Gorilla Luxury Fly-in safari
₤ 1,674 (PPS)
A 3 night fly-in safari from Entebbe to Bwindi is perfect for those short on time and keen to experience one of the most thrilling wildlife encounters on earth, trekking Mountain Gorillas.
Please note that we often have to add on a preceding night in Entebbe or Kampala depending on your flight arrival time.
Situated just inside the Park gate, Buhoma Lodge offers wonderful views out over the forest - and they often have gorillas and other primates IN the garden!
This gorilla safari can also be tailored to add in game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park or chimp trekking in Kibale - chat to us today and we will design your ideal Uganda adventure.
Mountain Gorilla Trekking
Mountain gorillas are wild animals and, as such, sightings cannot be guaranteed. However viewing success rates are over 90%. Once sighted, visitors are allowed an hour with the gorillas. Overnighting in Bwindi is required the night before tracking due to your early morning start. As tracking can sometimes take a full day, a second nights accommodation is also highly recommended. Ideally 2 to 3 nights are suggested to enjoy this region.
Gorilla tracking timings and conditions vary tremendously as the gorillas move continuously through the rain forest. It is good to be prepared and remember the weather can change with very little warning. The terrain is often steep and through areas where there are no marked paths. It can be VERY strenuous – it may be just a couple of hours but it can also be for a full day of up to 8 hours or more of hiking in hot, high altitude conditions – please be prepared for this by being as fit as possible!
Gorilla Permit: Please note that the Gorilla permit is NOT included at this stage, as some people want one permit and some want two. However we will arrange it & include it in your final invoice, along with any extra activities you may wish to do (see below).
- Gorilla permit of $700 per person
- Forest walk at $70 per person
- Community visit at $50 per person
Note on Prices below
The price per person decreases with the number of people in the party. Our price below assumes 2 people travelling. However contact us for a slightly lower price if you are a party of 4 or 6 people.
The price for Nov is the same as the April to May price. Whilst the price for Dec is the same as the peak season (July to Sept) price.
The Base Price is based on Protea Entebbe and Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Red Carpet option is based on N5 Boutique Hotel and Clouds Gorilla Mtn Lodge
Pared Back option is based on Buhoma Lodge for all 3 nights.
Note: There are other combinations. This just gives you a sense of what's available and at what price.
Gorilla Luxury Fly-in safari at a glance
On arrival at Entebbe Airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Transfer from your Entebbe hotel to the airport for your flight to Kihihi (about 90 mins).
You will be met on arrival at Kihihi airstrip by a Wild Frontiers representative and transferred through local villages and along mountain roads to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a World Heritage site (a drive of +- 90 mins).
The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, with almost 400 species of plants. This ‘impenetrable’ forest is also home to an estimated 460 mountain gorillas – including several habituated families.
The afternoon is at leisure for taking part in any optional activities (at an additional cost payable directly to the lodge).
Red Carpet Price: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Base Price: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Pared Back: Buhoma Lodge
Embark on a walk through tropical rain forest with experienced wildlife guides. Enjoy scenic views and the sights and sounds of the rain forest, with ample opportunities for bird watching and glimpses of the many monkey species living in the park as they move through the forest canopy.
Village Community Walk
This community walk takes you through the local villages surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Optional extra activities include visits to a traditional home, local orphanage or school, banana brewing demonstrations and meeting traditional medicinal healers. This 3-4 hr walk is easily tailored to your individual interests.
Coming face to face with mountain gorillas is a rare and exhilarating wildlife encounter that is hard to capture in words. Experienced guides and trackers will accompany your party on an early morning trek into the dense rain forest on the steep mountain slopes. Please note that gorilla tracking is strenuous, with treks ranging from 45 mins up to eight hours, at high altitudes in often hot conditions. We do recommend hiring a local porter to assist you on your trek. Although mountain gorillas are wild animals and sightings cannot be guaranteed, viewing success rates are over 95%.
Once you have located your gorilla family, spend an hour quietly observing them. The time passes so quickly; be sure to enjoy this experience fully and not just through your camera lens.
Transfer to the airstrip for your return flight Kihihi to Entebbe International airport.
We recommend staying at extra night if time allows. Contact us for a quote.
Options for an extra day
Those with additional pre-purchased permits will depart for a second gorilla trekking experience. Or spend the day at your leisure exploring the Bwindi area – optional activities include forest walks, a visit to a local school/ orphanage/ hospital or Batwa pygmy village, or some local curio shopping.
Batwa Cultural Experience
Embark on a three to four hour hike to a Batwa village in the midst of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This amazing encounter will allow you the opportunity to meet Batwa elders and their families and learn about their daily lives. Through the assistance of a skilled interpreter you will discover the unique traditions and practices the Batwa people including their deep attachment to the forest, the cuisine they enjoy, how they harvest their food, the style of their homes, and their burial rites. Visitors are even given the chance to learn how to light a fire with just a stick and how to shoot a target with traditional weapons.
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An idea of price
All our itineraries are merely samples of what we can arrange. Virtually every trip is tailor-made for you. The exact price of our sample itineraries depends on the time of year and accommodation used. This is merely a guideline.
It excludes regional flights to the start and end of the itinerary (as these may vary depending on where you fly into Africa). But it includes an estimate of any flights WITHIN the itinerary. Contact us for a quote including any regional flights needed.
• Transfer from Entebbe Hotel to Airport • Flight Entebbe – Kihihi with shared transfer Kihihi airstrip to Buhoma Lodge • 3 nights accommodation at Buhoma Lodge including all meals (full board) and local drinks • Shared transfer Buhoma Lodge to Kihihi airstrip for flight Kihihi – Entebbe • Comprehensive passenger / public liability insurance
• lnternational flights and airport taxes • Visa, Travel insurance, Health requirements (including Yellow Fever & Covid certificates if required) • Gorilla permit USD 700 per person / USD 775 per additional permit • Services/activities/drinks/ meals not included above • Gratuities and personal expenses