This Gorilla Adventure Safari/tour will takes you into the jungles of Bwindi impenetrable forest on a gorilla trekking adventure tour where you will encounter with the indigenous habitats of the forest, the Batwa community. The beauty of this green forest is spectacular. Bwindi impenetrable forest offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and dense, with numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists.
Spending time watching these gentle and endangered mountain gorilla giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long for. Most tourists find it to be a rare and moving opportunity.
Highlights: Unforgettable encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park , explore and learn from the local communities, Support sustainable tourism initiatives and Walking Adventure travellers
SAFARI/TOUR ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Day 1 of Gorilla and walking safari/tour in Uganda:
Arrival in Entebbe & Mabamba Swamps
Transfer from Entebbe international Airport to your hotel by drver from Alpha Adventure Safaris. In the afternoon if there is time according to your arrival transfer by car to Mabamba Swamp for local canoe, this is one of the best places for spotting the rare shoebill storks. Of course some fortune is needed but rarely does one leave the swamp without seeing one! Many other water birds have chosen this area as their home so bird watching is always very interesting here.
Return to the Hotel.
Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast basis
Lunch & Dinner on own’s account
Day 2 of Gorilla and walking safari/tour in Uganda:
Tranfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park after an early breakfast you travel to Western Uganda across the beautiful landscape of central Uganda: rolling hills, cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and towards the end the majestic chain of the Virunga Volcanoes. Stop-over en-route at the equator, at Mbarara (for lunch) and at Igongo Cultural Center. The drive takes about 8-10 hours.
Accommodation: Safari lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 3 of Gorilla and walking safari/tour in Uganda:
Day of mountain Gorilla tracking after having breakfast, at around 7:30 am, with packed lunch and drinking water you will be transfer to the National Park Head Quarters for the briefing on the dos and the don’ts while with the mountain gorillas, then continue to the forest to start the famous mountain gorilla tracking. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular. The area offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, with numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary as per the movements of these great primates. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience for a lifetime. Many find it to be a rare and moving opportunity. The tracking can take place at Nkuringo or Rushaga as as this walking safari is done in Nkuringo. When you return, relax at the safari lodge as you wait tommorrow busy schedule .
Accommodation: Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 4 of Gorilla and walking safari/tour in Uganda:
After breakfast drive to Rubuguri which is about 10kilometers to start a nice hike across beautiful landscapes and local communities – a great opportunity to experience authentic village life (10km – 2/3 hours). Upon arrival at Lake Mutanda you then canoe for 2-3 hours of crossing the lake Mutanda, enjoying the beautiful panorama. Meet with your vehicle and drive back to your safari Lodge.
In the afternoon stroll down to the Buniga Forest Trail Walk, an informative project run by USAID and the local Batwa community. The Batwa tribe was forced to leave their home in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in 1991 when it was declared a UNESCO Heritage site for gorillas only. They had been living in the forest as nomadic hunter-gatherers for millennia, in perfect balance with the flora and fauna around. Moving out and suddenly living in communities with a completely different way of life has proven to be a huge challenge. They now survive as best as they can and earn a living explaining their previous life in the forest and their rich heritage. Continuation of the walk through the community to visit the traditional herbalist and the black smith. Accommodation: Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 5 of Gorilla and walking safari/tour in Uganda:
After breakfast enjoy another glimpse of the misty jungle then start the drive back to Entebbe airport.