3 Days Camping Gorilla Safari in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP & Lake Bunyonyi

 


     

    3 Days Camping Gorilla Safari in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP & Lake Bunyonyi.

    Overview of the 3 Days Camping Gorilla Safari in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP & Lake Bunyonyi 

    This 3 Days Camping Gorilla Safari in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP & Lake Bunyonyi offers you a rewarding encounter with the critically endangered mountain gorillas in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi dubbed the Impenetrable and a 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 a 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 gorilla safari 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 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 Impenetrable 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 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 Impenetrable 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 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 Kyagurliro, 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 are 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 3 Days Camping Gorilla Safari in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP & Lake Bunyonyi starts and ends in Kampala

    Safari Highlight of the 3 Days Camping Gorilla Safari in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP & Lake Bunyonyi.

    Day 1 of the 3 Days Camping Gorilla Safari in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP & Lake Bunyonyi: Leave Kampala city and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots and traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center

    Day 2 of the 3 Days Camping Gorilla Safari in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP & Lake Bunyonyi: Undertake Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat ride and relaxation

    Day 3 of the 3 Days Camping Gorilla Safari in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP & Lake BunyonyiTransfer back to Kampala

    Detailed Safari Itinerary of the 3 Days Camping Gorilla Safari in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP & Lake Bunyonyi

    Day 1 of the 3 Days Camping Gorilla Safari in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP & Lake Bunyonyi: Leave Kampala city and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots and traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center

    After breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park departing at 6:30am.You drive to the country’s south west heading for 527km journey taking about 10 hours’ drive. You drive through the traffic of Kampala and connect to Masaka road on smooth tarmac driving for 77km to make a stop at the Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe where the world’s main latitude that partitions the world into the northern and the southern hemisphere can be encountered. It is a unique geographical site where water experiments can be carried out to justify the geographical divide between the north and the southern hemispheres. You have an opportunity to take magical photos with one leg in the north hemisphere and another one in the southern hemisphere. Retreat from the break and continue on the drive to Bwindi.  A traditional lunch stop can be made at Igongo Cultural Center 12km from Mbarara for a local cuisine prepared in modern setting and served in standard utensils.             The food is organically grown and freshly served. Continue on the drive welcomed by the fascinating Kigezi Highlands arriving in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

    Accommodation: Camping at Gorilla Mist Camp / Nshongi Camp / Buhoma Community Rest Camp

     Day 2 of the 3 Days Camping Gorilla Safari in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP & Lake Bunyonyi: Undertake Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat ride and relaxation

    gorilla-trekking-in-bwindiThis 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 8am 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 in the afternoon for relaxation, dinner and overnight

    Accommodation: Camping at Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort / Bunyonyi Overland Resort

    Day 3 of the 3 Days Camping Gorilla Safari in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP & Lake Bunyonyi: Transfer back to Kampala

    After breakfast, embark on the transfer back to Kampala 437km about 7 hours’ drive. 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 lunch stop will be made at Igongo Cultural Center and another can still be made at the Equator crossing Kayabwe to get yourself a memorabilia to carry back home. An optional game drive can be made in Lake Mburo National Park with opportunity to explore the Rothschild giraffes, Elands, Burchell’s Zebra, Impala, Topis among others

    End of the 3 Days Camping Gorilla Safari in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP & Lake Bunyonyi

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