The Batwa Trail and gorilla trekking safari explores the misty Bwindi Impenetrable forest, which is home to more than half the population of the remaining 720 Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable forest offers a unique birding opportunity, cultural experiences, a scenic allure of stunning hills and lush vegetation inhabited by the elusive primates and pygmies. The gorilla trekking tours are the most enchanting experience in this forest. You will have an experience of a life time watching at close range these majestic apes as feed, play, relax and bond with the young. Still on the this amazing gorilla trekking and Batwa trail safari in the dense forests at the foot of the Virunga Volcanoes the home to the modern day primitive Batwa people: hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depend on the forest for shelter, food and medicine thanks to ancient knowledge passed down for generations. During this Batwa trail moving tour, the Batwa demonstrate hunting techniques; gather honey; point out medicinal plants and demonstrate how to make bamboo cups.
Day 1: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
We start off early and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, 9-10 hours away. This route is well endowed with remarkable tourist attractions including the Equator line, Savannah plains, the rolling hills and rich cultural backdrop. You will have a lunch break in Mbarara town and then continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park arriving late in the afternoon hours. We shall get to Bwindi in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel of your booking. Lower Budget: Buhoma community Rest camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Travelers Rest Hotel Kisoro / Gorilla Valley Lodge. Moderate: Gorilla Resort Bwindi /Gorilla Safari Lodge / Silver Back Lodge / Lake Kitandara Camp / Chameleon Hill Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort. Up market: Mahogany Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushaga Gorilla Safari Lodge. Meal plan: Dinner.
Day 2: Gorilla tracking and Cultural exposure
After an early breakfast you will go to the park headquarters where you will be briefed by the guides before you begin the search in the thick Bwindi forest for the giant gorillas. Bwindi National Park is renowned for its impressive mountain gorillas, although it is unpredictable for how long you will track before finding them since it all depends on their movement. Though the time spent to track down these Gorillas is unpredictable, the thrill of spending time and observing these gentle giant gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience.
Day 3: Cultural Batwa trail
On the third day we embark on the Batwa trail but first we experience the Golden monkey trekking and then continue on a community walk among the Batwa people who used to live in the Bwindi forest before it was gazetted as a National Park and learn about their life and culture as a forest people. Time allowing you will go for a guided community walk to experience the livelihoods of the local communities on the Batwa trail. You will visit a traditional herbalist to see how he prepares native medicine to treat a wide array of human sicknesses, see a black smith manufacturing local tools used in everyday life and see how local beer is brewed using local methods. You will also be entertained by the traditional dances offered by the community. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.
Day 4: Return to Kampala
You will depart Bwindi after breakfast and travel back to Kampala with a stopover for lunch in Mbarara town. You will continue the journey and make another stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos arriving in Kampala in the late afternoon.