Uganda - Uganda Gorilla Experience

Ugandan Gorilla

Uganda is a land of contrasts. In half a day you can drive from mist-shrouded volcanic mountains to hot hazy savannah, dappled with wildlife. Serene undulating hills of tea plantations, lush but ordered, give way to tangled jungle and rainforest with the musical accompaniment of chaotic, cacophonous birdlife.

 

Uganda is alive with these contrasts: The tiniest sunbirds, iridescent in the morning light, the massive lumbering yet silent elephant, disappearing like a vapour behind the trees, the chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, the lugubrious gorilla, chewing thoughtfully in the bamboo thicket. There’s the Nile, twisting its way north like a shimmering ribbon, through arid semi-desert scattered about with rocky kopjes. Snow capped peaks, tropical, sandy, freshwater beaches, and smiling faces everywhere.

 

It’s all here, a feast for all the senses. Let us show you the Uganda we know and love. This is Africa the way it should be!

Sample Itinerary

Day 1:

  • On your arrival at the Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala.
  • Emin Pasha Hotel is set in 2 acres of leafy landscaped gardens. Centrally located and within walking distance of Kampala’s business district, it is amazingly tranquil and peaceful. The Hotel is in a lovingly restored old colonial building and features 20 bedrooms, swimming pool, massage rooms.

Fez Brasserie and Wine Bar offers eclectic cuisine and a selection of South African’s finest wines. Other amenities include a small library and two private lounges. Overnight at Emin Pasha Hotel.

DAY 2:

  • After breakfast you will depart by road for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will have a short stop at the Equator for a morning cup of coffee or tea, as well as an informative talk. You will continue stopping for lunch in one of the towns along the way (either Mbarara or Kabale) and then continue through Uganda’s rolling green hills also known as the ‘Switzerland of Uganda’. Your road will then head even higher to where you can see the triangular peaks of the Virunga Volcanoes of Rwanda and the Congo. We then drop down into a valley, to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home of the mountain gorilla.
  • Tonight you will sleep in Gorilla Forest Camp. This is the most attractive and comfortable in the park. The Camp offers 8 tented rooms all with private balconies – the setting is breathtaking. It has recently been renovated and has good bathrooms with flush toilets, a shower, dressing area and separate bath, all of which are ensuite. The meals are served from a set menu. Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp.

DAY 3:

  • Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Before 8:00 am report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers; the guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas.

(This trek can take from half an hour to 5 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes) Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left!

  • We must stress that, while you have a very good chance of seeing gorillas, success is NOT guaranteed. They are wild creatures with no fixed routine, and finding them requires the skill and experience of your tracker sand guides, as well as luck.

The trackers and guides have helped to habituate the gorilla groups and know them intimately. They will take you to the area where they left the gorillas the day before. Before leaving they may be able to suggest how long the hike might be. You will be accompanied by armed guards which guarantee your safety in an area where wild buffaloes are sighted. While walking, please feel free to ask guides to slow down if they are going too fast and if you need a rest. There is the additional option to hire porters on site.

  • Should you have the energy this afternoon, take a guided walk on the Munyaga River trail which is an ideal short walk. This trail leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls and there is a profusion of tree ferns, epithytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies along the way to see. You will also see lots of different bird species and primates from the forest edge.

OR

  • If you have the afternoon free, how about a guided village walk – see how the Ugandans live, visit a local bar and meet the local medicine man!
  • Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp

DAY 4:

  • After a morning breakfast, you will return back to Kampala, This drive takes approximately 9-10 hours. You will stop along the way for Lunch arriving late in the afternoon where your safari guide will take you to Entebbe International airport for your outbound flight.
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