Day 1 – Travel to Bwindi
Set off early for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, stopping in Kabale town for lunch. Stay at one of the lodging options in Buhoma, Ruhija or Nkuringo depending on which gorilla group you have arranged to track. Spend the cool Bwindi evening sat around your lodge’s cozy fireplace.
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking
After a briefing from your ranger guide, begin tracking the mountain gorillas through the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This can take a couple of hours or a whole day depending on the location of the apes. Keep an eye out for forest species such as buffaloes, elephants, black fronted duikers and bushbucks. After a well-earned lunch back at your accommodation, rest your tired legs and enjoy a view of the forested hillside, or take a restorative massage, offered in many of the lodges.
Day 3: Village Walks and Cultural Performances
Discover the communities that live side by side with the gorillas on a village walk – there are various options in Buhoma, Nkuringo, Rubuguri and Nyundo. Activities include meeting traditional healers, visiting authentic homesteads, watching the local blacksmith at work and learning skills such as basket weaving and millet grinding. There are also cultural performances by Kiga and Batwa communities and a group of orphans. These tours benefit the communities and the environment!
Day 4: Waterfall Hike
If staying in Buhoma, take hike through the forest to Munyanga Waterfall. For those staying south of the park, take the 3-4 hour walk from Nkuringo all the way across the impenetrable forest to Buhoma, where your vehicle will meet you with your luggage. From here you can enjoy more cultural activities, or proceed north to Queen Elizabeth National Park.