Uganda is one of the only three countries that are famous for its Gorillas, Looking into the gentle and familiar eyes of the gentle giants, is such an exceptional experience. On this safari you will trek the gentle giants, as you marvel at the stunning mist-shrouded mountain scenery of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you will couple this magical experience with a big game safari in the tranquil Ishasha sector the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National park that is famous for its tree-climbing lions.
Day 1: ARRIVAL ENTEBBE Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda and after all the formalities, you shall be welcomed by our safari guide, who will then drive you to your hotel for an overnight.
Day 2: FLY TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the Airport and then fly to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Upon arrival at the Airstrip, you will meet with your guide and then proceed for an en route game drive in Ishasha sector the home of tree climbing lions, here you will have a brief game drive in search of tree climbing lions and then continue to lodge in Bwindi National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - home to the endangered mountain gorillas 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 rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species including Blue-throated Broadbill, bar-tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species. Once you have settled in and time allowing, you may choose to go for some optional activities such as: Visit to the Batwa pygmy community - Bwindi forest was also home to the Batwa pygmies. These indigenous people were the original dwellers of the ancient forest and were known as the ‘keepers of the forest’. The Batwa lived in harmony with the forest and survived by hunting small game using bows and arrows and gathering plants for both food and medicinal purposes. Take a walk to the nearby local communities, interact with them as they get to share with you their cultural experiences, traditions and way of life Retire to the lodge for an overnight as you will require enough rest for the following day’s activity.
Day 3: GORILLA TREKKING After an early morning breakfast, you will transfer to the park headquarters and meet with excellent local ranger guides and trackers who will brief you about the etiquette of gorilla trekking. Thereafter head off to the forest for Gorilla trekking in the company of an experienced ranger who will tell you interesting facts about flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. Trekking the Mountain Gorilla is one of the most exciting wildlife experiences, although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery makes the trekking worthwhile. The trek will take between 2 and 6 hours, but is well worth the effort. As an alternative to gorilla trekking, you could choose to take a guided forest walk in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A forest walk in Bwindi rewards the travelers with an exclusive feeling of a natural virgin forest, sweet melodies of birds singing up in the trees as well a close encounter with wild animals such as baboons, vervet monkeys, L’Hoest’s Guenon, duickers, giant forest hogs and bush pigs among others.
Day 4: FLY BACK TO ENTEBBE AND DEPART After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Airstrip and then fly back to Entebbe. Along the way, you will enjoy the beautiful aerial view of south western Uganda, the hills and thick vegetation as well the terraces. Later on, you will arrive at the Airport and take your flight back home.