5 Days Gorilla Tracking and White Water Rafting Adventure

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to over 370 gorillas, accommodating almost a half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. A tour to this park enables you get up close and personal with the rare species. This safari will give you an opportunity to see these rare and threatened gorillas. you also have an opportunity to visit many sites on your Jinja tour that include: Mabira Forest, Ssezibwa falls, Tea and sugar plantations, road side markets, source of the Nile, see River Nile and also go for white water rafting.

Trip Highlights
  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Sezibwa Falls & Mabira Forest
  • White Water Rafting
  • Nature Walks
  • Sceneries
  • Stop Over at the Equator
  • Igongo Cultural Visit
Day 1: Kampala - Jinja (Mabira Forest & Sezibwa Forest - Travel Time: +2hrs)

You will be picked up by our professional driver and guide from Kampala and transferred by private vehicle through to Jinja. We shall make a stop visit at the Ssezibwa Falls one of the best spots for rest and healing for the Kabaka’s (Kings) of the Buganda Kingdom. It is still a place where people come to seek the old ways. After lunch stop briefly at Mabira forest; check out different primates such as grey checked mangabey and red- tailed monkey. There are also butterfly and bird species most notably birds. Such as Nahan’s francolin, localized forest wood-hoopoe and African pitta. It is the only remaining nature low land tropical rainforest in central Uganda! Dinner and overnight at Jinja Nile Resort (High end), or 2 Friends Guest House (Midrange) or Paradise Hotel (Budget end) Meal Plan (Dinner)

Day 2: White Water Rafting then Transfer to Kampala

After enjoying breakfast, set off for water rafting on the most popular falls in Uganda, the Bujagali falls. These rapids go about 10km down river of the source of the Nile which has turned it to be one of the best spots for water rafting and kayaking. After lunch you may go bungee jumping and get to know what it means to let out your heart or horse riding or quad biking. Jinja is so much full of adventure that one cannot be bored in any way. Feel the adventure all the way thereafter return to Kampala for an overnight and prepare for your journey to Bwindi the following day. Dinner and overnight at Serena Hotel (High end), or Hotel Africana (Midrange) or Hotel Triangle (Budget end) Meal Plan (Dinner)

Day 3: Kampala - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Travel Time - +8hrs)

A very early rise today and together with your guide you will transfer by private vehicle south-West to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will stop over at the Uganda Equator for some photo shoots and a visit to the Craft Village. You will then head towards the western part of Uganda to the town of Mbarara where you will take your lunch and visit the Igongo cultural center.

After lunch you will go for a museum tour where you will get an insight into cultures of people in western Uganda then proceed to Bwindi impenetrable forest. Dine at your place of accommodation and relax the rest of the evening as you prepare for a thrilling experience of Mountain Gorilla Tracking the following day, the reality is that tonight you actually are sleeping within an African Rainforest which is habitat to half the population of the world’s endangered Mountain Gorillas. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge (High end), or Silverback Lodge (Midrange) or Buhoma Community Bandas (Budget end) Meal Plan (Dinner)

Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorilla tracking)

After an early breakfast, head to the Headquarters of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for an orientation plus meeting the guides as well as separation into the groups basing on which gorilla group you are to be tracking. From there you will set off for your thrill experience of the Gorillas in the Mist. Hiking within this mysterious and wonderful forest offers quite a lot to see as you make your way to see the Mountain Gorillas. The wildlife including additional primates, butterflies, mammals and birds, will certainly be very beautiful and really enhance this extremely special experience.

The tracking / trekking can entail some thorough climbing as well as hiking although when you come face to face with the tranquil yet potent Mountain Gorillas, watching them only a few meters away from you observing the group, the baby with the mothers, the gorillas partaking their every day routine just right in front of you is all very overwhelming. You can never find any mountain gorillas living in the zoo, save for just in this not large area of Africa where a number of the remnant mountain gorillas can be seen. Luckily because of too many efforts, this population is thriving and well surviving within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and visitors get the opportunity of observing them at close proximity. Time permitting; thereafter visit the famous batwa community for a community and cultural experience. You will learn about the traditional lifestyle of the Batwa, from brewing of the local beer to medicines made from this very forest. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge (High end), or Silverback Lodge (Midrange) or Buhoma Community Bandas (Budget end) Meal Plan (Full Board)

Day 5: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Travel Time: +8hrs)

After breakfast, Check-out and head back to the capital Kampala, with stops in Mbarara for a delicious lunch. Later proceed to Kampala or Entebbe to a place or hotel of choice where your guide shall drop you or be transferred to Entebbe International Airport to catch up with your out bond flight back home or to your next destination. Meal plan (Breakfast and Lunch)

Inclusions:
  • 1 Gorilla permit per person
  • White water rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Sezibwa falls and Mabira forest visit
  • Igongo Visit
  • Batwa visit
  • Lunch en-route
  • Transportation on a 4x4 vehicle
  • English speaking Driver
  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
Exclusions:
  • Visa
  • International Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Cigarettes
  • Personal expenses
  • Activities not included in the itinerary

Additional Info

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