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MOUNTAIN GORILLAS AT HOME

An astonishing privilege

Uganda is home to half of the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas. Extensive efforts at conservation have led to a number of the families being habituated to human contact.

Taking a gorilla tracking safari in Uganda is indeed a great privilege to visit these enormously powerful and gentle creatures in their spectacular natural habitat-the tropical forest bordering the Virungas Volcanoes. We’ll visit either Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park- a treasure chest of flora and fauna and the richest forest in East Africa.
Accommodation with private facilities will be provided in a high-quality tented/rest camp in either Mgahinga of Bwindi.

As part of Uganda’s conservation initiative to protect the National Parks and all of their inhabitants, local community participation in tourism is being developed. During our stay we’ll visit local village initiatives and have an opportunity of buying locally produced crafts.

1Depart Kampala early in the morning and travel through Uganda’s green undulating countryside to a gorilla forest reserve.
Dinner and overnight at rest camp

2Without doubt, your first impression of the forest will be its almost audible silence but gradually, you will become aware that the jungle is alive. The whole ecosystem of millions of living organisms is watching and waiting. You pick your way through the dense undergrowth, along the scenic forest tracks with great anticipation. You’ll meet a whole family of gorillas and your whole massive experience of the forest and its many inhabitants is a memory that will live on.
Dinner and overnight at the rest camp

3After breakfast, we’ll take a day’s walk through the forest and the local villages.
Picnic lunch

4Dinner and overnight at the rest camp. After breakfast, there will be time for a short walk before we depart for Kampala, returning late in the afternoon.

Trail Accommodation

A wide range of accommodation is available, African Pearl Safaris operate the Bahoma Homestead, both Mantana and Gorilla Forest offer luxury tented camps and Community Bandas are also available.

Visit the mountain gorillas and their unique natural habitat and benefit an important conservation and local development programme.

The International Gorilla Conservation Programme, or IGCP, has been working in the entire range of the mountain gorilla, Rwanda, DRC and Uganda since 1991. IGCP is a coalition of three international conservation organisations: African Wildlife Foundation, Fauna and Flora International and World Wide Fund for Nature and through this joint effort brings a long-term commitment to the conservation of the mountain gorilla and its afromontane and high altitude forest habitat

This forest is a great conservation of significance, not just for the richness of its biodiversity and its high number of unique species, but for the value the forest has for the welfare of agricultural people living in this area. The link between wildlife, humans, culture and ecology is inextricable. IGCP strives to protect this area, straddling the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and DRC, together with the park authorities of the three countries by developing a framework for collaborative management of this unique ecosystem.

Tourism plays an important role in this framework, by providing sustainable funding for conservation, by developing the economy of the countries and bringing benefits to the local people in the region. The emphasis of sustainable tourism is that it benefits both local people and wildlife. The development of sound tourism programmes, therefore, is one of the tools for conservation that IGCP is working with local people and the park authorities to implement.

IGCP is working at many levels to ensure conservation of the forest and its wildlife, but it is the emphasis on regional collaboration and protecting the ecosystem as one whole, that provides the keystone for IGCP’s programme.

Weather

Kampala
May 26, 2017, 11:39 pm
Mostly clear
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18°C
current pressure: 1020 mb
humidity: 95%
wind speed: 1 m/s SSW
sunrise: 6:43 am
sunset: 6:51 pm
 

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