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

Posted by on September 1, 2018

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

Gorilla Trekking – Volcano Climb – Golden Monkey Trek – Hiking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park on a Luxury Safari


5-Day Luxury Mgahinga Gorilla Park Trekking – Hiking – Climbing Safari – 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 is just for you.  This one of a kind, experiential Hiking, Volcano Climbing, Gorilla Trekking Luxury Safari is only offered by Kabiza Wilderness Safaris in the off of the beaten track, away from the crowds in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

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

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 – Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

5-Days of Experiential Adventure Bliss in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park where Gorilla Trekking is 600 USD for a permit instead of 1500usd in Rwanda trekking the Mountain Gorillas in the same Virunga Volcano Chain as in Rwanda and in DR Congo.


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 you are visiting. Cost 100 USD. You must have a Yellow Fever Immunization Certificate.


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
  • Land-Cruiser Safari Vehicle

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


Day 1 – The Journey to Mgahinga Gorilla Park

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

 A Favorite with many – The Sabinyo Gorge Trail:

The Sabyinyo Gorge Trail and a version that fits into the afternoon. This is a six-kilometer hike along a scenic mountain stream that meanders through dense vegetation with African-Montane vegetation mixed in as you head through the gorge.

At the end of the trail on a clear day, you have a beautiful of the ragged peaks of Mount Sabyinyo above you which is quite a sight.  This 4-hour trail is moderate in difficulty, you might encounter Golden Monkeys, Duikers, and other Mammals.

It is also a favorite with birders and many species are sighted along with the Rwenzori Turaco.

You are guided by Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger on this hike that can be adjusted to fit into the afternoon.  The Trail is a great introductory to Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

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-Premuim 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.

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.

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, two liters of bottled water.

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 (3,669 meters): 

Mount Sabinyo also called “Old Man’s Teeth” since like an old man might lose teeth, so the top of Mount Sabinyo’s top has become jagged, eroded by time and elements.  There are three challenging peaks – the views are well worth it – simply amazing.

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.

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.


Dinner

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.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch

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