Overview

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris

If you’ve ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of pioneering zoologists like Jane Goodall, the gorilla safari guided tour of Uganda is your chance to step into the untouched wilderness in pursuit of a rare and majestic creature. Cregor Adventures has partnered with a leading African safari operator to offer exclusive, small-group journeys into the Ugandan forest for a rare opportunity to see the elusive mountain gorilla in person.

Jungle Luxury
A journey into the jungle doesn’t mean you should be denied a first class experience. On your Ugandan gorilla trekking safari, you’ll stay in comfortable eco-lodges as you venture deeper into the primeval cloud forest where the gorillas make their home. Our team will work around the clock to ensure your comfort, even as you travel far away from the world you’re accustomed to.

True Sustainable Tourism
Conducted with the utmost respect for the lives and habitat of the mountain gorilla, our Uganda treks are limited to no more than eight people at a time. Our local partner has over 14 years experience running gorilla safaris and is the only tour operator to sign the UN’s Kinshasa Declaration on Great Apes. With less than 900 gorillas remaining in the wild, making sure their habitats are protected is of the utmost importance — with Cregor Adventures, you are supporting only reputable operators who have the best interests of these noble primates at heart.

Contact Us for More Information
The chance to see a mountain gorilla in its natural environment is a rare and special one. Call Cregor Adventures for booking details and full itinerary information for our upcoming tours.

A personal note from Peggy Cregor:
I have always been fascinated and enchanted by mountain gorillas. I have waited many years for the opportunity and the privilege to sit amongst these magical creatures. Two years ago it was finally MY time. And it did not disappoint. In fact, it was even more magical than I could have ever imagined. If this is finally YOUR time, please call us with any questions about this “once in a lifetime adventure!”

 

Sample Itinerary

Day One: Arrive in Kigali
Our four day safaris begin in Kigali, where you’ll be met at the airport or at your hotel by our experienced, professional local guide, who will be with you for the rest of your trip. The drive from Kigali to Bwindi, Uganda – where you’ll stay at our exclusive Bwindi Lodge – takes approximately five hours. Along the way, you’ll get to experience a dramatic change of landscape as the lush, rolling hills of Rwanda’s countryside give way to the “impenetrable” Bwindi forest and nearby mountain ranges. Upon arrival at the lodge, you may have time to walk the grounds, visit the nearby village or simply unwind with a pre-dinner drink on the terrace.

Days Two and Three: Gorilla Tracking and Exploring the Bwindi Forest
After settling into your accommodations at the Bwindi Lodge, you’ll have two full days to explore the park and surrounding areas. Of course, the most popular activity is gorilla tracking – after an early breakfast, you’ll set off into the forested foothills where your guide will lead you to the best spots for watching these gentle giants in their natural habitat.

Gorilla trekking can be strenuous and will likely involve a full day of hiking through steep hills. A number of equally rewarding, lower-energy activities are also available:

  • Guided rainforest walks: See rare plants, birds and butterflies up close and personal on a guided walk through the nearby rainforest. Perfect for birders and nature photographers.
  • Batwa village tour: Learn about the traditional way of life of the Batwa people, who for generations inhabited the Bwindi forest.
  • Community development: Visit development projects supported by our local tour operators, including healthcare and education facilities and sustainable farming initiatives.

On day three, you may have the option of more gorilla tracking if permits are available. Alternately, take in any of the above activities, or simply relax and explore the lodge grounds.

Day Four: Return to Kigali
Enjoy the scenic drive to Kigali again, and arrive in time to catch a flight to your next destination. If time permits, your guide can arrange a tour of the city and the moving memorial to the victims of the country’s 1994 genocide.

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Dates/Pricing

2014
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
19th 16th 12th 20th 18th 14th 19th 14th
Scheduled Departure
Package High Season Low Season
Per person sharing a twin room $ 2,485 $ 2,237
Private Departure **
Package High Season Low Season
Based on 2 $ 3,062 $ 2,450
Based on 3 $ 2,761 $ 2,209
Based on 4 $ 2,610 $ 2,088
Based on 5 $ 2,520 $ 2,016
**Prices are based on a minimum of two people traveling on a private safari.
2015
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
18th 15th 14th 12th 14th 4th 20th 22nd
Please contact us for 2015 prices.
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Accommodations

On our four day Uganda tours, you’ll spend all three nights in the modern, environmentally friendly Bwindi Lodge, located right at the edge of the “impenetrable forest” – the perfect spot for gorilla trekking and other adventures. Situated on a beautiful hillside with views of the forest and surrounding mountains, the Bwindi Lodge features a warm and welcoming terrace, comfortable bandas with private bathroom and shower facilities and a complimentary bar.

The Bwindi Lodge is widely considered to be one of the best all-inclusive lodging options in the area, and it operates with a strong commitment to sustainable eco-tourism. The facility has been designed to run entirely on solar power and keep waste production and water consumption to a minimum, while still ensuring a comfortable stay for all guests. Meals are also prepared with a focus on local produce, and a portion of all room fees goes towards helping local communities develop responsibly.

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Extensions

With the Bwindi Lodge as your base, you will be perfectly positioned for a number of activities in the “impenetrable” Bwindi forest and nearby areas.

Gorilla tracking: Without a doubt, gorilla tracking is the most popular activity with guests at the Bwindi Lodge. Tours begin in the early morning, when your guide will escort you through the dense forest for an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime look at the gorillas in their natural habitat. Our four day tours offer one or two full days of gorilla tracking, depending on the availability of permits.

Batwa experience: For generations, the Batwa tribe – one of the oldest indigenous groups in central Africa – have been inhabitants and stewards of the Bwindi forest. Experience their traditions and mythology in this immersive cultural experience, where Batwa elders will lead you on an hour-long hike through the forest, demonstrating their age-old hunting, healing and farming techniques.

Buhoma village tour: Learn how eco-tourism initiatives are improving local communities with a tour of the Buhoma village. Visit a women’s handicraft cooperative, banana beer and gin brewing sites, a tea plantation and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to take in a Batwa music and dance performance, visit a traditional medicine healer or bird watch in a community woodlot.

Amagara project: The Amagara project is another initiative supported by our local tour operators. A sustainable farming co-operative promoting local food security, the Amagara project regularly welcomes visitors for tours and cooking lessons.

Local orphanage: Located just a five minute’s walk from the Lodge, the local Bwindi orphanage hosts daily music and dance performances in exchange for your donations. You can also support the orphanage by purchasing local handicrafts – an ideal opportunity to purchase a great gift or a unique and touching memento of your time in Uganda.

River walk: A short (30-45 minute) hike suitable for all ages, the Bwindi Lodge river walk takes you through the lush gardens that surround the property. With a little luck, you may come across monkeys, gorillas and other primates, as well as a wide variety of rare birds and plant life.

Forest walks: The Bwindi Lodge is the departure point for a number of leisurely forest walks ranging from two to five hours in length. You’ll see plants, butterflies and up to 90 species of mammals – including 11 primates – in their natural habitat. Birders will be especially happy here, as the forest is home to 23 species endemic to the Albertine Rift area.

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