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3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Bwindi – Uganda Gorilla Safari

3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Bwindi Impenetrable Park Safari – Overview

The 3 Days Bwindi gorilla tour is among the short but rewarding Uganda safari packages that allow the Uganda safari undertakers to explore the critically endangered mountain gorillas in the dark hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi dubbed the Impenetrable.

The safari features one night in Bwindi and another night at Lake Bunyonyi whose a count of 29 Islands have earned it a dub as the land of a thousand Islands.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park positioned in the south west of Uganda is a home to over 400 mountain gorillas which are close to the half of their total population on global scale that apparently stands at 880 with the rest known to be thriving in the Virunga massif that adjoins countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

With a count of twelve (12) habituated gorilla families spread in four gorilla trekking regions of Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo, Bwindi stands as an ideal destination in the region where the gorilla trekking experience can be undertaken.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park covers 321 Sq. Km size and rises between an altitude of 1,160 – 2,607 Km above sea level.

The protected area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park feature an extensive Afro montane forest one of the biggest in East Africa with over 163 species of trees, over 140 fern species among other species.

The 16 of these species are restricted in range to the west of Uganda including the Lavoaswynnertonii that is globally threated.

Bwindi also features 214 bird species, 7 diurnal primate species, 120 mammal species and 202 species of butterfly Species.

The 3 Days Bwindi Gorilla Tour also features an extension to Lake Bunyonyi. Standing to the south of Bwindi, the drive to Lake Bunyonyi takes you through fascinating Kigezi Highlands with rolling terraced hills that present one of the magical scenic views in Africa.

The lake features a count of 29 Islands and stands as the second deepest in Africa perched on 1,962m ASL elevation with a length of 25km and width of 7km.

The 3 Days Bwindi Gorilla Tour features gorilla trekking in Bwindi, Island exploration in Lake Bunyonyi and sight-seeing in Ugandan country side including Kigezi Highlands. The tour commences and ends in Kampala.

3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Bwindi Impenetrable Park Safari – Highlights

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 2: Do gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi via the fascinating Kigezi Highlands for evening boat cruise and relaxation

Day 3: Drive back to Kampala

3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Bwindi Impenetrable Park – Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park after breakfast 527km about 10 hours’ drive from Kampala.

The driver guide will pick you up at your place of stay after breakfast at 6:30am heading to the south west of the country.

After 77km, you make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing water experiments that demonstrates the geographical spread between the north and southern hemispheres. The place is also a unique center for photography.

You proceed on the drive enjoying the scenic countryside before making another stop at Igongo Cultural center for traditional lunch at the famous KahwaKanuzire restaurant before proceeding to Bwindi welcomed by the magical Kigezi Highlands and the Virunga ranges at a distance.

You connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight
Upmarket / Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge
Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 2: Do Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi via The Fascinating Kigezi Highlands For Evening Boat Cruise and Relaxation

After breakfast, you connect to the respective park headquarters to catch up with briefing starting at 8am. You attend to briefing by the Uganda Wildlife Authority Park rangers and this will also involve the gorilla family allocation.

You follow the set trails to the given gorilla family in the company of the Uganda Wildlife Authority armed ranger to search for the critically endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

You hike through the hilly forested landscape of Bwindi with verdant flora and fauna including the duiker antelope and counts of birds that have earned it a position as the number on birding spot in Africa by the Africa bird guide club.

Upon reaching the mountain gorillas, you are overwhelmed by these gentle giants foraging on the abundant unique vegetation before they halt to gaze at you or resolve to ignore you completely. The Silverback demonstrates its might by beating his chest.

You explore their frightening eyes; their gigantic bodies covered with dense fur and their social attachment and behavior.

You utilize your one hour with them viewing and taking pictures that will form part of your remarkable memories.

Retreat from the encounter which may last between 2 – 8hours to embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi driving through the magical landscapes of Kigezi Highlands that are very fascinating to explore.

Upon arrival on Lake Bunyonyi, you embark on a thrilling boat cruise exploring the views of the 29 Islands that comprise Lake Bunyonyi.

You can disembark from the boat and take a walk on one of the Islands exploring the life of the local people including their traditions such as the local beer brewing and impressive dance performances. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Luxury / Upmarket: Chameleon Hill Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort
Budget / Basic:ByoonaAmagara Island Retreat

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Day 3: Drive Back to Kampala

Following a relaxed breakfast, embark on the transfer back to Kampala 437km about 7 hours’ drive. You enjoy the magical views of the Ugandan countryside including cattle farmlands, crop gardens and banana plantations before making a stop at Igongo Cultural Center for traditional lunch buffet 12km past Mbarara town.

Another stop can be made at the Equator for more photo shoots and souvenir purchase before continuing to arrive in Kampala in the evening to mark the end of the tour.

End of the 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Bwindi Impenetrable Park

Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)