Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is situated in south western Uganda, on the edge of the Western Rift Valley (Albertine rift) and is shared by Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro districts. It is 331 sq km in size and on an altitude range of 1,160 metres (Ishasha gorge) to 2,607 metres (Rwamanyonyi Peak). The annual average temperature range is 7°C – 20°C
Bwindi is home to 326 gorillas, almost a half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. There are also 346 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies. This afromontane forest has dense under storey of fern, vines and shrubs. About 324 tree species have been recorded here, 10 of which occur nowhere else in Uganda.
Bwindi is the bird watchers haven! It holds 346 species of birds and contains 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa and seven IUCN red data listed species.
An experienced bird watcher can identify up to 100 species in a day! Visit Ruhija and Buhoma for this dream. Indicate your interest to the Park Management so that appropriate early morning departures can be arranged.
Gorilla tracking is the major activity in Bwindi, with various gorilla groups currently available daily for tourists. Book at least 6 months (but not more than two years) in advance to ensure that requested dates are available.
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi can be challenging, therefore ensure fitness. The tracking experience starts at 8.30 am local time and can last from a few hours to a whole day! Registration at the gate commences at 7.45 am.
Pick up from your hotel In Kampala and drive south westwards stopping at the Mpigi Drum Makers where you will watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through generations you will have another stopover at the equator to take photographs continue on to south Western Uganda – Bwindi Forest National Park, Check in Mahogany Springs for Overnight, FB
on this day of Gorilla tracking in Uganda, enter the forest at dawn and enjoy the beauty and freshness of the forest, home to more than half of the world’s mountain gorillas.
After a short briefing by the guides, proceed through the dense bush to trek for these endangered animals depending on where they built their nest the previous night.
For conservation purposes, time allowed with the Mountain Gorillas is 1 hour. Observe the gentle giants as they feed and play., returning at your lodge Mahogany Springs for overnight.
After a full day of Gorilla tracking, today is game viewing. After breakfast transfer to Queen Elizabeth national Park to Ishasha sector, will have a game drive looking for the famous tree climbing lions, and thereafter continue to Mweya Safari Lodge.
QENP together with Kyambura and Kigezi Wildlife Reserves form one of the most diverse ecosystems in Africa. The melting glacier waters of the Rwenzori Mountains create a vast wetland system comprising of two main lakes, George and Edward, as well as the connecting Kazinga Channel.
Thousands of hippos populate these lake shorelines. Open savannah dotted with Acacia and Euphorbia trees provide habitat for elephants, lions, leopards, Uganda kobs and big herds of buffaloes. Ten primate species including chimpanzees are present.
Among the many animals frequently seen are giant forest hog, waterbucks, topi, hyenas and crocodiles. The park boasts of more bird species than any other park in Africa.
Get up ready for a 6.30 am morning game drive. The park’s diverse ecosystem of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Look out for buffaloes, lions, elephants and other wild life in their natural habitat.
Return to the lodge for a late breakfast. After lunch go for the afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This is a home of a variety of water birds and on a hot day, hippos, elephants, buffaloes and waterbucks can be sighted as they bathe and drink water at the water edge.
Crocodiles are occasionally sighted along the channel banks. Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya Safari lodge. B, L, D
After a relaxed morning breakfast, transfer back to Kampala via Fort Portal arriving in the afternoon