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GORILLAS AND WILDLIFE - BWINDI AND LAKE MBURO - Gorilla Tour to Bwindi, Birds and Game in Lake Mburo | Visit Lake Bunyonyi (6 Days)

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in south-western Uganda on the edge of the western rift valley. It is one of the largest natural forests in East Africa, with both montane and lowland forest. About half of the world's population of mountain gorillas - about 300 animals - are found in Bwindi. Three families are habituated at Buhoma, Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura (8 permits per day are available for each of these gorilla families); and one family is habituated at Nkuringo (8 permits per day are available), making the park accommodate 32 trackers each day. Tracking commences every morning from the park headquarters at 0830 hours, but clients should report to the headquarters at 0800 hours ready for a detailed briefing from the guides on gorilla etiquette.

UGANDA GORILLAS TOUR UG3: GORILLAS AND WILDLIFE - BWINDI AND LAKE MBURO (6 Days)

(Tour Code UG3) This safari starts and finishes in Entebbe. It can also be done from Kigali in Rwanda, or from Kampala in Uganda [The Bwindi gorilla permit is included in the safari cost]

Overview

This safari starts from Entebbe [The Bwindi gorilla permit is included in the safari cost]. For those who wish to visit the three natural-habitat gorilla countries of the world Bwindi and Mgahinga in Uganda, Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda, and Virunga Park in Congo, which is on the other side of the misty Virungas please contact us. Enjoy tracking the legendary mountain gorillas.

Accommodation

Destination

Nights

Basis

African Roots Guest House

Entebbe

1

BB

Mburo Safari Lodge

Mburo

1

FB

Mutanda Lake Resort
Crater Bay Cottages Lake Bunyonyi

Bwindi
Kabale

2
1

FB
FB

 

 

 

Key
B&B: Bed and breakfast                                                                O/N: Over Night
HB: Dinner or Lunch, bed and breakfast                                 FB: Full Board: All meals dinner, lunch and breakfast included in tour cost

 


DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1:    African Roots Guest House, Entebbe-Kampala

Entebbe, Uganda
Uganda has a total area of 236,040 sq km, bordered by Kenya in the East and Tanzania in the South, Rwanda in the South west, DR Congo to the west and South Sudan to the North, making it a landlocked country. It lies at 10S to 40N Latitude and 300 to 350 East Longitude, so it is astride the Equator.1 00 N, 32 00 E. The country, however, is well watered and fertile. Although it lies at the Equator, it receives about three rainy seasons a year, with Lake Victoria, The Nile, the many forests and the Rwenzori mountains determining much of the climate. In forest ecosystems it rains regularly and weather is unpredictable. Water covers36,330 sq km, about 15% of Uganda’s area.The country is rich in wildlife, game, birds, and a vast culture of over 50 tribes occupying this beautiful, green country. In Uganda alone a birder will enjoy twelve percent of bird species in the world; a tracker will find half of the world’s gorillas; an explorer will have an opportunity to see more than 7% of the world’s mammals. For the discerning traveller the potential for Ecotourism here is enormous, and the discreet have tapped into it.

Day Itinerary

Arrive Entebbe airport. Meet, greet and transfer to African Roots Guest House for overnight (BB) 

Overnight: African Roots Guest House 

Conveniently located close to Lake Victoria and its beach side amenities including restaurants and bars, African Roots guesthouse Entebbe offers traditional home-from-home hospitality in a comfortable, modern and tastefully designed setting. Hotel is located in a quiet suburb close to Greenfields and is just 5 minutes’ drive from Entebbe International Airport.
   

Day 2: Entebbe to Lake Mburo National Park     

 

antelopeLake Mburo National Park is located in the western part of Uganda with varied habitats that support about 68 mammals to include Impalas, Burchell’s Zebra and Eland, around 350 bird species including the Red-Faced Barbet, the African Finfoot and the Shoe bill.

Day Itinerary

Start for Mbarara, enjoying natural and other arresting attractions en route. Excursion to Lake Mburo National Park for some unusual game and a boat cruise. [Approximate driving time: 5 hours]

Overnight: Mburo Safari Lodge

Mburo Safari Lodge comprises of the main Lodge, guest cottages and honeymoon house, all raised on a wooden platform. All cottages are covered by a grass-thatched roof, perfectly blending with the natural environment, and have a private balcony with views of the Lake Mburo Park. The cottages all have king-sized beds, private bathroom with hot shower and flush toilets.

