Day 5 and 6, February 29 and March 01
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
These two days activities may be among the most exciting and challenging of our entire expedition. Gorilla tracking starts at 8.30 am each day. The Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi are part of a worldwide population of just 600. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to either one of two habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild.
The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild animals. However, experienced guides will accompany us on our tracking, many of whom have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts.
Because of this, the time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 9 hours before we return to camp. Once the gorillas are located, our group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. This will be a highlight of all of your wildlife experiences, both past and future. A look into one of these magnificent creature’s eyes brings home the bond that exists between them and us. It also brings home the poignant fact that they are on the verge of extinction, and that our presence here contributes to ensuring their continued survival. The hour is often over all too quickly, and we slowly make our way back to camp to recount the day’s adventures.
We will track the Habinyanja group(H group) on one day and then the Rushegura group (R Group) the next day. Below is the composition (valid at time of writing) of the Gorilla groups:
2 Silver Backs
2 Black Backs
3 sub adults
Rushegura (13 members)
1 Silver Back
Overnight: Gorilla Forest Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board