Life changing, unique encounters, the heart-stopping wilderness of all-Africa’s wildlife encounters little can match the experience that is gorilla trekking!!
Tour Duration: 4 Days
Destinations Visited: Entebbe, Bwindi National Park, Uganda.
Your tour at a glance:
|Day 1||Arrival Uganda||Airport Guest House||BB|
|Day 2||Flight to Bwindi/Meet the Pygmies||Mutanda Lake Resort||FB|
|Day 3||Gorilla Trekking||Mutanda Lake Resort||FB|
|Day 4||Fly To Entebbe/Departure||–||HB|
Day 1: Arrival Entebbe: Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our company representative and transferred to your hotel for refreshment & overnight.
Day 2: To Uganda/ Meet the Pygmies
07:00AM: transfer by domestic flight to kisoro. You’ll proceed deep to the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders of Rwanda. You will see a great countryside of bamboo forest and have great views of landscape
Upon arrival, you will drive to the ‘Batwa’ (pygmies) Cultural Trail in Mgahinga National Park for the ‘Batwa’ (pygmies) Cultural Trail. Doing this trail will enable you interact and learn about the interesting lifestyle of Uganda’s unique pygmies. The Batwa pygmies were originally the traditional inhabitants of Mgahinga forest that’s currently occupied by the National park. The trail exposes you to the in depth hidden history of the Batwa pygmies before the year 1990 when they evacuated the forest area that had become protected and conserved as a National park.
The Batwa Trail is unique in a way that it show-cases authentic culture of the original inhabitants of Mgahinga forest who’s lives mainly depended on the natural habitat. While exploring the trail, you experience the naturally endowed forest through a rare view point of the local people. The experience comes along with different unique demonstrations on how the pygmies used to extract local herbs that were used for healing different diseases, traditional ways of fetching water using locally made bamboo mugs and construction of grass huts.
The highly rewarding cultural tour ends with staged, authentic cultural performance organized by the Batwa community at the gate of the Garama cave, which was highly regarded as ceremonial place for the cultural leaders of the Batwa community. Transfer to your lodge in preparation for Gorilla trekking the following day.
Day 3: Gorilla Trekking!!!
Today is the big day… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. You will be required to wake up early in the morning then be led to the visitor’s reception center for a briefing about the park. You are allocated guides before heading into the forest in search of Mountain Gorillas.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa, which can make this claim in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.
The Gorillas you will track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the Gorillas’ habitat. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous Gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.
The time taken to track the Gorillas can take as little as 2 hours or more! Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
Day 4: Departure
Today you will fly back to Entebbe and depending on the time of your departure flight, today you can simply relax or explore the city of Entebbe before catching your departure flight homewards.
Optional Activities in Entebbe
Visit the Zoo – $20. P.P
Behind the Scenes Activity (Feeding animals at the zoo) – $70. P.P
Visiting Ngamba Chimpanzee Island – $168 P.P
Cheese & wine tasting Sundowner Cruise on Lake Victoria – $75 P.P
Cruises on Lake Victoria (Motorized canoe Boat) – $75. P.P
Viewing the Shoebill Bird in Mabamba swamp – $60 P.P
This marks the end of what we hope will be an adventurous trip- Thank you very much!!
Validity: 04.01.2019 – 24.12.2019
Price (USD) Per Person Including 4×4 Safari Jeep
I. If 1 pax traveling @US$$3,682
II. If 2 pax traveling @US$2,659
III. If 3 pax traveling @US$2,424
IV. If 4 pax traveling @US$2,229
V. If 5 pax traveling @US$2,200
VI. If 6 pax traveling @US$2,106
Price (USD) per Person including 4×4 Safari Minibus
I. If 1 pax traveling @US$$3,259
II. If 2 pax traveling @US$2,447
III. If 3 pax traveling @US$2,282
IV. If 4 pax traveling @US$2,124
V. If 5 pax traveling @US$2,118
VI. If 6 pax traveling @US$2,033
Please observe our Additional checklist for Gorilla Tracking