Have you thought about going for a Uganda gorilla safari? Well if you have, then grab your African wildlife safari shoes and follow me as I take you on a 4 days Uganda gorilla safari that will give you more than just gorilla tracking in Uganda but even so much more within the same destination.
Have an insight of what awaits you on this gorilla tour uganda
Here is an overview of this fascinating 4-days Uganda gorilla trekking safari that avails you with a once in a life time opportunity to engage in a myriad of activities in the tropical paradise of Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is listed as one of the UNESCO heritage sites given its rich wildlife bio diversity that comprises numerous attractions that call Bwindi Impenetrable National Park their home and these include over 400 Mountain Gorillas that call this national park home.
What else do you find in Bwindi?
120 other mammal species including primates like chimpanzees, monkeys and baboons, 350 bird species of which 23 species are endemic to the Albertine rift, 220 butterflies species, 27 species of lizards, geckos and chameleon, 163 tree species and 104 species of fern. There are also the Batwa people or commonly referred to as pygmies living in communities adjacent to the park.
Have you ever seen a gorilla family?
This experiential Uganda safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park gives a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the elusive mountain gorillas in their natural environment as its home 16 gorilla families that have been habituated to human presence hence making it possible for you to get a thrilling encounter with any of these gorilla families which can be found in any of the four park sectors of Ruhija with 3 families which are; Orozogo, Bitukura and Kyaguliro. In Buhoma sector there are 4 families which are Habibanja, Rushegura, Mubare and Katwe. Rushaga sector has 6 families which are Nshongi, Bweza, Kahugye, Busigye, Mishaya and Bikiyingi. In Nkuringo sector there are 3 families which are Nkuringo family, Bishaho family and Christmas family.
Other enticing activities on this safari Uganda.
Other interesting encounters while on 4-day safari in Uganda include a Uganda cultural safari experience with perhaps the earliest inhabitants of east Africa the Batwa people who have lived in the jungles of Bwindi for over 6000years living side by side other inhabitants of the jungle, you will also take a leisure walk through the well maintained nature trails and these will give you and exclusive preview of what makes Bwindi impenetrable national park a tropical gem of the world as you will see various bird species and the various plant life in this forest as well.
Highlights of the 4 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari
This gorilla tour in Uganda is highlighted by a thrilling tour to Uganda road adventure to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest that lasts about 10 hours of pure joy as its loaded with numerous eye-catching stopovers and amusing roadside sights that will keep your eyes entertained for the entire journey. On the second day of a gorilla safari in Uganda, ready yourself for a the truly magical Uganda gorilla tour experience as you get to track these remarkable giants in their natural dwellings and get to see how they go about their daily lives, enjoy a relaxed evening nature stroll that gets in point blank range with the entire eco system of Bwindi impenetrable forest. Day 3 kicks off with any birders joy which is a really fulfilling birding experience that will leave you really satisfied by how magnificent and truly remarkable the Bwindi jungle is gifted with a myriad of bird species. In the afternoon enjoy a cultural eye opener as you get to meet perhaps the earliest inhabitants of the east African lands the Batwa people who give you in depth understanding of how they managed to co-exist in the jungles of Bwindi side by side with the giant beasts that shared this forest with the Batwa.
Detailed itinerary of the 4 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari
Day 1 of the 4-day Uganda gorilla tour.
On the first day of the incredible 4-day gorilla tour Uganda involves transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the Kampala- Masaka -Mbarara- Kanungu highway. Although this journey is seemingly long as it lasts for about 10 hours of drive, its loaded with a multitude of experience that makes it worth your while and these include a stopover at the latitude 0o or the equator line and have the equator experience which involves an experiment about the difference in the direction of water movement in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Take time off to stand in 2 completely different halves of the world at the same time and place and capture this amazing moment by taking loads of pictures to keep you reminded about this experience forever which is only possible while taking a safari to Uganda. Proceed with your journey through the great wetlands of Lwera and feel the soothing air that blows over your skin while enjoying your incredible journey on a safaris Uganda. Your next stop over will in Mbarara for a sumptuous lunch in Igongo Cultural Center where you will feast on an African buffet that has been carefully crafted to give you a fine dining experience on a truly African meal. If you don’t mind trying out new cuisines, please ask for a local delicacy called “eshabwe” that is revered as the best local stew in that part of Uganda. After this lunch break, you will now make your way to the final destination which is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park passing through the spectacular giant rolling bare rocks of Kigezi that will encounter as you draw close to Kanungu. You finally make it to your lodge where you will receive a heart-warming welcome from the friendly Ugandan staff that will usher you into your room. Refresh in the amazingly large bathroom with both hot and cold water to reinvigorate your spirits have you fully comfortable, relax in the lodge’s warm and cozy lounge area as you wait for dinner to be served.
