6 Days Birding and gorilla trek in Bwindi Uganda

UGANDA TRAVEL GUIDE

Tour Overview

6 days birding Ruhija and gorilla trekking in Bwindi Uganda is an amazing package that combines a birding expedition and gorilla trekking safari in Uganda. Ruhija is one of the 4 gorilla sectors in Bwindi and it’s famous for its habituated gorillas, the sector has several birds that dwell in its forests.

Bwindi being a thick forest park, attracts several birds including the Albertine rift endemics for example; black-faced Apalis, Grauer’s warbler, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, Rwenzori batis, Shelley’s crimson wing, Graeber’s broadbill, handsome francolin, among others. It is in these 6 days that you will be rewarded with extraordinary experience. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to the hotel

Upon arrival, our driver guide will pick you up from the airport, greet you, and take you through the itinerary, if you arrive early, you will visit Entebbe Botanical Gardens a haven of birds in the city, visit Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) and then be transferred to the hotel where you will spend an overnight as you acclimatize. 

You will taste Ugandan dishes in case you want, and relax in the hotel room as you get ready for the long day of travel the next day. 

Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi Ruhija gorilla sector

On this day, arise in the morning for a scrumptious breakfast, check out of the hotel and hit the road to Bwindi. This is a long day for travel where you will drive for about 9 hours to southwestern Uganda where Bwindi is located. 

The drive will include stopovers especially at the Equator to engage in the Equator experience, take pictures while standing in both hemispheres of the earth, and then embark on your journey, you will have lunch en-route in Mbarara, thereafter embark on the journey to Bwindi. You will arrive in the park in the evening, connect to your lodge accommodation, check-in, and have dinner overnight.

Day 3: Gorilla trekking and Batwa 

Arise in the morning, greet your intestines with a scrumptious breakfast, get your packed lunch box and be transferred to the park headquarters for a briefing about gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking is an iconic activity whenever you visit Bwindi National Park. You will be assigned a gorilla family to track, you will thereafter head to the thick forests with a ranger guide who is knowledgeable about the birds in Bwindi and also the movement of gorillas. 

As you are searching for gorillas, you will be meeting birds such as turacos, owls, eagles, bee-eaters, sunbirds, and weaverbirds to mention but a few. After you have met the gorillas, you will spend an hour in their presence, you will take pictures, and videos, as you enjoy the way they play, feed, and nurture their young ones.

 You will thereafter return to the park headquarters to receive the gorilla trekking certificate, proceed to the lodge to freshen up and in the evening visit the Batwa community to get a touch with one of Uganda’s primitive groups of people.

Day 4&5: Full-day birding in Bwindi

The 2 days in the Ruhija gorilla sector will expose you to several birds since this sector is one of the best birding areas in Uganda. The sector hosts about 400 bird species including the Albertine rift endemics, migratory birds and other forest birds and this has made the Ruhija gorilla sector one of the best birding areas in Uganda. 

This sector has many birdwatching spots for example; Mubwindi swamp, bamboo trail and Ruhija hill, you will visit these spots to achieve a great forest experience. You will be moving with a ranger guide who will be helping you to experience this great experience some of the bird species to encounter are;

 the common buzzard, snowy-crowned robin chat, mountain masked Apalis, African paradise fly-catcher, blue-headed sunbird, double-toothed barbet, Carruthers cisticola, African green broadbill, Rwenzori batis, African olive-pigeon, strip breasted tit, great blue turacos, strange weavers among other birds. A good birder will spot over 200 birds in these 2 days in the Ruhija gorilla sector.

Day 6: Transfer back to Kampala and departure

On the last leg of your trip, you will arise in the morning, grab a delicious breakfast, check out and transfer back to Kampala. 

This is another long day for you to travel which will take you about 9 hours but with stopovers for scenic viewing and lunch en route. You will arrive in the evening, and be transferred to the airport for your flight back home or to other destinations.