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5 Days Gorilla Safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

All-Inclusive Safari in Uganda Bwindi Gorilla holiday is once in a lifetime experience. You will come face to face with the mountain gorilla known to be man’s closet relative in their natural habitat. Gaze in the eyes of these giant primates. Your first glimpses of the mountain gorillas will capture your heart and render you speechless. This is the best reward for a challenging trek in the jungle. Take this opportunity, because it is a better way to combine a wonderful holiday and giving back to conservation. Enjoy a breathtaking experience at Lake Bunyonyi. It is known as a place of little birds. Beautiful place to relieve your holiday stress. Enjoy the canoe rides and visit the punishment island known historically as a place that hosted excommunicated girls impregnated outside wedlock.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $2950 - $3770
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 5 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Uganda Uganda
Parks visited: Bwindi Impenetrable
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
HIGHLIGHTS Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Community-based project visit Fun canoeing rides in Lake Bunyonyi A visit to the legendary Punishment Island National park entrance fees and gorilla tracking permit Delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners Roundtrip airport transportation 4 nights’ accommodation 3 days with instruction in English Spoken languages: English The maximum participants in the group is 6 Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport For your first, second, and third night, you will stay in Gorilla Conservation Camp, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Thereafter, you will stay in Bird Nest Lodge or Bunyonyi Safari Resort for your last night.

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1

On this day, you will travel to Bwindi arriving in the evening. The travel time is approximately 10 hours.

Accommodation: Gorilla Conservation Camp

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

DAY 2

Today after breakfast, you will go to the briefing point with your packed lunch and go for gorilla tracking. Remember to follow the guides’ advice before and while entering the forest. The tracking can last for two to eight hours depending on the location of the gorillas on that day. It is a rewarding experience when you get close to these silverbacks in their natural habitat. Tracking guidelines should be strictly followed during the gorilla tour. The guidance will be issued to you in advance before the gorilla tracking.

Accommodation: Gorilla Conservation Camp

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

DAY 3: COMMUNITY VISIT

After breakfast, Village Health and Conservation Teams (VHCTs) will show you homes in their villages that promote hygiene and sanitation, family planning, and infectious disease prevention control through education. VHCTs also promote nutrition and sustainable agriculture as well as conservation of the gorillas and their habitat including reporting homes that are regularly visited by gorillas to help reduce human and wildlife conflict.

In addition, you can also visit the Batwa tribe resettled outside of the national park. Optionally, if you stay longer, Rafiki Eco Safaris can arrange another visit to Mgahinga National Park to explore the Batwa trail. The activities go a long way to support the communities.

Accommodation: Gorilla Conservation Camp

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

DAY 4: LAKE BUNYONYI

Transfer to this place of little birds; it is such a breathtaking experience! You can go for canoeing rides and also visit the legendary Punishment Island that hosted impregnated girls outside wedlock. A legendary tale said that a passing boat would rescue one who would later become a “wife” (for free) to the rescuer. Overnight stay is at Bird Nest Lodge or Bunyonyi Safari Resort.

DAY 5: END OF TOUR

On this day, you will travel back by road or fly back to Entebbe.

Included excursions

A community-based project visit

In addition to your trip, you will visit a community-based project that supports communities which co-exist with the gorillas. The conservation through public health organization (founded by Dr. Gladys Kalema) has pioneered gorilla and wildlife conservation by improving the health of wildlife, ecosystems, humans, and their livestock which thus promotes a better quality of life that has reduced local communities’ dependence on fragile habitats to meet their basic needs.

Gorilla conservation coffee project is another social enterprise to visit. You will have a chance to interact with the coffee growing community. You will visit the coffee plantations and also learn and participate in the harvesting, processing, and packing of the coffee.

Canoeing rides on Lake Bunyonyi

A visit to Punishment Island

Location

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was once threatened by poaching and environmental degradation; mountain gorillas were close to extinction. The population has since grown in the last few years, thanks to the conservation efforts of all stakeholders in Bwindi and Virunga Conservation Area. In Bwindi alone, the number has risen to about 440 of the estimated 880.

LAKE BUNYONYI

Lake Bunyonyi is a spectacular lake nestled in the mountains of southern Uganda. It is a serene lake surrounded by beautiful hills where you can take dugout canoes out onto the lake to visit the local communities.

 

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  • Gorilla Conservation Camp
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  • Bunyonyi Safari Resort
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