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Having 326 Gorillas, gorilla searching trips form the major tourist activity/attraction in Bwindi. On a daily basis more than 10 gorilla groups are usually available for tourists to trek. The Mubare group comprising of 16 gorillas with1 Silver back, this group was officially opened for tourism in 1993.The other group being the Habinyanja group which comprises of 23 gorillas with 2 silver backs and was readily opened in July 1998. The last and third group of gorillas -Rushegura comprising of 17 gorillas with 2 silver back all in the Buhoma sector.
All gorilla tracking safari permits are sold by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) at the Headquarters in Kampala with only 8 gorilla permits per day being sold for each of the 2 Gorilla groups. Advance booking- at least 3 months in advance is recommended to prevent missing out.
The Uganda Gorilla tracking activity starts at 8:30 am local time and lasts the whole day.
After the search for Gorillas, you are supposed to watch them for only an hour once they have been tracked.
The Gorilla Tracking trek in Bwindi is tedious in this regard tourists are therefore urged to be physically fit and carry jungle boots and rain jackets along with them because the forest is always wet.
DAY 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Pick up from hotel after breakfast and drive southwestwards to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park, with stopover in Mbarara town for lunch. Proceed through a breath-taking scenic view popularly known as the “Switzerland of Africa” to the park.
DAY 2: Gorilla Tracking and Cultural Walk.
Have an early breakfast and head to the park headquarters for briefing from the park rangers about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas. Proceed for the memorable adventure penetrating the impenetrable forest in search for the gentle giants. This may take 2-8 hours depending on the movement of the animals. You will spend a maximum time of one hour enjoying the gorillas play, feed or rest while taking your observations and photographs. In the evening, you may go for cultural walk in the nearby Batwa (Pygmies) community, where you will be entertained and given tales of their unique culture. Dinner and overnight at your hotel
DAY 3: Transfer to Kampala.
Take your breakfast and embark on your journey back to Kampala with a stopover at the equator for photography. Lunch enroute reaching late in the afternoon and you will be transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight or to the airport for your departure flight.
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