Welcome to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
As names go alone, there can hardly be a more evocative African destination than the so-called Impenetrable Forest of Bwindi. But unlike many other alluringly named places, this one is just as magnificent as it sounds. A swathe of steep mountains covered in thick, steamy jungle, the 331-sq-km World Heritage–listed Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of Africa’s most ancient habitats, even surviving the last Ice... Read More
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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park activities
7 Day Gorilla Trekking Adventure
Day 1: ArrivalOn the day of your arrival, we will meet you at the Entebbe International Airport and transfer you to the Papyrus Guesthouse; your accommodation for tonight.Overnight: Papyrus Guest House (B&B)Day 2: Entebbe – Bwindi Impenetrable National ParkAfter an early breakfast and briefing, we will fly you to Kisoro in southern Uganda. During the short flight, you will be able to see Uganda´s beautiful landscape from high up. We will pick you up from the airstrip once the plane lands, and begin our 2 hour journey to Nkuringo. Overnight: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp Day 3: Gorilla TrekkingAt 8:00 AM, the gorilla trekking will start with a detailed briefing about gorilla etiquette. Once we find them, we will be allowed to spend 1 hour with them.Overnight: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp Day 4: Forest Nature walk - Bwindi Forest You will have the opportunity to undertake a full day of trekking, accompanied by our local guides through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Overnight: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp Day 5: Community Walk and Canoe excursion on Lake Mutanda Depart Nkuringo after breakfast with your safari guide to commence a walk to Lake Mutanda after having been dropped by your safari vehicle at Rubuguri Junction. Here, a 9km walk to the north shore of the lake is conducted where the dugout canoe team will rendezvous at the Rwajenje landing site with you to complete a traverse of the lake over 2 and 1/2 hours to the southern shore. From the southern shore, it is a 90 minute walk into Kisoro town. Overnight: Volcanoes Mgahinga Lodge Day 6: Golden Monkey Tracking Mount Gahinga National Park is at 33 km, the smallest national park, but its flora and fauna and the 3 volcanoes offer a wide range of activities. Golden Monkeys are a unique species which can only be found on the volcanoes of the Virunga and in Nungwe forest in Rwanda. The tracking and viewing activity is generally conducted over a 4 to 5 hour window. Optional activity – Mt Sabinyo Volcano ClimbTracking Approx 8 hoursAfter breakfast, proceed to Mgahinga National Park head quarters for a briefing before starting a Volcano climb of Mount Sabinyo. Mt. Sabinyo, at 3,669m, takes about eight hours to cover the 14km round trip, following a steep ridge up to the peak this trek will be conducted in the company of your Nkuringo Walking Safari guide.Overnight: Gahinga LodgeDay 7: Transfer to Kisoro Airstrip – Entebbe We will drive back to Kisoro for your flight back to Entebbe.
7-Day Best of Uganda Gorilla Safari and Wildlife Experience
Day 1: On your arrival, meet your guide at Entebbe International Airport who will transfer you to Lake Heights for your accommodation.Day 2: Entebbe – Bwindi Impenetrable National ParkAfter an early breakfast and briefing, fly to Kisoro in southern Uganda. During the short flight you will be able to see Uganda's diversity. Be picked up from the airstrip and driven up to Nkuringo. After lunch, there will be a community walk with one of our guides from the camp. Overnight at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge.Day 3: Gorilla TrekkingTransfer to the visitor’s reception to track a Nkuringo Gorilla group in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park after you’ve been briefed at 8:00am. Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend an hour with them observing. Your time in the forest cannot be pre-determined as every day is different from the previous. Return to your vehicle and proceed directly back to the lodge.Day 4: Kisoro - EntebbeYou will be driven back to Kisoro for your flight back to Entebbe. Arriving at Entebbe International Airport, there will be a connecting flight to Kidepo to wait for. The flight takes approximately 2.5-hours to Kidepo. Be picked up from the airstrip and dropped off at Apoka Lodge for check-in. There will be time to relax and have lunch. After, there will be an evening game drive through Kidepo. Overnight at the Apoka lodge.Day 5: Kidepo Valley National ParkAfter an early morning breakfast, set off for a 2-3 hour game drive to Kidepo Valley National Park in search of lions, cheetahs and leopards. Return to the lodge to enjoy the mid-morning with an open swimming pool within sight of the wildlife from the lodge. The lodge offers a viewing platform for wildlife and often at night you will hear the lions and hyenas. Lunch will be served following an evening game drive. Overnight at Apoka lodge.Day 6: Kidepo Valley Park – Cultural visitKidepo is a wildlife bonanza where you can either conduct a morning nature walk accompanied by a ranger escort or take another game drive. In the afternoon, visit the nearby village of Karamojong. The Karamojongs are related to the Masai in Kenya and were mostly nomadic pastoralists. They have been recently been introduced to farming and agriculture. Learn more about the culture and their dance. Overnight at Apoka Lodge.Day 7: Morning Game DriveAfter the morning activities and lunch, you will be transferred to Entebbe. You will be at the Papyrus Guesthouse for day use. Transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your evening flight.
Gorilla Tracking Day Tour from Kabale
This tour can start from either Kabale town or Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. Pick up early in the morning and head to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which is southwest of Uganda. The park is home to colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and birds such as hornbills and turacos. Most notably, half of the world's population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas is found here. Upon arrival, you will have a brief orientation at the Gorilla Briefing Centre. For this activity, you are likely to join another group where you will have an assigned guide. As a team, you will venture into the forest for a once in a lifetime gorilla tracking experience. Indeed, this is a unique experience that makes Safari in Uganda at par with its neighboring East African countries. There is nothing more exotic than starring in a real African jungle adventure. You get the real Ugandan atmosphere as you move through the bushes and watch the gorillas swing through the steady branches.The tour ends in the afternoon where your driver will be waiting to take you back to Kabale town or Lake Bunyonyi.
Lake Bunyonyi and Kabale Boda-Boda Day Tour from Kabale
Kabale, with its population of some 500,000, is the chief town in deep western Uganda and just 49 miles from the capital city of Kigali in neighboring Rwanda. Kabale town rarely raises interest among travellers, as it is usually just a transport hub and gateway to both Lake Bunyonyi and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Hence, making this dusty town rather a unique and very local experience. You probably won’t be impressed but you will see the real Africa- see how this city moves, lives and breathes everyday. You will see it as it is, free from any adornments to merit the title “tourist attraction”. Visit the Kabale central market to buy and sample African produce. Here you will see local Ugandans getting about their daily routines. We also go to Bukora where blacksmiths/local Ugandans make hoes, panga, and knives and see how they make intricate designs. We then drive to Kabale hills and visit the famous Lake Bunyonyi, which is the highlight of the tour. This lake was created millions of years ago when lava blocked the River Kabaga creating 29 islands, some of which are settled. It is also home to the infamous Punishment Island where unmarried pregnant girls were marooned and left to die. You will have your lunch here and enjoy its serene ambiance and breathtaking views. After lunch, travel back to Kabale town and visit the hot springs in Rubanda called Kitagata, which is famous for its curative waters. Also called by the locals as ‘Mulago’ meaning hospital, this place receives several people on a daily basis who flock to the springs to bathe in the warm water. The water in the springs can warm up to 80 °C (176 °F). It is estimated that per week, about 800 people of all ages and from all corners of the country visit Kitagata springs.
Ultimate East Africa
Beginning in Nairobi, with its convenient international airport, this 24-day African adventure offers up the prizes of Uganda before heading east towards the beaches of Zanzibar. Enjoy wildlife safari drives across the Serengeti and trek through remote forests for an incredible encounter with mountain gorillas in their own habitat. Travel aboard our overland adventure vehicle (OAV) is well-paced and wilderness camping along the way will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife. Our certified CEO will lead the way and share with you the hidden gems that will have your camera’s shutter working overtime. This trip will truly leave an impression on you for the rest of your life!
Spanning nine countries, this journey is full of diverse cultures, abundant wildlife, spectacular landscapes, stunning beaches, and loads of adventure. Track the Big Five across open savannah, explore the Okavango Delta in a dugout mokoro canoe, encounter gorillas deep in the Ugandan wilderness – do it all on this ultimate 54-day adventure and get a real feel for how large Africa truly is. Travel aboard our rugged overland adventure vehicle (OAV) is well-paced and wilderness camping will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife. Encounter rare wildlife and real people on this unique and cost-effective journey through the stunning scenery of Southern and East Africa.