8-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking – Volcano Climbing – Lake Bunyonyi Safari

Posted by on September 3, 2017

Your 8-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking – Volcano Climbing – Lake Bunyonyi Safari plus Wildlife

8-Day Private Luxury Adventure Safari in Uganda – Horseback Wildlife Safari, Gorillas, Volcanoes and  Magical Lake Bunyonyi


Discover the Savannah Wildlife on Horseba8 Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking - Volcano Climbing - Lake Bunyonyi Safarick at Lake Mburo Park, meet the Mountain Gorillas at scenic Nkuringo, Climbing the Mountains that Cook – the Virunga Volcanoes and interact with the “first people of the forest” the Batwa People and a Dugout Safari on Lake Bunyonyi.

This 8-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking – Volcano Climbing – Lake Bunyonyi Safari is Eight days of adventure in this one-of-a-kind safari that give you a trip that is truly different – off of the beaten and track and focuses on the unusual with a dash of adventure, seasoned with African Culture all in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda. 

This is a private luxury adventure safari for the young at heart and with a reasonable level of fitness. We use some of the best Lodges in Uganda for this safari.  It is also a changeable Safaris when it comes to Lodges and activities. 

You can begin this Luxury Safari in Entebbe – Uganda and end it by flying out of Kigali – Rwanda, This eliminates the one long drive-time from Lake Bunyonyi to Entebbe which is 8 hours.  It is only 3 hours to Kigali Rwanda from Lake Bunyonyi in Southwest Uganda.


Day 1 – Lake Mburo National Park:

Your 8-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking – Volcano Climbing – Lake Bunyonyi Safari begins. We depart Entebbe of Kampala going west toward Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – a nine-hour drive, we however break the journey halfway stopping at Lake Mburo Park where we check into the fabulous Mihingo Safari Lodge .

Lunch

Late afternoon Horseback safari across the savanna which consists of rolling savannah with lakes and swamps in between – Zebras, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Warthogs, Antelopes including the large Eland Antelope.  This is a guided Horseback safari of two hours in length and a most interesting and very different way to look at the African Wild in Uganda.

Those who are not into horseback riding, can choose a Mountain Biking Safari, or a Run in the Wild with Guide, you  can take a  guided –traditional vehicle game drive is also an option as is a guided nature walk with Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger, even a Mountain Bike Safari.

Dinner

Nocturnal Game Drive:  See the Leopards on the hunt as you go out on a nocturnal game drive in Lake Mburo.

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner

 

Mihingo Safari Lodge $$$:

Mihingo Safari Lodge is an intimate tented camp, each permanent tented cottage  has a sense of privacy and at the same time a fabulous view of the park.

Each tented cottage is perched in a very special spot, some on rock outcroppings, the views, the tented cottage itself, the furnishings, the deck on which you can sit and let it soak all in are simply fantastic.  Mihingo Lodge is a great place for the first day in the African Wilderness of Uganda.

Mihingo Safari Lodge set the standard for luxury Tented Lodges when it opened and that same standard is still found there today with its classy rooms, views, service, meals served and the one of a kind activities that are offered at the Lodge.


Day 2 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Nkuringo – Rushaga Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Early Breakfast and our second day of the Adventure in Uganda begins-at 7 am we continue the trip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and to the scenic Nkuringo area of the park in the southern area of the park – where you can see Bwindi Impenetrable Forest below you and the Virunga Volcanoes – the views are worth the trip.

We arrive in the Nkuringo Area and the luxurious Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge will be your home for the next two nights.

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is an exclusive,  luxury lodge that has won accolades far and wide for its comfortable and luxurious suites – its fabulous food and exemplary service including your personal Butler 24 who tends to your every need while at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge.

Check into your cottage which comes with a sitting area with fireplace and a separate bedroom with a beautiful veranda to sit and take in your fabulous and scenic surroundings.  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is one of the most fabulous lodges in Uganda and has been written up in publications such as Condé Nast and once here you will know why.  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is more than a lodge but an experience.