Day 3: Mburo Park to Bwindi National Park        

 

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is on the edge of the western rift valley. The park is also rich in birds, chimps, monkeys and butterflies. Bwindi is one of the largest natural forests in East Africa, with both montane and lowland forest. About half of the world's population of mountain gorillas - about 400 animals - are found in Bwindi. There is Bwindi-North and Bwindi South. In Bwindi South, where we visit, five gorilla families are open to visitors in Uganda. Other activities include volcano climbing, guided nature walk in the forest for primates, birds and butterflies or enjoy the breathtaking landscape!

Day Itinerary

We go for an early morning game drive. Afterwards, start for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. [Approximate driving time: 5 hours]

Overnight: Mutanda Lake Resort

The resort is spaciously set up on a 3.5 acres private peninsula stretching into Lake Mutanda. The thirteen cottages are built on a wooden platform, each with private veranda and en-suite bathroom. We offer single, double/ twin and family or triple rooms with comfortable beds and mosquito nets. Mutanda Lake Resort is spectacularly located on a private peninsula stretching into Lake Mutanda. With small islands dotting the surrounding lake and a backdrop of misty volcanoes in nearby Rwanda and DR Congo, this setting never fails to impress visitors. The main building where the restaurant is located resembles a Swiss chalet with an African touch. The perfect place to enjoy a sun downer on the veranda watching otters visiting the shore, or to cuddle up next to the fire place.

Day 4: Gorilla tracking  

Go gorilla tracking (subject to availability of gorilla permits at time of booking), carrying a packed lunch. You will be accompanied by a guide and porters who will carry your shoulder pack for you. You will then set off to the thick forest in search of gorillas. The terrain can be difficult, with steep slopes covered in dense vegetation that gives the park its name. In addition, the altitude of 5200 feet and more means participants do need to be physically fit. The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 7 hours before one returns to camp. Difficulty, however, is not impossibility and coming face to face with the great primates is well worth it!

Day 5: Bwindi to Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi ("Place of many little birds") lies in south western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale close to the border with Rwanda. Located at 1,962 m (6,437 ft) above sea level, it is about 25 km (15.5 mi) long and 7 km (1.35 mi) wide. The depth of the lake is rumored to vary between 44 m (144 ft) and 900 m (2,952 ft), which if true would make the lake the second deepest in Africa. The lake appears on the 5,000 Ugandan shilling Note under the title "Lake Bunyonyi and terraces".

Overnight: Crater Bay Cottages Bunyonyi: On the lake shores, craterbay cottages is offering you a base to explore the lake bunyonyi or a wonderful stop over after you visit the mountain gorillas in the national parks of Rwanda or Uganda . Each of our 12 cottages is located in a terraced block with amazing views of the lake. The cottages are self contained, with wonderful gardens where you can sit and read a book or listen to the birds singing.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, drive to Kabale and on to Lake Bunyonyi. Afternoon relax at the sandy beaches of Lake Bunyonyi, explore the lake, visit various islands and the local communities including a pygmy community.

Day 6: Lake Bunyonyi to Entebbe and on to the airport for your flight

Day Itinerary

Start for Kampala arriving early afternoon and transfer to Entebbe airport for your flight (HB). [Approximate driving time: 6 hours] 1320, 2640, 3960. 1270

Tour Ends.

Group Price USD 2,509 per person. One gorilla permit included in cost.
Single Room Supplement USD 221

DEPARTURE DATES 2016

 

Nov 2016

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ChimpanzeeGorilla tracking is a year-round activity, irrespective of season. The rain forest is moist, and it rains very often in Bwindi, even in the dry season. Porters are available to carry clients' belongings. Bwindi is rich in other primates, including chimpanzee and blue monkey. Butterflies are the most conspicuous of the rich insect fauna of the park, with more than 200 species. There is a large variety of trees, dense undergrowth, an extensive stand of bamboo and a number of swamps. There are also a number of nature trails in the park to explore this primeval African forest - to the waterfall, along the Rushura trail for some sweeping views towards Lake Edward and the Rwenzoris; and to the Mubwindi swamp near Ruhija for some unusual bird species.