Gorilla trekking is ranked as one of the best and most amazing safari experiences in the whole world. So getting a chance to visit the rare and endangered mountain is such a lifetime and memorable experience. The 3 days self-guided gorilla safari to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park gives you a chance to witness this magical experience of spending a full hour with these amazing primates in their natural habitat. Uganda is home to over half of the world’s remaining total population in its Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, this makes Uganda the best and perfect gorilla trekking destination in Africa.
Day 1: Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Very early in the morning, the agent from Safari Car Rental Uganda Ltd will meet your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe to deliver your safari vehicle to you. you will work on the paperwork of the car, do the inspection of the car, and then you will have the chance to ask all questions you don’t understand before you sign the car rental contract. After signing the contract, the agent will ask to see your driving license/permit and identification card before he hands the car keys to you. after all that, you will be set to start your self-drive safari by driving southwestwards to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; Home of Mountain Gorillas, the journey that will take over 7-8hours to reach the park depending on the traffic and your driving pace.
You will have an en-route stopover at the Equator for photographs and then proceed to Mbarara town where you will have an en-route lunch and later you will continue with your journey through the wonderful rolling hills of Kigezi Highlands. You will arrive in the park late afternoon and check in to the lodge where you will have dinner and overnight
Accommodation options include; Kitandara Camps or Buhoma Community Rest Camp as you wait for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest
On the second day, the day of gorilla trekking, you will wake up very early in the morning and prepare for today’s incredible experience, have breakfast then have your packed lunch, bottled drinking water and then drive to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park headquarters where you will be briefed by the ranger guide on the best way to act while with the mountain gorillas in the jungle.
After the briefing, you will be grouped in groups of 8 people and each group of 8 will have to trek a different gorilla family, then, you will get back to your vehicle and drive to the starting point of the gorilla trekking. with the accompany of the ranger guide and an armed guard, you will enter the jungle and start the gorilla tracking process. The time you will take while tracking mountain gorillas is unpredictable and can go between 3-9 hours depending on the movement of mountain gorillas in their search for food and shelter. The tracking goes through steep rocks, climbing and down through slippery and muddy jungle grounds, hence making it tiresome. However, the amazing experience to encounter these amazing primates in their natural habitat erases the poor memories you experienced in trying to find them. You will stay with them for 1 hour for observation and photography as you ask the ranger guide all kinds of questions that will come to your mind. later you will decent back to your lodge for an evening retreat.
If the evening is free, you may go for a cultural walk in the nearby community of Batwa (Pygmies) where you will be entertained in some of the cultural dances of the community. later you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Depart back to Kampala.
After have an early morning breakfast at the lodge, you will hit the road and drive back to Kampala. Expect lots of games and picturesque viewing en route. Lunch in Mbarara and arrive in Kampala by late afternoon. you will either meet the car rental agent at the airport to pick the car in case your departure flight is scheduled on that day or he can meet you at the hotel and pick the vehicle from there. It’s your choice to choose where you want us to pick it from.
End of the Tour