How Many Days Do You Need for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda?

How Many Days Do You Need for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda? – Introduction to Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that offers an extraordinary opportunity to encounter endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. With roughly half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population residing in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the country has become a premier destination for wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists alike. However, planning the duration of your gorilla trekking expedition is crucial to maximize your chances of a successful and memorable experience.

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation

Upon your arrival in Uganda, whether through Entebbe International Airport or another entry point, you’ll be greeted by the warmth of Ugandan hospitality. Your first day will likely be spent settling into your accommodation in one of the nearby towns or cities, such as Entebbe or Kampala. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to participate in an orientation session provided by All Budget Gorilla Safaris Ltd or the park authorities. This session will offer valuable insights into the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking, safety precautions, and what to expect during your expedition.

Day 2: Travel to the Gorilla Trekking Destination

On the second day, you’ll embark on a journey from your base to either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, depending on your chosen trekking location and permit availability. The travel time can vary depending on your starting point, but expect a scenic drive through Uganda’s lush countryside, passing vibrant villages and picturesque landscapes along the way. Upon reaching your destination, you’ll check into your accommodation near the park entrance, where you’ll spend the night in anticipation of the upcoming trek.

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking Expedition


The highlight of your gorilla trekking experience begins on the third day. After an early breakfast, you’ll head to the park headquarters for a briefing by experienced guides who will accompany you throughout the trek. The briefing will cover essential information about gorilla behavior, trekking guidelines, and safety protocols. Following the briefing, you’ll be assigned to a gorilla family group based on factors such as fitness level and personal preferences.

With your trekking group and armed guides, you’ll set off into the dense forest in search of the elusive mountain gorillas. The duration and intensity of the trek can vary depending on the location of the gorilla family you’re tracking and the terrain conditions. It’s essential to be prepared for a challenging but rewarding journey, as you navigate through thick vegetation, steep slopes, and possibly muddy terrain.

Once you encounter the gorilla family, you’ll have a magical hour to observe and photograph these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. It’s a rare and intimate experience that fosters a deep connection with these gentle giants and leaves a lasting impression on all who witness it. After your time with the gorillas, you’ll trek back to the park headquarters, where you’ll receive a certificate of participation before returning to your accommodation for a well-deserved rest.

Day 4: Reflection and Exploration

On the fourth day, take some time to reflect on your incredible gorilla trekking experience and explore the surrounding area at a more leisurely pace. You may choose to participate in optional activities such as guided nature walks, birdwatching tours, or cultural encounters with local communities. Alternatively, you can simply relax and soak in the natural beauty of your surroundings, immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of the forest.

Day 5: End of the Adventure and Departure

As your gorilla trekking adventure comes to an end, you’ll bid farewell to the breathtaking landscapes and hospitable people of Uganda. After breakfast, you’ll embark on the journey back to your departure point, whether it’s Entebbe International Airport or another destination. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to reminisce about your gorilla trekking experience and share stories and photos with your fellow travelers. Upon reaching your departure point, you’ll say goodbye to Uganda with a newfound appreciation for its rich biodiversity and commitment to gorilla conservation.

Safari Inclusions and Exclusions

Included

  • Uganda Gorilla Permit ($800pp)
  • All activities (Unless labelled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labelled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (On all days)

Excluded

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
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