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Mountain gorilla, Bwindi, Uganda

Uganda Gorilla Tracking &Lake Bunyonyi Canoe Trek - 4 Days

Overview
Itinerary
Accommodation
Inclusions
Overview

Uganda Gorilla Tracking & Lake Bunyonyi Canoe Trek - 4 Days

Uganda 4 day Bwindi gorilla tracking tour with canoe trekking in Lake Bunyonyi.

This 4 days safari takes you to track the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National  Park and also experience Uganda's most beautiful landscape, Lake Bunyonyi in the most exciting way - canoe trekking riding through the beautiful islands of Lake Bunyonyi.  

A wonderful way to experience Lake Bunyonyi, meaning “place of many little birds”, is to follow in the footsteps of the local people and jump into a dugout canoe. With its terraced hillsides and hidden coves, Lake Bunyonyi is a haven of tranquility that provides the perfect place to relax and unwind. The lake lies in south-western Uganda, between Kisoro and Kabale and close to the border with Rwanda. It was formed when the original valley exit was blocked by volcanic eruptions, creating a freshwater paradise that is a pleasure to explore. Canoe trekking allowed us to discover some of the remoter parts of the Bunyonyi valley, home to the Bakiga and the Batwa “pygmies” 

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  • Day 1: Bwindi impenetrable Forest
  • Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
  • Day 3: Half day canoe trekking on Lake Bunyonyi, afternoon relaxing by the lake.
  • Day 4: Depart for Kampala/Entebbe
Itinerary

Day 1: Start from Kampala or Entebbe Bwindi impenetrable Forest, Equator stop-over

Meet and greet with our local guide over breakfast, and then after drive heading to south-western Uganda.

En route, there is a local community popular for making local drums and crafts and a fruit market. Stopover, admire and buy yourself souvenirs. Proceed to the Equator line taken as one beautiful scenery in Africa - the pathway of the sun and take photographs.

Pass by mountains, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest during the nine hour journey.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge | Trackers Lodge Buhoma

Moderate: Engagi Lodge|  Silverback Lodge | Nkuringo Gorilla Camp | Gorilla Mist Camp

Low Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Camp | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp | Gorilla Valley Lodge | Buhoma Community Campground

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today enjoy gorilla tracking in Bwindi.

After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip - gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek the gorillas through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.

Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L'Hoest's, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla.

Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Bird's Nest | Acadia Cottages Lake Bunyonyi 

Moderate: Bird's Nest | Acadia Cottages Lake Bunyonyi 

Low Budget: Bunyonyi Overland Resort | Bushara Campsite 

Day 3: Half Day Canoe Trekking on Lake Bunyonyi, relaxing in afternoon 

After breakfast, set out for a 5-hour canoe trek as well as bird watching on the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi, traversing to the gorgeous Kyabahinga peninsula. Here you will be gladly welcomed with songs plus dances by the resident school children. You will enjoy with the locals at least a cup of “Obushera” which is a local brew. You will ascend the Kyabahinga slopes having a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the birdlife and the verdant terrain. The view is very breathtaking! The guide will certainly brief you about the history of the area.
Among the bird species you will see are the Dusky Tutle Dove, the Handsome Francolin and Alpine Chat. A renown herbalist who is a tradition healer -Omugurusi Jeremiah, based on the hill top will disclose to you some of the secretes about the flora on the tropical highland. 

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Bird's Nest | Acadia Cottages Lake Bunyonyi 

Moderate: Bird's Nest | Acadia Cottages Lake Bunyonyi 

Low Budget: Bunyonyi Overland Resort | Bushara Campsite 

 

Day 4: Bwindi - Kampala/Entebbe

After breakfast return to Kampala, then Entebbe International Airport, with lunch en route before your evening departure flight home.

Accommodation
Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation for the gorilla trek as indicated on programme (on full board basis)
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • Canoe trekking on Lake Bunyonyi
  • Sightseeing as noted in the trip itinerary
  • Park fees
  • Entry fees
  • Ground transportation by a private 4WD safari vehicles
  • Additional guides/porters where appropriate

Excluded

  • Flight tickets and departure taxes
  • Travel documentation (visas)
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Tips and gratuities for your guides and accommodation staff
  • Laundry
  • Beverages other than mineral water in the vehicle and at meal times with meals
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, postage fees and so on

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