3 DAYS ULTIMATE GORILLA EXPERIENCE

Highlights

Mountain gorillas live in forests high in the mountains, at elevations of 8,000 to 13,000 feet.They have thicker fur, and more of it, compared to other apes. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park located in the southwestern part of Uganda on the rim of the Rift Valley is home to about half the world’s mountain gorillas, with over 300 endangered gorillas. Bwindi is as well birding paradise, home to 348 bird species. It is an ancient rainforest, said to have survived the last ice age and was recently proclaimed World Heritage Site, a biologically diverse area in the world hosting unique and precious floral species. It’s the only forest in Africa where two apes (Gorillas and Chimpanzee) live together. Certainly, your trip to Bwindi will give you the best experience with the world’s most popular apes.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Transfer from Entebbe International Airport /Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Uganda
Day 2 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Trekking, Batwa People – Cultural Experience
Day 3 – Transfer from Bwindi Forest to Kampala / Entebbe.

STANDARD SAFARI PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON BASED ON 5 PAX BUDGET $2,213

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Overview

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park located in southwestern Uganda is the place best known for its primate populations of Gorillas & Chimpanzee. It’s the home to about half the world’s mountain gorillas, at over 300 endangered gorillas. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest ecosystem is exceptionally high in biodiversity, with rich flora and fauna species. This lush forested area hosts some of the richest tree, small mammal, bird, butterfly, reptilian, and moth populations. Bwindi is a birding paradise, home to 348 bird species. This area is one of Uganda’s best bird watching destinations supporting nearly all of the Albertine Rift endemic species found in Uganda, along with several Red Data Book species. Bwindi is an ancient rainforest, said to have survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage Site, Bwindi is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world hosting unique and precious floral species. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa where these two apes live together. Certainly, your trip to Bwindi will give you the best experience with the world’s most popular apes.

Bwindi is a home to about 120 mammal species and 11 primates that are rarely seen as they hide in the thick forest and these includes; buffaloes, bush pigs, golden cats, elephants, duikers, clawless otter, civet rodents and giant forest hogs. Primates include; blue monkey, red tailed monkey, baboons, chimpanzee, black and white colobus monkeys as well as the endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi impenetrable national park is divided into different trekking trails which includes; Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo.

DAY 1: KAMPALA TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK – UGANDA.

Our 3 Day Gorilla Trekking Adventure in Uganda starts with pick-up from airport or your pre-tour hotel in Kampala at 7:30am. Leaving Kampala, we drive the 283 km’s to Mbarara, travelling via Masaka. We get a stopover at the Equator to take photographs of the crossing, stretch our legs and enjoy some snacks. Then we continue to Igongo Cultural village where we visit the Ankole Museum. At Igongo we learn about the Bahima and Ankole cultures of Uganda, getting a glimpse into the history of these interesting people.

We break our journey for lunch Enroute and then continue through the rolling hills with banana plantations, the stunning terraced Kigezi highlands. Basically it will be a great journey as you will have great views of various landscapes. On reaching the park, you will check-in hotel, have dinner and an overnight stay.

DAY 2: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST GORILLA TREKKING – UGANDA

Day two starts with an early morning breakfast and a trekking brief from the Uganda Wildlife Authority guide, before embarking on the once-in-a-lifetime experience of trekking mountain gorillas in the wild. We head off into the lush vegetation for gorilla trekking, the highlight of visiting Uganda, if not Africa. This gorilla walk can take up to six hours, so a reasonable degree of fitness and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are required. The thrill of encountering these gentle primates in the wild is well worth the sometimes challenging trek through the thick undergrowth. Once we find the African Mountain Gorillas we spend some time watching them feed, groom and interact with each other. We get to hear the gorillas communicating with one another and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant adult male gorillas, called Silverbacks. Encountering these giant apes is one of Africa’s most poignant wildlife experiences. Each gorilla encounter is unique, offering its own rewards. We generally get up close to the adult gorillas to watch them feeding, grooming and resting, as well as witnessing the young gorillas at play.

In the afternoon we explore a local community on foot, to gain insight into the ways of the Ugandan people living near Bwindi Park. See what rural life is like in this part of Africa, meet the Buhoma community, we return to the lodge and have a drink together, recounting our unforgettable adventures with the African Mountain Gorillas.

DAY 3: BWINDI FOREST TO KAMPALA OR ENTEBBE – UGANDA

After breakfast we leave the community lodge, returning to Kampala via the Queen Elizabeth National Park game viewing enroute. Wildlife sightings in the national park include elephants, lions, buffalo, waterbucks, warthogs and various birds. Our scenic drive takes us through the foothills of Mount Rwenzori to Fort Portal, for lunch. Then we continue to Kampala or Entebbe bringing this 3 Day Gorilla Trekking Adventure in Uganda to a close.

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