Day 1: To Kisoro or Bwindi
In the early morning we pick you from the guesthouse or Hotel of your stay in Entebbe or Kampala at 7.00 am and then we leave for the South West of Uganda. The first part takes us through central Uganda.. You will have Lunch in Mbarara at the famous Igongo Culture Centre and from here we continue on the last stretch through a beautiful landscape also defined as the “Switzerland of Africa”: mountains, lakes, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, taking in the vast planes between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, with the Virunga volcanoes dominating the view. We will reach Bwindi/Kisoro later in the evening. Dinner and overnight at your booked Lodge/hotel.
Driving time: ± 9 hours
Budget Accommodation: – Gorilla Valley Lodge or Traveller’s Rest Hotel
Luxury Accommodation:- Mahagony Springs or Buhoma Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking
The day of gorilla tracking!
You will travel by car from Travellers Rest Hotel in Kisoro to Nkuringo, in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP (1hr). Once there you will first receive a briefing (7.45am) and at 8.30am you will start the tracking. Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend up to one hour with them! You will be expected back to the starting point by 7.00pm at the latest. Being physically fit is recommended.
It is always best to hear from other visitors, and this is Stella and Trudy’s story:
“At a distance of about fifteen feet a mountain gorilla with her baby appears. She comes out of the bushes, looks at me and lies down. My presence does not seem to bother her. She just wants to rest, whether I am there or not. I can almost touch her. My heart dances with joy. I am in a good position to take pictures, so I let my camera do its work. It is the thrill of a lifetime. I cannot but agree with the American zoologist George Schaller, the first to study gorillas in the Virunga volcanoes, who once said: ‘No one who looks into the eyes of a gorilla, gentle and vulnerable, can remain unchanged.”
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• Accommodation: Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro
• Luxury Tour: Buhoma Lodge (within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP) on full board.
Day 3: To Kampala
Early in the morning after breakfast you will travel back to Kampala. On the way back to the city you will have lunch in Mbarara town, and after Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee.
We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe – or, if you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight.
• Driving time: ± 9 hours