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Your 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking Uganda safari is your leisure excursion to Uganda’s legendary Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park situated in the South-western region, on the edge of the western arm of the great East African Rift Valley. The gorilla trekking safari is your opportunity to encounter one of Uganda’s oldest rain forests – the eminent Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, dating back to over 25,000 years of existence. The forest’s dense greenery spread across the park’s mist-covered hillsides is a home to an estimate 400 mountain gorillas, which is more than half of the world’s population of these endangered species. Your Bwindi gorilla trekking Uganda safari is the ultimate expedition, designed to give you a memorable encounter with one of the habituated mountain gorilla families residing in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is carried out in any of the park’s four main regions; Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga. Gorilla trekking entails embarking on a hiking excursion in search of any of the habituated gorilla family. A trekking group is limited to a maximum of 8 people. The gorilla families available for tracking include; Mubare, Habinyanja, and Rushegura in Buhoma region, Nkuringo and Bushaho in Nkuringo region, Ruhija, Bitukura, and Kyaguriro in Ruhija region, Mishaya, Nshongi, Kahungye, and Busingye, in Rushaga region.
Entebbe International Airport
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Your 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking Uganda safari will include:
Your 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking Uganda safari starts with an English-speaking driver who doubles as your guide picking you from a suitable location within Kampala. You will then embark on your gorilla trekking excursion – your memorable safari expedition spent in the primitive African wild. Your experienced guide will take the Kampala – Ntungamo – Rukungiri – kihihi – Buhoma route. This is regarded as the quickest and most direct route to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Your first stop will be at the equator in Kayabwe, about 72 kilometers from Kampala city. While at the equator, you will have a chance to see the imaginary line that divides the world into two equal halves. You can choose to stand at this point with one of your feet in the northern hemisphere and the other foot in the southern hemisphere. Besides taking photos at the equator, you also have a chance to visit the souvenir shops in the area where you can buy any articles of your choice to keep as a reminder of your memorable safari to the Uganda – the Pearl of Africa.
You will make your next stop in Ntungamo town where you will have a savory lunch at one of the best restaurants. Continuing with your journey, you will have a chance to pass through Queen Elizabeth National Park’s famous Ishasha region – the home of the tree climbing lions. You will have a glimpse of the noteworthy tree-climbing lions as your guide drives via Kihihi to Buhoma. You will then arrive at Buhoma, one of the four main gorilla trekking regions in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, in the early evening. You can embark on a nature walk before retiring to your choice accommodation for dinner and overnight.
The second day of your Bwindi gorilla trekking Uganda safari starts with a very early breakfast before you head out to the park headquarters at around 7:00am. You will be briefed about the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ while on a gorilla trekking excursion. You will then hit the trails with a team of professional guides and trackers. A typical gorilla trekking excursion lasts between 2 – 8 hours. Hiking through the beaten trails in search of the potent giants is exerting but greatly rewarding. The hours you spend searching through the vast forest are not boring; you get to encounter a variety of mammal, primate and bird species as well as noteworthy floral and plant life.
Once you encounter a gorilla family, you will spend an hour observing its members; how the domineering male silverback (head of the family) displays his authority and ability. He huffs, grunts, roars and walks about his territory with an air of authority. Besides other males, you will also see the caring mothers tending to their little ones; feeding some, rubbing a few, carrying others and keeping a watchful eye on those playing in the trees. You will be allowed to take photos and video recording of the experience.
You can have your packed lunch before or after your gorilla trekking expedition. As the afternoon wanes, you will embark on the ‘Batwa experience’. This includes visiting the community where the Batwa – native forest dwellers live. You will observe and get a chance to engage in their daily routine; brewing local beers, preparing medicinal herbs, cooking the evening meals, as well as their song and dance performances. You will return to your choice lodge in the late evening for dinner and overnight.
On the last day of your Bwindi gorilla trekking Uganda safari, you will have breakfast before packing and heading out for Kampala. You will leave Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park with your guide who will ensure you make a brief stop in Rukungiri for you to have a savory lunch comprising of local delicacies. You can still make another stop at the equator for you to take photos and visit the souvenir shops in the area.
Your drive back to Uganda’s capital will not be a boring one. You will enjoy the spectacular view of the massive greenery spread across an expanse of rolling hills, the cattle grazing, as well as the locals tending to their daily routines – you will enjoy the splendid view of a typical countryside life. Once you arrive in Kampala, your guide will drop you at any place of your choice. If you have a flight to catch, your guide will drop you at Entebbe airport on time. This will mark the end of your 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking Uganda safari.
You can embark on a gorilla trekking Uganda excursion anytime of the year but the best seasons are; December to late February, and June to September. This is the time when the weather is most conducive and favourable for the outdoor lovers.
Uganda has its rainy season from March until May, and October until November. Light rains fall in November and December. On the other hand, the dry season ranges from December to February, and from June to August. For the most part of the year, Uganda is sunny with average temperatures of about 26 degrees Celsius.