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4 Days Gorillas and Volcanoes
4 Days Gorillas and Volcanoes
Overview

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1:Travel to Bwindi
  2. Early morning after breakfast at 0630hrs we will head to South West of Uganda. The first part of the journey takes us through central Uganda, and proceed through to Mbarara where we will have lunch, we continue on the last stretch through a beautiful landscape also defined as the “Switzerland of Africa”: mountains, lakes, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, taking in the vast planes between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, with the Virunga volcanoes dominating the view. At the bottom of the valley is Kisoro, where we will stay at the famous Gorilla Friends resort.

    Accommodation; Gorilla Friends resort

  3. Day 2:Gorilla tracking
  4. After breakfast, we will travel to Nkuringo, in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP (1hr) where we will have a briefing at the starting point at exactly 0700hrs. After briefing the trackers will start walking through the thick forest and the walk can take 2-4 hours depending on the location of the gorillas. After the gorillas have been sported the tourists are allowed one hour to view them and taking loads of pictures. Tourist are advised to carry with them a rainy jacket and trainer boots. After the tracking we will head to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation after the tracking.

    Accommodation; crater bay cottages

  5. Day 3:In Kisoro
  6. The 3rd day will be spent in and around Kisoro, Visitors on the Luxury Tour will travel from Bwindi Impenetrable NP to Kisoro on the day (± 5 hours’ drive through beautiful landscapes).

    In Kisoro we have developed a number of very interesting activities in close collaboration with local organizations and the National Park. All the activities can be done individually or in groups.

    They include:

    1. Gorilla tracking in Mgahinga (1 day). NB: the gorilla in Mgahinga move around so the Uganda Wildlife Authority doesn’t sell permits in advance – you have to take your chance once you are in Kisoro.
    2. Gorilla tracking in Rwanda. NB: if you are going for the 2nd gorilla trek in Rwanda you will be transferring to Rwanda on day 2 after trekking in Uganda, and spend a night there. After the trekking you will cross back to Kisoro (1 day).
    3. Climbing Muhavura Volcano (± 8 hrs; distance 12km; height 4127m; elevation gain 1700m).
    4. Visit to Sabinyo Gorge (± 4 hrs; distance 6km, no elevation gains).
    5. Climbing Sabinyo Volcano (Sabinyo has three peaks, you can climb all three in the same walk, but you need to be fit!! ± 8 hrs; distance 14 km; height 3669m, elevation gain 1300 m).
    6. Hiking in Mgahinga to the viewpoint and Garama Cave (pygmy cave) (± 4 hrs; distance 1 and 4 km).
    7. Bird walk in Mgahinga (start at 10am, it can last until 4-5pm).
    8. Cultural village walk (with a local guide walking through the land of the Bufumbira tribe)
    9. Walk to Lake Mutanda. Visit Python island and go canoeing on this beautiful lake
    10. Batwa Trail: It starts at the base of Mt Muhavura at 8.00 am and finishes by 3-4 pm. You’ll need walking shoes, hat, and raingear, and a packed lunch with sufficient drinks. The Batwa Trail runs across the lower slopes of the Muhavura and Gahinga volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The forest is home to a variety of wildlife but the Batwa Trail is far from being a conventional nature walk. With the help of Batwa guides, you’ll see the forest as a larder, pharmacy, builder’s yard, tool kit and, above all a home. Along the trail, you’ll fire a bow and arrow, check hives for wild honey, help repair a Batwa shelter, harvest plants for medicine and food, light a fire without a matches, listen to legends and learn about Batwa traditions. The highlight of the trail is a descent into the Garama cave, a 200m-long lava tube beneath Mt. Gahinga. The Batwa are famed for their music and dance and their historic, subterranean council chamber in Garama Cave provides the setting for an unforgettable performance. The Batwa trail is celebration of the forest culture of the “‘first people.” It is impossible, however, to ignore the fact that Batwa life has greatly changed. The day’s events conclude with a discussion about the Batwa’s current situation; how it can be improved; and progress to date towards doing so.
  7. Day 4:In Kisoro
  8. Early in the morning after breakfast you will travel back to Kampala. On the way back to the city you will have lunch in Mbarara town, and after Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee.

    We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe – or, if you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight.

    Driving time: ± 9 hours

    Activities involved;

    1. Gorilla trekking
    2. Birding
    3. Batwa Cultural walk
    4. Bafumbira Cultural village walk
    5. Boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi
    6. Nature walk (Forest walks / Hiking)
    7. Buhoma Community Walks
    8. Visiting Lake Mutanda
    9. Climbing Sabinyo volcano

    Accommodation; Murchison river lodge.

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