A five days Gorilla trip leads you to the rugged wilds of Mgahinga National Park “Where Gold meets Silver” to track the world’s great Apes. It’s Uganda’s smallest park sitting high in the clouds of the Virunga Massif. The park offers ideal grounds for tracking the endangered Mountain Gorillas in the misty mountain forest of the Virunga Massif, the endangered Golden Monkeys as well as exploring the Batwa trail -a forest group dwelling in the forest regions of Western-East Africa. You will hike one of the 3 volcanos to take in the superb views and Kodak memories of the Virungas’, the neighboring countries of Rwanda and Congo D.R. as well as the towering Rwenzori ranges. On this tour, you will explore Lake Bunyonyi, one of the most beautiful places on the African continent.
Note: Welcome to the land of the Mountain Gorillas! On your day of arrival, you will be met and warmly received by our guide at Entebbe International Airport and be transferred to your overnight accommodation in Kampala. A complementary city tour can be done depending on your time of arrival and how you may be feeling. This may also be day for you to exchange your foreign currency. O/N: Sheraton Hotel /Cassia lodge/ Speke Hotel; Bed & Breakfast
Day 01: Transfer to Mgahing Gorilla Park [Approximately 8-10hrs]
After an early morning breakfast, embark on a drive with your guide southwest of the country to Kisoro, proceeding through the pleasant countryside. En-route you will stop at the Equator, for a simple tour, some snaps and souvenir shopping. At this point is the opportune moment to stand in north and southern hemispheres. You have second stop en-route, for lunch at either Igongo cultural Hotel for a taste of a local cuisine (optional: do a cultural tour at the museum for a palate of the Ankole culture) or Agip Hotel. Proceed with the journey all the way to Kisoro, a region commanding glorious views of the Kigezi highlands. Continue to the booked accommodation and it’s here where dinner and overnight will be. Meal Plan: Half Board [HB]. Overnight: Mount Gahinga lodge (luxury) or Traveler’s Rest lodge (midrange) or Kisoro Tourist hotel (basic).
Day 02: Ultimate Gorilla Tracking in the Park
Get up very early and after breakfast transfer to the park headquarters at Ntebeko where tracking sets off from. Tracking starts at around 8am after registration and briefing, and may last a few to more (2-5) hours depending on Gorilla movements. You will like the notable birdlife in the park with astonishing sceneries. The park is located on the boarders of Rwanda and Uganda so there is a migratory pattern of the Gorillas depending on the availability of food and other factors, October-May, they are present in Uganda and seen in Rwanda the rest of the year. The activities in the park require better health and physical fitness due to the terrain. Once you meet the Gorillas, an hour is given to you in their presence and later retreat. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed. Meal Plan: Full Board [FB]. Overnight: Mount Gahinga lodge (luxury) or Traveler’s Rest lodge (midrange) or Kisoro Tourist hotel (basic).
Day 03: Hiking the Volcano
After breakfast, transfer very early to Ntebeko where you will set off from. Meet up here with your guide who will take you through this adventurous hike to one of the summits depending on your interest. You will hike one of the three Virunga peaks found in the park that is; Muhavura at 4127 meters with a crystal clear crater at its summit, Sabinyo at 3669 meters and Mount Gahinga at 3474 meters having a swamp filled crater at the summit. The tops of these volcanos command panoramic views into the neighboring countries that share the massif. Hiking lasts about 8hours or the entire day therefore you have a picnic/ packed lunch. Later return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight. Meal Plan: Full Board [FB]. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 04: Golden monkey tracking and transfer to Bunyonyi for boat ride
This day after and early breakfast, set off for tracking the Golden monkeys; a form of experiential tourism in the park. The activity takes about 4 hours as you search for these great species with striking golden colors found in the Bamboo forests of the reserve. Later retreat, and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for a stunning boat trip along the lake to discover some of its historical Islands. You will feast your eyes and cameras on some of Africa’s best scenery while on the lake. Later in the evening, retire at your lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board [FB]. Overnight: Bird Nest @ Bunyonyi Resort (luxury) or Arcadia lodge (midrange) or Crater Bay Cottages (basic).
Day 05: Transfer back to Kampala
After an early breakfast, checkout from the lodge and embark on the journey back to Kampala, you will be dropped off at the hotel or at the Airport for you flight back home. Lunch will be taken en-route. Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch.
End of safari
Gorilla tracking permit per person, Park entrance fees, All activity fees unless labeled as optional, Professional English Speaking guide/driver, Ground Transportation, Round trip Airport transfers, Drinking water [mineral] in the car.
Visa fees (visa can be arranged on request), Pre and Post Tour Accommodation [can be arranged on request], Airline ticket [arranged on request], Tips, Gratuities and expenses of personal nature, Personal travel insurance, Meals outside the menu.