4 Day Gorilla Trekking and Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda
The Mane Tours’ 4 Day Uganda Safari takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla trekking and Lake Bunyonyi, a scenic place in the region sometimes referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa” for relaxation and bird watching. The gorilla trekking safari is a very captivating activity; which involves walking up and down slopes covered with thick dense vegetation in search of these great apes. This trip will make your dream of meeting the endangered mountain gorillas in the wild come true.
DAY 1: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Your driver/guide will meet you at your requested pickup point and travel southwest to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a mini stop at the Equator for photographs and a lunch stop later on in Mbarara. Your day’s long journey to Bwindi will reward you with sights of the Ankole long horned cattle and the fascinating scenery of the Kigezi region. We will arrive at your lodging in the evening.
DAY 2: Mountain Gorilla Tracking
After an early breakfast and with a packed lunch, we will drive to the park headquarters for a briefing from the senior park ranger guide. At 8.30, you will set off for gorilla trekking in the impenetrable forest. A search for the habituated gorilla family is not predictable; you may take between two to eight hours searching for these apes within this dense forest. You are guaranteed one hour for observing and taking photographs of these beautiful apes.
DAY 3: Lake Bunyonyi (Place of Little Birds)
After breakfast, we will drive through the Kigezi region, which is well known as the “Switzerland of Africa”, to the magnificent Lake Bunyonyi. The lake is a result of lava flow from one of the Virunga Mountains, which blocked off the Ndego River to create a natural dam near present-day Muko. Dotted with at least 20 small islands and encircled by steep terraced hills, Bunyonyi is a magical spot. Bilharzi (snail fever) is reliably reported to be absent from the lake, as are crocodiles and hippos, which means swimming is very safe. Active travelers are catered for, with kayaks, canoes, and mountain bikes available for hire, and enough potential excursions to keep one busy for days. Bunyonyi translates as ‘place of little birds’, which refers to the prolific weaver colonies along its shores, but larger birds are also represented by the likes of grey-crowned crane and a variety of herons and egrets. It is probably the best place in Africa to see otters – the diurnal spotted-necked otter in particular – with several pairs resident around Rutinda and nearby islands.
DAY 4: Kampala
After breakfast, we start the journey back to Kampala with a lunch stop in Mbarara and later another brief stop at the equator in case you need to buy a craft to take home. We will arrive in Kampala in the evening and you will be taken to your hotel or on to Entebbe for your departure flight if on schedule.
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