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5 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour

This short but amazing tour will take you to one of the world’s remarkable wildlife encounter of tracking the rare mountain gorillas in the remote Bwindi Impenetrable forests of south western Uganda.

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in the southwestern corner of Uganda, is a part of the Albertine Rift and one of the most biodiverse forests in Africa. Its thick, dense jungle is full of butterflies, birds, small mammals, primates, plus 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns. Even better, the Bwindi plays host to one of the most endangered species on our planet – the Mountain Gorilla. Bwindi is one of the only places on the planet where it is possible to get up close and personal with these incredible primates. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the oldest, and most biologically diverse, national park in Uganda. It is home to over 3000 gorillas, half the world’s population.

While the forest is home to around 350 species of birds, 219 species of butterflies, and more than 200 species of trees and herbs, it is the Mountain Gorillas that are what the park is most famous for. A typical gorilla experience in Bwindi will include a briefing before you set off into the forest in search of the great apes. After a one hour trek, you will be rewarded with incredible sightings of the gorillas as they eat, play and relax in their natural habitat. Seeing these critically endangered primates up close is an experience that will stay with you forever.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is not only home to the Mountain Gorillas, but many other species as well. From elephants to chimpanzees, the jungle is teeming with a wide array of wildlife. The national park is also a great destination for birdwatchers as over 350 species of birds can be found here, including over 50 species of hornbills. Whether you come to Bwindi to take in the breathtaking sights or to experience a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a mountain gorilla, you will be sure to be impressed and leave with memories that will last a lifetime.

Brief itinerary

Day1: Arrival at Entebbe international airport

Day2: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 3: Gorilla trekking and Batwa community tour

Day 4: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi –Island exploration

Day 5: Transfer to Entebbe international airport for departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe international airport

On arrival at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your guide who will introduce you to Uganda and you will leave the airport smoothly driving off to you hotel.

After checking in, he will brief and take you through the whole tour program; highlighting and sharing much to be expected throughout the whole journey with him.

Dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park

After an early morning breakfast, you will be picked by your driver guide from the hotel to start the long hour drive to your dream destination in the south western Uganda.  A stop at the Uganda Equator to experience both the northern and southern hemisphere of the universe at the same time. Photographs and shopping and later proceed.

A stop for lunch on the way, as you enjoy the beautiful sceneries of banana plantations, black tea fields, terraced hills as you cruise through the rolling hills in the far south west of the country.

Upon arrival in the evening, you will check in immediately for a rest after a long day drive. Have dinner and prepare for the highlight the following morning

Day 3: Gorilla tracking

Get up so early in the morning for breakfast and thereafter drive to the Park head offices with your tour guide; also not forgetting to carry your packed lunch that will be provided at the hotel. On reaching there by 7:30am you will be briefed about what to do and not to do while trekking after which you will be led by the ranger guides through the mist jungle.

Trekking usually takes between 2 to 8 hours or even a full day due to the location of gorillas. When you see them, it will be a great and fun time as you watch them for 1 full hour as they carry on their daily activities without minding your presence; babies jumping and wrestling with each other as their mothers feed while the silverback watches to ensure his family is safe.

Your tour guide will ensure you carry enough water with you, hats, sun glasses, rain coats, and non flash cameras.

Later after the trek, head back to the lodge; have lunch as you prepare to for a community visit among the Batwa people in the evening. Their social and economic lifestyle is and adventurous experience.

These were inhabitants of the Bwindi impenetrable forest but they were set out for conservation purpose to go on in the late 90s. They will take you through how they used to survive in the forest together with these gorillas and indeed it’s an amazing experience you will add on your gorilla trek

Later return to the lodge for diner and an overnight stay at the lodge

Day 4: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi – Island exploration

After your morning breakfast, you will checkout and set off to the breathtaking Lake Bunyonyi on a 2.5hrs drive.

On arrival in the afternoon, you will enjoy your lunch with one of the most amazing views in Africa.

What you will be seeing is one of the most beautiful lakes in Africa. Visitors from near and far are simply awed by its mystical, magical beauty. As you approach it, you see it snaking along the Ugandan landscape. It is dotted by 29 islands of various shapes and sizes, surrounded by a ring of terraced farms, their greenery accenting this mystical lake like a lovely frame and is no wonder called  “A scene from Lord of the Rings.”

Bunyonyi – means the “place of little birds,” not only is it a place for birds but a restorative place, a place of solace, of rest, of quietness, reflection, and tranquility. After days of being on safari, traversing the hills and valleys of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in search of the Mountain Gorillas. Lake Bunyonyi is the perfect place to put it all into perspective. Take in the beauty of Lake, to relax and chill out and partake in one of the fun-filled things to do and see such swimming, boating, canoeing, nature walks, biking, hiking, market place, and village visits.

Lake Bunyonyi – is one of the best places in Uganda to relax and chill out after a safari, gorilla tracking, volcano climbing, hiking, and other activities that call for relaxation chilling out on an island or along the shores of Lake Bunyonyi.

Lake Bunyonyi is bilharzia free, no hippos nor crocodiles found there, making it one of the safest waters to swim and enjoy.

However, it’s a deep lake; the second deepest in Africa, so you ought to be a good swimmer, but it is something to be enjoyed while staying here.

In the evening, you will take a boat ride on this beautiful lake to explore some of the amazing islands.

Sharps Island was named after Dr. Leonard Sharp who was a Medical Missionary who established a leprosarium center in 1931 on Bwama Island.  He, in turn, lived with his family on Njubeera Island, which as a barren place when they arrived but turned into a small Tropical paradise. Those with Leprosy were brought to the island. Here they lived and were treated by Dr. Sharp and his associates. It remained open until into the 1950’s  Today there are two schools on the island and the students arrive by boat since there is no village on the actual island.

At the punishment island, the Bakiga People would take unwed pregnant girls to the Island and abandon them there to nature.  It would be a big event meant to frighten other girls into abstaining from sex outside of marriage and causing the loss of the Bride price for the family.

Many boats would come, people, shouting, calling names, shaming the frightful girl even more.  Some tried to swim back to the mainland but often died. The only way to escape was if a poor man that could not afford the bride’s price would come to the Island and rescue a girl.

A nature walk late in the evening will take you through communities, gardens and to the highest point of the area to have a panoramic view of some of the islands altogether. Watching the sun set on the beautiful island dotted lake will be the best scenery you will have in Uganda!

Later you will retun to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5: Return

After your breakfast, you will take a relaxed drive back to Kampala, enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the rolling hills, your driver guide will transfer you back to Kampala or Entebbe through the beautiful lush forests, tea plantations and lively communities.

On arrival in Entebbe, you will transferred to airport to catch your flight back home.