7 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Posted by on January 7, 2017

2 Gorilla Treks – Hike through Bwindi Forest – Batwa Pygmies Forest Walk

Experiential 7 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Twice Gorilla Trekking

Experiential 7 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Visiting the Mountain Gorillas of best-hiking-safariUganda is a once in a lifetime experience for most – In this Budget, Moderate or Luxury Gorilla Safari you trek Gorillas twice, you have the best of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

You can track the Mountain Gorillas twice – you take an eight-hour  hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with Incredible Views and wildlife and bird sightings.

Take a forest walk with the original people of the forest, the Batwa Pygmies through Buniga Forest and chill out after all that along one of the most beautiful lakes in Africa, Lake Bunyonyi.

If you are a Hiker, This 7 day Safari is just for you, two gorilla Treks, Hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a hike with the First People of the Forest – the Batwa Pygmies.

Day 1 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Your Experiential 7 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest begins. Depart your lodging at Kampala or Entebbe at 6:30 am in a comfortable four by four Safari Vehicle and take the scenic route to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you will find many opportunities for some great photos and your knowledgeable driver-guide will give you the background, cultures, information about Uganda including information on Gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest itself, your hike through the forest and time with the Batwa People.

Arrive at the Lodge of your choice in the Buhoma Area.


Lodging:  Mahogany Springs Lodge – Upmarket – Buhoma Community Rest Camp – Moderate – Budget

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner

Lodging Choices in the Buhoma Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: 


Mahogany Springs Lodge is an upmarket lodge in the affordable range with an impeccable reputation.  Its deluxe Chalet give you comfort that you need before and after your Gorilla Trek from a clean – nicely decorated room to the friendly main-lodge.

Gorillas enter the lodge grounds at times and guests can see them.  The meals are excellent – the reviews are accolades of raves. The Service by the friendly staff surpasses many other lodges – a great place.

Buhoma0Community-rest-campBuhoma Community Rest Camp-Budget – Moderate:

Buhoma Community Rest Camp – is a community project assisting the local community by providing budget and moderately priced lodging to visitors of the Buhoma area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Tented Cottages with bathroom fall into the moderate range, African Style Bandas and Dorms are part of the budget offerings from Buhoma Community Rest Camp.  Sumptuous meals are offered to guests and packed lunches are made for gorilla treks.

Other Lodges to choose from

Day 2 – 1st Gorilla Trek:

7 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable ForestBreakfast and pick up your packed lunch and two liters of water. You will need a light backpack, 2 liters of water, waterproof hiking boots, jeans or long trousers, long-sleeved shirt to avoid scratches from branches, hat, garden gloves made of cotton come in handy in pulling yourself up on branches, walking stick can be purchased – buy a carved one and you can take it back home in memory of this day. Optional Porter services are available to carry your things and make it easier on you.

After some instructions you venture out with your group with guides and military escort into the forest and a gorilla trek can be from two to five hours plus. The difficulty level depends on the group that you are tracking and the terrain that you cover.

The hour that you spend with the gorillas is the experience of a lifetime – you are just within a few meters of gorilla family watching them go about with their daily business – it is like taking a glimpse into someone’s house as you watch these gentle giants of the forest.

After returning to your lodge you can simply choose to rest or go on a stimulating optional (not included in price) village walk which is an encounter with the local people that live around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – this is a most rewarding walk where you observe the making of craft, food harvesting and preparation, the making of local beer and the distilling of Waragi – Gin, spend some time with a traditional healer and the things he uses from the forest to alleviate and cure various ailment, visit a school, and meet the original people of the Forest the Batwa Pygmies.

Lodging:  Mahogany Springs Lodge – Upmarket – Buhoma Community Rest Camp – Moderate – Budget

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Hike:

Breakfast and a packed lunch from the lodge and you are off on a 7 to 8 hour walking safari, hiking through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You have a porter to help you with your backpack, there are guides and escorts, porters to lighten your load and enhance your time during this walking safari and nature hike. It is best to have two liters of water with you and some juice from a few individual containers bought in Uganda. A few energy bars or granola bars also just might come in handy.

Wear long trousers, long-sleeved shirts will help prevent you getting scratched from branches, hat – wide brimmed is best, light hiking boots, day-pack and use a walking stick for support.

What will you see along your walking Safari through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest?

Bwindi Rainforest is home to over 350 species of birds many of them endemic to the region-your hike through the forest will allow you to spot many a bird, there are over 300 kinds of butterflies and you surely see some of them up close and you will have opportunity for some great photos. There are 10 species of primates in the park including chimpanzees, L Hoests Monkey, Red Tailed and Blue Monkey, Black & White Colobus Monkeys and Baboons to name a few.

You will definitely encounter primates on your trek through the ancient Rainforest. You will see some primate along the way since Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is not only home to Gorillas, Primates, Birds and butterflies but to 120 mammal species including Forest Elephants, Duikers, Bush Pigs, the giant Forest Hog, cat species and much more. You might also see some colorful lizards along the way – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the key pearls in the Pearl of Africa and a walking safari through it unfolds as a tapestry of sounds, sights, smells as you have never experienced before including scenic wonders that are simply a delight to the eyes.

Arrive at Nkuringo and we check into the lodge you have chosen in the Nkuringo or Rushaga area.

Lodging: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Lodging Choices in the Nkuringo – Rushaga Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: 

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge-Luxury-Upmarket:

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is one of the few true Luxury Lodge.  In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest the only other one is Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Lodge in Buhoma.

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge – great views of the Virunga Volcanoes, incredible cottages, fantastic food and 24/7 butler and maid service during your stay here in the South of Bwindi Forest.

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge an experience in the ancient Rainforest.

Gorilla Safari Lodge – Upmarket – Rushaga:

This lower priced upmarket lodge has cottages with fireplaces for those cool Bwindi nights that await you here.

The decor is one of modern enhanced by African things. Great cottages with bath, even a family one.  The food will be just right for you and the service is great here at Gorilla Safari Lodge

Gorilla Valley Lodge – Moderate – Rushaga:

Gorilla Valley Lodge represents the best value in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  It is lower price moderate lodge pricing, rooms are spacious and come with bath.

You have great views of the Forest – are near to the Rushaga and Nkuringo trailheads.  The food is good, the portions just right, served by staff with a nice attitude.

Value with no compromise in comfort.

Other Bwindi Forest Lodging

Day 4 – 2nd Gorilla Trek:

It is time for your second Mountain Gorilla Trek and there are four mountain gorilla families that can be tracked from here. Twice gorilla tracking and a hike through the ancient forest is simply the adventure of a lifetime.

Be sure to have your two liters of water, your packed lunch, and the other items that you used and wore on the first gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Enjoy your visit with the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – all apart of your Mountain Gorilla Experience in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda.

Lodging: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5 – Buniga Forest Walk – Lake Bunyonyi:

Breakfast and we head for one of the Pearls in the Pearl of Africa – Lake Bunyonyi, a scene from Lord of the Rings. First we stop at Buniga Forest where we hike through the forest and learn the ways of the original people of the forest – the Batwa Pygmies who teach us the ancient ways of hunting and gathering without leaving much of a footprint in the forest itself.

This is a most interesting nature walk where you see lots of primates including chimpanzees at time, birds that are endemic to this part of Uganda and Afro-Montane Vegetation such as tree ferns, all while led and guided by the hunters and gatherers the Batwa People.

We continue the short drive to Lake Bunyonyi and check into the Birdnest Resort along the lake where we take one of their view rooms overlooking the lake studded with its 29 emerald islands, the shores lined with terraced farms, mountains in the distance, simply a most incredible view for you.

Lunch at Birdnest Resort where crayfish is always on the menu but the most popular dish is whole tilapia – the kitchen has a Belgian flavor accented by African additions creating a delightful fusion for you to enjoy.

During the afternoon simply relax along the pool – take a swim or in the lake, the lake does not contain any crocodiles, hippos, or bilharzia.

Lodging: Birdnest Resort- Moderate – Upmarket

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 6 – Lake Bunyonyi:

Breakfast and take a dugout canoe ride that is guided across the lake to some of the islands, you can choose to paddle or be paddled – enjoy the quiet of Lake Bunyonyi – meaning in English the Place of Little Birds and lots of birds abound here, while you just might see some of the adorable otters paddling along on the lake.

Motorized sunset boat-ride with a glass of wine if you so choose taking in the scenic beauty of this lake that is for the most part undeveloped, having been mostly a place where Ugandans come to chill out and relax.

Lodging: Birdnest Resort

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7 – Kampala – Entebbe – Departure:

Breakfast and we leave for Kampala or Entebbe – we stop for lunch along the way .

Stop at the Equator for picture-taking

Reach Kampala during the late afternoon

7 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest comes to an end, however the memories of the two gorilla treks, the hike through Bwindi Forest and the activities along Lake Bunyonyi stay with you.

This is a private safari, itinerary can be adjusted by you, it includes all listed activities except when it says optional, lodging and food, included, 4 x 4 Safari Vehicle modified for Safaris. Does not include, beer, wine, alcohol, sodas at lodges, does include bottled water in vehicle, does not include laundry, tips or travelers insurance.

7 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – if you are interested in this safari, please let us know.

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