Tracking commences every morning from the park headquarters at 0830 hours, but clients should depart their lodgings at 0600 hours, arriving at the respective parks ready for a detailed briefing from the guides on gorilla etiquette. Gorilla tracking is a year-round activity, irrespective of season. The rain forest is moist, and it rains very often in Bwindi, even in the dry season. Porters are available to carry clients’ belongings. Bwindi is rich in other primates, including chimpanzee and blue monkey. Butterflies are the most conspicuous of the rich insect fauna of the park, with more than 200 species. Return via Lake Bunyonyi to relax and unwind in this deepest lake on Uganda’s soil; this is necessary to break from the few previous days of heavy activity, driving and trekking.
GORILLAS AND WILDLIFE TOUR : – BWINDI SOUTH/CONGO GORILLA TRACKING AND WILDLIFE IN LAKE MBURO (7 Days)
(Tour Code UG16) This safari starts and finishes in Entebbe. It can also be done from Kigali in Rwanda, or from Kampala in Uganda [The Bwindi gorilla permit is included in the safari cost]
ITINERARY FOR GORILLAS AND WILDLIFE TOUR : – BWINDI SOUTH/CONGO GORILLA TRACKING AND WILDLIFE IN LAKE MBURO (7 Days)
Arrive Entebbe airport. Meet, greet and transfer to Boma Guest House IN Entebbe or to Hotel Africana or Bougainviller Hotel in Kampala for overnight (BB)
DAY 2, Kampala to Lake Mburo Park
A gentle drive on the southbound road; passing charming attractions en route: look at royal drum makers, enjoy the Equator, stop at the roadside markets to enjoy some fruit and vegetables. Proceed to Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda’s most conspicuous park, with zebra, leopard, hippo, antelope and many birds. Lunch on arrival. Boat trip on Lake Mburo. Time permitting, an evening game drive. [Approximate driving time: 5 hours] O/N: Arcadia Lodge (FB)
DAY 3, Lake Mburo Park to the Gorilla Park.
A gentle drive on the southbound road; passing charming attractions en route: look at royal drum makers, enjoy the Equator, stop at the roadside markets to enjoy some fruit and vegetables. Proceed to Bwindi (or Kisoro for those who wish to track in Bwindi South at Nkuringo, and Nshongi or Congo). [Approximate driving time: 9 hours] Dinner and overnight at Travellers Rest Hotel.
DAY 4, Gorilla Tracking!
Go gorilla tracking (subject to availability of gorilla permits at time of booking), carrying a packed lunch. You will be accompanied by a guide and porters who will carry your shoulder pack for you. You will then set off to the thick forest in search of gorillas. The terrain can be difficult, with steep slopes covered in dense vegetation that gives the park its name. In addition, the altitude of 5200 feet and more means participants do need to be physically fit. The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 8 hours before one returns to camp. Difficulty, however, is not impossibility and coming face to face with the great primates is well worth it! Dinner and overnight.
DAY 5, Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast, drive to Kabale and on to Lake Bunyonyi. Afternoon relax at the sandy beaches of lake bunyonyi, explore the lake, visit various islands and the local communities.
O/N: Bunyonyi Overland Resort or Arcadia Lodge or similar (FB)
DAY 6, Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala
Start for Kampala arriving early afternoon. Boma Guest House IN Entebbe or to Hotel Africana or Bougainviller Hotel in Kampala for overnight (BB)
Transfer to Entebbe airport for your flight (HB). [Approximate driving time: 1 hour]
Group Price EUR 1345, USD 1749, £ 1166 per person. One gorilla permit included in cost.
Single Room Supplement EUR 122, USD 171, £ 114
DEPARTURE DATES 2012
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Clients have the opportunity of tracking gorillas in Bwindi South (Nkuringo, Mgahinga or Nshongi Gorilla families via Kisoro) or trak in Congo. Visit Lake Mburo Park, see game and birds and butterflies and have a launch cruise there, before goring to Kisoro for gorilla tracking. End with Lake Bunyonyi to relax, visit the Batwa pigmies, stroll about at the Lake or in Kabale town, and return to Kampala at end of tour.