Bwindi actually means ‘impenetrable’. This name is apt, for Bwindi is 327kmsq of a dense undergrowth of vines and other vegetation makes it an almost impenetrable rain forest. It’s a true African jungle.The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and the wide diversity of species is a feature of the park which provides habitat for some 120 species of mammals including Mountain Gorillas, Colubus Monkeys, Chimpanzees, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns and 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos. Bwindi National park is home to more than half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas.
Gorilla tracking is a captivating and unforgettable experience which more than repays the effort needed to reach Bwindi and to trek through the forest. Gorilla tracking is Uganda’s most sought after activity. It’s wise to book well in advance to ensure that permits for your requested dates are available.
3 Day Gorilla Tracking To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day One: Early pick up and departure for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. From Kampala head towards south west Uganda by road with your driver/guide, cross the Equator, where you can stop for a photo session and shop for souvenirs. Stop in Mbarara town for lunch. Continue your journey through Savannah grasslands with the scenic drive through Kigezi Highlands also referred to as the “Switzerland of Uganda”. Arrive and check in at your lodge within the gorilla Sanctuary of Bwindi. Early dinner and overnight stay.
Overnight options include Silver Back Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Buhoma Lodge. Gorilla Forest Camp or Clouds Lodge
Day Two: Have early morning breakfast and after a short briefing by the guides, proceed through the undergrowth and thick creepers of the dense rain forest to track for these endangered mammals. Sitting with the most peaceful, rarest and endangered of all the apes, is a fascinating experience. After an hour allowed with the giants, return to the lodge. Gorilla trekking could take anywhere between 3-8 hours. If you have the afternoon free have a guided village walk to nearby communities to see and experience the different aspects of Ugandan life, culture and lifestyle.
Overnight options include Silver Back Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Buhoma Lodge. Gorilla Forest Camp or Clouds Lodge.
Day Three: After breakfast, depart for Kampala. Stop over for lunch in Mbarara town and arrive in Kampala late evening. Dinner and overnight in Kampala.
End of Safari*
*Please contact AGE Safaris if you are interested in this itinerary or something similar. We pride ourselves in customizing all itineraries to suit the specific interests of each client.