4 Day Lake Bunyonyi Bwindi Forest Gorilla Trekking Safari

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4 Day Lake Bunyonyi Bwindi Forest Gorilla Trekking Safari combines a trekking experience at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to see the Mountain Gorilla and after enjoy some and relaxation at the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to around half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas (720 Mountain Gorillas). Actually, there are over 300 mountain gorillas living there.

Your tour begins from Kampala and visits Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park which offers Uganda’s best gorilla trekking.

Professional guides will take you into the heart of this teeming ecosystem in search of habituated gorilla families, whereupon you’ll spend a magical hour with the greatest of the great apes.

The success rate of finding gorillas on a daily basis is around 90%. But Bwindi isn’t just about gorillas: there are 11 other species of primate and numerous mammals ranging from shy forest elephants to giant forest hogs.

The bird watching is excellent – keep a lookout for any of the 23 endemics among the 350 recorded bird species – while even the most seasoned of nature-lovers will be amazed by the dazzling colours of Bwindi’s 200 butterfly species.

Later proceed to Lake Bunyonyi a beautiful place with amazing scenery good for relaxation and a good atmosphere which also favourable to bird watchers and not forgetting the very many bird species.

While at Lake Bunyonyi, you may enjoy the following activities; nature walks, bird watching, swimming in the Lake, boat cruise and canoeing around the Lake, cultural village tours to visit the Batwa people (pygmies) and the Bakora cave.

Additional activities include mountain climbing/ hiking the highlands around the Lake, biking or just relax.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Gorilla Tracking
Day 3: Bwindi Forest – Travel to Lake Bunyonyi
Day 4: Lake Bunyonyi – Travel to Kampala

4 Day Lake Bunyonyi Bwindi Forest Gorilla Trekking Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala – Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

0700 Hours: After an early breakfast at your hotel in Kampala you will depart and proceed to south-western Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park taking us approximately 9 hours.

A brief stop at the Equator (a place called Kayabwe) provides an opportunity of photographing. Continue to the rolling hills and terraced landscapes of Kabale District.

Have lunch in Mbarara town and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park arriving in the evening. Dinner follows and we relax as we prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp
Budget Accommodation: Broadbill Forest Camp, Wagtail Eco safari camp, Gift Of Nature Lodge, Nshongi Gorilla Resort
Mid-range Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Silverback Lodge Bwindi, Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp

Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}

Travel Time: About 9 – 11 Hours


Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorilla Tracking) & Cultural Entertainment:

0630 Hours: Have an early morning breakfast and then head to the gorilla sanctuary. This rainforest is spectacular as it offers a dramatic, heavily forested and dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for guests.

This Park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken to find them and terrain varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates.

The entire experience may take anything from 2 to 8 hours. The thrill of spending time and observing these gentle giant gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and also an exciting adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience.

The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they play and interact with each other.

In the evening, have a cultural walk and interact with the local people. Participate in captivating traditional performances presented by Women’s groups or orphan children groups.

Note that the fees you pay for these performances go directly to improve the welfare of families around the park.

Optional Extra: If your gorilla trekking experience is short enough, it may be possible to add on a waterfall hike – this may take anything from 2 to 5 hours depending on how much you stop along the way.

Take a plunge into the bottom of the icy waterfall if you are brave enough! (additional cost).

Accommodation Options:

Luxury Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp
Budget Accommodation: Broadbill Forest Camp, Wagtail Eco safari camp, Gift Of Nature Lodge, Nshongi Gorilla Resort
Mid-range Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Silverback Lodge Bwindi, Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Trekking Time: Unpredictable


Day 3: Bwindi – Drive to Lake Bunyonyi

After having that encounter with the mountain gorillas, say farewell to the impenetrable forest and head to Lake Bunyonyi.

Lake Bunyonyi is also known as the place of many little birds and is one of the few lakes in the region that is rumoured to be free of bilharzia and safe for swimming.

It is a popular location for water sports and a favourite destination for birders. When you reach a canoe ride, check out several islands like Bwama Island good for birders or you could take a nature walk to appreciate a variety of small birds.

Other activities at Lake Bunyonyi include canoeing, boat cruising, riding, and local tour, swimming, hiking the highlands around the lake, pygmy village tour and birding.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury Accommodation: BirdNest @ Bunyonyi Resort, Bunyonyi Overland Resort, OuterView of the Resort
Budget Accommodation: Bunyonyi Safaris Resort, Jajama Panorama Resort
Mid-range Accommodation: Bushara Island Camp, Heritage Lodge Habuharo, Arcadia Cottages

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Travel time: About 2 to 4 hours


Day 4: Lake Bunyonyi – travel back to Kampala City

After breakfast, we transfer to Kampala through Kabale and Mbarara for a lunch stop. You also have a chance to explore the Ankole culture at Igongo Cultural center before proceeding to get to Kampala in the evening.

Meal Plan: {Breakfast & Lunch}

Travel time: About 7 to 8 Hours

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4 Day Lake Bunyonyi Bwindi Forest Gorilla Trekking Safari Package Includes:

Park Ranger fees + Boat ride in Bunyonyi + All Park entrance fees + Relevant Government Taxes + One gorilla permit per person + Community visit (Batwa cultural tour) + Drinking bottled water in the safari vehicle + Services of our English speaking safari driver/ guide + 3 Nights accommodation as stipulated on the itinerary + Full Board Accommodation and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary & Round trip transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle from Kampala to Lake Lake Bunyonyi & Bwindi Forest and back to Kampala

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4 Day Lake Bunyonyi Bwindi Forest Gorilla Trekking Safari Package Excludes:

* Visa Fees
* International flight
* Personal Insurance
* Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities

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