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When gorilla trekking, your day usually starts early, as you’ll need to travel to the park headquarters at either Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. If you’re on a gorilla safari in Rwanda, you’ll only find out which family you’re going to see on the morning of your trek. On the Ugandan side, your permit will be have been booked in advance to see a specific gorilla family, so you can prepare a little better for the safari.
The thick vegetation and slippery mud in the forests can be hazardous. You should wear strong walking shoes, thick jeans, long-sleeved tops and gloves to protect your skin against the aptly named blister bush, which causes severe blisters. You should also be prepared for rain at any stage, so have waterproofs ready and a case for your camera. Higher-end lodges will provide you with a gorilla-trekking kit, but others will just get you to the park headquarters. Check in advance what you need to pack.
Your rangers and trackers will lead you to where the gorilla family was last noted the day before. However, there’s no way of knowing how long you’ll have to trek to get to the primates, and they could be on the move. Be prepared for quite a hike to get to them and to keep up with them when you do! After each day of gorilla trekking you’ll generally get back to your lodge in the early afternoon, in time for a late lunch.
It’s well worth combining a mountain gorilla safari with a visit to see chimpanzees. The best place for chimps is in Kibale Forest in Uganda, where you can spend an hour or a full day with habituated families. It’s preferable to visit the chimps in the afternoon when they’re likely to be closer to the ground; earlier in the day they feed in the forest canopy.
Your transfer vehicle will meet you at Entebbe International Airport and drive you to your guesthouse. Enjoy your evening at The Boma Guesthouse, Entebbe, with breakfast included
This morning you’ll leave the Boma Guesthouse and head to the Kibale Forest area. The six to seven-hour journey goes via the rural towns of Mityana, Mubende and Kwenjojo and Fort Portal through an attractive landscape of rolling hills with tea plantations and the Rwenzori Mountain chain on the background. You will enjoy a packed picnic lunch en route. Spend the evening at the Primate Lodge Kibale, with your meals included
After an early cup of coffee, you’ll accompany Kibale’s researchers and habituation into the Kibale Forest National Park as they follow chimpanzee families during their daily activities, getting them used to human presence without altering their natural behaviour. Once among the chimps, spend about an hour observing and following them.
Afternoon at leisure.Overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale, with your meals included.
Note: No persons under the age of 15 years will be allowed on chimp habituation.
After breakfast at Primate Lodge Kibale, you’ll leave the Kibale Forest at a leisurely pace via the crater lakes to Kasese, the second most populous centre in western Uganda. The road passes through fertile agricultural land and follows the lower slopes of one of Africa’s largest mountain ranges – the Rwenzori Mountains. From Kasese, you’ll cross the equator as the road passes through the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Uganda Kob antelope are abundant and you may be able to see elephant or buffalo in the distance. After lunch, continue your game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park as well as a cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Spend the night at the Ishasha Wilderness Camp, with your meals and drinks included.
Today you’ll explore the prime game viewing area of western Uganda. A network of tracks allows you to find elephant, buffalo and other animals in the grassland thickets that cover the north Kazinga area near the Mweya Peninsula. Lions and other big cats are most reliably sighted on the typical open East Africa savannah Kasenyi Plain, east of the Kasese/Mbarara highway. This area is known as the main breeding ground of the Uganda kob, the main source of food for lion prides in the area. The 32- kilometre Kazinga Channel is a dominant feature of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and links Lake George with Lake Edward.
Enjoy a game drive in the Ishasha plains, which are well known for their tree-climbing lion population. From there you’ll leave the park via an 80-kilometre dirt road (two to three hours, depending on road conditions) to Buhoma. On this scenic drive, the typical East Africa savannah plains will be left behind as you climb through rolling hills and terraced fields more characteristic of Central Africa. By mid-afternoon or early evening, you’ll arrive at the small settlement of Buhoma – the base for your gorilla trek in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Spend two nights at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, with meals and drinks included
From Queen Elizabeth National Park, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Buhoma Lodge, situated on the slopes of the Forest of Bwindi offering uninterrupted views of the pristine forest canopy will be your home for three nights with all your meals included.
Visit the Community project at Ishasha Village. Here the local people will allow you to enjoy some time in their homesteads as well as some of the crops and curious they produce. However, other activities you’ll enjoy include forest walks, visits to a local school, orphanage or Batwa pygmy village and curio shopping. Spot over 120 mammals, 345 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies and 160 species of trees in Bwindi National Park, located in the southwestern Uganda on the edge of Great Rift Valley.
Today provides the rare opportuity to meet mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat.
Experienced guides and trackers will accompany you on an early morning trek through dense rain forests on the mountain slopes. Gorilla tracking may be fairly strenuous with treks ranging from two to six hours or longer at high altitudes through thick vegetation up steep slopes.
Apart from trekking, enjoy other activities in the area such as a forest walk, a visit to a local school/orphanage or Batwa pygmy village as well as curio shopping. Forest walks and village community walks are optional. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge with all your meals included.
Following Day after you breakfast you shall be transferred to Entebbe for your return flight home. A day room has been reserved for you at Sheraton Hotel.