The misty Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to more than half of the world’s remaining 720 Mountain Gorillas, is visited on a Gorilla Tracking and Kibale Chimps Trek safari. The most enthralling experience in this forest is tracking gorillas. As you watch these majestic apes feed, play, and relax up close, you will have an unforgettable experience. This tour will conclude with a visit to Kibale National Park, where you will go on a nature walk to see rare monkey and bird species.
Day 1: Fly to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda (490 Kms) After an early breakfast, we depart from Kampala and travel westwards to Bwindi for approximately 9-10 hours on our Gorilla Tracking and Kibale Chimps Trek safari. You’ll stop for a photo opportunity at the Equator, where you’ll be able to stand in both hemispheres at the same time. The journey will continue through the beautiful verdant rolling hills that characterize this part of the country. You will stop for lunch in Mbarara before continuing to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, where you will arrive late in the afternoon.
Day 2: Trekking with the gorillas and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi You’ll have an early morning breakfast before heading to the Park headquarters at 7:45 a.m. for a briefing on gorilla trekking rules with other trackers. To find the gorillas, you’ll have to trek through thickets and undergrowth with your guides, which can take anywhere from 1 to 8 hours. The densely forested landscape is crisscrossed by numerous animal trails that provide access to tourists. Once the gorillas have been located, you will have one hour to spend with them before being transferred to Lake Bunyonyi. The journey will take you through a beautiful part of the country known as the “Switzerland of Africa” due to its unique cool climate despite its proximity to the Equator. This lake is said to be one of western Uganda’s most beautiful spots. It is Africa’s second deepest lake [900 meters] and one of the few places in the country where swimming is considered safe due to the absence of bilharzias. We’ll be staying there for dinner and the night.
Day 3: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park and a walk through Bigodi Swamp After breakfast, you will go on a boat ride around the lake, visiting various islands, before transferring to Kibale Forest National Park in the afternoon. On the way to Kibale National Park, you’ll be able to see the legendary “Mountains of the Moon,” which you’ll be able to see clearly on the road to Fort Portal. After lunch in Fort Portal, you’ll travel to Kibale National Park to see the Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site, where you can see unusual plants and rare bird species like the Great Blue Turacco, Little Bulbul, Rwenzori Turaco, and Narina Trogon, among others. Kibale Forest Lodge will be our home for dinner and the night.
Day 4: Tracking chimps and travel to Kampala After breakfast, you’ll travel to Kibale Forest to see the primates. The activity starts at 8:00 a.m. with a briefing on how to track chimps in the forest, followed by a search for them in the forest. Other primates such as Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Phoestes, Red-Colobus, and Blue tailed and Red-tailed monkeys swinging in the braches of this thick forest are seen during the half-day exercise. To ensure that the trek is not only enjoyable but also educational, your guide will provide you with informative briefings on the lifestyles of the primates you will encounter, as well as on the plants, insects, and butterflies found in this forest. After lunch, you’ll return to the lodge before departing for Kampala, where you’ll arrive late in the afternoon.