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Mount Mgahinga Gorillas National Park Trekking Adventure - 4 Days

Mount Mgahinga is a dormant/extinct volcano in the Virunga Mountains on the border between Rwanda and Uganda. Mount Gahinga, also known in the local Kinyarwanda/Rufumbira dialect as “a small pile of stones”, has a swampy caldera on its peak.

The 4 Days Gorilla trekking Safari takes you to mgahinga gorillas national park, which is home to one of the gorillas family making gorilla trekking a must do activity while at the park. Mgahinga is part of the greater Bwindi forest, noted to protect like 400 individual mountain gorillas now very famous for gorilla trekking safaris and expeditions. More activities to encounter at this park include the bird watching, nature walk safaris, and the Batwa cultural performances.

While visiting Mgahinga Gorilla National ParkYou can shoot two birds with one stone by using your gorilla trekking experience to simultaneously trek golden monkeys. These primates are small and fast which makes golden monkey trekking a rather active adventure. The activity takes about 4 hours per session during which you are allowed the opportunity to view, take photos of the primates before heading back to your lodge or camp.

The habituated family of these monkeys is about 6 in number and they have due to the habituation process grown fond and less evasive of human presence in their sanctuary. The route you take to find the monkeys may be akin to that which they tread looking for young bamboo branches; a hike through the bamboo forest.

Before the area on which mgahinga gorilla national park was set aside for the purpose of being a gorilla national park, the Batwa or African pygmies lived and thrived in these forests and mountains as hunter gatherers. They were later displaced but some of them still live around the park to participate in the tourism industry as porters and guides.

They are also entitled to a portion of the tourism proceeds and a tip for their guide services will be welcome. A Batwa trail experience is an activity that takes you through their history and transition over time. The Garama Cave, a very sacred piece of Batwa history is a good place to start. It is in this cave that they were able to hide from Bantu invasion many years back. The ease with which they bustle through the forest and glide uphill is awe striking and a reminder that east or west, home is best to the Batwa.

Overview

The 4 Days Gorilla trekking Safari takes you to mgahinga gorillas national park, which is home to one of the gorillas family. Mgahinga is part of the greater Bwindi forest, noted to protect like 400 individual mountain gorillas now very famous for gorilla trekking safaris and expeditions. More activities to encounter at this park include the bird watching, nature walk safaris, and the Batwa cultural performances.

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1. Arrival at Kigali International Airport

Arrival at Kigali International Airport. You will be warmly welcomed by our representative outside customs and immigration hall and introduced to your driver guide. Transfer to Kigali Serena hotel and assisted with check in. Tour briefing will be conducted at the lobby. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2
Day 2. City tour of Kigali then transfer to the Cyanika border to Mgahinga national park

After early breakfast at the hotel, you will check out and settle all extras.
08h 00: Visit the Kigali Genocide memorial. This is the city’s best known landmark, and with good reason, is the very insightful. The memorial sets out the history leading up to the genocide in Rwanda. It includes poignant displays of victims’ photographs and belongings, bringing the realities of the atrocities to life. While it might seem an unusual tourist attraction and can be upsetting, it does help to put into context how and why the genocide happened and to better appreciate just how far the country has moved on together in the intervening years. It also plays a vital role in educating Rwanda’s new and future generations about the genocide.
10h00: Have a leisurely drive to Cyanika border. Stop for early lunch at the Muhabura restaurant.
Continue drive, immigration procedures. Drive for another hour to Mount Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. Arrive at the lodge. Check in. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3
Day 3. Mgahinga National Park Gorillas Trekking & cultural experience

After an early breakfast and briefing from the park guides, set off for the mountains gorilla tracking inside the forest with rangers and porters. You will need to carry drinking water, rain jacket and jungle boots while the rangers will provide you with a walking stick. Gorilla tracking is one of the unique activities you will enjoy while photographing and observing the gorillas. After tracking, come back to the lodge for late lunch. This afternoon, you will depart for the Batwa people village tour. You will get a glimpse of the daily life of the pygmies. During this tour, the Batwa demonstrate hunting techniques; gather honey, point out medicinal plants and demonstrate bamboo cups. You will then return to the lodge in the evening. There is also a 30 minute complimentary massage included in the package.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 4
Day 4. Mgahinga National Park to Cyanika then back to Kigali

Early breakfast at the lodge and check out. Proceed to cyanika Border. Customs and immigration procedures then continue via Musanze to Kigali. Arrive and have lunch at the Heaven restaurant. You will later visit the Inema arts center, Kimironko market and Haute Baso.

Cost Includes

  • • Airport transfer on the first day and on the last day.
  • • Accommodation at all the lodges and hotels mentioned in itinerary
  • • Half board basis at the Kigali Serena (Club)
  • • Meals as shown (HB – Half board, FB-Full board-Lunch, dinner, Bed and breakfast)
  • • Exclusive use of a safarilandcruiser 4x4 vehicles with WI-FI in Uganda
  • • Services of a professional and experienced English speaking safari driver guide
  • • Bottled mineral water in the vehicle during the tour
  • • Rates at Mount Gahinga Lodge include: accommodation and meals, house alcoholic drinks (excludes
  • premium drinks), soft drinks, laundry services, any activities at the lodges, 1 30 minute complimentary massage per guest per stay.
  • • 1 Gorilla permits per person (US$ 700.)
  • • All visits and extra meals where mentioned

Cost Excludes

  • • International and domestic airline tickets unless where indicated,
  • • entry visa fees to Uganda
  • • optional extras whilst in Kigali
  • • drinks throughout the trip,
  • • tips and gratuities,
  • • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, mini bar, porter-age, travel insurance, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How much does it cost to see gorillas?

A gorilla permit costs $700 in Uganda, $ 400 in Congo and $1,500 in Rwanda collected by Park Officials. When you book with us, we handle all permit acquisitions. Our full tour price includes the permit, transportation, accommodations, most meals and excellent service by an English-speaking guide. Some ‘discount’ services you may see will instruct you to procure a permit and your own way via public transportation to Bwindi, Uganda. This is not advisable. Please use a tour operator in order to have a successful safari. You may think it’s a cheap gorilla tour but in the end, it can turn out to be expensive indeed.

What is accommodation like while on a Gorillas trekking Safari?

All of our tours are flexible about a budget, mid-range or luxury accommodation – you can chose what’s right for you for the price. All accommodations have clean and safe running water,Self contained.

“Budget” – Accommodation such as simple guesthouses or dormitory rooms are available in many cities in East Africa, but choosing this standard can make a big difference in the price of the tour.

“Mid-range” – Pallid Safaris tour consultants are well versed with this destination and have the ability to choose the best accommodation of this standard. This is your best option for comfortable, self-contained (‘en suite’) accommodation set in stunning locations that don’t cost a fortune.

“Semi-luxe” – Accommodation falling in this category is more comfortable than the mid-range. The locations are similar, but the details are further refined. These lodges often have a swimming pool, as well.

“Luxury” – The luxurious accommodation is fully equipped, comfortable and usually more spacious than the mid-range options. They often have facilities like swimming pools, masseurs and sometimes even private butlers.

What time of clothing do i need to bring?

While hiking in the forest, it is best to keep your skin covered. Rain jackets are recommended as afternoon showers can occur any time of the year. We provide our guests with complete packing lists and discuss clothing tips we have learned in hiking these forests over the years.

Is there an age limit for Gorillas Trekking?

The age limit for gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda is 15 years of age and democratic republic of congo is 14 years. While it’s possible for you to have an excellent gorilla safari with your kids, sometimes its rather hard.

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