Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain-forests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this impenetrable forest also protects an estimated of 320 mountain gorillas, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.
This region also provides shelter to more than 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
The neighboring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls and guiding services; providing an immense opportunity to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa cultures through performances, workshops and village walks.
Day 1: Kampala-Bwindi National park
Early in the morning after breakfast, you will be briefed and picked from your residence by our tour guide. Will then drive or fly to Bwindi national park which is located in south-western part of Uganda along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. It’s a home to various species, including over 214 species of birds and 120 species of mammals. It’s also a home to the worldly know mountain gorillas and some other endangered species like the L’Hoest’s monkey, African elephant, African green broadbill, Grauer’s rush warbler, Chaplin’s flycatcher, African giant swallowtail among others. It covers an area of 331 square Kilometres. Lunch will be en-route. Arrive in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Day 2: Gorilla tracking
Wake up call, breakfast and dress for the jungle. You will be briefed and later begin your trek which takes 2-10 hours depending on the movements of these shy giants. Other animals and birds might be spotted too while tracking gorillas. You might spot L’hoest’s monkey, African elephant, birds like the African green broadbill, Grauer’s rush warbler, Chaplin’s flycatcher, African giant swallowtail among others. You will enjoy your packed lunch in the forest. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.