Mountain Gorillas and Batwa cultural experience Uganda

6 Days Gorillas, primates and Culture

 

This program features a trek to the Mountain Gorilla sanctuary in Bwindi’s Impenetrable National park. It also includes a visit to the Little people of the forest, who were displaced at the time these areas were gazetted national parks. The Batwa, who were predominantly hunters and gatherers will be happy to show you their way of life as they take you on a tour which includes mock hunting, honey gathering, traditional house construction and cultural entertainment.

 

Detailed Safari program

 

Day one:                    Arrival at Entebbe which was a former administrative capital of Uganda. Entebbe refers to the word seat in the local Ugandan language and was named so, after the rock throne used by one of the former chiefs of the Buganda Kingdom who lived in the area. Entebbe was also the scene of the famous raid by the Israel paratroopers as they rescued the hostages during the 1970s. Your driver guide transfers to the edge of Lake Victoria on a 45 minutes drive, through local roadside villages before checking in at the Lake Victoria Serena for overnight. Meal plan: Bed only.

 

Day Two:                 Morning breakfast and proceed through the Lake Victoria basin with a brief stop over at the drum making village at mpambire. Later, proceed to the Uganda equator where the loos on one side of the line flush clockwise and the others anticlockwise. At this point, you lose 3% of your body weight due to the gravitational forces and you will have a photo session before heading towards Mbarara. Along the way, you will be stopping to take pictures of the long horned Ankole cows with their humongous horns and may be lucky to spot some Burchell’s Zebra and Impala along the roadside drinking from the national water holes alongside the Cattle. Lunch will be provided in Mbarara before heading through an area of magnificent scenery into the Volcanoes Gorilla sanctuary. Dinner and Overnight at Travelers rest Kisoro.

 

Day Three:              Early morning breakfast and later, transfer to the slopes of the Volcanoes at Mgahinga to attend a briefing of the day’s program. The Batwa guides will then start the morning cultural trail along the meadow of Mounta Gahinga and Mount Muhabura, sharing their 60,000 year history living in the tropical forests they shared with the Mountain gorillas and other wildlife. The trail begins with a walk through the bamboo forests , where you will see how the batwa made, and will demonstrate how cups are made out of the Bamboo, they will show you how to make fire by rubbing sticks against each other, gather honey and point out uses of some local medicinal plants. The Batwa were once good hunters, and they will show you signs of animal tracks in the forests before heading into a volcanic cave that stretches a couple of hundred meters where you will have some entertainment by the Batwa women groups in this cave, lit by traditional hurricane lamps. Later, have lunch and return to your accommodation at the Travelers Rest Kisoro.

 

Day Four:                   Morning breakfast and transfer through the mountains and forested areas. You will stop along the way to take pictures of the Volcano peaks that can be seen on clear days all the way through Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  You may also see black and white colubus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, lhoest monkeys and forest duikers on the road through the misty covered Impenetrable forest. You will arrive for a late lunch before dinner and overnight at the Gorilla’s Resort Camp.

 

Day Five:                    After breakfast, you will meet your allocated forest guide and will start the Mountain gorilla trekking experience in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest. On the gorilla trek, the trackers will be happy to show bits of plant material the gorillas feed on on their daily movements, their hairs from the silver backed gorilla, droppings, as well as the nest that was made the previous night. Once the trek gets to the family of these habituated animals, only one hour will be given to take pictures and interact with the gorilla group before having your picnic lunch in the bush. Later, proceed to Buhoma where if time allows, you take part in the village walk to see more of the forest people, the Batwa who have been resettled on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Meals and overnight at the Gorilla’s Resort Camp.

 

Day Six:                      After breakfast at 7:00am, transfer to Kihihi Airstrip for your scheduled flight at 09:45 O’clock to Entebbe. Upon arrival at Entebbe International airport, you will connect your flight to Nairobi

 

Price guide per person:

Affordable option price, sharing in a double or Twin room                   USD1,499 + Permits.

Mid range option price, sharing in a double or Twin room                    USD1,800 + Permits.

Luxury option price, sharing in a double or Twin room                         USD4,020 + Permits.

 

Price Include:

Airport transfers

Accommodations

Meals

Park entrance fees

Cultural walks with the little people the local Batwa

Private guide whilst on safari

Resident guides in the parks

Private safari vehicle

Gorilla trekking permit.

 

Excludes:

Flight to Entebbe at US$250 oneway

and Personal expenses.