Our closest living relatives - the great apes. In their high altitude rainforest homes, Mountain Gorillas are, for now, protected and closely guarded. Tourism is their biggest saviour, providing the vital funds for this protection and importantly placing value on their survival in the eyes of local communities. With the direct connection between Gorillas, jobs and community upliftment projects, this philanthropic journey supports every level of Gorilla conservation and will expose you to the challenges, complexities and successes in the efforts to save Gorillas for our future generations.
A few of the many incredible things you'll see and experience while on this journey.
Day 1: Arrival - Entebbe, Uganda. Overnight: The Boma, Entebbe
Spend the first night of your Ugandan adventure in the vibrant city of Entebbe. Situated on the shores of gorgeous Lake Victoria, Entebbe offers a chilled out introduction to Uganda with a variety of nearby natural attractions. A sunset cruise on Lake Victoria or a visit to the botanical gardens (a true birders paradise) are wonderful experiences to kick off this philanthropic adventure.
Days 2 & 3: Ndali Lodge, Kibale National Park
An early morning flight from Entebbe will take you to Kibale Forest, one of the best places in Uganda to see chimpanzees! Perched on the rim of an extinct volcano which is now filled with water (Lake Nyinambuga), Ndali Lodge provides a perfect base from which to visit some of the region's most popular attractions. Go chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park and visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, home to a variety of monkeys and other mammals and some of the more rarely seen birds such as the Papyrus Gonolek.
Day 4: Travellers Rest Lodge, Kisoro
Today you journey South to Kisoro, where you will connect with Gorilla Org and learn about their inspiring efforts to protect gorillas and gorilla habitat accross the region. Visit their HQ where their team will give you an overview of their operations in Uganda and spend the afternoon visiting their projects including the their gardens and bee keeping projects, and meet some of the farmers who are reformed poachers. Enjoy a local cuisine dinner and drumming session back at the lodge that evening.
Day 5: Visit Gorilla Org Projects. Overnight: Rushaga Gorilla Camp
This morning you will head up into the mountains to visit a local school where you will join a class on wildlife conservation. Get your hands dirty planting trees with the children for their reforestation program and chat to them about life in their rural community. Journey further into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, enjoying the incredible views as you wind your way through through rural communities and indigenous forest. End the day at Rushaga Gorilla Camp, the perfect base for a once in a lifetime experience to trek mountain gorillas in the wild.
Days 6 & 7: Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Bwindi Impenetrable NP
Having learnt about the efforts to save Mountain Gorillas from extinction, now is the time to head deep into their territory to see them in the wild. Head out early in the morning to track a family through Bwindi's Impenetrable forest, and once found, spend time learning about their behaviour, family history and talk to the scouts about their work to protect these great apes within the forest. Depending on your interests, this wonderous wilderness awaits your further exploration the following day - head out on a birding or wildlife walks, or additional gorillas treks are also possible.
Day 8: Departure - Entebbe, Uganda
After three magical days in the wilds of Bwindi Impenetrable, it will be time to head home. Transfer back to Kisoro airstrip to catch your charter flight back to Entebbe. Connect with onward international flights home from Entebbe International Airport.
This Impact Safari experience includes:
Learn how community upliftment projects are saving gorillas from extinction by reforming poachers to farmers. Join a local school's conservation class before heading outdoors with the children to plant trees. Spend time with a gorilla family in the wild to learn about their behaviour and talk to the scouts involved in their protection.
We've carefully selected local projects that are doing amazing work for conservation in the area. You can add a visit on to your itinerary which will automatically include a direct donation to their work. Note: Some of these projects may already be included in your itinerary!