4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari & Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi Tour – SAFARI OVERVIEW

2 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi From Kigali

This 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari  & Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi Tour is meant for Gorilla enthusiasts and photographers who aim at undertaking both Gorilla tracking and Gorilla Habituation aimed at maximizing the time they spend with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park dubbed the Impenetrable. Each of these two incredible different gorilla experiences offers you a unique insight into the lives of these lovely gentle mountain giants in their natural setting. 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.  The Uganda safari tour provides for Gorilla trekking which lasts for 1 hour of direct encounter with the Gorillas along with Gorilla Habituation that provides for four (4) hours of direct experience with the Mountain Gorillas.

The Uganda safari trip offers you a rewarding thrilling romantic recreation at Lake Bunyonyi Uganda whose 29 Islands have earned it a dub as the Lake of a thousand Islands. The Kigezi Highlands and Rwandan Hillsides present magical scenic views ideal for sightseeing.

With this safari, you will fully exploit the Gorillas of Bwindi Forest National Park!

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4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari & Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi Tour – SAFARI PRIME ACTIVITIES

  Spending paramount time with the Mountain Gorillas during the two gorilla expeditions

  Enjoying a canoe ride exploring the various islands on Lake Bunyonyi

  Scenery viewing of Uganda’s countryside landscape

  Having a local experience during the Batwa community tour

4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari & Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi Tour  – SAFARI FEATURED PARKS/DESTINATIONS

  Day 1, 2 & 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  Day 4: Lake Bunyonyi

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4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari & Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi Tour – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

  • Day 1: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  • Day 2: Four Hours’ Gorilla habituation & Batwa community tour

  • Day 3: Undertake Mountain Gorilla trekking and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

  • Day 4: Enjoy a morning hike to the top of the world point & transfer to Kampala.

4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari & Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi Tour – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1 of the 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

On the first day of this safari, after breakfast, you will be picked up and briefed from your hotel by your Prime safaris safari guide who will be leading you on this safari adventure. You will embark on this 8 -9-hour journey covering about 520km. During this amazing journey on the spectacular highway, you will drive through busy colourful rural and semi-urban trading centres/towns enjoying sights of roadside fresh food markets, carpentry and metal workshops as well as other roadside trade activities. In order to stretch and relax from the long drive, shortstops will be made like at Mpambire drum centre where you will engage in community interaction with the local craftsmen who manufacture a wide variety of local musical instruments especially drums. Your next en’ route stop will be at the Uganda Equator which is 77km from Kampala for the famous hemisphere experiment as well as photo session and bathroom break. You will proceed with the journey and have a lunch break at Igongo country hotel for a nutritious meal prepared from organic foodstuffs. You will continue with your journey to Bwindi National Park’s southern sector where Gorilla Habituation takes place enjoying views of the beautiful countryside scenery arriving at the lodge in the evening.

Highlight of the Day: Photo session at the Equator point

Accommodation: –

  • Top-Notch / Exclusive: Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge
  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge
  • Budget/ Basic: Ichumbi Lodge – Standard Rooms

Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance &time: Approx. 520km or 8-9hours

Activities & Services: –

  • Transfer to Bwindi
  • Equator experience

Day 2 of the 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari: Do Mountain Gorilla habituation & engage in a Batwa community walk

After breakfast at 6:30 am with your packed lunch, you will transfer to the park headquarters for a short briefing about the gorilla habituation experience that you will be undertaking. After the briefing, you will follow the trail lead by the ranger to the family undergoing Habituation, while traversing the forest with its hilly forested landscapes and deep saddles. The hills are forested with mature trees and dense undergrowth that have earned it the name Impenetrable thus we recommend that you dress in appropriate Gorilla tracking attire with steadfast boots. Just like it is with gorilla tracking you are in for an encounter of other wild mammals and birds that live within the confinements of this park. The gorilla habituation encounter tends to last 2 – 8 hours inclusive of four (4) hours direct viewing of gorillas. These 4 hours are counted from the time you encounter the nest in which the gorillas slept the previous night. During gorilla habituation you will be joined by the researchers, conservationists, trackers who will be monitoring this specific group while understanding each member individually, their behaviour etc. while making them get used to human beings. You will as well participate in any activity you will be required to such as sample collection, identification; naming and through this you will after the experience is able to have an in-depth understanding of each member.  At the end of this activity, you will retreat back to the park centre where you will be awarded a gorilla habituation certificate.

After Gorilla Habitation your guide will lead you to your next safari adventure in which you will visit the indigenous Batwa community. They will teach you about their culture and showcase their lifestyle like hunting and gathering, hunting, fire making as well as herbal treatment. After the Batwa encounter, you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

The highlight of the day: Being part of the team the Gorilla habituation team

Accommodation: –

  • Top-Notch / Exclusive: Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge
  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge
  • Budget/ Basic: Ichumbi Lodge – Standard Rooms

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Gorilla habituation
  • Batwa community tour