Lunch at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge and a meal that you will remember

In the afternoon it is the Nkuringo Village Walk – an interactive guided walk through Nkuringo and is a memorable cultural experience and the plus is that you can also enjoy the beautiful scenery.Nkuringo-Village

During this Village Walk at Nkuringo there is the visit to Nicholas – a traditional blacksmith who beats knives and machetes using the ancient methods of a wood fire and a sheepskin bellow.  There is the home of Sesillia where you will be most welcomed and shown traditional huts that are used for grinding millet, cooking over an open wood-fire, and producing the Ugandan Gin called Waragi.  As you are guided through the village – the villagers and especially the children will greet you and during the school-year there will be a visit to a local school.  You will also meet Pena which is the traditional healer in the village and will show you how bark, leaves, roots, berries, are used to treat headaches, pneumonia, polio, colds and flu by using plants from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest by making teas, ointments, powders and all from plants, trees, from the forest.  At the end of the village walk climb up a hill called “Top of the World” here and look into the vastness of the Congo – see the active Virunga Volcanoes – the large forests and jungles – a most breathtaking sight.

Dinner

In the evening at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge there is often cultural dance and music for the guests to enjoy and hopefully you will be able to enjoy a time of that.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge – $$$$

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is an exclusive Luxury Lodge located in the scenic Nkuringo area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

There are exquisite river stone Cottages, including a family cottage awaiting your arrival.  This is a World Class Lodge that is truly amazing for even those That might stay in luxury hotels around the world.

From your bedroom patio you have views of the Virunga Volcanoes and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

You have 24-7 Butler and Maid service available to make your stay here even more comfortable.  The meals served here exceed the best restaurant standards and the service is impeccable. It is also a great base from which to trek Mountain Gorillas or participate in the one of a kind Gorilla Habituation Experience which is 4 hours with a Gorilla Family offered only in Uganda.


Gorilla Safari Lodge – Rushaga area $$$:

Gorilla Safari Lodge is an upmarket Lodge located in Rushaga and near the Trailhead for Gorilla Trekking.

The deluxe stone cottages come with a fireplace for your comfort since in the Gorilla highlands it gets a bit cold at night.  The positive side of that is that there not many mosquitoes in the area.  A hot water bottled is given to you at bedtime again due to the reality that you are in a higher elevation.

Excellent meal aer served in the main lodge and a variety of drinks both local and imported are at the bar.


Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge – $$$:

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge comes with the view of the Virunga Volcanoes – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and and surrounding countryside in the Gorilla of Uganda.

There cottages with fireplace for your comfort including the family cottage that sleeps 4 Adults and has two bedrooms with a joined sitting room.

You are near the Nkuringo Gorilla Trekking trailhead and 40 minutes from the one in Rushaga.

Meals are served with guests sitting together in the main lodge, however private arrangements can be made for you.


Day 3 Gorilla Trekking:

Breakfast at your Lodge and afterwards it is off for Gorilla Tracking and your visit with your Gorilla Family for the day. There are four different Gorilla Groups that can be visited from the Nkuringo area.

Here is a list of what you will need for today:

 

  • Packed lunch supplied by Lodge
  • A daypack for you for your things you will need on the Gorilla Trek
  • 2 Liters of bottled Water
  • Long trousers such as jeans – no shorts since your legs will get scratched by bushes
  • Long-sleeved Shirt
  • light rain-jacket
  • Light Hiking boots
  • Hat – wide brimmed is best
  • Garden Gloves made of cotton to pull yourself up vines, branches to get closer to your gorilla group.
  • Insect repellent – mostly for flies here – due to elevation there are not many mosquitoes in the area.
  • Walking Stick – you can purchase a carved one that is decorated to remember this day by.
  • A porter is included in the safari to carry your things and to lighten your load

The Gorilla Trek itself can be 5-hours or longer in length – you are with guides, trackers and porters – the toughest group to track is the Nkruningo Group – the journey begins going 600 metevirungas-from-nkuringors down and 600 meters up at the end of the Trek.

