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3 Days Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi National Park, Uganda

Kampala - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Lake Bunyonyi

Short Gorilla Safaris Uganda

This adventure safari is ideal for those who want to make most of their short time by taking a thrilling trek up the Bwindi Mountains to meet the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Venture on a journey into the wild experiencing natural beauty and amazing species of flora, fauna, and wildlife in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and on your way back visit the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.

Highlights

  • Stopover at the equator
  • Gorilla permits and park entry fees
  • All ground transportation in four-by-four vehicle
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and visit to Lake Bunyonyi
  • English speaking guide and driver
  • Daily meals and drinking water
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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3 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Gorilla Mist Camp

Gorilla Mist Camp is a camp located in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on the south western wing Ruhija tracking area, where the gorilla families Oruzogo, Bitukura, and Kyaguliro are found. It is also located near one of the best swamps known for birding safaris, with unique species like African green broadbill (the only place where this species, nests in the whole of Africa). It is 50 kilometers from Kabale town and 42 kilometers from Buhoma Tracking area.

It consists of five grass thatched luxurious bandas all self-contained with nature at its best comfort. It also has got three unique tented rooms all self-contained with solar electricity and running water at all the time. The main house consists of a well-stocked bar, library, lounge, a dining area, a fireplace, and a well-positioned balcony for you. You will have clear views of the six peaks of the Virungas and the entire Bwindi forest unless the weather is misty, just like their name!

Bushara Island Camp

Bushara Island Camp is a popular resort on Lake Bunyonyi (“Lake of the Little Birds”). The first of its kind, the camp is a stopover to and from Gorilla tours, a bird watcher’s haven, and a private place for retreats. This small island is peaceful, safe, natural, intriguing to day-visitors and families, and a sanctuary for the weary traveler. The perfect location to get away from it all, Bushara Island is a wonderful place to relax in comfort surrounded by nature.

The green hills and papyrus swamps offer many opportunities for bird watching and eucalyptus trees and shady nooks along private paths provide quiet places to sit and read a book. Bushara Island Camp offers a range of safari tents, cottages, dormitories, a treehouse, and group campsite. All of their private accommodations are self-contained, offer privacy, and a beautiful view of the lake.

Program

Day 1 - Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Meet your safari guide and drive out of Kampala in the morning, be prepared for a long day in the car. Make a stop at the equator to get the experience of standing with one foot on either side of the Southern and Northern hemisphere. Continue on to the town of Mbarara for lunch before the final part of the journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Overnight stay at Gorilla Mist Camp.

Day 2 - Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Your guide will take you to the starting point of the gorilla trekking in the morning, the trek takes you through the jungle up to the point where the gorillas are and you get to spend one hour with them. For sure this is a moment you will remember for the rest of your life. When you are back from the gorilla trekking your guide takes you to the stunningly beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. Overnight stay at Bushara Island Camp.

Day 3 - Transfer to Kampala

After breakfast you start the journey back to Kampala. Make a stop along the way for lunch in Mbarara or Masaka depending on time. You have now reached the end of your Gorilla trekking trip and your guide will drop you at Kampala or Entebbe as per your flight arrangements.

Included excursions

A trek on Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to see the gorillas, a visit to the scenic Lake Bunyonyi, and a stopover at the equator are included in your safari.

Location

This safari will take place in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Uganda. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a bio-diverse, mountainous area in southwest Uganda. It is home to many of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, who feed on roots, leaves, and fruits from the park’s many tree and fern species. Species diversity is a feature of the park, as it provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many endangered species.

Floristically, the park is among the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. The Northern (low elevation) sector has many species of Guineo-Congolian flora, including two endangered species, the brown mahogany and Brazzeia longipedicellata.

The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It is most notable for the 340 Bwindi gorillas, half of the world's population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Restricted numbers of viewing permits help protect the endangered gorilla families. In the park, rough paths weave amid dense forests, which are home to many butterflies and birds.

Food

Karumuna Safaris caters for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets. Most of the dishes are served hot apart from those that must be cold like yogurt and ice cream. The local dishes include rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, steamed matooke, fine maize meal, bread, and the full range of confectioneries, samosas, pizza, pasta accompanied with stews of your choice, leafy vegetables, and fruit salad abound.

Barbecues can be arranged in advance. Most eating places serve a buffet so you can choose according to your preference, dessert includes. Drinks include the fizzy drinks and fresh juice (passion fruit, mango, pineapple, and watermelon).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoy cultural dances, community visits, city tours, and historical sites visits
  • Enjoy sports and games available in Uganda
  • Enjoy swimming
  • Get a relaxing massage
  • Indulge in shopping
  • Spend time by the lakes and beach areas
  • Visit local temples and other areas of worship
  • Visit surrounding forests and natural habitats

Spa treatments

You can book massage and sauna services for an extra cost, at most of the accommodations, where you will be staying during the safari.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All ground transport in four-by-four vehicle
  • Boast cruise
  • Daily meals and drinking water
  • Gorilla permits in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (600 USD / person) and park entry fees
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and a visit to Lake Bunyonyi
  • Services of an English speaking guide and driver
  • Stopover at the equator

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Medical expenses
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Karumuna Safaris will pick you up from the airport. Please contact Karumuna Safaris if you need to be picked from outside of Uganda.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Thursday December 31, 2020
Departure: Saturday January 2, 2021

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