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4 Days Hiking and Gorilla Trekking Uganda Safaris

Volcano Climbing and Gorilla Tracking Safari Uganda

Join Travel Explore Africa Safaris for an adventure experience to enjoy a perfect mountain gorilla trekking safari package in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Grab an opportunity to see over 10 other primates, including chimpanzees, black and white colobus, red tailed monkeys, and more! Giving you an authentic African holiday experience, this safari will be the most fantastic trip of your life.

Highlights

  • Gorilla trekking and permit
  • Transport in a 4WD safari car
  • Chance to see other primates in the forest
  • Volcano hike in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • Return flights from Entebbe to Kisoro
  • English speaking safari guide
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

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3 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 14
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Accommodation

During the safari, you will be accommodated either in Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Friends, Gorilla Valley Lodge, or Travellers Hotel. Accommodation is based on a standard double or twin and single room. All accommodation options are selected by its location and service standard. When you are with one, three, or five persons, a single supplement is included.

Travel Explore Africa Safaris Uganda Program

Day 1

Briefing on the safari, transfer to Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for your flight to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, southwestern Uganda, for your gorilla trek. You should be at the airport at exactly 6 a.m. to check in as the plane leaves at exactly 7 a.m to southern Bwindi. At Kisoro, you will be picked up by the company driver who will take you to your accommodation.

Day 2

Today, enjoy Uganda gorilla tracking in Bwindi. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip, gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. You trek the gorillas through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family.

The walk can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guided to within six meters from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour, while gazing into their big round eyes.

Uganda Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It is difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from two up to eight hours. Expect to walk in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

Overnight at Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Friends, Gorilla Valley Lodge, or Travellers Hotel.

Day 3

Depart early in the morning and get ready to climb one of the three volcanoes within the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and go with your packed lunch. The Park covers the northern slopes of the three northernmost Virunga Volcanoes: Mount Muhavura, Mount Gahinga, and Mount Sabinyo.

Mount Muhavura is seen from all over Kisoro. This volcano acts as a guide. The typical cone-shaped mountain provides some of the best views in the country. Much of the climb passes a rocky surface covered by grasses and small shrubs. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with the view of the Virunga Volcanoes, Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi, and the peaks of Rwenzori Mountain. The hike takes approximately eight hours, round trip, and covers 12 kilometers.

The second volcano is Mount Gahinga. On your way to the park, look out for small piles of stones in the garden fields. The local people call this pile a Gahinga. Mount Gahinga is quite bigger than the average "gahinga", but sitting next to Mount Muhavura makes it looks small. Gahinga once had a crater lake on top, but time has changed it into a lush swamp. Distance to the swamp is eight kilometers and takes approximately six hours.

Mount Sabyinyo is dubbed old man’s teeth because it is like an old man, as time has eroded Mount Sabyinyo’s crown. This volcano offers three challenging peaks to climb. A hike up to the mountain takes you up a ridge along the eastern side of the first peak. If you want to continue, the hike to the second peak involves walking a ridge with breathtaking drops into gorges of Rwanda and Uganda. Finally, the hike up to the third peak is steep with several ladders and much scrambling.

You are guaranteed to get your hands dirty en route to the third peak. Once on top, you will be in Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda at the same time. The journey takes about eight hours round trip to cover 14-kilometer stretch.

Depending on the season, the conditions of each trail or hike may vary. As such, on the day of the hike, a national park ranger or guide will discuss with you the current challenges and rewards of each hike. Please note that depending on local conditions, such as rain, vegetation growth, and road condition, a particular volcano hike may not be available to you on your chosen date of travel.

Day 4

Early breakfast, before embarking on your return to Kampala, your driver or guide will transfer you in time to the airport in Kisoro to catch your flight. Upon arrival, you will meet Travel Explore Africa Safaris staff there to transfer you to Kampala or Entebbe. If your flight back home is on that day, Travel Explore Africa Safaris shall just come to welcome you back and see how your tracking went and other services. Please note that all international flights require two hours prior to departure.

Included excursions

You will visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to experience gorilla trekking and go to one of the three volcanoes within the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for a volcano climbing.

Location

The safari will take place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

While most of today’s forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi’s vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process of accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths, and 120 types of mammals, including 10 primates, such as L’Hoest’s, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and the mountain gorilla.

Bwindi is also a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in the southwestern corner of Uganda. The park covers the northern slopes of the three northernmost Virunga Volcanoes: Mount Muhavura, Mount Gahinga, and Mount Sabinyo.

The park is about 10 kilometers south of Kisoro and is bordered to the south by Rwanda and to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each of those countries protects its own portion of the Virungas, Parc National des Volcans, and Parc National des Virunga respectively. The three parks together form the 434 square kilometers of Virunga Conservation Area.

Food

You will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as bottled drinking water during the safari.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • 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)

  • Attend local cultural performances
  • Relax in the camp
  • Take a forest walk
  • Take a village walk

Spa treatments

Massage or other treatments can be booked at an additional cost.

What's included

  • 1 gorilla trekking permit per person
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • A volcano hike within the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • Birdwatching experience in Bwindi
  • Bottled drinking water during the safari
  • Daily meals according to the program
  • English speaking safari guide
  • Return flights from Entebbe to Kisoro
  • Transportation in a private 4WD car

What's not included

  • Additional meals
  • International airfare
  • Optional activities
  • Optional treatments
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver or guide, and hotel staff

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). The drive from Entebbe to Kampala city is approximately one hour. Travel Explore Africa Safaris can organize transfers to and from the airport for any size group.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 46% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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