DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Entebbe international airport.
DEPARTURE TIME. Please arrive 3hrs before the flight.
• 2 nights accommodation and meals
• Transport in a 4 x 4 WD vehicle with fuel and Driver guide
• 1 Gorilla permit per person
• 1 porter while gorilla trekking.
• Drinks (soft and alcoholic)
• Tips and gratuities
• Any expenses of personal nature i.e. phone bills, antiquity purchases, etc
• Personal insurance.
Day 1: Welcome to Uganda/ Bwindi national park.
The company driver picks you up from your Hotel either in Kampala or Entebbe and drives to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This is a long day drive of approximately 9 hours with a lunch stopover en route. Though long the drive takes you through different features to include tropical rain forests, savannah fields and the terraced hills of Kigezi famously known as the Switzerland of East Africa. Arrival is late evening Dinner and overnight Gorilla Safari Camp/Buhoma Homestead/Kitandara Camp/Buhoma Community Bandas.
Day 2: Full day gorilla trekking.
After an early morning breakfast, and with our picnic lunch, we then take a short drive to the park offices for a briefing where we meet the excellent local guides and trackers who give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest to a spot where gorillas were seen the previous night and track from there. Trekking may take anything between 1 to 6 hours depending on the family and altitudes which is in excess of 7500 feet. The terrain is rough and muddy calling for physical fitness. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile.
Once the Great Apes(Gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Its recommended that you take plenty of water with you on the trek. Cameras and plenty of fast speed films are recommended. Being a tropical rainforest, it may rain at no notice, hence need to bring with you waterproof clothing, including zip lock bags for cameras and film. Others to come with include; sturdy hiking boots, long pants, gloves, and a raincoat. Maximum time spent with the gorillas is 1 hour. Dinner Overnight Gorilla Safari Camp/Buhoma Homestead/Kitandara Camp
After breakfast, start on the long drive back to Entebbe / Kampala with the memory of the great rare mountain Apes. Lunch en route then transfers to your accommodation.