The safari experience is flexible, and there are plenty of activities available. The main highlight is gorilla trekking which is fully guided trek into the dense rainforest and meet the gorillas. Tracking gorillas can take anything from 3 hours to a full day - depending on which group you track. You will spend an hour with the gorillas. There is also the gorilla habituation experience, which is unique to the lodge, and involves a full day of walking. This involves 4 hours with a gorilla family.
Other activities include guided Forest walks to the Bayenda Falls, and hikes to seethe golden monkeys.
Gorilla Trekking is an unforgettable experience, and guests can choose the level of difficulty when it comes to trekking. At the briefing point of the trek you will meet like-minded adventurers, all there for the same reason. You will be briefed about your gorilla trekking adventure and the etiquette/rules for when you’re in the presence of these powerful primates. You will be assigned a gorilla family that you will track and observe. Experienced gorilla trackers and porters will lead the way on the slopes of the volcanoes.
You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. The hike can be easy and it can be physically demanding. This all depends on the hike you’ve chosen, and where the gorillas are located. Follow the mountain gorillas as they move freely in the impenetrable forest, and observe them while they feed, communicate and vocalise. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before heading back to your lodge.
The Gorilla Habituation Experience is slightly different to the trekking experience. It involves the trekking and hiking part, but you become part of something bigger. You will be out for the day, heading deep into the depths of the jungle to find the gigantic wild mountain gorillas. This is an intimate experience, where you are afford the opportunity of spending up to 4 hours with the gorillas. Porters, guides and researchers will accompany you on your trek. The aim is to habituate the wild gorillas to the presence of humans. This experience is only available in Uganda (Rushaga) where Gorilla Safari Lodge is located. This incredible experience is all part of getting a gorilla family used to human presence, a process which takes 2 – 3 years.
The highlight here is tracking gorillas in the Bwindi Forest, but there are other activities available such as cultural tours to Batwa Pygmies, mountain biking and community visits. The Ugandan people really are a welcoming, friendly bunch. Diverse, too. As you travel around the country, the dress, food, music and dance change as often as the topography.
The story of the Batwa people is one of woe and sacrifice, and their historical presence is one of great significance. They were the original inhabitants of East Africa’s Great Lakes, and the guardians of the equatorial forests before they were pushed to the outskirts of Bwindi forest when it was was gazetted in 1991.
Gorilla Safari Lodge sits in a valley, which means the temperature varies from cool to cold. The climate is mild and temperatures are fairly consistent. On average, day temperatures reach 25°C and at night it drops to 10°C. Climate varies from region to region within the park due to the contrasting altitudes. The lodge is located at a lower altitude. The climate is generally quite wet, but June and July seem to have the least recorded amount of rain.
Try to keep your wardrobe colours as neutral as possible. Consider packing the following items:
Rain jacket - there is no formal “dry” season. Long trousers, long shirt/top and waterproof hiking shoes for trekking, hiking socks (fire ants are not pleasant), gaitors, garden gloves, small day backpack, compact or easy-to-carry camera with zoom.
Pack a hat, buff, sunblock, water bottle, electrolyte supplements, warm clothes for around the lodge and waterproof bags for your gear.
Uganda is a developing country, but is one of the most spectacular untouched landscapes in Africa. The people are warm and welcoming, and the weather differs vastly from region to region. Gorilla Safari Lodge is located in a valley and has a cool climate. The Bwindi jungle is on the outskirts of the lodge, and the views of the undulating hills are incredible. There are tea and coffee plantations carpeting hilly areas, crater lakes, forests and jungles around every corner. Everywhere is lush, tropical and green. Expect to be wowed with breathtaking scenes. The Bwindi Park habitat is home to over 120 species of mammals, 10 primate species, 23 species of bird and the rare forest elephants.
If you walk a mere 8 minutes from Gorilla Safari Lodge you’ll find yourself at the briefing point for a gorilla trekking safari in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This primeval forest and its hilly volcanic, jungle-laden terrain provides the perfect habitat for a variety of primates, of which include abundant gorilla family groups.
Learning about the cultural diversity and the dramatic history of Uganda is key to understanding so much of how this developing country made its mark on the map. One of the tribes you can visit are the Batwa Pygmy tribe.
Uganda might be small, but it’s positively brimming with fascinating tourist attractions, including some of Africa’s warmest and most welcoming people.
The main lodge area houses the dining room, a relaxation lounge, spa treatment room and a quaint nook where the bar is situated.
We offer a selection of packages that include transport from Entebbe and also that visit other wildlife areas in Uganda.
Cobbled paths with wooden bannisters join the well-appointed rooms, each of which have been named after individual gorillas or gorilla tribes.
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