Itinerary - Gorilla Express
Gorilla ExpressBwindi Impenetrable Forest NP is home to roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas. Looking deep into the expressive eyes of these gentle giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that not only Uganda but anywhere has to offer.
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Highlights: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP
Optional Extras: Community walk or Batwa (pygmy) family visit
Private Safari / Min 2 people / choice of budget or lodge accommodation
Day 01: Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (9-10 hrs)
|Departing from your Kampala accommodation at 0700hrs, we head off through the capital city of Uganda. Kampala is a bustling market city with a population of just under one million and its narrow streets are often packed full of mini buses, hand drawn carts, motor cycle taxis and even the odd herd of cows.
An early morning start takes us south-west, across the Equator and through savannah grasslands, banana plantations and past herds of Ankole cattle with their incredibly long curving horns.
Ascending into the Kigezi highlands, known as the "Switzerland of Africa", we slowly wind our way through perhaps the most fertile and scenic region of Uganda. Jagged mountains and deep mist-shrouded valleys are set against a backdrop of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Virunga Volcanoes. Steep sided hills terraced from top to bottom with tea and banana plantations drop straight into deep emerald lakes dotted with tiny islands.
There are a number of areas for gorilla tracking within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and depending on which family we are scheduled to track we will head to our relevant base for the night.
Day 02: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Tracking
|Following an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide we enter the gorilla sanctuary of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Bwindi is home to more than half the world’s population of mountain gorillas, covers 331 sq km and was declared a Natural World Heritage Site in December 1994.
Accompanied by a guide and trackers we trek deep into this spectacular forest in search of a family of mountain gorillas, the world’s most endangered ape. The walk to find the gorillas will generally tend to take 2-4 hours but can be longer as their territory can range up to 40km. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular and the terrain incredibly dense, but criss-crossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists.
The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is a breathtaking experience long to be savored. A dominant male silverback can weigh over 200kg and is the largest living primate. He will control our meeting as well as deciding when his family will eat, sleep and move on. Many find the privilege of spending an hour with these magnificent creatures a rare and moving close encounter.
Depending on which area we track the gorillas and the time taken, an optional community walk or visit with the Batwa (pygmy) families in the area can arranged.
Day o3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to Kampala (9-10 hrs)
|We leave Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and return to Kampala with great memories of the moments spent with the fascinating Mountain Gorillas. We arrive late in the afternoon. Your accommodation tonight is not included but we can assist you with this booking. Tour services end on arrival at your hotel.|