Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is one of the most adventurous activities to do if you want a remarkable East African safari. Plan for the 3 Days Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi safari with our professional safari guides to this incredible forest keeping over 400 gorillas. It is a short but impressive tour including facing the giant apes with many behaviors alike to humans’, the scenic views of the forest canopy, a moment at the imaginary equator line and a cultural encounter with the Batwa pygmies. Tracking for mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is an amazing experience and should be a must do on your safari to Africa. The tour is allows you to spend two nights in Bwindi and also have an insight of the traditional life of the Batwa, their current social life including how they coped up after eviction from the forest where they harmoniously lived with the mountain gorillas. They are good at entertaining visitors with their traditional dances.
Highlights for the 3 Days Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
- Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park
- Day 2: Gorilla trekking and Batwa cultural encounter
- Day 3: Return to Kampala
- Detailed itinerary
Day 1: Kampala/ Entebbe International Airport to Bwindi National Park
At the agreed time in the morning, the driver guide picks you up from the airport or hotel and set off for the travel to the southwestern part of Uganda. Drive through the busy towns along the Masaka road to Kayabwe where we briefly spend a great time to enjoy the experience of standing in the northern and southern hemisphere. You can also have a cup of coffee before we proceed with the rest of the trip. From Kampala to Bwindi, it takes about 8 hours by road in a 4X4 safari vehicle.
The long road trip is a good opportunity to explore the western part of Uganda as it takes travelers through over 4 beautiful districts with varying scenic landscapes. Watch Ugandans carrying on their daily activities, pull down the car window screen and enjoy the fresh clean air as you drive through the hills of Kabale where Bwindi is situated.Lunch en route in Mbarara town. Dinner and the overnight at the booked lodge in Bwindi.
Lodge options: Chameleon Hill lodge, Mahogany Springs lodge (luxury)Gorilla Mist Camp, Ichumbi Gorilla camp (mid-range)Trekkers Tavern, Rushaga Gorilla Havens lodge (budget)
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking and Batwa Cultural Encounter
Safari days in the wilderness start early and so this second day of the gorilla tour starts very early to the restaurant for breakfast followed by a transfer to the starting point. Make sure you carried your packed lunch and enough water. After the briefing about rules and regulations of the park about gorilla trekking, hit the trails into Bwindi forest with an armed ranger guide and search for the mountain gorillas. The hikes require some energy but they are surely enjoyable. Rays of the sun through the canopy make the forest colorful. There are a lot of birds encountered and other primates like black and white colobus monkeys and sometimes a few other mammals.
It can take an hour or several hours to spot the gorillas but regardless, the chances of seeing them in Bwindi forest are very promising. Trekkers spend a maximum of one hour with these gentle endangered apes, observing them, taking photos and getting amused at how alike some of their features look like humans’.If it takes long to meet the gorillas, enjoy your lunch in the forest but if the trek ends early enough, head back to the lodge with it take it there.
Meet with the Batwa and learn about their heritage and traditions. Batwa guides lead you through their trails, explaining how they lived in the forest, gathered and hunted and how they lived in the new environment outside the forest. A visit to one of their homesteads provides a chance to see how they carry on their chores and a group of dancers samples their traditional dances for a thrilling entertainment.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Day 3: Return to Kampala
When you get up, have all your possessions packed and have breakfast. Check out and start the return journey to Kampala. Lunch in Mbarara and a tour around Igongo Cultural Centre. Proceed with the trip to Kampala or Entebbe where you arrive in the evening.
End of the tour
The tour package includes;
- Transport from and back to agreed starting and end location
- Safari vehicle
- Professional safari guide
- Bottled drinking water
- Gorilla permit and Batwa cultural experience.