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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Gorilla Trekking Safaris

The safari takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. It is worth noting that Bwindi protects a population of about 400 individual mountain gorillas, and it now has ten gorilla families for trekking safaris, gorilla tours, expeditions, and safaris in Uganda. However, there is much more to do in this park, such as go bird watching, on a safari nature walk, or see the Batwa cultural performances.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Gorilla Trekking Safaris

The safari takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is home to half of the world's remaining mountain gorillas. It is worth noting that Bwindi protects a population of about 400 individual mountain gorillas, and it now has ten gorilla families for trekking safaris, gorilla tours, expeditions, and safaris in Uganda. However, there is much more to do in this park, such as go bird watching, on a safari nature walk, or see the Batwa cultural performances.

Highlights

  • Gorilla trekking day
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Guides in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Includes 1 gorilla permit per person for non-residents
  • Free bottled drinking water on safari
  • Private 4 x 4 ground transportation
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 8.

Day one: Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After arriving in Entebbe, you will be collected from the airport or hotel, and depart via Kampala City to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. On your way, you will stop over for pictures at the Equator, a line that divides the world into two, and have lunch in Mbarara town.

You will proceed later directly to Bwindi Forest National Park, arriving late in the evening to check in to Buhoma Community Rest Camp. At the accommodation, you will have lunch, dinner, and drinking water included in the price.

You will pass by mountains, tropical rainforest, and a bamboo forest during the nine hour journey.

Day two: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park

After an early breakfast and packed food for lunch, you will head for a briefing by a ranger guide at the park headquarters, then enter the forest depending on where your gorilla group is located that day. You will trek the gorilla family through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers.

The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When the gorillas are sighted, you will be guided to within six meters from the gorillas; you will sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.

Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It is difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from two up to eight hours. Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving moment to come up close with a mountain gorilla. You will return later for overnight at Buhoma Community Rest Camp. All meals and drinking water are included in the price.

Day three: Transfer from Bwindi to either Kampala or Entebbe Airport

Early after your breakfast, you will proceed to Kampala; lunch shall be served en-route. On your return trip to Kampala, you will be driving down the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda, while taking in the breathtaking sights of the hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’. This area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep-sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced cultivated rows.

Not to miss as you cross Mbarara are the impressive long horn Ankole cattle. A remarkable highlight of this journey is the Equator line and surely you will cross it as a brief stop is scheduled there. Moreover, in case you need souvenirs, you will have an opportunity to buy some at the Equator before proceeding to Kampala if you stay there or to Entebbe to catch your flight back home.

There is no accommodation on day three, since this is the end of the tour, and any meals are at your own expense. Drinking water is provided free of charge.

About the vehicles

Most safaris are conducted in closed Land Rovers or Land cruisers with seating for five passengers, all with window seats. A guide will accompany you, and all vehicles have roof hatches for game viewing. If you are on a budget, you can also choose to be driven in a safari minibus, also with roof hatch.

Gorilla Trekking

Gorillas stay in groups comprised of approximately 25 to 35 members. Normally there is a single leading male, who is accompanied by numerous females plus their young ones. Hierarchy is obviously important in the gorilla family.

The male dominant silverback delights in the highest position, while the mature females rule the younger ones. Similar to other species, gorilla males get the high position due to their size. Male mountain gorillas may weigh up to two hundred kilograms and may reach 1.7 meters tall when standing upright. Aside from their strength, they likewise have to demonstrate their experience and skills since it is their responsibility to safeguard their family from any danger.

A normal day in a mountain gorilla’s life begins at dawn, at about 6 a.m. They awaken and start searching for food which occupies most of their morning. Generally, a gorilla spends approximately 30% of its day feeding, 30% moving, and 40% resting. Contrary to most other primates, gorillas live primarily on the ground. These travel about one kilometer each day in their home scope of approximately 20 square kilometers.

Gorillas are basically vegetarians, although occasionally feed on insects as well. Their every day meal is made up of shrub, roots, vines, leaves, some fruits, stems, and some herbs. In the course of particular months every year, bamboo shoots offer a major portion in their food plan too. Male adults may even consume up to 20 kilograms each day! Since gorillas get a great amount of water from their diet, they hardly ever drink.

Their afternoons are spent mostly resting, but also playing. Playing as an activity is crucial in their social life, particularly for the young gorillas, since it determines their incorporation into the family. They embrace each other, hit, nibble, or battle until one is first pulled to the ground.

By the end of the day, right before sunset, the wonderful apes begin building a nest in which they will spend their night. Each and every gorilla has its own nest, with the exception of the babies that sleep besides their mothers. The nests are made with branches of bush as well as other greenery, on the ground or within trees.

  • 1 day gorilla trekking
  • 2 dinners, two breakfasts, and one packed lunch
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All transportation, unless labeled as optional
  • Free bottled drinking water
  • Gorilla permits – one per person, non-resident
  • Park fees for non-residents
  • Professional driver and guide
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Taxes and VAT
  • Additional accommodation before and after the tour
  • Airfare
  • Beverages other than mineral water in the vehicle and at meal times with meals
  • Government-imposed increase of taxes and/ or park fees
  • Laundry
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal items
  • Some meals (as specified in the Food section)
  • Tips – tipping guideline is 10 USD per person per day
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Visa fees

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