After the Corona Virus, you will be required to visit less crowded destination for a holiday. Gorilla tracking in Bwindi forest National park is one of those few interesting but less crowded destinations in the world. You will drive or fly to Bwindi, Visit Queen Elizabeth National park for another wildlife plus launch cruise Adventure in Africa then visit Lake Mburo National Park
7 days and 6 night in the jungle will save you the crowded holidays that may be unhealthy for you.
Bwindi forest is one of the sought after destinations in Africa with strict regulations on the number of people that visit the gorillas. Only 8 people are allowed to trek each gorilla family per day and this is one of the strict regulations that govern this activity.
Those who contract any communicable infection before visiting the gorillas, you are requested to volunteer to stay behind so that they do not pass this infection to the mountain gorillas. They are susceptible to human infections which at times may cause them to fall so ill or even die. So because of there limited numbers in the entire world, they are highly protected by UNESCO too. Some healthy measures are in place to check-out anyone who may be infected. Unlike other destinations where anyone walks in freely with no check measures to follow.
Bwindi forest is a tropical natural forest with fresh air surrounding its environment. There is no pollution in this area that may cause respiratory difficulties. Most of the rooms of the lodges in this area are aerated by this fresh air from the forest natural purification not the air conditioning machines.
In case you wish to do some physical exercises during your safari, this area has enough space for you to do your physicals and also you can hire some bicycles to ride. You will meet few people on your way creating social distancing and avoiding contact with any person.
Gorilla tracking is a whole year round activity but however there are peak seasons that is to say June, to September, December To February and low seasons during March to May and October to November. Depending on your preferred time of travel, you have to consider securing your gorilla permit at least 5 to 3 months prior. This is because of the high demand for the limited number of gorilla permits. At Arch Safaris And Tours we shoulder for you the burden of searching for gorilla permits. We do book them for our clients and scan the receipt to you for confirmation.
Itinerary To follow During Gorilla Tracking
Day 1 Drive to Bwindi forest National Park
Day 2 Gorilla Tracking
Day 3 Drive To KIbale Chimpanzee Forest National Park
Day 4 Chimpanzee Tracking and Visit Bigodi Swamp
Day 5 Drive back to the airport
Day 1 Drive To Bwindi National Park
Early in the morning, your driver guide will pick you from your overnight hotel and take you on a road trip through the amazing ever green Kigezi highlands. Prior, you will get a break at the Equator in Kayabwe where you may take some photos while standing on both sides of the earth at the same time. As you drive, you may notice the eye captivating jagged highlands and colorful rocks that you pass-by. Arrive ready late in the evening to check in .
Accommodation Gorilla Forest Camp/ Engage Lodge/ Trekker’s Haven
Day 2 Gorilla tracking
Get up early and take breakfast before proceeding to the briefing point. You will meet other trekkers and after briefing about what you might meet while in the forest, embark on the guided stroll. You may eye a glimpse of other primates like enchanting olive baboons, vervet monkyes, red tailed monkeys black and white colobus and so much more.
At times the first sight of the mountain gorillas and stimulate your adrenaline but you have to try and calm so that you can all maximize your stay with the gorillas. You cooperation will also give you a better moment as the gorillas will display there family behavior confidently without suspicion.
After an hour, walk slowly back to your lodge.
Day 3 Drive to Kibale Forest National Park
After having some time with the gorillas, proceed to meet the chimpanzees too that are considered the closest human relatives.
The drive may take between 5 to 6 hours. As you move into the pack, you may have the chance of seeing some more primates like the black and white colobus, grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkeys to mention but a few. Check in
Accommodation: Primates lodge/ Kibale Forest Lodge/ Chimps Nest Camp
Day 4 Chimpanzee trekking
After breakfast, head to Kanyanchu briefing center where you will be advised on the behavior to follow while in the forest. You may get to see a variety of birds that linger in the forest while several other primates will also entertain you from time to time. Finally you get to see the chimpanzees but these normally love staying on the ground during the dry seasons and may go up the tall trees during the wet season. Take pictures and if time allows, you may have the chance of seeing the chimpanzees building nests for the night. Return to the lodge.
In case you are not so tired, you may go for an optional walk to the Bigodi sanctuary where you may get to see more birds and primates. By chance you may have the chance of seeing the shoebill which is one of the pre-historic birds that are still serving.
Day 5 Road Trip Back to Entebbe
Having spent your time in the jungle, drive back Entebbe Airport to catch up with your flight back home.
Pack the right gorilla tracking gears
Do some exercises to keep fit because the jungle requires you to have some fitness to maneuver the ragged volcanic surface.
In case you have any communicable infection before gorilla or chimpanzee tracking, volunteer to stay behind so that you do not spread the infection to the animals.
Book your gorilla permit atleast 3 to 5 months in advance to avoid last moment panic
Hire a porter to carry your baggage in case you feel it may bather you while in the forest.