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4 Days Bwindi Double Trek Gorilla Safari
These 4 Days Bwindi Double trek gorilla safari will usher you to Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and home to 459 gorillas, which is an increase from 400 as of the 2018 census. These 459 gorillas are categorized into 50 gorilla groups or families, of which only 21 are currently habituated for tourism. In some gorilla groups, you will find more than one silverback in which case it implies the other silver-backs had to submit to his leadership or break away and start their own families. The trip combines the spectacular views of the Volcanoes and the incredible tracking of the mountain gorillas. Visiting Bwindi gives you the opportunity to experience the African tropical rain forest and its inhabitants, who include the animals and the local people. You will also get a feel of the different communities and their cultures as well as the unending waving of hands and smiles from the children. You will have a visit to some crater lakes such as Mutanda or Mulehe, the Batwa, and have a memorable encounter with the endangered Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi also contains other species of animals with their numbers estimated at 310 butterflies, 200 trees, 51 reptiles, 88 months, 120 mammals, and 350 bird species. There are also several other primate species, such as chimpanzees, L’Hoest monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, vervet monkeys, and red tail monkeys.
- Gorilla trekking
- Community walks to visit (The Batwa pygmies, tea picking, local coffee processing, local gin brewing, visiting the traditional medicine man, a visit to Bwindi community hospital, and a visit to the women’s group, “Ride for a woman”)
- Buying local crafts
- Award of gorilla trekking certificates
Detailed Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Pick up from a hotel in Kampala or Entebbe near the airport, and drive to Bwindi.
Meet and greet our company representative at the hotel address after having your breakfast and head out to the biologically diverse and unique magnificent Bwindi impenetrable rainforest in southwestern Uganda, which has more than half the world population of mountain gorillas. You will have a stopover at the Equator along the Kampala/Masaka highway for photographs and souvenir shopping accompanied by an en-route lunch in Mbarara town. Proceed to Bwindi, the home of gorillas in Uganda. Have dinner and an overnight stay at any of the booked safari lodges.
Day 2: First Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Have an early breakfast and set out for mountain gorilla trekking in one of the four sectors (Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Nkuringo) of Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park by 7:30 am for briefing and eventual allocation of gorilla group to trek. Hike through the rainforest accompanied by a ranger guide and trackers, in search of the mountain gorilla family allocated for trekking. The walking can be challenging at times, but when you catch a glimpse of the humongous silverback with his family, any discomforts will quickly be forgotten. The lead guide keeps providing information about trees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife in the forest as you trek until you reach the gorilla family allocated for tracking. The gorillas are located in different parts across the forest and therefore, the time taken to find one group varies from a few minutes to several hours depending on the location and movement of the Gorillas. Once with the gorillas, you will be allowed to observe them for an hour. At the end of the trek, you will return to the park headquarters and information Centre to be awarded your trekking certificates. You will then meet the driver guide and transfer back to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.
Day 3: Second Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest (Experience a different gorilla group / another gorilla family from the previous day’s)
After an early breakfast and briefing at the briefing point, set out for the mountain gorilla tracking inside Bwindi Forest. You need to carry drinking water, packed lunch, and a rain jacket while the rangers will provide you with a walking stick. Continue your trekking activities while enjoying the biodiversity of the forest with photography until you arrive at the allocated group with which you will spend another one hour observing them and return to receive your trekking certificates. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Return back to your Hotel in Kampala / drop off at Entebbe airport. By road or domestic flight.
After breakfast, set out for another scenic journey through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills with terraced landscapes. Observe the systematic cultivation of the “Bakiga” tribe along the mountain slopes and enjoy the experience of what has been referred to as the Switzerland of Africa because of its cool nature. Along the way, break off for hot lunch, and proceed to Kampala, arriving late in the afternoon. Drop off at the hotel in Kampala / Entebbe airport for your departure flight.
- First gorilla trekking permits at Bwindi
- Second gorilla trekking permits
- Certificates after trekking
- Hot/packed lunches on transfer days
- Bottled water in car
- Professional guide/ driver allowance
- Ground transportation in a 4×4 safari car
- Accommodation for 3 nights
- All meals at the lodges
- Airport transfers (pick and drop off)
- International Air ticket and visa fees
- Beers and Wine (alcoholic drinks)
- Laundry expenses and craft shopping
- Travel insurance
- Pre and post-safari accommodation
When to book a gorilla trekking tour
It is usually advisable to book this trip 6 months in advance to allow us ample time to secure the gorilla permits.
Best time to do gorilla trekking in Bwindi
Bwindi is open for gorilla trekking all year long, but the best times to go are from June to August and December to February. At these times, the forest trails are drier and therefore less slippery. Also, your chance of a dry gorilla viewing experience is higher during these months.