3 Day - Gorilla Tracking - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Lake Bunyonyi

Departure city: Entebbe, Uganda | 3 days | Departure: Oct 26, 2018

Accommodation: Budget | National Parks: Bwindi Impenetrable, Lake Bunyonyi | Special Interest: Adventure, Wildlife Safari

only$ 1035

* based on 10 participants

who’s going

Go on adventure in Bwindi’s Impenetrable national park and meet the gorilla’s in their natural habitat! The stunning beauty of Bwindi’s impenetrable national park and lake Bunyonyi will capture you.

Bwindi Forest consists of a large primeval forest in East Africa, with altitudes spanning from 1,160 to 2,607 meters. The forest is at the edge of the western arm of the Great Rift Valley. Bwindi Forest was recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site for being the home of half the world’s population of endangered Mountain Gorillas as well as being one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, located in Southwestern Uganda, covering an area of 331 sq Km of jungle forest. It consists of 120 species of mammals, 346 bird species, 202 butterfly species, 163 tree species, 100 fern species, 27 frog species, as well as other many endangered species including chameleon, gecko to mention a few.

You also will go to Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyony means place of many little birds. But it’s also called the place of five Islands. Each Island has history attached to it. The Lake is 25 km long and 7 km wide. It has a magnificent scenery and is a good place to relax as well.

Day 1: Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
In the early morning after breakfast at 7.00 am our guide will pick you from the guesthouse/hotel in
Entebbe and then leave for the South West of Uganda. So the adventure can begin. Our first stop is in Mbara to have lunch. From here we will continue the journey through Kabale District passing villages, cultivated farms, and hills before we reach in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.  You will have dinner and spend the night at Rushaga Gorilla camp or Ichumbi Gorilla lodge.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest & Lake Bunyonyi
Today our guide will pick you up from your lodge, at 7.30am transfer to park gate (5-10 minutes). The pre-tracking orientation starts at 8:00AM. And then it’s time to really meet the gorilla’s! Trekking through the thick jungle, traversing canopies of thick undergrowth can be tough, wet, strenuous but not impossible – the tracking can last from as little as 45 minutes to as much as 10 hours. The activity depends on location of gorillas the previous day. Visitors, therefore, are supposed to move along with packed/picnic lunch and water, and should be equipped with strong water-proof clothing and must be averagely healthy.

Please note that after Gorilla tracking, our guide will drive two and half hours to Lake Bunyonyi for chilling, relaxation and overnight. Time permitting, if you like extreme adventure, you can get on high ropes/zip lining adventure which is optional. You will have dinner and spend the night at Natures prime Island cabins or Crater Bay Cottages

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable forest to Kampala or Entebbe
The last morning you have the option of getting on a boat ride to see the punishment Island at Lake Bunyonyi. The history is that until 1940 unmarried girls who got pregnant would be left at the island and die.
The driver will bring you back to your preferred destination in Kampala or Entebbe.

Rushaga Gorilla camp
Surrounded by Bwindi impenetrable forest is Rushaga gorilla camp an excellent place to stay. For more information and pictures, click here.

Ichumbi Gorilla lodge
Ichumbi derived from the local Rufumbira dialect means ‘a cool, comfortable home’. The lodging facility that is just 10 minutes’ walk to Rushaga gate of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, has a spectacular view of the park right from your room! For more information, click here.

Natures prime Island Cabins
This lodge is surrounded by very same volcano which created Lake Bunyonyi. This favoured the establishment of Nature’s Prime Island. And for those who are interested in escaping from the hustle of the city, from the hectic city life and find heaven on earth.

Crater Bay Cottages 
Crater Bay Cottages is a wonderful place to relax, explore and enjoy the spectacular landscape and beauty that is portrayed before you as Lake Bunyonyi.

Price of the entire trip: $1035 *with 6 people or more on board.
Gather your friends or join with other travelers on this trip to bring the price down!

Terms & conditions

  • A better price for everyone! Get a refund for every additional traveler joining your trip.
  • The overall rate of this trip, with every additional passenger, gradually decreases
  • This trip will be paid via Direct Pay Online, an easy & reliable service that all modes of payments, all cards, mobile money, all currencies, mobile apps & card readers.
  • This trip is based on a shared usage of rooms – a single usage of rooms will result in an additional fee.

Inclusive:

  • Transportation in Toyota van
  • English speaking driver & guide
  • Gorilla permit ($600)
  • Accommodation & activities as indicated on itinerary
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Exclusive:

  • Extra meals
  • Drinks
  • Items of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, and telephone calls
  • Other optional activity

 

Bwindi Impenetrable forest
Bwindi Gorilla impenetrable forest National Park is about 330sq km, with spectacular scenery, impressive forest views. The whole geographical scenery is basically hilly and mountainous. At an elevation between 1160 to 2607m (3806 to 8553ft) rains can shower anytime in Bwindi
forest, it is recommended that visitors pack rainwear, waterproof clothing, and appropriate hiking shoes to wear on during gorilla tracking or forest walks. Daytime temperatures range from 23C/73F at times dropping to as low as 11C/52F.

There are 15 gorilla families which have been habituated for gorilla viewing, all of which can be accessed from specific locations/sectors of the forest. Eight people are permitted to view a single family per day. To trek gorillas, you need a gorilla permit/license. Gorilla licenses are booked by
location, not by the name of a gorilla family. There are 4 starting gates namely; in North at BUHOMA, in the East at RUHIJA and in the South at RUSHAGA & South West at NKURINGO.

Some notes for this safari:

  • To go on a gorilla trek, you need a gorilla permit/license which we can arrange for you. We can only purchase your Gorilla permit after you have made a down-payment to us. Gorilla permits are competitive on a daily basis, advance booking is always preferred.
  • Gorilla trekking can be strenuous activity and Minimum gorilla tracking age is 15
    years.
  • Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track.
  • While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour, you are kindly requested to practice different modes of using your camera in different light situations. Gorillas can sometimes be moving, Forest vegetation can at times obstruct visibility, and hence taking photos of these creatures can be very challenging!
  • Lodging mentioned in the itinerary depends on the availability of rooms available at the
    time of booking. Reservations will only be made after your confirmed booking with us.
  • At the time of your booking, in the event that listed hotels are fully booked, we will do
    our best to inform you and book a different hotel in the same class.

CHECKLIST

Here are some of our recommendations to you for getting through this safari:

  • Hiking shoes/walking shoes
  • Long socks to tuck-in long pants
  • Rainwear
  • Warm clothing (evenings can be cold/chilly)
  • Gloves – preferably gardening type are very helpful
  • Insect repellant

TIPPING GUIDELINES

The following amounts should only be used as a guideline, but of course, for outstanding personal service, you are more than welcome to give a higher tip:

  •  Porterage                   US$ 1.00 per bag
  •  Dining room staff         US$ 1.00 per person per day
  •  Your driver/tour guide   US$ 10.00 per person per day