The Perfect Add-ons to your Gorilla Trekking Safari
Uganda After the Gorilla Trek – Best Gorilla Trekking Safari Add-ons and Options
Best Gorilla Trekking Safari Add-ons – Making your Gorilla Tracking Experience more complete. Add-on a few extra days to your Gorilla Trek in Uganda which includes Primates, Wildlife, Volcanoes, the Rwenzori Mountains, the River Nile and more
Uganda was called the Pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill who never tracked the Mountain Gorillas on his visit to Uganda. Uganda is Africa condensed into a small country – you can easily spend a week or more in Africa’s most Bip-Diverse Country.
Add 3, 5 Days or more and see Uganda – Gorillas Plus.
The Best Gorilla Gorilla Trekking Safari Add-ons
Chimpanzee Trekking is the favorite add-on to Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda. Uganda has the largest Chimpanzee Population in East Africa with over 5,00 of them.
The premier place to track Chimpanzees is Kibale Forest with over 1,500. Here you can trek the Chimpanzees and even spend all day with them on a Chimpanzee Habituation experience commonly referred to as CHEX.
There are 12 other primate species found n the forest. Kalinzu Forest is 2nd best Destination and is best visited while staying in the Mweya Area of Queen Elizabeth Park.
Kyambura Gorge. presently is a great scenic wonder with its underground forest, but no longer the sure Chimpanzee trekking location.
Golden Monkey Trekking Add-on – The Golden Monkeys can be tracked in Mgahinga Gorilla Park which is home to the largest population with several thousands of them here. They live in the Bamboo Forests on the sides of the Virunga Volcanoes of which are three in Uganda.
Golden Monkey Trekking is easily added on if you are cm a Fly into Rwanda and trek Gorillas in Uganda Safari with us.
Cultural Encounter Add-ons – The Best Cultural encounters after your Gorilla Trek in Southwestern Uganda have to include popular visits with the first people of the forest in Southwest Uganda, the Batwa Pygmies. They were the original people and lived in harmony with nature leaving a low ecological footprint.
In the same of conservation, the original people were evicted from the forest in the name of conservation, they suffered incredibly as a people, something akin to what happened to the American Indians, however in the case of the Batwa there was no land, even bad land. They now lived inside the forest while well to do Tourists paid large sums of money to enter their forest. The Batwa Forest Walks are one of the only ways that they enter the forest, keep their cultural ways alive and pass it to future generations, most of restoring some dignity as a people.
In Western Uganda, you can also spend a night or two in the Nshenyi Cultural Village where you will not only be with the Ankole People but with the Ankole Cattle. The village is on the border of Rwanda and Tanzania. You take in the local culture but also take Village, nature walks and do some birding. One thing visitors like to do here is to milk the cows, process the milk and see other products made from it.
There are other Cultural Add-ons that we can arrange for your Gorilla Trekking Safari in the southwest and western Uganda that is near parks that you would be visiting.
Wildlife Encounters- You can easily add on several days in Queen Elizabeth Park which is the closest Wildlife Park to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you can see the Tree-Climbing Lions of Ishasha, the growing Elephant population that is back up to the 1960s.
There is also the famed Kazinga Channel where you take a wildlife cruise with its abundance of Birds, hippos, and other wildlife. Beyond Queen Elizabeth Park there is Lake Mburo National Park, Murchison Falls National Park with the most powerful waterfall in the world, the largest Rothschild Giraffe population ins Africa and one cannot forget the River Nile that runs through it.
There is also Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you trek them on foot. In the Far Northeastern Corner of Uganda, there is Kidepo Vally National Park which is Africa at it used to be 50 some years ago.
Hiking – Climbing – Dugout Canoeing Add-ons – Hitting the Trails and climbing the peaks of Volcanoes, with paddling in an ancient appearing dugout canoe has become one of the most popular add-ons with our clients.
The canoeing is one of the highlights of the two-day Hike that begins at one End of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and continues outside of the Park down to Lake Mutanda and across the Lake.
There are many opportunities to hit the trails beside the above. Extensive Hiking trails are found in Queen Elizabeth park including the hike down the scenic Kyambura Gorge which is part of the Western Rift and a appears like a giant gash in the Savannah.
There are also hikes to and around some beautiful crater lakes that dot the area from Queen Elizabeth Park to Kibale Forest.
Climbing Add-ons – There are there Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Park that can be climbed, they are part of the Virunga Volcanoes, called Mufumbiro Mountains translated into the Mountains that cook. You need to be someone fit to climb then, the climb at times is on ladders up the sides of the mountains. You pass through various vegetation zones, some have a crater lake.
The hike-climbs are from 5 to 8-hours in length. The views from the summit are breathtaking, to say the least.
The names of the three Volcanoes are Mount Gahigna, Mount Muhavura or Muhabura and Mount Sabinyo, called Sabyinyo on the Rwandan side. There are 3 peaks to Mount Sabyinyo and on the third one, you can step into Rwanda, Congo and back into Uganda without passport and Visa.
All this is found in Mount Gahinga Gorilla Park, the smallest park but filled with many activities.
Relax and Chill Out Add-on – Quite a few of our Clients want to relax and chill out for a few days after Gorilla Trekking and some of the other activities that they might have done.
Some choose to chill out on the Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria which is close to Entebbe Aiport, others choose Lake Mutanda or Lake Bunyonyi.
Lake Bunyonyi is one of the most popular choices with its 29 Islands creating a scene like from Lord of the Rings. The lake is Bilharzia, Crocodile, and Hippo-Free.
The added plus are the tasty, fresh crawfish from the, something that is not native to Africa but was brought in by Idi Amin from Kenya and the species originally came from Louisiana in the USA but are now a delicacy here.