Gorillas & Pygmies, Bwindi - ACU4

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The 4 days/3 nights flying trip takes you to the amazing Gorillas & Batwa/pygmy community of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You will take a fascinating aerial bush flight out of Entebbe international airport for a unique interaction and Experience with the ‘hairy people’ – Gorillas and the historical Batwa community

Day 1: Entebbe - Bwindi

Adventure Consults’ staff will meet you on arrival at Entebbe airport, assist through customs and check in for your domestic flight to Kihihi/Bwindi (Departs Entebbe @ 0700hrs & 1245, Check in time - one hour in advance). Note that flight schedules are subject to change.

On arrival at Kihihi airstrip, meet your guide for a briefing, a cup of coffee or chilled drink and start an hour’s scenic drive to Buhoma. You will drive through villages with stops at places of interest for photography and interactions with the local communities. Lunch at the lodge.

In the evening, have a village walk, visit with the local schools, hospitals and craft shops.

Meals and accommodation at the Lodge.

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Tracking takes between 3 – 10 hours.

Depending on the Gorilla family booked, you may have breakfast at the lodge or have a parked breakfast. Meet your personal guide at the lounge and drive down to the Park Headquarters for a briefing and later enter the Gorilla sanctuary for an interesting search of the gentle giants.

Experienced Wildlife guides along with trackers and porters will accompany you through the ever-green forest.  The journey, through dense foliage and up steep climbs, leads you to lifetime experience of viewing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.  After finding the Gorillas, you will have an opportunity to be within meters of these magnificent apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities. With an estimated 850 Gorilla population in the world, spending one hour with a Gorilla family is a once in a lifetime experience! You will later follow your footsteps and return to the forest edge, meet your guide, head back to the lodge. Depending on trek duration, you have an option for a picnic lunch or have a warm meal at the lodge.  

Optional Ride for a woman project visit: In the afternoon, you have option to visit a women project (Ride 4 a woman). It’s a charitable organization set up to support women who are victims of poverty, HIV epidemic and domestic violence. Your visit indirectly supports the project work and while here, you may participate in basketry, weaving, making local dishes and have the best opportunity for craft shopping. Meals and Overnight accommodation included at the lodge.

Day 3: Pigmy (Batwa)/Community Walk or optional Second Gorilla trek.

You have an option to take a second Gorilla trek – on payment of supplement and No doubt, will be a different family. Every Gorilla tracking experience is different and unique!  

Alternatively, Visit the Pygmy/Batwa community - A cultural tourism activity at its best! It’s a hands-on, mind-opening adventure you will never forget as you go for an incredible day hike in the rain forest with the elderly Batwa (pygmy) guides. See how the Batwa lived and hunted, learn about medicinal plants, and watch for animals and birds. You will share a traditional meal with the Batwa, hear ancient legends and traditional songs, and join in on a mock hunting party. You can even test your skill with a Batwa bow and arrow and participate in traditional dances.

Meals and accommodation included at the Lodge.

Day 4: Fly to Entebbe – Connect to international flight.

Following early breakfast, transfer to Kihihi airstrip in time for your 9:45 AM flight arriving Entebbe Airport at 1125 AM. Depending on the weather, you may have the best views of the Volcanoes, villages and Lakes as you take off, proceed to the airport and connect to your onward international flight.

Note that flight schedules are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Depending on your international flight schedule, you may need a day room near the airport which we can arrange on request – sales@adventureconsults.com

Please book return flights departing after 1pm (earliest!).

Accommodation: We do not restrict on where to stay but here are some recommended options. In most cases, we go with the travelers’ choice. Here are below are suggested places (among others) as we cannot list all available options. So get in touch if none of these meets your preference or budget.

Lion range (Luxury):

Bwindi Impenetrable Park: Bwindi Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany springs, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Clouds lodge, Silverback Lodge, Engagi Lodge, Trekkers tavern.

Pride range (Mid-range):

Bwindi Forest national park: Haven’s Lodge Buhoma/Crested crane/Rushaga Gorilla Camp

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