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The Gorilla Adventure in Uganda 2022

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

5 October - 14 October 2022 On Sale
Duration 10 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info £1

Pay £1 today towards your non-refundable registration fee and reserve your place.

Pay a non-refundable registration fee top up of £348 when you pay your balance 12 weeks before departure. This is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.

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The Gorilla Adventure in Uganda 2022

For a limited time only, we're introducing £1 registration fees for all Dream Challenges in 2022 and 2023 and up to 15% off your tour costs for early 2023 challenges!*

Trek through the rainforests of the Virunga Mountain Range and encounter endangered species on this once-in-a-lifetime gorilla tracking adventure.

Together, we'll trek through valleys, lush vegetation and local communities, with chances to see golden monkeys. The excitement will continue with a breath-taking boat ride across the volcanic Lake Mutanda in wooden canoes. Then, it's time to go ape!

We'll venture into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track the amazing Nkuringo Gorilla Family Group! Encountering these magnificent and sadly, critically endangered, animals in their natural habitat is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that few will ever get to experience. This vibrant forest is alive with other wildlife too, so look out for birds, butterflies and over fifty different reptile species!

Left with an unforgettable sense of awe, we'll end our adventure by getting involved with a variety of ecological activities for the local community at the Singing Gorilla Project. Choose to help out at a local school, music school or health centre or you might even be able to help the charity install water tanks for the community.

Giving back to the planet

We're dedicated to practising responsible tourism and we've designed this amazing itinerary especially to give back to the places we visit.

We have picked fantastic suppliers local to the area; plus we get involved with local eco work at Singing Gorilla Projects in Nkuringo. 

This special charity funds and manages community-based projects that improve the welfare of the local communities and enriches the lives of individuals in Uganda and would make the perfect charity to support on your trek.

Gorilla tracking permit included!
As gorillas are sadly critically endangered, their habitat is carefully protected and trekkers must have a Gorilla Tracking Permit to enter the Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest. We arrange and pay for all our participants' permits (£550 per person), so you don't need to worry about it. It's all included in your challenge costs!


* Terms & Conditions apply. View here.

  • The £1 registration fee offer applies to all challenges departing from 1st September 2022 to 31st December 2023.
  • When you pay £1 to book a challenge departing in 2022, the remaining registration fee will be added to your balance that is due by 12 weeks before departure. For example, if the advertised registration fee is £349 and challenge cost is £1,950, you will pay £1 today and £348 + £1,950 at 12 weeks before departure.
  • When you pay £1 to book a challenge departing in 2023, the remaining registration fee must be paid by 30th September 2022 to have your place confirmed. For example, if the registration fee is £349, you will pay £1 today and £348 by 30th September 2022.
  • The £1 down payment and remaining registration fee paid is non-refundable as per the normal booking conditions.
  • Your place will be cancelled if payments aren't made by the deadlines.
  • The £1 registration fee offer is only valid until 6pm on the 15th August 2022.
  • When booking a challenge departing between 1st January and 31st March 2023, you will receive £320 discount from your challenge balance due 12 weeks before departure. For example, if your challenge has a registration fee of £349 and a challenge cost of £1,950, you would pay £1 today, £348 by 30th September 2022, and £1,630 by 12 weeks before departure.
  • The £320 discount on early 2023 challenges offer is only valid for bookings made by 30th September 2022.


Your itinerary

Days 1 & 2
UK – Kigali – Gahinga

The excitement begins at the airport in London, where we meet as a group for the first time and catch our overnight flight to Rwanda, touching down in Kigali on Day 2.

Our local ground agent greets us upon our arrival and we transfer across the border to the South West of Uganda. This drive will take approx. four to five hours, with a lunch stop at Kisoro Town.

Checking in at our gorgeous first night’s camp at Mount Gahinga in the North of Uganda, we end the day with a welcome dinner.

Our camp sits at the foot of the spectacular Mount Gahinga volcano and makes the perfect place to start our Gorilla Adventure in the Central African Rainforest.

Day 3
Mount Gahinga – Golden Monkey Walk – Amajambere Camp | approx. 8-12km

We commence our trek in earnest today! Rising early to breakfast at camp, we hike to the Mount Gahinga National Park offices to meet the park rangers.

