The undiscovered pearl of Africa, Uganda, is a landscape of deep lakes, high mountains and thick rainforests. With a boasting wildlife not found anywhere else, Uganda is also home of the world’s greatest concentration of primates. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a Unesco World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda. The elusive Mountain Gorilla is the park's main star with half of the world's population living here: Bwindi offers adventurous travellers the chance of a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with these elusive and endangered primates. Ecologically respectful, with only ten private luxury tents, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp blends with the African mountain landscape of the national park. This luxury camp features a bar, lounge and dining area overlooking the rainforest, as well as a raised natural platform for open-air dining. Due to its unique location, only few minutes away from the start of gorilla trekking adventure, it’s not unusual for the gorilla families to visit the camp itself.
Bwindi is surrounded by the Bakiga community and Batwa people. The walk takes about two hours and begins with a small tea farming project to meet tea pickers, then a visit to a local beer brewery to see how they make banana beer , a popular local drink in the area. Then a short walk distance to the local hospital which Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp supports through various projects. Visit the nearby village and its traditional medicine man.
Gorilla tracking is the main activity at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. Experienced guides accompany the track of one of the ‘habituated’ gorilla family groups in northern Bwindi. Permits need to be bought in advance. Gorilla tracking commences at 08.30am and only a maximum of eight visitors daily can meet each gorilla group. Once the gorillas are located, the group can enjoy their company for one hour. Guests who are unable to trek on foot can be carried into the rainforest by camp porters.
A fullday activity to learn about and interact with the local Batwa People, the oldest inhabitants of the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. Like most of the tribes in Africa, they have moved from place to place and are now found in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and eastern portions of the DRC. They are approximately 80,000 people, making them a significant minority group in these countries. This excursion includes a three hour walk to get to Batwa village, followed by about an hour spent with them to see how they live. A great opportunity to discover their music, their goddes and watch them hunting and gathering .The walk back to camp is two hours.