Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Safari
Duration: 4 Days
Visit Mgahinga National Park to hike to one of its three volcanoes: Mt. Sabinyo, at 3,669m, Mt Gahinga at 3,474m and Mt Muhavura at 4,127m with chances of seeing the golden monkeys. This safari brings you to the breathe taking views of the virungas and gives you the refreshment you need on your holiday.
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Best time to go
June to August and December to February (Drier trails make for easy mountain gorilla tracking)
June to September (Gorilla permits need to be booked long in advance at any time of the year)
The tour starts and ends in Kampala. Mount Gahinga, is a dormant/extinct volcano in the Virunga Mountains on the border between Rwanda and Uganda. Gahinga lies between Muhabura and Sabyinyo, but is the smallest of these three.
Although it’s the smallest of Uganda’s national parks at just 34 sq km, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park punches well above its weight. Tucked away in the far southwest corner of the country, the tropical rainforest cloaks three dramatic extinct volcanoes and, along with the contiguous Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda and Parc National des Virungas in the DRC (which together with Mgahinga form the 434-sq-km Virunga Conservation Area), this is the home of half the world’s mountain gorilla population. Elephants and buffaloes are rarely seen, but they’re also out there, and 115 species of bird flutter through the forests, including Rwenzori turaco and mountain black boo boo.
Gorilla tracking is still the main attraction here, but it’s less popular than Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, due to the one habituated family having a tendency to duck across the mountains into Rwanda or the DRC. But there’s much more on offer here than just gorillas. Mgahinga also serves up some challenging but rewarding treks and an interesting cave, plus golden monkey tracking is almost as fun as hanging out with the big boys.
Things to consider:
- Mid-range tour – Accommodated tour
- Group Tour – The tour is run for more than 2 people at a go
- Can depart any day? – This tour can depart any day
- Can be customised? – This tour can be customized
Minimun require age – Suitable for ages 16 and older
Tour Summary (See full day-by-day for more details)
- You’ll go to Uganda
- This tour starts and ends in Kampala (Uganda) – Getting there & away
- You’ll visit Kamapala (city), Mbarara (City), Kisoro (town), Mgahinga Gorilla Forest National Park
- Activities: Mountain hiking, gorilla tracking, golden monkey tracking
- Getting around: 4×4 Safari Landcruiser / Minivan
- A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra cost
You will be picked from your accommodation early in the morning at 6:30am for departure to Mgahinga National Park through the scenic views of western Uganda.
On arrival check in for dinner and overnight at Kisoro Travelers Hotel Meal plan: L-D
Start the day early for a hike to Mt Gahinga Peak which is the smallest of the Virunga Volcanoes and gets its name after the local practice of tidying the volcanic debris that clutters local farmland into neat landmarks or gahinga. The hike to this peak provides great opportunities of seeing the golden monkeys besides the beautiful scenic views. The climb and descend lasts about 6hours depending on how fast the climbers are. Please bring your hiking boots or comfortable covered shoes, insect repellent, a sun hat, packed lunch and drinking water to enhance your experience. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and learn about the land formations from your guide.
Descend to return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at: Kisoro Traveler’s Hotel- Meal plan B-L-D
After a relaxed breakfast head to Bunyoyi the place of little birds for a relaxing experience on a dugout canoe on Lake Bunyoyi Africa’s deepest lake. Lake Bunyonyi is dotted with several small islands and surrounded by steep terraced hills. Visit one of the islands and listen to the tales that gives it the name “punishment island”.
Dinner and overnight at Bushara Island. Meal plan: B-L-D
After a relaxed breakfast embark on the drive to Kampala with a stopover at the equator, drum maker’s shop and have lunch before continuing to Entebbe to catch our night flight home.
End of Safari
Prices per person are based on the number of travelers
Kisoro Travelers Hotel Meal – plan: L-D
Kisoro Traveler’s Hotel – Meal plan B-L-D
Bushara Island – Meal plan: B-L-D
Included in the price
- Ground transport
- An English speaking driver/guide
- Meals as indicated against each day
- Accommodation as indicated against each day
- A climb to Mt Mgahinga
- Park entry fees
- En-route meals
- 1litre of water while in the vehicle
- A canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi
- Entry visas and flights
- Items of personal nature/tips/laundry
- Personal insurance
- Sodas/alcohol/ teas and extra water
- Extra meals and activities