Tour highlights: Kampala, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Activities: Gorilla trekking, Uganda Equator photography, Scenic Journey, Mpambire drum makers
Gorilla trekking is an activity that takes place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or in Mgahinga National Park. Gorilla trekking will reward you the best encounter of mountain gorillas in the wild forests. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a big habitat for over 200 mountain gorillas in Uganda. Gorilla trekking takes around 2 to 8 hours, you will also have an opportunity to see other primates (the red-tailed monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons, black and white colobus monkeys among others), reptiles, butterfly species, chameleons, over 100 trees species, flowering plants, as well as over 200 bird species.
Because of the inconsistency of gorillas in Mgahinga, majority of the sold permits are for Bwindi NP and each gorilla permit goes for US $600.
3 Days Gorilla Trekking- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park itinerary breakdown
• Day 1 – Transfer from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park- Equator Photography
• Day 2 – Gorilla trekking & Batwa Cultural Trail
• Day 3 –Transfer to Kampala/Entebbe
Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
On the first day, after your breakfast, you will be picked by our guide from your place accommodation, briefed about the whole safari and embark on our approximately 9 hours to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in South Western Uganda. Whilst on the journey, we shall make a stop at the Uganda Equator the line that partitions the world into the southern and the northern hemisphere to take some photos. At this place, feel free to buy some crafts and souvenirs as you head to Mbarara town where you will have your lunch from. We shall continue our journey and we shall arrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. Check in at the lodge, relax and have dinner as we prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.
Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Springs (Luxury), Silverback Lodge / Engagi Lodge (Mid- range), Ruhija Gorilla friends’ camp/Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Budget) – Meal Plan: Dinner
Day 2 – Bwindi Impenetrable forest – Gorilla trekking
After an early breakfast, park your lunch and head to the park headquarters where the rangers will give you a short briefing about the precautions to take, vital information about the Gorilla Trekking activity and given a chance to ask anything you and you’re off to track the gorillas. You will be divided in group of 8 according to your paces. You will then set off accompanied by a couple of armed game rangers into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where mountain gorillas live for Gorilla Trekking. Depending on the day and where your specific family of gorillas are, it can take any time between 1 to 8 hours to find the gorillas and once you find them (and you’ll always find them), you get 1 hour to interact, take photos, and generally gawk at what you’re witnessing but gorillas need their space as they are wild animals. Also expect to walk long distances in muddy and steep conditions- this will require you to have a walking stick.
Later, return back to the lodge and in the evening, you can opt for a cultural walk in the neighborhood and enjoy the amazing Batwa experience (Batwa Pygmies) that is filled with cultural dances, storytelling and more exciting cultural activities which will leave you amazed.
Have dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Springs (Luxury), Silverback Lodge / Engagi Lodge (Mid- range), Ruhija Gorilla friends’ camp/Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Budget) – Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 3 –Transfer to Kampala
After an early breakfast, we shall set off for our 9hour journey to Kampala passing through the beautiful highlands of Kigezi (Switzerland of Africa) and Ntungamo Matooke plantations. We shall have lunch in Mbarara then proceed to Mbambire drum makers before making our destination to Kampala where you can either have an overnight in an arranged guest house or hotel or alternatively make your departure.
If you wish to stay in Kampala for an extra night, you should let us know so that we book accommodation for you.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch
Items to carry
• Long comfortable shirts and trousers.
• Insect repellent.
• Hard gloves and a hat.
• Poncho/rain jacket.
• Water proof backpack.
• Snacks, lunch and enough drinking water.
END OF SAFARI
Tour inclusions: Gorilla permit per person to be secured and paid for in advance, Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary, all tour activities as detailed in the itinerary, Park Entry Fees, Transport (in a 4×4 vehicle), Drinking water during the safari, Professional English speaking guide/driver and Touring
Tour Exclusions: Extra activities not mentioned in the itinerary