Our Gorilla Trekking activity is done at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.
This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
The neighboring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls and guiding services. Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops and village walks.
Our Driver will pick you from your Accommodation in Kampala/Entebbe at 7:00am for a 9 to 10 hours’ drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in South Western Uganda. Along the way you will cross the Equator before stopping for lunch in Mbarara Town.
Only 8 people are allowed to track each Gorilla family in the forest under the guidance of a Ranger Guide. It is advisable that you book your travel as soon as you identify your travel dates on your calendar, since there is usually scarcity in Gorilla permits.
Day One: You will be welcomed at the Airport and taken to your Hotel in Entebbe/Kampala by Stir Uganda Safaris representative. The selection of city for accommodation will depend on your flight arrival time at Entebbe International Airport.
Day Two: You will be picked by our driver from your Hotel/Residence in Entebbe/Kampala and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will have a brief stop at the Equator crossing for a demonstration before proceeding for Lunch in Mbarara Igongo Cultural Center or Agip Motel. You will spend a night at a lodge closer to your Gorilla Tracking Point in Bwindi.
Day Three: After breakfast, we shall proceed to the Gorilla Tracking briefing point. After the briefing you will start penetrating the impenetrable Forest as you hunt for the beautiful Giants with the guidance of professional Ranger Guide. Tracking duration is dependent on how fast a family of Gorillas is located. It sometimes takes the whole day and you later return for relaxation at your Lodge.
Day Four: After breakfast we shall drive to Kampala/Entebbe. You will have Lunch in Mbarara Town at Igongo Cultural Center or Agip Motel, and then afterwards we proceed to Kampala/Entebbe for overnight accommodation.
Day Five: Transfer from your hotel to Entebbe International Airport. You will be picked from your hotel in Kampala/Entebbe by our representative and taken to Entebbe International Airport.
What is included:
2 nights’ Accommodation in Bwindi and 2 nights Accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe
English Speaking Driver/Guide
All meals excluding drinks during the tour
What is excluded:
All drinks not mentioned above
Tips and Personal shopping
Lake Bunyonyi Canoeing
Igongo Cultural Museum
Lake Mburo National Park Game Drive (chance to sight some Zebras and Antelopes before proceeding to Kampala
Ndere Center Cultural Performances
Shopping at the Buganda Road Crafts Village
Important to note
Hiking shoes are important
Rain gear/jacket is ideal
Stay at least 8 meters away from the Gorillas
Smoking, eating and drinking are not permitted on the tour
Avoid flash Photography
Do not make noise or make sudden movements
Do not track Gorillas when you have illnesses like: Flue, cough and Diarrhea
Always stay together in a group
No one bellow the age of 15 years is allowed to track Gorillas
Human waste should be buried 30cm (12”) deep
If you must sneeze or cough cover your face and turn away from the gorillas, as they can catch coughs and colds from humans
Visits are limited to one hour per gorilla group per day
Day One: Transfer to the Hotel in Kampala/Entebbe
Day Two: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day Three: Track Gorillas in Bwindi
Day Four: Transfer to Kampala/Entebbe
Day Five: Transfer to Entebbe International Airport