From its source in Lake Victoria, the River Nile crosses the Rift Valley to give Uganda a dazzling range of unique habitats. Uganda’s resulting beauty, natural wonders and biodiversity have impressed generations of travelers. Visitors return for Uganda’s welcoming people and temperate climate. Uganda’s most coveted natural attractions include the endangered Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzees and over 1,000 species of birds. Uganda’s diverse habitats have. A comparatively small country, Uganda has won many accolades including Lonely Planet number one destination to visit in 2012.
After arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative after passing through immigration procedures. The guide will drive you to your hotel. Overnight Lake Victoria View Guest House
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast
Today wake up early morning, have breakfast and then your guide will drive you to Bwindi Impenetrable National park.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 350 wild Mountain Gorillas that make up just over half of the world population of these gentle apes. Bwindi bird watching is highly recommended by the African Bird Club. On arrival to Bwindi, check-in to your Hotel. Overnight at Traveler Rest Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 8 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes.
The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.
In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas.
Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base. After the tracking if time permits, you will visit the Batwa. The Batwa “pygmy” tribe are the original inhabitants of the forest. Overnight at Traveller Rest Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, your driver pick you up and drive you from Bwindi to Entebbe, if time permits you will stop over at the Equator. You drive will drive you to Entebbe in due time for your out bound flight.