The 3 days Gorilla Safari to Mgahinga takes you through the gorilla trekking experience in the three of the eight Virunga volcanoes namely Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo. The transfer to the destination is awesome marked by impressive rangelands with rolling savannah combretum before approaching the rolling hills of Kigezi that have earned it the tittle of the Switzerland of Africa. The gorilla trekking n Mgahinga is interesting and a different experience from trekking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Day 1: Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Day 2: Do gorilla trekking
Day 3: Transfer back to Kampala
Day 1:Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
After breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala, embark on the drive to the south west of Uganda – Mgahinga National Park 519km about 10 hours’ drive. The drive will involve a stop at the equator 77km from Kampala for amazing water experiments that justifies the geographical divide of the north and southern hemispheres and a lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center 12km to Mbarara town. The range lands of Ankole and the impressive Kigezi highlands will give you amazing scenic views along your drive. You will arrive in Kisoro area in the evening for relaxation and overnight.
Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Mucha Hotel (Midrange/Standard) or Amajambere iwacu Camp (Budget/Basic).
Day 2:Do gorilla trekking
After an early breakfast, gather at the park headquarters Ntebeko or on Muhabura side depending on the location of gorillas for briefing at 8:00am. After attending to a short briefing by a park ranger or warden, you will embark on the gorilla trekking encounter that will involve hiking the steep slopes of the volcanoes traversing the dense forested landscape walking along narrow gorges before coming across the frightening mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. You have one full hour to maximize your experience with gorillas after which you will embark on descend to the starting point. The gorilla trekking activity ranges between 2 – 8 hours. Retire for relaxation and overnight.
You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.
Day 3:Transfer back to Kampala
After breakfast, embark on the transfer back to Kampala with a lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center and another stop at Mpambire Drum making village to witness the traditional art of drum making before continuing to arrive in Kampala in the evening.
End of safari:
- Scientific Name: Rock hyrax (Procavia capensis), yellow-spotted hyrax (Heterohyrax brucei), tree hyrax (Dendrohyrax dorsalis)
- Size: 12 inches at the shoulder
- Weight: 5 to 9 pounds
- Lifespan: 12 years
- Habitat: Dry savanna to dense rain forest
- Diet: Herbivorous
- Gestation: 7 months
- Predators: Leopard, pythons, large birds, servals, civets