3 Day uganda low cost gorilla safari 1500pp
Uganda Low-cost Gorilla Safari
Our three-day low-cost gorilla safaris offer a great way of seeing these wonderful creatures in the wild without incurring great expense. By staying in simple accommodations rather than luxury lodges, and travelling largely by private car rather than light aircraft, we can greatly reduce the cost of the tour.
Depart Kampala early morning (approx. 7am) with your driver/guide en route to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Arrive Buhoma in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community Rest Camp, a very simple lodge offering accommodation in cosybandas.
Today is the big day! After an early breakfast, depart the lodge with a packed lunch and walk to the Bwindi entrance gate.
Once in the park, you will be given a short briefing by the rangers, during which they will explain how to behave once you encounter the gorillas, including guidance on how close you can get and on taking photographs. Following the briefing – between 8 and 9am – you’ll set off on foot into the hills of Bwindi.
The gorilla tracking will last anywhere from one to eight hours, depending on the location of the gorillas. The hills of Bwindi are extensive, and the gorillas, as wild animals, roam freely. Gane and Marshall staff have all had hugely different experiences of tracking the gorillas—in some instances trekking for most the day before coming across a family, in other cases having them stroll past the entrance gate of the park before the pre-trip briefing had even finished! Do be prepared for the possibility of a long trek, and pack good walking boots with this in mind. Keen hikers will love the experience of exploring Bwindi, a beautiful environment that houses a huge array of wildlife, but others may find the steep hills a strain.
In the event that you finish tracking the gorillas early, you will have the opportunity in the afternoon to take a nature walk in the Bwindi foothills (outside the boundaries of the National Park), or on a community walk through some of the villages in the surrounding region, allowing you to learn more about the local culture.
In the evening, return to Buhoma Community Rest Camp for dinner and overnight.
Another early start, as you make your way back to Kampala, stopping in Mbarara for lunch. There will also be time for a photo stop at the equator line while en-route to Kampala.
Expect to arrive in the capital around 6pm. If flying out this evening, you will be transferred to the airport. Otherwise, you will be transferred to your hotel.