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3 days gorilla tracking safari Uganda

3 days, 2 nights

Emotional and humbling are the first two words to explain my first ever face-to-face encounter with the ultimate king of the jungle. To have tracked and sweated for over five hours in deep jungle and finally stumble upon a family of mountain gorillas is for sure an awe inspiring and life-changing experience.

Day by day itinerary

What makes this trip extraordinary
• This tour starts and ends in Entebbe
• We can help select your international flights, but you'll have to book them
• Fly to/from Kigali airport
• A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included 
• Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

Day 1 Arrive Entebbe
Travel to Bwindi forest national park - Day one Welcome to Kigali airport Rwanda, meet and greet then transfer you towards north of Kigali. It is where parc des Volcanoes national park in Ruhengeri is found.Parc des volcanoes is home to 360 Mountain Gorillas some of which you will be visiting tomorrow.
Dinner and Overnight
Budget options: Muhabura Hotel
Midrange option: La Palme Hotel
Luxury option: Gorilla view hotel

Day 2 Gorilla tracking day
Gorilla tracking day - From 7:00am to 2pm dedicated time towards gorilla tracking safari in Bwindi forest national park. Get driven to Kinigi park headquarters for briefing in the morning by the park warden. Trackers are grouped and assigned individual gorilla families which they will be visiting during the tracking bearing in mind various physic capabilities. 8:00 am local time all trackers will then transfer to their respective starting points of gorilla trekking. The tracking will take a good 2hours or more not more than 6hours. In the past trackers would walk up to 8hours searching for the location of the mountain gorillas. Due to the dedication of the rangers now the gorilla tracking experience has improved and it will make your gorilla trip a wonderful one. Along the trail you get to see other animals, primates, birds, plants and insects.
Condition of the gorilla tracking trail
The trail is usually wet and soggy due to the constant rain that falls in Bwindi forest national park. You are therefore required to bring trekking boots for you comfort and protection. The gorilla tracking trail will have thorny creeping plants. So please bring with you long trousers preferably hiking trouser, long sleeved shirts, a pair of garden gloves for used ones are fine to protect you from thorns. A rainy waterproof jacket is a must carry.
When you find the Mountain gorilla family that you are tracking
Once you come in contact with the gorilla family, the ranger leading the team will signal for everyone to leave your backpacks behind and you bring just the cameras. The gorilla tracking will bring you to a resting family on the forest floor. Sometimes you might find them feeding. The young mountain gorillas will be playing while the adults led by the silverback will be resting and keeping a very close eye on every forest movement.

You will have just one 1hour with the mountain gorillas so please use it very well. The Male Silverback gorilla will always vocally signal when the time is right to move on. When the top of the hour is up then your expedition leader will ask everyone to get ready to move back to the starting point. The rest of the day spend part of your evening at Ib’iwachu Cultural Village. Transfer to Lake Kivu and stay an overnight on Lake Kivu one of the deepest albertine lakes of East Africa. All trackers are expected back at the point of start by 7pm.
Dinner and Overnight
Budget options: Muhabura Hotel
Midrange option: La Palme Hotel
Luxury option: Gorilla view hotel

Day 3 Departure to Kigali
Travel back to Kigali - Day three, After breakfast transfer back to Kigali with your tour guide who may take you for a short city tour to visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site, the local handcrafts market with a later airport transfer.

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