Day 1 : Kampala – Bwindi
After breakfast you will set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park the home of Mountain Gorillas. It is estimated half of the world’s surviving population of mountain gorillas –300 live within Bwindi boundaries. The drive is long but enjoyable with lunch stop on the way. Bwindi National Park is located in the southwestern part of the country –the Kigezi Highlands once known as Switzerland of Africa. Bwindi National Park offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. There are now many gorilla families so far habituated for tourism and 8 people per day visit each family.
Gorillas in Bwindi
Although trekking may be strenuous the viewing of the gorillas in their natural habitat is an experience long to be savored. Apart from the gorillas, there are a variety of primates to be seen including the blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, and black & white Columbus monkeys. The great blue tauracos are often seen and even for a non bird watcher they are marvelous sight.
Arrival will be in the late afternoon and you will then settle in at the Gorilla Forest Camp/Buhoma Lodge – for luxuxry, Gorilla Resort / Kitandara Lodge Engagi Lodge Mahogany lodge – for upmarket / Buhoma Community Rest Camp Bandas /Buhoma View Bandas for budget, which are just 200 meters from the park offices, for dinner as you prepare for the tomorrow’s event!
Day 2: Day for gorilla tracking
After breakfast you will be escorted to the park offices to begin your adventure. A briefing from your local guide and then its off! The time taken and the terrain vary (1- 8 hours) according to the movement of these gentle giants. The thrill of meeting face to face takes away the pain of some times long and arduous trek. Return to your lodge for overnight stay.