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4 Days Volcanoes and Gorilla Safari in Kisoro, Uganda

Travellers Rest Hotel, Bunagana Road, Kisoro, Uganda

Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

Join Bamba Experience for this amazing gorilla safari in Uganda. Not only will you be taken by expert guides to witness the endangered mountain gorillas of Uganda on this trip, but you will also have the opportunity to climb up a mighty volcanic mountain, on top of which you will have splendid views. You will embark on your exciting gorilla tracking adventure inside the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and spend time with these magical creatures and remember this experience for the rest of your life.

Highlights

  • Guided gorilla tracking safari
  • Park entrance fees
  • Witness endangered gorillas in their natural habitat
  • Many interesting activities in the surroundings of Kisoro
  • An English speaking driver and guide
  • Daily breakfast and drinks
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All transfers

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Restaurant
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot

Travellers Rest Hotel is just outside of Kisoro and offers a cozy stay for tourists coming to see the endangered mountain gorillas. The three-star hotel, built in a colonial style, and entirely renovated in 1999, has a comfortable atmosphere. It is strategically located in the southern part of Bwindi National Park, close to trading and shopping centers.

Each room has an en-suite bathroom and a well-laid bed draped with a mosquito net and a tiled floor. Free Wi-Fi is available. Laundry services are available for a surcharge. The premises are guarded by security personnel and on-site parking is available. You can benefit from this lower prices if you are two, three, or four people traveling. The minimum number of passengers is two.

Program

During this safari, you will leave Kampala on the first day and head to Kisoro in Southwest Uganda. On day two, you will embark on your exciting Gorilla tracking adventure inside the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Over half of the endangered population of mountain gorillas inhabit the park. On the next day, you will choose one of many interesting activities in the surroundings of Kisoro including climbing up volcanoes and enjoying amazing views. Before ending your journey and returning to Kampala on day four, you will make a stop at the Equator and stand in two hemispheres.

Day 1: Kampala - Kisoro

In the early morning, at 7:00 a.m., you will be picked up from your guesthouse or hotel in Kampala and leave for the southwest of Uganda. The first part of the journey takes you through the central Uganda. After a stop in Mbarara for lunch, you will continue on through a beautiful landscape nicknamed the "Switzerland of Africa", passing mountains, lakes, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest, and bamboo forest.

On the last hill, the landscape unfolds beneath you offering great views of the vast planes between Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo, and of the Virunga volcanoes dominating the landscape. You will descend into the valley and stay overnight at the famous Travellers Rest Hotel near Kisoro.

In the sixties, the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’, Dian Fossey, visited the Travellers Rest Hotel many, many times to do paperwork, relax, or meet people. Fossey said about the hotel that it had been my second home. Travellers Rest Hotel is just outside of Kisoro and offers a cozy stay for tourists coming to see the endangered mountain gorilla. The hotel, built in a somewhat colonial style and entirely renovated in 1999, has a comfortable atmosphere. The driving time will be around nine hours.

Day 2: Gorilla tracking day

Today is the gorilla tracking day. You will rise up early, have your breakfast, and feel the excitement as you get ready for this unforgettable experience. You will travel about one hour by car from the Travellers Rest Hotel in Kisoro up to Nkuringo in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Once there, you will receive a briefing and start tracking around 8:30 a.m. Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend up to one hour with them. You are expected to be back at the starting point by 7:00 p.m. at the latest. Being physically fit is recommended.

Day 3: Kisoro activity day

The third day will be spent in and around Kisoro with Travellers Rest Hotel as the home base. There are many very interesting activities that you will be able to choose from today. They have been developed in close collaboration with local organizations and the national park. All activities can be done individually or in groups. Only one activity is included. Breakfast is provided.

Batwa trail

Please note that this activity costs an additional 80 USD. It starts at the base of Mount Muhavura at 8:00 a.m. and finishes by 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. You will need walking shoes, hat, and raingear, and a packed lunch with sufficient drinks. The Batwa trail runs across the lower slopes of the Muhavura and Gahinga volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The forest is home to a variety of wildlife, but the Batwa trail is far from being a conventional nature walk.

