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Are you in Entebbe and you are interested in a 3 Day quick gorilla trek in Bwindi from Entebbe to see the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, are you trying to find out how far is Bwindi from Entebbe, the distance from Entebbe to Bwindi impenetrable National park is approximately 540km and the drive time is approximately 8 to 9 hours’ drive. You can as well get to Bwindi by flight which is approximately 1-2 hours the flight departs from Entebbe Airport starting at 7am to airstrips of Kisoro and Kihihi and from here you can be picked up by your driver guide or the hotel shuttle where you plan to stay for the nights in Bwindi.
Here’s a sample itinerary for 3 Day quick gorilla trek in Bwindi from Entebbe for your reference:
Day 1: Entebbe to Bwindi
- Meet your guide and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in southwestern Uganda. The journey by road takes approximately 8-9 hours, but it offers beautiful scenery along the way.
- Arrive at your lodge near Bwindi and check-in.
- Relax and prepare for the next day’s gorilla trek.
- Overnight stay near Bwindi.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking
- Wake up early and have breakfast.
- Proceed to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park headquarters for a briefing by the park rangers. They will provide you with important information about gorilla trekking and assign you to a gorilla family group.
- Embark on your gorilla trekking adventure, which can last from 2 to 6 hours, depending on the location of the gorilla family you are tracking. The experience of encountering these majestic creatures up close is truly awe-inspiring.
- Spend an hour observing the gorillas in their natural habitat, taking photographs, and learning about their behavior from the experienced guides.
- After the trek, return to your lodge and have some time to relax.
- Overnight stay near Bwindi.
Day 3: Return to Entebbe
- Enjoy breakfast at the lodge.
- Check out and start your journey back to Entebbe.
- Arrive in Entebbe and transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your departure.
Please note that gorilla trekking permits are required to visit the gorillas in Bwindi, and they need to be obtained in advance. The permits are limited in number and need to be secured well in advance through a tour operator or directly from the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
About Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
About Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the only 4 national parks home to the endangered mountain gorillas in the world, other national parks include Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in DR Congo. Bwindi Forest National Park is one of Africa’s oldest forests with a diverse biodiversity with various species which include 350 birds, 310 butterflies, 200 trees, 51 reptiles, 88 moths and 120 mammals, the park is also home to several primates including chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkey and the major one the Mountain Gorillas. The global population of mountain gorillas is 1064 individuals and half of these can be found in Bwindi forest, the park has over 15 habituated gorilla family groups open for gorilla tracking with 8 gorilla permits allocated to each group per day.
Where is Gorilla Trekking done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park?
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is done in 4 sectors which include Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga. Buhoma sector is located in the northern part of Bwindi and Ruhija sector in the North Eastern part of Bwindi both sectors are located close to Queen Elizabeth National Park making it easy to combine gorilla trekking with game viewing if you are trekking at these sectors. In the southern Part of Bwindi it is where Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors are located close to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for gorilla trekking and Golden monkey tracking. Each sector has different habituated mountain gorilla families open for gorilla trekking with Rushaga sector having many families compared to other sectors.
How much is Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
About Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. A Gorilla Permit costs USD700 per person per trek for Foreign Non-Residents, USD600 for East African Residents and USD70 for East African Citizens. This Gorilla permit gives you an opportunity to spend one-hour encounter with mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest once you find them on your trek.
How to purchase a Gorilla trekking permit for Bwindi
Gorilla trekking permits are purchased from Uganda Wildlife Authority, this can be done at their headquarters in Kampala or Kisoro for tourists arriving in Uganda through Entebbe it is recommended to purchase their gorilla permits from Kampala and for tourists arriving in Uganda through Kigali they can purchase their permits at the branch headquarter of Uganda Wildlife Authority in Kisoro town which is 1-2 hours drive to Bwindi. Eco Adventure Safaris is one of the best gorilla safari companies which can purchase for you your gorilla permit in advance and on short notice, once you confirm your dates and share them with us via email or WhatsApp we will first tentatively reserve the gorilla permits for you online and then send you an invoice for you to make payment and once money comes through on our account we will purchase your gorilla permits immediately and send you scanned copies of your permits for your records and perusal and this will confirm you have purchased your gorilla permits for your gorilla trek in Bwindi forest for a given date.
What is the best time to go Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest?
The best time to do a 3 Day quick gorilla trek in Bwindi from Entebbe is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this makes it easier to travel to the park and gives a clear view of gorillas given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown
What to pack for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest?
During gorilla tracking, you will need a comfortable, hard-wearing, pair of walking shoes or boots. Conditions are generally very muddy when it is raining. There are uphill sections which may be quite steep and strenuous. It is also advisable to wear a long sleeve cotton shirt and lightweight long trousers to protect yourself from the undergrowth, stinging nettles and biting ants. Suggested Items to pack for Gorilla trekking in Bwindi include;
• Insect Repellent
• Torch/Flashlight – and Spare Batteries
• Wet Wipes
• Water Bottle
• Camera, lenses etc
• Comfortable walking/hiking boots & socks
• Gardening gloves for gorilla tracking
• Sandals/strops/walking shoes
• Hat and Sunscreen
• Rain Jacket
• Binoculars (game/bird watching)
Where to stay during gorilla trekking in Bwindi
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park is done in the northern part that is Buhoma and Ruhija and in southern part that is Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors. In Rushaga lodges, you can stay at Rushaga Gorilla camp, Four Gorillas Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, Nsongi Camp, Icumbi Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge and Karungi Camp. In Nkuringo lodges you can stay at Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge, Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge or Lake Mutanda Resort, all these lodges are close to the start point of Gorilla Habituation and Gorilla trekking.
In the northern part, in Buhoma sector you can stay at Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Ride 4 a Woman among others, In Ruhija you can stay at Trekkers Tavern Cottages, Agandi Eco Lodge, Gift of Nature Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge, and Broadbill Tented Camp among others.
Why Book a 3 Day quick gorilla trek in Bwindi from Entebbe with Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris will help you book your gorilla trekking permits trekking in Bwindi Forest contact us and we advise you on the booking process. We as well have different gorilla trekking safari packages ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury options that we can book for you including the gorilla permits. Feel free to checkout our trip advisor reviews and read from a community of happy satisfied clients. With us, you can be rest assured of a memorable Uganda safari holiday. We are devoted to providing excellent service and customer satisfaction. Our team of excellent tour consultants is always willing to help answer all your safari questions. We guarantee you a great gorilla tour in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo with us. Contact us here for more information about booking a 3 Day quick gorilla trek in Bwindi from Entebbe.