• Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp lounge, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
  • Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
  • Mountain gorilla baby, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
  • Mountain gorilla mother & baby, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
  • Spa & massage at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi, Uganda

Gorilla Forest Hideaway

Soar through African skies to your highland rainforest hideaway. Trek through the flowing mists of the Bwindi’s rainforests for an intimate meeting with a rare mountain gorilla family. Observe their natural family bonds as they play, feed & socialise in their ancient forest home, a humbling experience. Then unwind at your exclusive lodge retreat, relax your muscles with an all natural oil massage & soothe your mind to the rainforest sights and sounds echoing around you.


Itinerary - Gorilla Forest Hideaway [TACP10-001]

Day One

Welcome to Uganda

Transfer from Entebbe International Airport to Kampala.
Estimated transfer time: 1 hr.

Unwind at your cosmopolitan hotel and indulge yourself in their offering of luxury amenities. The hotel provides a swimming pool, range of lounges and rooftop bars from which to relax, so take in those fantastic views across the city and out to Lake Victoria. Feast your eyes and stomach in one of the hotel's fine restaurants serving some of the capital’s culinary highlights. Work up a glow in a modern gym with personal trainers of hand to assist you. Or pamper yourself with some true relaxation at the hotel’s spa with a range of treatments to make you feel truly revitalised before you begin your safari.

Meals included: not included
Accommodation: Latitude 0°, room.

Day Two

To the Kingdom of Gorillas

Drive from Kampala to Kajjansi Airfield.
Estimated journey time: 30 mins. 

Take to the skies and fly from Kajjansi Airfield to fly to Kihihi Airstrip.
Estimated journey time: 1 hr 20 mins to 3 hrs 25 mins. 

Drive from Kihihi Airstrip to Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable NP.
Estimated journey time: 1 hr 30 mins. 

Meet up with your guide to explore the area around Buhoma village. You’ll be visiting some of the local handicraft shops where the local craftspeople are making a variety of crafts including fabrics, beeswax candles and hand carved wooden ornaments, a great place to pick up an authentic souvenir from your travels. Your guide can help with what is authentic. You will then walk on to meet the neighbouring community of Batwa where they’ll give you a demonstration of traditional songs and dances, giving you an insight into their former life in the rainforests and a glimpse into their culture. You will meet other local residents of Buhoma including a traditional healer who will share with you their secret use of medicinal plants and learn how the locally produced bananas are used to make a variety of juices, gins and beers, you can even try and taste if you choose.
Estimated excursion time: 3 hrs

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp, room.

Day Three

Gorillas in the Mist

Experience Uganda’s greatest natural wonder, an intimate meeting with one of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s gorilla families! Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an incredibly important conservation site as it protects around 460 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the population left in the wild. Dating back over 25,000 years, Bwindi is one of Uganda’s most biologically diverse and most ancient rainforests, with an amazing 400 species of plants present and 350 species of birds, including 23 Rift Valley endemic species recorded. The rangers accompanying you will be able to identify the local plants, birds and wildlife as well as the general ecosystem of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as you trek. This morning you will rise early and your driver / guide will escort you to the trailhead into the rainforest. Here you will receive an orientation on tracking the gorillas from the Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers who will then guide you through the dense forest. The trek length varies, depending on where the gorillas spent the night, ranging from thirty minutes to seven hours. Once you find these incredible creatures you will spend one hour with them. We think you’ll agree - to experience this unique family feed, socialise, nurse their young, patrol and display their prowess - is the most magical experience you can see in nature. After tracking you will make your way back to the edge of the rainforest where you’ll meet your driver guide.
Estimated excursion time: 2 - 8 hrs (including 1 hr viewing).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp, room.

Day Four

Rainforest Waterfall Ramble

Explore the misty rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by hiking the Ivi-Nkuringo river trail. On the edge of the rainforest you’ll meet your Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger for a briefing on your hike. They will also be guiding for the duration of your time in the rainforest, detailing the ecosystems and identifying the many species of birds, butterflies and monkeys as you walk. This is an excellent way to gain further insight into the rainforest. This idyllic trail culminates by reaching the Muyanga Waterfall, a stunning waterfall that tumbles 33 meters down the rock face in the heart of the rainforest. You’re sure to be impressed by the crash of the falls as the calls of the rainforest echo around you! After basking in the tranquility of the rainforest you’ll make your way back to the trailhead at Buhoma.
Estimated excursion time: 4 hrs
*This excursion can be replaced for an additional gorilla trek, please request the quote for this.

Unwind in comfort to the sights and sounds of the rainforest from your luxury lodge retreat. Relax in peace and seclusion under the dappled light of the rainforest at your private porch or find a comfy spot in the lodge’s communal lounge and enjoy a good book. Pamper yourself at the lodge's private spa with a therapist on hand providing herbal massages, hydrating facials, foot massages and manicures, with all eco-friendly products created from pure natural ingredients. The perfect remedy for tired muscles after your trek in the rainforest.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp, room.

Day Five

Fly from the Gorilla Highlands

Drive from Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable NP to Kihihi Airstrip.
Estimated journey time: 1 hr 30 mins.

Take to the skies and fly from Kihihi Airstrip to Kajjansi Airfield.
Estimated journey time: 1 hr 20 mins.

Drive from Kajjansi Airfield to Entebbe.
Estimated journey time: 30 mins.

Meals included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch.

Accommodation: Not included.