Are you looking for an ultimate Uganda gorilla safari tour experience just in a few days? Then just seat back and relax as this 3- day Uganda gorilla tour is the answer to all your needs as it gives you to unmatched Uganda gorilla trekking safari experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as well as an in-depth insight into east Africa’s original inhabitants the Batwa people or you can refer to them as the pygmies of east of Africa.
Have an insight of what awaits you on your Uganda gorilla trekking safari
Here is sneak pick of what awaits you on this incredible 3-day Uganda gorilla safari. While on this 3-day gorilla safari in Uganda you will have an enchanting encounter with man’s closest relatives in the wild the mountain gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to a population of over 400 of these elusive and shy mountain giants. These mountain gorillas can be found in the four sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and about 17 mountain gorilla families have been habituated for human presence and are definitely likely to give you an enchanting welcome when you finally get to meet them in their natural dwelling in case found in a very good and calm mood.
Meet the Bwindi Gorilla families
Each of the 4 sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has a varying number of gorilla families and these sectors include Ruhija with 3 families which are; Orozogo, Bitukura and Kyaguliro. In Buhoma sector there are 4 families which are Habibanja, Rushegura, Mubare and Katwe. Rushaga sector has 6 families which are Nshongi, Bweza, Kahugye, Busigye, Mishaya and Bikiyingi. In Nkuringo sector there are 3 families which are Nkuringo family, Bishaho family and Christmas family.
Check out the other dwellers of Bwindi that you might encounter on this Uganda gorilla safari
Other inhabitants of this pristine jungle include primates like chimpanzees, monkeys like the black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, over 350 bird species can be found in the thick forests canopies of Bwindi which are were named impenetrable due to the thick undergrowth in these forests and these include 23 albertine rift endemics like the African green broadbill, northern double collared sunbird, shelly’s crimson wing grey crown crested crane, Rwenzori apalis, western green tinkerbird, cinnamon chested bee eater, crowned hornbill and many more. After this memorable experience with our close relatives, you will have an opportunity to interface with one of the most astonishing cultural tribe in the great lakes region of east Africa the Batwa tribe who have managed to carefully conserve their cultural authenticity for over 6 millennia as they have generally remained unaffected by the civilization of man that has transpired over this time frame.
Itinerary highlights of the 3-day Uganda gorilla trekking tour
This 3-days short Uganda safari kicks off with an incredible road adventure that see you drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park. the second day commences with an incredible Uganda gorilla tours experience as you go mountain gorilla trekking as you search for any one of the 17 gorilla families and when you finally get to meet them please savor the moment as you only got an hour with these magnificent being. Enjoy an evening Batwa cultural experience as you meet these incredible earliest inhabitants for this massive jungle. The 3 days gorilla tour Uganda draws to a close with a return leg trip to Kampala.
Day 1 of a 3-days gorilla tour Uganda
After a heart-warming early morning breakfast from your hotel, ready yourself for a pic up from the hotel in Entebbe or Kampala. Strap yourself in for an epic Uganda gorilla trekking safari road adventure journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that’s located about 500km or a 10-hour drive away from Kampala city the capital of Uganda. Regardless of what is seemingly like a long journey, this Uganda tour/ Uganda safari road adventure is loaded with a myriad of experiences that will definitely make it worth your while.
Be entertained by the numerous attractions on your Uganda gorilla trekking tour
The multitudes of various experiences begin with sight of the ever friendly warm hearted Ugandans who will take off a second to give you a genuine smile and wave on realizing a new visitor is passing by them, the ever friendly Ugandan kids will likely give you an emphatic welcome as they chant “bye muzungu” phrase. Then as you proceed you will meet the latitude 0o or what is commonly called the equator line in Kayabwe and while here you will be able to in 2 different halves of the world at the same time and place! You will be taken through the difference between water and wind movements in the 2 hemispheres of the world.
Take a leap of faith and enjoy a culinary tour while on a Uganda gorilla safari tour.
