Day 1: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi via Igongo Cultural Centre
After your early morning breakfast our tour guide will pick you up and take you to Lake Bunyonyi in South-western Uganda, approximately 7 hours’ drive from Kampala. You will have a stopover at the Equator Monument in Kayabwe where the earth is divided into the northern and southern hemispheres. At this very point, a water experiment is also carried out to furthermore explain the geographical discovery of the Uganda Equator. While here, you may opt to look into the shops selling African art and crafts. Later, you will proceed to Igongo Cultural Centre for an hour’s lunch break. Thereafter, you will have a tour around Igongo Museum which is armed with an illustrious history of the western cultures and the ancient life of the Ankole kings. After the tour, you will embark on your journey to Lake Bunyonyi, reaching in the evening. You will check in at your hotel, have dinner and an overnight stay.
Luxury: BirdsNest@Lake Bunyonyi/Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Midrange: Bunyonyi Safari Resort/Jajama Panorama Resort
Budget: Bushara Islands Resort/Heritage Lodge Habuharo
Day 2: Canoeing and Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Waking up to the soothing breezes of the most beautiful and scenic Uganda destination, Lake Bunyonyi, your breakfast will be served as you prepare for your morning canoe on Africa’s second deepest lake. The sereneness on Lake Bunyonyi is a mind relaxer, a much needed therapy after days of travelling. Its scenic views of relief and the surrounding islands at sunrise offer a rewarding adventure on its own, and with binoculars you can enjoy the plentiful birdlife plus the far-reaching islands. Later, you will return to checkout of your accommodation and transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, reaching at lunch time. You will then check in and have a sumptuous lunch. Later in the evening, you will have a community walk and visit the Batwa people. These forest dwellers are the ancient settlers of this place and they were hunters and fruit gatherers back then. They now earn a living by providing a walk-through of their ancient lifestyle in performances of dance and drama; crafts making demonstrations and guiding you through their historical caves. You can opt to buy a craft souvenir for your safari remembrance, then later return to your accommodation to dine and have an overnight stay.
Buhoma Lodge (Luxury)
Silverback Lodge (Midrange)
Buhoma Community Camping ground (Budget)
Day 3: Gorilla Trekking and Batwa Community Walk
You will have breakfast at 6:30 AM and proceed to the park headquarters with packed lunch where you will be briefed by the professional park rangers on the code of conduct while visiting the forest. Thereafter, you will be guided into the forest to trek the famed mountain gorillas. You might need a walking stick if you are not physically fit enough, as the Uganda mountain gorilla trekking excursion will take between 2 and 8 hours to encounter a habituated family of gorillas. When you come face to face with a habituated family, you will be allowed an hour’s stay so that you can watch them play around, jumping from one tree branch to another. Later on, you will have a picnic lunch. As you make your way back to your accommodation, bear in mind that the forest offers a wide range of wildlife to watch out for life. The golden monkeys, butterflies, a myriad of forest birds and many more are what you should expect on your sightseeing spree. You may then head to the Batwa Community for a visit, but this will depend on how long you will have taken in the aforementioned session. Later on, you will return to your accommodation for dinner and an overnight stay.
Budget: Buhoma Community Camping Ground
Midrange: Silverback Lodge
Luxury: Buhoma Lodge
Day 4: Transfer Back to Kampala
Early in the morning after breakfast, our tour guide/driver will bring you back to Kampala and you will have lunch en route at Igongo Cultural Centre. You will reach Kampala in the evening.
End of the Safari