Mountain gorilla trekking and time spent with the Batwa on this luxury Uganda safari

Torn between the prospect of a classic East African safari and gorilla trekking on a luxury Uganda safari? Well, why not do both? This four-night itinerary easily forms the start of a longer safari. Though the gorilla trek is undoubtedly the highlight, you’ll also have the opportunity to engage meaningfully with local communities, including the endangered Batwa people.

Uganda: Gorillas in the Wild: 5 Days/4 Nights

Day 1:

Arrival Entebbe, Hotel No. 5

Days 2, 3 & 4:

Fly to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Day 5:

Depart for your safari!

Gorillas in the Wild trip highlights

  • This 5-day fly-in luxury Uganda safari begins with an overnight stay at Hotel No. 5 in Entebbe.
  • Fly to Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, known for its exceptional diversity of flora and fauna—and, of course, the endangered mountain gorilla.
  • In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Batwa (pygmy) community and spend an incredible day hiking in the rainforest with elder guides. Learn how the Batwa once lived and hunted, the medicinal plants they use, and how to watch for animals and birds. You will share a traditional meal, hear ancient legends and traditional songs, and join in on a mock hunting party.
  • Trek through rainforest and bamboo-covered slopes in search of a mountain gorilla family. This is a sometimes strenuous and tough journey, but once you catch a glimpse of the gorillas any and all discomforts are quickly forgotten. When sighted, you will spend one hour with them, observing their behavior and interactions.


$5,000 - $6,550 per person sharing for 2024; includes one gorilla trekking permit per person

Note: The minimum age for trekking is 15 years old.

Uganda: Gorillas in the Wild on a map

Hotel No.5

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Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

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Add gorilla trekking to the beginning or end of your East African safari (flights from Kenya's Maasai Mara will get you to Clouds on the same day), or use Uganda as a jumping-off point for an active adventure in southern Africa.

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