“A gorilla safari in Uganda is a spiritual experience. Spending time amongst these amazing creatures in their misty mountains has moved many to tears.”
Start your Gorilla Safari with a warm welcome at Entebbe International Airport. There’s a short transfer to the hotel where you are briefed about your African safari. You are advised to change your money to the local currency and to go shopping at, or visit some of Kampala’s landmarks with the help of the guide. Accommodation is provided with various options from bed and breakfast to medium and luxury hotel accommodation, depending on your budget.
You will depart early the next morning heading in a South Westerly direction. Enjoy a stopover at the Equator where you will have the opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time – don’t forget the camera to show your friends at home. The drive includes travelling through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Ankole cattle with their long horns. You then ascend into the Kigezi highlands, known as the “Switzerland of Africa”, with terraced farming and mountain scenery to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Get a good night’s sleep as tomorrow you will be going gorilla tracking.
You will be woken up early in the morning and your guide will take you to the park for a briefing before the tracking begins. You must take your lunch and some water as the tracking can take 2 – 6 hours. Prepare for a steep hike in the dense rain forest through different animal’s trails. This is an unforgettable experience and not to be missed. The gorilla is a shy and peaceful animal and it’s an opportunity of a lifetime to photograph these beautiful animals. This is one of the things that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Seeing the gorillas in their natural habitat is unbelievable and almost guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes.
To quote one of the guests, “We walked for about three hours when our dream came true: we met up with the Nshongi group, a big silver back family with the mothers and their babies.” Your guide will be with you all the time to interpret the flora and fauna and gorilla behaviour. Gorillas in the Mist dreams, with you in the lead role, for you that night.
The next day after breakfast you will depart Bwindi National Park for Lake Mburo National Park, where you will enjoy a game drive as you enter the park. The afternoon you can either go on a boat trip on Lake Mburo or you can just relax and reminisce about the gorillas.
Sadly your trip has come to an end as you are driven back to Entebbe to catch your flight back home.
The best time for gorilla tracking is April, May, June, October and November.
Travel tips to Uganda:
- Get a Yellow Fever shot before you go.
- According to the High Commission of Uganda, South Africans need a visa for Uganda.
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