6 Days / 5 Nights

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Expedition

Arrive/Entebbe – Lake Mutanda – Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – Entebbe/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Pineapple Guest House Entebbe Entebbe Day 1 Day 2 B&B 1 Night
Chameleon Hill Lodge Lake Mutanda Day 2 Day 4 FB 2 Nights
Mount Gahinga Lodge Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Day 4 Day 6 FB 2 Nights
Not Included Transfer for International  flight back Day 6 Day 6 Breakfast Not Included

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 1: PINEAPPLE GUEST HOUSE ENTEBBE, ENTEBBE

Entebbe

Situated on a peninsula in Lake Victoria, the former seat of Uganda’s government, Entebbe is just a short drive from the current capital and offers plenty to keep visitors amused. This charming town features tree-lined streets and serves as an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area.

Tourists can look forward to spending days on beautiful beaches along the banks of Lake Victoria, stroll through the fields and forests of the magnificent Botanical Gardens, or pay a visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a haven for country’s orphaned chimps.

Day Itinerary

Upon arrival, met and by our Uganda safari guide will welcome you with a brief after which you will be transferred to Pineapple Guest House for an overnight stay. BB

Overnight: Pineapple Guest House Entebbe

Basis

Bed and Breakfast
Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included

DAY 2: CHAMELEON HILL LODGE, LAKE MUTANDA

Lake Mutanda

Situated in Uganda, Lake Mutanda is a small freshwater lake sandwiched between the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in the Virunga Mountains.

Set against a misty mountain backdrop, the picturesque lake is dotted with islands, and the surrounding landscape is scattered with wetland ecosystems and lakeside forests stretching up the mountain slopes which provide a safe habitat for the endangered mountain gorilla.

Visitors can look forward to gorilla tracking, bird watching, lake lounging, volcano hiking, and paddling in a traditional dugout canoe.

Day Itinerary

Will have breakfast after which you will be transferred back to Entebbe international  airport to take your domestic flight  to Kisoro airstrip located where you will received and transferred to the lodge patched on edges of Lake Mutanda. Full board

Overnight: Chameleon Hill Lodge   

Located on the shores of one of East Africa’s most beautiful lakes – Lake Mutanda, visitors will enjoy spectacular views across the lake with its islands and surrounding hills. Chameleon Hill and its breathtaking surrounding scenery offer a variety of different activities and the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure.

Accommodation at Chameleon Hill Lodge comprises of 10 chalets. All chalets provide unobstructed views across the lake. The chalets are individually furnished and have essential features for a comfortable stay.

Common areas at Chameleon Hill Lodge include the wooden deck with picturesque views of the surroundings, and a modern lounge with a fireplace and library. Also featured at the lodge is a restaurant serving international cuisine with some African touches.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included

DAY 3: CHAMELEON HILL LODGE, LAKE MUTANDA

Lake Mutanda

As previously described

Day Itinerary

The day will be opened with hot coffee and later transfer to the briefing site and allocation of gorilla families. You will go into the forest looking the gentle giants and along the trials you may see birds, other primates’ colobus monkeys. Upon meeting the family allocated, you have an hour to appreciate the wildlife of mountain Gorillas. Later you will return to the lodge for relaxation and overnight stay. FB

Activities

Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Trekking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Wake early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla trekking. Before 08hr00, report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers. The guides will then take you through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, to track the gorillas. (Please note this trek can take from 30minutes to 5-6hours).

A reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them ‘talk’ to one another, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the Silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left.

Overnight: Chameleon Hill Lodge   

Located on the shores of one of East Africa’s most beautiful lakes – Lake Mutanda, visitors will enjoy spectacular views across the lake with its islands and surrounding hills. Chameleon Hill and its breathtaking surrounding scenery offer a variety of different activities and the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure.

Accommodation at Chameleon Hill Lodge comprises of 10 chalets. All chalets provide unobstructed views across the lake. The chalets are individually furnished and have essential features for a comfortable stay.

