Gorilla Express Safari

This Uganda air and road safari is a quick and comfortable way to combine a visit to Bwindi Forest for gorilla trekking with a taste of the less-visited part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is a circular tour from Entebbe.

5 Nights


₤ 2,521 (PPS)


This Gorilla Express 6 Day safari from Entebbe is primarily about visiting and tracking the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. There is the opportunity to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest twice as well as taking forest walks. The gorilla experience is followed by a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park so that you enjoy some general game-viewing as well as gorilla trekking. Uganda boasts some of the top birding in Africa with over 1000 species including many endemic forest birds and the grey-crowned crane. This safari is based on staying in good lodges and luxury tented camps.

This is ideal for reasonally fit people as it involves walking in rugged conditions. It operates with a minimum of 2 people and maximum of 6 people in specially customised 4x4 safari vehicles. The nights under canvas still have private bathrooms with flush toilets and al fresco bucket shower. Transport is via scheduled flights and customised safari vehicles.

All meals, two scheduled domestic flights, guiding and transport, set safari activities and park fees are included.

Depart any date - Scheduled or Private departures

The Gorilla Express has approx 16 scheduled departures, one or two a month, throughout the year, which may appeal more to solo travellers. The main reason for picking one of these dates is that there will be gorilla tracking permits reserved for guests around them. This will matter even more if you would like to track on two consecutive days. With so few permits being issued each day, you can imagine this could be a real challenge, otherwise.

However, the same itinerary can be taken on a private basis on any departure date of your choice at a broadly similar cost if you are a party of four or more. We only confirm the trip once we have obtained gorilla tracking permits. If you plan well ahead, it is still possible to track gorillas twice. But please note that if you are booking within a few months of travel, this would be unlikely.

On private safaris the game drives and vehicle will be exclusive use but activities such as primate tracking and boat cruises will be shared with other guests.

Gorilla Permit: Please note that the Gorilla permit of $700 per person per day is NOT included at this stage, as some clients like to do two gorilla treks. However we will arrange it & include it in your final invoice, along with any extra activities you may wish to do (see below).


Extra Activities:

  • Forest walk at $70 per person
  • Community visit at $40 per person
  • Batwa Pygmies Community Visit at $105 per person
  • Gorilla permit of $700 per person per day

Notes on Pricing:

  • This tour can be done on a PRIVATE BASIS if you are 4 people.
  • The price for November is the same as April to May
  • The price for December is the same as June to October
  • Given the focus on gorilla tracking, which is age-restricted (no under 15's allowed), scheduled departures are only suitable for families with near adult children of 16 years and above.


Gorilla Express Safari at a glance

PRICE FROM ₤ 2,521 (PPS)

Mari Jacobs

Africa Travel Specialist

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An idea of price

This is a set tour using specific camps. However many tours can be adapted. Chat to us about your options. It excludes international flights but includes an estimate for all domestic or regional flights within the tour.

Average price per person sharing by season
Jun 2023 - Oct 2023
₤ 2,911
Nov 2023 - Nov 2023
₤ 2,521

A fully guided safari: Meet & greet service, return airport transfers to Entebbe/return, two domestic flights, accommodation, meals, services of driver/ guide. Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park & sun-downers at Ishasha.


Gorilla tracking permits of $700 per person per day - these are added at quote stage, any additional excursions, Items of a personal nature (eg gratuities, curio purchases, telephone, spa treatments etc), drinks other than bottled water on vehicle.