Seeing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is one of life’s treasured wildlife moments. You will get to spend an hour close to them, watching the interaction of a family group, dominated by a male Silverback. This trip also allows time for exploring Lake Mburo National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for sightings of zebra, leopard, elephant, antelope and much more.

Tailor-made pricing

This itinerary has been designed by our private groups’ specialists, including some of our much-loved highlights and hidden gems. You can choose to travel just as you see it here, or we can tailor it to suit your specific wishes – it’s completely bespoke. Maybe you’d like to add a night or two, or have a burning desire to visit somewhere special. We’re here to create your perfect holiday.

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  • Local guides throughout trip
  • Accommodation on a twin or triple share basis
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Private and public transport as described
  • Local guides throughout from one to five people, and an Intrepid tour leader from six to ten people
  • Accommodation on a twin or triple share basis
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Private and public transport as described
  • An Intrepid tour leader
  • Accommodation on a twin or triple share basis
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Private and public transport as described


Please note, these are quotation prices for a guideline only and are subject to change and availability. Prices will differ depending on your specific itinerary requirements. 


Tailor-made itinerary

Arrive into Kampala, and drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo is a great place to see eland antelope, and is home to a host of wildlife including zebras, impalas, buffalo, leopards, hyenas, jackals, hippos, crocodiles and many water birds. It’s one of Uganda’s less-visited hidden gems, and this afternoon you’ll game drive through the park.


Overnight: Rwakobo Rock Hotel or similar

Meals: Dinner

An early wake-up today for your drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to meet the mountain gorillas. Half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas live in Bwindi and we usually get very close to them – it’s a heart-warming, magical experience that will live with you forever. The trek to get to them is with a local ranger and can last for quite a few hours, but once you find them, you will spend an unforgettable hour in their company.


Overnight: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today is free to explore the forest further. Bwindi is famous for its remarkable biodiversity, and there are around 120 mammal species living in the forest, including black-and-white colobus monkeys, elephants, baboons, chimps and antelopes. We can arrange a nature walk for you or, alternatively, you may wish to visit a local village and see a cultural performance.


Overnight: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

A long journey takes you back to Kampala, stopping en-route to photograph the equator and have a picnic. We can book you extra nights in Kampala if you wish to explore a little more, or take the opportunity to visit other places in Uganda to see more wildlife.


Meals: Breakfast, lunch

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Frequently asked questions

On a standard group trip you travel on a set date and itinerary with other people who you may not know. A private group – whether that’s a private departure or tailor-made - is yours exclusively for your family and friends.

On a private departure, you travel on one of our 1,000+ pre-designed group trips on a date of your choice. The idea is you experience the itinerary as many others have enjoyed it before you, but sharing those special moments just between you and your friends.

A tailor-made holiday offers complete flexibility. You can choose the dates, activities, accommodation, transport, special highlights and things you’ve always wanted to see – and we will plan you an itinerary for your budget, whatever that may be.

Intrepid has 1,000+ group trips that cover most of the world. We can plan a private departure for you on most of these. There will be exceptions, usually because logistics and price make it prohibitive to offer the trip but, as a rule, we can do it!

For tailor-made, the suggested itineraries you see on our website are in our favourite destinations. We know these countries well and can deliver a fantastic, bespoke experience in each of them. Because we’re Intrepid, we also have a vast network of global suppliers and trust them to operate wonderful holidays for our customers worldwide. If you don’t see an itinerary or country on our website that you fancy, call us, and we’ll most likely be able to help you.

To and from the UK - yes, we certainly can. And we only add a nominal fee to do it. You can also book your own flights, if you wish. Those travelling from outside the UK would be best to book their own, because it’s likely to be cheaper.

For private departures, it depends on which trip you’d like to travel on. For bigger groups – eight upwards – we can often give you the itinerary at the price you see on the website. We also offer a discount for larger groups, and can include a free-of-charge place for 10+ people, so it might work out cheaper. 

A tailor-made itinerary is designed to your budget, so you set the price. You tell us what you want to spend and we will do our very best to deliver your itinerary to that specification. We also have to be realistic – 5* hotels are, of course, a lot more expensive than a hostel. But we have lots of ideas, knowledge and operational experience to help you get the holiday you want at the price you want – and we’ll make suggestions to help you achieve that. For example, we might suggest using a train or local bus for one journey, rather than a private charter; that way you save money, as well as getting a fantastic local experience!

Whatever you choose. We can book anything from homestays to jungle lodges to indulgent beach properties. We always try to use locally-run, characterful properties where we can.

We use a variety of transport to suit the itinerary, destination, terrain and budget for the trip. We could take you from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang by overnight train, or plane. Hop aboard a local bus in Thailand, or sit back in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle in India. 4WDs are a great way to safari and camels are the ships of the desert. Getting there is all part of the fun.

If you’ve asked us to, we will make sure someone is there to pick you up on arrival at the airport and take you to your first accommodation. Here, your leader or guide will brief you on your itinerary. From there, Intrepid takes care of the logistics. Together with our local suppliers, we will arrange your accommodation, transport, guides and excursions, where they are included. We will smooth the way, so you can get on with enjoying your travels.

You’ll have the full backing of our 24/7 emergency contacts. The joy of a private group? As it’s just you and your friends if you do want to make a slight tweak to the itinerary along the way, such as an extra photo stop, we’ll do our best to accommodate…

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Intrepid also prides itself on its responsible travel credentials. We design our trips to use locally-owned accommodation and suppliers where possible, minimise waste and offer real-life experiences to promote cross-cultural understanding. We also have The Intrepid Foundation, a not-for-profit fund which benefits 50 projects around the world.

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