After a learning encounter at the equator, you will have another stopover in Mbarara for an African lunch at Igongo culture center. If you have room for a diversity in food cuisines, then try out a delicacy in that part of Uganda called “eshabwe” and I promise you this delicacy is “finger licking good!” Then enjoy the rest of the journey as you view the rolling Kigezi hills as draw closer to your final destination Bwindi impenetrable forest.
A pool of lodging facilities to choose from while on a safari Uganda
Depending on the budget size of your tour, you are definitely catered for as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park comes with a wide range of lodging options to fit any budget size which include luxury/ up market budget size, mid-range budget size and low budget size.
Treat yourself to luxury from a variety of luxury lodges In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
A traveler on an up-market budget size should find comfort inn lodging in some of Bwindi’s finest luxury accommodation facilities Like
Buhoma Lodge: This lodge is located in the buhoma sector, it comes with 10 luxury chalets with en suite bathrooms with both hot and cold water and flushing toilets, an elevated lounge area, bar, dining facilities, free wi-fii, recharging facilities 3 pin UK plugs in the lounge area and mosquito nets to keep the bugs away.
Gorilla Forest Camp: This lodge presents to you 8 chalets that come with big queen size beds, a big bath tub and a private veranda, all in a spacious area for you to fill comfortable while you stay in Bwindi. The camp also provides a lounge area for all guests to mingle. It has a dining area that comes with silver service and a small spar and bar.
Mahongany Springs: offers you super and presidential suites that come with twin or double and triple beds to cater for a large family. To crown it up, the lodge has double windows to increase your view of the natural wonder and this also comes along with a private terrace for you and mosquito nets to keep these disturbing insects away from you.
Chameleon Hill Lodge: Located in the Rushaga sector, chameleon hill lodge is found on the shores of lake Mutandara and it comes with 10 private cottages that can accommodate 20 people, with 5 twin rooms. Each of these private cottages has distinct color to represent the surrounding background.
Gorilla Safaris Lodge: This comes along with 16 en-suite cottages that are fully self-contained with both hot and cold running water, flushing toilets and solar lights and a private terrace. The cottage has a well-stocked bar and restaurant.
Clouds Mountain Lodge: Clouds Mountain Lodge is found in the Nkuringo sector and this lodge offers you a one of a kind view of the 8 Virunga volcanoes while in Bwindi impenetrable forest which comes with 10 cottages, restaurant, bar lounging area and reading room.
All these luxury lodges have mastered the art of availing high-quality services that come in luxurious cottages with unsuite facilities, private terraces, free wi-fii, lounge area, fire place, on-site dining areas, well trained and groomed staff that will always be at your service with a genuine and heartwarming smile.
Mid-range accommodation on a gorilla safari Uganda
There are also many mid-range facilities that will give equally high-quality services but at a relatively cheaper price than the luxury lodging options, these include
Volcanoes Bwindi lodge: This lodge has 8 bandas with each banda giving you a spectacular glance at the magnificent Bwindi forest canopy. This still provides you with en suite bathrooms to each of the banda and also a private terrace for to sit on and wonder and this incredibly beautiful work of nature.
Gorilla Mist Camp: This is found in the Ruhija region which has 3 gorilla families, gorilla mist camp gives you a home away from home feeling given their ultimate care attended to their guests in their uniquely nestled lodge with impressive views of the wild jungle.
Bakiga Lodge: Located within the Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable national park, bakiga lodge comes with 8 beautifully crafted cottages that have en suites services and private patios with spectacular views of the Bwindi jungles. Bakiga lodge has a great restaurant with delicious African foods that have been prepared with an exotic touch to meet the tastes of its esteemed guests. Other services here include solar power, bar services, lounge area and fire place.
Icumbi Gorilla Lodge: The lodge offers 9 en suite cottages that have both cold and hot water. Icumbi gorilla lodge offers a well-stocked bar, restaurant and dining services, evening camp fire, laundry services.
