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5 Days Golden Monkey & Gorilla Trekking Adventure

5 Days Golden Monkey & Gorilla Trekking Adventure

Safari overview

The five-day gorilla and golden monkey monitoring safari takes you to a natural gorilla sanctuary and Uganda’s smallest national park known as Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which is located in the country’s southwestern corner. Mountain gorillas, and also golden monkeys, call this park home.

This adventure will carry you from Kampala to Kabale and Kisoro, passing through the Ankole Masaka corridor’s scenic and flat awe-inspiring landscapes. You will also get a lifetime opportunity to meet the Batwa, who used to be fruit gatherers and hunters before the Mgahinga forest was designated as a National Park.

Highlights

  • Arrival
  • Drive to Mgahinga Gorilla NP
  • Golden monkey trekking
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Boat cruise
  • Transfer back to Kampala.

Summarized Itinerary

Day Destination Hour  Kilometers
1 Arrival and pick-up from Entebbe International Airport  1 30
2 Move to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park through the Equator. 9-10 498
3 Gorilla trekking and a cultural visit to the Batwa Trail 4-5 210
4 Golden Monkey Monitoring (Experiential) and Lake Mutanda Boat Cruise 2-3 112.1
5 Transfer back to Entebbe 9-10 498

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and pick-up on day one

Our driver guide will pick you up from Entebbe International Airport and welcome you to the Pearl of Africa. He’ll drive you to the cabin, where you’ll have dinner and spend the night.

Entebbe International Airport

Entebbe International Airport

Accommodation
Budget: Tilapia Lodge
Mid-range: Friends Beach Hotel

Day 2: Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park via the Equator.

Early in the morning, get a cup of tea, and then leave Kampala for Kisoro, which is a 9 to 10-hour trip. You will cross through Buganda territory, and make a stopover at the Equator in Kayabwe town for a lifetime remembrance photo. Uganda Equator KayabweUganda Equator – Kayabwe

Then you’ll head to the Igongo Cultural Center for lunch. After lunch, you’ll go across Ntungamo’s flat landscapes to Kabale’s peaks, then into Kisoro’s winding paths. When you arrive at your hotel, sign in for dinner and a night’s stay.

Accommodation
Budget: Mgahinga Rest Camp/ Amajember Iwacu Community Camp
Mid-range: Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro
luxury: Mt.Gahinga Lodge/ Mutanda Lake Resort

Day 3: Gorilla trekking and a cultural visit to the Batwa Trail

In the early morning, get an early breakfast and bring a packed lunch with you; the guide will take you to the Mgahinga National Park headquarters for the briefing. To ensure that you can trek mountain gorillas, your passport information will be requested before the briefing.

You will be given information on gorilla trekking, like dos and don’ts, as well as directions to obey when on the trek, with the gorillas, and afterward. Then you’ll be guided into the jungle to look for mountain gorillas.

Just one habituated mountain gorilla family, called Nyakagezi, lives in Mgahinga National Park. It used to migrate between Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park, but it is now a permanent resident in Uganda.

On an encounter with the Gorilla Family, you’ll have a magical 1-hour with these endangered primate species also visit the Batwa groups in the afternoon and immerse yourself in their culture through dances and traditional performances plus learn how they survive in the jungle.

Young mountain gorilla eating, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Retreat to your Lodge for refreshment and overnight.

Accommodation
Budget: Mgahinga Rest Camp/ Amajember Iwacu Community Camp
Mid-range: Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro
luxury: Mt.Gahinga Lodge/ Mutanda Lake Resort

Day 4: Golden Monkey Monitoring (Experiential) and Lake Mutanda Boat Cruise

Breakfast first thing in the morning, grab a sandwich, then travel to the park headquarters for a briefing. The golden monkey tracking experience will be led into the forest by ranger guides. Unlike the other one-hour experience, this one will provide you with a four-hour meeting with these rare species found only in the Virunga ranges.

Drive to Lake Mutanda in the evening for a boat ride on the Volcanic Crater Lake after which you head back to the Lodge for dinner and an overnight stop.

Accommodation
Budget: Mgahinga Rest Camp/ Amajember Iwacu Community Camp
Mid-range: Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro
luxury: Mt.Gahinga Lodge/ Mutanda Lake Resort

Day 5: Transfer back to Entebbe

The tour will conclude with a move to Entebbe International Airport or a hotel on this day. Before being dropped off at your destination of Entebbe International Airport, you can take a picture pause at the Equator.

End of the safari. Thanks for choosing Friendly Gorillas Safaris

Prices / included services.

Pricing for 5 Days Golden Monkey & Gorilla experience
Persons 1 Person 2-3 Persons 4-5 Persons 6 Persons and more
Budget $1980 $ 1640 $1380 $1270
Midrange $2940 $ 2610 $ 2450 $ 2100
Luxury $ 4800 $ 4510 $ 4300 $ 4100

Included in this safari:

  • 4 WD Vehicle – with a pop–up roof
  • A professional Driver guide.
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Golden monkey trekking permit
  • Park entrance fees
  • All ground transportation and fuel
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • All activities/services as per itinerary
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Exclusions of the safari:

  • Visas
  • International airfares
  • Activities/services not included in the itinerary.
  • Alcoholic drinks/wines, Laundry, and any other service of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance and other activities

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