Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Western Rift Valley. It has mist-covered hillsides which are enclosed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years. It is one of the largest natural forests in East Africa with both montane and lowland forests, and contains almost 400 species of plants, about 320 mountain gorillas,120 mammals, 350 recorded species of birds, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
Bwindi habituates about half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas with three families habituated at Buhoma, Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura – 8 permits are available per day for tracking each of these gorilla families. One family is habituated at Nkuringo and also 8 permits are available per day for tracking. Tracking commences every morning at 08:00 hours with briefing of the tourists by the guides at the park headquarters.
UGANDA GORILLAS TOUR VUG3: GORILLAS AND WILDLIFE – BWINDI AND LAKE MBURO (6 Days)
Day One: Arrival
Arrive at Entebbe air port; meet with our staff for greeting and introduction thereafter transfer you to a hotel in Kampala for overnight. O/N: Pope Paul hotel or Africana hotel or Sheraton. (BB)
Day Two: Kampala – Source of Nile
You will head eastwards to Jinja for the source of the majestic River Nile, take a half-day rafting in the adventurous rapids of the Nile and then you will return to Kampala in the evening for overnight.O/N: Pope Paul hotel or Africana hotel or Sheraton. (HB)
Day Three: Kampala –Bwindi
Take a drive south west of the country through several landscapes and amazing sceneries en route to Bwindi South. This trip can possibly be reduced to 3 days express for 3days luxury by using a charter flight to Kisoro (45min). O/N Gorilla forest camp or Heritage Hotel Kisoro (FB).
Day Four: Gorilla Tracking
You will go to the jungle at around 8:00am to Track Gorillas after breakfast in the morning, this is the climax of the tour gorilla tracking can take 3 -9 hours on walking in the jungle before one returns to his/her accommodation, the jungle, precipitous landscape and rain may make the tour challenging but with a close encounter face-face with the largest primate of Africa is a remarkable experience you will ever have in life. O/N Gorilla forest camp or Heritage Hotel Kisoro (FB).
Day Five: Bwindi – Mburo Park
Start the journey in the morning for Lake Mburo National Park in Mbarara with different tourist attractions en route. You will have an afternoon game drive in Lake Mburo National Park for some unusual game including; zebras, kobs hippos and many bird species by the lake. A leopard may also be seen on an evening game drive on a safari vehicle with spotlights. [Approximate driving time: 6 hours] O/N: Accadia Mburo Cottages or Mburo Safari Lodge (FB)
Day Six: Mburo Park – Kampala
Take a gentle drive back to Kampala through the Ankole – Masaka dry corridor to Kampala city. You will then transfer to the airport for your return flight back home; as you keep remembering the pearl of Africa. [Approximate driving time: 4 hours]
Group Price EUR 1543, USD 2006, £ 1337 per person. One gorilla permit included in cost.
Single Room Supplement EUR 98, USD 258, £ 172
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Tracking of mountain gorillas is an adventure which needs physical fitness necessary equipment to guard you against the altitude, stepneess of the hills the jungle and weather changes, the rain forest is moist, and it rains very often in Bwindi, even in the dry season. On this trip, clients have an opportunity to track gorillas in Bwindi South (Nkuringo, Mgahinga or Nshongi Gorilla families via Kisoro), visit Lake Mburo Park, see game and birds and and go for a boat cruise on Lake Mburo. Tracking commences every morning (08:00hrs) from the park headquarters, porters will carry clients’ luggage to the forest. Gorilla tracking is a year-round activity, irrespective of season. Bwindi impenetrable forest habituates other primates apart from gorillas, including chimpanzee and blue monkey. More than 200 species of butterflies and fauna and flora with variety of trees, dense undergrowth, bamboo and swamps (Mubwindi swamp is famous for birding). There are also six rivers in the forest which flow to Lake.