Get up at 6.00am for a quick breakfast and transfer to the Rushaga gate of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – which is 25 kilometres (1 hour drive) away. With packed lunch in your carry-on, your guide will deliver you to the Rushaga tracking point before 8:00 am for registration and a briefing
on what to expect before commencing your tracking. The guides will then take you through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. (Tracking can take from half an hour to 5 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes). When you finally locate the family that you are tracking, sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest in the knowledge you are in the presence of the few remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild. After the mandatory 1 hour is up, the rangers and guides will lead you back to the starting point where your guide will be waiting for you to return you back to the lodge. Have the rest of the day to yourself.
What to bring for gorilla tracking/trekking: light hiking boots, light rain jacket, daypack, 2 litres of water, gardening gloves, long trousers either jeans/khakis, long-sleeved shirt, wide-brimmed hat, sun glasses, insect repellent and an energy bar (s).
Chameleon Hill Lodge, 1 nigh