5-Day-Luxury Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

Posted by on January 13, 2019

Twice Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park & Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

5-Day Luxury Twice Gorilla Trekking  Safari in the Virunga Volcanoes & Bwindi Impenetrable Forest from Kigali-Rwanda

5-Day-Luxury Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari where you fly into Kigali-Rwanda and Trek Gorillas in Uganda’s  Mgahinga Gorilla Park where you track Gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes and one of the Best Parks in Africa, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which was named by CNN in 2017 as being one of the best parks in Africa.  

This one-of-a-kind-Safari gives you two different Trekking Experiences, tracking in the Virunga Volcanoes and in the Ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest staying in two fabulous lodges. This for lack of better terms is a Gorilla Dream Safari.

You cannot do this Safari in either Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, only in Uganda can you get two distinct different trekking experiences.  Trekking Gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes and in the ancient Rainforest of Bwindi that can only be done in Uganda.

The Added Plus  is that you save thousands of Dollars on Permits and Lodging on this Safari compared to Rwanda


Safari Highlight

  • Fly into Rwanda Trek Gorillas in Uganda
  • Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park
  • Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park in the Shadow of the Volcanoes
  • Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Visit with the Batwa Community
  • 4×4 Land-Cruiser Vehicle with Luxury Safari Experienced Driver
  • Services of a porter and walking sticks for your comfort Gorilla Trekking
  • Safari can be extended to include Wildlife and Chimpanzees. 
  • Arrival and Departure Hotel along with Airport Pickup and Dropoff can be added.

Your Gorilla Safari in Detail

Day 1 – Journey to Mgahinga Park

Your 5-Day-Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari begins as we pick you up at your Hotel in Kigali Rwanda at 7:00 am and begin the 3-hour journey to Mgahinga Park.  This is scenic drive through what is known here as the Gorilla Highlands of Rwanda and then Uganda.

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 need a Yellow Fever Certificate.  Change your watches one-hour forward since Uganda is on East African Time.

Check into Mount Gahinga Lodge


Afternoon Activities:  We see two kinds of Gorilla Trekkers on a safari., those that want one activity after another and those that want to relax for an afternoon and take in their surroundings, even read a good book like a novel based in Uganda.  That is great, other can take Caldera Hike near Mout Gahinga Lodge, visit the Batwa Village that Mount Gahinga Lodge is in the process for the original people of the forest, or visit the Batwa Vocational Project sponsored by the Lodge.

Dinner – at Mount Gahinga Lodge evening Traditional Batwa Dance and Music is often provided  – their songs, if you understood them, most often are about their mourning the loss of the Forest from which they were evicted in 1991 to clear the way for Gorilla Tourism.

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Mount Gahinga Lodge


 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.

There are 6 Bandas as cottages are called here in this part of Africa plus one double-deluxe cottage that recently opened.

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.

Mount Gahinga Lodge is simply Class and Style and a good choice for Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

 Day 2- Gorilla Trekking in the Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

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, a packed lunch from the lodge is also needed.

After the orientation, we provide a porter and a walking Stick and bottled water and off you go on your Safe and Secure Gorilla Trek with Rangers and security escort to visit the Nyakagezi Family – 10 members (3-silverbacks) in the group.  This is a 4 to 5-hour trek for most, a one-of-a-kind experience.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Mount Gahinga Lodge

Day 3- Golden Monkey Trekking 


 Golden Monkey Trekking:  

You embark on your Golden Trek with Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers.  This is a hike up on the sides of the Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Park to the Bamboo Forest.  There are several thousand of the endangered Golden Monkeys found in the park.  They are beautiful and colorful monkeys, weigh about 30  pounds when mature and some of the liveliest monkeys you have ever come across.

The group you are trekking will be about 100 in size but you do not have time to count them since they are always on the move.

The trek is about 4 hours long after which you return to Mount Gahinga Lodge, the only luxury lodge near the park where you can enjoy views of Mount Gahinga and even Lake Mutanda in the Distance.

After the Golden Monkey Trek, we drive to the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and you can check into Gorilla Safari Lodge or the Exclusive Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge.  Drive-Time is 1 1/2 hours depending on road conditions which can change with a heavy morning rain.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge

 Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge –Exclusive Luxury:

Ultimate Luxury on top of the World at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge combines its surrounding natural views and splendor, gorillas-birds-wildlife with the luxurious comfort it offers to guests.

Clouds Mountain Lodge is simply a luxurious experience in the Nkuringo area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

From here you can see both the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest below and the Virunga Volcanoes.

The cottages are actually suites and in the sitting area is a fireplace for your comfort.

There is one Family Cottage with two bedrooms and two bathrooms that will sleep 4. This is the lodge that we recommend, it is one where memories are made and like with Mount Gahinga there never complaints from Clients.

The Lodge is close to the Nkuringo Trailhead but 45 minutes from the Rushaga area.

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is simply one of the Best Lodges in Uganda

 Gorilla Safari Lodge – Upmarket:

The upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge – quality and comfort in the Rushaga Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest,

It is the only up-market Lodge in the Rushaga Area at an affordable price and a great place near the park headquarters from where you can track gorillas or spend 4 hours with them on a Gorilla Habituation Experience.

Each cottage comes with a bath and a fireplace to take the chill off of those colder Bwindi Nights.  It is a short ride to the trailhead in Rushaga from here.

There is one Family Cottage that has two bedrooms and where 4 can stay together.

We use this lodge extensively for our upmarket Clients since it is the only upmarket lodge in the Rushaga Area and it is close to Rushaga Gorilla Trekking start point and the Gorilla Habituation Experience Trailhead.

 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 three Nkuringo Families are the toughest to trek because at the beginning you are dealing with hiking down 600 meters, that same 600 meters awaits you at the end of the Trek.

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 provided by us 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

Lodge:  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge

Day 5 – Return to Kigali

Activities this morning depend on your departure flight time in Kigali.   The drive to Kigali is 4-Hours but you gain 1-hour crossing the border back into Central African Time.

We can be in Kigali in Time for Lunch at Hotel Rwanda, take in the Genocide Memorial and visit other sites in Kigali before your flight out.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast

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-Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari.