3 Day Uganda Gorilla Tour Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Details

Gorilla tracking, Nature walk, Community walk, Cultural visits, Equator Visit

Destinations

Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Duration

3 Days

Availabilty

All Year Round


3 DAYS UGANDA GORILLA TREKKING TOUR, BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK.

 

GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI OVERVIEW:

This 3 Day Uganda Gorilla Safari Tour takes you into the isolated jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to track and bring you close to a Family Mountain Gorillas.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park covers an area of 321 sq Km and is among the Oldest Forests lasting over 25,000 years.

A Gorilla trekking Safari within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park is a highlight of all visits done in Uganda and certainly mountain gorillas are the major reason as to why very many people visit Uganda. On the other hand Uganda is recognized as a very safe and more so secure country in which you can see these Gorillas in a serene surroundings.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in South-Western Uganda, on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Bwindi is home to over 350 endangered mountain gorillas which are quite possibly the most awe-inspiring animals to be found in Africa. There are also 346 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies, 120 Mammals, 51 Reptiles, 27 species of Frogs, Geckos, Chameleons, 1000 Flowering Plants, 163 Tree Species and 104 Fern Species.

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be challenging therefore a certain amount of physical fitness is required. Tracking starts in the early morning, around 8:30 a.m. and can last from a few hours to about 8Hours a day depending on the movement of these giant apes.

Gorillas are huge animals which can weigh up to over 200 kilograms especially for the fully grown males. They are mainly active from the time they wake up to look for food till evening when the sun sets. When your eyes discern unto these primates it will be like a day dream but it would be a reality by then, prove me right or wrong once you are there.

Enjoy a Community Walk Tour through The Batwa Trail, or ‘Twa people are one of the last groups of short-statured people also known as ‘pygmy’ people, and until Bwindi Rainforest was gazetted as a National Park they lived a hunter gather lifestyle in the forest. They are now some of the poorest people in the world with a high infant mortality rate and low life expectancy. These People live closely to Bwindi National Park and have numerous activities like gathering honey and food. These astonishing and amazing animals are related to man in the aspect of social ability generally the way they behave.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is approximately a 9 Hours’ drive from Kampala and about 3 Hours drive from Kigali Rwanda’s Capital.

DETAILED ITINERARY FOR YOUR 3 DAY GORILL TREKKING TOUR

DAY 1:  Kampala – Bwindi Impenetrable Park
Our Safari guide will pick you up from your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe at about 6:00am, it’s a full day’s drive West through the beautiful Ugandan countryside to the ancient rainforests of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. On the way, skirt the north-eastern shores of Lake Victoria, and climb into the mountainous south-western region of Uganda through terraced hillsides dotted with traditional settlements. Expect to arrive at our picturesque accommodation on the edge of the forest in the late afternoon. Dinner and Overnight at

Luxury Accommodation: Mahogany Springs / Gorilla Forest Camp / Buhoma Lodge / Gorilla Resort

Mid range Accommodation: Gorilla safari Lodge, Silverback Lodge / Ruhija Gorilla Lodge/ Nkuringo Gorilla Camp / Gorilla Mist Camp.

Budget Accommodation: Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Wagtail Eco safari Camp / Bwindi View Bandas / Kisoro Tourist Hotel.

Meal Plan: HB

Note: Accommodation Area depends on the Gorilla Group you will be tracking.

Meal Plan: HB

Estimated Distance from Kampala: 512Kms

DAY 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Gorilla Forest
Very early in the morning before 8:00am, after an early breakfast, report to the ranger station for a briefing with the guides, set off for your Gorilla tracking activity in the forests of Bwindi. Gorilla tracking can be strenuous, you will need to carry a packed lunch, drinking water, wear comfortable boots or jungle shoes suitable for steep muddy slopes, put on ear plugs for those who feel uncomfortable with jungle sounds and take a rain jacket. Walking sticks will be made available for those that require one by the park rangers.

In case you have the afternoon free, have a guided village walk to nearby communities to see and experience the different aspects of Ugandan lives, cultures and lifestyles like the Batwa pygmies.
Dinner and Overnight as above.

Meal Plan: FB

DAY 3: After Breakfast we drive back to Kampala, Enroute stop for lunch and a stop at the Equator for Photographs and Equator Experiment, Later proceed to Kampala and on arrival transfer to airport for your out bound flight Home or hotel.

The above Tour plan is Inclusive of: 

– All Accommodation and Meals as Per the Tour Plan / Itinerary
– All Ground Transport and Fuel in a 4×4 wheel drive.

– An Experienced English speaking Driver guide and all his Expenses
– Park Entrance fees, Vehicle Entrance Fees
– Ranger Guide Fees

– 1 Gorilla Tracking Permit

– Guided Community Walk

-Bottled Mineral Water while on your Safari

The above Safari Excludes:

– International flight Fares and Visas
– Expenses of personal nature

-Travel Insurance
– Tips & Laundry
– Alcoholic Drinks

NOTE THAT: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda) Trails
are steeper and less accessible, hence high levels of Energy is needed.
Treks are often 2 to 3 hours each way (but can be more Or Less) and involve hiking
through dense forest and traversing steep ravines and mountainsides, often
in damp conditions.
However, all this adventure is worthwhile for a glimpse of one of nature’s
finest spectacles.
There is a minimum age of 15 years on gorilla treks

What to wear and take on your gorilla trek:
With changeable weather conditions and dense forest vegetation it is
advisable to take layers of protective clothing. We recommend wearing the
following:
• t-shirt
• long-sleeved top
• warm fleece / jumper
• thick trousers
• thick wool socks (and gaiters preferably)
• strong lightweight, water-proof walking boots
• hat with brim
• garden gloves to aid scrambling up banks
And carry a small rucksack with:
• water
• packed lunch and snacks
• binoculars
• camera / video camera with spare battery, memory cards or film
• light-weight rain Mac / poncho
Walking sticks are available at the Park headquarters and porters can be
hired for approx. US$20.
A sealed plastic bag around camera / lenses will help keep them dry on the
trek.
Pockets are useful for valuables and spare camera batteries / lenses etc.
as all other equipment must be left with porters approx. 200 meters away
from the gorilla groups.

 

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