This 3 Days (2 Nights) Uganda gorilla safari takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the endangered mountain gorillas. You have an opportunity to see the mountain gorillas in a forest that host 10 other primates including chimpanzees, black and white colobus, red tailed monkeys, etc.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a natural world heritage site. Hikers will love it, with the gorilla excursion as a high point of your safari! The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour.
Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Meet and greet as you have your breakfast with your local guide. After, we drive heading to southwestern Uganda. En route, there is a local community popular for making local drums and crafts and a fruit market. Stopover, admire and buy yourself souvenirs. Proceed to the Equator line taken as one beautiful scenery in Africa – the pathway of the sun and take photographs. You may be amazed by the local Hima pastoralists grazing the famous Ankole long – horned cattle. Take pictures and proceed. The Bwindi area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced rows of cultivation. You are really driving through the “Banana Republic” with banana plantations all around you, steep hills, small rivers……just amazing scenery. Arrive late afternoon at the park and check-in at your accommodation.
Estimated transfer time to Bwindi is 10 hours by 4 wheel drive vehicle.
UPMARKET: Buhoma Lodge
MODERATE: Buhoma Haven Lodge
BUDGET TOURIST: Buhoma Community Camp
Day 2: Buhoma Gorilla tracking
Today enjoy gorilla tracking in Bwindi. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek the gorillas through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.
While most of today’s forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi’s vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi’s most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) .
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS AVAILABLE (ALL ON FULL BOARD BASIS)
UPMARKET: BUHOMA LODGE
MODERATE: ENGAGI LODGE
BUDGET TOURIST: BUHOMA COMMUNITY CAMP
Day 3: Transfer to Kampala via Kabale
Early in the morning you will be served breakfast and then after embark on the drive back to Kampala. We drive down the escarpments of Kabale and take the breathtaking sights of the hills of the region dubbed the little Switzerland of Africa. We arrive Kampala in the evening and check-in at your accommodation (included).
UPMARKET: SHERATON KAMPALA HOTEL
MODERATE: Golf course HOTEL
BUDGET TOURIST: BUHOMA COMMUNITY CAMP
Proceed to Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight. Please note that check-in for international flights should be done 2 hours prior to departure of the flight. In the departure hall (after check-in) you will find a small restaurant, a sitting area and several duty-free shops for your convenience.