Grade

3 Days

Accommodation

Hotel

Transportation

Jeep

Food

Full board

Water

Bottled water

$1,470$2,000

[The Tour can start from Kigali and End in Kigali as well].

Our 3-day Mountain Gorilla tracking safari takes you to the misty Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is home to more than half the World’s population of 1004 remaining Mountain GorillasBwindi Impenetrable Forest offers a unique birding opportunity, cultural experiences, a scenic allure of stunning hills and lush vegetation inhabited by a wide variety of primatesGorilla tracking is the most enchanting experience in this forest that will leave you with memories of a life time. You will visit a community of the Batwa people who used to live in the Bwindi forest before it was gazetted as a national park and be mesmerized by the stories of how they used to live in this forest as gatherers, hunters warriors and herbalists.

Lake Bunyonyi -A place of many little birds

An ideal place to chill out on a holiday or after your safari

Lake Bunyonyi – A place of many little birds is a stunning beautiful water body in south western Uganda. Its formation was a result of volcanic activity several years ago. Lava dammed river Ndego thus blocking its continued flow.

The morning mist and melodies of birds welcomes you. Lake Bunyonyi’s crystal clear waters are free from Bilharzia, crocodiles and hippos.

With 29 islands, it is an ideal place to chill out on a holiday or after your safari to other scenic destinations. Enjoy the views of the terraced hills and other islands.

Canoeing and boat ride around the islands

Punishment Island

A lot can be enjoyed at lake Lake Bunyonyi. The two – hour boat ride on the lake enables you to tour the lslands including the famous punishment Island known locally as Akampene.

This small marshy island hosted excommunicated girls who were delivered by their relatives for having got pregnant before marriage. The girls were sometimes lucky to be rescued by a man in passing boat who would take one of them as a ‘free” wife without paying bride price.

Story of a survivor

My tour guides narrated a story of one of the survivors still alive known as Mauda Kyitaragabirwe. When it was discovered that she was pregnant, her parents sent her to the Punishment Island. It was considered a sound deterrent to other girls to abstain from pregnancy outside wedlock. She was left to die at the island but by God’s Grace, she was later rescued by a passing boat man.

However, Mauda later had a miscarriage since she was brutally handled on her way to the island.

During the pre-independence times around 1930s, parents in the area supported the excommunication of pregnant unmarried girls. The pregnancy outside wedlock was considered as bringing shame to the families and society thus denying them bridal wealth. The bride price is in form of livestock.

Today the punishment island is the only one that does not look beautiful with only two dry trees and long drying grass seen on the island. One can think that the island was cursed by the girl victims. Even birds hardly perch on the island.

In another region girls faced a similar fate, around Kisiizi falls. The girls were thrown off the cliff. It was such a painful episode for the girls. However, one day one girl dragged one of her tormentors with her over the cliff. The practice stopped indefinitely.

Other Islands

Bwama Island is another historical island. A missionary doctor set up camp in this area to help the community recover from leprosy. Dr. Leonard Sharp and his team established the center in 1931. It remained open till the 1950’s.

Today the island is home to two schools, a secondary and primary school. Students can access them by boat because no permanent village exists on the island.

Dr.Sharp established a home on Njuyeera Island known today as Sharp’s island. He lived here with his family.

Hiking to the Top of the World

Hiking to the top of a hill known as Top of the world is another exciting activity. You will  be able to see surrounding islands clearly. It is recommended to keep your camera close to you so that you do not miss out on the amazing views.

The hike combines a village walk and bird watching along the way. My guide shared local knowledge about the plants used as herbal medicine and food crops by the community. I enjoyed the amazing views of the surrounding islands and terraced hills.

The hikes are less strenuous. You can take them at your own pace. You will get close to the village residents. Advanced booking is required for Traditional dances

Lake Bunyonyi is a place to chill out on a holiday or after your safari. A lot can be enjoyed at

Nature views, Lake Bunyonyi Boat rides as well as visiting the serene hideouts at the remarkable Habuharo Island on Lake Bunyonyi,Swimming is possible, Nature walks around the Lake , Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Switzerland of Africa-Lake Bunyonyi.

A break at the zero Equator Line, Sun bathing on the lake, Birding -with hundreds of water loving species, it is referred to as a place of many birds, There is much to feed your quest on your 3 days Uganda Safari.

Safari Highlights

  • Equator experience
  • Gorilla trek

Lake Bunyonyi and Batwa cultural experience

Punishment Island

A lot can be enjoyed at lake Lake Bunyonyi. The two – hour boat ride on the lake enables you to tour the lslands including the famous punishment Island known locally as Akampene.

This small marshy island hosted excommunicated girls who were delivered by their relatives for having got pregnant before marriage. The girls were sometimes lucky to be rescued by a man in passing boat who would take one of them as a ‘free” wife without paying bride price.

Story of a survivor

My tour guides narrated a story of one of the survivors still alive known as Mauda Kyitaragabirwe. When it was discovered that she was pregnant, her parents sent her to the Punishment Island. It was considered a sound deterrent to other girls to abstain from pregnancy outside wedlock. She was left to die at the island but by God’s Grace, she was later rescued by a passing boat man.