Common areas at Chameleon Hill Lodge include the wooden deck with picturesque views of the surroundings, and a modern lounge with a fireplace and library. Also featured at the lodge is a restaurant serving international cuisine with some African touches.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included

DAY 4: MOUNT GAHINGA LODGE, MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Located in south-western Uganda, in the Kisoro District, the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area. This wilderness sanctuary was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests.

The striking landscape boasts three conical volcanoes which are a part of the magnificent Virunga Range that fringes Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo. Aside from the main attraction which is the mountain gorillas, the park is home to buffaloes, elephants, endangered golden monkeys and many of bird species. The three extinct volcanoes offer plenty of hiking trails.

Day Itinerary

This day you will wake to the coolest breeze on the foothills of the Lake Mutanda to Uganda’s smallest conservation area of Mgahinga Forest National Park a home to the Mountain Gorillas and the endangered Golden Monkeys.

You will arrive in time for lunch and later relax in the afternoon  or take (optional Nature walk)  FB

Overnight: Mount Gahinga Lodge     

Nestled at the base of the Virunga Volcanoes, Mount Gahinga Lodge is a stunning luxury adventure lodge hidden in the southern corner of Uganda. Its rustic charm is inspired by traditional design and building techniques.

Mount Gahinga Lodge is the perfect base to go gorilla tracking, track the rare golden monkey, climb a volcano, and walk through local villages and most of all to share the culture of the Batwa, the oldest inhabitants of the Central African rain forest.

The lodge with its beautiful living room, sun room and terrace has fantastic views of the volcanoes and the Kisoro valley below. The luxury bandas reflect the magic of the aesthetic traditions of the Bufimbira people, with their distinct colours. Each Banda has an ensuite luxury shower room, fireplace and private porch. A new Deluxe Banda has been launched in 2018 and a further one has been launched in June 2019.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included

DAY 5:  MOUNT GAHINGA LODGE, MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

As previously described

Day Itinerary

This day you will wake to the coolest breeze on the foothills of the Gahinga Mountain. You will be transferred to the briefing point as you head out on a hike to explore the ragged volcanic mountain and Uganda’s smallest National Park. You see will lots of birds and some primates as you trek looking for endangered golden Monkeys. Later you will return to the lodge for an overnight stay. FB

Activities

Golden Monkey Trekking – Uganda

With only a small number remaining in the world, the Golden Monkey can be found in the foothills of the volcanic mountains of Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Characterized by its bright golden body, cheeks and tail, with contrasting black limbs, crown and tail end, these playful primates are a pleasure to watch.

Whether you choose to do this on the Rwandan or Ugandan side, the walk will take you from the bamboo stands and forested gorge on the lower levels of the volcanoes to the elevated heath and moorland higher up.

Overnight: Mount Gahinga Lodge   

Nestled at the base of the Virunga Volcanoes, Mount Gahinga Lodge is a stunning luxury adventure lodge hidden in the southern corner of Uganda. Its rustic charm is inspired by traditional design and building techniques.

Mount Gahinga Lodge is the perfect base to go gorilla tracking, track the rare golden monkey, climb a volcano, walk through local villages and most of all to share the culture of the Batwa, the oldest inhabitants of the Central African rain forest. The lodge with its beautiful living room, sun room and terrace has fantastic views of the volcanoes and the Kisoro valley below.

The luxury bandas reflect the magic of the aesthetic traditions of the Bufimbira people, with their distinct colours. Each Banda has an ensuite luxury shower room, fireplace and private porch. A new Deluxe Banda has been launched in 2018 and a further one has been launched in June 2019.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast
Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included

DAY 6: END OF ITINERARY

Day Itinerary

This day you will have breakfast and check out to be transferred to Kisoro airstrip for scheduled domestic flight back to Entebbe arriving approx. 1150hrs as you will later connect with international flight.

Basis

Breakfast

Included

  • Transfers
  • Return domestic flight
  • Ground transportation
  • English speaking guide
  • Gorilla tracking
  • Golden Monkeys
  • All activities highlighted in the Itinerary

Excluded

  • Tourist Visa ($50)
  • International airfares
  • Premium beverages
  • Tips gratuities
  • Items bought for personal use
  • Change of program with new activities (Optional and new suggestions)

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