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

Posted by on August 14, 2019

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 takes place in Rushaga in the Southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  It is a 1 1/2 hour flight each way. Your Gorilla Encounter is a full-day Trek.  The Gorilla Habituation Experience means that you are for 4 hours in the presence of the gorillas. There are only a total of four trekkers plus rangers, porters, and researcher

You have more time with the gentle giants of the forest.  You are not an observer but a participant in the habituation process which takes two years or longer. The Gorilla Habituation Experience is a time of learning that goes beyond a regular Gorilla Trek.

You have no long drive-times but can enjoy Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, CNN’s 2019 most beautiful Place in the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Mountain Gorillas.

Option:  fly into Kigali where we meet you and take you to the Rushaga area in Uganda, which is a three-hour drive.

Your 3 Day Fly-In Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari Highlights:

  • Scenic Flight to and from South Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Kisoro with Aerolink Airline
  • Ground Vehicle in Bwindi Forest – Toyota Landcruiser
  • Choice of Luxury Gorilla Safari Lodge or the Exclusive Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
  • Gorilla Habituation Experience All-Day Trek  – 4-Hours with a Gorilla Family.
  • Porter Services included in Trek
  • Buniga Forest Walk with the Batwa Pygmies
  • Golden Monkey Trekking on Day 3 – Optional $90
  • Morning or Afternoon Flights to Entebbe
  • Add an extra day along a scenic Lake that became “3rd Must Photograph Place” on the Planet

Arrival Day and Departure Day Lodging in Entebbe can be included along with airport pickup and airport drop off at one of Entebbe’s Luxury Hotels. Chimpanzee Trekking or the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience can be added to this Safari. (5-Days).

Your 3 Day Fly-In Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari in Detail:

 Day 1 – Fly to Kisoro – South Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

The 3 Day Fly-In Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari begins. Our Tour Guide will pick you up early at your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala for your flight to Kisoro with Aerolink Airlines. We suggest staying in Entebbe for a shorter drive to the airport.  We can arrange a hotel for you.

Early pick up at your hotel and take you to Entebbe International Airport for your flight to Kisoro. We should be there one hour prior to the flight departure

Aerolink Airline has provided safe and secure flights to Safari Destinations in Uganda. A Cessna Grand-Caravan is used for your flight. The flight is 1 1/2 hours from Entebbe to Kisoro.  The latter part of the flight is quite scenic as you fly over the Gorilla Highlands of Uganda.

Below is what you will need for your Gorilla Habituation Experience

 Gorilla Gear & Wear:

Your Luggage Weight Limit is 15 kg. We recommend that you wear your trekking clothing on the flight. Excess baggage costs $6 kg. A soft duffle bag is recommended but not mandatory.

Waterproof Daypack, worn-in Hiking Boot, thick socks, long trousers (tuck them into sock on day of trek), long-sleeved shirt, light rain jacket, hat, sturdy gardening gloves.  Good Insect Repellent (flies, ants, even wasps which are rare), sunscreen, some granola or energy bars.

Protect Camera lenses in Ziploc bags or a shower cap. unless you are a birder, there is no need for binoculars. You will not miss the Gorillas.

Have a Sweater or Sweatshirt for the cooler evenings and mornings.

The Clothing we recommend is for your protection as you hike through Bwindi. Nettles are common, thorny bushes, brush that can scratch you are part of the Encounter with the Gentle Giants of the Forest.

Wear the right stuff and enjoy your Time with the Gorillas instead of worrying about personal discomfort.

Kisoro Arrival:  Our driver-guide will meet you upon landing in Kisoro.  The drive to either Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or the Gorilla Safari lodge will take 45 minutes to one hour, depending on road conditions.

Afternoon -Buniga Forest Walk with the Batwa Pygmies:

 The Bungi Batwa Forest is an interactive Hike with the First People of the Forest the Batwa Pygmies.

