During the 4 Day Mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey safari, we see that the recreation centre takes its name from “Gahinga” – the neighbourhood word for the heaps of volcanic stones cleared from farmland at the foot of the volcanoes. The British organization pronounced the region an amusement haven in 1930; it was gazetted as a National Park in 1991.
Mgahinga has one habituated trans-limit gorilla gathering. The Batwa were independent – and guests can perceive how amid an entrancing visit with a Batwa manual for taking in the mysteries of the backwoods. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the mists, at a height of somewhere in the range of 2,227m and 4,127m. As its name proposes, it was made to secure the uncommon mountain gorillas that possess its thick backwoods, and it is likewise an essential living space for the jeopardized brilliant monkey.
And also being imperative for natural life, the recreation centre additionally has an immense social centrality, specifically for the indigenous Batwa dwarfs. This clan of seeker gatherers was the backwoods’ “first individuals”, and their old learning of its mysteries stays unrivalled.
Mgahinga’s most striking highlights are it’s three tapered, wiped out volcanoes, some portion of the tremendous Virunga Range that lies along the fringe area of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. Mgahinga frames some portion of the significantly bigger Virunga Conservation Area which incorporates contiguous stops in these nations. The volcanoes’ inclines contain different environments and are naturally assorted, and their pinnacles give a striking setting to this stunning view.
Day 1: Kampala to 4 Day Mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey experience safari
Our driver guide will pick you from your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala and will brief you about your trip. We shall then provide you with the necessary gear and paperwork. We then head to Mgahinga National Park in southwestern Uganda Approximately 9-10 hours with some stopovers at the equator, Mpambire royal drum makers to witness how drums are made from skins and wood. We shall then have lunch in Mbarara after we take a scenic drive to Kisoro district starting with the flatlands of Ntungamo, and the rolling hills of Kabale to terraced hills and meandering roads to KisoroDistrick. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you sit back and admire the Kigezi highlands, the sloppy terraces of Kisoro, thousands of plantations on the roadside, views of the Virunga ranges and various lakes. You will arrive in time for a short relaxation, dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga
After early morning breakfast, our driver will drive you to Mgahinga National Park headquarters arriving in time for briefing. Your passport details will be required to make sure that you are eligible to trek mountain gorillas. This will be followed by a briefing from one of the UWA rangers about gorilla trekking, dos and don’ts and instructions to be followed on the trek, with the gorillas and after the trek. You will then be led to the forest to search for the mountain gorillas. Mgahinga National Park has only one habituated mountain gorilla family called Nyakagezi which used to move between Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park but it is now permanently resident in Uganda. Once you find Nyakagezi Family, you will be allowed one hour with the gorillas and then return back to the Lodge for your overnight.
Day 3: Golden monkey experience or Golden Monkey trekking
After breakfast, you will transfer to Mgahinga National Park headquarters for either full day golden monkey habituation experience or half day golden monkey trekking. You will be briefed about the dos and don’ts while with golden monkeys and then proceed to the mountain/forest for your trek. You will be allowed enough time with researchers if you choose to do golden monkey experience and only one hour if you choose to do golden monkey trekking. You may go for golden monkey tracking alongside other primates or you can go hiking on any of the volcanic peaks of your choice. This requires fitness and an early start. Go for a least stressing hike on Gahinga which also offers a chance of spotting golden monkeys and forest birds. Or you can hike Muhabura the highest peak in about nine hours. Another option is the Batwa trail – enjoy their cultural dance and drama. Return to your lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Transfer to Entebbe International Airport
Enjoy breakfast and drive to back to Kampala. This marks the end of your 4 Day Mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey experience safari. You will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport for your departure flight out of Uganda.
- Photography and touring
- Monkey & Gorilla trekking permits
- Full board accommodation,
- Full-time English speaking professional driver/guide
- All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary
- Bottled water while on safari
- Transport (4X4 safaris van with pop up, Wi-Fi and Ac)
- Kampala hotel fees( the eve of the safari and the night after the safari)
- Laundry services
- Beverages/ drinks
- International flights
- Items of a personal nature
- Optional activities and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary