3 Day Luxury Fly-In Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Posted by on September 18, 2017

3- Day Fly–In Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

3-Day Luxury Flying Safari Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla Park


Fly-In Gorilla Trekking SafariA three-day fly-in Gorilla Trekking Safari without long drive times and more time to enjoy Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, your lodge of choice and activities such as village walks on the day that you arrive in Bwindi from Entebbe International Airport .

Your Flight to and from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is with Aerolink Airline, a top-quality in-country airline that provides quality and safe flights within the Pearl of Africa.

You can fly either into the south-end of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Kisoro or the northern end of the Park toKihihi, for your Gorilla Trek – drive time from the airstrip to the lodge is about 45 minutes to 1-hour in duration – a wide variety of upmarket, luxury and exclusive lodges are available in either area for you to choose from.

The flight to Bwindi Forest is a very scenic one, especially to Kisoro in the South as you fly over the Gorilla Highlands, the so-called Switzerland of Africa, view the Virunga Volcanoes and land near Lake Mutanda.


This is a three-day –  fly-in gorilla tracking upmarket safari to aerolink_thumb2_thumb.jpgexperience with the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has much to offer and its incredible and stunning beauty alone is worth a visit.

There are many activities one can partake in and outside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest including cultural interactions such as  Village walks, a visit with original people of the forest, the Batwa People.

This Fly-In Gorilla Trekking Safari is based on landing and departing from Kisero in the South of Bwindi or Buhoma (Kihihi)in the north of the park, however, it depends on your preferences and the availability of permits in the area.  This is especially true during the peak seasons of the year from June o October and December to March.  Most upmarket, luxury lodges have a seasonal discount during the off-season times of the year that varies with the different lodges.  We pass on any discounts to you.

Mgahinga Gorilla Park Gorilla Trekking Option: 

Uganda is a country of many choices and that includes Gorilla Trekking. Mgahinga Gorilla Park is another option.  It is the off-the beaten Track Gorilla Trekking location in Uganda, where you trek Gorillas on the sides of the Virunga Volcanoes. We schedule your flight to Kisoro from where it is a 40 minute drive to Mgahinga Gorilla Park.  There are two upmarket luxury Lodges to choose from.

There are 80 Gorillas in the park compared to 400 in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – there is one Gorilla Family, the Nyakagezi Family of 9 members with Mark as the leading Silverback, Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park was featured in USA Today in September – 2017.  Gorilla Trekking replicates the Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park.

 

Mount Gahinga Lodge – Mgahinga Gorilla Park: 

Mount Gahinga Lodge is an exclusive upmarket Lodge with upmarket price tag. If you choose to trek Gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla Park this is the Lodge for you.

Located near the Park Headquarters with views of the Virunga Volcanoes and Lake Mutanda just from a scenic point of view, this lodge is the then priceless.

The Cottages come with a cozy fireplace, it gets a bit nippy here at night, down to 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius.  Luxury showers, large bedroom with a sitting area, delightful food and excellent service at a much lower price since Mgahinga Gorilla Park is off the radar for many a visitor


Chameleon Hill Lodge – in between Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park $$$:

The upmarket Chameleon Hill Lodge has to be one of Africa’s Funkiest lodges. The colorful lodge. highly rated Lodge is a reflection of its name – Chameleon Hill Lodge.

The lodge is located on a ridge above Lake Mutanda – you can the short walk down to the lake, take a motor boat ride to one of the islands or discover the lake paddling across the lake the traditional way in a dugout canoe.  You can swim in the Lake since it is Bilharzia Free and there are no crocodiles or hippos here.

The lodge offers an African-Euro Fusion Menu – has great service orientated Staff and the cottages are comfortably furnished. From here you can trek Gorillas either in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla Park.


Day 1 – Fly to South or North Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Our Driver Guide will pick you up at your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe and take you to the  to the airport where check-in with Areolink and board the flight to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  You either fly to the Kisoro near Nkuringo and Rushaga in Bwindi or to the north of the park landing in Kihihi.