Here, the rangers give us an exciting briefing on the challenge ahead. We then trek across the slope of the volcano, which gives us a high chance of spotting golden monkeys and a variety of birds! Needless to say, our wildlife tracking will keep our minds off the ache in our legs!

For those of you feeling extra adventurous today, there’s also an option to trek another 4km or so to the lowest of the summit of Mount Gahinga, the smallest of the three peaks in the mountain range.

We catch our breath and take in the awesome panoramas of forest, lakes and volcanoes, before trekking back down to our camp in the National Park. Dinner will dust off our incredible first day’s walk, before a good night’s rest.

Day 4
Amajambere Camp – Lake Mutanda | approx. 18.5km

After an early morning breakfast at camp, we embark on a safari trek to the beautiful Lake Mutanda.

Again, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for golden monkeys, gorillas and elephants, but we won’t just be seeing wildlife today.

Our local guides will lead us through small and friendly communities, where we can gain insight into the culture and learn about the villagers’ experience of living in Uganda.

We have dinner and rest tonight at an eco camp at the gorgeous Lake Mutanda, nestled in the foothills of the Virunga Mountain Range (1,800m/5,900 ft).

Here, we make the most of the shower facilities and settle for dinner and rest.

Day 5
Amajambere Camp – Lake Mutanda | approx. 18.5km

Today we take to the boats!

Setting off from our eco-camp after breakfast, we clamber into wooden dug-out open top canoes and launch into this stunning volcanic lake.

Then we just kick back and enjoy the spectacular mountain panoramas, as our qualified guides paddle us across the lake. From our canoes, we can see the Mount Muhabura, Mount Sabinyo and Mount Gahinga.

We bank at Chameleon Hill and trek through a valley, lush with vegetation. We follow a number of river tributaries, before climbing into the hills on paths and tracks that link small villages and farmsteads.

On our way through this dense forest, we can look out for a wide variety of birds. Our trail leads us to a road junction at Rubuguri and we transfer to our camp in Nkuringo.

Tonight’s accommodation is a mix of camping and resting in a homestay, which gives us yet more fantastic insight into the local lifestyle.

Days 6 - 8
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park | approx. 8km – 18km depending on where the gorillas are!

The next few days are a real highlight – as if every day isn’t awesome! Splitting into three groups, we spend one of the days tracking gorillas in the Impenetrable National Park and the other two taking part in optional eco-activities at the Singing Gorilla Project.

Trekking in smaller groups will mean we won’t disturb the gorillas and will give us the highest chance of getting a fab view.

We venture into the dense forest and track the amazing Nkuringo Gorilla Family Group. Depending on where the gorilla family is, we’ll hike approx. 8km to 18km, following trails through the beautiful vegetation.

As we hike, we’re in for some exquisite scenery. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the most diverse habitats on Earth and home to 120 species of mammals, two hundred varieties of tree and more than fifty different reptiles. The mist that curls around the trees towering over us makes the trek positively magical.

That’s not even to mention the once-in-a-lifetime experience of encountering these sadly endangered apes in their natural habitat. With luck, we may get to see a silverback male, which can weigh as much as 450lb!

Singing Gorilla Projects

On the days you aren’t trekking, you have the chance to take part in optional eco activities at the Singing Gorilla Projects. This special local charity funds and manages community-based projects that improve the welfare of the local communities and enriches the lives of individuals.

Projects include the Empower Her project, installing water tanks and bio toilets, helping out at the local schools, the health centre or music school.

You may also take part in an optional approx. 16km walk to the beautiful Bicocora waterfall, with an elevation gain of around 500m.

We’ll spend these three nights staying at lodges or a homestay in the Nkuringo area, with extraordinary vistas across the mountain range.

On our final night here (Day 8), we’ll celebrate our gorilla adventure with a delicious dinner.

Days 9 & 10
Nkuringo – Kigali – UK

After this dream of a challenge, we’re homeward bound and transfer (approx. four hours) to Kigali airport.

From here, we catch our overnight flight and touch back down in the UK on Day 10. This is where we part ways and you make your own way home.

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay your registration fee and your challenge costs yourself.


