Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine rift valley, the ancient rain forest that survived the last ice age is situated in the south western Uganda on the edge of western
Rift valley. It covers 331 square kilometers in size; it is on altitude range of 1160M to 2607m above sea level; home to more than half of 700 remaining world population of mountain gorillas, 23 restricted albertine bird endemics, forest elephant, and buffaloes among others.
Day 1: Bwindi – Buhoma
After a morning breakfast you shall be met by our guide from your hotel and shall drive you to Bwindi, through a beautiful Ugandan countryside, look out for the long horned cattle, colorful road side fruits and vegetable markets and as you are about to reach Masaka, the road crosses the equator at the trading centre of Nabusake marked by a pair of unsightly but more photographed white cycles and local entrepreneur has set up buckets and jugs to demonstrate for a small fee how water swirls in opposite directions in the north and southern hemispheres. There is an assortment of crafts shops, look out for what you might buy as you settle down at Wavamuno shop for a cup of coffee before you proceed on. Arrive Bwindi in the evening and check in to your hotel, relax as you read through the gorilla tracking guidelines.
Day 2: Gorilla tracking.
This is the best of Uganda’s forest reserves, best known for its superb Gorilla tracking but it also provides refuge to Elephants, Chimpanzees, Monkeys and various small antelopes as well as 23 bird species restricted to the Albertine rift.
After an early morning breakfast, with packed lunch, go for registration at the park offices and be ready for briefing at 8:00am. Walk up the steep densely forested hills before coming across the Gorillas camouflaged in the forest vegetation. This trek requires a reasonable degree of fitness as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the Gorillas listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male. It is amazing to think that there only 800 individuals of these beautiful creatures left in the world.
If you still have energy, take a guided walk; the Munyaga river trail leads to three delightful crystal clear water falls, profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi colorful array of Butterflies Or do community villages walk; see how people live, the Batwa, medicine man, local banana juice and banana beer.
Day 3: Kampala
Nearing Kampala in the district of Mpigi is the traditional drum makers. They make drums of varied size and instruments of different sizes and functions, have a stopover and get the history and usefulness of drums in the rich African culture; arrive early enough for transfer to Entebbe airport for departure.