4 Days Uganda Luxury Gorilla Tour – SAFARI OVERVIEW

4 days Uganda luxury gorilla tour is 3 nights 4-day luxury Uganda gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi with a Lake Bunyonyi canoe ride and a walking community tour that allows you to have a magical encounter with the endangered Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and go deep into Ugandan communities for a true African safari adventure.

This 4 days  Uganda gorilla tour begins and ends in Kampala as it takes you on a gorilla safari adventure to hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi which is the ultimate home of Mountain Gorillas. The 4 days Uganda gorilla adventure drastically cuts down your travel time to Bwindi from 475km or an 8-9 hours drive time by taking you on a 1-2 hours’ direct flight to Bwindi. With a minimum of 459 Mountain Gorilla population and over 19 gorilla families that have been habituated for trekking, 350 bird species of which 23 are Albertine rift endemics and 10 primate species, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has positioned itself as an ideal Uganda gorilla safari destination.  As you engage in this 4 days Uganda gorilla trekking expedition, you’re in for a spectacular gorilla encounter in which you will spend one full contact hour with these amazing gorillas.

During this Uganda safari trip, besides your awesome gorilla encounter, you will also have an opportunity to undertake an exploration adventure on Africa’s second deepest lake- Lake Bunyonyi Uganda whose 29 Islands have earned it a name as the Lake of a thousand Islands. All this will be enjoyed while you stay in some of the most contemporary yet classic lodges Bwindi and Lake Bunyonyi have to offer.

Our4 day Uganda gorilla safari adventure allows you to stay in crème de la crème (the best) safari accommodation options that will give you exceptional value for money and can be customized further to suit your safari interests.

For the perfect gorilla memories, this is the perfect short gorilla safari for you! Please let us know how you want it to be and we shall do it your way!

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4 Days Uganda Luxury Gorilla Tour– SAFARI PRIME ACTIVITIES

  Explore the enchanted beauty of Lake Bunyonyi as you engage in a stunning boat cruise

  Experiencing the joy of living in two different halves of the world as you visit the Equator

  Have a magical encounter with the gorillas of Bwindi

   Explore the hidden cultural secrets of the Batwa pygmies as you engage in a village walk


   Day 1 & 2:  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 

   Day 3: Lake Bunyonyi 

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4 Days Uganda Luxury Gorilla Tour – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

  • Day 1:  Fly to Bwindi where you will engage in an optional activity

  • Day 2:  You will meet the gorillas and visit the Batwa pygmies’ community.

  • Day 3: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for a boat ride and an evening community hike.

  • Day 4:  You will transfer back to Kampala / Entebbe Airport.

4 Days Uganda Luxury Gorilla Tour – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1 of the 4 Days Luxury Uganda Gorilla Tour:  Fly from Entebbe at 07:45 am to Bwindi National park & engage in an optional activity

On the first day of this safari, you will wake up very early in the morning at 6:00 am to ready yourself for pick up at 6:30 am by one of our safari guides who will transfer to the airport to catch up with your flight to Bwindi which departs from Entebbe International airport at 7:45 am. During this 1 hour and 45 minutes flight, you will be able to have a bird’s eye view of Uganda’s landscape that you will realize keeps on changing as you get further away from the airport.

As soon as you take off, you will be able to see the serene waters Lake Victoria as well as the surrounding hills near this lake. As you get nearer to Kihihi, you will realize a change in topography as the hills here become more pronounced and these are majorly covered with thick tropical forests and this will definitely make it known to you that you are now over the Bwindi forest.

Upon landing at Kihihi, airstrip, you will be welcomed by your guide who is stationed here and he will transfer you to your already booked safari lodge here for check-in and have lunch as well. In the afternoon, you can choose to engage in any of the numerous possible optional activities here such as a nature stroll as you venture into the forest to encounter some of its other inhabitants except the gorillas. You can also decide to engage in a community walk and this gives you an opportunity to encounter the Batwa people who have managed to live side by side with these incredible mountain beasts for over 1000 years in perfect peace and harmony. At the end of this activity, you will return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Having an aerial view of Uganda’s changing landscape will be the highlight of the day

Accommodation: –

  • Top-Notch / Exclusive: Gorilla Forest Camp/ Buhoma Lodge
  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Haven Lodge Buhoma

Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner

Flight distance &time: Approx. 475km or1-2 hours

Activities & Services: –

  • Fly to Bwindi
  • Engage in an optional activity of your choice

Optional activities: –

  • Nature walk
  • Community walk to Batwa or Bakiga community
  • Birding

Day 2 of the 4 Days Luxury Uganda Gorilla Tour: Do gorilla trekking and have an evening village walk to the Batwa / Bakiga

This is a great day that will mark your re-union with your long lost cousins – the mountain gorillas. You will gather at the respective park headquarters for briefing in the morning at 8 am where you are also allocated the respective gorilla families to track. With your armed ranger in the lead, embark on a trek, searching for your allocated gorilla family. Along the way keep your eyes and ears on the lookout for several of the 350 bird species that are found in this park that might come your way, you will also be in a position to see some of the other primates here such as the Black and white colobus monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, different species of lizards such as the 3 horned chameleon and many more like birds singing and the sight of beautiful flowers through the experience.

Depending on the gorilla movements this gorilla trek tends to take 2 – 8 hours and one hour is availed to you to have a direct interaction with the gorillas. Upon approaching gorillas, their reaction is not predictable as it can include them giving you a courteous welcome, minding less about you, and charging against you. However, as a result of habituation, Mountain gorillas are always welcoming with the Silverback beating a little of his chest to demonstrate his might and also welcoming you to the group. The young gorillas are very playful and are at times not aware of the 7m rule thus can try to draw closer to even touching on your body – save it by taking some steps away to observe the distance. You are not limited in any way to ask as many questions about gorillas and their habitats along with taking pictures so long as you have the opportunity to do so.

After your one hour with the gorillas, return to the starting point and connect to the lodge for relaxation. In the evening, you will engage in a Batwa or Bakiga village walk and this allows you to have an up-close encounter with these people to have an understanding of their daily lives.

 Being in close contact with Mountain Gorillas for 1 hour will be the highlight of the day

Accommodation: –

  • Top-Notch / Exclusive: Gorilla Forest Camp/ Buhoma Lodge
  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Haven Lodge Buhoma

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Batwa/ Bakiga community walk

Day 3 of the 4 Days Luxury Uganda Gorilla Tour: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for a relaxed boat ride and an evening nature hike

Day 3 is fairly relaxed as you get to wake up a little bit late at 8:00 am for breakfast. You will then check out of the lodge and drive to Lake Bunyonyi driving through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands with magical sceneries. Along the way, you will have an en-route stop at a local market which gives you an opportunity to have an African shopping experience as you haggle for the best price bargain while shopping a selected few items courtesy of the company. Now you have a chance to interact with the locals and have an insight into how they live their daily lives. Upon your arrival at Lake Bunyonyi and embark on the whole day Island hopping exploration visiting the main Islands of Lake Bunyonyi.

Explore the Bucuranuka (Upside down) Island which is believed to have buried people alive after refusing to offer local brew to an old woman and she cursed the Island turn upside down burying its inhabitants. You also visit the Akampane (Punishment) Island where the girls with unwanted premarital pregnancies would be dumbed to die of hunger or as they as try to swim back the mainland. Njuyera Islands which is a traditional leprosy healing center which can also be visited. Have a lunch break then in the evening, embark on a hike to the top of the world point here which takes you 2200meters above sea level and if you manage to get to the top your efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views of the entire Bunyonyi lake which will forever be imprinted in your memory.

While at the top take time off to catch your breath and enjoy a picnic evening tea that comes with a warm cup of coffee & an assortment of snacks while you appreciate nature’s work and also re-energize before you slope down. After this hike, set off for a community tour as you visit the some of the local schools here where you get to meet the local students who are striving for a better future, if it’s fine with you, you can donate a few scholastic items to the school to enable these students to have a comfortable stay in school.

After the school visit, return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

 An experiential boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi and local community village walks will make the highlight of the day.

Accommodation: –

  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Birds nest @ Bunyonyi

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx. 55-85 km or 1-3 hours

Activities & Services: –

  • Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi
  • Batwa / Bakiga community walk

Day 4 of the 4 Days Luxury Uganda Gorilla Tour: Transfer from Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala

At 7:00 am you will wake up to the sweet melodies of birds that will be singing their hearts off to the dawn of a new day and this will fairly make you understand why this Lake in called Bunyonyi which means a Lake of many small birds as you will hear interjecting voices of many birds singing together in uniformity as they welcome the day. You will check out of the lodge and embark on the transfer to Kampala 420km and Entebbe 470km from Lake Bunyonyi. During this 470km return journey to Entebbe, you will drive through the rolling hills of Mirama which will fascinate you given how the locals here have managed to tame these wildlands by cultivating along these steep slopes. Along the way back you will encounter many local men carrying farm produce on their bicycles headed towards the nearest local markets.

