NACN56 Day 49 – 50: Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

October 22, 2014 Comments Off on NACN56 Day 49 – 50: Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)
Andrew Walton
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Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi), Uganda

Making our way across the Equator another time, we make our way to a small, but beautiful lake with steep banks and plentiful birdlife, Lake Bunyonyi. Circled by mountains and is most famous for its abundant otter population and picturesque surrounds. We take this day to unwind in this stunning spot the evening prior to our final drive to the gorillas.

The mountain gorilla is an extremely endangered animal and though the precise numbers of its population vary, it is largely believed that there are just around 650 of the gentle giants remaining. Paying a visit to the gorillas is a lovely way to support their future on earth as the money you spend on your gorilla permit goes toward their protection. A crucial part of conserving the gorillas that are still left lies within the community development work. As local communities adjust their attitudes toward nature and wildlife, and begin to protect rather than poach, the future of the beautiful mountain gorilla is guaranteed.

Because permits granted to visit the gorillas are extremely limited, we will require some flexibility on both our travel itinerary and the location where will actually get to see them. The mountain gorillas reside in man-made borders, therefore, their inhabitance range includes Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. Whenever it is possible, we will be making use of the National Park in Uganda, but this is dependent upon the availability of permits. If we do not manage to obtain permits to go on our Gorilla Trek, then all passengers will be told beforehand that our journey will travel to Rwanda or the DRC.

On our free day spent in Bunyonyi, we will have the chance to partake in some Optional Activities. You can also opt to go hiking or to explore the region on mountain bike.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi ±420 km, Lake Bunyonyi National Park to the starting point of the gorilla trek ±125 km(in safari or smaller vehicles)
Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking
Included Highlight: Pygmy Excursion

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

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