• A young gorilla in Rushaga Bwindi Impenetrable NP Uganda

Fly to the Mountain Gorillas & Highland Lakes

Fly to and from the Kigezi Highlands from Entebbe International Airport on the shores of Lake Victoria. Explore by boat the stunning beauty of the idyllic Lake Mutanda with its volcano panorama and relax at your lakeside lodge. Then drive into the highland rainforests of Uganda to track the rare mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Bwindi is a wildly diverse ancient rainforest and protects around half of the world's population of Mountain Gorillas. Trust us, you’ll never forget your experience of meeting our highly endangered relatives.

Itinerary

Day One

Transfer & Hike and Canoe Tour of Lake Mutanda

Transfer (flight) from Entebbe to Kisoro. Estimated journey time: 2.5 hrs

Transfer (4x4) from Kisoro to Lake Mutanda. Estimated journey time: 1 hr

Meet your guide on the shores of Lake Mutanda and take to the water in a motorboat to explore the lake shores and islands. Your guide is very knowledgeable about the lake and will be able to give you an insight into the traditions and customs of the local communities living along the lakeshore. The boat trip includes a visit the local ancient burial place of Kyangushu and a visit to Mutanda Island, the biggest and the only inhabited island in the lake. On a clear day it offers views of Bunagana (Congo border), Lake Mulehe and the rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. If you happen to be visiting on a Sunday you can dance with the 70 villagers in their church. 

Estimated excursion time: 3 - 4 hrs

Day Two

Mountain Gorilla Tracking & Sunset Cruise on Lake Mutanda

Transfer from Lake Mutanda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP. Estimated journey time: 2 hrs

Experience Uganda’s greatest natural wonder, an intimate meeting with one of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s gorilla families! Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an incredibly important conservation site as it protects around 320 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the population left in the wild. Dating back over 25,000 years, Bwindi is one of Uganda’s most biologically diverse and most ancient rainforests, with an amazing 400 species of plants present and 350 species of birds, including 23 Rift Valley endemic species recorded. The rangers accompanying you will be able to identify the local plants, birds and wildlife as well as the general ecosystem of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as you trek.
This morning you will rise early and your driver / guide will escort you to the trailhead into the rainforest. Here you will receive an orientation on tracking the gorillas from the Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers who will then guide you through the dense forest. The trek length varies, depending on where the gorillas spent the night, ranging from thirty minutes to seven hours. Once you find these incredible creatures you will spend one hour with them. We think you’ll agree - to experience this unique family feed, socialise, nurse their young, patrol and display their prowess - is the most magical experience you can see in nature. After tracking you will make your way back to the edge of the rainforest where you’ll meet your driver guide.

Estimated excursion time: 2 - 8 hrs (including 1 hr viewing)

Transfer from Lake Mutanda to Bwindi Impenetrable NP. Estimated journey time: 2 hrs

In the late afternoon you will take a boat out onto the water to enjoy a sundowner cruise on Lake Mutanda. As you enjoy your drinks you will be played local melodies on the enganga, a traditional guitar as you relax watching the sunset lighting up the sky behind the volcano panorama stretching across the skyline.

Estimated excursion time: 1 hr

Day Three

Transfer

Transfer (4x4) from Lake Mutanda to Kisoro. Estimated journey time: 1 hr

Transfer (flight) from Kisoro to Entebbe. Estimated journey time: 2.5 hrs