Visiting the Mountain Gorillas is the experience of a lifetime and certainly worth the effort and even the cost of doing it.  Some people look forward to it so much that they schedule a gorilla trek for two days with two different groups.

Return to the Lodge for some rest and relaxation and a cold drink.

Another late afternoon to take in the fabulous scenery of your surroundings.

Dinner

change-to-Gorilla Habituation

Option:  Gorilla Habituation Experience – This is an all-day Trek where you are with a Gorilla Group for 4 hours with Researchers and Trackers.  The cost for the Permit is 1500 USD compared to 600 USD for a normal Gorilla Trek where you are one hour with

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 4 – Lake Mutanda – Buniga Forest Walk with Batwa Pygmies:

Breakfast and we are off for the Buniga Forest for a guided forest walk, but not just a normal nature walk, but an The-Buniga-Forest-Walk-with-the-Batwa-People.jpginteractive cultural walk with the first people of the forest the Batwa People – a pygmy tribe that knows the forest better than any other people, a people who were evicted from various forests in the area and now have the opportunity to return to the forest and keep their cultures and ancient ways alive and pass on the traditions to the next generation.

Buniga Forest has a lot of flora and fauna for you to see including Afro-Montane Vegetation as giant Tree-Ferns. You will learn of the ancient hunting and gathering ways of the Batwa people – it is a time of cultural interaction, learning new and old ways of the Batwa People

After the walk we continue to the Batwa Village is which is nearby and there we see a dance performance by the Batwa people, the making of crafts, including bee-hives – you can buy some souvenirs and simply learn the culture and lifestyle of the Batwa people.

After the walk and village visit we continue a short drive to Mgahinga Gorilla Park area where we check into the exclusive luxury Mount Gahinga Lodge.  This is a highly rated lodge where from your cottage you have fabulous views of the Virunga Volcanoes and Lake Mutanda.

Enjoy your lunch

In the afternoon relax a bit – take a break getting ready for tomorrows hike or take a nature walk in Mgahinga Gorilla

 Meal Plan: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

 

Mount Gahinga Lodge -Exclusive -$$$:

Mount Gahinga Lodge is an exclusive Lodge at an upmarket price. The reason is that it is off of the beaten path near the gates of Mgahinga Gorilla Park.  The lodge and cottages are all in the shadows of the Virunga Volcanoes that tower above it all.  To the west there is Lake Mutanda which is  breathtaking scene itself.

The cottages come with cozy fireplace and an outdoor sitting area with views in abundance.  Meals are served in the main lodge, where in the gathering there is also a bar and fireplace.

A great all around Exclusive Lodge at an affordable price giving your stay here extra value.


Day 5 – Volcano Hiking:

Breakfast – a packed lunch and bottled water – you have the choice of three volcanoes to hike – climb – it is from 5 hours to an 8 hour round trip.  Pick one of the volcanoes for your day-hike-climb.

Equipment needed for the day-hike-climb – daypack, packed lunch, 2 liters of water, light-hiking boot, rain-jacket, sweater in pack, jeans or long trousers.  Porters can help you with your load and be ad to do so.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

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The Volcanoes that you can choose to Climb

Alternate Activities such as Golden Monkey Trekking – The Batwa Trail – Gorilla Trekking may be done

 

 


Mount Gahinga (3,474 meters): 

Gahinga means 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.

All three of the volcanoes are a day hike, it might take 5 to 8 hours but you do not have the added cost of tents, porters, food, pots and pans, you simply go on a day hike-climb and in the process you pass through all kinds of vegetation including bamboo forests – the summit used to be a lake, now a swamp but you are surrounded by Afro-Montane Vegetation that is simply beautiful and the size of these plants are overwhelming.


