Gorilla Express

Gorilla trekking in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Gis' a smooch
You think your job's tough? Try riding a massive pile of bananas around all day.
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park's diverse habitats
  • Gorillas are just like us. They feel love, hate, fear, grief, joy, greed, generosity, pride, shame, empathy, and jealousy. If you tickle a gorilla he will laugh. Please do not tickle the gorillas.



    Day 1 - Kampala

    Uganda's capital is big, but it still feels really safe. Ugandans love to party, so there's plenty of great pubs for kicking back with an Eagle beer. Just stay alert around the crazy boda-boda (motorcycle taxi) drivers.

    • Arrive at any time as there are no activities planned today, so spend time getting to know Kampala
    • If arriving early, perhaps visit the Kasubi tombs, National Museum or wander the Kabaka's trail

    Day 2-3 - Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Elephants are enormous. But their feet have this crazy soft padding which means you can't hear them walking, even if it's right through your camp in the middle of the night.

    • Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park - set between the Great Rift Valley lakes of Edward and George
    • Hope to see elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, Ugandan kobs and waterbucks
    • Take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, well-known for pelicans, eagles and other wonderful birdlife, as well as its healthy population of hippos

    Day 4-6 - Gorilla Trek

    The good thing about being in a small group is that someone will probably have a kickass SLR camera. Which means you can put away the point-and-shoot and simply watch the gorillas.

    • Travel on to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - home for the next three nights.
    • Receive a full briefing and head off early to find mountain gorillas with local trackers
    • Enjoy two days for gorilla visits

    Day 7 - Mbarara

    Tonight's the perfect time to sample some waragi - Ugandan gin. It's hotter than a bushfire and has more kick than an angry giraffe. If anyone asks, you're drinking it to keep the mozzies at bay.

    • Continue on to the university town of Mbarara
    • Take the afternoon to explore the town and perhaps try some local food or find a football match to watch

    Day 8 - Kampala

    When you hear the word 'mzungu' at Owino market, they're talking to you, foreigner. It's the biggest market in the country so if you can't find a bargain here you're not looking hard enough.

    • Leave the small town of Mbarara behind and drive back to Kampala via the shores of Lake Victoria 
    • The trip ends on arrival in Kampala
  • What's Included

    • An experienced safari leader whilst on safari; local specialist guides join us for the Gorilla trek; park fees; one pre-purchased gorilla permit; 6 camp, 1 night hotel; transport by overland vehicle.

    Not Included

    • International flights, local payment, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre-tour or post-tour accommodation, all other meals, drinks, sleeping bag, all optional additional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature, laundry and flights (unless specified).
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Overland vehicle
6 nights Camping, 1 night Hotel
Kampala, Kampala District, Uganda
Kampala, Kampala District, Uganda

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