Uganda: Gorilla Safari Sampler
5 days, 4 nights
Price Range: $4,961 – $6,275
(all-inclusive price per person, depending on dates & camps selected)
To have intimate time in the wild with a massive silverback gorilla and his troop is one of the world’s most magical wildlife encounters. This exclusively gorilla-focused safari spends two full days tracking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the tract of dense rainforest that is home to roughly half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, which number fewer than 800. Discover Bwindi’s other wildlife, too, including colobus monkeys, giant forest hog, forest elephant, and myriad birds and butterflies.
Our Expert Says
For the traveler with time constraints, this is the perfect compact itinerary to unveil Uganda's greatest wildlife treasure -- the rare and endangered mountain gorilla -- in the most efficient manner. This is an easy excursion to add to any existing itinerary in East Africa, and the light aircraft transfers from Entebbe to Bwindi allow a traveler to avoid some long drives.
– Rick Guthke
Day 1: Entebbe / Kampala
Safaris in Uganda typically start and finish in Entebbe or nearby Kampala. Entebbe, on Lake Victoria, was a former British colonial administrative center. The National Botanical Gardens, laid out in 1898, are a must-see here. Uganda’s capital, Kampala, was established during the 13th century Buganda kingdom, one of the oldest in Africa. Built among lush hills and wetlands that were once royal impala-hunting grounds, Kampala today is a modern city of 1.7 million.
Days 2-4: Bwindi National Park
Named for the dense forests it encompasses, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to roughly half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Though the park is best known for its outstanding gorilla tracking, it also provides refuge to chimpanzees, monkeys, elephants and various small antelope. Bwindi is a key Uganda birding destination, with 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemics, including threatened species such as African green broadbill and Shelley's crimson wing.
Day 5: Entebbe/Home
Your safari adventure ends today in Entebbe, Uganda.