Trek Gorillas on the Virunga Volcanoes & in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
5-Day Luxury Fly-In Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari in both Mgahinga Gorilla Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda
One of a Kind Twice Gorilla Trekking Luxury –This 5-Day Fly-In Luxury Two Times Gorilla Trekking Safari begins in Entebbe where you fly to Kisoro along Lake Mutanda with easy access to both Mgahinga Gorilla Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which are located in the Southwest Corner of the County. It is only in Uganda where you trek Mountain Gorilla in two different Terrains, the Volcanoes which replicate Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda and in the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest that is not as Impenetrable as it sounds. On this 5-Day Safari, you get the best of both Volcano Trekking and Rainforest Trekking all while staying in comfortable Luxury Lodges in both Park plus there are no long drivetimes but a scenic flight across WesternUganda that in itself is memorable
Add-On: Continue the Great Apes Primate Safari by adding two days to the below Safari. You fly from Kisoro to near Kibale Forest, the best park for chimpanzees in East Africa – afterward fly on to Entebbe.
Highlights of this Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari
- This Luxury Safari combines the Virunga Volcanoes of Mgahinga Gorilla Park and the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- 2-Gorilla Treks – 1 one on the Ugandan Side of Virunga Volcanoes-Mgahinga Gorilla Park, and 1 in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park
- Buniga Forest Walk with the Batwa People – the first people of the forest
- Stay in two Luxury Lodges
- Toyota Land-Cruiser with Upmarket Safari Experience
- Porter-Walking Sticks & Bottled Water for Gorilla Treks
- Optional 4-Hours with a Gorilla Family in Rushaga – Bwindi Forest on a Gorilla Habituation Experience
Your Detailed Fly-In Gorilla Safari Itinerary:
Day 1 – Fly to Mgahinga Park from Entebbe:
Your 5-Day-Luxury Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari begins as we pick you up at the Hotel in Entebbe that w can include in the Safari at 6:30 am. We proceed to Entebbe International Airport where you board your Aerolink Grand Caravan Airplane for Kisoro. Your flight saves you from long drive times, your flight is 1 1/2 hour long. You have one stop at Kihihi in the north of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The flight from Kihihi to Kisoro is the most scenic portion of the flight.
Upon your arrival in Kisoro you are met by your personal driver-guide who will take you to Mount Gahinga Lodge, one of the best lodges in Uganda where you will be welcomed by the friendliest Satt that have your comfort in mind. Your private Butler will get you settled into your Cottage, called Banda here.
In Mgahinga Gorilla Park your best luxury Lodging Choice is the exclusive Mount Gahinga Lodge which comes at a reasonable price for a luxury Lodge in this area.
Afternoon Activities: Mount Gahinga Lodge offers quite a few activities to their guests such as a Caldera Walk, a visit to the Batwa Village that they recently completed, a visit to a Batwa Vocational Center, A Batwa Heritage Forest Walk.
Others choose to get settled in Africa with a book, a Ugandan Waragi with a Krest Bitter Lemon enjoying the foothills of the brooding Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner
Lodge” Mount Gahinga Lodge
An early Breakfast – the right equipment and clothing for your Trek. 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,
After the orientation, Your driver gets you a porter and walking stick – and off you go on your Safe and Secure Gorilla Trek with Rangers and security escort to visit the Nyakagezi Family – 10 members in the group. This is a 4 to 5-hour trek for most, a one-of-a-kind experience. The cost of the porter is included in the safari price.
Should you finish early in the day – a Cultural Visit to the Batwa Community that Mount Gahinga Lodge supports can be arranged.
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
Day 3 – Golden Monkey Trekking – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:
Breakfast and it is off to the Golden Monkey Trekking orientation and then you are off into Bamboo Forests where the Golden Monkeys make their home. They weigh about 30 pounds, are quite beautiful to see and you will hear them screeching long before you reach their site. You spend about one hour observing a group of over 100 of them as literally flit about the bamboo forest near you, above you and around you. They are an endangered species, some of it is because of the loss of habitat and their lack of reproduction. The largest Golden Monkey Population is found in Mgahinga Gorilla Park. You can only see them in the Virunga Volcanoes.After the trek, we move to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where we check you in at either the exclusive Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or the Upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge. The drive to either Gorilla Safari Lodge or Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge will take about 1 1/2 hours
Late Lunch at either Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Lodging: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge
Day 4 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Trekking – Rushaga or Nkuringo:
Breakfast and you are off for your second Trek – 45 minutes to 1 hour scenic Drive – this one will be either in the Nkuringo or Rushaga Area of the Park. The Nkuringo Group is the toughest group to trek in this part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. There are easier treks that can be taken that cover an easier terrain and are shorter in length.
The routine and clothing are the same as it was for your first trek. The porter that we provide will be different as will be the group that you will track.
Trekking is different in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – it can mean going up and down on trails until you meet your group. The experience, however, is the same as in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
Exclusive Option: Instead of one hour with a family you can be for four hours family on a Gorilla Habituation Experience. The Permit Cost is 1500 USD. This is a pilot program in Uganda, there are only 4 visitors allowed per group and it is an all-day trek.
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 5 – Return to Entebbe:
Breakfast and your Driver Guide will take you to Kisoro Airport where you board your Aerolink flight bound for Entebbe. You arrive before noon in Entebbe. We will coordinate with you and adjust itinerary to meet your needs.
This is the perfect Gorilla Trekking Safari for Primate Lovers. You have choices of some of the best Lodges in Mgahinga Gorilla Park and in the south end of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
You have an experienced Driver Guide – a sound Safari Vehicle, you will enjoy the scenic drive from Kigali into the Ugandan Gorilla Highlands and the quality of Lodges on the Ugandan side.
Two Gorilla Treks – 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 6 months ahead due to limited permits that are on hand during the peak seasons and lodging availability.
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 5-Day Luxury Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari.