Day 3 – Gorilla Trekking: After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. You then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film is recommended. It can rain at a few minutes’ notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film.
Day 4 – Batwa Pygmy Tribe Experience: It is a rare privilege to meet the Batwa of Bwindi which will take you 6hours before you return to the camp. Only eight of the original Batwa remain and although no one is sure exactly how old they are, they are believed to be between 80 and 110! The walk to their village is spiced with interesting information and anecdotes: the way the locals make banana gin, how they build their homes and the history of the Batwa. For hundreds of years they had lived in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, reliant on the forest for food and shelter. When Bwindi Impenetrable Forest was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in order to protect the gorilla population, the Batwa were moved to the periphery of the forest. The Batwa are about four feet high and very nimble. They will be delighted that you have come to visit and will welcome you with a traditional chant. Then they will tell you, via a translator, how they hunt, make fires, build houses, use plants for medicinal purposes and even how they bury their dead. After the tour you are welcome to taste their traditional meal of goat stew, pap (ground milieu meal) and boiled green bananas with salt. After dinner simply relax and sip a drink as you listen to folk tunes played on the traditional Bakiga guitar.