Uganda is home to a large part of Lake Victoria, the largest tropical lake in the world. Parts of the country are so fertile that it’s said that goal posts sprout into trees. Kampala, Uganda’s capital, is one of the most exciting, vibrant and accessible cities in Africa. Half the world’s population of gorillas notwithstanding, there are many other natural attractions in Uganda, including stunning bird life. This is great hiking country, and the harder work involved reaps spectacular rewards.
Bwindi National Park offers awe-inspiring biodiversity with over 200 species of birds, butterflies and trees, however, it is the elusive Mountain Gorilla that is the star of this show! Half of the world's population of Mountain Gorillas call Bwindi home therefore offering that once-in-a-lifetime chance to encounter these elusive and endangered primates.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is an eight tent camp located in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in southwest Uganda, this remote location is probably one of the most atmospheric in Africa. There is a range of activities available at this secluded camp ranging from forest walks, community interactions, birding walks and of course, not to be missed, Gorilla tracking.
Some of the activities offered include:
Guided Forest Walk:
Rare forest elephants, giant forest hogs, 11 kinds of primates, forest duiker antelopes, bush buck antelopes, over 200 species of butterflies and more than 350 species of birds, these are a few of the many reasons you should enjoy a guided forest walk through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bwindi. Starting at the Park office and ending at the magnificent Munyaga waterfall, the guided walk to and from the waterfall takes about three hours and offers a good warm up to Gorilla Tracking.
After a briefing by your guide on the communities that live in the area, enjoy a two hour stroll amongst the local communities. Visit a small tea farming project where you can meet the tea pickers and even learn how to pluck tea leaves yourself. From there stroll to the local beer brewery to see them mashing bananas to make the local fermented brew, Banana Beer, a very popular local drink. Next stop is a local clinic which supports various projects in the community before finally stopping to meet a local medicine man who will share his knowledge of using herbs for healing that has been passed down from generation to generation. End your visit with a performance by the Batwa pygmy community.
Having spent many years involved in the habituation process your expert guides have a complete understanding of the complicated etiquette involved in meeting a family of Mountain gorillas, and of course the giant silverback. You will trek through dense forest with steep slopes meaning that participants need to be physically fit. Once the gorillas are located, spend a maximum of one hour with them before returning back to camp. Please note only children aged 15 and above can track gorilla. A one day tracking permit is currently US $500 per person and only eight visitors are allowed to view each group every day.
With over 350 bird species resident in Bwindi, including 24 that are endemic to these highlands, a local expert can guide you on a fascinating 2-3 hour walk through the park.
Walk within the Bwindi Impenatrable Forest with your knowledgeable local guide to view some of the 350 bird species living in these highlands.