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 of reference, simply the Guide. This cone-shaped Volcano rising above the other two in Uganda gives those who take the 8 our 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.

All well worth the effort oh hiking up 6 kilometers and some of it is climbing. Once again it is a day trip and that makes it much more affordable.  Add to all of that the Afro Montane vegetation that will both delight and amaze you.


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 most 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 upward and are able to step into the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and back into Uganda all without your passport being stamped.

This journey once again takes about 8 hour round-trip.  The views of both Rwanda and Uganda are beyond the imagination – you pass through various vegetation zones , climb three peaks and when you return down to the base of the mountain – you do deserve a break – dinner and a cold Drink.


Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 6 – Lake Bunyonyi:

Breakfast and we depart for Lake Bunyonyi – that magical, mysticallake-bunyonyi.jpg Lake that is like a scene from Lord of the Rings according to Lonely Planet.  It is a short drive to here and it will not be long before we check into the up-market

Lunch  at Birdnest resort is no ordinary lunch but a culinary delight.  If you like crayfish, there is plenty of it here at Lake Bunyonyi and Birdnest has countless of ways of serving them.  Birdnest Resort is also one of the best places in Uganda to have a whole tilapia, here the most popular fish dish is served with Lemon Mashed Potatoes and other trimmings.  If you have a craving for French Fries – Birdnest serves the best Belgian Pommes Frites in Uganda and that certainly is a nice comfort food for many of us.

Relax and enjoy the lake, the setting, the many birds and butterflies found here.  Take a swim in the pool or in the lake.  The lake is safe for swimming, no crocodiles, no hippos, no bilharzia to contract here.

Late afternoon a sunset cruise on Lake Bunyonyi – there will be a guide to give you background and history of the lake and islands

Dinner – another fabulous meal at Birdnest Resort

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 Birdnest Resort on Lake Bunyonyi – $$

The Lodge is located along Lake Bunyonyi and offers fabulous views of the lake that Lonely Planet call a scene from the Lord of the Rings.  The modern rooms are comfortable and come with private patio or balcony where you can sit and relax, read a book and enjoy the day.

One of the culinary delights are fresh crayfish from the lake.  The crayfish are Louisiana Crayfish that were brought to Uganda via Lake Nakuru in Kenya during Idi Amin’s time.

Boat, dugout canoe, birding, nature walk, village walks, biking around the lake can all be done here.

This is lowest priced Lodge on our safari in Uganda and may rank among some of the best when it comes to culinary offerings.  Many of cour clients have enjoyed their stay here.


Day 7 Lake Bunyonyi: 

Breakfast and today it is island hopping in a dugout canoe safari – take a packed lunch with you, be sure you have plenty of sun-protection on you and with you and it is off for a morning of paddling in a dugout canoe across this pristine lake, ringed by terraced hills with gardens and small farms, birds abound and soon you are amazed by the many other dugout canoes with produce, wood, charcoal, people – all moving across the lake to the islands supplying the people that live there while taking other things to the mainland.

You have a capable guide with you as you visit various islands on your dugout canoe safari.  You can choose between a half day or full-day dugout safari, you can paddle, or be paddled – the choice is yours.

Depending on whether you choose the half or full-day dugout canoe safari you will have lunch either with you or at Birdnest Resort.

Dinner

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 8:  Flight out of Kigali Rwanda 

The Drive to Kigali is 3 hours from Birdnest Resort

 

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch


Safari includes all activities, permits, lodging, food except sodas, beer, alcohol at lodges, bottled water in the vehicle for your comfort.


Eight day of adventure in Uganda on this most unusual safari in Uganda that just might fit your likes and tastes for an African Adventure in the Pearl of Africa – Enjoy Uganda…


8-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking – Volcano Climbing – Lake Bunyonyi Safari – if you are interested in this Safari – please contact us.