Afridestiny Safaris driver picks you up from your Hotel and drives to Bwindi impenetrable National Park. This is a long day drive with lunch stop over en route. Though long the drive takes you through different features to include tropical rain forests, savannah fields and the terraced hills of Kigezi famously known as the Switzerland of East Africa. Arrival is late evening Dinner and overnight Gorilla Safari Camp/Buhoma HomeStead/Kitandara Camp/Buhoma Community Bandas.
After an early morning breakfast, and with our picnic lunch, we then take a short drive to the park offices for briefing where we meet the excellent local guides and trackers who give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking.
Bwindi Impenetrable forest lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.
We then hike into the forest to a spot where gorillas were seen the previous night and track from there. Trekking may take any thing between 1 to 6 hours depending on the family and altitudes which is in excess of 7500 feet. The terrain is rough and muddy calling for physical fitness. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the Great Apes(Gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world.Its recommended that you take plenty of water with you on the trek. Cameras and plenty of fast speed films are recomended. Being a tropical rain forest, it may rain at no notice, hence need to bring with you waterproof clothing, including zip lock bags for cameras and film. Others to come with include; sturdy hiking boots, long pants, gloves and raincoat. Maximum time spent with the gorillas is 1 hour. Dinner Overnight Gorilla Safari Camp/Buhoma Homestead/Kitandara Camp
After breakfast, drive to Ishasha section of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The said section is gifted with the rear tree clinbing lions among others. It is somewhat uncommon for lions to actually climb trees. There are no more than 2 populations in whole world of such lions that do actually climb trees as one of their day after day behavior. One of these populations is found within the Ishasha sector which is found in the south part of the well known Queen Elizabeth National Park within Uganda. The other population is found in Lake Manyara National Park in the Southern part of Tanzania. Afternoon relax at the wilderness Camp deep in a natural African atmosphere then take an evening game drive to the albert flats.If lacky you may encounter python in search of pray. Overnight Wilderness Camp
Day 4: Ishasha – Entebbe
On day 4 we check out and go for a morning game drive in search of tree climbing lions.We then proceed to Mbarara where we stop over for lunch.Visit the local craft shops,Mpambire drum shops and the Equator along the way. Drive to the Aiport for late flight connections or back to your kampala hotel.
Included in the package;
• 4 nights accommodation and meals
• Transport in a 4 x 4 WD vehicle with fuel and driver guide
• 1 Gorilla permit per person
• 1 porter while gorilla trekking
• Park Entrance to QENP
Excluded in the package;
• Drinks (soft and alcoholic)
• Tips and gratuities
• Any expenses of personal nature i.e. phone bills, antiquity purchases, etc
• Personal insurance