Aerolink – Uganda is a subsidiary of Air Kenya operating safe and comfortable flights to parks throughout Uganda including Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Upon landing in either Kisoro or Kihihi you are met by your driver guide who will be assisting you throughout your stay in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Your experienced Driver-Guide with take you to you to he lodge that you have chosen for Fly-In Gorilla Trekking Safari Choiice Lodging

Afternoon:  A guided interactive village walk where you meet those who live around the park and the culture and ways of people and depending on which village walk you take you will meet the traditional healer and learn how the forest is used to treat people for various ailments. Traditional brewing, food production and cooking, a school visit when school is in session, craft making, blacksmith and more. This can be done in either Buhoma or Nkuringo. In the afternoon in the Buhoma area, you can also visit the forest with the Batwa Pygmies on a Batwa Experience – moderate level of fitness required.

Dinner

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner


Lodging Choices   Buhoma Area


Top Lodging Choices in Bwindi Impenetrable ForestSanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp – Eclusive Luxury $$$$;

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is a Small,  Intimate, Exclusive Lodge with 8 Permanent Tented Cottage inside of the park itself.

Even Gorillas choose to visit Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, and they must know which is a preferred lodge. The camp is one of the high-end luxury lodges within Bwindi.  Often Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is booked up months ahead of time due to its popularity with visitors to Buhoma.

The Buhoma Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has many choices for the visitors and tourists.  There is however only one Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp Lodge in the Buhoma area.

The furnishing, the decor, the service, the meals all reflect the ultimate luxury lodge that it is for Gorilla Trekking.


Buhoma-LodgeBuhoma Lodge -Exclusive Luxury $$$$:

Buhoma Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest – simply Luxury Comfort and it is located inside of park itself meaning a short walk to the Park Headquarters for your gorilla trek.

A most restful place before and after Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Buhoma Lodge –is an up-market luxury lodge with eight comfortable and luxurious cottages which were constructed with local materials including tent fabrics – providing you with up-market comfort at its best.

Our Clients have loved Staying here, one of the main reason, the lodge is inside of the park and everyone on staff caters to the needs of the guests.


Bwindi Lodge in Buhoma-Exclusive Luxury Lodge – $$$:

Bwindi Lodge in the Buhoma area comes with a pleasant twist, an upmarket price for an exclusive luxury Lodge.  Among Luxury Lodges in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest this lodge per night full-board and all the extras beyond what upmarket lodge offer.

This Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge is synonymous with World Class Service, Cuisine, a reserved luxury style, thoughtful planning that puts this lodge into harmony with its surrounding.

From here walk to and from the Gorilla Trekking, visit with the Batwa People, the first people of the forest, and its unique giveback to the local Community the Bwindi Bar where disadvantaged youth get training in the hospitality industry and you an Espresso that is on par with the best of Coffee Restaurants in Coffee loving Seattle, WA in the US.


mahogany-springs--lodge-buhomaMahogany Springs Lodge – Luxury $$$:

Mahogany Springs Lodge your affordable up-market Lodge in the Buhoma Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Enjoy your Stay at Mahogany Springs Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Mahogany Springs Lodge is a relative newcomer to the Buhoma Lodging scene and if you read the reviews on TripAdvisor you find that Mahogany Lodge stands as one of the best places to stay in the eyes of many.

The Lodge is known for spacious, well-furnished cabins, a great main lodge, treat service and views of the forest and surrounding countryside. On top of that great meals are served here.

The Lodge was featured as one of Uganda’s Best Lodges in Vogue Magazine.

Lodging Choices -South Bwindi

Lodges are located near the Beginning of Gorilla Treks both in Rushaga and Nkuringo for normal Gorilla Treks and the Trailhead for the Gorilla Habituation Experience.


Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge – Nkuringo $$$$:

This exclusive Luxury Lodge overlooks Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Virunga Volcanoes in the distance.  It ranks as one of the Best Lodges in Uganda and in the southern area of Bwindi Forest.  From here it is a short distance to Gorilla Trekking in the Nkuringo Area or a 45 minute drive to the Rushaga area Trailhead.

The lodge exudes class throughout including in your private River Stone Cottage. 24/7 Butler and Maid Service is available to you.  The views from your bedroom balcony are uplifting and the patio is the perfect setting or the early  morning Ugandan Arabica Coffee grown in some of the nearby fields.

Authentic African Art is found throughout the lodge including in your cottage and the Meals are delightful.  Many of our Clients have loved their stay at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge.


Gorilla Safari Lodge – Rushaga Area $$$.

This upmarket lodge near the trailhead for your Gorilla Trek.  If you choose the Gorilla Habituation Experience which means 4-hours with a Gorilla Family, the distance is a bit longer.

Gorilla Safari Lodge has great Cottages including one Family Cottage which is also good for  a group of 4 such as Friends.  The cottages have a fireplace which in this cooler region of what is referred to in Uganda as the Gorilla Highlands the temperature at night drops to 10 Degrees Celsius or 50 Degrees Fahrenheit. Hot water bottles are supplied at bedtime to keep you warm as you go to sleep.

The lodge serves quality food which is a fusion of Western – Asian and African Dishes.  The experienced staff here has your comfort on their mind and they are a service orientated lodge.rientated Staff and the cottages are comfortably furnished. From here you can trek Gorillas either in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla Park.


4-day-gorilla-fly-in-Safari-Bwindi_tDay 2 – Gorilla Trekking:

Optional Choice:  In the southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest you can now be with the Mountain Gorillas for four hours.  There are two groups in the Rushaga area that you can visit on a Gorilla Habituation Experience.  4 participants per group – 1,500 usd permit.

Have an early breakfast, take your packed lunch and be at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Headquarters for the Mountain Gorilla Tracking (Trekking) orientation and meeting with guides and separation into groups depending on which group you will be tracking .

Things needed for Gorilla Trek:  waterproof hiking boots, light rain-jacket, daypack, 2 liters of water, some like to have gardening gloves to pull themselves up on vines and branches, long-trousers such as jeans, long-sleeved shirt to protect skin from getting scratched, hat – wide brimmed is best, sunglasses, insect repellent mostly against flies. Dressing right will keep you from getting burned by nettles, scratched by thorns or branches.

A porter’s services is provided in order to free you to enjoy the experience instead of lugging your daypack on the trail.

You will find Bwindi Impenetrable Forest an amazing experience, the flora and fauna, the other primates, mammals, birds, butterflies all become part of the experience of the trek.

The tracking (trekking) can involve some rigorous climbing and hiking but then you are face to face with these powerful yet gentle Mountain Gorillas, observing them just a few meters from you watching the group, mothers with a baby, the gorillas doing their daily routine and you are there.  The level of difficulty depends on the group that you are tracking.

Dinner

Lodging:  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Meal Plan:  Breakfast Lunch – Dinner


Day 3 – Return to Entebbe: 

It is breakfast Time- enjoy your time in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – If you have an afternoon flight, you can go on a Buniga Forest Walk with the Batwa People in the morning in the southern area of Bwindi  – in northern Bwindi there is a village walk.

Fly back to Entebbe – there you are met by driver-guide and taken to your hotel or assists in making arrangements for your flight out or home.  Your 3 Day Fly-In Gorilla Trekking Safari comes an end as we meet you in Entebbe, and arrange your flight out.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast

Safari includes:  Flight, lodging, gorilla permits, porter’s services in carrying your day pack and things, transportation, village walk, bottled water for the trek. It does not include, laundry, trips, alcohol, sodas, though  some lodges include them in the price.  Tips are not included.


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