Gorilla tracking and wildlife safari 6 days.

Gorilla tracking Bwindi.

The world populations continue to increase and animal habitats decrease, rainforests disappear, leading to hardships in conservation which makes it complicated to balance. For hundreds of thousands of years, the rainforests have supplied the needs – including food and medicine – to the people that live in these rainforests.

Where local people depend on the animals of the forest for meat and hunt a variety of species known altogether as bushmeat. Without bushmeat, their diet would be short of protein. Eating bushmeat is just like eating wild salmon or wild rabbit – it’s just that the animals are different.

In recent years, bushmeat hunting has seen a commercial increase that has reached an unsustainable level. More efficient hunting techniques combined with improved access to forest areas via roads built for the logging and mining industry means many species can’t reproduce fast enough to recover from what is now increasingly commercial hunting. Although not all local people eat gorilla meat, many have a high regard for it which means the trade in gorillas is a major threat to their survival – their meat has even been found in markets in London and France as part of the burgeoning international bushmeat trade.

Bushmeat is a complex subject. While it is illegal to hunt endangered species and to hunt in protected areas, the lack of capacity to enforce these laws often means that even where the forests themselves are being protected, they are being emptied of their animals. There are also ethical questions to reconcile when working in this environment. Is it right to stop people driven by poverty and hunger from hunting to feed their families?

Day 1 Arrival at Entebbe

Your unforgettable journey begins at Entebbe International Airport where you will transfer to a light aircraft for a scenic flight to the fringes of Bwindi National Park. At the landing strip in Kihihi, you will be met by a representative from Steady Safaris Limited. Drive through the fertile and lush Ugandan landscape passing small farming communities and terraced hillsides heading to the camp, and allow your guide to introduce you to the local history, culture and way of life. Mahogany Springs Lodge is unique because it is located on a private concession outside Bwindi National Park. Once you have arrived at the lodge, take some time out to relax in preparation for an exciting day of trekking.

Day 2 Watch gorillas in their wild habitat

After a restful night’s sleep lulled by the sounds of the forest, you will rise early to set out on your expedition in search of the shy and gentle apes of the Bwindi Forest. Although you should prepare yourself for muddy, humid and perhaps challenging conditions, a day of trekking through the rainforest is possible for all reasonably fit and healthy travellers. Expert trackers and guides will lead you to one of the forest’s habituated family groups of mountain gorillas and you will be able to spend a maximum of an hour observing the group as they feed, forage, play or interact. On returning to the camp, indulge in a well-deserved massage at the spa.

Day 3 Authentic Cultural Visit with an ancient people

The Batwa people have inhabited the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for thousands of years and have not forgotten the old ways of life. Today you are invited to witness a re-enactment of life as it was for the Batwa in the rainforest, and have the opportunity of interacting with these incredible people. The remainder of your day can be spent hiking, birding, visiting the local village or simply soaking up the sights and sounds of the forest from the lodge.

Day 4 Farewell to Bwindi transfer to Ishasha

Bid adieu to the rainforest and the friendly staff at Mahogany Springs Lodge before transferring to Queen Elizabeth national park south where we find Ishasha the home of tree climbing lions. Take a game drive here searching for the tree climbing lions. We then head on to Jungle safari lodge where we check in for overnight.

Day 5 Boat ride Transfer to Lake Mburo

Bid adieu to Ishasha and transfer to Mweya for lunch and later have a boat ride along the Kazinga Channel where we get to see various animals. After the boat ride we head to the Lake Mburo safari lodge where we spend a night in Lake Mburo national park.

Day 6 Farewell to Lake Mburo Entebbe Airport

Breakfast checkout, stop at the Equator imaginary Line for lunch and continue to Entebbe. Until transfer to the Airport we might tentatively visit the small reptile village, botanical gardens, Uganda wildlife education center before dinner at Phase 3.

Rates

Minimum 2 people required
Budget
Per person
Mid-range
Per person
Luxury
Per person
 $2460 (2 people) $2790 (2 people) $2,900 (2 people)
 $2390 (4-6 people) $2450 (4-6 people) $2,700 (4-6 people)