Tour high lights
Day 1: Transfer to bwindi
Day 2: Gorilla tracking and community walk
Day 3: Transfer to bunyonyi and game drive
Day 4: Departure to Kampala/ Entebbe
Day 1: Kampala – Bwindi
Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation or Entebbe airport and drive heading southwest via the Kampala Masaka highway. Have a stop at Kayabwe to take some photos at the equator crossing and later have lunch in Mbarara at the Igongo Cultural Center. You will drive on to Bwindi impenetrable national park. This park is home to the internationally renowned endangered mountain gorillas a unique feature for the tourism industry of Uganda. Bwindi national park, plus Mgahinga National Park together with the Volcanoes Park in Rwanda and the Virunga Volcanoes of Congo home to the world’s surviving endangered mountain gorillas. Dine and slumber at your preferred lodge. Dinner is served from 6pm to 9pm
Day 2: Mountain gorilla tracking / community walk
Have an early breakfast 6:30am, then proceed to the park headquarters by 7.30am for a briefing from the Park Wardens. Ensure to carry along rain jacket, drinking water, snacks, and ankle high jungle boots.
The park wardens will allocate you different gorilla families which you will track. Besides seeing Gorillas other animals such as antelopes, bush pigs, chimpanzees, baboons, elephants and over 350 bird species are a common siting this park.
Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth.
When you finally get to meet the gentle giants you are allowed a maximum of one hour with them, photos are allowed, but no flash photography, minimum 5 meters distance must be kept, avoid contact with the gorillas as you can spread diseases but also coming close may mean invading their space which the silverbacks or dominate males may not take lightly thus this could lead to charging- also avoid running away in case of charging by the gorillas.
The tracking may take between 2 and 8 hours but it’s well worth the effort. The afternoon is spent on a village cultural walk which gives you a great opportunity to see how the people surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest live. It also is a great way to support the local community in a direct way.
The walk begins at your accommodation- visit the local Doctor as he performs his trade- visit the pygmies locally known as the Batwa, who originally lived in the rain forest before it was gazette in to a national park in 1991, they will show case songs, dances- different skills – fire making, hunting and storytelling-you will also visit a school run by community NGO thus by visiting the school you will be the supporting the these dis-advantaged kids.
You will get to see the local home steads, local people see and learn their ways. The cultural excursion will showcase art and craft, dance and culture as well as way of life if you have time you can learn a few skills yourself.
You will see several souvenir shops, schools, churches and drinking joints. Other options includes taking the trails, to see the stunning waterfalls or you can choose to have a birding expedition in the forest addition to various primates.
Accommodation (full board)
Luxury: Mahogany springs, Buhoma lodge, Chameleon Hill lodge, Engaji lodge, Gorilla safari lodge
Budget: Trekkers tavern, Buhoma community camp, Nshongi Gorilla Resort, Ichumbi lodge
Day 3: Lake Bunyonyi
In the morning after a hefty breakfast you will depart from this mountain gorillas’ sanctuary and drive to Lake Bunyonyi which is another primary tourist stopover which is outstandingly very marvelous. Bunyonyi is a local word for “small birds” in reference to the several birds that live around here making it a favorite destination for birders. You will be able to see several small islands among other highlights here. On arrival you will have a canoe ride you will see the various small islands such as Bwama Island also a wonderful destination for birders. Alternatively, you could take a nature walk which will help you to appreciate both culture and nature at its best. End the day by visiting Bunyonyi Adventure Park for high ropes, zip lining over the lake. Swimming is recommended in this lake as it’s free of Bilharzia. Check-in, dine and slumber at your preferred lodge.
Accommodation (full board)
Luxury, Arcadia Cottages
Mid- range, Bunyonyi over Land Resort
Budget, Bunyonyi Overland Camp.
Day 4: Departure to Kampala / Entebbe
After breakfast walk towards the northern end of Lake Bunyonyi to the stunning Ruvuma swamp, one of the finest destinations to appreciate birds like the papyrus yellow warbler. Thereafter, head back to Kampala where this trip will end.
- Transport 4WD safari vehicle
- English-speaking driver/guide
- Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
- Three meals a day, apart from your stay in Kampala/Entebbe
- Drinking bottled water in the safari vehicle
- All Park entrance fees
- Gorilla permit (USD 600 per permit)
- Community cultural walk
- All mentioned activities except for the optional ones.
- Boat ride
Kampala hotel fees (the eve of the safari and the night after the safari),