Gorilla tracking in Uganda is one of the most popular activities for travellers to Africa. The critically endangered mountain gorillas can only be found in three countries in the world: Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Numbering just about 1,000 individuals, Uganda offers an ideal place to view these iconic species whose plight was illuminated by the 1988 movie Gorillas in the Mist, which was based on American primatologist Dian Fossy’s 18-year conservation efforts in Rwanda.
Day 1: Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Our representative will pick you up from the Kigali International Airport and drive you straight to Rushaga Gorilla Camp near the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where you will be a guest for two nights. The journey to this lodge should take about seven hours. Your gorilla tracking expedition will begin from here tomorrow morning.
Day 2: Gorilla tracking
Today you will be treated to one of the most spectacular travel experiences Africa has to offer: Mountain gorilla tracking in the immensely scenic and ecologically diverse Bwindi Impenetrabel National Park!
Starting your day as early as 6am, the head ranger at the park will divide you and other tourists into groups basing on your interests and fitness.
As you move along the forest, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.
However, even though you will have to scour this forested area for between one to seven hours before coming across the gorillas, you will only be allowed to be with them for only one hour to avoid stressing them.
The good news is that you will be taken to one of the habituated groups that are now accustomed to human presence. Getting up-close and personal with human’s closest relatives in their natural environment is no doubt a humbling and emotional experience! Usually, the gorillas show no aggression, merely curiosity.
Aside from the gorillas, you may also get a chance to see some of the over 180 bird sepcies that are resident in the park, including at least 16 Albertine Rift endemics: the francolin, Rwenzori turaco, Rwenzori double-collared sunbird, Rwenzori batis, strange weaver, dusky cromson wing, collared apalis, red-faced woodland warbler and Archer’s ground robin.
Day 3: Return to Kigali
After breakfast you will be driven to Kigali International Airport to catch your flight back home, making sure to stop at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre to pay tribute to those who perished in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.