Gorilla safaris in Uganda

5 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Gorilla Safaris in Uganda: Bwindi is among Uganda’s most exciting national parks and a place you can’t leave out while on a Ugandan safari. It is famously known as a home to a big number of Mountain gorillas basing on the world remaining population. About 750 gorillas are remaining and half of this number has its home in Bwindi. The park is located in Southwestern Uganda just near the escarpment of the Western rift Valley. The word “Bwindi” means “darkness” and when you get the opportunity of walking through this forest you have will get to know why its called such a name. Trekking doesn’t require any skills but physical fitness is always required as there are a lot of steep mountains to climb p and about looking for these gentle giants. Above all there is nothing as adventurous and thrilling as going for gorilla trekking!

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale National Park – Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

Early in the morning after breakfast, leave Murchison National Park and proceed to Kibale National park. You will pass via the Lake Albert escarpments as you enjoy the good views of the lake. You will stopover in Hoima for your lunch and after proceed driving towards the park. You will also pass through the traditional villages and you enjoy the vegetation cover here which is ever green.

Visit the scenic crater lakes region and get chance to check out the terraced tea states. Later on, proceed back to the lodge to relax for the evening and enjoy your dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee Forest Guest

Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland swamp  – Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

Early in the morning after taking breakfast, you will go to the park headquarters where you will be briefed about chimpanzee trekking. By 8:00am, you will be starting your search for the chimpanzees within the park. These primates are the closest relatives to the human being and they share 98% of their DNA with that of the human beings.

There are also many other primate species which will be seen along with the chimpanzees and these include; the L’Hoest monkeys, golden monkeys, Black and white colobus monkeys, grey checked Mangabey, red tailed monkeys, the bush babies, and many bird species which include; green breasted pitta, rumped tinker bird, yellow spotted nicator, and the green breasted pitta. This park is one of the great rain forest in Africa and it has the largest community of chimpanzees where by each community has 1 -100 individuals and each community has a complicated social structure. In the group, the adult males dominate the group and provide protection to the territory against the rest of the males from other territories.

The chimps are located by simply listening for their pant hooting calls, and then head to the place from which they replied from. Here you can observe them as they feed, play as well as socializing with each other. Later in the afternoon, you will visit Bigodi swamp which is also good for watching primates and birds. It’s mainly maintained by the local people and they earn a living from there. You will enjoy many bird species here including; the great blue turuco, and many more, the other primate species to view here include; the baboons, mongoose, otters, bush pigs as well as the bush bucks and overnight at Chimpanzee Forest Guest

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park – Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

Early in the morning after breakfast, drive directly to Bwindi via the ishasha sector were you will view many tree climbing lions.

This is the only place in Africa were you will view tree climbing lions. You will also view many animals including; the monkeys, birds, kobs, antelopes etc.

Arrive to the park in afternoon and enjoy a nature walk were you will many animals including the monkeys, elephants, birds etc. Diner and overnight at Ichumbi Gorilla Safari Lodge

Day 4: Gorilla trekking – Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

Have an early morning breakfast, and after proceed to the park headquarters to have a briefing about the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking in Bwindi.

A ranger will then accompany you to the rain forest to start your search for the gentle giants. This walk can sometimes be tough and it needs someone so strong.

Trekkers are always advised to carry their rain coats and boots because the weather there is always unpredictable. There are also some potters who always help with the carrying of the luggage on behalf of the visitors but at a small cost.

On sighting the gorillas, the rangers will guide you on handle them, especially by giving them a 6 meter distance as you enjoy them play around.

It’s always not easy to predict how long gorilla tracking will take and this also depends on the location of some families since some of them are far from the park headquarters. However,

it always takes 2 to 8 hours to come into contact with them and the rangers will always be there to guide you. Trackers are also advisable to be physically fit before going for tracking.

After your trek, return to the lodge for your lunch and in the afternoon, you may opt to visit the batwa community to enjoy some cultural performances before retiring at your lodge.

Diner  and overnight at Ichumbi Gorilla Safari Lodge

Day 5: Departure back to Kampala – Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

Have breakfast at the hotel and after start your transfer to Kampala, have lunch at Mbarara town and have another stopover at the equator to have some photos and experiments. After, proceed to Kampala arriving in the late afternoon.

End of safari

Price on Request


  • photography and touring, 
  • Chimpanzee & Gorilla trekking permits. 
  •  full board accommodation,
  •  Full time English speaking professional driver/guide,
  •  All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary,
  •   Bottled water while on safari,
  •  Transport


  •  Kampala hotel fees( the eve of the safari and the night after the safari), 
  • Tips, 
  •  Laundry services,
  •   Beverages/ drinks  international flights, 
  •  Visas, 
  • Items of a personal nature,
  •  optional activities and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary