Gorilla Trekking: What you need to know
Going on safari is an amazing experience. You’ll see wild animals in their natural habitat and be exposed to unique African cultures. But an African adventure can be much more than game drives on the Serengeti or bird watching in the Okavango Delta. For something extra special that you will remember for years to come, head to Bwindi National Park in Uganda for the chance to see mountain gorillas in the wild.
Somak offers a range of mountain gorilla experiences to suit every traveller. From tents pitched deep in the forest, to meeting the Batwa Pigmy tribe, you can be sure to enjoy your gorilla trekking adventure with us.
What can you expect?
Gorilla trekking is definitely a bucket list highlight. Having the chance to sit with wild gorillas and to observe them as they go about their daily lives is an incredibly humbling experience. Regardless of where your lodge is located, you will have the opportunity to walk through the lush Bwindi Impenetrable Forest on your search for these gentle giants.
As well as gorilla trekking, you can also take part in a number of other forest walks. Along these trails you’ll have the chance to see other animals, such as an exotic range of bird and monkey species. You will also have the opportunity to meet the Batwa Pigmy tribe, who have made the forest their home.
There are a number of places you can stay at during your gorilla trekking experience. Most of them are located within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, so each place will guarantee to showcase beautiful surroundings and an abundance of wildlife.
Here are some of our favourites:
- Gorilla Forest Camp
A luxury tented camp located right in the heart of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. If you’re keen to stay in authentic accommodation, surrounded by nature, then the Gorilla Forest Camp is the place for you. Full board meals are included, and each tent is covered by a thatched roof, has an en suite bathroom, and a private wooden deck.
- Buhoma Lodge
Built from local sustainable materials, with solar panels on the roof, the Buhoma Lodge prides itself on being as eco-friendly as possible. With eight private cottages, full board meals, and stunning views of the forest, this lodge offers a luxury experience in a natural environment.
- Bwindi Lodge
Overlooking the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge is the place to go if you’re a keen bird watcher. With full board meals and a selection of extra trails to embark on, this lodge provides the perfect sanctuary for your adventurous spirit.
Tips and tricks
- Wear comfortable footwear
- Bring plenty of sunscreen and bug repellent
- Listen to your trekking guide at all times
- Respect the gorillas and their habitat
For more information on gorilla trekking holidays, or to book your next African adventure with us, call us today on 020 8423 3000. Somak will work with you to make your next trip the holiday of a lifetime.