Travelling as solo person for gorilla trekking in either Uganda or Rwanda exposes you to chances of making personal memories. You get the chance to get up-close with these gentle giants in the wilderness extensively. No one to stop you from having a special moment with the mountain gorillas in front of you.
You have to be extremely prepared for gorilla trekking especially parking the right gears because travelling solo means you may not have any one to borrow from.
Follow the advice give about preparing for gorilla trekking in Africa as this is like the guiding to give you the perfect packing list.
Booking your gorilla trekking safari in advice gives you the greatest opportunity to re confirm and recheck the requirements of gorilla trekking. This also saves you the trouble of forgetting the most essential travel requirements which may push you into panic.
Taking on some mini-exercise to keep your muscles fit for the trek to locate the mountain gorillas gives you more advantage. Imagine meeting the mountain gorillas which are some of the most sought after primates of the world while you are so exhausted. Make that moment memorable and worth your waiting and saving for.
Even after confirming your gorilla trekking tour, keep checking with your operator as often as you wish so that you are on the same page by the time of your departure. Inform the tour operator about your flight schedule and provide your travel details for follow up especially if the ground operator is to do your airport transfer.
At Arch Safaris and Tours, we may reconfirm your flights especially the departure flights from either Entebbe or Kigali Airport so that in case of any changes you are in the know. This can only be done if you provide these details and request us to do so on your behalf.
Start Day One Road Trip To Bwidi Forest National Park Uganda
Get into your vehicle preferably 4×4 because the nature of roads close to Bwindi Impenetrable forest turns boggy especially during the severe rainy seasons. The route to Bwindi forest to do gorilla trekking is entertaining.
Several land forms beautifully make up the way especially the volcanic area. Numerous crater lakes can be seen at the base of the highlands.
Arrive late evening and check into your lodge
After breakfast, carry your gorilla trekking gears to the ranger briefing point. Do not forget to park an extra clean mask to change into as you approach the mountain gorillas.
You will be divided into groups of 8 clients to trek each gorilla family. Follow your ranger guide because he is more familiar with the forest. Although the ranger guide follows the slowest trekker try not to delay the rest of the group because you do not know when to locate the mountain gorillas.
Watch out for other troupes of monkeys like olive baboons, black and white colobus, blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys, L’hoest to mention but a few
The rich avian life in the forest is like the life of the party. It makes your trek even more interesting. Several birds make there way into the forest including those on the IUCN red list.
When you finally approach the gorillas, you may hear them murmur at each other so come into view as per the instructions of the ranger. Keep a distance of about 8 meters away from the gorillas and watch. Take photos but try not to touch the gorillas even if they are adorable to be around.
Exhaust every minutes you are with the mountain gorillas and take as many pictures as you can for keeps.
Return to your lodge to relax.
Day Three Drive To Queen Elizabeth National park
A combo of gorilla trekking with wild game drive makes the Africa trip adventure more exciting. Nothing can do this best other than touring Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.
The distance between the two parks is about 4hours to 5 hours on the road but as you get into Queen Elizabeth National Park, you may drive through Ishasha sector. Ishasha sector is the famous home of the tree climbing lions that you may be able to see relaxing in the figs.
Other animals you may have a chance to see include herds of buffaloes, elephants, leopards, water bucks, beautiful landscape to mention but a few.
Check into your lodge
An early rise gives you the best view of the park as it comes to day life. Watching the nocturnal return to there day hide outs and others rise from there night hide outs is spectacular.
The north Kazinga and Kasenyi ground has the biggest chances of watching wildlife drama especially the famous Kasenyi area where lots of Uganda Kobs spend there biggest time of the day. Lions sneak at the kobs so as to have a meal for the day. Chances of watching the hunting drama is more opposable in this area.
Watch out for rich bird life in the Lake Edward Flats which are marshy bird feeding grounds all year round. Chances of supporting the shoe bill, white winged warbler, papyrus gonolek, black-rumped buttonquail and so many others are high. An opportunity of spotting tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector of the southern part of the park is more here.
Get back to your lodge for lunch.
Launch trip after a morning game drive is like cherry on top of icing. Get to relax on the boat that sails from Mweya pier on Kazinga channel. The amount of wildlife that graces the shores is amazing and the birds that flock the shores are unbelievable.
Even foreign migrant birds like lesser and greater flamingos, Egyptian geese and others find there way to the shores. Watch a clear view of the rift valley floor and surrounding features like the Rwenzori ranges that stand up to make a beautiful backdrop.
Return to your lodge to relax
Day Five departure date
Having enjoyed the wilderness of Gorilla trekking Bwindi impenetrable park and game drive in Queen Elizabeth National park drive to Entebbe Airport. Catchy up with your departure flight.