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Tour Inclusions

  • Sanctuary Retreats accommodation, Gorilla Forest Camp 3 nights
  • Protea Hotel or similar, Entebbe 2 nights en route and departure including breakfast
  • All meals, fine dining multi course and special requests at GFC
  • Snacks, beverages including beer, wine and spirits excluding premium brands at GFC
  • All road transfers
  • *Two safari light aircraft charter flights
  • *National Park fee’s
  • *One day Gorilla Trekking permit $600USD
  • English speaking guides
  • Storage of extra baggage at Boma Hotel (15kg allowance per person on safari)
  • Daily laundry at GFC
  • Visit to local Sanctuary Philanthrapy projects
  • Concession Fee’s (approximately $20USD)
*Prices subject to change

Tour Exclusions

  • International airfares
  • Visa’s if required
  • Tips (approximately $15USD for Gorilla Trekking porter, $5USD per day per person for guides and similar for staff tip box is recommended)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Top shelf liquor, imported beer, Champagne, Cognacs, premium brand spirits, cellar wines, cigars and cigarettes
  • Telephone calls
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation

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Moon Tours and Sanctuary Retreats.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

5 night, all inclusive luxury Gorilla Trekking Experience

The undiscovered pearl of Africa, Uganda is a landscape of deep lakes, towering mountains and thick rainforests. Boasting wildlife not found anywhere else, Uganda is also home to the world’s greatest concentration of primates.

The gorillas are completely wild but have become used to seeing a few humans after years of habituation. Many of the expert guides have been involved in this process since the beginning and are able to explain the complicated etiquette involved in meeting a giant silverback. This is an opportunity afforded only to a select few, as just eight visitors are allowed to view each group every day. Tracking through dense forest with steep slopes means that participants do need to be physically fit to enjoy the track. Once the gorillas are located, spend a maximum of one hour with them before returning back to camp. Please note only children aged 15 and above can track gorilla.

About Uganda

 Formally a British colony English is the second language alongside the local tongue. Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary. Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.
Unique Ugandan experience.
  • The highest concentration of primates on Earth and home to half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • An equally wide range of fauna, flora, and landscapes in all of the country’s
    national parks, including Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, and Kibale Forest
  • A bird watcher’s paradise with over 350 species of bird recorded in Bwindi
  • Excellent climate all year round
  • The cheery and welcoming hospitality of its warm-natured people

GORILLA TRACKING

The gorillas are completely wild but have become used to seeing a few humans after years of habituation. Many of the expert guides have been involved in this process since the beginning and are able to explain the complicated etiquette involved in meeting a giant silverback. This is an opportunity afforded only to a select few, as just eight visitors are allowed to view each group every day. Tracking through dense forest with steep slopes means that participants do need to be physically fit to enjoy the track. Once the gorillas are located, spend a maximum of one hour with them before returning back to camp. Please note only children aged 15 and above can track gorilla

About Sanctuary Gorilla Camp

Its remote and atmospheric. As the only concessionaire luxury camp within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the perfect base from which to track the park’s most famous resident – the mountain gorilla. The main area features a comfortable lounge and bar area as well as the main dining area while the mini spa offers a wide selection of treatments. Located within the National Park, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests an unrivalled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. In fact Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp often receives regular visits from the gorillas themselves. For the lucky guests in camp at those times, they may have the chance for a gorilla encounter without even leaving Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.

Sanctuary Retreats Gorilla Trekking Safari

5 night safari: Let us take care of every detail from overnight layovers, road and light aircraft transfers, trekking permits, village visits, National Park permits and of course your luxury all inclusive accommodation.

*Contact us for a personalised quote on this private luxury safari

DAY 01 – Overnight Entebbe at Protea Hotel or similar

On arrival in Entebbe you will be met by a Sanctuary Representative who will transfer you to your Entebbe/Kampala hotel.

DAY 02 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, overnight Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

This morning after breakfast you will be picked up and transferred to Entebbe airport for your scheduled flight to Kihihi airstrip where a Sanctuary representative will meet and transfer you to the camp. The transfer time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Gorilla Forest Camp is located within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the perfect base for a tracking experience as it offers luxury in the heart of the rainforest. Lunch is served at camp. In the afternoon you can just relax and take in the fresh air or take a forest walk, which is a nice way to warm up before the Gorilla tracking. Birders come thousands of miles to see the more than 350 species that live within the area. There are also rare forest elephant, giant forest hog and eleven kinds of primates, such as red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboons and chimpanzee.

DAY 03 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP, overnight Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Early breakfast this morning before a briefing from your guide. Tracking commences every morning from the park headquarters at 8.30 am. The gorillas we track belong to one of the ‘habituated’ family groups in Northern Bwindi. For several years each group has undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually made them used to the presence of humans. Experienced guides will accompany the tracking, many of who have been involved in the habituation process themselves. Once the gorillas are located, the group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Return to camp for dinner.

DAY 04 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP, overnight Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Today relax at camp or visit a local village and meet the villagers to learn about their day to day lives. On this walk you can visit a honey production site, a traditional medicine man, a traditional blacksmith, a local school when in term and even attend a Batwa dance performance. The walk is organised with the local community as part of our community support. Or you could take a bird walk. Bwindi boast over 300 bird species, including 24 that are endemic to these highlands straddling Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo – the “Albertine Rift Endemics”. There are also over 200 species of butterflies found in the park. A local expert will guide you on this fascinating walk. Lunch and dinner at the lodge. After dinner simply relax and sip a drink as you listen to folk tunes played on the traditional Bakiga guitar.

*OPTIONAL day Gorilla Trekking, $600USD per person trekking permits apply. Prices subject to change.

DAY 05 – Transfer by road and air to Entebbe, overnight at Protea Hotel or similar.

Awaken this morning to a warm cup of tea or coffee served on the veranda of your tent. After a hearty breakfast your return transfer begins by road to Kihihi airstrip for your shared scheduled flight back to Entebbe with a layover night hotel included.

DAY 06 – End of your Gorilla Trek

After breakfast transfer back to Entebe airport for your onward connecting flight.

Sanctuary Retreats luxury Gorilla Forest Camp

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda. This camp is one of the most remote and atmospheric in Africa.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest impresses with a truly theatrical landscape – this is a region of volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges. And it is here, on a flat ridge high in the forest, that Sanctuary’s Gorilla Forest Camp is tucked away. This is the ideal base for encounters with the mountain gorillas that live in Bwindi.

RELAX IN THE RAINFOREST

The eight tents at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp are stylish and spacious, each featuring two queen sized beds. In addition to the comfortable warm beds, each tent has a huge bathtub that looks straight into the jungle canopy ideal for soaking tired muscles after a day spent observing and meeting gorillas. Observe rare forest species while soaking in the tub, followed by a cocktail on the private viewing deck served by your personal attendant.

REMOTE AND ATMOSPHERIC

Located within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the perfect base from which to track the park’s most famous resident – the mountain gorilla. The main area features a comfortable lounge and bar area as well as the main dining area while the mini spa offers a wide selection of treatments. Located within the National Park, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests an unrivalled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. In fact Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp often receives regular visits from the gorillas themselves. For the lucky guests in camp at those times, they may have the chance for a gorilla encounter without even leaving Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.

SPA

The mini spa Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers the perfect way to end a long day of gorilla trekking. The spa seems a natural enhancement of the gorilla experience and a chance for your mind to fully absorb the magnitude of your wonderful spiritual encounter; allowing your body and mind to blend with the natural surroundings, whilst recalling those magical moments in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest.

Treatments to choose from include a deep herbal massage, hydrating facial, foot massage, manicures and pedicures. Our spa therapist, Precious uses only locally found products and she also makes some of her own scrubs and masks with ingredients such as avocadoes and bananas – all bought from the local village.

SPA PRODUCTS

AfricologyTM uses healing essences of some of South Africa’s indigenous plants,
Rooibos, Aloe Ferox, Marula and African Potato. They are a natural, organic range,
chemical free and allow nature to fragrance their products naturally and select actives that bring balance and harmony to the skin. They practice fair trade and show a great social responsibility to empowering the people of Africa. They are dermalogically tested to EU standards, not tested on animals or use any animal products.

SILVER SERVICE

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp prides itself in the personalised service we are able to offer our guests. Please let us know if you have any special requests and or dietary requirements.

Sanctuary Retreats prides itself in the personalised service we are able to offer our guests. Please let us know if you have any special requests and/or dietary requirements.

The bar and dining cottage overlooks the rainforest and a raised natural platform is built for open air-dining. A full English and continental breakfast is served before your morning activity. Trekking gorilla’s today? The camp will pack you a scrumptious lunch including fresh fruit, sweet and savoury delights to take with you. Once back at the camp celebratory drinks and snacks will be served under the stars by the roaring campfire as you discuss your amazing adventure. All meals are à la carte and served in the bar and dining area overlooking the rainforest. Chef Jackson serves a silver service dinner with four to five courses each evening. One of the mains might even include his favourite dish – Matooke rolled chicken with creamed spinach and ground nut sauce. Celebrating a special occasion? We are able to offer romantic private dinners.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Kihihi airstrip is the closest airstrip which is 1 hour and 15 minutes from the camp. The camp can also be reached by vehicle from Kampala; and there is also the option of a scenic road transfer from Kigali, Rwanda.


