For those short on time but eager for a glimpse of the extraordinary mountain gorillas this 3-day fly-in tour will take you the scenic route from Entebbe to Bwindi Forest in no time.
Day 1: Fly to Kisoro – Transfer to Lake Mutanda
Your journey starts from Entebbe International Airport where you will board a domestic flight to Kisoro, a town located in the south-western part of Uganda, close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. Please make sure you check-in 1 hour before the departure time listed on the flight ticket that we provide for you.
* Timings may vary depending on aircraft routing and weather conditions.
A representative from Hamerkop Safaris will be waiting at Kisoro airstrip to drive you to the lodge. The 45-minute drive runs along a beautiful jeep track that dips into villages and skirts steep hills with stunning views of the lake below.
Offering some of the best views in Uganda, Mutanda Lake Resort is perched on a peninsula overlooking a series of small islands scattered across the water and the volcanoes from the Virunga Range rising out of the mist in the distance.
Gorilla Tracking is the main highlight of a visit to the southern parts of Bwindi Forest, but you are also in the perfect place for volcano hikes, birding, nature and culture walks and canoe and paddle board excursions. The sunset scenes are unforgettable so make sure to find your way to the lodge’s veranda in time for sundowners.
Journey Time 1h20 min flight & 45 min transfer to lodge
Accommodation Mutanda Lake Resort
Meal Plan Lunch and dinner
The spacious Luxury Cottages at Mutanda Lake Resort boast the best views of the lake and the volcanoes. From the comfort of your private veranda you can enjoy the seclusion and tranquility of this beautiful spot on the lake.
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking
Encountering the rare and endangered Mountain Gorilla of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an experience of a lifetime.
Half of the world’s population of gorillas live under the mist-covered canopies of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest. In the company of an experienced park ranger you will be tracking the whereabouts of one of the nine habituated family groups who reside here.
Your tracking experience will be an exciting, yet challenging, journey along forested (often muddy and slippery) slopes, tangled vines, thick vegetation and bamboo forests before you reach the territory of these gentle giants. En-route, your ranger will point out telltale signs of previous gorilla activity, like dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Depending on the location of the gorillas on any given day the walk can take anything from 2 to 7 hours. Once the family of gorillas have been located, settle in to your surroundings and enjoy the hour you have to quietly observe these fascinating primates whose habits and mannerisms remind us so much of our own.
Encountering the mountain gorillas in the wild is a truly humbling and emotional experience, one that you are sure to remember for the rest of your life.
The lodge will provide your gorilla tracking permit. Remember to bring the permit and your passport (original) when you depart for the hike.
Accommodation Mutanda Lake Resort
Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch & Dinner
Day 3: Return to Entebbe
Enjoy your last sunrise in this beautiful corner of Uganda. In the early morning a representative from Mutanda Lake Resort will arrange your transfer from the lodge to Kisoro airstrip.
Should you require one (or more) nights in Entebbe or Kampala before or after your tour we would be happy to arrange this for you.
Journey Time 45 min transfer to Kisoro & flight