5 Days Bwindi and Lake Bunyonyi Tour

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Tour overview

This safari will give you a chance to explore the verdant Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park which offers a great experience as you drive through rising and falling hills past the small farmlands. It offers an unforgettable experience during which you will see a diversity of birds plus other privates and above all be able to see the huge mountain gorillas. Being a tropical rainforest, the Bwindi offers a wonderful experience for nature lovers however not to forget is the beauty and hospitality of the neighboring community who will exhibit their amazing culture. Later on you will continue to Lake Bunyonyi a place with breathtaking scenery perfect for relaxation and an excellent atmosphere that is also favorable to those enthusiastic about bird watching since it supports a large number of different types of birds

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – gorilla tracking.
Day 3: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi
Day 4: Lake Bunyonyi – boat ride and birding.
Day 5: Return to Kampala.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Following an early breakfast you will set off from Kampala and drive Western Uganda. You will take a brief stop at the Equator-crossing where you will have a chance to take photos. Drive through the rising and falling terraced terrain of Kabale District. Stopover in Mbarara town for lunch before finally reaching Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you will spend the night

Accommodation:
Luxury: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge / Mahogany Springs
Mid-range: Gorilla Mist Camp / Silver Back Lodge
Basic: Wagtail Eco Lodge / Buhoma Community Bandas
Meal Plan: Full Board
Travel Time: Approximately 7 and 8 Hours

Day 2: Gorilla tracking andCultural Entertainment
Following an early breakfast, you will be briefed before you begin gorilla tracking in the dense Bwindi forest. In the morning you will have an early breakfast and then go to the park headquarters where you will be briefed by the guides before you begin search the Bwindi forest for the giant gorillas.

Bwindi National Park is renowned for its impressive mountain gorillas, although it is unpredictable for how long you will track before finding them since it all depends on their movement. Though the time spent to track down these Gorillas is unpredictable, the thrill of spending time and ob serving these gentle giant gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they play and interact.

You will set out with a packed lunch and enough drinking water, and you are advised to wear strong comfortable boots plus a light rain-jacket since the weather in Bwindi Impenetrable forest is highly unpredictable. You will be availed with Walking sticks by the park rangers. Also visitors are allowed to spend only one hour with the gorillas for the purpose of conservation. The ranger guide will brief you on how to conduct yourself while in the presence of the gentle giants. In the evening, proceed to the village for a cultural walk to interact with the local people. Participate in captivating traditional performances presented by Women’s groups or orphan children groups. Note that the fees you pay for these performances go directly to improve the welfare of families around the park.

Accommodation:
Luxury: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Mid-range: Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge
Basic: Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas
Meal Plan: Full Board
Trekking Time: irregular

Day 3: Bwindi to Lake Bunyonyi
You may decide to first take a guided nature walk within the verdant Bwindi forest, however this will highly depend on if you are to use the village trial or any of the 5 trails. In the afternoon after your lunch break, you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi.

Accommodation:
Luxury: Bird’s Nest
Mid-range: Arcadia Cottages
Basic: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Camp / Bushara Island Camp
Travel time: Approximately 5 hours
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4: Lake Bunyonyi
Because of the tiring experience in Bwindi, the majority of the clients will take pleasure in some time to relax on the shores of this beautiful lake. there are various activities for the guest to enjoy here such as swimming, bird watching, sun bathing as well as cycling.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury Bird’s Nest
  • Mid-range Arcadia Cottages 
  • Basic Lake Bunyonyi Overland Camp / Bushara Island Camp 
  • Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 15: Travel back to Kampala City
afetr breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala for a brief City tour and some shopping before transferring to the airport for departure.
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch
Travel time: About 5 Hours

The Safari Package Covers:

  • Park Ranger Fees
  • Community walk
  • Gorilla Permit
  • Boat Ride
  • Necessary Government Taxes
  • Full Board Accommodation and meals along the route as indicated in the itinerary
  • Full time English speaking Driver-Guide
  • Ground Transportation by a 4WD safari vehicle
  • Airport transfers

Safari Exclusions:

  • Air Fares
  • Visa Fees 
  • Personal expenditures of any nature including personal insurance, telephone, accommodation, drinks, cigarettes, tips, laundry, plus meals not mentioned in your itinerary as well as all activities indicated as optional.

Car Hire

Challenger tours and travel ltd is the only car rental company in Uganda offering self drive holidays across Uganda designed for all budgets and preferences. Drive away in a Challenger tours and travel ltd 4WD today and set off on your own adventure!

Why Uganda is the perfect Challenger tours and travel holiday destination

Often referred to as “Africa condensed”, Uganda has the best of everything the continent has to offer packed into one small, but stunning country. This means you can drive between almost all the country’s top highlights in less than half a day. By East African standards, the road conditions throughout the country are good and ever improving as major roadwork programs are being implemented. All the primary roads radiating out of the capital Kampala are asphalted. Tourism in Uganda is growing, partly thanks to recent recognitions from the National Geographic (Uganda, Best Trip 2013; Virunga Volcanoes , Best Trip 2012) and Lonely Planet (Best Travel Destination  2012). This notoriety is resulting in more and more fine new establishments opening up across the country. Yet, at the same time, Uganda has not become so saturated with tourists that your view of lazy lion is blocked by dozens of safari vehicles, a situation which is unfortunately quite common in some other East African destinations

Winston Churchill called it the Pearl of Africa and Lonely Planet even voted it their Top Travel Destination in the world. Today, Uganda is a stable, comfortable and welcoming country, and a favourite amongst travellers.

It’s the starting point of the Nile River, home to the Mountains of the Moon (Africa’s highest mountain range) and has the world’s highest concentration of primates at the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

To pack it all in, hire a car within minutes online and you’ll be ready to get going on your African adventure as soon as you get there.

Driving around Uganda

From the snow-capped mountains to the exotic wildlife in its parks, nature lovers will be spoiled rotten.

Looking for some thrills? Why not attempt a 44m plunge down the Nile. Or, join the locals at Bujagali Falls – a beauty spot where you can go on a river rafting trip. Forsomething more sedate, fans of Ghandi can take a pilgrimage to his shrine near the Nile’s source where some of his ashes were scattered

And Uganda delivers when it comes to animal and bird watching. Popular spots for catching wildlife in its natural habitat include Queen Elizabeth, Kidepo Valley and Lake Mburo. 

Car hire made easy with Challenger Tours and Travel

We want you to spend more time sightseeing and less time sorting out your travel on your holiday. Beat the taxi queues and pick up your car minutes after touching down at Kampala Airport. All our cars are modern and rigorously safety-checked, so you know you’ll be in good hands.

If you book your car online with challenger tours and travel, you can choose a vehicle group to suit your plans and make use of our fantastic online rates.

Rental terms & conditions 

Hire Rates are daily and not based on the 24hour system.

Rates exclude Park Entry / Activity Fees, drinks and all expenses of personal nature.

Challenger tours and travel requires self drives to have a valid driving license supported by an International driving permit and a valid passport

Loss or Damage to Property and Personal Injury: Due to the nature of safari travel and the risks normally associated with it, Challenger tours and travel ltd cannot accept responsibility for any eventuality resulting from illness, accident, injury, political risk, animal attack, loss of baggage and any other unforeseeable event which may occur whilst in use of or in contact with the property and services of Challenger Tours And Travel ltd.

Challenger tours and travel ltd recommends that clients are fully covered by international travel and medical insurance which provides for injury, local medical costs and/or hospitalization, death, emergency evacuation, repatriation, loss, theft or damage of or to personal belongings, and cancellation.

Governing Law: All reservations and bookings made and services provided by Challenger tours and travel ltd will be subject to Uganda law and are within the jurisdiction of the Ugandan Courts.

Rights Reserved: 

  1. Challenger tours and travel ltd reserves the right to amend, add or change any of these terms at any time.
  2. Challenger tours and travel ltd reserves the right to cancel any bookings not fully paid up without prior management approval;
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Bird watching tours

Uganda is an equatorial country of astonishing contrasts. No other area in Africa can match its amazing diversity of habitats ranging from arid semi-deserts, rich savannahs, lowlands and montane rainforests to vast wetlands, volcanoes and an afro-alpine zone, and covering an altitude from 650 to 5000 meters.
This richness is reflected in the number of birds per square kilometer the highest than any other country in Africa! Given the small size of the country, which is approximately 235,000 square kilometers, Uganda boasts a national bird list of over 1008 species. This represents more than half the bird species that can be found in the whole of Africa.

Forests 

Uganda has an area contiguous with the Great Guinea / Congo Basin rain forest on its western boarder. Subsequently there are a number of west and central African bird species occurring in Uganda that are not found elsewhere in East Africa.
There are more than 700 forest reserves in Uganda.
One particular region is the Albertine Rift Endemic area (ARE), which has 38 species of birds confined to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo. Of these ARE’s Uganda has 25, mostly confined to the forests of Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks in the southwest.

Wetlands

Uganda has 30,000 square kilometers of wetlands. Not less than 210 species, ranging from the Shoebill and African Skimmer to the endemic Fox’s Weaver, are found in these wetlands. More to the above are four Papyrus endemics; the Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, White-winged Warbler and Papyrus Yellow warbler. And a White winged Black Tern roost of 2-3 million birds in the Entebbe area (Lutembe bay).

Savannahs

In Uganda savannahs vary from the remote, semi-dessert, dry thorn-scrub region of Karamoja in the northeast, to the richer fertile savannahs of the western rift valley. Queen Elizabeth National Park has a bird list of 604 species, the highest for any protected area in Africa.

