4 Day/ 3 Night Bwindi Lodge – Uganda
Undeniably the most unique primate that survives in the forgotten forests of Africa is the gorilla, both the mountain gorilla and the lowland gorilla. In contrast to the six billion human beings living on our crowded planet there are only some seven hundred mountain gorillas left on the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.
DAY 1: DEPART ENTEBBE
Arrive at Entebbe airport where an Aerolink staff member will assist you with the check-in and transfer to your domestic flight to Kihihi. Upon arrival at Kihihi you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey. Transfer to Bwindi Lodge. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the veranda that overlooks our namesake forest with the calls of more than 150 bird species echoing in the distance. Approximate Travel Times: Flying 2 hours; Driving 2 hours
Overnight Bwindi Lodge (L, D)
DAY 2: GORILLA TREKKING
After enjoying an early breakfast, you set off gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Tracking in the Bwindi forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day.
Ovenight Bwindi Lodge (B, L, D)
DAY 3: GORILLA TREKKING / OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Either go gorilla trekking again – additional permits required, subject to availability- or opt for one of the other, gentler but equally rewarding alternatives available.
BWINDI BUHOMA COMMUNITY VILLAGE WALK AND BATWA INTERACTION
The Buhoma Village Tourist Walk opened in Dec 2012, and was designed by MBIFCT, in collaboration with Uganda Wildlife Authority, to increase the variety of tourism activities offered at Bwindi National Park and to provide members of the local community with an alternative source of direct income linked to conservation.
The Village Walk is a concrete example of a community-based tourism enterprise where local people have participated in the design of its activities, invested resources in its development and benefit from its returns. At the same time, the local people have an incentive to conserve the natural and cultural resources on which income generation depends.
BWINDI FOREST WALK
This can be undertaken with a Uganda Wildlife Authority guide to allow you to hike along the trails and enjoy the forest flora, fauna and wildlife such as monkeys at close proximity. A popular choice is the 3-4 hour hike to the waterfall.
Overnight Bwindi Lodge (B, L, D)
Transfer from Bwindi lodge to the Kihihi airstrip. Leave with the morning or afternoon return flight to Entebbe and connect in time for your international flight. Approximate Travel Times: Flying 1 hour; Driving 2 hours Please book international flights departing after 8pm (B)
The safari lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi forest home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and birds. Tracking gorillas in the so-called ‘impenetrable’ forest is a magical experience. At this stunning eco-lodge with eight bandas, clients can spend the day on the terrace, which juts out into the forest, mesmerized by its exotic sounds watching primates and birds in the canopy. The walk to the river through regenerated bush we have carefully nurtured as a buffer zone is magical. It is a favourite haunt for the gorillas and they often sleep at the lodge!