• Forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
  • Kajjansi Airfield
  • A Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Gorillas in the Mist

Fly to the southwestern corner of Uganda for a magical experience; an intimate encounter with a rare mountain gorilla family. Trust us you’ll never forget the sensory experience of trekking through pristine rainforest to observe our distant relatives foraging, playing and socialising in their close knit community.

Destinations: Bwindi Impenetrable NP

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Itinerary - Gorillas in the Mist [TAC007]

Day one

To the Kingdom of Gorillas

Take to the skies from Kajjansi airfield to fly to Kihihi airstrip. Estimated journey time: 3 hrs 25 mins. 

Transfer from Kihihi airstrip to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Estimated journey time: 2 hrs. 

Meet up with your guide to explore the area around Buhoma village. You’ll be visiting some of the local handicraft shops where the local craftspeople are making 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. You will then walk on to meet the neighbouring community of Batwa where they’ll give you a demonstration of traditional songs and dances, giving you an insight into their former life in the rainforests and a glimpse into their culture. You will meet other local residents of Buhoma including a traditional healer who will share with you their secret use of medicinal plants and 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: 3 hrs

 

Day two

Gorillas in the Mist

Experience Uganda’s greatest natural wonder, an intimate meeting with one of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s gorilla families! Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 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, birds and wildlife as well as the general ecosystem of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as you trek. This morning you will rise early and your driver / guide will escort you to the trailhead into the rainforest. Here you will 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 the most magical experience you can see in nature. After tracking you will make your way back to the edge of the rainforest where you’ll meet your driver guide. Estimated excursion time: 2 - 8 hrs (including 1 hr viewing). 

 

Day three

Journey Home

Transfer from Buhoma to Kihihi airstrip. Estimated journey time: 1 hr.

Take to the skies from Kihihi airstrip to Kajjansi airfield. Estimated journey time – 1 hr 20 mins.