3 Day Fly-In Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari in Bwindi Forest

Posted by on January 21, 2018

4 Hours with the Mountain Gorillas on a Gorilla Habituation Experience

3 Day Fly-In Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari in the Rushaga Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


3 Day Fly-In Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari – Rushaga in the Southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  A 1 1/2 hour flight each way, one full day on a Gorilla Habituation Experience (4 hours with the gorillas). Take in some of the other sites and activities in the Rushaga area such as a Village Walk, or the Buniga Batwa Pygmy Forest Walk.

This Experiential Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari give you the most time with one gorilla family on a three-day Safari.  You can stay in a lodge overlooking Lake Mutanda, in the Nkuringo Area, or the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

You have no long drive-times but are able to enjoy Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Mountain Gorillas.

Instead of Flying from and to the southern area of the Forest you have the option of flying into Kigali where we meet you and take you to the Rushaga area in Uganda which is a three-hour drive.

On a Fly-In Safari, you view Uganda from above and can see what is called little Switzerland before you – the Gorilla Highlands including the Virunga Volcanoes, Lake Bunyonyi, and Lake Mutanda.


Day 1 – Fly to Kisoro – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

The 3 Day Fly-In Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari begins. Our aerolink-to-kisoroTour Guide will pick you up at your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala for your flight to Kisoro with Aerolink Airlines.  They offer daily services to Kisoro and the southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which includes the Nkuringo and Rushaga regions of the Park.

For your 3-Day Fly-In Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari, you have the choice of staying at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or the upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge in the Rushaga area.

Lunch

Afternoon – an interactive Village Walk visiting a traditional, practicing healer, blacksmith, traditional home, local brew making, a school, also a walk to a ridge with a beautiful view into the Congo.

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner


Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge – Exclusive Luxury $$$$:

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is one of Uganda’s finest lodges for the discriminating African Traveler.   It is a place that is more than Comfort, but luxurious Comfort plus.

The Stone cottages are exquisitely furnished, there is one Family Cottage with two Bedrooms.  You have 24/7 Butler and Service available to you.  The food is part of the overall experience and the setting is superb with views of the Virunga Volcanoes and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as you sit on your patio enjoying a great cup of locally grown coffee or have a cool drink after trekking.
Cultural Entertainment is often offered for guests in the evening and the Lodge supports the local community.  In the Southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, this is only Exclusive Luxury Option.

Gorilla Safari Lodge – Upmarket $$$

Gorilla Safari Lodge is a comfortable upmarket lodge near the Rushaga Trailheads for Gorilla Trekking and the Gorilla Habituation Experience.

Many of our clients like this lodge, its cottages with Fireplaces and a hot water bottle at bedtime.

This is a Ugandan owned lodge that has done an excellent job serving the upmarket guests that come here.  There is a Family Cottage that sleeps 4.

The food is tastefully prepared by trained staff and vegetarians and vegans can easily be accommodated.


Chameleon Hill Lodge – Upmarket $$$

It is different, it is Africa’s funkiest Lodge, the dream of an eccentric made reality (eccentric in our opinion is someone who is uniquely themselves).  Chameleon has high ratings for the quality of the room, the Afro-Euro Fusion Meals, the excellent service and the incredible views of Lake Mutanda below it.

Each private Cottage has that same view, each cottage is painted a different color and easier to return to after Lunch or dinner.

The drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one hour, yet many of our clients did not mind it since they really enjoyed their time at Chameleon Hill Lodge overlooking Lake Mutanda.  From the Lodge, you can also access Mgahinga Gorilla Park.


Day 2 – Gorilla Habituation Experience:3 Day Fly-In Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari

Early Breakfast and your Tour Guide will take you to Rushaga where you meet Researchers, trackers, Guides, Porters to take you to the Gorilla Group that is being habituated.

This is an all-day Trek which includes 4-hours with your Gorilla Family on the actual Gorilla Habituation Experience.  The rest of the day is your trek in and your trek out.

Things needed for your Gorilla Habituation Experience:

A lunch from your lodge, you will need a daypack, 2 large Rwenzori Water bottles of water, 1.5 liters per bottle.

Your camera equipment, long trousers. waterproof hiking boots, long-sleeved shirt, rain jacket, hat, and touigh Grdening Gloves. We get a walking stick for you or use one from your lodge. We also arrange a porter for you which will free you to take pictures, focus on the trail ahead of you as you hike into and out of the Forest.

After a short briefing, you are off for your Habituation experience of four hours with a gorilla family that is being The-Buniga-Forest-Walk-with-the-Batwa-People.jpghabituated for trekking, meaning that they become used to humans. Since the trek in and trek out also takes time, it becomes a full day trek.

After your time is up you hike back to the trailhead with guides.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 3 – Return to Entebbe via Aerolink:

Breakfast and 8 AM Buniga Forest Walk with the first people of the Forest – the Batwa Pygmies, they will teach you their ancient ways in the forest where they have lived for 500.000 years, now only about 2000 left.  You often see monkeys, chimpanzees and many species of birds.

Please Note – the earliest flight back to Entebbe is at 9:20 AM.

Continue to Kisoro where you will have an early lunch and afterward fly back to Entebbe where our Tour Guide will meet you to either arrange for your transfer to your flight home, or to a hotel that we can arrange for you.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch


Safari includes:

This fly-in Habituation Experience Safari includes Gorilla Habituation Experience Permits of 1,500 USD per person.  It includes the roundtrip flight with Aerolink Airlines, a porter to make your trek easier, a village walk and a forest walk with the Batwa Pygmies.

Airport Drop-Off and Pickup is included in the Safari.  This is a full-board safari at an up-market lodge in the southern area of Bwindi Forest.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience is limited to 4 participants and has to be cleared with the warden of the  Rushaga area in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Cost for each permit is 1,500 USD per person and is included in the price of the safari as are all other activities listed.

The safari does not include – Drinks such as alcohol, sodas at the lodge,  it also does not include tips.

Lastly – the 1500 USD Gorilla Permit will diminish in cost when you compare it to Rwanda’s 1500 USD permit which gives you only one hour with a Gorilla Family.


If you like to go on this 3 Day Fly-In Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari with us – let us know.