Uganda Gorilla Trek 3 Days

By Calah Moira

Tour Itinerary: Gorilla Tour Uganda

Day 1

Have breakfast early morning and depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for tracking (trekking the Mountain Gorillas. The journey is quite interesting with so much to see in the countryside and the beautiful hills that surround the area. A vehicle can be stopped at any time just in case you want to take photos. Have lunch in Mbarara.

We arrive in Bwindi late in the afternoon and check in to our desired lodges. These range from up market, tented camps and budget. You can stay at Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma lodge, Gorilla Resort and Mahogany springs lodge or the budget Buhoma Community Rest Camp or Nsongi Gorilla Resort.  You will hear sounds of birds and water flowing through the forest as you relax depending on the accommodation of your choice. Have dinner and prepare for the great day tomorrow of tracking the Mountain Gorillas.

Budget Accommodation: Nshongi Gorilla Resort / Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Bwindi View Bandas
Moderate Accommodation: Wagtail Safari Camp/ Lake Kitandara Tented Camp/ Gift Of Nature Lodge/Trekker’s Tavern Cottages/Buhoma Community Rest Camp
Luxury Accommodation: Gorilla Resort Lodge / Silverback Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge
Super Luxury Accommodation: Clouds Lodge/Mahogany Springs lodge / Gorilla Forest Camp

Day 2 – Gorilla tracking in the rain tropical forest

Wake up early morning and have breakfast, proceed to the park’s Headquarters for some briefing about the gorillas and meeting the ranger guides. You are spilt into groups depending on the one you are assigned to and off you go for the hike to track the gorillas. Hiking through the Go track the mountain gorillas in the Impenetrable forestImpenetrable forest will be mysterious and you will come across other primates, butterflies, birds, flora and Fauna that will prepare your mind to meet the Mountain Gorillas. This will be a remarkably special day in your life.

Tracking the gorillas requires some level of fitness due to the fact that you have to climb the hills in order to encounter the gorillas. It’s quite tiresome but breathtaking when you come face to face with the great Mountain Gorillas. They are watched at a distance of 5 meters, you will see them doing their daily routine for instance playing, feeding and the mothers feeding their young ones. It takes about 2 to 8 hours of tracking or less depending on where the gorillas were the day before. The Mountain Gorillas can’t be found in zoos but only in Africa where a few are still surviving.  After the gorilla trek, you may choose to stay in Bwindi area to see the Batwa on a village trail for the evening entertainment and African story telling or instead drive to the romantic Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale for a relaxing moment with the sights and sounds of the birds at Heritage Lodge or Arcadia Cottages.

In case you stay around Bwindi, you will see the Batwa people and how they have been able to survive in the forest. You will love their traditional ways and how they brew beer locally. You will get a chance to see their healing doctor and the herbs he uses to get his people feel better. They will show their gratitude by performing their cultural dance and sing as well. You will be amazed by how the little children dance selflessly to please you. This will actually make your safari memorable. Return to your lodge for dinner and rest.

Day 3

A lovely breakfast and straight way check out of the lodge. Leave for Kampala and have lunch in Mbarara. The next stop is at the Equator to take some photos and visit the Buganda drum makers; you may purchase one as a souvenir. Continue to Kampala, if time allows,  you can take a night trip around the vibrant city of Kampala, lots of dancing, drinking and music all night!!!

Safari Price Includes: Bottled Water, English Speaking Driver, Park Entrance Free, Transport Including Fuel, Lodging and Food, Gorilla permit
Not included on the safari price; alcoholic drinks, tips and laundry.


Bwindi is one of the most exciting parks to visit in Uganda. It’s a famous home to so many Mountain gorillas in the world. People come to Uganda to see the gorillas and it’s a guarantee that you will see many in their natural setting.Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is situated in the South Western part of Uganda, adjacent to the Western Rift Valley. A mountain gorilla trek will be such an amazing experience.

Bwindi simply means darkness and getting a chance to walk through this forest will make you understand why it was called so. A foot in this park will actually let you know why it’s known as Impenetrable and yet penetrable. It has a stream of water within the forest that makes it a wonderful place to visit. Some level of physical fitness is required as you have to climb the steep mountains when tracking the gorillas. All this adventure is really exciting and worth your time and money.

Apart from the Mountain gorillas that are loved by many tourists, the park has over 346 bird species and about 200 fluttering butterflies. The tree species are about 324 of which 12 are only discovered in Uganda. Bwindi is the place to visit and explore nature at its best. The gorillas are habituated and so permits go for $500 per person. People that have tracked the gorillas in Bwindi bear me witness that it’s a dream come true and worth the cost and journey.

Tracking (trekking) the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the best part of your safari in Uganda. Its one creature that attracts many tourists to Uganda and that is why it’s called the pearl of Africa, Uganda is politically stable giving you a chance to trek the gorillas at any angle in the Mountain.