Gorilla Express (4 Days)

Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by an Java Africa Safaris’ driver/guide and transfer to Boma Guest House. (Approx. 5 min drive), and be briefed about your safari. Depending on your time of arrival you are advice to have your money changed on this day.
The Boma' is only 5 minutes from Entebbe International Airport, set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb, it has 6 bedrooms decorated along African themes with private bathrooms. Other facilities include a swimming pool, residents and dinners’ bar with private dining verandah and living room for
overnight guests. Balance of the day spent at leisure with lunch and dinner on own account.

Day 2: Kampala – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Meet your guide at the lobby at 5:30am and transfer to Entebbe airport for your scheduled flight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which departs at 07:00 hrs, (approx 1hr 15 min). Upon arrival at Kihihi airstrip you will meet our representative from Amber Expeditions and transfer to the lodge ( approx 2 hrs drive) . Check in at Mahogany Springs Lodge and have your lunch.


After breakfast, Meet your guide at the lobby at 5:30am and transfer to Entebbe airport for your scheduled flight to Kisoro Airstrip, which departs at 07:45 hrs, (approx 1hr 15 min). Upon arrival at Kisoro airstrip you will meet our representative from Amber Expeditions and transfer to the lodge (approx. 2 hrs drive). Check in at Gorilla Safari Lodge and have your lunch.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park’s 331 sq. kms of montagne and lowland forest jungle lies in southwestern Uganda, 540 kms from Kampala. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and accessible only on foot, it is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa providing habitat for over 90 mammals (including 11 primates), 346 species of birds (including 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics), 202 species of butterflies, 163 tree species, over 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and other endangered species. Bwindi is however most notable for her 340 Mountain Gorillas, about half the world's population of this critically endangered primate. Gazetted in 1991, the park rose to her peak after Gorilla tracking became a tourist activity in April of 1993, converting it into one of the most popular tourist destinations on earth. The 7 habituated families include Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura near Buhoma and the Nkuringo group.
Activities include: Gorilla tracking, Forest walks, Cultural visits with the Batwa people and unbelievable bird watching - this is Africa’s richest country birdswise with over 1,000 species recorded including almost half the continent’s known species and over 10% of those recorded around the world. Mahogany spring is set back on the pristine waters of the Munyaga River and facing the Bwindi Impenetrable forest. The lodge offers accommodation in 8 Double Suites; Each Suite has its own private exquisitely designed terrace with panoramic views of the surroundings. All the suites have large en-suite bathrooms with a gorgeously designed open terracotta shower. Other facilities include the main building with a bar, restaurant, living room area with a double sided fire place, book/DVD Library, and craft shop. In the afternoon, enjoy a nature walk around the lodge or spend time relaxing

Day 3: Gorilla trekking
Wake up and prepare for the unforgettable experience! After an early breakfast transfer to the park HQs for pre-Gorilla tracking briefing and about the gorilla family you will track then 09:00 AM: set off into the forest in the footsteps of the Mountain Gorillas. You will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young. Follow
the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas.
The trekking can take from 1 to 5 hours, but sometimes it might take long hours. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film is recommended. It can rain at a few minutes’ notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. It is important to take plenty of water. Afterwards trek back to the lodge for lunch and a refreshing shower. If your trek was relatively short, you may have a community walk around the village - entertained with the local music and dance.

Day 4: Depart
After breakfast at 7:00am, transfer to Kihihi Airstrip (approx. 2 hrs drive) for your scheduled flight at 09:45 O’clock to Entebbe, (Approx 1 hour’s flight). Upon arrival at Entebbe International airport, Continue for your connecting flight back home.

Meet and greet with airport transfers,
Accommodation at Boma Guest House and Mahogany Springs Lodge,
Meals as shown ( BB- Bed and Breakfast, FB-Full board),
Exclusive use of 4WD vehicle , mineral water in the vehicle
Community walk,
Services of an experienced Driver/Guide
Medical Emergency Evacuation Cover.

Airline tickets,
Entry visa fees,
Gorilla Permit (1 day quoted separately)
Optional Scheduled flight return – quoted separately.
Drinks throughout the trip,
Tips & gratuities,
Personal expenses such as telephone calls, mini bar, porter-age, travel insurance, etc

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