3 Days – Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi & Lake Bunyonyi

3 Days


This three-day trip takes you to the famous national park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Tracking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is just magical and memorable. It ranks among the absolute highlights of African travel. The recreation encounter on Lake Bunyonyi also known as lake of a thousand islands due to its 29 beautiful islands presents a moment of rejuvenation after a gorilla trekking adventure.

Tour Features

  • Mid-range tour (This mid-range tour uses lodges and cottages.)
  • Private tour (This tour will be organized exclusively for you. However, wildlife viewing activities are run by the lodges/camps and will be shared with others.)
  • Can start any day (If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.)
  • Can be customised (You can request minor changes to the accommodations and destinations of this tour.)
  • Suitable for solo travelers (Solo travelers can book this private tour.)
  • Minimum age of 15 years (The minimum age for this tour is 15 years.)


Today you will depart from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in South Western Uganda. The journey is enjoyable as you drive through the beautiful scenery of landscape hills and plantations all the way to the Virunga Massive as well as crossing the equator. Don’t forget your cameras to capture the beautiful moments.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)
Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp
Mid-range lodge located just outside Bwindi NP
Meals and Drinks: Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

After early morning breakfast, you will drive to UWA headquarters and be briefed before proceeding on the gorilla tracking adventure. You will love tracking in the ecosystem. After finding the gorillas you will spend one hour observing their behavior and taking pictures before you return to the headquarters for your tracking certificate. Later in the afternoon, drive through the terraced hills to Lake Bunyonyi. Check in your accommodation for a relaxed evening with stunning view of the lake.

Main Destination: Lake Bunyonyi
Accommodation: Acadia Lodge
Mid-range cottage located in or near Lake Bunyonyi
Meals and Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Have a relaxed breakfast at the lodge terrace while viewing the beautiful islands of the lake. Get a nice breath from the lake and hills as you prepare for your return journey to Kampala. Expect a stopover at Mbarara town for lunch and a cup of homemade organic coffee. Then at the Uganda Equator for memorable photos and souvenir shopping. Proceed with the journey to Kampala arriving late in the afternoon or evening to be dropped at your point of drop off be it hotel, airport or home.

Main Destination: Entebbe (City)
Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals and Drinks: Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)


  • A professional driver/guide
  • Airport Transfer
  • All accommodation
  • All activities
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • All transportation
  • Drinking water
  • Meals
  • Personal Guide


  • Chimp Permits
  • Gorilla Permits
  • International flights
  • Personal items
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • visa fees


Where Is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Located?

Bwindi Impenetrable national park lies in East Africa Uganda. It is located in southwestern Uganda. The park hosts the largest number of leftover mountain gorillas and this is why it was divided into two areas northern Bwindi and Southern Bwindi for management reasons.

The park lies at an altitude between 1160 meters and 2607 meters above sea level. This calls for hiking to locate mountain gorillas as one of the adventures of Bwindi Impenetrable National park.

Bwindi Forest is located in an area that receives rain at any time of the day about 2390 mm of rain per year.  Bwindi Impenetrable National park temperatures are between 7 degrees centigrade to -20 degrees centigrade.

What To Do In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking is the highlight of Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park. A Gorilla trekking permit allows you to see the mountain gorillas but they are sold according to the area. Bwindi forest has 4 gorilla trekking areas that is Buhoma area the major administrative area, Ruhijah area the, Rushaga area and Nkuringo area. Each area has gorilla families which are trekked by a maximum of 8 clients per day.

Birding In Bwindi Forest

Bwindi is the primary birding destination of Uganda and Africa. Over 350 bird species find a home in the forest including Albertine endemics. Keen birders have a chance to spot over 100 bird species a day. Some birds include Western Green Tinkerbird, Mountain Masked, and Chestnut-throated Apalis, African Hill Babbler, Collared Apalis, Rwenzori Batis, and white-tailed Crested Fly Catcher the list is endless.

Ruhija gorilla trekking area is a superb section of Bwindi for keen birders. The Mubwindi Swamp is the real deal for Birding in Uganda.

Primate walk In Bwindi

Apart from the mountain gorillas, Bwindi forest is home to several other primates including chimpanzees, black and white colobus, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, vervet monkeys, red-tailed monkeys the list is endless.

A nature walk in Bwindi Forest national park

A number of tail choices are available for anyone interested in a walk in Bwindi forest including Munyanga river trail just below Buhoma which is a short walk to spot birds and several primates

Waterfall tail goes passed tree ferns going through beautiful falls

Rushura hill trail is the best spot for enjoying the western rift valley and providing a wonderful view of Lake Edward and Rwenzori mountains on a clear sunny day.

Muzabajiro loop tail goes through the summit of Rukubira hill giving out the most incredible view of Bwindi Canopy, Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga National Park and western Rift Valley.

