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Our 4 Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari departs from Kampala, the capital of uganda
Leaving Kampala we drive through the dense jungles and papyrus wetlands of the Nile Delta. We pause for lunch en route to the Kibale National Park, near the lush Ruwenzori Mountains. In the afternoon we embark on a guided walk in the national park, exploring the crater lakes area and experiencing the local culture.
Meals and overnight at a scenically located camp overlooking the legendary Mountains of the Moon and one of the crater lakes.
Our day starts early, with chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park, home to an impressive 500 chimpanzees. Before heading into the forest we are briefed on the trekking procedures.
The dense jungles of Kibale Park are the best place to view chimpanzees in Africa. The chimpanzees are commonly found feeding on fig tree fruits in the game park and have been habituated to humans since 1992.
Kibale National Park covers 795 km² and consists mostly of a vast tract of equatorial rainforest. This national park is home to numerous forest wildlife species, boasting one of the highest concentrations of primates in the world. The 13 primate species include Black-and-White and Grey Cheeked Colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys and Galagos, with chimpanzees being the main attraction.
In the afternoon we travel south to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, taking in the sights and looking out for game as we drive.
Our next destination is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the endangered African Mountain Gorillas, along with a rich diversity of wild animals, insects and plants. Inhabitants include various other primate species, such as the blue and red tailed monkeys.
Dinner and overnight stay at a community eco-camp.
On day three we rise early for breakfast, before the gorilla trek briefing at 8:00am by rangers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
We then set off on our African Mountain Gorilla Trekking excursion in the Bwindi Impenetrable park
Gorilla trekking is the highlight of visiting Uganda. We embark on this once in a lifetime wildlife experience, encountering the endangered gorillas in the wild.
The guides lead you into the bush, pushing through the undergrowth to track the Bwindi mountain gorillas. This gorilla walk can take up to 6 hours, so a reasonable degree of fitness and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are a must.
After a rewarding trek through the jungle we sit in the forest among the mountain gorillas, listening to them communicating with one another. Marvel at the sheer size of the dominant adult male gorillas, called Silverbacks and experience one of Africa’s most poignant wildlife encounters. After lunch in the forest we take a well-deserved rest or enjoy some bird watching.
We return to the community run safari camp to relax and recuperate after our unforgettable gorilla trek in the Bwindi Forest of Uganda.
In the afternoon we take a guided walk in the Buhoma Village to gain insight into the lives of the local people, living in the area around the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This walk is part of an initiative that empowers the local people benefiting from tourism. The informative village walk starts from our camp and allows visitors to see how ingenious the local people are in their day-to-day lives.
Dinner and overnight stay at the community eco-camp.
We recommend taking a rain jacket, drinking water, packed lunch and snacks on the gorilla trek.
On the final day of our Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari we have an early breakfast before making our way back to Kampala and Entebbe.
We travel via Mbarara and the Igongo Cultural Village where we encounter the Ankole and Bahima people. At the Igongo Center we get a glimpse of the culture and ways of these Ugandan people, learning a bit about their history.
Lunch is enjoyed en route and we pause at the Equator in Uganda to take photographs. We then continue to Kampala and Entebbe (airport transfer on request) in time to catch onward flights.