Depending on the budget size of your Uganda gorilla trip, you are definitely catered for as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park comes with a wide range of lodging options to fit your budget size. Find more about lodging options at the end of the itinerary.
Day 2 of the 4-days Uganda gorilla trekking safari.
The second day of the Bwindi gorilla trekking safari tour Uganda begins with sounds of nature made by melodious twittering of birds that sing their hearts off to the new day dawn and this is interluded with interjections of other sound calls made by other animals that call this natural paradise home. Make your way to the dining area and enjoy an early morning cup of steamed truly Ugandan coffee served with amazingly freshly baked Ugandan confectionaries.
Kick start on an intriguing gorilla safari Uganda process.
After this belly feeling breakfast, you will be transferred to the park center with your packed lunch, while here you will undergo a Uganda gorilla trekking process briefing that only lasts for about 30 minutes. After this briefing, you will be grouped into groups of not more than 8 individuals and get assigned to track a particular gorilla family within that region. Now embark on a memorable Uganda gorilla safari experience led by a trained park ranger.
Meet the members of a gorilla family
On meeting the gorilla family, you are privileged to have an hour to immerse yourself with observing these shy mountain giants as they carry on with their daily routines which involve nurturing their young ones, feeding, and playing especially the young ones who might even forget all about the distance rule that is supposed to be observed between you and the gorillas as they will franternise with you so as to incorporate you in their plays. Please don’t forget to move along with a camera so as to forever immortalize this experience by capturing quite a number of pictures while this thrilling meet and greet between you and our closest animal cousins lasts. After the lapse of the one-hour memorable encounter with the gorillas, the park guide will call draw this meeting to a close and you will now embark on a journey back to the starting point. On reaching the center, you will be engaged in an awarding ceremony where you be awarded with a Uganda gorilla trekking certificate for the efforts and contribution towards the entire conservation of these endangered species.
Don’t forget this exciting Uganda hiking safari experience here.
Next on the agenda now is to have your packed lunch, after which get ready for the next activity of the day which is having a leisure stroll in the park. You set out on one of the numerous nature walk trails that traverse this unique tropical paradise to enjoy a relaxed Uganda hiking safari experience. Along the way on this nature trail while on a Uganda safari tours expect to have an up-close and personal encounter with some of the forest dwellers like the numerous monkey species such as the black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, L’hoest monkeys. If you are a botanist, Bwindi offers you a myriad of plant species with about 163 tree species and 104 species of fern that you can best observe as you stroll this vast tropical gem on a leisure nature walk. This activity draws the curtains on the 2nd of the 4-day gorilla trekking tour in Uganda.
Day 3 of a 4-days Uganda gorilla tour.
The truly awesome Uganda birding safari session
The 3rd day of this gorilla trekking safari in Uganda kicks off with another round of well thought out English breakfast. Breakfast is followed by any birder’s joy of unique Uganda birding safari session as you get to tick off numerous bird species you will sight on your bird species list of all birds in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to 370 bird species which include shelly’s crimson wing, grey crown crested crane the Rwenzori turaco, the Rwenzori apalis, African green broadbill, northern double collared sunbird. As you set off for this birding experience, please don’t forget to come along with a nice pair of binoculars which will enable you to zoom in and focus on some of these bird species that might be far away from your eye sight as they perch high in the Bwindi forest canopies. After about 4 complete hours of nothing else but pure birding joy, you will return to the lodge for a lunch break.
Ready yourself for a nothing else but an epic cultural adventure.
The next item on the agenda is an enchanting encounter with Batwa tribe and this begins with a transfer to the starting point of this Uganda cultural safari thriller where you will receive an emphatic welcome from the enchanted Batwa people. From here you will be given a guided tour about lives of the Batwa who have co-existed side by side with the wild dwellers of these forests for over 6 millennia. You will be given a lesson on how the Batwa live their lives with in forests for example methods of hunting, introduced to the Batwa’s jungle clinic which provided them with all herbs to treat their ailments, engage in a food preparation lesson with the Batwa women and if you don’t mind you can decide to enjoy a meal with them.
Day 4 of the 4-day gorilla trekking tour Uganda
The sweet pain to an end of an intriguing safaris Uganda.
Enjoy another round of an early morning breakfast with a freshly brewed cup of purely aromatic Ugandan coffee then pack up your bags and check out of the lodge. Strap yourself in for another ride back to Kampala or Entebbe which brings down the curtains to a what has been a truly revealing 4 days gorilla trekking tour Uganda.
Keeping true to the promise of more info about lodging options in Bwindi.
