3 DAY BWINDI GORILLA SAFARI
Tour high lights
- Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park
- Gorilla trekking
- Transfer back to Kampala / Entebbe
DAY 1; Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest NP
Your driver guide will pick you up from your accommodation or Entebbe airport and drive heading Southwest via the Kampala Masaka highway. Have a stop at Kayabwe to take some photos at the equator- lunch in Mbarara at the Igongo Cultural Center. You will drive on to Bwindi impenetrable national park. This park is home to the internationally renowned endangered mountain gorillas a unique feature for the tourism industry in Uganda. Bwindi national park, plus Mgahinga National Park together with the Volcanoes Park in Rwanda and the Virunga Volcanoes of Congo home to the world’s surviving endangered mountain gorillas. Dine and overnight at your preferred lodge.
Day 2: Mountain gorilla tracking / community walk
Ultimately the most exciting of all- meeting the gentle gorillas of the mist. Have an early breakfast 6:30am, then proceed to the park headquarters by 7.30am for a briefing from the Park rangers. Ensure to carry along rain jacket, drinking water, packed lunch, and ankle high jungle boots.
The park wardens will allocate you different gorilla families which you will track. Besides seeing Gorillas other animals such as antelopes, bush pigs, chimpanzees, baboons, elephants and over 350 bird species are a common siting this park.
Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth.
When you finally get to meet the gentle giants you are allowed a maximum of one hour with them, photos are allowed, but no flash photography, minimum 5 meters distance must be kept, avoid contact with the gorillas as you can spread diseases but also coming close may mean invading their space which the silverbacks or dominate males may not take lightly thus this could lead to charging- also avoid running away in case of charging by the gorillas.
The tracking may take between 2 and 8 hours but its well worth the effort. The afternoon is spent on a village cultural walk which gives you a great opportunity to see how the people surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest live. It also is a great way to support the local community in a direct way.
The walk begins at your accommodation- visit the local Doctor as he performs his trade- visit the pygmies locally known as the Batwa, who originally lived in the rain forest before it was gazette in to a national park in 1991, they will show case songs, dances- different skills – fire making, hunting and storytelling-you will also visit a school run by community NGO thus by visiting the school you will be the supporting the these dis-advantaged kids.
You will get to see the local home steads, local people see and learn their ways. The cultural excursion will showcase art and craft, dance and culture as well as way of life if you have time you can learn a few skills yourself.
You will see several souvenir shops, schools, churches and drinking joints. Other options includes taking the trails, to see the stunning waterfalls or you can choose to have a birding expedition in the forest addition to various primates.
Accommodation (full board)
Budget: Buhoma community Rest camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Trackers tavern/ Gorilla Valley Lodge
Moderate: Gorilla Resort Bwindi /Gorilla Safari Lodge / Trackers Tavern /Baima.
Luxury: Mahogany Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge
Day 3: Transfer Back to Kampala / Entebbe
Early breakfast then start the journey back to Kampala, have a stopover for hot lunch at Igongo cultural center- Last stopover is at the equator, take some photos – arrive in Kampala or Entebbe.
END OF SAFARI
Accommodation (full board)
Luxury: Mahogany springs, Buhoma lodge, Chameleon Hill lodge, Engaji lodge, Gorilla safari lodge
Budget: Trekkers tavern, Buhoma community camp, Nshongi Gorilla Resort, Ichumbi lodge
- Transport 4WD safari vehicle
- English-speaking driver/guide
- Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
- Three meals a day, apart from your stay in Kampala/Entebbe
- Bottled water in the safari vehicle
- All Park entrance fees
- Gorilla permit (USD 600 per permit)
- Community cultural walk
- All mentioned activities except for the optional ones.
- Tour Exclusions
- Kampala accommodation
- Laundry services,
- Beverages &drinks,
- international flights,