Experience Uganda’s greatest natural wonder, an intimate meeting with a mountain gorilla family in the misty rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This rainforest is an incredibly important conservation site as it protects around 460 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the population left in the wild. Dating back over 25,000 years, Bwindi is one of Uganda’s most biologically diverse and most ancient rainforests, with an amazing 400 species of plants present and 350 species of birds, including 23 Rift Valley endemic species recorded. The rangers accompanying you will be able to identify the local plants and wildlife and give you further insight into the general ecosystem of the rainforest as you trek.
On the morning of tracking you will rise early and we advise a hearty breakfast, before you're escorted to the gorilla tracking trailhead into the rainforest. Here you’ll receive an orientation on tracking the gorillas from the Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers, who will then guide you through the dense forest. The trek length varies, depending on where the gorillas spent the night, ranging from thirty minutes to seven hours. Once you find these incredible creatures you will spend one hour with them. We think you’ll agree to experience this unique family feed, socialise, nurse their young, patrol and display their prowess is one the most magical experiences you can see in nature. After observing the mountain gorillas you will make the return trek to the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where you’ll meet your driver.
Estimated excursion time: 2 - 8 hrs (including 1 hour viewing)
Meet with your local guide to explore the area around Ruhija village, on the edge of the rainforest. This is a great way to meet local members of the community as they go about their everyday lives. On your walk you will be visiting some of the local handicraft shops, where the local craftspeople fashion a variety of crafts including fabrics, beeswax candles and hand carved wooden ornaments, a great place to pick up an authentic souvenir from your travels. Your guide can help with what is authentic and bargain a fair price. You will then move on through the village with the chance to meet other local residents, including a traditional healer who will share the secrets of medicinal plants and the local brewer to learn how the locally produced bananas are used to make a variety of juices, gins and beers. You can even try and taste if you choose! Estimated excursion time: 2 hrs
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner