4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking & Mount Mgahinga hike
4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking & Mount Mgahinga hike tour will take you Mgahinga gorilla national park to trek endangered mountain gorillas and hike up Mount Mgahinga. Mgahinga gorilla national park is situated far south western part of Uganda in the border with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mgahinga gorilla national park is a home to one and only Nyakagezi gorilla family that is trekked by a maximum number of 8 trekkers per day though sometimes there are other gorillas that are seen crossing from the neighboring parks into Uganda. For instance earlier in 2019, Hirwa Gorilla family was seen crossing from Volcanoes national park Rwanda into Mgahinga though it later on returned home after some months. This 4 days Uganda gorilla trekking and Mount Mgahinga hike includes 4 days and 3 nights starting and ending in Kampala Uganda though it’s also very possible to start and end in Kigali Rwanda depending on the interest of traveler.
Highlights of 4 days Uganda gorilla trekking and Mount Mgahinga hike
- Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Mgahinga Gorilla national park
- Day 2: Uganda gorilla trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park
- Day 3: Mount Mgahinga Hike in Mgahinga gorilla national park
- Day 4: Return to Kampala for departures
Detailed Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Mgahinga Gorilla national park
Transfer to Mgahinga national park: Your safari driver will be at your hotel for a pick up early in the morning on day 1 of 4 days Uganda gorilla trekking and Mt Mgahinga hike, brief you about this 4 days adventure while you embark on a long distance drive towards western part of Uganda. The distance is long yes but so rewarding as you view a lot of attractions ranging from a stopover at the Equator for photo taking, viewing stunning flatlands where the Ankole people graze their cattle, encounter with the local people, a clear view of stunning and rolling Kigezi hills among others that will make this long drive more enjoyable that is worth the toil. Lunch will be enroute at Igongo cultural hotel in Mbarara city and finally complete your journey direct to Mgahinga gorilla national park where you will arrive in the late evening hours, check in your booked hotel, take a bath, enjoy your dinner and have a splendid overnight.
Meal plan: lunch and dinner
Day 2: Uganda gorilla trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park
Uganda gorilla trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park: Enjoy your heavy breakfast on day 2 of 4 days Uganda gorilla trekking and Mt Mgahinga hike, pack enough water for drinking that will keep you hydrated while in the habitat of endangered mountain gorillas, a packed lunch, some snacks, and wear your favorite gorilla trekking gear and finally meet your safari driver to be transferred to the park headquarters for a pre gorilla trekking briefing that starts at 7:00am. During the briefing, you’re free to ask as many question as position and you will surely be answered by experienced rangers. After briefing, ensure that you hire a porter and join your group of other trekkers which is maximum 8 persons as there is only one Nyakagezi gorilla family to be trekked in Mgahinga gorilla national park and start the walk into the wilderness to search for this Nyakagezi family members as they room the entire forest searching for food. The entire trek lasts between a few minutes to 5 hours but only one hour is allowed for you in close vicinity of endangered gorillas, watching them as they feed, groom each other, copulate, breast feed and many more. Once one hour elapse, trail back to the park headquarters to obtain the gorilla trekking certificate and be driven back to your lodge for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight.
Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3: Mount Mgahinga Hike in Mgahinga gorilla national park
Mount Mgahinga Hike: An early breakfast will be served on day 3 of 4 days Uganda gorilla trekking and Mt Mgahinga hike, have a lunch box packed by the hotel, pack drinking water and some snacks then head to the park heading quarters for a briefing once again but this time the briefing will be about Mount Mgahinga one of the 8 volcanoes situated in Virunga massif. Mount Mgahinga is elevated at 3,472M high is also amongst the most hiked volcanoes in Uganda the pearl of Africa. After briefing, hire a porter who will ensure that your backpack is safe at all the time while you enjoy the adventurous climb to summit the top of Mount Mgahinga. During the hike, look out for primates, mammals, bird species and identify different species of plants. While at the top of the mountain, you will be rewarded with a view of a caldera swamp which is the major reason for the Hike, view the entire Mgahinga gorilla national park and then neighboring park is the border countries including volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo. After spending enough time at the summit, start descending back to the starting point where you will be picked and returned to the lodge for a relaxed evening as you wait for dinner to be served and finally grab an overnight sleep.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
Day 3: Return to Kampala for departures
Return to Kampala for a night flight: Being the last day of your 4 days Uganda gorilla trekking and Mount Mgahinga hike and in consideration of your flight details, ensure that you wake as early as possible, have breakfast, check out of the lodge and immediately jump into the vehicle to start the long journey from Mgahinga gorilla national park back to Kampala. Enroute lunch at Igongo cultural hotel in Mbarara and upon arrival in Kampala, you will directly be dropped off at Entebbe international airport or any other preferred location with in Kampala or Entebbe and your safari will be done.
Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch
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Inclusive in 4 days Uganda gorilla trekking and Mount Mgahinga hike
- Pick up and drop off
- A 4×4 safari vehicle
- English speaking safari guide / Driver
- Gorilla trekking permit
- Mount Mgahinga hiking permit
- All meals as per the Itinerary
- Accommodation for 3 nights in Mgahinga gorilla national park
- Enough drinking water while on safari
Exclusive 4 days Uganda gorilla trekking and Mount Mgahinga hike
- Visa and air ticket
- Optional and additional activities
- Additional accommodation before or after the safari
- Porter hire
- Other personal expenses