4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking & Batwa Cultural Experience In Uganda
This is one of the most exciting Uganda gorilla trekking safaris that are liked by most of our visitors in Uganda. This safari allows you to explore the Uganda gorillas as the Batwa-a fading culture of people who thrived with the mountain gorillas in the jungle for centuries until recently when they were evicted from the forest for purposes of conservation. Why not to come end share this experience with visit Uganda tours?
Transfer from Kampala-Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
On the first day of your safari, our professional guide will pick you from the Hotel or your place of stay within Entebbe or Kampala at 8am for a transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park. This means, you should have your breakfast before the pickup time. After about 72km of drive from Kampala, you will have a stopover at the Uganda Equator to experience the experiment which explains the Northern and the Southern Hemispheres that separate the worlds and as well, the Uganda equator is a paradise for travelers who love photography. Proceed with the drive and make a second stop at Igongo Cultural Centre where you will enjoy a yummy African traditional lunch, freshen up and continue with the journey-enjoy the spectacular views of long horned cattle farms and huge banana and coffee plantations of Ntungamo and Ishaka districts alongside other charming sceneries. Arrive at the lodge in Bwindi for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
In the morning after breakfast, you will gather at the park headquarters for a briefing by the national park officers before you embark on the Uganda gorilla trekking activity. Then you will be escorted by the armed game rangers in to the thick forest using the already established tracking trails in the forest. However in most cases, these trails disappear and this makes the forest hard to penetrate but you don’t have to worry as these rangers sometimes escort visitors with pangas to create way for you into the might Uganda gorillas. Gorilla trekking is quite challenging as it involves negotiating path into the thick, rough, slippery and usually wet forest. But this shouldn’t scare you away because as you are looking for the mountain gorillas, other features are entertaining you like the rush vegetation, various species of butterflies which decorate the forest and the sweet melodies of birds which sing from different sides of the forest in a very entertaining way to enhance your experience. Upon sight of the gorillas, then all the trekking fatigue ends there, gorillas have solitary and the roles are distributed according to age. The Silverback (Mature male gorilla) also called the family head may chose to welcome you with is scaring red eyes by beating in its chest as a sign of manhood in the family, the toddlers will showcase their games to you as they come closer to you and run to their mothers, the photography you take with these gorillas themselves give you a memorable experience. The entire gorilla trekking experience in Uganda lasts between 2-8 hours but the actual interaction lasts for 1hour starting from the time you sight these mountain gorillas and you are also requested to respect the 7meter rule which requires you not to come very closer to these endangered creatures. At the end of your Uganda gorilla trekking time, you will have enjoyed the best gorilla tracking adventure experience. Return to the lodge for relaxation dinner and overnight.
Batwa Cultural Visit in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This day of your Uganda gorilla safari is dedicated to the Batwa local community visit. The Batwa also known as the pygmies and re indigenous people who originally dwelled in Bwindi forest and they co-existed in harmony with the mountain gorillas and they would survive by hunting down small game using arrows and spears as well as gathering plants for food and medicine. But because of the extreme need to conserve the mountain gorillas, the Batwa people were evicted from the Bwindi forest and established homes neighboring the forest, they have a very rich culture with a unique lifestyle, ancient and legendary traditional song and dances that will make you more excited with the cultural experience.
Return from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Kampala/Entebbe
Your will wake up in the morning for a leisurely breakfast and a photography moment at your lodge before embarking on the journey back to Kampala/ Entebbe international airport. Enjoy sightseeing enroute especially the banana plantation and animal farms of western Uganda, you may use the Kasese/Fort portal route which takes you through queen Elizabeth national park for an enroute game drive where you may luckily spot some wildlife like elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and even lions on a lucky day and you will also enjoy the spectacular views of the great Rwenzori mountains-dubbed the mountains of the moon. Then you will make a stopover at the Uganda Equator in Kasese district and another stop in Fort portal town for lunch. Continue to Kampala arriving in the afternoon for an evening flight at Entebbe airport.