Gorilla Trek Uganda – Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi, Lake Bunyonyi Nature Tours & Lake Mburo Wildlifes safaris.
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Leave Kampala in the morning to transfer to Bwindi, the Gorilla habitat in Uganda. Have a brief stop at the Uganda Equator and another one in Mbarara town for lunch. You will proceed with the journey to going through the highlands of Kigezi, also known as the Switzerland of Africa with beautiful terraces and hilly landscape. Overnight at Gorilla Resort or Buhoma Bandas on full board.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Forest
After an early morning breakfast, you will go for a briefing at the park offices. Your day’s guide will take you for gorilla-tracking through steeply forested and beautiful landscape along several forest trails. The pinnacle of the exciting activity is when you get the opportunity to view the gentle endangered mountain gorillas, a superb experience. After an hour with the gorillas, walk out of the forest back to the lodge. Lunch at the lodge followed by a relaxed evening. Overnight stay at the Gorilla Resort or Buhoma Bandas on full board.
Day 3: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, enjoy Nature Tours
In the morning after having breakfast, drive via Kigezi areas (the Switzerland of Africa) as popularly known because of it beauty and head the wonderful magnificent Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi was formed from lava flow from one of the Virunga Mountains that blocked off the Ndego River at present-day Muko to create a natural dam. The lake made up of about 20 small islands and surrounded by steep terraced hills, Bunyonyi is a magical spot that is worth visiting by any Ugandan tourist. This Bilharzia-free lake has no crocodiles and hippos and therefore very ideal for swimming. Travellers can hire kayaks, canoes and mountain bikes for excursions to keep busy for days.
Bunyonyi has beautiful weaver colonies along its shores and larger birds are also represented by birds like the grey-crowned crane and a number of herons and egrets. Bunyonyi is one of the best places in Africa for one to watch otters (the diurnal spotted-necked otter) in particular with several pairs resident around Rutinda and the islands in the proximity. Shortly after lunch, take a boat ride on the lake to visit neighbouring pygmy tribes with their unique culture. For birders, the Bunyonyi area is exceptionally gifted with the resident African Harrier Hawk, Yellow-backed, spectacled weavers, and many others. Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Day 4: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park for Game Drive
Drive gently to Lake Mburo National Park in the morning after having breakfast. Driving around the park will expose several animal species reward to you, very rare elsewhere in Uganda. Mburo is the only park Uganda National Park to harbour the handsome antelope, impala from whom, Kampala that Uganda Capital city was named. It’s also among the 3 protected areas countrywide where Burchells zebra live, the two areas being the remote Kidepo Valley National Park and Pian Upe. Topi, bush buck, common duiker, oribi, Defassa water buck and Bohor reed-buck are the other antelope species that are also found there.
Bush pigs, Warthogs, hippos, Leopard, buffaloes, side-striped jackal and numerous smaller predators exist are also in the park and only two diurnal primates are found here, the vervet monkey and the olive baboon. There are also 315 bird species are recorded in Mburo national park and this makes it the best place in Uganda to see acacia-associated birds like the mosque swallow, black-bellied bustard, bare-faced go-away bird and Rupells long-tailed starling.
Birds recorded in Mburo National Park southern species at the very northern limit of their range, like the southern ground horn-bill, black-throated and black-collared barbets, and green-capped eremomela. For bird watching, it’s the swamps in which six papyrus endemic are present including the striking blue-headed Coucal, the brilliantly colored papyrus Gonolek, and the popularly localised white-winged and papyrus yellow warblers, the last recorded no where else in Uganda. You will also enjoy a boat and nature walk if time allows. Overnight Lake Victoria Hotel in Mbarara Town or and Arcadia Cottage.
Day 5: Game Drive and Departure to Kampala
Take breakfast and go for half day game drive after which you drive to Kampala en route enjoying your lunch in Masaka and stop at the Uganda Equator to shop beautiful African handicrafts and photo shootings. You can also stop at Mpabiire for drums of all sizes and a variety of handicraft. Arrive in Kampala in the evening and relax at your hotel.