Bwindi impenetrable forest is a located in south western Uganda, kanungu district on the edge of the Albertine rift, the western branch of the east African rift valley. Bwindi is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth, where half the world’s populations of the endangered mountain gorillas live. This thick forest hosts about 120 mammals like forest elephants, antelopes, several primate species like chimpanzees and baboons and about 350 bird species. The major attraction of visitors to this forest is the gorilla trekking but tourist can also enjoy bird watching, mountain hiking, nature walks plus community visits
DAY 1– Transfer form Kampala to Bwindi national park
This amazing gorilla adventure is to last you three days. Today, you will be picked up from either the airport/ hotel depending on your location. That’s where you will start from and embark on a 7hour journey which covers a distance of 472.7km from Kampala city to the great Bwindi impenetrable forest. After covering a distance of 266.5km, you will arrive to Mbarara town which is a 4 hour drive and stop over for lunch and a little refreshment. From here, you will be driven straight to your lodge that might either be the crested crane Bwindi lodge or sanctuary gorilla forest camp where you will have dinner and spend the night.
DAY 2– Gorilla trekking
You will wake up to ready breakfast at the lodge then get ready to hit the forest for the amazing gorilla trekking activity. This activity can take 2 to 7 hours depending on your luck that day with the gorillas. After they are tracked down, you will be allowed a maximum of 1 hour to interface with these awesome primates. From the lodge, you will be taken to the Bwindi impenetrable forest national park offices handling gorilla tracking for orientation and meeting with the guides. You will be divided into small groups not exceeding 8 trackers to enter into the jungle for a day.
While inside the jungle, you will not only see the primates but also encounter numerous bird species and butterflies, amazing flora and fauna. This makes this trekking one of a kind activity for it involves hiking and climbing with the mountain gorillas just a few meters from the group of trekkers. After a day’s successful tracking and trekking, you will return to the headquarters where you will witness traditional ways like brewing of beer and remedies made from the forest with some dancing and entertainment from the locals. After this amazing adventure and discovery in the Bwindi forests, you will be awarded with a certificate congratulating you about the successfully tracking down the mountain gorillas. You will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and spend the night.
DAY 3– Return to Kampala
Again, you will wake up to ready breakfast. Today is when you checkout and head back to Kampala. Along the journey, you can stop over at the equator for some photo shots and souvenirs.
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