Pay the balance

  • Pay £1 today towards your non-refundable registration fee and reserve your place.
  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee top up of £348 when you pay your balance 12 weeks before departure. This is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay your challenge cost of £2,250 yourself 12 weeks before the challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350), your food, accommodation, transfers, entry fees, guides, Gorilla Tracking Permit (approx. £550) and medical support.
  • Please also remember to budget for your visa (approx. 100 USD), airport taxes and fuel surcharge (approx. £350).
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can or make a personal donation to the charity of your choice.
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Pay your registration fee and raise the minimum target for your chosen charity.


Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay £1 today towards your non-refundable registration fee and reserve your place.
  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee top up of £348 when you pay your balance 12 weeks before departure. This is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target of £4,500 for a charity of your choice at least 12 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs of £2,250 on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350), your food, accommodation, transfers, entry fees, guides, Gorilla Tracking Permit (approx. £550) and medical support.
  • Please also remember to budget for your visa (approx. 100 USD), airport taxes and fuel surcharge (approx. £350).
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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The Gorilla Adventure in Uganda 2022

The Gorilla Adventure in Uganda 2022 is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part in this trek will have a low level of fitness when they sign up.

This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, while exploring one of the world's most amazing places and making a big impact for a cause that means a lot to you.

We do strongly recommend you train for the trek and we'll send you a fantastic training plan once you sign up. This training plan builds up as time goes on, so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we jet to Uganda!

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and life long friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for The Gorilla Adventure in Uganda 2022.

Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

Your registration fee of £349 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.

Your challenge costs of £2,250 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the sponsorship option) cover:

  • Your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350)
  • Meals throughout the challenge 
  • Gorilla Tracking Permit*
  • Accommodation
  • All transfers in Uganda (and Rwanda)
  • Entry fees where applicable
  • A team of awesome, first-aid trained local guides and Dream Challenges staff
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead up to and during your challenge
  • Medical and mechanical support, including at least one UK doctor with expedition medicine training

*The Gorilla Permit (approx. £550) is included in the challenge cost of £2,250.


No the cost of the Gorilla Tracking Permit (approx. £550) is included in the challenge cost of £2,250.


In addition to paying your registration fee (£349) and either paying your challenge costs or raising the minimum sponsorship target, you'll need to budget for your:

  • Airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (approx. £350)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Your visa East African Tourist Visa (currently 100 USD for UK citizens). You will need to arrange this yourself. We'll send you details of this in the lead up to the challenge.
  • Optional excursions/extensions

We'll camp in comfortable tents (all equipment provided, except for your own sleeping bag) throughout the challenge on a twin sharing basis, with two nights at a wonderful local guest house, where we will be split between camping and staying in the house.

You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send you details of.

You can however take out your own insurance providing it covers you for a charity trek in Uganda.

You will need to arrange your own tourist visa. As we pass through Rwanda on the way to/from Uganda, you will need to apply for an Eastern African Visa (currently $100 for UK citizens), which will allow you into both countries.

We'll send all participants details on how to do this well ahead of our departure date.

You will of course need a pair of walking boots and you'll need to bring your own two to three season sleeping bag. We will supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the event well before your departure date.

Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. Everyone who is at least 18 years old by the challenge date is more than welcome to join this awesome challenge.


The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way.

We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the trek itself.

Once you have registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the trek. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.

During the trek, we'll have two qualified doctors accompanying the group from the get go and at all times throughout the challenge, along with a team of experienced challenge guides and porters.

Your main luggage will be transported by vehicle to each camp, so you will only need to carry a small day pack, containing essential accessories and equipment.

The group size is likely to be around 25 people.

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay in Uganda, simply get in touch and we can find flight options for you.

Please let us know if you decide to do this at least 14 weeks before our departure date by emailing us at events@dream-challenges.com.

As we hope you know, the health and safety of our participants is always - and has always been - our highest priority.

Our team of experts here at Dream Challenges has created a brilliant 14-step initiative, to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety. Please click here to see our ground-breaking plan and rest assured that you're safe booking with us.

A challenge must meet the following criteria to go ahead:

  • The UK government, including the Foreign Commonwealth Office and the authorities of the destination country, must be allowing travel and events of this type at the time of departure.
  • There must be no general requirement for isolation or quarantine on arrival in the destination country or on the return to the UK at the time of departure.
  • The challenge must meet all the relevant parts of our 14-step COVID-19 action plan.
  • There must be enough people wanting to travel to make the group viable.
  • The challenge must be an enjoyable and memorable experience within any actions that need to be taken.


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