August 29, 2017
GORILLA TREKKING IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK, UGANDA
Written By Michael Ahabwe
No African safari tour is complete without seeing the Gorillas of Bwindi. This Safari takes you to the world’s top Gorilla Trekking destination, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Go on gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and experience an unforgettable meeting with the gentle Mountain Gorillas yourself.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is inhabited by a population of about 340 individuals of Mountain Gorillas, which makes up almost half of all the mountain gorillas remaining in the world. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is also a birding paradise, home to over 348 bird species. This area is one of Uganda’s best bird watching destinations.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is an active expedition with moderate to strenuous hikes. Participants must be at least 15 years old, and should be physically fit. While tracking Gorillas, guests will trek through thick jungle at elevations ranging up to 10,000 feet, for as many as four to eight hours, depending on the location of the primates. Treks can be arduous; and the terrain can be steep, uneven, wet, and muddy. This trip is not suitable for those who suffer from a cardiac, respiratory, or circulatory disorder or a disability that limits mobility.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
After an early breakfast, we will head to western Uganda for the birding experience in Africa’s No. 1 birding Spot. We stop at the Equator to take photographs of the crossing and enjoy some snacks. We will continue to Mbarara for lunch and coffee in Kabale and then proceed to Bwindi. Overnight at Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Full-board – Lodging, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast)
After an early breakfast, we will head to the Headquarters of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for an orientation plus meeting the guides as well as separation into the groups basing on which gorilla group you are to be tracking.
From there you will set off for your thrilling experience of the Gorillas. Hiking within this mysterious and wonderful forest offers quite a lot to see as you make your way to see the Mountain Gorillas. Look out for additional primates, butterflies, mammals and birds. The trekking will entail thorough climbing before you come face to face with the Mountain Gorillas, watching them only a few meters away. You will see the baby with the mothers, the gorillas partaking their every day routine just right in front of you. Because of tourists like you, we have worked with communities to protect the Gorillas. Our Fair Tourism model supports communities around Buhoma to protect the Gorillas. You will personally see how they are thriving within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
After trekking, you will have a self-guided birding evening around the premises. Look out for the Black Bee-Eater, Dusky Tit, Brown-capped Warbler, the Yellow-billed and Yellow-spotted Barbets, the African and Black-and-white Shryke-Flycatcher, Common Stonechat, Brown-throated and Chestnut Wattle-eyes, a number of Apalis Species, Equatorial Akalat, Slaty Flycatcher, White-bellied Robin-Chat, the Olive-green and Grey-backed Camaropteras,White-chinned Prinnia, Green Hylia, Short-tailed Warbler, White-tailed Anti-thrush, Cape Wagtail, Grey-capped Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, White-browed Crombec, the list is long. Overnight at Buhoma community Rest camp (Full-board – Lodging, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast)
After breakfast, Check-out and head back to the capital Kampala, with stops in Mbarara for a delicious lunch and then proceed to Kampala or Entebbe bringing this 3 Day Gorilla Trekking Adventure in Uganda to a close. Airport drop-off can be arranged free of charge, if you are flying out on the last day of the safari. If you have other activities planned, please let us know and we will send you a driver for Airport drop-off at a later date. (Inc: Breakfast / Lunch )
PRICE: STARTS AT $900 ONLY (PRICE INCLUDES)
ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation at Eco Lodges, Mid range nature lodges. (Accommodation is Double Share but can be upgraded to Single Share)
MEALS: During this safari, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as indicated in the itinerary, Drinking water and Snacks
MEAL TYPES: The tour offers Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal and Regular meals like rice fish. If you have special dietary requirements, let us know and our team will put your preferences into consideration.
TRANSPORT: Airport pickups on arrival and travel to airport for departure flight, Ground transport in a private 4WD safari vehicle and Fuel for the whole trip
ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS: Gorilla Trekking Permit, 3 Days Travel Health Cover (Malaria), Park Entrance, Uganda Museum Tour, Services of an English speaking guide, Tour Director, Game Ranger fees
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