Rushaga Gorilla Camp: Located in the rushaga sector, rushaga gorilla camp comes with 14 luxury tents and 12 standard cabins that have been exceptionally perched on a hill to give you that unique and amazing view of the Bwindi jungle as it sprawls from one hill to another. All these guest rooms come with en suite facilities and private terraces for you to sit on and marvel at this uniquely poised piece of nature’s work.
Nkuringo Gorilla Camp: Located in the heart of the Nkuringo local community, Nkuringo gorilla camp is a warm place to stay while tracking gorilla families in Buhoma and Nkuringo sector. The lodge offers 18 cottages that are fully self-contained and have been perfectly situated to give you the best view of the stunning Bwindi forest canopy
For those on a budget travel you still covered as you can lodge in facilities like Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Icumbi Gorilla Lodge and Rushaga Gorilla Camp in their standard rooms that are priced competitively to meet your budget size.
Enjoy a relaxed evening
After comfortably settling in and freshening up, take time off to sit and relax in the lodge’s well-manicured lawns or at your already secured mini paradise of a private terrace and marvel at this pristine work of nature as you feel the gentle breeze blowing all your troubles away, hear numerous birds as they glorious sing as if they have realized your presence amidst them then engage with other fellow lodgers about the highlights of this memorable visit to Bwindi as you wait for dinner to be served at 20:00hrs then relax in the warm and cozy lounge as you get to chit chat with other lodgers present, when you feel tired of the conservations retreat to your premium bed and get comfortable for a relaxed night.
Day 2 of a 3-day gorilla trekking safari
The second day of this Uganda gorilla tour begins with early morning sounds composed by the sweet melodramatic chirps and twittering made by some of the 350bird species that are the official residents of this tropical paradise as they sing their hearts off to the new day break coupled with short interludes of interjections made by other mammals that call this natural paradise home. Have an early morning breakfast at 06:30hrs then depart with a packed lunch box as you transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing about the entire Uganda gorilla trekking tour process which will only take 30 minutes. During the briefing you will be grouped into small groups of not more 8 individuals and each group will be assigned to track a specific gorilla family and guide to lead you on this Uganda gorilla tour tracking expedition. After the briefing, you will embark on a gorilla tracking expedition into the Bwindi jungle, on locating the gorilla family you have been tracking, immerse yourself in observing our closest relatives as they go about their daily rounds such as feeding, nurturing their young ones, if you are lucky enough and find them in a jovial mood, the young ones might even break some of the rules like maintaining a 7- meter distance between themselves and you and might get close to you in order to incorporate you in their plays. Please come along with a good camera so that you can have some of these magical moments immortalized forever to act as a reminiscent about the fun you had while here. At the end of your contact hour with the gorillas, the guide will call off the re union between you and gorillas and you will now track back to the park center where you will be rewarded for your efforts with a tracking certificate.
The uniquely intriguing Uganda cultural safari experience with the incredible Batwa people.
Next on the agenda is the Batwa trail but before take time to off to enjoy your packed lunch as you enjoy the bush vibe. You will be transferred to the starting point of the Batwa cultural experience. On reaching this point, you in for an emphatic welcome from the happy and welcoming community members. These people with help of your interpreter guide tell you the stories of their lives in the jungle and demonstrate to you how they used to co-exist with all the other jungle inhabitants take you through their food preparation and share a meal with you if you are up for it. You will also be introduced to the jungle clinic and showed the different herbs the Batwa use to heal their sicknesses.
Groove to the rhythmic Batwa music
This cultural safari Uganda encounter isn’t finished yet without a sounding and energetic performance from the Batwa people who will wow you with their dance moves and when you feel the dance beats have appealed to your inner soul, then feel free to join in the merry and groove to the rhythmic African beats of the Batwa and dance all your troubles away. The end of this Uganda cultural safari experience with the incredible Batwa draws the curtains to what has been an exciting day on a gorilla safari Uganda.
Day 3 of the 3-day Uganda gorilla trekking safari.
This day climaxes you experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with another round of a steamy breakfast served with crunchy bites then check out of the lodge strap yourself into your seat as you enjoy another road trip from Bwindi back to Kampala or Entebbe.