Mountain Gorilla Escape - Bwindi 3 Days Tour - Uganda

Detailed itinerary

Our Mountain Gorilla Escape safari is your short gateway into the remote African wilderness. If your aim is to get close to the endangered mountain gorillas in the Albertine Rift valley for a weekend, this trip is tailored for you!

Day 1 – Welcome and Charter plane transfer to Kisoro airstrip, lake Mutanda excursion.

After your early morning arrival in Uganda the pearl of Africa, Instinct safaris representative will meet you and together you will be guided to the domestic terminal to check in the next connecting flight to Kisoro. The Aerolink morning flight leaves Entebbe international airport at 7:45 AM, Flight 111 every day. This flight takes the most diversified route for your aerial photography to finally be welcomes at the foothill of the Virunga massif in Kisoro. Upon your arrival from Entebbe airport at 8:55 AM to kisoro you will meet your Instinct safaris guide,he will welcome you and have luggage fitted in the customized safari 4X4 Land cruiser.Aprecise briefing about your tour with us will be done and later you drive to explore the local town of Kisoro.Your guide will identify a green restaurant/café for you to taste the natural aroma of African home grown volcanoes coffee in Kisoro.After this tropical Breakfast,you will meet your local canoe trekking guide and drive to Lake Mutanda for the canoe trekking experience before connecting to Nkuringo. On this first day of your journey, we would like to truly introduce you to the local community and the beautiful landscape around the Virunga volcanoes. With no engine noise and burning of fuels, you will be on the volcanic waters of Lake Mutanda alava dammed lake trip using traditional dug-out canoes. We will visit several islands situated in Lake Mutanda and from the lake we will visiting Rubuguri village. The next transfer will reveal Bwindi forest to you on the way to your lodge, Clouds Lodge (Luxury), with our 4x4 safari-customized Land Cruisers. You will arrive at your accommodation in the late afternoon for evening relaxation with Virunga panoramic views of the sundowners as the sky glows reddish over the rugged terrains close to the gorilla habitats. You will have Diner at your lodge and relax the rest of the evening as you prepare for a thrilling experience i.e. the Mountain gorilla encounter the following day.

Day 2 – Mountain gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi rain forest 

After an early breakfast from your lodge, you will transfer very early at 6:00 AM heading to the Headquarters of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the south at either Rushaga or Nyabaremura entry points. Your mountain gorilla habituation experience begins early in the morning at 7:00 AM and begins with thorough briefing. The activity grants four hours with the gentle giants and is the most exclusive gorilla-related activity in the world! Several mountain gorilla groups are currently under habituation in the sector and slowly getting used to human presence. After the activity safety briefing from your lead ranger guide, you will set off for your thrilling experience of the Gorillas in the Mist. More hours are spent Hiking within this mysterious and wonderful forest that offers quite a lot to see as you make your way to the Mountain Gorillas. Other wildlife including additional primates, butterflies, mammals and birds, will certainly be very beautiful and really enhance this extremely special experience. The mountain gorilla habituation experience involves tracking and trekking and may require some climbing before coming face to face with the powerful mountain gorillas. With the knowledge of your guide, you will have the chance to watch the gorillas from only few meters away. Habituation is different from the more common one hour tracking; especially in terms of the gorillas' attention to the trackers. Habituation allows four hours with the gentle giants. Gorilla families include babies with the mothers, juveniles, blackback gorillas and a silverback. You will witness their daily routine in their home, the rain forest. After we return from the activity, we will drive back to Nkuringo to enjoy a hot shower at the lodge. On time for sunset, we are invited to gaze across the Great Rift Valley. After a dinner, a dancing performance by Okutengatenga dancing group can be arranged at you bonfire to conclude the day. Accommodation at Clouds Lodge (Luxury).

Day 3 – Drive to Kisoro airstrip and return to Entebbe airport

An early morning breakfast is part of the last safari memories to chase, after you will check-out the luggage and drive back to the airstrip. This third day and last day of our gorilla escape we will see you returning to Kisoro airstrip. You will check in and board the the plane at 9:10 AM leaving the Virunga massif behind. Your safari with us ends with your successful departure from Kisoro, ultimately reaching Entebbe at 11:25 AM on Flight 112. Upon arrival to Entebbe international airport, you will be transferred from Aerolink terminal to join your connecting flight back home.

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What is included?

VAT is included in the tour price - emergency air ambulance evacuation is included in your trip with us through a gold cover from AMREF Flying Doctors ( valid in Uganda and Rwanda. DR Congo is not yet part of the service and no emergency air ambulance is provided - your Instinct Safaris guide and driver are included in your safari itinerary - your half or full board accommodation in the specified lodges, hotels, and camps is included on a shared room basis - your secure transport is ensured by traveling in a fully safari-customized Land Rover Defender or Toyota Land Cruiser - all other transportation included in your travel plan is on us - soft drinks, water, and endemic fruits are included in your safari. We support the local community by buying as much produce as possible from them rather than from large chains - Airfare EBB-Kisoro and Kisoro-EBB is included in the tour price (US $542 value) - park entrance fees to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is included in your trip - your mountain gorilla habituation experience permit in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is included (US $1500 value) - a community walk and canoe trip on and near lake Mutanda is included in your trip - your Instinct Safaris Foundation fee is included in the tour, supporting local vocational, health, and educational projects.

What is excluded?

Additional travel health insurance is not part of your safari price - all sorts of expenses of personal nature - souvenirs, drinks, laundry, and additional equipment - are not included - activities not stated in the itinerary are excluded - gratuities and tips to rangers, driver, guide, porter, lodge staff, or others, are not included - visa fees to Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo (where applicable) are not included - Instinct Safaris is not to be held responsible for the loss or damage taken to any object or piece of equipment taken in the wild.