5-Day Luxury Mgahinga Gorilla Park-Gorilla-Trekking-Hiking-Climbing Safari

Posted by on August 6, 2019

Luxury Adventure – 5-Day Luxury Mgahinga Gorilla Park-Gorilla-Trekking Hiking-Climbing Safari

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5-Day Luxury Mgahinga Gorilla Park-Gorilla-Trekking-Hiking-Climbing Safari in Uganda. If you are a Hiker, one who loves to climb, one who wants to see the endangered Mountain  Gorillas up-close, then this Safari for you.  This one of a kind, experiential Hiking, Volcano Climbing, Gorilla Trekking Luxury Safari which is only offered by Kabiza Wilderness Safaris in the off of the beaten track, away from the crowds Mgahinga Gorilla Park

The Luxury 5-Day Mgahinga Gorilla Park Trekking – Hiking – Climbing Safari begins in Kigali, Rwanda – just 3-hours plus drive-time staying at the exclusive Mount Gahinga Lodge in the Shadows of the brooding Virunga Volcanoes, called the Mountains that Cook. The Mufumbiro Mountains in the local language.

This is the Ultimate Luxury, Outdoor Enthusiast Safari with Volcano Climbing, Hikes and Treks, (dugout canoeing on Lake Mutanda can be added) all in a park without the crowds in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

The Safari should be booked well in advance due to the limited number of Gorilla Permits that are available. The safari is discounted during the Off-Season Months of May, June, October, and November.


Kigali- Rwanda – Arrival – The Gateway to Southwest Uganda

You must have an East African Tourism Visa which you can get online from the first East African Country that you are visiting. You can ask for it on Arrival in Kigali,  Rwanda, the Cost is 100 USD. Do not use plastic Sacks such as from a Dry-Cleaner, they will be confiscated. Ziploc Bags for Camera Equipment are normally fine.

Crossing into Uganda you must have a Yellow Fever Immunization Certificate.

Arrival and Departure Hotel in Kigali can be included in this Safari along with Airport pickup and dropoff. A Kigali City Tour can be included including a visit to the Genocide Memorial in Kigali. Luxury Hotels include the Serena, Raddisson, Marriott, Umbano, des Mille Collines aka Hotel Rwanda and the Retreat which is part of the Heaven Boutique Hotel.


5-Day Luxury Mgahinga Gorilla Park-Gorilla-Trekking-Hiking-Climbing Safari Highlights

  • Gorilla Trekking with 600 USD Permits in Mgahinga Gorilla Park – Porter assisted
  • Visit with the Batwa People – the First People of the Forest can be arranged in or out of the park.
  • Golden Monkey Trekking
  • Volcano Climb – Mount Gahinga – Mount Muhavura or Mount Sabinyo
  • The Batwa Trail with the First People of the Forest
  • Stay at the Exclusive Mount Gahinga Lodge for 4 nights – no drive times
  • 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 & Volcano Climb
  • Land-Cruiser Safari Vehicle

5-Day Luxury Mgahinga Gorilla Park-Gorilla-Trekking-Hiking-Climbing Safari in Detail


Day 1 – The Journey to Mgahinga Gorilla Park

5-Day Luxury Mgahinga Gorilla Park-Gorilla-Trekking-Hiking-Climbing 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 your 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.

Please Note:  This Safari can be done from Entebbe as a fly-in Safari.  Where you land at the Kisoro landing strip.

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. View the terraced farming which is done on terraces both inside and outside of the Caldera. The hike will take about 3-hours.

You can also visit the Batwa Village Project which is underwritten by the lodge, or the Batwa Vocational Project. The Lodge has also arranged a Batwa Heritage Trail where you learn how the Batwa, the First People of the Foret used to live. The Batwa lived here for thousands of years in harmony with nature and the Gorillas, leaving a low ecological footprint.

Today they have become conservation-refugees due to their eviction from the park in 1991-92. Mount Gahinga Lodge believes in both Gorilla and People Conservation, the reason that they actively support the Batwa Community.

Lodge:  Mount Gahinga Lodge

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. The lodge will be where you stay for 4 nights enjoying the Hospitality and comfort of this one of a kind lodge.

It is 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.  Non-Premium Drinks are complimentary during your stay, one massage is also offered to guests.

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

The Exclusive Luxury 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. The elevation is about 2,100 meters above sea-level

Lodge:  Mount Gahinga Lodge

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner


Day  – 3 Volcano Climb:

Breakfast and you will need to have a packed lunch, a day pack, snacks such as granola bars or dried fruit and nuts, two liters of bottled water. We provide you with a walking stick, bottled water, and the services of a porter. Volcano Climb gear should include waterproof daypack, boots, long trousers, longsleeved shirt, a rain jacket or poncho, and a hat.

Here are the three Volcanoes you can climb in Mgahinga Gorilla Park on a day-climb:

 Mount Gahinga (3,474 meters): 

Gahinga means a pile of stones and you will find piles of stones in the gardens and farms below Mount Gahinga that the people clear from their fields and put into piles at the edge of their fields.

Mount Gahinga is not a little stone but being a neighbor to Mount Muhavura it is a little brother.

To climb Mount Gahinga takes about 6 hours round trip and that is the beautiful thing about all the volcanoes located in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.- they are one-day climb-hikes

A porter can be used to assist you with your daypack.  You should have enough bottled water, snacks, and packed lunch with you.  Always have a rain jacket on hand.


 Mount Muhavura (4,127 meters):

Mount Muhavura also called Mount Muhabura which means the guide because it is seen from far and wide and stands like a beacon, a point reference for, simply the Guide.

This cone-shaped Volcano rising above the other two in Uganda gives those who take the 8 hour climb – hike up and back some of the best views around – taking in the Virunga Volcanoes, Lake Edward and Lake George in Queen Elizabeth Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the Rwenzori Mountains – simply amazing views for the tallest of the Mufumbiro Mountains, the Virunga Volcanoes.

Having the right gear with you is of utmost importance.  It can be cool in parts and you need to be ready for that with a rain jacket or a sweatshirt.  Either will come in handy.


 Mount Sabinyo (3,645 meters): 

Mount Sabinyo (Sabyinyo) is also called “Old Man’s Teeth” since like an old man might lose teeth, so Mount Sabinyo’s top has become jagged, eroded by time and the elements.  There are three challenging peaks – the views are well worth it, for most, it is simply an amazing Climb with incredible Views on a clear day.

You need to be in reasonable shape, there is some ladder climbing as you venture up and are able to step into the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and back into Uganda all without your passport being stamped.

The Volcano can only be climbed from the Ugandan side and not in Rwanda or DR Congo. Some of the Climb is on ladders that have been attached to the sides of the Volcano, presenting a challenge for some.

Mount Sabinyo is the favorite Hike -Climb.  It is the longest climb with eight hours being needed to complete it.  There are three peaks that you scale climbing it.  Most climbs are over by 5 pm in the afternoon.


Lodge:  Mount Gahinga Lodge

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner


Day- 4 – Batwa Trail:

 Breakfast

Today it is the Batwa Trail with the original people of the forest – the Batwa Pygmies who have lived in this area for over 100,00 years leaving a low ecological footprint, only taking what they needed to live on.  They gather medicinal herbs, roots, berries, and fruit, hunted to survive and lived in small shelters.

Today you learn of their ancient ways as the lead you into the forest and show you as to how they once lived before they were evicted from the forests in 1991

The Batwa Trail is also one way where the traditional cultural ways are kept alive for the next generation.  The walk also produces needed income for the Batwa Community in the area and then there are generous tips left by Visitors with them,

You will need two liters of bottled water, packed lunch and some snacks for you.

The trail ends up in the Garama Cave where you hear the mournful cries of the women as they lament what has been lost.

Dinner

Lodge:  Mount Gahinga Lodge

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner

Day 5 – Golden Monkey Trekking – Kigali 

Breakfast and you are off for your last 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 with Lunch at the lodge afterward.

After lunch, we cross into Rwanda and head back for Kigali for your flight out. Three-hours drive-time. You gain one hour by switching to Central African Time from East African Time.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch

The Perfect Add-On to this Safari:

Relax, Chill Out an Unwind at Chameleon Hill Lodge overlooking Lake Mutanda and the Virunga Volcanoes.  This is a luxury lodge with a million-dollar view. The third best “Must Photograph” place in the World.  This is the perfect setting for a night or two of relaxation before flying out of Kigali which is only a short drive of 2-hours plus from here.

Chameleon Hill Lodge, is like a colorful Fairy Tale Castle overlooking the lake.  Each cottage has an unobstructed view of the Lake, the islands and volcanoes. The food is great, the beer and soda are cold and the view is breathtaking.

A Client of ours wrote to us that Lake Mutanda was the most beautiful lake that he had ever seen. He was a World Traveler and discerning one at that.

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