4 Days gorillas and Lake Bunyonyi tour
Location: Lake Bunyonyi, Bwindi Impenetrable forest.
Duration: 4 Days 3 Nights.
Tour category: Canoeing, boat cruise, Gorilla tracking, Cultural tour.
The 4 day gorilla trekking and Lake Bunyonyi wildlife safari starts and ends in Kampala. It will take you to the south-western region for a tour of Lake Bunyonyi– considered to be the second deepest lake in Africa. It is located in South-western Uganda between the districts of Kisoro and Kabale. It takes approximately 7 hours by road from Kampala. Its neighboring towns include Kyevu and Muko and among its 29 islands, the most popular ones are the Punishment Island and Bushara Island. The activities carried out around this touristy haven include canoeing, hiking, birding, swimming, community walks, among others.
The 4 days Uganda gorilla safari offers the most remarkable wildlife encounter with the rare Bwindi Mountain Gorillas in the remote Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park of southwestern Uganda. The Impenetrable forest is home to half of all the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population with 19 Gorilla groups/families and still growing. The 3 days Uganda gorilla safari and trekking in bwindi through the thick forest is an opportunity to have the rare encounter of seeing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and a chance to view some other attractions in the park. A gorilla trekking holiday in Uganda will take you for an exciting African safari passing through bananas and tea plantations, the rolling hills, seeing different small towns on this journey. The gorilla trek takes about 2 to 8 hours at any Uganda gorilla tours and the experience is worth it.
Bwindi impenetrable national park forest also offers a remarkably wide range of activities including, the Bwindi 350 bird species, 310 butterflies, 200 trees species, and 120 primates including, the chimpanzees in bwindi and the Black and White Columbus monkeys during gorilla watching . On arrival at the airport, our guide will pick you up to transfer you to your hotel to prepare for your 4 days Uganda gorilla safari bwindi.
Day 1: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Day 2: Canoe experience and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park for a Batwa community walk.
Day 3: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable.
Day 4: Transfer back to Kampala for departure.
A Gorilla tracking permit has to be booked in advance as they are always on high demand and limited atleast one month before the planned trip.
Day by Day ITINERARY
Day 1: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi via Igongo Cultural Centre
After your early morning breakfast our tour guide will pick you up and take you to Lake Bunyonyi in South-western Uganda, approximately 7 hours’ drive from Kampala. You will have a stopover at the Equator Monument in Kayabwe where the earth is divided into the northern and southern hemispheres. At this very point, a water experiment is also carried out to furthermore explain the geographical discovery of the Uganda Equator. While here, you may opt to look into the shops selling African art and crafts. Later, you will proceed to Igongo Cultural Centre for an hour’s lunch break. Thereafter, you will have a tour around Igongo Museum which is armed with an illustrious history of the western cultures and the ancient life of the Ankole kings. After the tour, you will embark on your journey to Lake Bunyonyi, reaching in the evening. You will check in at your hotel, have dinner and an overnight stay.
Luxury: BirdsNest@Lake Bunyonyi/Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Midrange: Bunyonyi Safari Resort/Jajama Panorama Resort
Budget: Bushara Islands Resort/Heritage Lodge Habuharo
Day 2: Canoeing and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park for a Batwa community experience.
Waking up to the soothing breezes of the most beautiful and scenic Uganda destination, Lake Bunyonyi, your breakfast will be served as you prepare for your morning canoe on Africa’s second deepest lake. The sereneness on Lake Bunyonyi is a mind relaxer, a much needed therapy after days of travelling. Its scenic views of relief and the surrounding islands at sunrise offer a rewarding adventure on its own, and with binoculars you can enjoy the plentiful birdlife plus the far-reaching islands. Later, you will return to checkout of your accommodation and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park, reaching at lunch time. You will then check in and have a sumptuous lunch. Later in the evening, you will have a community walk and visit the Batwa people. These forest dwellers are the ancient settlers of this place and they were hunters and fruit gatherers back then. They now earn a living by providing a walk-through of their ancient lifestyle in performances of dance and drama; crafts making demonstrations and guiding you through their historical caves. You can opt to buy a craft souvenir for your safari remembrance, then later return to your accommodation to dine and have an overnight stay.
Accommodations in Bwindi park
Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/ Gorilla safari lodge
Mid-range: Gorilla Mist Camp/Rushaga gorilla camp/Chameleon hill lodge
Budget: Buhoma Community Rest Camp/bwindi forest lodge/gorilla valley lodge
DAY 3: GORILLA TREKKING IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
You will have an early morning breakfast and thereafter be transferred by your driver guide to the park headquarters where park rangers will brief you about the regulations for the gorilla trekking in bwindi park and also you will be divided into a group of 8 visitors. You will be led by a ranger to start trekking of these gentle giants. After you encounter these gentle giants, you are allowed to spend an hour with these magnificent mountain gorillas close up in their natural habitat. Principally hikers will love the trek in the beautiful ecosystem of the park. But overall, this will be a unique and unforgettable experience! After the gorilla trek, you will be given a certificate for succeeding a gorilla trek in Uganda/bwindi then transfer back to your lodge in bwindi for lunch, rest, dinner, and overnight stay.
Luxury: Buhoma Lodge
Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp
Budget: Buhoma Community Rest Camp
DAY 4: TRANSFER FROM BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK BACK TO KAMPALA
On the last day of your 4 days Uganda gorillas safari, you will have a leisurely morning breakfast at the lodge, you will then embark on your return journey from this amazing Bwindi gorilla trekking safari driving through Mbarara and on a lucky day you may have a chance to see zebras and impalas through Lake Mburo national park back to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport to catch your flight back home.
End of the 4 days gorillas Uganda safari