However, Mauda later had a miscarriage since she was brutally handled on her way to the island.

During the pre-independence times around 1930s, parents in the area supported the excommunication of pregnant unmarried girls. The pregnancy outside wedlock was considered as bringing shame to the families and society thus denying them bridal wealth. The bride price is in form of livestock.

Today the punishment island is the only one that does not look beautiful with only two dry trees and long drying grass seen on the island. One can think that the island was cursed by the girl victims. Even birds hardly perch on the island.

In another region girls faced a similar fate, around Kisiizi falls. The girls were thrown off the cliff. It was such a painful episode for the girls. However, one day one girl dragged one of her tormentors with her over the cliff. The practice stopped indefinitely.

Its name gives a ray of hope for this trending Uganda safari, simply meaning, ‘Place of many little birds, best place for birding Uganda safari. It’s clearly seen that the lake is a bed of roses by having its blue print image on the 5,000 Ugandan shilling note under the title “Lake Bunyonyi and terraces. The absorbing Islands on the lake and the surrounding towns of Kyevu and Muko on its shores make everything readable and enjoyable

We shall begin our day with an early breakfast, then prepare for the captivating Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi, this is so catchy when you sail over the water bodies having beautiful scenic views on the aquatic life like the water birds and many more. After this pleasing adventure we drive back to Entebbe or Kigali in time for your flight.

  • A Visa – you can apply for the visa online or very easily get one at the point of entry into the country (airport)
  •  Gorilla trekking permit – You can apply and secure these on line but experience has shown that it is better coordinated when you send money to the tour firm to handle it for you at no extra cost to the standard fee (USD600)
  • Travel &Health insurance – This should be arranged by you in your home country before you travel.
  • Travelers must be at least 15 years old on the day of the trekking.
  • Good physical, fit health and mental condition
  •  Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood.
  •  Insulated warm Jacket synthetic or down.
  •  Long Sleeve Shirt and Waterproof Pants.
  • Footwear – Hiking.
Day 1
Arrival at Entebbe

Our guide meet you in the morning at your hotel and brief you about the tour Uganda Safari itinerary, drive through the traffic lights of Kampala City early morning by 7:00 am, the early morning road drive sets us ready and not to encounter with the traffic jam in the City as well as to reach early and catch up with the Park activities. The morning Drive leads us through numerous small towns with natives selling different products along the road. Our first stopover shall be at Uganda’s Equator.
Of course, after this short visit, we continue to via the rotating roads having enormous views leading us to Mbarara town for lunch. The drive is a rewarding one as you see the hill rugged slopes, long horned cattle, and the natives selling their products along-side the road. Pass through Lake Mburo National park where you might sport out the jumpy Zebras, Uganda kobs, antelopes, birds and after lunch break we shall continue to Bwindi forest.
Upon arrival at Bwindi you can visit the Batwa community for 1 hour and return to the lodge for dinner.
Overnight: Rushaga gorilla camp/Travelers Kisoro/Gorilla Friends/ Broadbill/Buhoma community lodge
Midrange: Gorilla mist/Lake Mutanda Resort/The Haven Lodge.
Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Lodge/ Clouds Gorilla Lodge

Day 2:
Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest and Nature walk.

After having the morning breakfast, report to the park headquarters by 7:30am for a brief highlights about the giant gorilla tracking exercise, like any other hunter would prepare himself, so shall we. We shall be well equipped with the Tracking equipment and we head for the world’s adventurous zone part in Africa. After the brief highlights at the entrance of the park and the same time the starting point for Gorilla tracking.
We shall make our way through the Bwindi forest trails with a ranger guide to look for these rare giant mountain gorillas under the guidance of a knowledgeable guide. Time taken tracking highly depends on how fast the trekkers are, and where gorillas last fed the previous night, it can take us a few minutes or even an entire day to locate them. When you see them, spend 1 hour experiencing their way of life as they groom each other, lay their nests etc.
Nature walk will be after gorilla trek and then drive to Lake Bunyonyi
Check out from the hotel and our guide will transfer you through the terraced hills and finally head to the deepest Lake in Africa Lake Bunyonyi for a comfortable and great relaxing time.
Overnight: Lake Bunyonyi view lodge/Overland camp Bunyonyi.
Midrange: Acardia lodge/Amagara Resort/Overland in Rooms.
Luxury: Bird Nest.

Day 3
Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi, Transfer back to Entebbe – 6-7 hours or Kigali for city Tour. [3 Hours]

Canoeing and boat ride around the islands

In Budget $1,470

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Midrange $1,650

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Luxury $2,000

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Included
  • Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
  • 4WD safari vehicle
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Services of an English Speaking Driver/guide.
  • Community visit fees
  • Guided nature walks
  • Return airport transfers.
  • The Safari package excludes expenses of a personal nature such as:
  • Other drinks apart from bottled water
  • Laundry
  • Tips to local guides
  • Telephone expenses
  • Porter fees while trekking Gorillas.
  • Personal insurance
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