The 4 day gorilla trekking and Batwa trail experience is the ideal safari tour for a craved encounter with the endangered mountain gorillas and the peculiar Batwa pygmy people.
Your 4 day mountain gorilla trekking and Batwa trail experience will start with ATP - Tours driver/guide picking you from your hotel/location in Kampala. After a briefing on how your safari tour will run, you will set for Uganda’s formidable Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park located in South-western Uganda. Bwindi National Park is famous for harbouring over 340 individual mountain gorillas which is close to half the world’s population of these endangered species. The other eminent feature which makes the park a prime attraction and safari tour destination are the Batwa pygmy people.
On your way to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, you will make a stop at the equator in Kayebwe. While at the equator, you will visit the curio shops in the area to buy a souvenir or merely look at the peculiar items made from Uganda’s local materials, get refreshments and have a brief interaction with the amiable locals which will be a great experience.
The informed ATP-Tours driver-guide will keep pointing out key attractions for your attention throughout your journey. You will make your next stop to have lunch in Mbarara – the biggest town in Western Uganda. You will arrive at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the evening. You will check in at your choice safari lodge for overnight and dinner.
You will have breakfast in the early morning and then head out to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park headquarters for a briefing on the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ for a successful gorilla trekking tour. You will then hit one of the trails to find the endangered mountain gorillas. Over nine gorilla families have been habituated to gorilla trekking within Bwindi possible. The gorilla families include; the Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura families found in Buhoma region, the Mishaya and Nshongi group found in Rushaga region, the Bitukura family found in Ruhija and the Nkuringo group found in Nkuringo region.
Gorilla trekking takes between 3-8 hours and it involves following hikes and trails which maybe exhausting but prove to be worthwhile when you at last find the craved mountain gorillas. You spend an entire hour watching the giant gorillas; the females and the male Silverbacks and little ones playing, feeding and interacting with each mother. Your day will end with a nature walk in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and overnight and dinner at your safari lodge.
After your breakfast, you will travel to Mgahinga National Park which is close to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to embark on the Batwa trail. You will spend the day encountering the peculiar Batwa pygym people. The Batwa were the first forest dwellers who co-existed with mountain gorillas among other wildlife and drew their livelihood from the forests. They survived as hunter-gatherers until their eviction by the government on grounds of creating Forest reserves to protect wildlife from poaching. Without compensation the Batwa have lived as conservation refugees since then.
An encounter with the Batwa will give you chance to hear and know their story first hand. A visit to Garama cave – the former palace of the Batwa King located in Mount Mgahinga will allow the opportunity to witness the Batwa performing songs, dances, plays and folklore echoing their ancient ways. An entire day with the Batwa African – Ugandan experience. You will end the third day of your safari with a guided tour through Mgahinga National Park. You will then have dinner and sleep over in your choice safari lodging in Mgahinga National Park.
On the last day of your gorilla trekking and Batwa trail safari tour you will have breakfast and then embark on your return journey to Kampala – Uganda’s capital. You will arrive in Uganda ‘s capital city in the late evening and the ATP-Tours driver-guide will drop you off at your hotel hotel or drive you to Entebbe airport to catch your flight. This will mark the end of your 4 day gorilla trekking and Batwa trail safari tour.