Uganda Gorilla Highlands Expedition
Gorilla Highlands Uganda – Gorilla trekking trails Bwindi – Gorilla highlands Uganda is an exceptional adventure beyond the famous mountain gorilla trekking. The expedition will take you to some of the most authentic African communities, cultural and hiking adventures in the gorilla highlands in western Uganda, specifically in Kabale and Kisoro.
What is Gorilla Highlands Experience?
The Gorilla highlands experience is a collection of activities which include canoe trekking, island hopping, community visits, forest walks and home stays. These activities are preceded by visits to the Bakiga museum located at Edirisa studio in the heart of Kabale town. Here is the animated history and culture of the Bakiga people who have been energetic farmers through generations.
What is special about Gorilla Highlands Uganda?
Activities in Gorilla Highlands Uganda – The experience in Uganda’s gorilla highlands is unforgettable. The most interesting bit of the gorilla highlands’ experience is probably Island hopping in dug-out canoes on Lake Bunyonyi. The Lake is often calm thus rendering it safe to use a canoe. Guests are able to visit and learn about numerous islands and their history.
Bwama Island also known as Lepers’ island has an isolation center for Leprosy patients from the region and as far as the now Burundi. It is here that they were treated by Doctor Sharp a missionary doctor who also happened to reside on a different island named after him. Amidst these two islands is the historical and infamous “punishment island”.
It is a tiny patch of bushy land where only one tree stands in solitude. This is where young girls who got pregnant before marriage were dumped to die for this was an abomination then. Interestingly, men who could not afford hefty bride prices were free to rescue the “dumped” girls and take them on as wives.
The other is hiking up the hills which is such a laborious adventure but it tees one up for a one-in-a-million panoramic view of Lake Bunyonyi and its islands. Guests are also able to visit schools, homes, and a hospital on some of these islands. On Kyabahinga hill, guests are treated with a visit to a traditional healer called Omugurusi Jeremia.
He takes them through sessions about how it was like treating illnesses and other social concerns in traditional African society. He will explain the uses of the various herbs and how they work to counter disease. On the same hill is Iannick a self-styled Rastafarian with keen interest in the history of Africans relative to the wide world. You will surely learn a lot from this gentle man. Groups of women specializing in art and crafts making can also be visited on different islands. It is also possible to enjoy locally prepared lunch from one of the homes along this trail.
Visit to the Batwa communities are an insight to different worlds of civilization and culture. The gorilla highlands experience looks to use tourism as a means of improving the lives of Batwa communities within the region. The Batwa guide for Gorilla highlands Mr. John Kanusu can lead the guests in Echuya forest reserve for a nature walk. In the process he tells the Batwa way of life before they were relocated from the forest. These were their key hunting and gathering grounds. They now only can pick bamboo sticks for construction purposes.
Another of the many highlight in the gorilla highlands is Lake Mutanda in Kisoro. The lake lies in the back ground of the Virunga mountain ranges soaring before. Three of the highest peaks are well visible on a good weather day. The terrain and features around this area are a manifestation of the erstwhile volcanic activity responsible for their existence. The experience here is really fantastic and rewarding. Kabira Gorilla safaris are the best tour operator to plan with you your safari for the best experience.
Authentic Uganda Gorilla Tours Safari Packages
Short Uganda Gorilla Trek Tours are Itineraries that take between 3 to 4 Days for Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
These Short Tour itineraries start either from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala-Uganda’s capital. Transportation is by a 4×4 safari vehicle on a drive lasting about 8-9 hours. Each itinerary can start any time of the year and is open to bookings by solo travelers, couples, or groups.
3 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Bwindi is a short memorable Uganda Gorilla Holiday to trek Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to more than 50% of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas
3 Days Mgahinga Uganda Gorilla Safari is the best short Gorilla trek safari to Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. This is one of the most scenic National Parks in Uganda found in south western Uganda.
4 Days Uganda Gorilla tracking Safari Bwindi & Lake Bunyonyi tour is a short memorable Uganda Gorilla safari and tour on Lake Bunyonyi. The 4 Days Uganda Gorilla safari includes a visit to Bwindi Forest.
The Ultimate Uganda Gorilla Safaris
A Long Gorilla tracking safari in Uganda is a perfect way to trek the gentle giants and also take other activities. Taking a Long Holiday means spending more time on safari and therefore doing a lot more.
Our Long Gorilla itineraries are recommended and include visits to other national parks in Uganda for wildlife tours, birding, and other adventure activities. Here are our sample itineraries that can help you best plan.
5 Days Mgahinga Gorilla Safari Uganda includes gorilla trekking and golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park as well as an adventure tour to Lake Bunyonyi.
7 Days Uganda Gorilla Tour is a Gorilla trekking & Wildlife tour to Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks. comprises activities.