3 Days Fly-in Gorilla trekking tour

The 3 days fly-in gorilla trekking tour is a speciality safari in which you transfer from Entebbe to Bwindi by air. The fly-in gorilla safari option allows you spend less hours of transfer as the you spend only 1 hour and 45 minutes as compared to over nine hours on road.  This tour starts in Entebbe with transfer to Bwindi where you will spend three days / two nights with the second day of the trip spent tracking the mountain gorillas in what is referred to as once in  a lifetime experience and highlight of a visit to Uganda.

3 Day Fly-in Gorilla trekking tour summary

Day 1: Fly from Entebbe to Bwindi

Day 2: Enjoy a gorilla trekking experience in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and an afternoon community walk where you will meet and interact with the bawta pygmies.

Day 3: Fly from Bwindi to Entebbe

Day by Day: Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Kihihi – Transfer to Bwindi Forest

You will be picked up by our company representative and transferred to the Entebbe international airport or to Kajansi airstrip to catch your flight to the west of Uganda.

There are two flight schedules, the morning and or afternoon option. Upon confirmation of your trip, our travel consultant will book your flights and provide you with the details.

In Kihihi a representitive from the company or your lodge will be waiting for you. He will transfer you in about 1.5 hours to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Journey time: 1h45 flight, 1.5 hours transfer to your lodge

Accommodation:  Bwindi crested crane hotel, Buhoma haven lodge (mid-range) or Mahogany springs lodge, Buhoma lodge, silverback lodge (luxury)

Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner

Morning flight option

Departure time from Entebbe:07.00 AM or 07.45 AM
Arrival time in Kihihi:08.45 AM or 09.30 AM

Afternoon flight option

Departure time from Entebbe:12.45 PM or 12.00 PM
Arrival time in Kihihi:13.55 PM or 14.45 PM

* Timings may vary depending on aircraft routing.


Day 2: Gorilla Tracking

Today is the Great Gorilla trekking 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 tour 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’.

Day 3: Return to Entebbe

Your guide will transfer you from the lodge to Kihihi Airstrip for your flight back to Entebbe international airport or Kajansi. Upon arrival at Entebbe our other driver will pick-you up and transfer you back the lodge or to the aiport for your scheduled flight back home.

Morning flight option

Departure time from Kihihi:09.45 AM
Arrival time in Entebbe:11.25 AM

Afternoon flight option

Departure time from Kihihi:14.05 PM or 15.15 PM
Arrival time in Entebbe:15.55 PM or 16.25 PM

End of tour