Embarking on a gorilla trekking adventure from Lake Bunyonyi offers an incredible opportunity to delve into the heart of south-western Uganda’s natural wonders. Situated between the picturesque towns of Kisoro and Kabale, this area is closely neighbored by the border of Rwanda. Lake Bunyonyi, a striking feature of the region, even graced the 5,000 Ugandan shilling note from 2004 to 2009 under the title “Lake Bunyonyi and terraces.”
The genesis of Lake Bunyonyi dates back around 10,000 years, a youthful span in geological terms. Its formation is attributed to a volcanic eruption originating from the Virunga Mountains. The flowing lava managed to divert the course of the Ndego River, eventually damming it and giving birth to the tranquil expanse of Lake Bunyonyi.
Navigating the path to Eastern Bwindi Impenetrable National Park requires careful consideration. It’s strongly recommended to undertake the journey in a robust 4×4 safari vehicle, particularly due to the challenging conditions of the final stretch of road within the park, which can become quite slippery.
Timing your gorilla trekking expedition is paramount for an optimal experience. While gorilla trekking can be pursued year-round, the most favorable periods align with Uganda’s dry seasons: spanning from January through February, and then again from June to September. These months offer more predictable weather and facilitate a more comfortable trekking venture.
To embark on this awe-inspiring journey, securing a gorilla permit and arranging transfers from Lake Bunyonyi to the Ruhija region is essential. Trek Africa Expeditions can be reached via email, WhatsApp, or phone to facilitate this once-in-a-lifetime experience.