For those short on time and eager for a glimpse of the mountain gorillas plus a bird’s eye view of the
southwest parts of Uganda, indulge yourself into a lifetime opportunity via Entebbe International Airport!
- Trip Outline
- Trip Includes
- Trip Excludes
Gorillas and Lake Mutanda
– Fly to Bwindi!
– Gorilla permit included!
– Stunning views over Lake Mutanda!
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Day 1: Flight from Entebbe to Kisoro, transfer to Lake Mutanda
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Day 3: Transfer to Kisoro, flight from Kisoro to Entebbe
Flights and Transfers
Your transport from Entebbe to Kisoro is by airplane through our partner Aero Link Uganda LTD. Your transfers are provided by a vehicle from the lodge. This can be either a 4wd Landcruiser or a 4wd minibus depending on the number of people and availability.
Price per person Rooming
1 $2190 1 single room
2 $1950 1 double/twin room
3 $1950 1 double/twin + 1 single room
4 $1890 2 double/twin rooms
A single supplement is US$ 70 pp
Since this is a private tour, departure can be organized for any time throughout the year subject to the availability of accommodation and transport.
Terms and conditions
Please click here for the Terms and Conditions of Aerolink.
When you book your trip with Safari Retreats Uganda – to any of our destinations – We donate US$ 5 per person to our unique Girl Child project towards gender balancing focusing on afforestation. With this donation, you fly climate neutral to Africa!
The bookings with the lodge mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking. In case the mentioned hotels are not available during the requested period, we will do our utmost to book a hotel in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you).
It is not possible to ‘reserve’ gorilla tracking permits. Therefore, we can only buy them after your booking and down-payment.
The information about this tour is subject to change. Accommodation and permits will be booked once a down payment has been received.
Do you want to see the mountain gorillas, but not willing to spend so many hours on the road? For those looking to save time, get an excellent view from the clouds, and commune with the gorillas, we have the perfect excursion for you. We combine reliable domestic flight service, ground transfers and comfortable accommodation at Lake Mutanda to make this an unforgettable and hustle-free experience.
Fly to Kisoro - Transfer to Lake MutandaToday you travel from Entebbe Airport to Kisoro in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You will be dropped at the airport as per your flight schedule and check in 1 hour before your departure time listed on your flight ticket (which we provide). Departure time from Entebbe: 07.00 AM or 07.45 AM Arrival time in Kisoro: 08.10 AM or 08.55 AM * Timings may vary depending on aircraft routing. ** Kisoro flights are subject to the prevailing weather conditions and strictly morning flights. In Kisoro, a representative from the lodge will be waiting for you, holding a signpost with your name. He will transfer you in about 45 minutes to the resort overlooking Lake Mutanda and the Virunga volcanoes on the border with Rwanda. You'll sleep in one of their nice self-contained safari cottages. From here you will depart tomorrow for the gorilla tracking! Journey Time 1h20 min flight & 45 min transfer to lodge Accommodation Mutanda Lake Resort Meal Plan Lunch and dinner
Gorilla TrackingToday is the epic day, prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their excursion in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim, in fact, it also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. En route to the gorillas, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Your gorilla tracking will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’. Accommodation: Mutanda Lake Resort Meal Plan: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
Return to EntebbeAfter breakfast (inclusive) you drive back to Kisoro Airport making sure you check in 1 hour before departure time. Your flight back to Entebbe normally takes 2,5 hours but could take longer when Aerolink has more pick-ups on the way than planned. Departure time from Kisoro: 08.25 AM or 09.10 AM Arrival time in Entebbe: 11.25 AM Please let us know if you wish us to include one (or more) nights in Kampala /Entebbe or arrange your transport to and from Entebbe Airport with Uganda Safari Retreats. Journey Time 45 min transfer to Kisoro & 2h30 min flight Accommodation Not included Meal Plan Breakfast This is the end of what we hope has been a fabulous trip! Webale Nyo! (Thank you!) In Quest for more adventure? If you want to extend your excursion to one of our various destinations or if you'd like to add a few "off-the-beaten-track" side trips to the itinerary, click here to see our extensions.
- Return flight Entebbe – Kisoro with Aerolink Uganda;
- Transfer from Kisoro Airstrip to lodge;
- Transfer from lodge to gorilla tracking and back;
- Transfer from lodge to Kisoro Airstrip;
- Accommodation as listed in the program;
- All meals at your accommodation;
- Packed lunch for the gorilla tracking;
- 1 gorilla permit per person (value: US$700).
- International airfares
- Entry visa to Uganda
- A porter during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack);
- Personal (medical/travel) insurance;
- Government tax and park fees increase;
- Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc.;
- All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.).
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