Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda. The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and is situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the western Great Rift Valley. It comprises 331 square kilometers of jungle forests and contains both Montana and lowland forest. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.
The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and the diversity of species is a main feature of the park. The park provides habitat for some 120 species of mammals, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species.
The park is a sanctuary for Columbus monkeys, chimpanzees and many birds (such as hornbills and turacos). It is perhaps most notable for the mountain gorillas because it hosts half the world’s population of the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas. There are four habituated Mountain Gorilla groups open to tourism: Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura near Buhoma; and the Nkuringo group at Nkuringo.
We depart from Kampala early in the morning and precede south-west with a stopover at the Equator for photos and perform a simple experiment of tropical balance. The drive will take you through savannah grasslands of Ankole and then you will ascend into Kigezi highlands, sometimes called the “Switzerland of Africa”, with terraced farming. We arrive in Kabale town and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. In the evening we interact with and are entertained by the Batwa, learn about their culture, their way of life and learn more about their eating habits, as they are fruit gatherers. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
After an early breakfast, we head to the jungle for gorilla trekking. This is a very interesting activity but be prepared to walk very long distances in muddy places and wet or hot weather conditions. This is a natural rainforest where it can rain anytime of the day. As you trek in the jungle forest, you will be able to see a variety of gorilla species, Bwindi is home to over 326 gorillas. You will have a chance to watch and take pictures of them while they interact.
There also many species of birds and butterflies. We come back late in the evening for dinner and overnight at your hotel.
After early breakfast we proceed to L. Bunyonyi for a brief sightseeing then drive back to Kampala. We have lunch in Mbarara. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Kampala.
- 4 WD Safari vehicle
- Fuel in the vehicle for all days
- Driver guide with all associated expenses
- Accommodation based on full board basis
- Gorilla tracking permit
- Clean and well bottled mineral water
- Equator water experience
- Any personal expenses and other expenses that are not mentioned above