CSU 503: 5 Days Gorilla Trekking and Rafting

Day 1: Arrival - Kampala

On arrival at Entebbe Airport, Uganda, met and assisted. Transfer to Kampala Serena Hotel for the night on half board in readiness for the next day's journey to Bwindi Impenetrable for gorilla tracking, Overnight at Kampala Serena Hotel. D.

Day 2: Kampala - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Morning breakfast then take a 5 hour road transfer on a very good road to the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Home to the Mountain Gorillas. In the evening, take to the Munyaga Trail to explore the Freshness of the Forest on a Nature walk along the River Munyaga. Dinner and overnight at Lake Kitandara Tented Camp, B,L,D.

Day 3: Gorilla Tracking

After an early morning breakfast, you will be given briefing and set off for your Gorilla tracking activity in the forests of Bwindi. Gorilla tracking can be strenuous, you will need to carry a packed lunch, drinking water, wear comfortable boots or jungle shoes suitable for steep muddy slopes, put on ear plugs for those who feel uncomfortable with jungle sounds and take a rain jacket. Walking sticks will be made available for those that require one by the park rangers. Dinner and overnight at Lake Kitandara Tented Camp, B,L,D.

Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable - Mbarara

Travel to Kabale for lunch at the Lake Bunyonyi where you could also take an optional Canoe ride to explore the many Islands. Later depart to Mbarara arriving for dinner and night stay at the Rwizi Arch Hotel, B,L,D.

Day 5: Mbarara - Kampala - Nairobi

Drive back to Kampala for lunch and optional last minute shopping. Later transfer to Entebbe Airport for your flight to Nairobi, B,L.

Tour price: US$ 1852 per person sharing. Single room supplement: US$ 235

The above price includes:
-Ground transportation in a customised 4x4WD vehicle
-Service of an English speaking guide/driver
-Full board accommodation while in Bwindi and Mbarara
-Half board accommodation in Kampala
-Park entrance fees
-Guided walk in Bwindi
-Bottled water on safari
-Gorilla permit for a single tracking per person

Excluded in the gorilla tour price:
-Travel insurance, baggage loss and any medical evacuation fees
-Personal expenses, laundry, telephone bills, airfares and visas

Day 1: Arrival - Kampala

Arrive and transfer to Lake Victoria hotel by your tour guide. Dinner and overnight Lake Victoria Windsor on half board, D.

Day 2: Kampala - Bwindi Impenetrable

After breakfast we drive off to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest the home to the world's endangered Ape 典he Mountain Gorillas", Dinner and over night at Gorilla Forest Camp, B,L,D.

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable - Bushara Island

This is the day you track the Gorillas, you come face to face with these awesome but gentle primates, later in the day you drive to Lake Bunyonyi. Dinner and night Bushara Island, B,L,D.

Day 4: Bushara Island

Explore the Island, paddle your own canoe or just relax. Dinner and over night at Bushara Island, B,L,D.

Day 5: Bushara Island - Kampala - Departure

After breakfast drive through the scenic views and gift shop along the drive. Transfer to the airport for your flight home or to the next destination, B,L.

Tour price: US$ 1985 per person sharing. Single room supplement: US$ 365

Services includes:
-Ground transport in a 4x4WD safari vehicle with sliding roof
-All accommodation in sharing twin/double rooms
-All park related fees
-Boat cruises and guided walks
-Meals - B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner
-Government taxes
-Bottled water on safari
-Gorilla permit for a single tracking per person

Excluded in the gorilla tour price:
-Travel insurance, baggage loss and any medical evacuation fees
-Personal expenses, laundry, telephone bills, airfares and visas

Please bring the following for tracking gorillas:
-Hiking boots- ankle level boots are ok but make sure it is something handy.
-A warm cardigan
-Thick trousers and a long sleeved top are ideal for tracking.
-Rain Coat
-Video- filming is allowed in the parks though not outside the park
-Water proof container for their cameras
-A pair of binoculars if you are a keen bird watcher.
-If you prefer wearing a hat, a baseball cap is recommended.


In the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest live half the world's population of highly endangered Mountain Gorillas. Visiting them is one of the most emotional wildlife encounters you will ever experience.

This pocket of huge primeval forest in the Virunga Mountain range is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth. It has an eco-system that defines the very essence of the continent and has therefore been designated as a World Heritage Site.

The forest floor is damp and laden with leaf mould, matted vegetation and fallen vines, which serve to trip you up as you clamber up and down the slippery slopes in search of a glimpse of the elusive gorillas.

Searching up to altitudes of 6,500 feet (1,982 metres) can be exhausting but the rewards are worth it. Of course it may not be as difficult as that, but when visiting the Bwindi gorillas you should be prepared to unleash the explorer in you.


You will be told that if the big male silverback charges at you, you should look down and remain exactly where you are in a submissive pose. These words of wisdom are directly opposite to your natural instincts, but luckily a ranger is there to grab you should your feet disobey the instructions. The noise of the silverback pounding his chest during this mock charge, is akin to overhead thunder and more than enough to make your knees knock and heart miss a beat. As the gorillas grow more accustomed to human presence, the charges do not happen so often. Each gorilla group is only visited for one hour a day by a limited number of people who have normally purchased permits months in advance.


There are many other primates in the park including chimpanzees, black and white colobus, red colobus and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey and L'Hoest's monkey.

Wildlife inhabiting the forest floor includes elephants, giant forest hogs and small antelopes, few of which are encountered.


Dry Season: January and February plus June to September are the driest months and are the best time for gorilla trekking. Even in the dry season you should be prepared to get wet in the occasional afternoon thunderstorm.

Rainy Season: many roads are impassable after the long rains of March to May and it becomes hot and humid with a very slippery forest floor. It also usually rains in October and November.

Temperatures: a pleasantly hot temperature of 80ーF (25ーC) can be expected from June to September, rising to 85ーF (27ーC) in January and February.

� Close encounters with mountain gorillas
� Hiking the Virunga Mountains
� Unique flora

The park covers an area of 127 milesイ (330kmイ).
It is located in the far south-west of the country where Uganda, Rwanda and DRC (Congo) meet.
Getting to Bwindi is an adventure in itself as you have to cross much of Uganda by road to get there.
Permits are limited to 12 per day, many of which are purchased by through operators.