Bwindi Community Walks

To incorporate the locals into the mountain gorilla conservations campaign as they benefit, some community walks are used to take travelers into the community. Proceed accrued are used to support the community need like road maintenance, upgrading schools, improve water supply to mention but a few. Some of the community walks include:

Buhoma Community Walk and Cultural Performances

Through the local authorities of Buhoma area, a 3 hours walk where tourists get to know day to day life of the villagers. Tourists take time off to visit the local banana brewer, visit a local home, have a chance with a traditional healer and as the day winds up enjoy an arranged local dance group performance.

Nkuringo Community Walk

The locals of Nkuringo area operate a community visit for interested clients where you get to interact with a local brewer, visit a local home stead, blacksmith and traditional healer. This is one way to promote community park co-operation in that even when the gorillas are go astray, the locals do not just kill them but feel the concern of telling the Authority.

How To Get To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

By Road

Several alternative routes from Kampala the main capital are available by road transport. Although public transport is available for anyone heading to Bwindi, the stopovers are so many. You may end up arriving late night in Bwindi area yet even your property may have been misplaced. For such reasons we do not recommend public transport as you go to Bwindi for Gorilla trekking

Kampala to Kabale to Kanungu to Buhoma

From Kampala Main city to Kabale, one drives about 6 hours for 414 km from Kampala to Kabale. A continuous drive passed a winding marram road for approximately 120 km through Kanungu and Kanyantorogo.

Queen Elizabeth National Park to Kihihi to Buhoma

Heading for gorilla trekking after a game safari tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park takes about 5 hours to reach Bwindi Impenetrable Forest this is if you pass through Ishasha sector. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is about 160 km from Mweya and 64 km from Ishasha sector.  Ishasha is home to tree climbing lions and you need to make sure the Ishasha Bridge is in good shape.

Kampala to Ntungamo to Rukungiri to Kihihi to Buhoma

Using this road trip you take about 8 hours without stops. When departing Kampala you can use this direct route. Take a drive on the turmac road to Rukungiri for about 390 km head to a murram road for 82 km getting to Buhoma late hours of the evening only to check in and rest.

Kampala to Kabale to Ruhijah to Buhoma

Taking this road leads you through remote Kabale to Rujiha to Buhoma for 95 km . The road network is in bad shape.

Kampala to Kabale to Nkuringo

When you drive from Kabale to Nkuringo it takes approximately 150 km for about 4 hours on a winding murram road.

One may decide to take a break in Kisoro even have accommodation here prior to gorilla trekking. This drive from Kabale to Kisoro is 80 km. Driving from Kisoro to NKuringo gorilla trekking area is 35km so one can overnight in Kisoro drive early morning to do gorilla trekking the next day. This drive takes about 1hour and thirty minutes.

By Air to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Kajjansi Air strip and Entebbe Airport operate domestic daily flights that fly to Kihihi Airstrip in the morning and afternoon. You need to secure a seat in advance because most times the flights are over booked especially the peak seasons. Charter flights can be arranged too upon request.

Ensure to book transfer vehicle because Kihihi Airstrip is about 1 hour and 30 minutes away from the park headquarters.

Which Park Is Best For Gorilla Trekking Bwindi impenetrable National Park Or Volcanoes National park

The Bwindi Forest Versus Volcanoes Park gorilla trekking question keeps popping but experience in both is fantastic. Bwindi National Park has a variety of gorilla trekking families compared to Volcanoes so you have a number of choices to select from because of its vast area. Volcanoes National Park may not be as large as Bwindi but its gorilla families are charming too.

The Bwindi gorilla trekking permit costs $700 per person per trek but the distance to get to Bwindi from Entebbe airport is about 8 hours on the Road. Volcanoes National Park gorilla trekking permits cost $ 1500 per person per trek but the time and distance from Kigali airport is about 2 hours and half

Which Accommodation To Book In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

A variety of accommodations are available in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for anyone interested in Bwindi  Activities like Gorilla trekking, birding, and Nature walks.

The choice of where to overnight depends on your budget. You can choose luxury accommodation, mid-range accommodation or modest accommodation.

Some accommodation facilities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include

Clouds lodge, Gorilla Forest Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany Springs, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Engage Lodge, Gorilla Resort, Bwindi View Bandas, Mantana Tented Camp, Lake Kitandara Camp, and Volcanoes Bwindi Camp to mention but a few.

What To Pack For Bwindi Impenetrable National park safari?

Tracking boots that can support you while hiking to locate the mountain gorillas

A flash-less camera to take photos and keep memories of being face to face with the gentle giants.

Rainproof gears to protect you from getting wet when it rains. The bwindi forest receives rains without any time.

Long-sleeved shirt and trousers with dirty friendly colors to go through the boggy jungle

Toiletries even if most lodges provide, it is best to have your own just in case.

Insect repellant as the forest harbors a number of insects including stingers

A pair of binoculars to get a clearer view of forest dwellers like birds, and monkeys that may be up the very tall trees.

When is The best time for Visiting Bwindi Impenetrable National Park?

All year round Bwindi impenetrable forest is open for visits, especially gorilla trekking and birding.

The drier months June to September and December of Bwindi Forest are friendlier because of the passable trails in the forest and less undergrowth especially when gorilla trekking. The ground is not so boggy too.

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3 Days – Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi & Lake Bunyonyi