Ultimate Uganda Gorilla Encounter

From Entebbe to Entebbe
  • Uganda
  • Wildlife and Nature
  • Safari Tours
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Tour Description

Embark on a truly unique adventure with this exclusive Uganda Gorilla Habituation Expedition. Not only will you have the incredible opportunity to engage in a normal gorilla trek, but you'll also delve deeper into the world of these remarkable creatures through an extra Gorilla Habituation Experience.

During the traditional gorilla trek, you'll follow expert guides into the dense, lush forests of Uganda's national parks in search of one of the world's most endangered species, the majestic mountain gorilla. This exhilarating journey often involves traversing rugged terrain, forging through thick vegetation, and carefully observing these gentle giants in their natural habitat. It's an awe-inspiring encounter that leaves an indelible mark on your soul.

But our tour doesn't stop there. In addition to the regular trek, we offer an extended Gorilla Habituation Experience, a truly exceptional opportunity that allows you to spend even more time with a gorilla family as researchers and rangers habituate them to human presence. This immersive experience goes beyond the traditional hour-long visit and provides you with several hours of intimate observation and interaction with these incredible creatures. You'll gain a deeper understanding of their behavior, social dynamics, and the dedicated conservation efforts aimed at their protection.

As you embark on this extraordinary journey, be prepared for an adventure that not only takes you into the heart of the African wilderness but also deep into the world of these captivating gorillas, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

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The Gorilla Habituation Experience grants you the unique opportunity to take an active part in the habituation process of gorilla families, providing an extended and deeply enriching encounter with these magnificent primates in their natural habitat.

Trekking with habituated Gorillas as well means they're not as shy, so they sometimes get much closer! Plus the added bonus - trekking contributes to the conservation of these endangered animals which is so important!

Witnessing the breathtaking and diverse landscapes of Bwindi - from thick tropical rainforests to misty mountain slopes. This is a stunning backdrop for wildlife encounters.

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1

Upon arrival at Entebbe airport, you will clear customs and immigration and then you will be met transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at Boma Lodge including breakfast

Day 2
Entebbe Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Entebbe Airport for a scheduled flight to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

You will be met on arrival and transferred to the lodge in time for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure for taking part in any optional activities (at an additional cost payable directly to the lodge). Dinner will be provided at the lodge.

Overnight in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest at Mahogany Springs Lodge on full board basis (excludes drinks and laundry)

Day 2
Gorilla Habituation Experience

The Gorilla Habituation Experience in Southern Bwindi, specifically in the Rushaga sector, offers a unique opportunity to actively participate in the habituation process of two gorilla families. Unlike traditional gorilla trekking, this experience allows for an extended duration of interaction with these magnificent creatures, lasting approximately 4 hours from the moment you reach the gorilla nest.

Participants in this exclusive encounter will venture into the lush forests of Southern Bwindi, often involving strenuous trekking at elevations of up to 7,500 feet (2,300 meters) above sea level. The intimate groups of up to 4 will be accompanied by experienced researchers and trackers who will guide them throughout the habituation process.

The 4-hour clock starts ticking as you arrive at the nest, providing ample time to observe and learn about gorilla behavior in their natural habitat.

It's important to note that the guidelines and etiquette for gorilla habituation are similar to traditional gorilla trekking. However, due to the extended duration and the nature of the habituation process, participants may find the experience to be more physically demanding. Additionally, it's crucial to understand that gorillas under habituation are often shy and may maintain a certain distance from visitors, which could affect the quality of photographs taken during the encounter.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience in Rushaga is a relatively new and limited opportunity, and its availability may be subject to change in the future. As such, it presents a unique chance to actively contribute to gorilla conservation efforts while gaining deeper insights into the lives of these incredible primates.

Overnight in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest at Mahogany Springs Lodge on full board basis (excludes drinks and laundry)

Day 4
Gorilla Trek

After breakfast you will be taken on a short drive to the park headquarters where you will begin your Gorilla trekking experience.

Well-trained guides lead you to the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the tracking begins. The gorillas, whose continuous search for food requires a nomadic lifestyle, determine the duration of the hike. The trek can take between one and six hours, sometimes more, at elevations in excess of 7,500 feet and over rough terrain.

Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is invigorating, and the beauty of the forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. When the gorillas are encountered, any fatigue is quickly forgotten. Observing a wild gorilla family in its natural habitat and on its terms is considered by many naturalists to be the most profound natural history experience in the world. Few who have had this rare privilege would disagree. It is important to recognize that these gorillas have only recently been habituated to tourists.

Their curiosity is obvious, but they have only begun to grow accustomed to humans. Each strictly regulated 60-minute visit passes all too quickly, and you depart leaving the gorillas to their fragile existence.

After time with the gorillas and a picnic lunch, you return to camp with hopefully a few
unforgettable memories of a rare and wondrous experience. If the gorilla groups are relatively close, you’ll also have the chance to hike nearby forest trails to obtain a better understanding of the forest and its other inhabitants. These hikes provide the opportunity to observe smaller primate species and regional, endemic birds.

A late lunch will be provided, and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner will be provided at the lodge.

Overnight in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest at Mahogany Springs Lodge on full board basis (excludes drinks and laundry)

Day 5
Bwindi Entebbe

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for the morning scheduled flight to Entebbe, estimated arrival 12pm. You will be met on arrival and assisted to connect to your departure flight.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Accommodation as specified
  • Included Copy 31 Upgrade options available
  • Included Copy 20 Meals as specified
  • Included Copy 7 Drinks
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers and internal flights as specified
  • Included Copy 20 1 x Gorilla Habituation Permit
  • Included Copy 20 1 x Gorilla Permit
  • Included Copy 7 Visas, Gratuities, items of a personal nature or anything not specified


  • Included Trek with researchers to habituate the Gorillas to human presence and gain valuable insights.
  • Included Experience the stunning Bwindi landscapes, from lush tropical rainforests to misty mountain slopes.
  • Included Observe the majestic Gorillas up close and engage with them in their native environment twice!
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5 days

Price from

$4,823 USD

Per person, sharing

based on low season

Daily, on request