3 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Bwindi Uganda & Wildlife Safari Lake Mburo
Overview of the 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Bwindi Uganda & Wildlife Safari Lake Mburo.
This 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Bwindi Uganda wildlife safari Lake Mburo offers you a rewarding encounter with the endangered Mountain Gorillas in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi dubbed the Impenetrable and thrilling romantic recreation at Lake Bunyonyi whose 29 Islands have earned it a dub as the Lake of a thousand Islands.
With a minimum of 400 Mountain Gorilla population which is close to half of their entire world population (880) of which twelve groups are habituated for trekking, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has positioned itself as an ideal Uganda gorilla safari destination. This Uganda gorilla tour destination is positioned in the south-west of Uganda stretching over a geographical coverage of 321 Sq. Km standing at an elevation of 1,160 – 2,607 Km above sea level. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda comprises of 32,092 ha appearing as one of the largest East African areas that still feature Afro montane lowland forest which is credited to have survived the last ice age making it an ideal habitat for a myriad of Species and noted to have the great density of trees at its respective average in the whole of East Africa. The diversity of Bwindi Forest National Park can be witnessed in the range of Species that it supports. There are more than 163 species of trees, over 140 Species of fern along with other taxa. Sixteen (16) Species of this flora is limited to the south-west of Uganda including Lavoa swynnertonii which is threatened globally. The forest also supports 214 species of birds, 7 species of diurnal primates, over 120 species of mammals and 202 butterfly species. Significantly to note is that Bwindi National Park is a habitat to nine (9) globally threatened including the mountain gorilla, l’Hoest’s monkey, common chimpanzee, African giant swallowtail, Chaplin’s flycatcher, African green broadbill, Grauer’s rush warbler, cream-banded swallowtail and African elephant.
Gorilla trekking safaris Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be done in any of its four (4) trekking regions including Buhoma where the three gorilla families of Mubare, Habinyaja and Rushegura thrive; Ruhija where other three gorilla families of Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguliro, Rushaga with its five gorilla families of Mishaya, Nshongi, Bweza, Busingye and Kahungye and lastly Nkuringo with one gorilla family named Nkuringo. All these gorilla families are habituated and two other gorilla families are being habituated in the south which indicates that gorilla trekking safari in Uganda is on the move to prosperity.
Lake Bunyonyi literally translated as the place of little birds is positioned in between Kisoro and Kabal to the south of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is positioned at 1,962m above sea level stretching for 25km in length and about 7km in width. Lake Bunyonyi is given as the second deepest Lake in Africa, Amazing about Lake Bunyonyi is its count of 29 Islands which do not exist in any other water body in the region. The main Islands include the Bushara, Kyahugye, Akampane, Bucuranuka and Njuyera. The surrounding Kigezi Highlands present magical scenic views ideal for sightseeing.
The extension to Lake Mburo National Park – Uganda’s smallest savannah park offers an exciting exploration of the classic wild game including Buffaloes, Topis, Impala, Burchell’s Zebra, Elands, Rothschild Giraffe and Warthogs among others.
Safari Highlight of the 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Bwindi Uganda & Wildlife Safari Lake Mburo
Day 1: Fly from Entebbe at 07:45 am to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Day 2: Undertake Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for a boat ride & relaxation
Day 3: Transfer back to Kampala with a game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
Detailed Safari Itinerary of the 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Bwindi Uganda Wildlife Safari Lake Mburo
Day 1 of the 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Bwindi Uganda Wildlife Safari Lake Mburo: Fly from Entebbe at 07:45 am to Bwindi Impenetrable NP. Enjoying the Ariel views of the countryside & enjoy Optional Nature Valley Walk
Connect at 6 am to Entebbe International Airport for a flight departing at 7:45hrs to Kisoro / Kihihi Airstrip to the south of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You enjoy remarkable Ariel views of the countryside including the rangelands of Ankole and Kigezi Highlands. Upon landing at Kisoro Airstrip at 08:55hrs, you will meet our driver guide who will transfer you to the lodge for check-in and relaxation. You enjoy the optional Nature Valley Walk that takes you through the villages in the south of Bwindi exploring the traditional homesteads, farmlands and impressive landscapes. The walk includes a traditional lunch.
Luxury: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
Midrange: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge – Private Cottage
Budget: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge – Standard room
Day 2 of the 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Bwindi Uganda Wildlife Safari Lake Mburo: Undertake Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat ride and relaxation
This is a great day that will mark your re-union with your long-lost cousins – the Mountain Gorillas. You gather at the respective park headquarters for briefing in the morning at 8 am where you are also allocated the respective gorilla families to track. From here, you head to the forest in the company of the armed ranger guides that will lead you up the gorillas. The walk is beyond the ordinary as it involves traversing the dense jungle whose thickness would at some points necessitate using a machete to make a path, hiking the challenging landscapes some of which are steep and slippery at times under the canopy of the mature forest which forms darkness even during the day. You are treated to the impressive bird songs and beautiful flowers through the experience. The encounter tends to take 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements and one hour is availed to you to have a direct touch with the gorillas. Upon approaching gorillas, their reaction is not predictable as it can include them giving you a courteous welcome, minding less about you and charging against you. However, as a result of habituation, Mountain gorillas are always welcoming with the Silverback beating a little of his chest to demonstrate his might and also welcoming to you to the group. The young gorillas are very playful and are at times not aware of the 7m rule thus can try to draw closer to even touching on your body – save it by taking some steps away to observe the distance. You are not limited in any way to ask as many questions about gorillas and their habitats along with taking pictures so long as you have the opportunity to do so. After your one hour with the gorillas, return to the starting point and transfer to the starting point to embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi driving through fascinating Kigezi Highlands which locals apply terracing method to cultivate their slopes deriving impressive scenic landscape. You arrive at Lake Bunyonyi Uganda in the afternoon for relaxation and a recreational boat ride on the lake, dinner and overnight
Luxury: Birdnest @Bunyonyi Resort
Midrange: Lake Bunyonyi Rock-resort
Day 3 of the 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Bwindi Uganda Wildlife Safari Lake Mburo: Transfer back to Kampala with a game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast at 7:00 am, embark on the transfer back to Kampala 437km about 7 hours’ drive at 8 am. You drive through the magical highlands of Kigezi covered with mist in the morning before continuing through impressive south western Uganda landscapes of Ntungamo with extensive banana plantation and cattle farms. A game drive will be made in Lake Mburo National Park Uganda with chances of viewing Rothschild giraffes, Elands, Burchell’s Zebra, Impala, Topis among others. Another can still be made at the Equator crossing Kayabwe to get yourself a memorabilia to carry back home.
End of the 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Bwindi Uganda & Wildlife Safari Lake Mburo