4 DAYS GORILLA TRACKING AND LAKE BUNYONYI SAFARIS
‘Steadfast Safaris’ is humbled to take you through this life changing experience, track the famous Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and visit Lake Bunyonyi said to be the second deepest lake in Africa and is free of bilharzia making it safe for swimming.
Bunyonyi is said to be the hidden jewel of Africa with a breathtaking scenery with 29 Islands.
Gorilla tracking is one of the most unique things you do while traveling around Africa and Uganda in particular. In Uganda, gorilla tracking is found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which hosts half of all the Gorillas in Africa.
There are four different areas for Gorilla tracking in Bwindi which include Buhoma, Rushanga, Nkuringo and Ruhija. Visiting Gorillas of Uganda requires that you get a tracking permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority which costs USD 600 per person per day.
On this 3-day tour will be able to view different homesteads, cultural drum makers in Mpandire villages, fruit markets along the way, green vegetation and landscapes. You will make stopovers in several villages like for example Mbarara and on the 4th day Bunyonyi.
DAY 1: Kampala – Bwindi
The safaris will start in Kampala as early as 7:00am and we will drive towards the western part of Uganda. we will be able to view different homesteads, cultural drum makers in Mpandire villages, fruit markets along the way, green vegetation and landscapes. We will have a stopover at the Uganda equator for photographs and a polar experiment. we will proceed to Mbarara town for our lunch and then head to Bwindi Forest National park. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park is famous for gorillas tracking but it also provides refuge to elephants, chimpanzee, monkeys, and antelopes and is a key destination for any birder, due to its various bird species. We will arrive late evening check in to our lodge for dinner and an overnight.
DAY 2: Tracking Mountain Gorillas.
After breakfast, we will gather with other trackers for a briefing and the highlights of the tracking, we will be allocated in different groups of not more than 8 people because this is a maximum that can visit a gorilla family. With the company of a guide and a tracker we will begin the tracking this requires a good physical condition as the walking sometimes gets tough and long even often times with steep and muddy conditions but once you catch a glimpse of a mountain Gorilla all this will quickly varnish and you will yearn to see more.
The time spent during tracking is unpredictable but most likely it can last an entire day. While doing this, Visitors are guided within a range of 6 meters from a gorilla. We will carry packed lunch along to be taken during the track to enable you carry on. Spend time watching gorillas, see the young ones play with their mothers, watch mother gorillas feed their young ones, brushing and resting as the young ones from vines, branches and trees, it’s a pleasurably playful display. We will then return to our lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: Lake Bunyonyi.
After breakfast, we’ll go for the Batwa experience. The Batwa are Uganda’s marginalized people and are widely regarded as the first inhabitants of the high-altitude forest around Lake Kivu and Lake Edward in the great lakes region of central and East Africa. Historically the Batwa were forest dwellers, hunters and fruit gathers.
The Batwa experience is a living historical encounter, these fascinating people have an amazing culture that is demonstrated through their music, art, dance and drama. Their performance demonstrates their way of life which they are proud of. The performances give you an opportunity to learn more about their old age culture. Afterwards we depart to lake Bunyonyi, the deepest lake in Uganda and the second deepest in Africa. Lake Bunyonyi is also known as “Little Switzerland of Uganda”.
It derives its beauty from the beautiful green hills surrounding it. Bunyonyi is one of the most beautiful places to visit while in Uganda. Relax or go for a canoe trip while you watch the beautiful and various bird species (Bunyonyi means a place of little birds) you will also be able to view all the 29 islands of different shapes and sizes surrounding the lake. This will be accompanied with the beautiful shades of the sunset. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 4: Bunyonyi-Kampala.
After our breakfast, we will depart for Kampala through Kabale famously known as the “Switzerland of Africa” this area is green with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom with neatly terraced cultivated rows.
We will also drive through Mburo National Park where we will be able to see the famous Ankole long-horned cattle, Zebras, Uganda cobs and many other animals. Simply enjoy the green grassland, swamps and hills. We will arrive in Kampala by evening early enough for your evening flight if you have any or check in to a hotel.
TOTAL COST FOR THE TOUR:
- MID RANGE; starting from $ 1093 PP.
- BUDGET; starting from $ 750 PP .
- TOTAL COST INCLUDES: transport, accommodation and professional tour guide.
- TOTAL COST EXCLUDES: The Gorilla-tracking permit.