NANC58 Day 09 – 10: Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

October 22, 2014
Andrew Walton
Just a happy guy who loves travelling, loves Africa and feels that travelling changes you forever.

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi), Uganda

The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and although the precise numbers of it’s 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 contributes towards their protection. A crucial part of conserving the gorillas that are still left lies within the community development work. As local communities adjust their attitude towards nature and wildlife, and begin to protect rather than poach, the future of the beautiful mountain gorilla looks promising.

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 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 for our Gorilla Trek, all passengers will be notified 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 Optional Activities. You can choose to go on a boat ride to visit the Nyombi Village, here we observe the Pygmy Village in there natural habitat and observe their cultural lifestyle and behaviour as well as be entertained by their traditional performances. You can also opt to go hiking or to explore the region via mountain bike.

PLEASE NOTE: Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you only spend one day on the trek. The other day is there to provide a time period in which to obtain permits and to allow the group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.

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: 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

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). More optional activities are available to join in 2020, such as Pygmy visit and Rwanda Day Tour.

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