They have lived in the forest for thousands of years until they were evicted in 1991 as parks were formed. This was done at the insistence of Conservationists and the Government in 1991.

This Forest Walk was started by a Conservation Society for Primates who have gone further and are now preserving the Culture and Ways of the Batwa who lived in harmony with nature and leaving a small ecological footprint.

They will show you how hey hunted and what they gathered, including medicine for various ailments, some of the workings quite effectively.  This is a 2-hour activity. A Batwa Village Visit can be added, time permitting.

Please Note:  you can relax at the lodge, take a walk if you would like, including a guided village walk, or enjoy one of our Gorilla Reads about the area.

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner

Lodge: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge

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 refreshing 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.

Trained staff and vegetarians and vegans tastefully prepare the food can easily be accommodated.

Gorilla Safari Lodge is an excellent lodge for most of our Clients.  It is the only upmarket Lodge in the Rushaga Area, the main reason that our clients choose it.

Gorilla Safari Lodge is 20 minutes from the Gorilla Habituation Trailhead.

Day 2 – Gorilla Habituation Experience Trek:

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. Porter Services and Walking Sticks along with bottled water are all provided for by Kabiza Wilderness Safaris, and your driver will handle it.

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. On this trek, we suggest that participants prepare for it by taking walks and hikes in their home country.  It will take a moderate level of fitness

Porters, that assist you will make a big difference on this trek.  A reason that we automatically supply the services of a porter. The length of the total trek on your day depends on the location of the gorilla family. They do not move more than three kilometers per day, but that can be up to a ridge or down a steep valley.



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

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Lodge: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge

Day 3 – Return to Entebbe via Aerolink:


 Golden Monkey Trekking if afternoon Flight is chosen

This Activity can be included if you take the afternoon flight from Kisoro to Entebbe.  Golden Monkey T?rekking takes place in Mgahinga Gorilla Park, which is a one-hour drive from your lodge.

There are about 3 to 4,000 Golden Monkeys living in the park in the Bamboo Forests of the Virunga Volcanoes that are in Uganda.  This is a 3 hour Trek up to the Bamboo Forests where you will be with a noisy, chattering group that is every moving all around you. The Golden Monkeys are quite beautiful, grow up to about 15 kilos, and enjoy Bamboo leaves.  They are only found in the Virunga Volcanoes. They are endangered because of loss of habitat and because for reasons not yet figured out, the reproduction cycle is too low.

Please Note – the earliest flight back to Entebbe is at 9:20 AM- Golden Monkey trekking can be included if you take the afternoon flight.

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-depends on activity

Add a Day – Relax and Chill Out-Unwind on one of Africa’s most scenic and Photographed Lakes:

In 2019 the scenery of Mgahinga Gorilla Park’s Volcanoes as seen from Lake Mutanda became the “Third in the World Must Photograph  Locations.”  Many of our Clients spend a day or two at the Chameleon Hill Lodge.  This is Africa’s funkiest Lodge with its bright colors and Fairy Tale Castle Theme.

Chameleon Hill Lodge is an upmarket Lodge with one of the best views anywhere. It is the perfect way to end your Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda. The lodge is close to the border and just 2 1/2 hours from Kigali, Rwanda.

Lake Mutanda is a pristine Lake with emerald Isles framed by the brooding Volcanoes. One of our clients exclaimed that it was the most beautiful lake he had ever seen.

You can enjoy a Sundowner Boat ride here having Uganda’s drink of Choice, Uganda Waragi with a Krest Bitter Lemon Soda. You can try your hand paddling a dugout canoe.  Birding Walk, island discovery boat rides can be done here among other things such as village walk and nature trails along Lake Mutanda.

Please Note:  The above Private Safari includes all activities and permits needed as described.  It is full board, water in the vehicle.  It does not include tips, drinks at lodges, laundry. Mount Gahinga Lodge does offer complimentary non-premium drinks to their guests.

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