transfer to park gate (5-10 minutes) Pre-tracking orientation starts at 8:00AM. Trekking through the thick jungle, traversing canopies of thick undergrowth can be tough, wet, strenuous but not impossible – the tracking can last from as little as 45 minutes to as much as 10 hours. The activity depends on location of gorillas the previous day. Visitors therefore are supposed to move along with packed/picnic lunch and water, and should be equipped with strong waterproof clothing and must be averagely healthy.
Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
Luxury: ICHUMBI Gorilla Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge ( B,L,D)
Budget: Ride4woman /Rushaga Gorilla Camp (B,D)
Day 3: Second Gorilla tracking- Bwindi forest, another gate
Have breakfast, pack lunch and set off for the second day of gorilla tracking at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Double your gorilla experience in Uganda. Two encounters with the gentle giants of Impenetrable Forest of Bwindi is a completely different rewarding experiences.
Day 4: Optional Activities – Community Village Tour or Second Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
Optional activities to select from.
Optional activity 2; Village walk
You will observe women making handicrafts from local materials and those creating the baskets , a chance to buy some. See how hard women are working in the fields tending to their crops. just a hoe and hard work all day in the fields.
If its school going season, visit the local Primary School and meet children and the teachers – amazing how one can learn without electricity, lights, computers.
It’s possible to visit to the Batwa Pygmy community, the original people of the forest – those who lost their homes when Bwindi forest was legally made Impenetrable Forest National Park. This tour ends with traditional dance and gorilla dance.
Depending on the Gorilla family previously available and booked by our tour consultant ( Buhoma or Ruhija or Rushaga) it’s possible to continue this village tour with seeing how tea is picked and how just the newest leaves area picked by the skilled pickers. Chances of seeing local women washing clothes in the traditional way by hand – there is no whirlpool washing machine here – just hands
Head out to a Banana plantation where there is local brewing demonstration using Bananas. Uganda is the original Banana Republic in a literal sense and produces more Bananas varieties than any other country except Brazil, not bad for a country the size of the state of Oregon. Also you can sample the local beer made from Bananas. Traditional Healer – no, he is not a witch doctor but someone who knows what to use from the forest for ailments – you will be amazed at this informative demonstration.
Village tour cost : $20 per person.
Luxury: ICHUMBI Gorilla Lodge /Mahogany Lodge ( B,L,D)
Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Camp / Ride4woman (B,D)
Day 5: Fly Bwindi forest-Kihihi/Kisoro-Entebbe
Our guide will take care of your transfer to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrip. You will fly back to Entebbe International Airport to connect to your destination.
Journey Time for flights to between Bwindi and Entebbe
45 min transfer to Kihihi/ Kisoro & 1h10 min flight
Morning flight schedule
Departure time from Kihihi: 09.45 AM
Departure time from Kisoro: 09.10 AM
Arrival time in Entebbe: 11.25 AM
Please let us know if you wish us to include one (or more) nights in Entebbe or arrange your transport to and from Entebbe Airport.
Local flights are not included in tour cost, please let us know if you wish us to have them included.