Day 3 of the 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari: Undertake Mountain Gorilla trekking Experience and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Today is the day you will meet the habituated gorillas while on this Uganda safari tour! You will after breakfast at 6:30 am be transferred to the park offices where you will receive a short briefing about the dos and don’ts for a gorilla trekking adventure. After this briefing, you will set off into the jungle in search for the gorillas in the lead of a very skilled armed ranger guide who will also help you make sense of the numerous attractions that you will find along the search for the gorillas and these include several of the 350 bird species that have made this park an incredible birding destination to many birders on their Uganda birding adventure. Several other primates such as Black and White colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys might also come your way and some of the 27 Lizard species like the three-horned chameleons can be spotted. On seeing the gorillas, you have a full hour with these magical beings watching them as they go about their daily lives and if you’re lucky you might get to see the young gorillas break the 7-meter rule as they get closure to you to have you incorporated in their games. After the full hour contact with these gorillas, you will transfer back to the park headquarter where you get awarded a Gorilla tracking certificate for your tracking efforts. From here, transfer to Lake Bunyonyi where you get to relax from the rather a bit tedious gorilla habituation and trekking experiences. Upon arrival at this beautiful tropical gem of the Kigezi highland, you will be fascinated by the tranquil waters of this lake and the numerous islands that are dotted over it making the scenery absolutely amazing. You will have a canoe ride along the lake with the boat guide explaining the history as well as the importance of each Island you will be visiting such as Bushara, Akampene the punishment Island ,Kyahunge, Bwama ,Njuyeera also referred to as the Sharp’s Island and Bucuranuka the upside-down island. He will as well be spotting beautiful photographic views as well as birds prominent in this location such as the grey crowned cranes, cardinal woodpecker, and African king fisher, herons, levillian cuckoo and so many others. From this boat cruise, you will head to your lodge for dinner and relaxation.

Highlight of the Day: A second encounter with the incredible mountain Gorillas

Accommodation: –

  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Birds nest @ Bunyonyi
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort
  • Budget/ Basic: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance &time: Approx. 55-85 or 1-2 hours

Activities & Services: –

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi

Optional activities: –

  • Nature walk
  • Birding Watching Walk in Bwindi Forest National Park

Day 4 of the 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari: Morning hike to the top of the world point & transfer to Kampala

The final day of this safari begins as the sky starts to lighten and the morning chorus of birdsong awakens you. After a relaxed breakfast on the deck of the lodge overseeing the beautiful scenery waters, you will embark on a hike to the top of the world viewing point which takes you 2200 meters above sea level and if you manage to get to the top your efforts will be rewarded with a spectacular breathtaking view of the entire Lake Bunyonyi which will forever remain in your memory. While at the top take you will enjoy a small snack or a cup of Ugandan coffee and also re-energize before you slope down. You will check out of the lodge and embark on the transfer to Kampala 420km and Entebbe 470km from Lake Bunyonyi. During this 470km return journey to Entebbe, you will enjoy Uganda’s beautiful countryside landscape scenery. You will drive through some of the major towns along the way such as Mbarara where you will have lunch at the Igongo cultural centre and enjoy sights of the long-horned cattle as you drive towards Kampala. You will arrive in Entebbe late evening and be dropped off at your Hotel or the airport depending on your travel plans. Short bathroom breaks and photography session stops will be made along the way to break from the long driving hours.

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Drive distance & time: Approx. 450km or 7-8 hours

Activities & services: –

  • Transfer back to Kampala
  • Traditional Lunch buffet at Igongo country hotel
  • Viewing the awesome scenic Lake Bunyonyi from the top of the world viewing point

End of the 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari & Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi Tour 

4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari & Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi Tour – SAFARI INCLUSIONS

   Full-time English professional safari driver-guide

   4×4 safari van/ 4×4 Safari land cruiser with pop up roof for game viewing with functional A/C

   Full board accommodation

   Gorilla & chimpanzee trekking permit fees

   Boat cruise fees

   Wi-Fi Internet on board the safari vehicle

   Bottled water

4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari & Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi Tour – SAFARI EXCLUSIONS

  •    International &domestic flight fees
  •    Visa fees
  •    Laundry services
  •    Items of personal nature
  •    Gratuities and tips
  •    Other beverages/ drinks
  •    Other extras not mentioned in the itinerary above

4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari & Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi Tour – GETTING THERE

4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari & Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi Tour – PRICE PER PERSON

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4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari & Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi Tour – GORILLA TREKKING & HABITUATION TIPS

  •   Mountain gorillas sometimes nest far from the start of your gorilla trek, you should ready yourself for a long walk and drink plenty of water.
  •    Eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden – designated time and place will be communicated.
  •    Smoking while inside the forest is strictly forbidden
  •    Bwindi being a tropical forest, it can rain anytime so we encourage you to carry a rain poncho
  •    Waterproof walking shoes or hiking boots are essential.
  •    Gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants
  •    Long trousers and long-sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest to avoid insect stings.
  •    Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash
  •    Porters are available to help you carry your day pack for a small charge
  •    As you prepare to come for your Uganda gorilla adventure, please do some exercises so that you prepare your body for gorilla trekking which can last between 3-8 hours
  •    In case you can’t walk for a very long time, you shouldn’t really worry about not being able to do gorilla trekking because there are potters who can carry you throughout at a small extra cost.
  •    Carry your sunscreen lotion to keep your skin safe from the tropical heat & sun rays
  •    When you get to the gorillas, don’t make noise because this agitates the gorillas
  •    For more information about gorilla trekking tips please follow these links to read more about gorilla trekking tips and advice.

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