An en-route stop for lunch shall be at Igongo country hotel and just a few kilometers outside Mbarara town to enjoy a locally inspired lunch buffet and if you wish, you can try out the Ishabwe dish wish is a local delicacy in this region. After having this sumptuous lunch buffet, you will proceed and visit the 1520AD solar eclipse monument which is found in Biharwe village. If you wish you can hike up the hill on which this monument is set and enjoy spectacular views of the undulating Ankole plains which form a nice background for you to take photos. While here, the guide will take you through the intriguing history behind this solar eclipse and how it managed to greatly change the destiny of three great ancient kingdoms all at once.

The next en route stop will be done at the Equator which is 77km from Kampala where you get to experience living in 2 different hemispheres or halves of the world. While here, you will indulge yourself in the Equator water experience that clearly shows how to determine which half of the world you’re in at any time while only observing the direction of water movement. You can take as many photos as you can so that you have this moment captioned forever. From here proceed with the rest of your journey back to Entebbe airport where your safari will come to an end as you catch your departure flight back home.

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Drive distance & time: Approx. 450km or 7-8 hours

Activities & services: –

  • Transfer back to Kampala
  • Traditional Lunch buffet at Igongo country hotel

END of the 4 Days Luxury Uganda Gorilla Tour to Bwindi & Lake Bunyonyi

4 Days Uganda Luxury Gorilla Tour – SAFARI INCLUSIONS:-

   Full-time English professional safari driver-guide

   4×4 safari van/ 4×4 Safari land cruiser with pop up roof for game viewing with functional A/C

   Full board accommodation

   Gorilla & chimpanzee trekking permit fees

   Boat cruise fees

   Wi-Fi Internet on board the safari vehicle

   Bottled water

4 Days Uganda Luxury Gorilla Tour – SAFARI EXCLUSIONS:-

  •    International &domestic flight fees
  •    Visa fees
  •    Laundry services
  •    Items of personal nature
  •    Gratuities and tips
  •    Other beverages/ drinks
  •    Other extras not mentioned in the itinerary above

4 Days Uganda Luxury Gorilla Tour – GETTING THERE

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4 Days Luxury Uganda Gorilla Tour to Bwindi & Lake BunyonyiGORILLA TREKKING TIPS:-

  •   Mountain gorillas sometimes nest far from the start of your gorilla trek, you should ready yourself for a long walk and drink plenty of water.
  •    Eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden – designated time and place will be communicated.
  •    Smoking while inside the forest is strictly forbidden
  •    Bwindi being a tropical forest, it can rain anytime so we encourage you to carry a rain poncho
  •    Waterproof walking shoes or hiking boots are essential.
  •    Gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants
  •    Long trousers and long-sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest to avoid insect stings.
  •    Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash
  •    Porters are available to help you carry your day pack for a small charge
  •    As you prepare to come for your Uganda gorilla adventure, please do some exercises so that you prepare your body for gorilla trekking which can last between 3-8 hours
  •    In case you can’t walk for a very long time, you shouldn’t really worry about not being able to do gorilla trekking because there are potters who can carry you throughout at a small extra cost.
  •    Carry your sunscreen lotion to keep your skin safe from the tropical heat & sun rays
  •    When you get to the gorillas, don’t make noise because this agitates the gorillas
  •    For more information about gorilla trekking tips please follow these links to read more about gorilla trekking tips and advice.

Important Notes:

  • Flights will be communicated to you upon booking depending on availability at that time. Please refer to the Aerolink official website to read more about the schedules https://www.aerolinkuganda.com/en
  • This safari requires some physical fitness as Gorilla tracking can at times be strenuous
  • Pre and Post safari accommodation can be booked for you at an additional fee
  • The age limit is 15years and above
  • We shall observe the COVID SOPs and government directives
  • For more information about gorilla trekking tips please follow these links to read more about gorilla trekking tips and advice.
  • Note that this itinerary is a suggestion and can be further customized to suit your desire. Whatever your preference is, please let us know and we shall advise /adjust accordingly.
  • Post safari accommodation for the last night after the tour can be arranged at an extra fee upon request during the booking process.

Visa information

Ugandan visa.

Can be applied prior to arrival through your nearest Uganda Embassy or through the online portal. Also available on arrival at Entebbe International Airport, subject to long queues (We do not recommend this method)

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