MAP

FLIGHT TIMES

Flying time:

  • Scheduled flight from Entebbe to Kihihi airstrip – 1hr 45mins

Road transfer:

  • Kampala to Bwindi – 10 hours
  • Kigali (Rwanda) to Bwindi – 8 hours (weather dependent)

A maximum of 15 kg / 33lbs of luggage per person in soft-sided bags is allowed.

MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFE TIME

With the benefit of digital photography don’t hold back taking pics, you can always delete them. We recommend packing your largest lense, all safari vehicles have padded rest for stable long distance shots.

ACTIVITIES AT SANCTUARY GORILLA CAMP

GORILLA TRACKING

The gorillas are completely wild but have become used to seeing a few humans after years of habituation. Many of the expert guides have been involved in this process since the beginning and are able to explain the complicated etiquette involved in meeting a giant silverback. This is an opportunity afforded only to a select few, as just eight visitors are allowed to view each group every day. Tracking through dense forest with steep slopes means that participants do need to be physically fit to enjoy the track. Once the gorillas are located, spend a maximum of one hour with them before returning back to camp. Please note only children aged 15 and above can track gorilla.

A tracking permit must be bought in advance in person in Bwindi, please ask us before booking your flights.

BATWA TRIBE EXPERIENCE

Learn about and interact with the local Batwa People. This full day activity involves a three hour walk followed by about an hour spent with the Batwa. The walk back to camp is two hours. The visit includes a music performance, visitation by the goddess, hunting and gathering demonstration and an opportunity to see how they live. The Twa tribe who are also known as the Batwa are the oldest inhabitants of the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. They speak the same language as the Hutu and Tutsi groups of Rwanda. Like most of the tribes in Africa, they have moved from place to place and are now found in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and eastern portions of the DRC. Statistics show that by the year 2000 their numbers were approximately 80,000 people, making them a significant minority group in these countries. The first records of the Batwa were made by the Egyptians over 4,000 years ago. They described them as short statured people living near the “Mountains of the Moon” extolling their abilities as dancers and story tellers.

FOREST WALK

Bwindi is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a spectacular place to visit. In addition to the gorillas, Bwindi is also home to rare forest elephants, giant forest hogs and eleven kinds of primates, such as red tailed and blue monkeys, black and white colobus, baboons and chimpanzees. You can also find forest duiker antelopes, bush buck antelopes and over 200 species of butterflies. We can offer a guided forest walk on the Munyaga waterfall trail. This trail starts from the Park office and ends at the magnificent Munyaga waterfall. The walk to and from the waterfall takes about three hours and is a good way to practice or cool down a day before or after the gorilla tracking.

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK DRIVES

While staying at Gorilla Forest Camp guests are able to venture out on game drives to Ishasha, located in the south of the well known Queen Elizabeth National Park popular for its tree climbing lions, savanna elephants, buffaloes, topi, hippos, various bird species, warthogs and the occational leopard.

The Ishasha Sector is famous for its population of tree-climbing lions. The Lions are normally seen lazily lying within the branches of the huge fig trees staring down at the numerous Uganda Kobs grazing in the open Ishasha plains. This is usually a full day outing where guests are able to stop for lunch at the hippo pool. Departure is 6:30 in the morning.

BIRDING WALKS

Bwindi boasts over 350 bird species, including 24 that are endemic to these highlands straddling Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo – the so-called the “Albertine Rift Endemics”. For keen birders, we can arrange for a local expert to guide you on a fascinating 2-3 hour walk through the park.

COMMUNITY WALK

Bwindi is surrounded on the Buhoma side by the Bakiga community and the Batwa people community. The walk takes about two hours and begins with a stroll through a small tea farming project. Here you can stop to meet the tea pickers and perhaps even learn how to pluck tea leaves along the way. Then visit a local beer brewery and see how they mash bananas to make a fermented brew which is mixed and distilled to make banana beer – a popular local drink in the area. From here walk a short distance to the local hospital which Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp supports through various projects. Learn about how it started and the work they do for the community. Continue your walk to a nearby village and visit a traditional medicine man. The knowledge of using herbs for healing has been passed on from generation to generation and he will show you some of the herbs that grow in the forest and talk about how they are used. Later, relax and enjoy a performance by the Batwa community before returning to the camp.

Dates available on request. Contact us for your once in a lifetime luxury bespoke African Safari.

1 April – 20 June; 1 November – 20 December; $4300USD Save $1000USD on comparison

7 January – 31 March; 1 – 31 October; $5160USD Save $970USD on comparison

21 June – 30 September, 21 December – 6 January 2020; $5900USD Save $1100USD on comparison

Additional day Gorilla Trekking permit $600USD per person.

Single supplement upon request.

ADD ON ANOTHER UNIQUE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE

From centrally located Uganda you can easily link a Safari sticking with the Sanctuary luxury experience in neighbouring Kenya and adjoining Tanzania. Head North to Egypt for a luxury river cruise on the Nile with one of the four 5* Sanctuary River Boats.