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This safari in Uganda takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for gorilla trekking with an opportunity to see primates including chimpanzees and black and white colobus.The park is also a sanctuary for many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It is a natural World Heritage Site showcasing many of Africa's wildlife and picturesque landscape.
You will be accommodated at a hotel in Entebbe or Kampala on the day of your arrival and at a lodge within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, during the rest of the safari nights.
The guide will meet you at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), where you'll be transferred to your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe depending on your arrival time. The meal provided on this day is breakfast.
An early morning start from Kampala takes you southwest and across the Equator. You will be driven through savannah grasslands where there are banana plantations and herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns. You will then ascend to the Kigezi highlands known as the “Switzerland of Africa” with terraced farming and mountain scenery.You'll drive to Bwindi and arrive late in the evening and check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. The meals provided on this day are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rainforest is spectacular. The area which offers dramatic steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time of movements of the great primates varies depending on the terrain.
The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience. In the evening, you will visit Batwa community and later return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. The meals provided on this day are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This morning, you will end your stay in the “land of the mountain gorillas” and depart with great memories of the moments spent with the fascinating mountain gorillas. You will be transferred back to Kampala with lunch en-route. Depending on your flight schedule, the guide will take you on a shopping spree in some of the many African crafts in Kampala and later drop you off to Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for your flight back.
Mohammed was born and raised in Buganda central Uganda in the heart of the Pearl of Africa. He currently lives in Kampala with his wife and four children. Mohammed has a diverse professional background in tourism that includes over 13 years leading wildlife safaris, and gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda.
Milton has more than 16 years working experience in the wildlife field as a tour group leader, guiding tourists in Uganda and Rwanda. He has led groups for big companies like the Volcanoes and his favorite guiding trips include birding, wildlife safaris, and the mountain gorillas.
Sammy has more than 15 years working experience in the wildlife field as a tour group leader guiding tourists in the African bush, a wildlife researcher, teacher training students and professionals about African wildlife, biodiversity, and ecology. He has led National Geographic Expeditions since 2007.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is situated in the southwestern part of Uganda. The park is inhabited by a population of about 400 mountain gorillas (gorilla beringei beringei) known as the Bwindi population, which make up almost half of all the mountain gorillas in the world. The rest of the worldwide mountain gorilla population is in the nearby Virunga National Park. A 2006 census of the mountain gorilla population in the park, showed that its numbers had increased modestly from an estimated 300 individuals in 1997, to 320 individuals in 2002, and to 340 individuals in 2006.
There are also 11 species of primates in the park, including chimpanzee, and monkey varieties such as Hoest’s, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, and olive baboon. Especially, Bwindi is home to about 400 gorilla beringei beringei, a half of the total remaining world population. There are 346 species of birds registered in here, as Bwindi contains 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics, which is hard to experience in any other place in East Africa, and 200 species of butterflies.
Gorilla tracking is the park’s main tourist attraction. Tourists wishing to track gorillas must first obtain a permit to do so. Selected gorillas families have been habituated to human presence and the number of visitors is tightly controlled to prevent degradation of the habitat and risks to the gorillas. Tourists can visit the park any time throughout the year, although conditions in the park are more difficult during the rainy season.
Four breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners are included in the price. 1000 Shades of Green offers various kinds of food options including vegetarian meals. All special meals must be communicated in advance. Bottled mineral water is provided for all meals. Traveling in sub-Sahara can create dehydration, so you need to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is sold at your accommodations and lodging restaurants.
Please book your flights to Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. 1000 Shades of Green will pick you up from the airport.