3 days Bwindi Gorilla Trek
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in south western Uganda, on the edge of the western Rift Valley (Albertine rift) and is shared by Kisoro, Kabale and Kanungu districts. The park covers an area of over 330 sq kms with an altitude range of 1,160 metres to 2607 metres.
This forest park was originally gazetted in 1932 as Kasatoro Crown Forest (South Sector, 181km²) and kayonza Crown Forest (North Sector, 26km²). In 1942, the two forests were combined and additional forest added to establish the Impenetrable Crown Forest (324km²). In 1961, two Forest reserves bordered the impenetrable Forest; the Bikingi Local Forest Reserve (7.6km²) in the south sector and the Ishasha local forest reserve (13.8km²) in the northern sector. In 1966, these were incorporated into the Impenetrable Central Forest reserve (320km²). The impenetrable was gazetted as an Animal Sanctuary in 1961 and as a National park in 1991.
This park is home to over 350 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 200 species of trees and 120 species of mammals that include about 440 Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei) which is roughly half of the estimated population of 720 left in the world; there are also chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), Elephants (loxodanta Africana), Blue Monkey (Cercopithecus ascanius), Olive Baboon (Papio anubis) Black and white colobus (Colobus guereza), L’hoesti Monkey (Cercopithecus l’hoesti), the needle clawed Galago (Galagoinustus) and the Potto (Perodictus potto).
Detailed Trip Itinerary: TEA U – G3:
3 days (2 nights) Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Trek in Uganda.
Day 1: Kampala – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Set off by 7:30 am for Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park. The drive is long but enjoyable with a stop over at the Equator and for lunch enroute
After lunch drive on to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Bwindi Forest not only offers dramatic steeply forested landscape but is also incredibly dense though crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists.
Over night stay (subject to family to be tracked)
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Tour in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Early breakfast then report at the UWA information office where you will be fully briefed on the do’s and don’ts while in the forest. With your packed lunch set off with your guide (s) for the adventure.
The track may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 7 hours but from the time the first Gorilla or Gorilla family is spotted, you are only allowed to spend a maximum of one hour with them as they go about their activities. The experience of observing these endangered gentle giants is a humbling and exciting adventure.
Return to your camp/ lodge from where you will relive those special moments with friends over a drink. Over night stay
Day 3: Bwindi Forest Kampala Drive
After early breakfast, start the drive back to Kampala with a stop over for lunch enroute and other places of interest like souvenir selling points along the highway. Arrive Kampala late afternoon / early evening.
Places To Stay:
Silver back Lodge
Gorilla Forest Camp
Clouds Mountain Lodge
Gorilla Safari Lodge
Ruhija Gorilla Lodge.