6 Day Mgahinga Gorilla Park Trekking – Hiking – Climbing Safari

Posted by on May 17, 2017

Adventurous 6 Day Mgahinga Gorilla Park Trekking – Hiking – Climbing Safari – Uganda

Gorilla Trekking – Volcano Climb – Golden Monkey Trek – Hiking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park


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 Safari is only offered by Kabiza Wilderness Safaris, the leading Experiential Adventures Safari Tour Operator in Uganda and Rwanda.

This 6 Day Mgahinga Gorilla Park Trekking – Hiking – Climbing Safari begins in Kigali, Rwanda – just two hours plus drive. This can be a budget – moderate or upmarket safari.

This is the Ultimate Outdoor Enthusiast Safari with Volcano Climbing, Hikes and Treks, all in a park without the crowds – Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

6-Days of Experiential Adventure Bliss in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park where Gorilla Trekking is 600 usd for a permit instead of 1500usd in Rwanda.


Day 1 – Kigali Arrival:

Arrive in Kigali where you are met by our driver guide and take to the moderately priced Heaven Boutique Hotel which is an https://kabiza.com/kabiza-wilderness-safaris/facts-and-figures-about-rwanda/kigali-page-1/Excellent hotel, private bath and superb restaurant with views of Kigali.

Arrival Notices:

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.

Heaven Inn is a great place to stay on the first night in Africa – the rooms come with bath, WiFi, Satellite TV and more.

The Restaurant – Heaven Inn is award-winning in Kigali and offers a mix of tasty dishes, American owned by a couple that empowers Rwandans

Lodging: Heaven Boutique Hotel – other lodging can be used to meet your preferences.

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2 – Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla Park:

This is a two-hour-plus drive, however, you lose one hour since you have to change your watch from Central African Time to East African Time.

Arrive at the lodge of your choice – all lodges below have rooms, cottages, bandas with bath.

Early Lunch after check-in

Mgahinga-Sabyinyo-Gorge-TrailWe will arrange with a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger for 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.

Dinner

Lodging: Amajambere iwacu Community Camp – Budget-Shoestring – Travellers Rest Hotel – BudgetMutanda Lake Resort – moderateChameleon Hill Lodge – upmarket

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch -Dinner

Day 3 – Gorilla Trek:

Breakfast

There are about 80 plus Gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla Park – one group The Nyakagezi Gorilla Family Group  is the only 6 Day Mgahinga Gorilla Park Trekking - Hiking - Climbing Safarihabituated gorilla family group found in Mgahinga Gorilla Park. and can be tracked in the park.

What you will need – a waterproof daypack, 2 liters of water, packed lunch, snacks.  What to wear – waterproof hiking boots, light rain jacket, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, hat.  Most of those things are for your protection from brush, nettles, thorns, mosquitoes.

The trek is about 2 to 5 hours in length and you have one hour with the Gorilla Family.  The trek means some uphill hiking which you might welcome and great views through different vegetation zones.  You might also see some Golden Monkeys along the trek.

Gorilla Trekking – a once in a lifetime experience

Dinner

Lodging: Amajambere iwacu Community Camp – Budget-Shoestring – Travellers Rest Hotel – BudgetMutanda Lake Resort – moderateChameleon Hill Lodge – upmarket

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch -Dinner

Day- 4 – Batwa Trail:

batwatrail.jpgBreakfast

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

Lodging: Amajambere iwacu Community Camp – Budget-Shoestring – Travellers Rest Hotel – BudgetMutanda Lake Resort – moderateChameleon Hill Lodge – upmarket

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch -Dinner

Day 5 – Volcano Climb:

Breakfast and you will need to have a packed lunch, a daypack, snacks, two liters of bottled water.

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

Mount-GahingaMount 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


Mount-MuhavuraMount 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.


Mount-SabinyoMount 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.

Dinner

Lodging: Amajambere iwacu Community Camp – Budget-Shoestring – Travellers Rest Hotel – BudgetMutanda Lake Resort – moderateChameleon Hill Lodge – upmarket

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch -Dinner

Day 8 – Return to Kigali for Flight Home:

Breakfast and we drive to Kigali as the 6-Day Mgahinga Gorilla Park Trekking – Hiking – Climbing Safari comes to a close, however, the memories will long remain with you.

Lunch – be sure to eat the National Dish – Meat Brochettes

Afternoon Visit to the Genocide Memorial

Depending on flight time – depart for airport 3 hours prior to your departure.

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch

Included in Safari:  Lodging and Food, 4 Wheel Drive Safari Vehicle, Fuel, English Speaking Driver, Bottled Drinking Water on all Drives, Park Entrance fees and cultural site entrance fees, Permits as applicable, Guide for Tracking and Game Drives.

Not included in Safari price:  Air Travel, Visa Costs, Laundry, Tips, Drinks, except those included in lodging meal price.


Hiking Tips and Advice:

Hiking and Nature Walks in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest takes some preparation, wearing the right clothing, boots, shoes more.

Preparing for a hike or nature walk will make it a lot more rewarding for you.  We can also help you if you have any questions and we would also love to assist you in creating an itinerary that not only includes gorilla tracking, but other activities such as outlines above and a hike in or through the forest just might be right for you.

Hiking in Uganda is simply different from what you may be used to – many hikes are in various rainforest – the altitude is higher and in many cases it will not be hot due to the elevation.


If you are interested in this 6 Day Mgahinga Gorilla Park Trekking – Hiking – Climbing Safari – please contact us.