The exhilaration of spending time with a family of Mountain Gorillas – the largest primates on earth – is an experience that will stay with you forever. Critically endangered due to habitat loss, poaching, disease and war, there are fewer than eight hundred individuals left, making them some of the rarest mammals on the planet. A face-to-face encounter with these remarkable creatures is surely one of the most memorable wildlife experiences of all.
Our safari begins with an overnight in Entebbe. From here, we head up into the highlands of Uganda to a chain of volcanoes with densely forested slopes which are home to these great apes. We will trek to two different gorilla families, making our way from the foothills up into the rainforest, weaving through overhanging vines and lush vegetation alive with colourful butterflies and birds. Once we find the gorillas we will stay with them for a magical hour each day as they feed, play and tend to their young.
The safari starts in Uganda. Overnight at Protea Hotel Entebbe, Uganda
Light aircraft and road transfer to Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge – 3 nights
This charming lodge is situated in Nkuringo, close to the south western border of the Bwindi National Park. At 2100m above sea level, the views across the magnificent Virunga Volcanoes and Great Rift Valley are simply breath-taking.
The spacious cottages are skilfully built from local volcanic stone, featuring vaulted ceilings with huge exposed timber beams, and wide picture windows with endless views across the treetops to the mountains and volcanoes beyond.
Each cottage has a roomy lounge with a double-sided fireplace, a private veranda and comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The quiet dedication of personal butlers and smiling staff make you feel very at home.
There is a partnership between the community and the lodge, an initiative of the Africa Wildlife Foundation and the International Gorilla Conservation Project. Involving the community with the private sector, with the goal of protecting the habitat of the Mountain Gorilla, is a rare success story in community conservation.
Trekking begins in the cultivated foothills of the Virungas, with far-reaching views in all directions. Once we enter the national park, highly experienced local guides – many of whom have spent their entire lives here – will lead us along tracks up into the rainforest, fresh with the spoor of buffalo and elephant, to one of the family groups of Mountain Gorillas.
Our second trek will take us to a different family. The benefit of having two treks means that each one is unique, and the photographic opportunities are outstanding. To sit within a few feet of these magnificent animals is both awe-inspiring and humbling, and will leave you with unforgettable memories.
These scattered families are under increasing pressure from the growing human population. It’s rewarding to know that by visiting this lodge and viewing the gorillas, we are contributing to employment within the local communities and helping to ensure that the remaining eight hundred or so individuals, and other species, remain protected.
Once we have completed our treks, we will have the opportunity to explore more of Uganda’s spectacular mountains and forests, and enjoy the phenomenal birdwatching which makes this one of Africa’s birding hotspots.
Road and light aircraft transfer to Entebbe International Airport.
The safari ends in Entebba, Uganda
|Safari||Privately Guided Safari|
|Group of 2||Group of 4||Group of 6|
|Price Per Person Sharing||$6 700||$10 400||$8 600||$ 8 000|
What our clients had to say
“The most amazing trip! All to your credit: the preparation, choice of accommodations and locations, travel methods, arrangements for kids, etc., etc. Could go on forever! Your professionalism, knowledge and kind way with the kids was so appreciated. We can never thank you enough.”
“Our trip was absolutely spectacular. I have wanted to see the mountain gorillas for many years and was not disappointed. Thanks so much for the gorgeous e-Book – special thanks to you, Lee, for taking shots of us at our gorilla viewings. I still find it hard to believe that I was actually there. It was an unreal/surreal experience. I might have to do it againJ… I always feel as if I’ve stepped into a dream.”
…”the adventure from beginning to end was quite splendid! I loved every moment and felt so well taken care of and safe. The camps I visited were all unique and all spectacular…I look at my photos and relish in the wonderful memories of a magnificent time. I feel so blessed to have had that opportunity.”