Day 1: Entebbe – Bwindi
Adventure Consults’ staff will meet you on arrival at Entebbe airport (right on tarmac), assist through customs formalities, collect your baggage and walk to the domestic section in time for your bush flight to Bwindi. Flights depart Entebbe @ 7:00 AM & 12:30 PM, Check in time - one hour in advance. Schedules are subject to change at short notice.
On arrival at Kihihi airstrip, meet Adventure Consults’ safari guide and start an hour’s drive to Buhoma. The drive through villages, farmlands, rivers and hills is amazing. Short stops for photography and interactions with the local communities are worth it! Proceed to the lodge, check-in then have a detailed briefing about your adventure. In the evening/afternoon, you may go a village walk with a visit of the local schools hospitals and craft shops. Meals and accommodation included at the lodge.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking with Dr Gladys or one of Conservation Through Public Health Researchers.
This morning, you will enjoy the rare opportunity to trek mountain gorillas alongside renowned gorilla conservationist, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka of CTPH or one of her experienced researchers. Dr Gladys’ participation will entirely depend on her schedule/availability, so advance booking is recommended.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a home to more than half the world’s remaining population of mountain gorillas, and it’s where Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka goes to work. She’s been studying animal diseases for over 15 years and is known as the Uganda’s Dian Fossey
You will have the chance to observe mountain gorillas in their own backyard and learn about the struggles surrounding their survival from Dr. Gladys, who has dedicated her life to preserving these incredible species. Tracking gorillas is a fraction of Gladys’ work. You will get insight info about the health of Gorillas, collect samples that will be used on day 3 for analysis. Gorilla tracking with CTPH staff is a special experience as you get more than just Gorilla viewing!
Relaxed afternoon or take a walk down to the river. Meals and overnight accommodation included at the lodge.
Day 3: Community Program/Field researcher Experience.
Next to Bwindi forest, CTPH has a Gorilla Health Centre where all professional takes place. Together with Dr Gladys or one of her contemporaries, you will have a day in the life of a Gorilla field researcher. Analyze the Gorilla dung collected from the nests of the previous day’s track to establish the health of the family. The dung analysis is a big part of the work done by the researchers to establish gorilla health of the family. Visit the frontline communities that directly come in contact with the gorilla families, the gorillas not only eat what is in their gardens but also come into contact with human diseases that can be transmitted to the families. The only long-term and sustainable method to improve the gorillas’ health is by improving the health of the people living around the park, and not just the people, but their livestock as well.
In the afternoon, return to the lodge for relaxation as you reminisce your Gorilla experience and the work involved to ensure the great apes are protected. You have an option to for an escorted village walk. Meals and accommodation included.
Day 4: Fly to Entebbe – Connect to international flight.
After Breakfast, start for Kihihi airstrip in time for your 9:45 AM flight arriving Entebbe Airport at 1125 AM. Depending on the weather, you may have the best views of the Volcanoes, villages and Lakes as you take off, proceed to the airport and connect to your onward international flight.
Lion range (Luxury): Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Mahogany springs lodge.
Pride range (Mid-range): CTPH camp, Haven’s Lodge Buhoma or Crested crane.