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Mountain Gorilla Trekking Tour - Bwindi

This 3 day mountain gorilla trekking safari is aimed at giving you an opportunity to encounter one of the most prized primate species in the whole world. It’s a time to relentlessly follow tracks for a glimpse of the towering creatures.

Bwindi Mounatin Gorilla Trekking 3 Day Safari

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a natural World Heritage Site situated in the South-western part of Uganda, close to the boarders of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, stretching over a geographical coverage of 321 sq. Km. The park is a habitat to an innumerable number of wildlife animal species, among which is the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi impenetrable National Park harbours more than half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.

Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is done in any of its four trekking regions. These include; Buhoma region where the 3 mountain gorilla families of Mubare, Rushegura and Habinyaja reside, Ruhija region where another 3 mountain gorilla families of Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguliro live, the Rushaga region where the 5 families of Mishaya, Nshongi, Bweza, Kahungye and Busingye abide, and Nkuringo region having 1 family called Nkuringo.

Trip Highlights

  • Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
  • Wildlife spotting through Lake Mburo National Park drive.
  • An opportunity to see buffalos, topis (a highly social and fast antelope), elephants, and tree climbing lions while driving through the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  • Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi.
  • Numerous adventures like taking nature walks through the impenetrable forest, bird watching and a chance to interact with the native locals.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Leave Kampala for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

At 7:00 in the morning, our professional driver with one of experienced guides will pick you from whichever place you deem convenient for you. It is then that your thrilling tour to the eminent Mountain Gorilla Trekking -in Bwindi located in the South-western part of Uganda begins.

Uganda-Equator

The driver will make a stop at the equator to allow you time for taking photos, having refreshments and visiting the traditional crafts shops in the area. While at the equator still, you have an opportunity to do an experiment which proves that the imaginary line that divides the world into two halves lies in the place where you will be standing – Kampala - Masaka road about 420km from Kampala City which is the capital of Uganda, you will be able to have an amazing lunch comprised of the traditional local dishes.

Buhoma-Lodges

Our spacious and wide glassed 4×4 wheel drive vehicle will allow you a chance to see the long-horned cattle in Mbarara, the rolling hills, the terraced landscapes and the panoramic view of the beautiful Kabale region in the Western Uganda. You will also be able to have an amazing lunch comprised of the traditional local dishes in Mbarara. A chance to visit Igongo cultural centre to experience the Ankole culture will also be at your disposal.
You will then continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and arrive at the site in the late evening. The Gorilla resort or the Buhoma community camp, among other terrific accommodation venues will be available for a good night’s sleep.

Day 2 - Gorilla trekking & Tracking in the Mighty Bwindi

After breakfast, you will report at the park headquarters for a briefing on the gorilla tracking etiquette. The trained and experienced park rangers will tell you the dos and don’ts for a successful mountain gorilla tracking tour. It is after this meeting that you depart into the Impenetrable forest with your picnic lunchbox to commence a 30 minutes – 8 hours trek to discover the mountain gorillas. The trek involves hiking up and down slippery slopes in dense mist-covered vegetation. The quest is a bit strenuous but highly gratifying. When you stand face to face with the giant prized creatures, you will know the trek was worthwhile.

Bwindi-Gorilla_Trackking

After an hour or more of taking photographs and observing the habituated gorillas, their behavioural patterns; how they bond and relate with each other, you will return to your lodging where you will have an encounter with the native Batwa / Bakiga who will present a cultural performance. As the evening wanes, you will be able to retire to your choice dwelling for a peaceful rest.

Day 3 - The tour ends with a retrurn to Kampala

After having an early morning breakfast, you will then board one of our 4x4 safe wheel drive vehicles for a drive back to Kampala. You still be able to make a stop for a great lunch in one of the best local dish eating places. We intend to give you a great African experience.

Tour package (what’s included)

  • 4x4 wheel drive safari vehicle
  • Full time English speaking driver/guide
  • Meals; lunch & dinner (day 1), breakfast, lunch & dinner (day 2), breakfast & lunch (day 3)
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the trip
  • Gorilla trekking permit – 1 per person.
  • Park ranger fees
  • Relevant government taxes
  • Accomodation – full board for your safari days

Exclusions

  • Visa and airfares
  • Full time English speaking driver/guide
  • Tips to porters
  • Telephone calls
  • All expenses of a personal nature

Accommodation

  • Buhoma lodge - Luzury
  • Silver back lodge – Mid Range
  • Buhoma Community Rest Camp - Budget