AFRI TOURS AND TRAVEL - SHORT TOURS - MULTI DESTINATION PRIMATES, CULTURE AND WILDLIFE
TOUR CODE 008 - GORILLA GRANDEUR
(including Gorillas, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo (5 days)
DAY 1: Drive from Kampala south-west across the Equator. The trip takes you through savannah grasslands, banana plantations and drives you through herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns. Ascend into the Kigezi highlands, known as the “Switzerland of Africa” with terraced farming and mountain scenery, and drive through to Buhoma.
DAY 2: Enter the sanctuary at dawn and enjoy the beauty and freshness of the forest, home of the mountain gorillas. After a short briefing by the guides, proceed through dense bush to trek for these endangered animals. Other primates also live in the forest including the black and white Colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey and chimpanzee. Enjoy a packed lunch enroute and time permitting, visit the cultural village of the Batwa pygmies. Interact with their traditional healers, see how they make a local “brew” out of bananas and watch their traditional dance. Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
The accommodation used in Bwindi is either Buhoma Lodge or Gorilla Forest Camp. The selection is dependent on your budgetReturn to the accommodation for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: Depart from the forest for Lake Bunyonyi, the lake of little birds, renowned for its variety and abundance of avian. Enjoy a canoe ride on this beautiful narrow lake surrounded by green hills. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
The accommodation used at Lake Bunyonyi is either:
- Bunyonyi Overland Camp,
- Bunyonyi Safari Resort,
- Bushara Island Camp
Day 4: After breakfast depart for Lake Mburo, stopping for lunch enroute. As you enter the Park look for game including zebra, impala, Cape buffalo, topi, eland, leopard, hyena and jackals. Relax in the afternoon on a 2 hour boat trip; watching for hippos, crocs and some of the many (300+) birds that have been sighted there. Accommodation might be at Mantana Tented Camp, Mihingo Lodge, or Rwonyo Bandas depending on you budget.
Day 5: Take an early morning nature walk and return to your accommodation. After breakfast depart for Kampala, an approximate 3 hour drive. Lunch enroute.
Should you not have enough time for this option! Checkout our Gorilla Express tour.
NB.1 The Uganda Wildlife Authority has increased the price of gorilla tracking permits to US$500- for all new bookings taken to track gorillas after the 1st July 2007. Gorilla tracking fees in the reserves in the DR. Congo and Rwanda are also to increase inline with those in Uganda on the same date.
NB.2 Remember to bring heavy leather gloves, stout hiking boots, long sleeves shirts, long pants, a light back-pack, and water-bottle for those tracking gorillas. See additional information in the FAQ section.
NB.3 Please note that there are limited gorilla permits available for each day of the year. We recommend that you start planning for this safari well in advance (ie. At least 6 months to one year or more….permits for 2011/12 are now being sold!) so that permits can be applied for. To apply for your gorilla permits we need to know your nationality, passport number, date of issue & expiry (valid passport is necessary), as well as your date of birth.
NB.4 This safari can be changed or extended to include a second day of tracking gorillas in Bwindi and/or Rwanda, for which additional permits must be secured.