Checklist Ugandan Birds

Are you wondering what other species enrich the colourful birdlife in Uganda? Then download our complete Birding List of Uganda in Adobe PDF format (165 kb), with a total of 1062 species.

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Lake Mburo Mantana Camp-Lake Mburo Park (Luxury Lodge)

Lake Mburo is a convenient and enjoyable halfway point on the long drive between Entebbe/Kampala and Bwindi.
A small and intimate luxury camp, in a beautiful setting with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of plains game, it is an ideal place to enjoy the African wilderness and to start or finish a safari to Uganda. 
 Fitting perfectly with the environment, the luxurious and spacious tents on wooden decks with their large bedrooms, en-suite facilities and verandahs overlooking the lake and valley are complemented by a luxurious sitting room, bar and dining area. The area around the lodge and tents is host to many resident zebra, warthogs, water buck, impala, buffalo, civet cats and prolific bird life. An ideal place to relax with a cold drink after a hot and dusty game drive, a walking trip or a visit to the lake with its various activities.
 With over 50 years experience of hospitality service, an excellent, friendly staff and professional back-up, Kimbla-Mantana and their Lake Mburo Lodge will ensure that your Uganda experience is a memory to treasure.

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Mihingo Lodge (Luxury )

Located in western Uganda, just outside Lake Mburo National Park, Mihingo Lodge is an excellent value luxury eco-lodge. Situated on 200 acres of private land, on a rocky bluff overlooking the park, the lodge is a rock, found wood and thatch construct. Consisting of a mess room, swimming pool, stables and 10 sleeping rooms, Mihingo Lodge is a beautifully designed - and beautifully run - establishment. Owner built, owner decorated, the main lodge includes a bar, lounge and dining area, and is characterized by steep thatch roofs, low overhangs, open sides, low walls, long, curved stone benches, polished floors, a mix of camping and comfortable seating, reclaimed olive wood tables, bright cushions, puffs and well chosen artifacts. The food is divine, and the feedback regarding service has been unremittingly excellent.
Built on stilts and wooden platforms, in a variety of settings, and protected by thatched roofs, the sleeping tents of Mihingo Lodge include a good sized verandah, a twin or four poster beds, canvas chair seating and a separate bathroom - sink, shower and flush toilet. The decor is restrained and purposely rustic, with an emphasis placed on quality - of sleep, rest and relaxation - as opposed to a mass of artifacts, throws and rugs.
Activities at Mihingo Lodge include horse riding (for which it is well known), game drives, guided walks, bush picnics, boat trips, massage and sundowners. Rwamahungu hill, a peaceful area with great views of the lake and surrounding country.

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Rwakobo Rock Lodge-Lake mburo (Mid range)

Rwakobo Rock is a peaceful and secluded retreat where you can breathe in the essence of wild Uganda. The 8 comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, all very private and offering great sunset views. The main dining area overlooks an expanse of rock that adjoins the park. Set in the pristine Ankole ranchlands surrounding Lake Mburo National Park; whether you want to sit back, sip on an ice-cold drink in a hammock or head out into Lake Mburo National Park for a day of exciting exploration, there is something for everyone here.
Set on a massive granite outcrop, just beside Lake Mburo National Park, the accommodation at Rwakobo is a variety of thatched cottages, with solar lights, flush toilets, solar heated showers and filtered drinking water, which blend into the natural landscape.  The rooms are dotted around the hill taking advantage of rocky ledges and private corners.
The cottages celebrate the natural lines of the surrounding wilderness. They also provide guests with real comfort and luxury that doesn’t cost the earth.
At the very heart of Rwakobo Rock is the owners’ dedication to supporting the surrounding pristine wilderness of the Lake Mburo ecosystem. With this in mind, environmentally-friendly technologies such as rain water catchment, solar power, solar water heaters and solar refrigeration are all used to ensure responsible tourism.  Charging facilities and slow Wi-Fi are available at the main area.
As the saying goes: “Take nothing but pictures and your memories, leave nothing but footprints and kill nothing but time.”
We also ensure that Rwakobo is safe, hygienic and dedicated to the specific needs of our guests, providing a unique and authentic experience.

Exquite Accomodation

The Ssese Islands are an archipelago of 84 islands in the northwest of Lake Victoria, Uganda, in the nation's Kalangala District.

Some Islands are large and densely inhabited, others small and deserted.

The islands get their names from the enormous swarms of lakeflies that breed in giant clouds near the shores. Although this sounds irritating, the enormity of the swarms is quite a sight.

The Ssese islands are blessed with over 13 forests, uncountable beaches and over seven hours of sunshine. This makes the Ssese islands the most perfect destination for holiday, honey moons or relaxation retreat.

The islands are home to a variety of animals including primates.