3 Days Lake Bunyonyi & Bwindi Forests Mountain Gorilla Trekking Safari explores Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda best known for canoeing, boat rides, bird watching, and regional tours. The trip also visits Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP, the home to half of the world’s population of endangered Mountain Gorillas. The thick, rain forest environment, “Bwindi Impenetrable Forest” in the Virunga Volcanoes mountain range is most famous for being the home to half of the world’s population of endangered Mountain Gorillas. Whether you are a gorilla-lover or not, the experience of encountering such animals is said to be one of the most emotional wildlife adventures you will ever have. In addition, the forest’s unique eco-system has been named a World Heritage Site.
Walking through the forest is tricky, as you will find steep, slippery valleys as well as high ridges amongst thick vegetation as the forest is at least 25,000 years old. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is known to be exceptionally cold during the mornings and at night so it is recommended to bring along warm weather gear plus wet weather attire as it frequently rains in the area. The bio diversity in the forest is impeccable as it provides a home for over 310 species of butterfly, 200 trees, 88 moths, 120 species of mammals including 10 species of primates, and 51 reptiles. The various primates that can be found in the forest in addition to the mountain gorilla, include red tailed and blue monkey, I’Hoest’s, chimpanzee, black and white colobus, and baboons. The Bwindi Forest also has over 350 species of bird in which seven are IUCN red data listed, bringing many bird watchers into this area.
Day 1: Entebbe International Airport – Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP
Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be welcomed by our company representative and safari driver guide for your transfer to Kampala City for relaxation, briefing about the tour and then transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest across equator with an en-route stop for 30 minutes at the Equator for water experiment and photography since this is a best spot to take a memorial photo. Have en-route lunch from Mbarara town and continue with the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable national park a home to half of world’s remaining mountain Gorillas. Dinner and overnight.
- Buhoma Lodge (Luxury)
- Silverback Lodge (Mid-range)
- Gorilla Mist Camp (Budget)
Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park – Morning amazing gorilla trekking – Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Wake up early in the morning for breakfast and depart for morning pre trek Gorilla briefing at the park Headquarters. Later go for your long time awaited activity “Gorilla trekking” the time taken while trekking is not known but it is expected to be between 2-8 hours depending on the movement of a Gorilla family you are allocated to. During the trek expect to discover other primates such as Chimpanzees, black and white colombus monkey, vervet monkey, and many others.
On encounter, spend an hour of exhilarating moments with these gentle giants. Return to the lodge for a shower, lunch and transfer to lunch and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi where over 200 bird species have been recorded. “Bunyonyi” actually means “the place of many little birds” Lake Bunyonyi is one of the few African lakes completely safe for swimming and canoeing. This Lake is surrounded by steep mountains and dotted with small Islands.
You will spend the afternoon on the lake while canoeing, bird watching and relaxing in the evening by the lakeside. Dinner and an overnight
- Arcadia Lodge Bunyonyi (Luxury)
- Engage Lodge (Mid-range)
- Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (Budget)
Day 3: Lake Bunyonyi – Drive to Entebbe International Airport
After an early morning breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala with stop en-route for lunch at Mbarara town. Proceed to Entebbe to meet your return flight.