Day 1: Kampala – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Set off by 7:30 am for Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park. The drive is long but enjoyable with a stop over at the Equator and for lunch enroute.
After lunch drive on to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Bwindi Forest not only offers dramatic steeply forested landscape but is also incredibly dense though crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. Over night stay (subject to family to be tracked) at Buhoma Lodge / Silver back Lodge/Gorilla Safari Lodge / Ruhija Gorilla Lodge (LD).
Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest gorilla trekking
Early breakfast then report at the UWA information office where you will be fully briefed on the do’s and don’ts while in the forest. With your packed lunch set off with your guide (s) for the adventure. The track may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 7 hours but from the time the first Gorilla or Gorilla family is spotted, you are only allowed to spend a maximum of one hour with them as they go about their activities.
The experience of observing these endangered gentle giants is a humbling and exciting adventure.
Return to your camp/ lodge from where you will relive those special moments with friends over a drink. Over night stay at Buhoma Lodge / Silver back Lodge/ Gorilla Safari Lodge / Ruhija Gorilla Lodge.
Day 3: Bwindi Forest – Kampala After early breakfast, start the drive back to Kampala with a stop over for lunch enroute and other places of interest like souvenir selling points along the highway. Arrive Kampala late afternoon / early evening.
Six (6) Groups of Gorillas have been habituated for Tourism – Mubare group with 5 gorillas; Habiyanja group with 18 gorillas; Rushegura group with 19 Gorillas; Bitukura group with 13 Gorillas; Nkuringo group with 19 Gorillas and Nshongi group with 36 gorillas.
Although tracking may sometimes be fairly strenuous – the viewing of Gorillas in their natural habitat is an experience to be savored. Apart from gorillas, the park is also home to chimpanzees, blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys and Black and White Colobus monkeys. Even for the non birder, you will notice how rich the forest is in terms of different bird species like the blue Turacos that are often seen.
Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet.