5-Day Luxury Gorilla-Golden Monkey-Batwa Trail-Volcano Climbing Safari

Posted by on September 13, 2018

Private 5-Day Luxury Gorilla-Golden Monkey-Batwa Trail-Volcano Climbing Safari in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

5-Days of Gorilla – Golden Monkey Trekking – Batwa Trail – Sabinyo Volcano Climb


 This 5-Luxury Day Gorilla-Golden Monkey-Batwa Trail-Volcano Climbing Safari is a one-of-a-kind experience in Uganda’s smallest Park – Mgahinga Gorilla Park.  The Easiest Way to get here is to fly into Rwanda where we meet you on the first day of the Safari and take you on the 3-hour plus scenic drive to Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda.

Mgahinga Gorilla Park is off the beaten Tourist Paths, and yet it provides some of the best experiential adventures in East and Central Africa. Easily accessible from Kigali, Volcanoes National Park or Lake Kivu.  In Uganda, you can fly from Entebbe to Kisoro with Aerolink with a short drive from Mgahinga Park. 

Airport Pickup and Drop-Off, Arrival and Departure Hotel can be arranged for you- there is a wide array of Hotels from the ones to you are familiar with like Marriott to unique hidden away Boutique Hotels are available in Kigali with all the conveniences that you are used to plus. 

You can obtain the East African Visa for this Safari.  Visas can also be obtained in Rwanda on arrival at Kigali Airport. Yellow Fever Certificate is necessary for this Safari.


Safari Highlights:

  • Discover Africa’s Smallest Gorilla Park – Mgahinga Gorilla Park
  • Gorilla Trekking – the Nyakagezi Gorilla Family with 3 Silverbacks
  • Golden Monkey Habituation Experience – 4 hours 
  • The Batwa Trail with the first people of the Forest – the Batwa Pygmies
  • Climb one of 3 Volcanoes – from 5 to 8 hours.
  • Stay at the exclusive Mount Gorilla Lodge
  • 3-Hour plus Drive


Day 1 – Journey to Mgahinga Park:

Your 5-Day Luxury Gorilla-Golden Monkey-Batwa Trail-Volcano Climbing Safari begins as we pick you up at your Hotel in Kigali Rwanda at 6\;30 am and take the 3-hour plus drive to Mgahinga Park.  This includes the border crossing.

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 forward since Uganda is on East African Time.

Other ways of getting here for this 5-Day Luxury Gorilla-Golden Monkey-Batwa Trail-Volcano Climbing Safari:  You can fly in from Entebbe to Kisoro, drive to the park from Kampala or Entebbe. Include the Park in a longer safari including that begins or ends in Kigali – Rwanda.

Lunch at your Lodge

Afternoon Activity:  Some want to just take in the new surrounding and relax at Mount Gahinga Lodge with a  complimentary massage that they offer during your stay.  Enjoy a cup of coffee, or try a Uganda Waragi with a Krest Bitter Lemon while reading a book about the local area, Uganda or Rwanda from our Gorilla Reads suggested list.

Mount Gahinga Lodge, unlike many other lodges, offers some excellent free activities that you can enjoy such as the Caldera Ridge Hike which takes you to a nearby small volcano where garden are both inside and on the outside of the cone.  A most scenic hike of about 2 to 3-hours.  Without much of a walk, there is the Batwa Village that Mount Gahinga Lodge has been constructing for a group of about 130 Batwa People who were evicted from their beloved forest in 1991-92 without compensation.  This is a beautiful village designed by an architect from Canada with indigenous people experience.  There is the Batwa Vocational Project and more.

Dinner

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Mount Gahinga Lodge – exclusive – yet affordable

 


 Mount Gahinga Lodge – Affordable Exclusive Lodge -$$$

Mount Gahinga Lodge is an upmarket – luxury lodge that is located just outside of Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

The lodge is simply fabulous from the natural setting that it is in, the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes to the closeness to the Park.  From the exquisite private cottages with bath and a fireplace to take the chill off during the cool nights in the Gorilla Highlands.

The meals served by competent, service orientated staff are a delight and something to look forward to after a day of trekking, hiking, climbing in Mgahinga Gorilla Park, paddling across Lake Mutanda or tracking Gorillas in nearby Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

One Complimentary Massage is offered free to each guest during their stay here.  Non-Premium Drinks are offered including local Beer, Spirits such as local Uganda Waragi, plus Sodas.

The Lodge has added an exclusive Cottage this September 2018.


 Day 2- Gorilla Trekking with the Nyakagezi Gorilla Family:

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, this is a 3 to 4-hour trek for most, a one-of-a-kind experience.

We furnish you the porter and walking sticks, bottled water for the Trek.

The Nyakagezi Gorilla Family has 3 Silverbacks which is unusual in itself, but the added plus is that they get along with one another.

Please Note: The Gorilla Trek here is normally a 4-hour activity which does not make it necessary to have a packed lunch, but you can have lunch at the lodge and in the afternoon participate in a Mount Gahinga Lodge offered Activity.

Dinner

Suggestion:  Be sure to pack a sweater the temperature here at night is 10-degree Celsius or 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Mount Gahinga Lodge


 Day 3 – Golden Monkey Habituation Experience or Golden Monkey Trekking:

Breakfast and we drive to Mgahinga Gorilla Park Headquarters for the orientation for either Golden Monkey Trekking which is one hour with the Golden Monkeys or the Golden Monkey Habituation Experience which is 4 hours in the presence of the endangered Golden Monkeys along with Researchers, Trackers, and Rangers.  The choice is yours but you need to let us know which you prefer.

For either activity, you will have to let us know about your preference so that we can make the proper arrangements for you.

In either case, you will encounter a large Golden Monkey Group in the Bamboo Forest of the Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga National Park.

You will need two liters of water, a packed lunch, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, a day pack, a hat, light rain jacket to put into your pack.

Dinner

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Mount Gahinga Lodge


Day 4 – Volcano Climb

Breakfast and a packed lunch, 2 to 3 liters of water, your daypack, some snacks, a light rain jacket, long trousers, long sleeved shirt, a hat and you are set for a day climb of one of the three Volcanoes in the park.

 Climb Mount Sabinyo (Sabyinyo) (3669 meters high):

The favorite of most of our Clients is Mount Sabinyo.  This volcano is also called “Old Man’s Teeth” pointing out that the crown of the volcano has eroded over time.  There are 3 peaks on this mountain with stunning views of Rwanda – Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda – the last peak involves climbing up some ladders – the end result is rewarding – you will be able to step into the DRC, Rwanda, and Uganda – all without a visa and passport.

The climb takes about 8 – 10 hours in total and is about 14 kilometers in length. At the end of the day – you will reflect on a most rewarding hike even though a difficult climb.

The Mount Sabinyo climb requires a pre-dawn start – porters can be used to help you by carrying your day pack.  This is a guided hike – you will need two to three liters of water, packed lunch and maybe some snacks.

This is the most Popular Climb


 Climb Mount Gahinga ( 3474 meters high):

As you approach the park you will notice that there are piles of rocks all around the gardens – Gahinga means little rocks, little stones.

This is a 6 – 7-hour hike – climb and once again quite rewarding in nature with great views, you also pass through Bamboo Forest and different vegetation zones as you move toward the summit.

At one time Mount Gahinga had a lovely crater lake but over time it has turned into a scenic swamp.

Two liters of water minimum will be needed, packed lunch and snacks.

You can use a porter to help you with your daypack.  By doing so you are helping a Ugandan Family and probably pay rent or school fees.


 Climb Mount Muhavura  (4127meters high)

This  volcano is also referred to as “the Guide.”  Visible from far and wide it provides some of the best views available in Uganda – from the top of the hikers can see the Virunga Volcano Chain, Lake Edward, and Queen Elizabeth Park.  Even the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains are visible from here.

This hike takes about 8 to 10 hours but well worth it – a very early start is needed in order to complete this one day – like other volcano climbs it is a difficult hike and one needs to be in good shape.

Two liters of water will be needed – packed lunch and snacks.

Porters can be used to make your climb easier.

One of the Most rewarding Hikes-Climbs in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Dinner

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Mount Gahinga Lodge


Day 5- Batwa Trail with the First People of the Forest – return to Kigali

 Breakfast and once again we take the walk or drive to the Park Headquarters to meet the Batwa People who will take us into the beloved forest on the slopes of the volcanoes.  This is a 5-hour hike with the Batwa Pygmies and you will begin to see the forest through the eyes of the first people that lived here for thousands of years.

This day you will learn the Batwa way of hunting and gathering.  The medicines and food they used to gather, and how they would hunt. The way that the Batwa lived in the forest thousands of years leaving a low ecological footprint until they were evicted in 1991 when the parks in Uganda were formed.  The Batwa Trail keeps the ancient traditions alive and passes them on in Batwa Culture.

More Batwa People Information

Lunch

Your 5-Day Gorilla-Golden Monkey-Batwa Trail-Volcano Climbing Safari ends as you return to Kigali for your flight out back home. Time permitting you can schedule a visit to the Genocide Memorial in Kigali.  We can also arrange for incoming and outgoing lodging in Kigali.


This 5-Day Luxury Gorilla-Golden Monkey-Batwa Trail-Volcano Climbing Safari includes All activities and permits, lodging, full-board – it does not include drinks, tips, laundry at lodges. It includes all transport with water in vehicle and expert guide.


Please contact us if you are interested in this 5-Day Luxury Gorilla-Golden Monkey-Batwa Trail-Volcano Climbing Safari