Come and have a lifetime experience with Mountain Gorillas, only found in Uganda (more than half), Rwanda and Congo. You will find them in the Bwindi Impenetrable tropical rainforest which is hilly and tough. It’s a fairly hard walk but one you’ll never forget – the sight of these apes as they feed, play and relax is not only a humbling and emotional experience but a privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own “Gorillas in the Mist”.
Besides the gorillas, you will encounter hundreds of bird species, small mammals, primates and lots of plant life. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees (not habituated) – the only forest in Africa that can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primates, 113 species of mammals, over 200 species of butterflies and 360 species of birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.
||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
|Day 1: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park- 8h 25 min (463.7 Km) via Masaka Road.
|Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest
|Day 3: Departure back to Kampala/Entebbe
|Transport in a 4WD minivan with pop-up roof for excellent safari view;
|All fuel for the tour;
|English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
|Accommodation in self-contained community tented camp;
|All breakfasts, lunches and dinners included;
|Packed lunch for the gorilla tracking;
|All activities described in the itinerary;
|1 gorilla permit per person (a US$600 value).
Day 1:Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
You will be picked up by our guide from the airport/your hotel in Entebbe/Kampala/Kigali after an early morning breakfast at 07:00hrs. You will be briefed about the whole safari before you travel to Bwindi Impenetrable which is found in the southwestern part of Uganda. Along the way there is a local drum and craft making community so you will have a visit here. Then a stopover at the Equator to take photos, also feel free to buy some crafts and souvenirs as you head to Mbarara town where you will have your lunch from. Thereafter, proceed to Bwindi whereby you will arrive in the late afternoon. Check in at the lodge, relax in the evening and have Dinner.
Accommodation Options; Engagi lodge(Midrange), / Conservation Camp (Budget)
Day 2:Gorilla trekking- Bwindi Forest
After an early morning breakfast, drive to the park headquarters where you will be briefed by the park rangers about what to do and not to do while in the park, also you will be divided in group of 8. After continue and start off gorilla trekking these gentle giants as directed by the rangers. This is a memorable and an amazing experience watching the Mountain gorillas feed, play around and also do their day to day activities. This activity can take 2 hours or even up to 8 hours since its dependent on the location and movement of the gorillas. Also expect to walk long distances in muddy and steep conditions- this will require you to have a walking stick. On meeting the gorillas you will spend one hour with them as you take photos.
Later, return back to the lodge and in the evening you may choose to relax at the lodge or visit the Batwa community which will expose you to their culture basing on how they live, dance, and also hearing stories concerning their culture which will leave you amazed. Have dinner and overnight.
Accommodation Options; Engagi lodge (Midrange), / Conservation Camp (Budget)
Day 3:: Departure back to Kampala
Have an early breakfast, Check-out leaving the “Switzerland of Uganda” behind and start your journey back to Kampala passing through rolling hills with terraces and also you will have a great time viewing the lush vegetation of the different areas you will go through. Have lunch in Mbarara and another stop will be at Mbambire drum makers point. After buying some of these drums, continue to Kampala arriving late afternoon. The guide will drop you off to the hotel or at the airport to catch your flight back home.
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