HIGHLIGHTS:Gorilla trekking, Boat ride,Batwa encounter
DURATION:03 Day Activity.
-Gorilla trekking ($600)
-Accommodation and meals
-Fulltime English speaking driver guide
-Relevant government taxes
-All activities described in the itinerary
-Additional activities and accommodation outside your travel plan
TOUR DESCRIPTION & ITINERARY
3 days gorilla tour and Lake Bunyonyi safari covers Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and boat ride along Lake Bunyonyi. Bwindi National Park is in southwestern Uganda about 8-10 hours from Entebbe/Kampala and 3-4 hours from Kigali. It is a home to a section of mountain gorillas that today remain not more than 1004 worldwide. Gorilla treks in Bwindi start in anyone of the 4 major trailheads-Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga region. Lake Bunyonyi is a magical lake in southwestern Uganda and features as one of the deepest Lakes in Africa. This package also covers a visit to Batwa pygmy community. Your 4 days Bwindi and Lake Bunyonyi safari will commence and end in Kampala.
Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After an early morning breakfast in your respective hotel or area of residence in Entebbe or Kampala, you will be picked up by our company representative who first will brief you on what your 4 days Bwindi and Lake Bunyonyi tour covers. After, you start your 8-10 hour journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is in southwestern Uganda. Drive from Entebbe or Kampala via Masaka-Mbarara-Kabale route and along the way, make a stopover at Equator for photography and at Igongo cultural center for lunch. After, proceed to Bwindi National Park where you will check in at a lodge of your choice for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.
Travel plan: 8-10 hours
Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation options at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Chameleon Hill Lodge/Buhoma Lodge/Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (Luxury), Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge/Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange), Gorilla Safari Lodge/Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget).
End of Tour
Day 2: Gorilla trekking and Batwa encounter – Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your respective lodge and after, transfer to park offices for briefing on the set guidelines for gorilla trekking. Make sure that you are on long sleeved shirt/t-shirt, trouser, socks, hiking boots and you have your bottled water, energy giving snacks. Briefing starts at 7:00am and it is on this day that you will be assigned to one habituated family to track in a group of 8 visitors. The gorilla families to trek in Bwindi National Park include Mucunguzi, Kutu, Rwigi, Nshongi, Kyaguriro, Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura, Kahungye, Busingye, Mishaya, Bweza, Katwe, Christmas, Nkuringo, Bushaho, Bikingi, Oruzogo, Bitukura and Mukiza. At 8:00am, you will commence with your primate adventure with park ranger guide and also be joined by trackers, porters. This will last you 2-6 hours although this depends on your hiking speed, location of gorillas and nature of habitat. A maximum of one hour is given to you to be with gorillas and also have opportunity to take as many photos as possible, learn how they behave and their body gestures. After, you will get back to the lodge to rest and in the evening, you will have a visit to Batwa community for cultural experience. Later transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation options at Lake Bunyonyi
Bunyonyi Safari Resort (Midrange), Bunyonyi Bird nest (Luxury), Gorilla View Resort (Budget).
End of Tour
Day 3: Boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi
Have a beautiful breakfast overlooking the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi and later head out for a rewarding boat ride. Lake Bunyonyi is one of the most scenic Lakes and the deepest in Africa with about 29 magical islands. A boat ride along Lake Bunyonyi gets you a chance to catch a glimpse at the dotted islands and also look out at the birds. After, you will return to the lodge to have lunch and be ready to drive to Kigali for departure.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch