7 Days Canoeing and Hiking Adventure
This tour covers Lake Bunyonyi which is part of the Gorilla Highlands Region. Explore the Islands while taking in some of the most amazing scenic views in Uganda.
Safari Highlights of the 7-day Canoeing and Hiking Adventure
- Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi
- Hiking and Scenic Nature walks
- Batwa Cultural Experience
Tour Itinerary of the 7-day Canoeing and Hiking
Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe
Upon your arrival in Entebbe, you will be picked up by a company representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Papyrus Guest House B
Day 2: Entebbe – Lake Bunyonyi
Breakfast and then depart to the Gorilla Highlands region – Stop over at the Equator to watch the water flow demonstration of the northern and southern hemispheres. Thereafter proceed for lunch in Mbarara before proceeding to Lake Bunyonyi arriving in the evening.
Accommodation and Meals at Birdnest Lodge.
Day 3: Bushara, Akampene, and Bwama Island
After breakfast, head to the meeting point for a briefing session, and then paddling starts. Head to Bushara Island for a half-hour walk through a forest trail and get immersed in bird-watching sessions before proceeding to Bwama Island, a former leper colony set up by Dr. Leonard Sharp in 1921.
You will canoe past Punishment Island, where pregnant unmarried girls were left to die then proceed for a picnic fruit lunch at Sharps Island. After lunch head to Mama Bena’s place to set up camp.
Accommodation and Meals at Mama Bena’s Camp.
Day 4: Batwa Cultural Experience
After breakfast at 7:30 am cross to Kyevu embarking on a day of trekking. The first hour will be spent walking alongside a pretty and extensive swamp.
Get to meet the Batwa (‘Pygmies’) for the traditional dance experience and learn how to use a bow and arrow. Thereafter, head to a steep slope that rises into Karembe Hill (2,478 meters).
And for 1 hour, climb uphill for the most challenging part. Then within 30 minutes, reach the top for a picnic lunch taking in sights of Mt. Muhavura, a volcano shared by Rwanda and Uganda. Thereafter you will descend for 3-4 hours where you will be entertained by the Bakiga Group and a local women’s crafts shop.
Later head to the Bufundi peninsula where you will get back into the canoes for a ride to Habukomi Island proceeding to Tom’s Homestay where a campsite will be set up. Meet the family for dinner and a campfire for story time.
Accommodation and Meals at Tom’s Homestead- Tents seat up.
Day 5: Habukomi Hike, Kyabahinga – Back to the Mainland
After breakfast hike to the top of Habukomi, the Bunyonyi pelican hideaway, and hear about the island’s history. A canoe route close to Upside Down / Akabucuranuka Island which has a sorceress story on a group of male revelers whose canoe turned upside down because they refused to share their stock of beer with the woman!
Thereafter, spend some time on the Kyabahinga peninsula, and you will experience a demonstration on the making of local crafts.
Later head back to the mainland for lunch and relaxation. Dinner and Overnight at Birdnest Lodge
Day 6: Lake Bunyonyi – Entebbe
Breakfast and then head back to Entebbe with a stopover for lunch arriving in the evening. Dinner and Overnight at Papyrus Guest House.
Day 7: Departure
Breakfast and then head to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre for the Behind-the-Scenes Program. Experience the thrill by going beyond just watching the animals, getting to visit the holding facilities or exhibits, food preparation areas, the pharmacy, quarantine facility, workshops, taking part in rescues, etc.
The program will give you an inside view of what actually takes place in areas out of reach to the public including the animal holding facility, animal hospital, and rescue center (upon the advice of the veterinarian), and in-depth information from an animal keeper, veterinarian /educators. Later you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight back home.
Note: This is a difficult – hard covering the west-east coast at a distance of 39km /24miles ( nearly 50% of the experience is by a dug-out canoe)
Included in the 7-day Canoeing and Hiking Adventure
Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD Toyota Land cruiser with gasoline/fuel, Mineral water in the vehicle, services of an English-speaking Driver/guide, Accommodation, and campsite, Meals as shown (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner), all Park Entrance Fees, Canoeing, Hiking, Statutory Taxes where applicable.
Excluded in the 7-day Adventure
International Airfares; Excess baggage charges; Ugandan Entry Visa Fees USD 50 per person; Room service, Beverages, Laundry, etc.; Postage fees, Porterage fees, Tips and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and Hotels staff, International Airport Departure Taxes, Optional activities unless specified as included, Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.