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For those interested in visiting Uganda and are planning to go for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi and Hiking Mountain Rwenzori Combined, this safari can start from Rwenzori to Bwindi impenetrable National Park and vice versa. Are you interested to spend time on the footsteps of Mountain Rwenzori and later go to Bwindi or interested in gorilla trekking in and after go hike Mountain Rwenzori? The Rwenzori Mountains National Park covers nearly 100,000 ha in western Uganda in the districts of Kasese, Kabarole and Bundibugyo and comprises the main part of the Rwenzori mountain chain, which includes Africa’s third highest peak (Mount Margherita: 5,109 m). The region’s glaciers, waterfalls and lakes make it one of Africa’s most beautiful alpine areas. The park has many natural habitats of endangered species and a rich and unusual flora comprising the giant heather among others.
Hiking Mountain Rwenzori
The Rwenzori Mountain is the fabled Mountains of the Moon and Lies in western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border. The equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo, and rich, moist montane forest. Huge tree-heathers and colorful mosses are draped across the mountainside with giant lobelias and “everlasting flowers”, creating an enchanting, fairytale scene. Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the highest parts of the 120km-long and 65km-wide Rwenzori mountain range. The national park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation. The Rwenzori’s are a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination and nine- to twelve-day trek will get skilled climbers to the summit of Margherita the highest peak. You will need to spend more time if you are interested to hike to the highest peak.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda sharing a border with Congo, it is one of the only two national parks in Uganda where you can trek and see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat in the world, it is home to more than half of the only remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild making it famous and best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Forest National park is divided into different sections/sectors where you can do the Gorilla tracking experience namely Rushaga, Buhoma, and Ruhija and Nkuringo sector. You can spend your honeymoon, birthday, wedding anniversary and vacation in Bwindi impenetrable National Park from Mountain Rwenzori.
Safari Packages Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi and Hiking Mountain Rwenzori Combined
What to do in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park combined with Hiking Mountain Rwenzori
There is a lot to see and do in Bwindi impenetrable national park, this park is one of the leading great tourism destinations in Africa that you shouldn’t miss on your bucket list. You can participate in different activities in Bwindi to have a whole new experience as detailed below.
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
Gorilla tracking is the primary activity to do and see the gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable National park. Bwindi is a home to half of world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas in the world meaning your visit here you have 98% chances of seeing the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. You can opt to spend quality time trekking mountain gorillas in any of four different sections of the park that is Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south and Ruhija and Buhoma in the North East and East part of Bwindi National park respectively.
Having a gorilla permit is the key priority for you to have a gorilla trek in Bwindi impenetrable National Park from Entebbe. The gorilla permit has to be purchased in advance to secure a spot for your trek for any date depending on your travel dates and availability of the permits that day. Gorilla tracking is done in a group of eight people per gorilla family meaning eight permits only are available for each gorilla family, for you to secure a place for a day’s gorilla trek you will need to secure your gorilla permit in advance months or days prior visiting Bwindi Forest National park. When you book an all-inclusive Gorilla road trip to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from Entebbe with Eco Adventure Safaris, all you need to do is to send us your actual dates when you prefer trekking gorillas and we will check availability of permits online. We will reserve your permit tentatively and send you a permit payment invoice. Once you make payment, we will go ahead and secure your permit and thereafter send you scanned copies of receipts from Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Gorilla Habituation Experience
Gorilla Habituation Experience is another amazing experience to do in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The activity allows you to spend four hours with mountain gorillas still undergoing the process of habituation. Only four people are allowed to do gorilla habituation activity in Bwindi Forest National Park in Uganda, with this you are required to book your gorilla habituation permit in advance to secure your place. The experience starts and takes up to half or a full day depending on the time you take to find them.
Gorilla habituation activity is only done in the south of Bwindi impenetrable National Park between the sectors of Rushaga and Nkuringo. During this experience, you visit the gorillas that are in the process of being habituated and the gorillas are not yet used to Visitors and act wild, with researchers and guides, you monitor the way gorillas feed, move, rest and also communicate with them.
Bird watching Experience
Bwindi Forest National Park is a home to various unique bird species including the Albertine Rift Endemic birds and it is a place to be for Bird watchers, Key bird species to spot on your birding tour in Bwindi National Park include Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Nightjar, Dwarf Honeyguide, African Green Broadbill, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing. We do organize birding packages to Bwindi Forest National Park, with professional birding guides you are able to identify different birds.
Cultural and community experiences
Cultural experiences is also one of the most sought activity when planning in Bwindi impenetrable National Park. Bwindi Forest National Park used to be inhabited by the Batwa people commonly referred to as the pygmies for many years until of recent when they were removed from the Bwindi Forest to the surrounding communities of Bwindi Forest National Park to ease mountain gorilla conservation and tourism. A road trip to Bwindi Forest National Park from Entebbe will give you an opportunity to see these pygmies used to spend their time in the forest, where they used to stay, how they used to harvest wild honey as well as hunting. They will show off their dances and explain how they have managed to settle and enjoy normal life outside the forest. You can as well visit the rest of the community in the out skirts of the forest, the women groups that do crafts and sell food, the community schools and we encourage if you have any donation to support the children with clothes and scholastic materials.
Nature and Forest walks
Forest walks are ideal when you visit Bwindi impenetrable National park. Bwindi is made up of a tropical forest which is one of the oldest forests in the world existing for more of the past 250,000 years back; it has ancient tree species and some of them endemic to this forest. It is as well known to be impenetrable due to its thick canopy making nature walks enjoyable, on your nature walking safari in Bwindi Forest you will have a chance to learn about different tree species, spot different bird species as well have a chance to sight different animals including rare forest elephants if lucky, monkeys, baboons.
We do offer Nature walking packages from Buhoma sector to Nkuringo Sector, crossing Ivy River, Kashasha trail, these nature walks also given you a chance to blend yourself with nature including a visit to the beautiful waterfalls and rivers in the Bwindi Forest National Park, you can choose a package that can be tailored with all these activities to best suit your interest.
Where to stay in Bwindi impenetrable National Park?
Since Bwindi impenetrable National Park has four sectors for gorilla trekking namely; Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija and Rushaga, You will choose accommodation/Hotel depending on the where you want to do safari from. All these sectors have hotels/Lodges ranging from budget to midrange to luxury and to up market hotel with low season rates and high season rates. For example, In Buhoma sector you can stay at Buhoma community camp as budget hotel, Buhoma Havens lodge as Midrange hotel, Bwindi lodge, Mahogany springs lodge, Buhoma lodge, as Luxury lodge and Gorilla forest camp as the Up market hotel. In Rushaga, you can stay at Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla camp and four gorillas Lodge, in Nkuringo you can stay at Nkuringo Bwindi lodge, Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge.
Why book with us Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi and Hiking Mountain Rwenzori Combined
Eco Adventure Safaris organizes Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi and Hiking Mountain Rwenzori Combined with many choices of activities as well customized packages from Mountain Rwenzori. Our magic in organizing authentic experience stems from the fact that we have over time assembled a team mixed with young and energetic staff guided by well-experienced mature managers and directors who are Ugandans and passionate about what they do. Eco Adventure Safaris is highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor to help you learn about the experiences of the other travelers who have traveled with us.