The name Bwindi refers to "Impenetrable" in a local Bantu dialect! This gives a full description of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The Forest N.P. was first gazetted as a Forest Reserve in 1942 and graduated into a National Park in 1992.The park later ascended to a platform of a World Heritage Site in December 1994 because of the diversity of wildlife that it harbors. Bwindi covers a total area of 327sqkms of a rugged landscape which are basically thick forested highlands. The longevity of the Bwindi forest that spans over 25,000yrs explains the collection of a litany of wildlife species such as 310 species of butterflies, 51 reptiles, 200 tree species, 88 moths and a remarkable 120 mammal species including 10 man-like (primate) species. Among the ape-residents are Chimpanzees, L' Hoest's, red tailed and blue monkeys, black & white colobus monkeys, baboons and the highlight of the primate-world "The Great Mountain Gorillas"!!
Bwindi is home to more than half of the remaining Mountain Gorillas on planet earth! Avid birdwatchers and ornithologists love exploring the diversity of birdlife that Bwindi supports. There are 350 recorded bird species most of which are Albertine Rift endemics thus not seen in other parts of East Africa.
Kampala - Bwindi Forest
At 0600hrs, meet and assist at your residence in Kampala or Entebbe. Get on board and undergo your safari briefing. Get on board and join your driver/guide to start journeying heading westwards. The initial stop will be at The Equator Point for photo-opportunity and a water demonstration that vividly shows the wonders of being in the center of the planet. Continue with journey and break for lunch in Mbarara Town. After lunch proceed with drive and follow snaking routes of the popular Kigezi Highlands also known as "Switzerland of Africa"! As you access Bwindi Forest, savor the freshness of the forest-breeze and marvel at the hill scraping the clouds. Check-in at your reserved lodging facility for dinner and bed.
Day to Track Gorillas
As the day unveils the freshness and nature rhythms of the Bwindi Forest, wake-up, have an early breakfast, pack lunch and attend briefing by the head-ranger. Get hold of your walking-stick and rally behind your-allocated ranger-guide and follow the path of evolution as you track one of man's closest relatives. Bwindi Forest is a unique and dramatic forest that supports abundant wildlife. The highlight above all the gentle-great apes. Follow rules and regulations as the guide leads the way to the gorilla sanctuary. Once you get to where the gorillas are, keep calm and water them play, feed and swing from one branch to another. In the kingdom of the Mt. Gorillas, avoid camera flash, getting close to them and making noise. Maximum time allowed with them is strictly One Hour after which the ranger shall ask you to leave/begin your ascent and descent back to the base. Upon return, you will receive your tracking certificate. Return to your lodging facility with the great memories of the time spent with the Mt. Gorillas.
A misty and chilly morning, wake-up to watch the sunrise as it squeezes through the clouds. Exploit your last moments in the dominion of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. After breakfast, bid farewell and join your driver-guide on a long-picturesque drive with a break for lunch en-route back to Kampala or Entebbe.
1. Road Transport throughout the trip.
2. A gorilla tracking permit.
3. Meals on Full Board basis.
4. English-speaking driver/guide.
5. A litter of bottled water per day.
6. Accommodation in Bwindi as per the choice above.
1. Visas/Entry Permit for Uganda if required.
2. Pre & Post Tour Accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe
3. Personal Insurance Covers.
4. Tips, Beverages and Souvenirs
5. All items of personal nature