Bwindi gorilla forest comprising of about 331 square kilometres (128 sq mi) is situated in the heart of Africa, at the corner of southwest Uganda. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site and features one of the most ancient rain forests in Africa.
The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and the diversity of its species is quite enormous. The park provides habitat for some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species. The park is a sanctuary for Colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many birds (such as hornbills and turacos). It is perhaps most notable for its 400 Mountain gorillas; half of the total population of these apes in the whole world, half the world’s population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas.
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- Visiting the mysterious, pristine Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- Meeting with experienced gorilla trackers
- Eye to eye with the famous Mountain gorillas
- Passing the equator
- Pygmies cultural visit
Mid-range accommodation: US$1750 per person (for groups of 4-10 people)
Detailed Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Kampala to Bwindi
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe at 6am and transfer you to Bwindi Forest national park. En route stop over at the Equator will allow you a chance to witness the water experience, have breakfast and explore some of the souvenir shops for souvenir shopping. You will proceed and have another stop in Mbarara at Igongo cultural centre for a cultural experience in case it is your interest and have lunch there if you arrive at an appropriate time. En route to Mbarara , you will be welcomed by zebras and some antelopes along the roadside cattle farms in Sanga area as they explore a little further beyond the boundaries of L. Mburo national park. You will continue for a scenic drive that allows you to enjoy the beautiful and varied country side. The road winds through a stunning mosaic hill scenery all the way to Bwindi. Arrive early enough in the evening to relax and study the geography of the area. Overnight stay at Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Bakiga community lodge.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking
After a good and delicious local breakfast, hike to the park headquarters just 100 meters from the lodge for a briefing by the park ranger. At 8.30am local time, you will be transferred to the starting point for the gorilla trek. This expeditious trek requires you to start it with your packed lunch as no one can ever predict the time you will spend to see the gorillas. The time taken may range between 2 hrs to 8 hrs depending on the movement of these apes as they search for food. The expedition is led by experienced trackers who have spent their lives living in or close to the forest and have under gone thorough training. Once you catch a sight of these endangered apes, all your efforts will be rewarded and your hustles forgotten as you are guaranteed an hour with them to observe learn and take photographs. Ask your guide all you need to know about these apes before your time elapses.
As the famous gorilla researcher Dian Fossey wrote: “It was their individuality combined with the shyness of their behaviour that remained the most captivating impression of this first encounter with the greatest of the great apes.” If you are looking for a beautiful tropical paradise, you can’t beat this. Time to leave the gorillas to their peaceful lives, in the rainforest. You will return to your lodge to relax and meditate upon your experience as you share stories and sort out photos. In case you have time and energy, you may take an evening walk to visit a local Buhoma Community Primary School – supported and managed by the Bwindi community members that thrive on support from visitors and community efforts. The school’s mission is to create awareness of the environment for sustainable development through quality education. That will be in case you track gorillas in Buhoma section and if you are in Ruhija, a community visit to the Ruhija community is also worthwhile.
A visit to the Batwa pygmies is yet another exciting activity as it gives you a full dose of entertainment as they perform their dances and tell their stories. Overnight at your lodge (Day1)
Day 3: Return to Kampala
After a well-deserved breakfast, you will begin your journey back to Kampala / Entebbe for your departure flight as you wave farewell to the gorilla land. The sight of rolling hills adorned with terraces, evergreen vegetation, crater lakes, tea plantations, forest and savanna grasslands will be a great spectacle on your day’s long journey. En route mini-stops in Mbarara and at the equator and a visit to the drum makers in Mpigi will enable you to stay refreshed on this day’s journey. You will arrive in Kampala in the evening for a transfer to the airport depending on your departure schedule.
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NB: For visitors who do not wish to travel long distances you are advised to arrive and depart from Kigali airport in Rwanda, alternatively you can use charter flights from Kajjansi to Kisoro or Kihihi airfields.
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What is included?
– Gorilla Permit.
– Chimpanzee viewing Permits
– Cultural entertainment
– Park Ranger Fees
– Relevant Government Taxes.
– Full Board Accommodation (2 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary.
– Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
– Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
– Airport transfer, as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.
What is not included?
– Visa Fees
– Personal Insurance
– Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities.