AFRI TOURS AND TRAVEL - SHORT TOURS BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
TOUR CODE 006 - GORILLA EXPRESS (3 days)
DAY 1: Drive from Kampala south-west across the Equator. The trip takes you through savannah grasslands, banana plantations and drives you through herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns. Ascend into the Kigezi highlands, known as the “Switzerland of Africa” with terraced farming and mountain scenery, and drive through to Buhoma.
DAY 2: Enter the sanctuary at dawn and enjoy the beauty and freshness of the forest, home of the mountain gorillas. After a short briefing by the guides, proceed through dense bush to trek for these endangered animals. Other primates also live in the forest including the black and white Colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey and chimpanzee. Enjoy a packed lunch enroute and time permitting, visit the cultural village of the Batwa pygmies. Interact with their traditional healers, see how they make a local “brew” out of bananas and watch their traditional dance. Return to the accommodation for dinner and overnight.
The accommodation used in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is either Buhoma Lodge or Gorilla Forest Camp. The selection is dependant on your budget.
DAY 3: Return to Kampala after breakfast.
Would you like to spend longer on this trip? Checkout the Primate Thriller tour.
NB.1 The Uganda Wildlife Authority effective immediately increased the price of gorilla tracking permits to US$500- for all new bookings taken to track gorillas after the 1st July 2007. Gorilla tracking fees in the reserves in the DR. Congo and Rwanda are also to increase inline with those in Uganda on the same date.
NB.2 Remember to bring heavy leather gloves, stout hiking boots, long sleeves shirts, long pants, a light back-pack, and water-bottle for those tracking gorillas.
NB.3 Please note that there are limited gorilla permits available for each day of the year. We recommend that you start planning for this safari well in advance (ie. At least 6 months to one year or more….permits for 2011/12 are now being sold!) so that permits can be applied for. To apply for your gorilla permits we need to know your nationality, passport number, date of issue & expiry (valid passport is necessary), as well as your date of birth.