The 3 day Uganda Gorilla safari. This is a Uganda gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This park is 321 sq km in size. Bwindi forest is among the oldest forests lasting over 25,000 years. While on this tour, you will be able to trek one of the 12 habituated mountain gorilla groups.
There are other primates in Bwindi along with the mountain gorillas. the 3-day Uganda gorilla safari gives you an opportunity to see them too. These primates include the red-tailed monkeys, chimpanzees and baboons. There is also the black and white colobus monkeys among others.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is also home to 120 mammals, 51 reptiles and 310 butterfly species. There are also 27 species of frogs, geckos and chameleons. Flora diversity include 163 tree species, 104 fern species and 1000 flowering plants. There are also over 350 species of birds such as the hornbills and the Turacos!
The major activity on the 3-day Uganda gorilla safari is Gorilla trekking. This activity takes around 2 to 8 hours.
The 3 Day Uganda Gorilla Safari Tour proposal summary is as below:
Day 1: Pick up from your hotel in Kampala and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
Day 3: Drive back from Bwindi to Kampala
End of Tour
Uganda currently hosts eleven habituated gorilla families. There is one group that is only available for research. These families available for your 3 day Uganda Gorilla safari include:
Bwindi is one of the most exciting national parks in Uganda. This is a park you would not dare leave out while on a Uganda safari. Bwindi is home to more that half the population of Mountain gorillas in the world.
Over 900 mountain gorillas roam the face of the earth as of today. It is more than half of these number that have made Bwindi Impenetrable National park there home.
Other primates found in Bwindi forest include chimpanzees though they are rarely seen. Bwindi is also home to the forest elephants, antelopes among others.
The park’s location is in Southwestern Uganda on the border with Uganda. This is just near the escarpment of the Western rift Valley
The term “Bwindi” comes from the local dialect of the Rukiga. The term means “darkness”. It is the word for “impenetrable” in the local dialect. An opportunity to walk through this forest will get to know why it has such a name.
Bwindi forest is criss-crossed with a stream of water making this a beautiful place. With these comes waterfalls which you pass by as you trek through impenetrable forest.
Trekking gorillas in Uganda doesn’t need any skills. You will only need to be fit for both the body and mind. This is because of the steep mountains to climb p and about looking for these gentle giants. Above all there is nothing as adventurous and thrilling as going for gorilla trekking!
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has over 350 bird species recorded. About 23 species are Albertine rift endemic species. 14 other species are not recorded in other parks and Uganda as a whole.
The birds that you may see here include; Collared Apalis and the Handsome Francolin. There is also African Broadbill, Cinnamon Chested Bee Eater and the Western Green Tinkerbird.
Bwindi lies on the Equator and has a tropical climate. Average temperatures range from a 7°C to 27°C. The region has a total annual rainfall of between 1,400mm and 2390mm each year. It can get cold especially in the mornings and at night. Warm clothing is essential when planning a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda. The peak of the rainy season happens in March to April and from September to November.
The months; March and April can be quite wet and that is the duration of long rains. September to November covers the short rainy season.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has a varying altitude. This varies from 1,190m-2,607m above sea level. But, about 60% of the park is at an altitude of over 2000m above sea level.
Meet and greet at your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala in the morning. There will be a briefing on the 3 Day Uganda gorilla safari by a representative of Pearl of Africa Safaris. You will leave for the Uganda gorilla safari driving west. Bwindi Impenetrable is in the southwestern part of Uganda.
You will make a stop along the way at a local drum and craft making community. There will also be a stop at the Equator to take memorable photos. There is also an opportunity to have the Equator experiment with the locals.
Proceed to Igongo Cultural centre for a taste of the local cuisine. This is before head through Mbarara town as you proceed to Bwindi. You will arrive later afternoon. Check in at your Bwindi lodge in time for dinner and overnight.
You will wake up to an early morning breakfast. This is before you pack your picnic lunch boxes and drive to the park headquarters. Here you will assemble for a briefing by the park rangers on gorilla trekking. This is about what to do and not to do while in the park. In groups of 8s depending on the gorilla family you are to trek embark on the trek. This will be under the direction and guidance of the rangers.
Gorilla trekking is a memorable and an amazing experience. You will be amazed to watch the Mountain gorillas feed, play around and also do their day to day activities. This activity can take from 2 hours up to 8 hours since its dependent on the location and movement of the gorillas.
Expect to trek some distances in muddy and steep conditions. This may need you to have a walking stick. Upon locating the mountain gorillas, you will spend one hour with them as you take photos.
After the encounter, return trek out of the forest. You will get to a point where the vehicle will meet you and take you to the lodge. You may opt to relax at the lodge or visit the Batwa community if time allows. The later tour will expose you to their culture basing on how they live and dance. You will also hear stories on their culture which will leave you amazed. Have dinner and overnight at your lodge in Bwindi.
After and early breakfast, it is time to say good bye to the land of the mountain gorillas. You will drive down leaving the “Switzerland of Uganda” behind. Your journey back to Kampala will pass through rolling hills with terraces. It will allow you a great time viewing the lush vegetation of the different areas you will go through. you will stop for lunch in Mbarara and another stop will be at Mbambire drum makers point.
Proceed to Kampala arriving late afternoon. The guide will drop you off to the hotel or at the airport to catch your flight back home.
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