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3 Days Gorilla & Community Walk Safari

Overview

This 3 days’ gorilla safari will take you to Bwindi impenetrable national park, a home to the endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi is located in the south- western Uganda in the district of Kanungu and the park covers an area of about 331 square kilometers. Bwindi was established as national park in 1991, the park habituates different bird species, wildlife, flora and fauna. Mountain gorillas are found in only three countries in the world, Rwanda, Congo and Uganda. Uganda has got the largest population of mountain gorilla and number of tourist’s flood to Bwindi and Mgahinga gorilla national park to trek the endangered mountain gorillas.

Safari breakdown

  • Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking and community walk
  • Day 3: Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

Our company guide/driver will pick you from the hotel in Kampala or Entebbe for departure to Bwindi impenetrable national park. The journey takes 10-12 hours’ drive, through mpigi, Masaka, Mbarara to Kanungu district where Bwindi Impenetrable national park is located. You will have some few stop overs to have some refreshment like at the Equator crossing line, then proceed to Igongo cultural centre where you will purchase some art and crafts if you need some, you will also have lunch from Igongo and you can try African foods.

The journey is much rewarding because you will see the verdant countryside and the beautiful hills that surround the area. Drive through Ishasha sector with some few chances of seeing the tree climbing lions relaxing at the fig tree. Remember Bwindi impenetrable national park has got four different trekking sectors; our company driver will drive you to your trekking sector as showed in your gorilla permit. Upon arrival at the lodge, you will check-in and relax before having your dinner. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Duration: 10-12 hours

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation options

Budget;

  • Bwindi View Banda’s
  • Nshongi Gorilla Resort
  • Buhoma community Rest Camp
  • Broadbill forest camp
  • Gift of Nature lodge

Mid-range;

  • Gorilla Mist lodge
  • Gorilla Resort lodge
  • Silverback lodge

Luxury;

  • Gorilla forest camp
  • Clouds lodge
  • Mahogany springs lodge
  • Gorilla safari lodge.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking and community walk

Waking up to the sounds of the African birds, you will have morning breakfast at 6:30 am, get your trekking equipment’s, packed snacks and enough drinking water because the hike is not always easy. By 7:00am, your safari guide/driver, will pick you up and drive you to the park’s headquarters where you will meet up with other travelers. You will take a briefing session on do’s and don’ts of mountain gorilla trekking. You will be allocated in groups of eight [8] tourists per gorilla family with a well-armed game ranger to accompany you to the jungle.

After the briefing, drive to the starting point, enter the impenetrable forest in search of the endangered mountain gorillas. Pass through the thick forest, slippery trails, tall trees and evergreen vegetation to find your way to the gorillas.

You might have some chance to see forest wildlife like monkeys and birds. After finding the gorillas, you will be given only one ]1] hour with these endangered mountain gorillas, take photos, see the little gorilla playing, jumping from branch to branch, feeding, silverback guarding the family and you are free to ask the game ranger any question. But never use flashlight on your camera while taking photos. Move back to the starting point where you find your guide, he will drive you back to the park’s headquarters where you will be rewarded with a certificate for gorilla tracking.

Thereafter you return to the lodge and have lunch, after lunch head for community walk to the local villages. You will be welcomed by the village chief, you will enjoy the traditional wedding, dance, visit traditional healers and take part in their day to day way of life. Return to the lodge, relax around the camp fire as you wait for dinner. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Meal: Full board

Day 3: Departure

Rise up early and have morning cup of coffee, check out of the lodge and your safari guide shall drive you back to Kampala/Entebbe. You will have lunch from Mbarara at Igongo cultural centre and embark on the journey. Arrive late in the evening and you will drop at the hotel or at Entebbe international airport to catch up with your flight back home.

Chosen Expeditions and Tours will always welcome you back to the Pearl of Africa and thank you for trusting us with your safari.

End of your 3 days safari.

Includes

  • Gorilla permit
  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Meals full board [breakfast, lunch and dinner]
  • Mineral water
  • Guide’s/driver’s allowance
  • Park entry fees
  • Government taxes

Excludes

  • Visa fee
  • International/domestic flights
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Extra accommodation
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