5 Days 4 Nights Bwindi Gorilla Trek Lake Bunyonyi Safari

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Lake Bunyonyi

This 5 Day Uganda Holiday combines a trekking experience at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to see the Mountain Gorilla with some downtime and relaxation at the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.

Beginning from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, we drive southwest to Masaka, stopping en route to have snacks and take photos at the equator. Then we travel west to Igongo Cultural Village, pausing to visit the village centre and the fascinating Ankole Museum, housing interesting cultural and historical displays. From Igongo we continue west to Mbarara where we have lunch at a motel.

After lunch, we cover the remaining distance to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to nearly half of the African mountain gorillas surviving in the wild today. Tonight we have dinner at our accommodation and prepare for our incredible gorilla encounter tomorrow.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to around half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas (720 Mountain Gorillas). Actually, over 300 mountain gorillas are living there. 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 colors of Bwindi’s 200 butterfly species.

On day two we are up early for breakfast, before our gorilla trek; which starts with a briefing at 0800 Hours. The short talk is given by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) staff and covers gorilla trekking procedures and rules.

After the informative talk, we set off into Bwindi National Park, following the UWA ranger into the dense rainforests. Spending four hours with the endangered African mountain gorillas is an incredibly rare opportunity! Our intimate gorilla encounter gives you the chance to watch the gorillas go about their daily activities.

We observe the mountain gorillas feeding, dozing off, and interacting with each other on the forest floor – an extraordinary wildlife experience. After our once-in-a-lifetime gorilla experience in the wild hills and valleys of Bwindi Park, we return to our accommodation for dinner and a good night’s rest.

On day three, we 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 rumored to be free of bilharzia and safe for swimming. It is a popular location for water sports and a favorite destination for birders.

On day four, we 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 tours, and birding or just relaxing.

On Day Five, we transfer to the capital of Uganda, Kampala. We drive via Mbarara and Masaka, stopping for lunch and crossing back over the equator along the way. Arriving in Kampala we drop you off at your post-tour accommodation or transfer you to the Entebbe International Airport for your onward flight.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Kampala  Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 2: Explore Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorilla Tracking & Cultural Entertainment)
Day 3: Bwindi  Drive to Lake Bunyonyi
Day 4: Explore Lake Bunyonyi on boat rides and birding Activities
Day 5: Lake Bunyonyi  Drive to Kampala

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Have an early breakfast and depart from Kampala and head to Western Uganda. A brief stop at the Equator provides an opportunity for the photograph. Here we enjoy experimenting with how water rotates on the South hemispheres and the Northern hemispheres (clockwise on the South hemispheres and anticlockwise on the Northern hemispheres).

We then get a cup of coffee/ tea and continue to the rolling hills and terraced landscapes of the Kabale District. Have lunch in Mbarara town and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for a night.

Travel Time: About 7 to 8 Hours

Accommodation Options

Luxury Accommodation Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or Mahogany Springs
Mid-range Accommodation Gorilla Mist Camp or Silver Back Lodge
Budget Accommodation Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas

Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2: Explore Bwindi (Gorilla Tracking & Cultural Entertainment)

After an early morning breakfast and guide briefing, set off for your gorilla tracking in the forests of Bwindi. This Park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken to find them and the terrain varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates. Trekking time is unpredictable.

Though the time spent to track down these Gorillas is unpredictable, the thrill of spending time and observing these gentle giant gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they play and interact.

A packed lunch and drinking water will be carried along as you track, comfortable boots or sturdy shoes, as well as a light rain jacket is also important due to the unpredictable weather of Bwindi’s Impenetrable forest.

Walking sticks will be available from the park rangers. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. The ranger guide always briefs you on how to behave with these gentle giants. In the evening, proceed to the village for a cultural walk to 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.

Accommodation Options
Luxury Accommodation Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or Mahogany Springs
Mid-range Accommodation Gorilla Mist Camp or Silver Back Lodge
Budget Accommodation Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 3: Bwindi – Drive to Lake Bunyonyi

You can opt to first have a guided nature walk in Bwindi. This decision should be based on whether you should use the village trial or one of the five trials. After the lunch break, we depart for Lake Bunyonyi.

The travel time from Bwindi to Lake Bunyoyi is about 5 hours.

Accommodation Options

Luxury Accommodation Bird’s Nest
Mid-range Accommodation: Arcadia Cottages
Budget Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Camp or Bushara Island Camp

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 4: Explore Lake Bunyonyi on Boat Rides and Birding Activities

Given the inevitable rigorous day at Bwindi, most clients will cherish some relaxing moments on the shores of this peaceful lake. Tourists will choose from the various tour activities. They can choose to go birding, cycling, sunbathing, swimming, or even canoeing.

Accommodation Options

Luxury Accommodation Bird’s Nest
Mid-range Accommodation: Arcadia Cottages
Budget Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Camp or Bushara Island Camp

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 5: Lake Bunyonyi – Drive to Kampala

Take breakfast, and then transfer to Kampala for a Partial City tour and later shopping in the city craft shops. You will later transfer to the airport for your return flight back home.

Travel time from Lake Bunyoyi to Kampala by road is about 5 Hours

Meal Plan: {Breakfast and Lunch}

5 Days 4 Nights Bwindi Gorilla Trek Lake Bunyonyi Safari Prices

5 Days 4 Nights Bwindi Gorilla Trek Lake Bunyonyi Safari Prices Include:

Boat Ride + Gorilla Permit + Airport transfers + Community walk + Park Ranger Fees + Park Entrance Fees + Relevant Government Taxes + Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle + Services of our professional English-speaking Driver/ Guide & Full Board Accommodation and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary

Dates From Dates To Adult Rate  Children Aged
15 Years & Above
1st January 2023 31st December 2023  Request for Prices Request for Prices

Notes

* Kindly inquire about the actual prices for this tour at the time of travel. You can get something within your budget
* On Day 5 you have the option to visit Lake Mburo National park after leaving Lake Bunyoyi for a game drive before returning to Kampala or Entebbe


5 Days 4 Nights Bwindi Gorilla Trek Lake Bunyonyi Safari Prices Exclude:

* Visa Fees
* International flights
* Accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary
* Expenses of personal nature such as; personal insurance, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, Souvenirs, and optional activities

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