3 days Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park
This 3 days tour gives you an opportunity to encounter the giant apes in Bwindi National Park. It is one of Africa’s most poignant wildlife experiences.
You will meet your drive guide on this morning and embark on your gorilla trekking adventure. You will have a check in at the border between Rwanda and Uganda before we proceed to the lodge. Meals and accommodation at the lodge. Luxury – Bwindi Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Mid-range – Haven, Lake mutanda Resort Budget – Buhoma community rest camp.
Day two starts with an early morning breakfast and a trekking brief from the Uganda Wildlife Authority guide. On arrival at the briefing place, you will be welcomed and given seats until the time of briefing as your driver-guide registers you with the ranger on duty to be allocated for a gorilla family. You will then meet your ranger guide and set off to the forest.
Forest covers an area of about 206 square miles (331 square km) at the southwestern edge of the western Rift Valley a UNESCO World Heritage site. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to over half of the total world population of mountain gorillas. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest ecosystem is exceptionally high in biodiversity, with rich flora and fauna species.
This lush forested area also hosts some of the richest trees, small mammals, birds, butterflies, reptilian, and moth populations. As the name suggests, it is challenging to navigate the tangled forest, slippery valleys, and high ridges, which makes this trek much more rewarding once you encounter these gentle primates.
You will spend one hour watching them feed, groom and interact with each other. You will get to hear the gorillas communicating with one another and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant adult male gorillas, called Silverbacks. You will also witness the young gorillas at play. Later, you will drive back to the lodge. Budget-Lake Mulehe Mid-range- Birdnest Lodge, Arcadia Resort
Gorilla trekking tips: wear long trousers and long-sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest to avoid insect stings, Waterproof walking shoes or hiking boots, gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants, carry enough water, and a camera. Eating, drinking, and smoking near the gorillas are forbidden. Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash.
Lake Bunyonyi (place of many little birds) is believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa with its deepest end approximately 900m. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of 2,200-2,478m, but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical.
The most prominent of these include the Akampene Island also known as the punishment island. Before the 1940s, getting pregnant before marriage was a taboo thing in the local culture, unfortunately, girls who did fall pregnant before marriage would be canoed to this very small island where they would either starve to death or die while trying to swim ashore. After breakfast, you will go for a boat ride.
Imagine sailing on the calm waters of Africa’s second deepest lake. It’s such a memorable experience. Later you will drive back to Kigali.
PACKAGE COST PER PERSON SHARING:
$1512 per person including a gorilla permit of $700
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