UGANDA GORILLA TREKKING & VOLCANO CLIMBING – 4 DAYS
Uganda 4 days Gorilla tracking and volcano climbing : A perfect mountain gorillas trekking safari package in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with another opportunity to see over 10 other primates including chimpanzees, black and white colobus, red tailed monkeys, etc. this tour takes you gorillas trekking to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, with another opportunity to track the endangered mountain gorillas and to see over 10 other primates including chimpanzees, black and white colobus, red tailed monkeys, etc. Bwindi Impenetrable NP is a natural world heritage site.
Hikers will love it, with the gorilla excursion as a high point of your safari! The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance 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. We shall also have hike one of the 3 volcanoes in the area
Day 1: Briefing on the safari, transfer to Entebbe international airport for your flight to Bwindi impenetrable Forest, southwestern Uganda for your gorilla trek.
We should be at the airport at exactly 06:00hrs check in and the plane leaves at exactly 07:00hrs t southern Bwindi and at Kisoro you will be picked there by our company driver who will take you for your accommodation.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP), Tracking the Mountain Gorillas and other primates
Today enjoy 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. We trek the gorillas through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking 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 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance 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.
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 accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi’s most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.
Day 4: Volcano climbing
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 parked lunch:
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in the southwestern corner of Uganda. The Park covers the northern slopes of the three northernmost Virunga Volcanoes: Mt. Muhavura (4127m), Mt. Gahinga (3474m), and Mt. Sabinyo (3645m). The Park is about 10km south of Kisoro and is bordered to the south by Rwanda and to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each of these countries protects its own portion of the Virungas, in the Parc National des Volcans and Parc National des Virunga respectively. The three parks together form the 434 sq km ‘Virunga Conservation Area’.
Mt. Muhavura ‘The Guide’ (4127m) 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, hikers are 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 8 hours round trip covering 12km.
Mt. Gahinga (3474m)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 does make it look small. Gahinga once had a Crater Lake on top but time has changed it into a Lush swamp. Distance to the swamp is 8km and takes approximately 6 hours.
Mt. Sabyinyo ‘Old man’s teeth’ (3645m) like an old man, time has eroded Mt. Sabyinyo’s crown. This volcano offers 3 challenging peaks to climb. A hike up the mountain takes you up a ridge along the eastern side to peak 1. If you were to continue, the hike to peak 2 involves walking a ridge with breath-taking drops into gorges of Rwanda and Uganda. Finally, the hike up to peak 3 is steep with several ladders and much scrambling. You are guaranteed to get your hands dirty en-route to peak 3. 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 the 14km 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 rangers/guide will discuss with you the current challenges and rewards of each hike. Please note that depending on local conditions (such as rain, vegatation growth, road conditions), a particular volcano hike may not be available to you on your chosen date of travel. Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Day 4: Depart from the Gorilla Tracking Park, Flight to Kampala
Early breakfast before embarking on our return to Kampala, your driver/guide will transfer you in time to the airfields either Kisoro to catch your flight back to Entebbe/Kampala.image1 Up on arriving at Entebbe, you will meet us there to transfer you to Kampala or Entebbe. But if your flight back home is on that day we shall just come to welcome you back and see how your tracking went and other services. Please note that all international flights require 2 hours prior to departure
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market option: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs Lodge
Moderate option: Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp,Ruhija gorilla safari lodge
Low Budget option: Buhoma Community Restcamp or Ruhija Gorilla Friends / gorilla valley lodge /Travellers hotel
Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.
See other accommodation options in Bwindi impenetrable national park
Accommodation is based on a standard double/ twin or single room in your choice of accommodation. This can either be budget, mid-range or high end. All accommodation options are selected by its location and service standard compared to its price. When you are with 1, 3 or 5 persons 1 single supplement is included. When you want more single supplements you can contact us at [email protected]
- Flight from Entebbe to Kisoro – Bwindi
- Arial View of Uganda’s Land beauty & green
- Uganda Gorilla Trekking Experience
- Birding Experience in Bwindi
- Forest Walk and Trekking
- black and white colobus, red tailed monkeys
- Watching the forest’s Chimpanzees
- Mountain Trekking
- January to March: Hot and dry, an excellent time of year to be on safari in Uganda.
- April and May: Uganda’s long rainy season when many camps are closed. Rains tend to be in the morning and late afternoon.
- June to September: Temperatures climb rapidly and this is a fantastic time of year for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
- October to December: Another great time of year to be on safari, you can get some rain in November but temperatures are favourable and conditions are ideal for game viewing.
- Transport in a 4wd safari motor vehicle for excellent safari view viewing
- Flights from Entebbe to Kisoro and back
- English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
- Full board accommodation with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Bottled drinking water on safari, private 4×4 ground transportation with an English
- speaking driver guide, guides in national parks
- Meals according to the program
- 1 Gorilla Trekking Permit per person
- International air fares;
- Entry visa Uganda;
- Accommodation in Kampala
- Meals that are not part of your accommodation;
- Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, hotel staff, etc;
- All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.).