This 3 day gorilla safari in Uganda will take you to the 321 sq. km Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the oldest forests in the world with a history spanning more than 25,000 years. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is situated in the Kabale and Rubanda districts of southwest Uganda, close to Kanungu City. Bwindi National Park is home to half of the world’s gorilla population, making it the best gorilla destination in both Uganda and all of Africa. Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south, Buhoma in the north, and Ruhija in the east make up the park’s four distinct sectors. Bwindi National Park is home to 19 gorilla families in total, including the Rushegura, Habinyanja, Mubare, Oruzongo, Kyaguriro, Nkuringo, Mishaya, Nshongi, Kahugye, Bweza, Busingye, and Nyakagezi families. Each region of the park has its own gorilla family. These families consist of a variety of individuals, but they are all led by a dominant silverback. In addition to males, adults, children, and young people, the group also includes females.
3 day gorilla safari in Uganda, Gorilla trekking in Uganda is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the amazing, endangered mountain gorillas; encountering with these magnificent primates in the dense rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can only be described as a devastating emotional experience. It has received excellent reviews from tourists who have visited Uganda for this pastime. The extraordinary sensation of spending face-to-face time and gazing deeply into the gentle giants’ brown eyes while observing Uganda’s wild mountain gorillas in their daily routines is claimed to be unmatched by any other wildlife encounter in Africa.
Mountain gorillas are one of two subspecies of eastern gorillas that are classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List because they cannot thrive outside of their natural habitats. Only two large rain forests jungles in east and central Africa—specifically, in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo—support mountain gorilla populations. With approximately 480 gorillas, almost about half of the world’s remaining gorilla population which is 1060, Uganda is perhaps the greatest place to take gorilla fans for the ultimate rainforest jungle experience. You must be eager to get your hands filthy if you opt to go gorilla trekking in Uganda over other destinations.
You will also have the chance to witness other primates, such as red-tailed monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons, and black and white colobus monkeys, in addition to gorillas. Also, there are 120 mammals, 51 reptiles, 310 butterfly species, 27 frog, gecko, and chameleon species, 163 tree species, 104 fern species, 1000 flowering plants, and more than 350 kinds of birds in this forest.
Embarkation for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on Day 1
After an early breakfast at 7:00am, you will be picked up by our guide from the airport in Entebbe or your accommodation in either Kampala, or Kigali. Before you travel to Bwindi Impenetrable, which is located in the southwest of Uganda, you will receive a briefing on the entire safari. You will stop by a town that makes drums and other crafts nearby on the route called (Mpambire).After that, make a photo stop at the Equator and feel free to shop for crafts and mementos before continuing on to Mbarara town, where your lunch will be served. Afterwards, continue to Bwindi, where you will eventually reach in the late afternoon. Check in at the lodge and unwind afterwards then have a dinner.
There are several lodge options, including the luxurious Mahogany Springs, the midrange Gorilla Mist Camp, the luxury Chameleon Hill, the budget Silverback Lodge, and the budget Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp/Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Budget).
After a leisurely breakfast, proceed to the park headquarters where you will be divided into groups of eight and given a briefing by park rangers on what to do and what not to do while in the park. When instructed by the rangers continue and begin gorilla trekking with these gentle giants. Seeing the mountain gorillas eat, play, and go about their daily lives is a remarkable and magnificent experience. Due to the location and movement of the gorillas, this activity may take 2 hours or even up to 8 hours. Expect to walk a lot of distances through steep and muddy terrain as well; this will require you to have a walking stick. You will spend an hour with the gorillas when you first meet them, take pictures. After return to the lodge, and in the evening, you can pick between unwinding there or visiting the Batwa community, where you will be exposed to their culture through the way they live, dance, and hear stories about it that will astound you. After dinner, stay the night.
There are several lodging options, including the luxurious Mahogany Springs, the midrange Gorilla Mist Camp, the luxury Chameleon Hill, the budget Silverback Lodge, and the budget Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp/Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Budget)
Enjoy an early breakfast, check out of the “Switzerland of Uganda,” and then begin your journey back to Kampala via terraced undulating hills. You’ll also enjoy seeing the rich foliage of the many places you’ll pass through. Have lunch in Mbarara before continuing on to Mpambire Drum Makers Point. Continue to Kampala and arrive there in the late afternoon after purchasing several of these drums. The tour guide will deliver you to your hotel or to the airport in time for your return flight.
Additional details about the park and this 3-day gorilla safari in Uganda.
Bwindi is one of Uganda’s most thrilling national parks, and you must visit it when on a safari there. On the basis of the remaining population in the globe, it is renowned for being the home to several mountain gorillas. There are currently about 750 gorillas left, with half of them living in Bwindi. Although they are rarely observed, other primates like chimpanzees are also present here. The same thing happens to other animal species, including antelopes and forest elephants. The park is situated in southwest Uganda, close to the Western Rift Valley’s escarpment.
When you have the chance to stroll through this forest, you will understand why it is called “Bwindi,” which translates to “darkness.” A magnificent creek runs through the forest, and as you hike into the dense forest, you’ll come across waterfalls as well. While physical fitness is not necessary for trekking, it is usually recommended because there are many steep slopes to climb when in search of these gentle giants. Nothing is more exhilarating and adventurous than going gorilla trekking, in my opinion.
In addition to the gorillas, visitors will also be able to witness other species in the park, including over 350 different bird species, tree species, butterfly species, and frog species, among others. If one is interested in gorilla habituation, each permit is $1500 per person. The cost of the gorilla trekking permit is $600 per person. Many people consider it a dream come true to go gorilla tracking in the magnificent Bwindi.
The Bwindi Birds
There are 350 different bird species in this area, although only 23 of them are native to the Albertine Rift, and another 14 are unknown to other Ugandan parks. Here, you can find a variety of birds, like the Collared Apalis, the Gorgeous Francolin, the African Broadbill, and Cinnamon.
The Environment and Weather in Uganda for Gorilla Trekking
The Parks’ elevation varies, ranging from 1,190 meters to 2,607 meters above sea level. Nonetheless, more than 60% of the park is above 2000 meters above sea level. There are between 1,400mm and 1,900mm of yearly rainfall. Take note that March and April see the most precipitation.
The most exciting and fascinating element of a Ugandan safari is undoubtedly gorilla trekking (tracking) in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. And as a result, Sir Winston Churchill was right when he referred to Uganda as “the pearl of Africa.” Because of the nation’s political stability, gorillas can be found in any part of the park.
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