With the help of Batwa guides, you will see the forest as a larder, pharmacy, builder's yard, toolkit, and above all a home. Along the trail, you will fire a bow and arrow, check hives for wild honey, help repair a Batwa shelter, harvest plants for medicine and food, light a fire without a match, listen to legends, and learn about Batwa traditions.

The highlight of the trail is a descent into the Garama cave, a 200-meter-long lava tube beneath Mount Gahinga. The Batwa are famed for their music and dance and their historic, subterranean council chamber in Garama Cave provides the setting for an unforgettable performance.

The Batwa trail is the celebration of the forest culture of the first people. It is impossible, however, to ignore the fact that Batwa life has greatly changed. The day's events conclude with a discussion about the Batwa's current situation, how it can be improved, and progress to date towards doing so.

Bird walk in Mgahinga

This walk will start at 10:00 a.m., and it can last until 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Climbing Muhavura Volcano

It will take around eight hours for 12 kilometers in 4127 meters high with 1700-meter elevation gain.

Climbing Gahinga Volcano

It will take around six hours for eight kilometers in 3474 meters high with 1100-meter elevation gain.

Climbing Sabinyo Volcano

Sabinyo has three peaks so you can climb all three on the same day, but you need to be fit. It will take around eight hours for 14 kilometers in 3669 meters high with 1300-meter elevation gain.

Cultural village walk

You will walk with a local guide through the land of the Bufumbira tribe.

Gorilla tracking in Mgahinga (one day)

Please note that the gorillas in Mgahinga move around and so the Uganda Wildlife Authority does not sell permits in advance. You will only know if this activity is available once you are in Kisoro.

Gorilla tracking in Rwanda (one day)

Please note that if you choose this activity, you will be transferred to Rwanda on day two after tracking in Uganda and spend a night there. After this second tracking, you will cross back to Kisoro.

Hiking in Mgahinga to the viewpoint and Garama Cave (pygmy cave)

It will take around four hours for one and four kilometers.

Staying at the hotel

You can just sit and relax or read a book in the garden of Travellers Rest Hotel.

Visiting Sabinyo Gorge

It will take around four hours for six kilometers.

Walking to Lake Mutanda.

You will walk to Lake Mutanda, visit Python island, and go canoeing on this beautiful lake.

Day 4: Kisoro - Kampala

Early in the morning after the breakfast, you will travel back to Kampala. On the way back to the city, you will have lunch in Mbarara town. After passing Masaka town, there will be an opportunity to stop at the Equator for photos and buying souvenirs. The driving time will be around nine hours.

Location

The safari will take place in Uganda.

Nearby places

  • Kisoro central police station - 2 minutes
  • Lake Mutanda, 14.5 kilometers
  • Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, 12 kilometers
  • Mountain Muhabura, 10 kilometers

Food

During this safari, you will be served breakfast as per itinerary (on day 2, 3, and 4), as well as bottled water. The onsite restaurant serves local and continental meals, while the bar offers soft and alcoholic drinks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Explore the surroundings
  • Take photos of yourself crossing the Equator

What's included

  • Guided gorilla tracking safari
  • Many interesting activities in the surroundings of Kisoro
  • 1 activity in Kisoro on day three
  • Park entrance fees
  • An English speaking driver and guide
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast as per itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • All transfers

What's not included

  • Gorilla Permit
  • The Batwa trek on day three (80 USD)
  • Airfare
  • Accommodation in Entebbe and Kampala
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Drinks (other than water)
  • Airport departure tax
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Personal expenses
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Porters
  • Please note you will need to purchase a mandatory Gorilla permit in order to go on this tour (these are not included in the price, and will need to be paid on arrival, or will be invoiced to you before the tour starts).
  • Gorilla Permit price: Before Apr 2020: USD 630, After Apr 2020: USD 735

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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