A traveler to Bwindi is easily spoilt for choice as there re numerous lodges one can choose to have their stay at but also can easily be influenced by the sector with gorilla trekking permits available for you to track these magical beings. s
A traveler on an up-market budget size should find comfort inn lodging in some of Bwindi’s finest luxury accommodation facilities
Mahongany Springs: offers you super and presidential suites that come with twin or double and triple beds to cater for a large family. To crown it up, the lodge has double glass windows to increase your view of the natural wonder and this also comes along with a private terrace for you and mosquito nets to keep these disturbing insects away from you. Come and enjoy a relaxed million-dollar view of this pristine jungle.
Gorilla Forest Camp: This lodge is equipped with 8 chalets that come with big queen size beds, a big bath tub and a private veranda. The camp also provides a lounge area for all guests to mingle. It has a dining area that comes with silver service and a small spar and bar.
Clouds Mountain Lodge: Clouds Mountain Lodge is found in the Nkuringo sector and this lodge offers you a one of a kind views of the 8 Virunga volcanoes while in Bwindi impenetrable forest which comes with 10 cottages, restaurant, bar lounging area and reading room. Enjoy a treat of luxury at clouds lodge given the
Buhoma Lodge: This lodge is located in the Buhoma sector, this lodge has 10 luxury chalets with en suite bathrooms with both hot and cold water and flushing toilets, an elevated lounge area, bar, dining facilities, free Wi-Fi, recharging facilities 3 pin UK plugs in the lounge area and mosquito nets to keep the bugs away.
Chameleon Hill Lodge: Located on the shores of lake Mutandara, Chameleon Hill Lodge comes with 10 private cottages that can accommodate 20 people, with 5 twin rooms. Each of these private cottages has distinct color to represent the surrounding background that truly reflects its name as a chameleon keeps on changing its colours to fit in its ever change surrounding.
Gorilla Safaris Lodge: This comes along with 16 en-suite cottages that are fully self-contained with both hot and cold running water, flushing toilets and solar lights and a private terrace. The cottage has a well-stocked bar and restaurant.
Clouds Mountain Lodge: Clouds Mountain Lodge is found in the Nkuringo sector and this lodge offers you a one of a kind views of the 8 Virunga volcanoes while in Bwindi impenetrable forest which comes with 10 cottages, restaurant, bar lounging area and reading room.
All these luxury lodges have mastered the art of availing high-quality services that come in luxurious cottages with unsuite facilities, private terraces, free wi-fii, lounge area, fire place, on-site dining areas, well trained and groomed staff that will always be at your service with a genuine and heartwarming smile.
Mid-range accommodation on a gorilla safari Uganda
There are also numerous mid-range facilities that will give equally high-quality services but at a relatively cheaper price than the luxury lodging options, hence saving quite a few backs on this tour Uganda, these include
Nkuringo Gorilla Camp: Located in the heart of the Nkuringo local community, Nkuringo gorilla camp is a warm place to stay while on your visit to Bwindi Impenetrable national park Uganda visit. The lodge offers 18 cottages that are fully self-contained and have been perfectly situated to give you the best view of the stunning Bwindi forest canopy
Gorilla Mist Camp: This is found in the Ruhija region which has 3 gorilla families, gorilla mist camp gives you a home away from home feeling given their ultimate care attended to their guests in their uniquely nestled lodge with impressive views of the wild jungle.
Icumbi Gorilla Lodge: The lodge offers 9 en suite cottages that are spacious hence giving you a lot of comfort as you settle in. Icumbi gorilla lodge offers a well-stocked bar, restaurant and dining services, evening camp fire, laundry services.
Volcanoes Bwindi lodge: This lodge has 8 bandas with each banda giving you a spectacular view of the magnificent Bwindi forest canopy. This still provides you with en suite bathrooms to each of the banda and also a private terrace for to sit on and wonder and this incredibly beautiful work of nature. Enjoy a nice meal from the onsite restaurant
Bakiga Lodge: Located within the Ruhija sector. Bakiga lodge comes with 8 spectacularly crafted cottages with en suites services and private terraces with spectacular views of the Bwindi jungles. Bakiga lodge has a great restaurant with delicious African foods that have been prepared with an exotic touch to meet the tastes of its esteemed guests. Other services here include solar power, bar services, lounge area and fire place.
Rushaga Gorilla Camp: Located in the Rushaga sector, This camp comes with 14 luxury tents and 12 standard cabins that have been exceptionally perched on a hill to give you that unique and amazing view of the Bwindi jungle as it sprawls from one hill to another. All these guest rooms come with en suite facilities and private terraces for you to sit on and marvel at this uniquely poised piece of nature’s work.
For those on a budget travel you still covered as you can lodge in facilities like Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Icumbi Gorilla Lodge and Rushaga Gorilla Camp in their standard rooms that are priced competitively to meet your budget size.