Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the largest areas in East Africa which still has Afromontane lowland forest extending to well within the montane forest belt.
The forest covers 327km2 and it’s located on the eastern edge of the Albertine Rift Valley which is believed to be a Pleistocene refugium. It is a biodiversity hotspot with possibly the greatest number of tree species for its altitude in East Africa. It is also host to a rich fauna including a number of endemic butterflies and one of the richest mammalian assemblages in Africa. Home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, the park also provides shelter for several monkey species, baboons, chimps, elephants, antelopes and 350 species of birds. The park can be accessed from Buhoma in the north and Nkuringo in the south.
Day 1: Depart Kampala for Bwindi
Depart from Kampala in the early hours and drive towards the western part of Uganda. Have a brief stop over at the Equator and experience weight changes at both hemispheres. Time permiting; take photographs and refreshments as well. The journey affords images from the vehicle of the long horned Ankole cattle, vegetation, the rolling hills and terraced landscapes of the region, plus the beautiful panoramas. Stop for a lunch break en route in Mbarara. Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable forest and arrive late in the evening. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge or Buhoma Rest Camp (HB)
Day 2: trekking Mountain Gorillas
After breakfast continue for a briefing at the park headquarters where after you depart with picnic lunch boxes to start a 30 minutes – 8 hours trek to find the Mountain gorillas. The tracking starts at the area where the gorillas were the previous day. After a full hour with the gorillas, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Dinner and Overnight at Buhoma Lodge or Buhoma Rest Camp (FB)
Day 3: Bwindi – Kampala
After breakfast, transfer to Mbarara arriving in time for lunch at the Igongo Cultural Centre. There after; drive back to Kampala.
End of the Gorilla Safari