3-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari in Mgahinga Gorilla Park-Uganda

Posted by on September 3, 2018

3-Day  Gorilla Trekking Golden Monkey Safari in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

From Kigali – 3-Day Exclusive Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari in Mgahinga Gorilla Park – Uganda


3-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari in Mgahinga Gorilla Park. Uganda’s other Gorilla Trekking Park where  you experience Gorilla Trekking in the Virunga Volcanoes. Mgahinga Gorilla Park is on the other side of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.  In Uganda you replicate gorilla trekking Rwanda with two differences, the first is that your Gorilla Permit is 600 USD and not 1,500 USD as in Rwanda, the second difference is that you can stay in a luxury lodge at hundreds of Dollars less. 

Your luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari in Mgahinga Gorilla will save you between 1,000 and 1,500 USD and more.  The one sacrifice is a half-hour more drive-time.

For this 3-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari in Mgahinga Gorilla Park you fly into Kigali, Rwanda the International Airport serving not only Rwanda but southwest Uganda including Mgahinga Gorilla Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  The drive to the park is stunningly beautiful as you drive through the Land of a Thousand Hills and then cross into Uganda and the Kigezi Highlands, Africa’s Switzerland and onto the exclusive Mount Gahinga with its breathtaking views and its classy, subdued elegance.

Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla unlike Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has only one Gorilla Family to trek, the Nyakagezi Family with its 3 silverbacks and seven other Family Members.  Book well ahead for this one-of-a-kind Gorilla Trekking Experience in Uganda.


Safari Highlights

  • Gorilla Trekking with 600 USD Permits in Mgahinga Gorilla Park 
  • Visit with the Batwa People – the first People of the Forest can be arranged in or out of the park.
  • Golden Monkey Trekking
  • Stay at the Exclusive Mount Gahinga Lodge
  • Add-Ons such as Volcano Climbing  – Dugout Canoeing are available
  • Save over 1,200 USD per Person Trekking in Uganda including the savings on lodging
  • Porter and Walking Sticks included for the Gorilla Trek
  • Land-Cruiser Safari Vehicle

Your 3-Day Exclusive Luxury Gorilla – Golden Trekking Safari in Uganda


Day 1 – The Journey to Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Your 3-Day Exclusive Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda begins as your seasoned Tour Guide meets you at Kigali Airport or the Hotel where we have booked you for the night prior to the Safari Starting Date.

You will need an East African Visa that is obtainable from the first East African Country that you Visit (Kenya-Rwanda – Uganda are participants in the East African Visa Program).  You will also like in Rwanda need a Yellow Fever Certificate.  Change your watches to one hour back since Uganda is on East African Time.

Check into Mount Gahinga Lodge and into your Cottage, there are the luxury Cottage and one exclusive cottage at a higher price that was opened for visitors in 2018

Lunch at Mount Gahinga Lodge

Afternoon Activities:  Many choose to do nothing but relax and take in the scenery.  Have a Uganda  Waragi with Bitter Lemon Soda and enjoy the Afternoon.  Read a book or have a coffee.

Others will want to get right at it and take a hike along the nearby Caldera that is located outside of the park and is a scenic wonder in itself. You can also visit the Batwa Village Project which is underwritten by the lodge, or the Batwa Vocational Project.

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner


Mount Gahinga Lodge – Mgahinga Gorilla Park: 

Mount Gahinga Lodge is an exclusive upmarket Lodge with an upmarket price tag. If you choose to trek Gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla Park this is the Lodge for you.

Located near the Park Headquarters with views of the Virunga Volcanoes and Lake Mutanda just from a scenic point of view, this lodge is priceless.

The Cottages come with a cozy fireplace, it gets a bit nippy here at night, down to 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius.  Luxury showers, large bedroom with a sitting area, delightful food, and excellent service at a lower price since Mgahinga Gorilla Park is off the radar for many a visitor Uganda.

New in July of 2018  is the new exclusive Banda – Cottage now available for you to choose.

Mount Gahinga Lodge is your best Choice for Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.


Day 2- Gorilla Trekking

An early Breakfast – the right equipment and clothing for your Trek. Further Trekking Information that will make this day a Success is found here.  We suggest a day pack, packed lunch from the lodge, two liters of water, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, hat, boots, thick socks and tough gardening gloves.  All this is not for a fashion statement but your protection against nettles, thorns, brush, and branches.

We suggest that you use a porter, the cost of one,20 USD is well worth it.  The porter carries your daypack and this frees you to enjoy the trek. We also suggest a local walking stick that steadies you on at times on slippery Trails.

Gorilla Trekking is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most and we do everything that we know to make the day a successful one

After the Gorilla Trek, most want to relax and think or talk over with others their trekking experience and meeting with the Mountain Gorillas.

Dinner

Suggestion:  Be sure to pack a sweater the temperature here at night is 10-degree Celsius or 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  Fireplaces are in your rooms at Mount Gahinga Lodge.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner


 Day 3 – Golden Monkey Trekking – Return to Kigali

Breakfast and you are off for your 2nd exciting adventure – Golden Monkey Trekking in the Bamboo Forests of the Volcanoes.  There you normally encounter a large number of Golden Monkeys that are flitting about you, over you and near you.  The Golden Monkeys are an endangered species only found in the Virunga Massif with Uganda having the most of them.

This activity can be done if you are staying in the Bwindi Forest area but it calls for an early breakfast and 1 1/2 hour drive to the Mgahinga Gorilla Park headquarters.

Mgahinga Gorilla Park is the only park in Uganda where you can trek them.

This is a 3 to 4-hour activity and afterward, it is lunchtime at your lodge and then we continue the journey back to Kigali for your flight out.

This activity can be changed to fit your flight out. A Rwanda city tour can be added if time permits.We can add a hotel in Kigali to the safari prior to your departure.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch


 What Activities can I add to the Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda?

The possibilities of adding on to your Gorilla Habituation Experience are endless and depend on the number of days, activities and budget.

We can, with your input create what is just right for you. There are many more things to do in  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you can visit Mgahinga Gorilla Park for Volcano Climbing, Golden Monkey Habituation or trekking, Lake Mutanda, Lake BunyonyiQueen Elizabeth Park with its wildlife, Kibale Forest – the best place in East Africa for Chimpanzees, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon and of course there are many other things to explore in Rwanda and in Uganda.

Make your Safari complete and add some activities from one day or more before flying out to your next D

Some want to Relax and Chill Out after a day in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest this can easily be added along Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mutanda in Uganda or Lake Kivu in Rwanda.


 Make your 3-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari a Reality:

This is a one of a kind Safari where you have the choice of Parks and Lodges.  This Safari gives you the best experience when it comes to Gorilla Trekking, the luxury Lodge you will be staying in is at a fraction of the price of what the same safari would cost you in Rwanda.

You have an experienced Driver Guide – a Quality Toyota Land-Cruiser, you will enjoy the scenic drive from Kigali into the Ugandan Highlands and the quality of Lodges on the Ugandan side.

You also have the choice of what kind Gorilla Trek you would like – one in Bwindi Impenetrable that ranges from easy to tough or trek the Gorillas on the sides of the Virunga Volcanoes that straddled the border with Rwanda in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.  Please plan due to limited permits that are on hand during the peak seasons and limited lodge availability.

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Please Note:  The above Private Safari includes all activities and permits needed as described.  It is a full board, water in the vehicle.  It does not include tips, drinks at lodges, laundry.


Please contact us if you are interested in this 3-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari in Mgahinga Gorilla Park