Gorilla tracking safari is one of the interesting experiences in Africa. You get closer to the huge and hark furred mountain gorillas. After spending time in the forest, you spend a day enjoying the mind blowing soothing aroma of African coffee.
Day 1 Road Trip to Bwindi Forest Park
Get up early for a super road trip to see the mountain gorillas. The drive takes you to the virgin rich country side of Western Uganda. Get to see a great network of rivers, swamps, lakes, amazing highlands, and so much more.
You may have the chance to stop-over at the equator to take memorable photos while standing on both sides of the earth at the same time.
Enjoy lunch enroute and continue driving through rich winding roads and bumpy roads. Arrive late in the evening in the gorilla tracking home to check in.
Accommodation Full Board: Gorilla forest Camp/ Engage Lodge/ Bwindi View Bandas
Rise up early in the morning for breakfast and move to the park headquarters for briefing. You have the chance of meeting other trekkers. Listen to the briefing from the ranger guide who will tell you about how to behave while in the forest
On the way you may get to meet other enchanting troupes of monkeys like the olive baboons, black and white colobus, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys to mention but a few. They are gorilla tracking entertainers.
As you draw closer to the mountain gorillas, you may hear them murmuring. Move slowly into vision and stand at a distance of about 7 meters away from them.
Take photos as instructed by the ranger guide. Watch the family do its day activities like feeding, grooming the toddlers, combing each other’s’ hairs and so much more.
The drama around the gorilla family encounter is very interesting and amazing. Try to keep the instructions as mountain gorillas are easily frightened by things like flash lights. This may send them into hiding.
After an hour, get back to the lodge to relax or take an optional visit to the Batwa pygmy community.
Day 3 Drive To Kampala
After enjoying the coolness of the wild mountain gorillas and amazing historical forest cover, return to Kampala. The drive is quite long and tiring. So check into your Hotel.
Accommodation: Serena Hotel/ Emin Pasha Hotel/ Holiday Express Hotel
Day 4: Uganda Coffee Tasting and Kampala City Tour
Rise up early for breakfast and head to the Uganda Coffee Development Authority. This is home to the beautiful African coffee Aromas. You will be taken through the coffee factory right from receivership to the final cup.
Uganda grows Arabica coffee and Corona coffee all producing great aromas. Participate in processing coffee like roasting, making espresso, and different kinds of drinks like Americano, spiced cap chino, Emoka and so much more.
Head for a city tour where you may get to visit Namugongo martry’s shrine. This is where over 25 young men were brutally burnt to death because of religion. A beautiful museum has been set up to commemorate these heroes.
In case there is still time, visit the Uganda Museum, the largest Bahai temple in Kikaya and so much more.
Day 5 Drive to Entebbe Airport
After a long holiday exploring Uganda’s drive to Entebbe Airport to catch up with your flight back home. In case your flight id late in the evening or night, you may head for an optional tour in the Uganda Wildlife Education Center (Former Entebbe Zoo.)
Several animals are residents in this center like lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, ostriches, huge snakes and so much more.
A pair of tracking boots
The wild requires you to have some protective gears to get into the deeper ends. As a result of regular rains and little sun ray penetration to the ground, it is regularly boggy and slippery. You need boots to walk over this.
For you not to pack heavily, you need to use packing cubes. They will also ensure you are orderly and your clothes won’t get wrinkled.
Poncho or Rain coat
At times it rains without warning so you need to have rain proof gears to avoid getting wet and cold.
Travel Flashlight Torch
For extra lighting you need a flash light torch as most of the lodges use solar power for lighting. In case it not enough power was stored yet the lodge has no generator, you need this light.
At times you need to grip to some crippers so as to get to the next step. You need to use garden gloves in order to protect your palms.
Although credit cards are used worldwide, they are not so efficient in Africa. To make transactions, you may need to use hard cash.
For memories that last a lifetime, you need to take photos. They will assist you to make a great travel album. It is best to carry a sound proof and flash less camera. This is because gorillas are scared off by unfamiliar light and sounds.
Long trousers and shirt
For you to protect the rest of the body from biting nettles and rough surfaces in the jungle. You need to also protect yourself from getting to cold while searching for the gorillas.
You may need to smear your skin with insect repellants so as to protect yourself from there bites. You can also use the insect repellant wristband.
A water proof light back pack
You need to put together all your belonging so that they do not scatter while you walk. A back pack bag will be easier to carry.
Although some lodges provide things like soap, tooth paste, toilet paper, carrying your own toiletries would be a wise decision as some times you need to be careful with what you put on your skin.
A water bottle
Although at Arch safaris And Tours we provide drinking water in the cars, at times you may get thirsty while at the lodge. You need to carry a water bottle with you but do not take tap water as it is not healthy to drink. Request for drinking water from the lodge.