Extend your exploration of Africa with our 4-day Uganda gorilla extension based from the luxury Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge. This short tour offers ample opportunities to track gorillas on foot through the dense Bwindi forest. This trek requires stamina, as gorillas can be elusive and difficult to find. Explore the area surrounding the lodge at your leisure and enjoy a visit to a local village for a chance to experience their culture.
Day 1 : Arrive Entebbe Day 2 : Gorilla Tracking Day 3 : Bwindi Forest Day 4 : Depart Uganda
Track gorillas on foot through the dense Bwindi Forest
Explore the clear mountain streams surrounding the lodge
Visit a local village and experience their culture and customs
Arrive at Entebbe airport where an Aerolink staff member assists you with the check in and transfers to your 07:45 am (arrival 09:30 am) or 12:30 pm (arrival 13:45 pm) domestic flight to Kihihi. Check-in time is one hour before the flight. Once at Kihihi you are welcomed by your expert guide who provides knowledge and assistance throughout your journey.
Transfer to Buhoma and Volcanoes Bwindi lodge (approximate transfer time of 2 hours). Rest and before dinner explore the lodge grounds with its clear mountain stream or visit the local village.
Enjoy an early breakfast before departing the lodge in search of gorillas. The Bwindi habitat is steep and densely forested and the trek requires stamina, as it can take the better part of a day to come across the gorillas. The first moment you finally see the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. You also have the option to participate in any number of activities offered through the lodge.
The day is yours! Choose between another gorilla tracking adventure (fees apply) or any of the optional activities hosted by the Bwindi Lodge. Check out some of the options:
Take a guided walk in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life. This walk offers excellent photographic opportunities and the knowledgeable guide provides a great insight into this globally important habitat.
Walk through the local village, and learn about community life and Bwindi Community Hospital that started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 60,000 people. Also take a tour of the local tea-processing operation at the lodge which enables guests to see the various different methods for tea growing and at the end of the tour taste some of our own grown tea! The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust supports both projects.
Discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies, and learn about the native tribal inhabitants of the forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills.
Day 4 Depart Uganda
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Transfer from Bwindi Lodge to the Kihihi airstrip, an approximate transfer time of 2 hours. Leave with the 09:45 am (arrive at 11:25 am) or 14:05 pm (arrive at 15:55 pm) return flight to Entebbe and connect in time for your return flight.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.