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5 Days Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tracking Expedition

Day 1:  Pick up from Kampala/Entebbe and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

On this day a driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel in Kampala/Entebbe or from Entebbe Airport and start the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, this drive is long but worth it you will enjoy amazing sceneries and meet up with the local communities along the way. You will have a stop at the Equator for photographs, lunch in Mbarara, and other optional multiple stops depending on your request and time.


Drive time: 8-9 hours drive.

Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge/Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Day 2: Gorilla tracking Experience in Bwindi.

After breakfast at the lodge, you will drive to the park headquarters for a briefing from the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger guides who will allocate you a gorilla family group you will trek on that day.

The gorilla trek always continues from the place where they were last seen the previous day. Upon reaching the area where these famous species are, you will only be allowed to interact with them for only one hour and you should always keep maximum silence while with these Gorillas. You are allowed to take photographs and so on.


Gorilla tracking can sometimes be strenuous depending on the trek that day which is normally determined by weather and the movement of the gorillas in the forest but given the fact it is a very well-organized activity you have a high chance of seeing the gorillas on your trek. The 2 ranger guides will lead you all through the trek.

After the trek, you will retrieve back to the starting point to pick up your certificates for having tracked the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge/Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After having breakfast, you will drive to Kibale Forest National Park with a stopover for lunch in Kasese or Fort Portal.

 Kibale Forest National park is home to 13 species of primates and over 335 bird species making it a popular destination for birders and primates lovers.

Drive time: 4-5 hours drive

Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee guest house or Turaco Treetops Lodge

Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi wetland walk

You will have an early breakfast then drive to Kanyanchu head offices for a briefing about the track that you will be carrying out in a couple of hours. From there you will start the Chimpanzee tracking experience. You will be able to see 12 other different primate species like vervet monkeys, gray-cheeked mangabeys,  baboons, and among others.

Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee guest house or Turaco Treetops Lodge

Day 5: Departure back to Kampala/Entebbe

In the early morning after breakfast, drive back to Kampala/Entebbe as it marks the end of the trip.

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Frequently Asked Question

Qn. Whats the price of a Gorilla Permit?

Ans. It's USD 700 per person

Qn. When to go or the best time for Gorillas in Uganda?

Ans. The country experiences two dry and two wet seasons in a year. However a Uganda gorilla trekking experience is considered a year-round activity, most visitors prefer the drier months of June to September and December to February, when trekking conditions are more favourable.

And for budget travelers, you might consider traveling between March to May and October to November) since it's a low season and accommodation facilities tend to lower the prices.

Qn. Are the trails smooth or easy to hike?

Ans: Some trails are muddy, rocky, and slippery. So as you you trek, you need to be careful about where you step. Otherwise, they are clearly demarcated to lead you to the summit.

Qn. Where to track Chimpanzees?

Ans: You can track Chimpanzees in Kanyanchu in Kibale, Kyambura or Kalinzu, You can also trek Chimpanzees at Ngamba Island


Price includes

  • Bottled Drinking water

  • Accommodation

  • Meals

  • Guide fees

  • Transport

  • Gorilla Permit

  • Chimpanzee Permit

Price Excludes

  • Visa

  • Insurance

  • Personal Expense

  • Tips

  • Alcoholic Beverages

Packing list

  • Camera

  • Antimalarials

  • Warm light-weight clothes

  • Backpacker/ small bag to accommodate your rain gear, and drinking water.​

  • Trekking trousers

  • A torch/headlamp and batteries​

  • Closed trekking shoes

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