Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Trekking through lush rainforest in Central Africa, as you search for gentle giants, is one of the most intimate experiences you can have with the animal kingdom. With well-versed tour guides at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you will hike through the underbrush of the Ugandan rainforests as you track down one of the many groups of gorillas that call the forest home. Guides are key to the experience as they have the expertise to follow the gorilla’s path, leading you to a safe space where you can marvel at these magical creatures in their natural environment. You can expect to find the gorillas when you’re about 2,500 – 4,000 meters above sea level. Once you encounter the gorillas, your reality will shift as you connect with these magnificent, intelligent beings. You may see the younger gorillas pestering their parents, the older ones relaxing, and they might get a little curious and start observing you.
Located in the southwestern corner of Uganda, at almost 330 square kilometers, the Bwindi forest is home to over 300 gorillas. Begin the trek at Ndego Gate, located on the southern edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, then head for the home base of Gorilla Resort, a luxury safari camp that features furnished tents. After another day following the gorilla’s path, and enjoying the thrill of witnessing them in nature, you’ll rest at Buhoma Homestead, an upscale lodge located in the park. Before the journey ends at Bwindi Gate you’ll spend a few hours navigating the areas of the park where gorillas are most common.
Getting to the UNESCO World Heritage Site trekking location of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is part of the fun! It is easiest to fly into Entebbe, Uganda, and then get on a plane to the Kisoro airstrip. You can take most any international carrier, such as Qatar Airways, Emirates, Delta Airlines,or WestJet to Entebbe. To get to Kisoro, you’ll need to take a local carrier, such Aerolink or Eagle Air. From Kisoro, you can hire a private taxi to take you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, or one of the nearby lodges. If you are not with a tour group, you will drive north toward Mutolere, then to Bukimbiri, and then to Mushongero and continue north toward the park. If you’re flying in from another country, you can fly directly to Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret in Kenya or Dar Es Salaam and Moshi city in Tanzania.