BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda is a bio-diverse, mountainous area in southwest Uganda. Its home to many of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, who feed on roots, leaves, and fruits from the park are many tree and fern species. Restricted numbers of viewing permits help protect the endangered gorilla families. In the park, rough paths weave amid dense forests, which are home to many butterflies and birds.
In this 3 day tour, you will have a valuable experience on the checklist to tick off through your primate trek with Mountain Gorillas; it will leave you with a long-lasting memory of Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park, Uganda.
ARRIVAL IN KIGALI AND TRANSFER TO YOUR HOTEL
Welcome to Kigali, Rwanda! Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by African Expert Safaris knowledgeable representative who will brief you about your itinerary and our beautiful Countries and proceed to your hotel in Kigali, refresh, and relax with the hotel facilities.
Dinner and overnight stay at ONOMO KIGALI HOTEL (BB) (3 Star Hotel)
DAY 2: KIGALI CITY TOUR AND TRANSFER TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
After your breakfast, our representative will meet you at the hotel provide a detailed briefing as we head off on the scenic 4.5-hour drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Uganda. En route, you will discover why Rwanda is called The Land of a Thousand Hills as the drive is very scenic and continues into Uganda as you will get to see all 5 Volcano Peaks of the border park and marvel at the farmers working on the steep terraced hills.
Arrive at the lodge have lunch later after we will proceed with a 30 minutes’ drive for a unique Batwa experience. Batwa (Pygmies). For 5000 years the Batwa People lived, hunted, and gathered in their beloved
forest. Before any other people lived in what is today Bwindi Impenetrable Forest there were the Batwa (Pygmies) the indigenous people of the ancient rain forest.
The forest provided everything that they needed, in turn, they left a minimal footprint in the forest, and they co-existed with Nature and their environment only taking what the forest provided and what they needed. The concept of owning the forest, of owning land was foreign to them – they lived in harmony with their surroundings and kept their traditional ways and culture even when other people groups moved into the areas surrounding them.
Later after this unique experience transfer back to your lodge to freshen up, relax with a drink. Dinner and Overnight at ICHUMBI GORILLA LODGE FB (3 Star eco Lodge)
DAY 3: RARE MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREK AND TRANSFER TO KIGALI, CITY TOUR, AND DEPARTURE
After early breakfast, you will carry your packed lunch and meet your driver-guide at the reception to take you to the park headquarters for briefing and meet with excellent and well informed local guides and will keep in touch with the advance group (trackers) the guides will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla tracking based on their experience with gorillas.
We then hike into the forest to where the gorillas were seen the night before from that point with the communication of the advance group. The trek can take from 3 to 6 hours. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest surrounding scenery makes the trekking worthy. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world.
Remember to hire a porter to help you currying your backpack and can give you a hand during hiking where possible. Have you packed lunch along the way and after your trek, return to the lodge for a freshen up, and check out for your 3.5 scenic transfer to Kigali for a short city tour. Upon arriving early evening, you will be taken to Kigali Genocide Memorial.
Kigali Genocide Memorial
This is an extremely moving, challenging, educational, and ultimately inspiring memorial and a great place to understand the cause, tragedy, and successful rebuilding post-genocide.
The reconciliation and rebuilding have been miraculous and these memorials are built to inform, educate and prevent such a tragedy to ever occur again.
The tour is very transparent and educational but very somber and humbling when you realize that over 250,000 deceased are buried on the site of the memorial. Guaranteed you will feel every emotion during this visit.
The most common question that goes through your mind is “would I be capable of that level of forgiveness if I found myself in this situation”. That’s a true inspiration.
Later African Expert Safaris representative will take you for a farewell dinner in one of the friendly town restaurants before your transfer to Kigali International Airport in time to catch your flight back home.
We wish you long-lasting memories of a lifetime and safe travels to your next destination