BAH 062- GORILLA EXPRESSES (3 DAYS)
An early morning start from Kampala takes you southwest and across the Equator. You drive through Savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Ankole cattle with their incredibly long curving horns. You then ascend into the Kigezi highlands, known as the "Switzerland of Africa", with terraced farming and mountain scenery. Drive through to the gorilla sanctuary. Overnight at your choice of accommodation.
Enter the sanctuary at dawn and enjoy the beauty and freshness of the forest, home of the mountain gorillas. After a short briefing by the guides, proceed through dense bush to trek for these endangered animals. Other primates also live in the forest including the black-and-white colobus monkey, red tail monkey and chimpanzee. Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
This park found in the South western part of the country has always been referred as Impenetrable forest, it has always been conceived as the Gorilla sanctuary even though it has more than ten other species of primates e.g. chipanzees, colubus monkeys, baboons e.t.a. Bwindi also encompass one of the richest areas in Africa for flora and fauna. Clients need to be patient and prepared to scramble through more bushes than would be necessary since the gorillas are not habituated to human contact.
Return to Kampala after breakfast. Lunch at Lake View Hotel in Mbarara.
Remember to bring heavy leather gloves, stout hiking boots, rain poncho, long sleeve shirts, long pants, a light back pack, and water-bottle.
A full Scenic days drive from Kampala takes you across the Equator and through the Rift valley to your overnight stop at Kasese.
Days 2- 4.
Assisted by guides and porters you hike up to one of the Seven intermediate stages. There is a great diversity of vegetation, the chance of sporting some wild animals and breath taking views. The route chosen for you will be based on the skill and experience you have. Camp cook will prepare meals and accommodation is in mountain huts or tents.
Make a slow descent into Kampala via Mbarara passing through small villages with their Ankole Cattle and viewing numerous matoke plantations arriving in Kampala late afternoon.
- (1) This package can be extended to 10-12 days depending on how high one would like to climb. If you are serious climbers Baker (15889) and Margarita (16763 ft) peaks are worth visit.
(2) There are numerous rugged cliffs. Rock climbing equipment is needed. For Mt. Kenya trekking, refer to the other special Interest Safaris book for Kenya / Tanzania Mt. Climbing.