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Gorillas, Community Visit & Lake Bunyonyi Safari

Visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site was once threatened by poaching and environmental degradation, mountain gorillas were close to extinction. The population has since grown in the last few years, thanks to the conservation efforts of all stake holders at Bwindi and the Virunga conservation area. In Bwindi alone the number has risen to about 440 of the estimated 880.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $2550 - $2950
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 5 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Uganda Uganda
Parks visited: Bwindi Impenetrable
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Cultural
  • Birding
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site was once threatened by poaching and environmental degradation, mountain gorillas were close to extinction. The population has since grown in the last few years, thanks to the conservation efforts of all stake holders at Bwindi and the Virunga conservation area. In Bwindi alone the number has risen to about 440 of the estimated 880. Tracking Guidelines should be strictly followed during the gorilla tour. Guidance will be issued to you in advance before gorilla tracking. It is really an exhilarating experience for the tourist when you finally meet the Silver backs in their natural habitat. Community Tourism-Responsible travel In addition to your trip, you will visit a community based project that supports communities co-exist with the gorillas. The Conservation through Public Health organization (founded by Dr. Gladys Kalema) has pioneered gorilla and wildlife conservation by improving the health of wildlife, ecosystems, humans and their livestock thus promoting a better quality of life that has reduced local communities’ dependence on fragile habitats to meet their basic needs. Gorilla conservation coffee project is another social enterprise to visit. You will have the chance to interact with the coffee growing community. You will visit the coffee plantations and also learn and participate in the harvesting, processing and packing of the coffee.  Lake Bunyonyi is a spectacular lake nestled in the mountains of southern Uganda. A serene lake surrounded by beautiful hills, you can take dugout canoes out onto the lake to visit the local communities. The money generated by your tour will also help to support the communities you visit – through entrance fees, nights spent at locally-owned accommodation, tour guide fees shopping in local shops and businesses (such as coffee houses and restaurants).

Day 1

Travel to Bwindi. Arrive in the evening. Travel time 10 hours

Accommodation budget: Gorilla Conservation Camp.

Meal plan: BLD

Day 2

Today after breakfast, go to the briefing point with your packed lunch go for gorilla tracking. Remember to follow guides advice before and into forest. Tracking can be for 2 to 8 hours depending on the location of the gorillas on that day. It is a rewarding experience when you get close to these silver backs.

Accommodation budget: Gorilla conservation Camp.

Meal plan: BLD

Day 3-Community visit

After breakfast, Village Health and Conservation Teams (VHCTs) will show you homes in their villages that promote hygiene and sanitation, family planning, infectious disease prevention and control through education .VHCTs also promote nutrition and sustainable agriculture, as well as, conservation of the gorillas and their habitat including reporting homes that are regularly visited by gorillas to help reduce human and wildlife conflict.

Accommodation budget: Gorilla Conservation Camp.

Meal plan: BLD

Or visit the Batwa tribe resettled outside of the National Park. If you stay longer we can arrange another visit to Mgahinga National Park to explore the Batwa trail. The activities go a long way to support the communities. (Optional)

Day 4-Lake Bunyonyi (optional)

Transfer to this place of little birds. It is such a breathtaking experience. Go for canoeing rides and also visit the legendary Punishment Island that hosted impregnated girls outside wedlock. However, a legendary tale tells us that a passing boat would rescue one who would later become a “wife” (for free) to the rescuer. Overnight  Bird nest lodge /Bunyonyi Safari Resort.

Day 5- End of tour. Travel back by road.

Tour terms and conditions.

Inclusions in the price

Transport in a 4wd Vehicle/Van.

English speaking- Ugandan driver/guide.

Accommodation as mentioned.

National Park entrance fees(Gorilla permit).

All game drives.

Exclusions in the price

International flights.

Meals that are not part of your accommodation.

Personal (medical/travel) insurance;

Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, hotel staff, etc;

All expenses of a personal nature  (e.g. drinks, laundry, souvenirs etc.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Gorilla Conservation Camp
Tourist smile after seeing the Gorillas
Tourist smile after seeing the Gorillas by Rafiki Eco-Safaris
Tourist briefing before trekking
Tourist briefing before trekking by Rafiki Eco-Safaris
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest by Rafiki Eco-Safaris
Kanyonyi Coffee Blend a community Cof...
Kanyonyi Coffee Blend a community Coffee brand by Rafiki Eco-Safaris
Farmer demonstration in Coffee field
Farmer demonstration in Coffee field by Rafiki Eco-Safaris

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