The double gorilla trekking safari takes you to the thick jungle rain forest of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to relive the experience of tracking down the thrilling mountain gorillas twice. Double gorilla trekking safari gives visitors the opportunity to trek and visit gorillas 2 times visiting two different gorilla groups and relaxing game viewing tour in Lake Mburo National Park. Double gorilla trekking tours is spiced by cultural tours with Batwa along with wildlife and boat cruise on Lake Mburo National Park.
Double gorilla trekking safari offers a magical encounter that highlights any other wildlife experience in Africa and Budget Gorilla Trekking is ready to offer you the adventure experience in Uganda. The most popular activity to engage with mountain gorillas is gorilla trekking and this can be done only Africa including countries of Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda in Volcanoes National Park, and in Democratic Republic of Congo Virunga National Park.
Bwindi Forest was gazetted as a national park in 1991 and then declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 supporting approx. 480 mountain gorillas of which 14 gorilla families are habituated and dedicated for gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest regions including Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga regions. Gorilla trekking takes place in these areas and only 8 people are allowed to trek one gorilla group in the company of park ranger guides.
You will embark on the double gorilla safaris adventure by travelling southwards to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park home of 14 habituated mountain gorillas. The drive to the park takes about 10 hours from Kampala. Take a stopover at Uganda’s equator for snacks and photographers, lunch can be taken at Agip Motel along Mbarara road. Arriving the at Bwindi forest in the late in the evening for dinner and overnight at your preferred lodge.
The first day of the double gorilla trek starts with an early morning breakfast after you transfer to the park for a briefing by the park warden. After the briefing, you are then distributed in groups of 8 people per gorilla family then your guide will give you highlights details about the way of life of the gorillas you will be tracking and after will lead you inside the forest to see the shy, intelligent mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is strenuous but worthwhile on encounter of these gentle giants.
Once you reach the, you are allowed to spend one hour while watching and observing these great apes as you stand 7 metres way from them while taking photos and videos of them. The excitement of you coming across with these creatures will wipe away the fatigue you have once you see the adults feed the young ones, sleeping, playing, while taking photos and videos of them. Looking into the brown eyes of a silver back gorilla has got to be one of Africa’s top wildlife.
The second day of gorilla trekking takes you to trek a different gorilla group ready with your hiking boots, rain gears, drinking water, snacks, long sleeved shirts and trousers, gaiters, sun screen, skin repellent and gloves ready to search the endangered mountain gorillas. The trekking may take 2 to 8 hours’ depending on the location of gorillas in the jungle, so expect to walk long distance in steep and muddy conditions, but it is well worth the effort. Keep an eye out for forest species like wild elephants, chimpanzees, bush bucks, and various colourful birds. When the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guide to within 7 meters from the gorillas, sit around them for a maximum of one hour while gazing into their brown eyes.
While at Bwindi forest, discover villages that live side by side with the gorilla on a village walk. Different activities include meeting with the traditional healer, visiting various homesteads, watching the local performers from the Batwa communities and to share their experience on how they co-existed with the wildlife and raised families in this jungle. The Batwa were hunter gathers and did an incredible job of co-existing with wildlife. Today you will meet some of the Batwa and they will take you through the forest and share how they lived and depended on the forest and survived attacks from the animals.
After breakfast, proceed to Lake Mburo national park centered on a series of swamp-fringed lakes rich in bird life while its green acacia woodland harbours wildlife like the Zebra, warthog, Elands, Impala among others which can be seen even as you enter the park. On arrival, you have an evening game drive and go at the lodge reserved for you for dinner and overnight.
Morning game drive starts right from the lodge which attracts zebras. You can have the whole morning in the park looking for the plains game including cape buffaloes, zebras, antelopes, Uganda Kob, impalas, giraffes, elands, among others. After lunch, the afternoon rewards you with boat cruise on Lake Mburo which will give you quite close to a school of hippos and crocodiles plus water birds at the shores of the lake including; Fish Eagles, Pelicans, Black crake, Heron, Cormorant, and the rare shoe bill stork. Return to your lodge for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight.