3 Days Gorilla Tracking Experience
BWINDI FOREST FOR GORILLAS
Bwindi Impenetrable National park is located in south western Uganda on the edge of the western arm of the Great Rift Valley and is divided into four regions. Buhoma region in the North, Ruhija region in the east, Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south. Each region has habituated gorilla families for gorilla tracking, The impenetrable forest protects nearly more than half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world with 12 habituated gorilla families and its one of the best places to go for gorilla tracking in Africa.
THE GORILLA HABITUATION EXPERIENCE
This is an ultimate adventure and a life time chance to participate in a 4 hours gorilla habituation experience which takes place in Rushaga sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. This is a recently introduced activity where visitors can join the gorilla habituation process, it’s worth going for.
Gorilla habituation is a taming / training process of wild gorillas to that they get used to human presence. Habituation involves studying the behavior of each individual gorillas by trained researchers who regular go see them to analyze the best way they can relate and communicate with the gorillas. In the long ran they learn how to talk, give names, interact and be at ease with each other.
GORILLA TREKKING VS GORILLA HABITUATION
These are two different unique adventures and worth going for. Gorilla habituation last 4 hours as visitors are involved in the gorilla training and teaching process of the gorillas while gorilla trekking ties visitors to visit already habituated gorillas, familiar with human presence
Unlike gorilla trekking where the number of visitors is limited to 8 people per group, Gorilla habituation only allows 4 people per day for 4 hours with the gorillas.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR GORILLA PERMIT
Booking your gorilla habituation gorilla permit can be done through booking directly with us. Gorilla habituation permits are available all year round but if you are considering to go for it, its best to plan and book in advance because of the limited number to 4 people per day.
An ordinary day in the life of a mountain gorilla starts at sunrise, around 6 am. Mountain Gorillas wake up early to begin looking for food for most of the morning hours. Usually a gorilla spends most of the time resting about 40% of total time. In contrast to other primates, the gorilla lives mainly on the ground and do not prey more than a kilometer per day within their territory of about 20 square kilometers.
Gorillas are vegetarians by menu, though they occasionally eat ants and other insects. The daily meal consists of roots, leaves, stems and pith of herbs among other food. During certain months of the year bamboo shoots supply a major part in their diet as well. A male adult can even eat up to 20 kg per day! Because the gorillas receive a large quantity of water from its diet, they rarely have to drink.
The afternoons are mainly spent with resting and playing. This last activity is very important in the social life, especially for young gorillas, as it determines their integration into the group. They hug each other, bite, hit or wrestle till one is pulled down on the ground.
At the end of the day, just before dusk, the great apes start constructing a nest where they will spend their night. Every single gorilla has its own nest, except for the infants who sleep next to their mothers. Nests are built on the ground or in trees and are carefully constructed by branches of bushes among other plants.
WHEN TO VISIT
The rainy season is from March till May and October till November. Light rain season falls in November and December. Dry seasons are from December to February and June to August. The best time, the best months of the year would be December to late February and from June to September.
Day 1: ARRIVAL AT ENTEBBE AIRPORT OR PICK UP FROM HOTEL IN KAMPALA – DRIVE TO BWINDI
You will be picked from your hotel in Kampala after your break fast and head to the biologically diverse and unique magnificent green swathe impenetrable rainforest in southwestern Uganda, which sustains almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. You will have a stopover in Kayabwe for photographs at the equator and souvenir shopping accompanied with an enroute lunch in Mbarara town. Proceed to bwindi, the home of gorillas in Uganda. This day drive covers 522km which takes 8-9hours drive. Have dinner and an overnight stay at the safari lodge, which is 8-9 hous drive
Day 2: GORILLA TRACKING – THE GREAT MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE
After morning breakfast, you will get ready, along with your packed lunches and water to embark on the lifetime memorable experience in this magnificent forest for gorilla tracking. The trail you use may reward you with exciting moments of the giant mountain gorillas, this will be a reward of the ultimate gorilla experience, as well as other primates that inhabit the forest. If time allows, you will have an evening community walk. You will return to the lodge for dinner and peaceful overnight at the safari lodge, or drive to either Kabale or Mbarara for an overnight.
Day 3: Return
After breakfast, we will make our scenic journey through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills with terraced landscape, an area referred as the “Switzerland of Africa”. Observe the systematic cultivation of the Bakiga along the mountain slopes and enjoy the experience of what has been referred to as the Switzerland of Africa because of its cool nature.We will continue to Kampala reaching the capital late afternoon / evening. Dinner and overnight in kampala. your driver-guide will drive you to your Hotel in Kampala or to Entebbe airport for departure.
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