4 Day Gorillas and Golden Monkey Safari
On this 4 Day Gorillas and Golden Monkey Safari, you will be able to explore the beauty of Mgahinga Gorilla Park for its gorilla trekking and golden monkey trekking safari. If you are interested in hiking any of the Volcanoes say Sabyinyo, Gahinga, and Muhavura, you can choose to extend your stay.
Day 1: Transfer to Kisoro – Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Today after your breakfast your driver-guide will transfer you to Kisoro – Uganda at the base of the Virunga Volcanoes. Enjoy the winding roads of the ‘thousand hills’ and magnificent views of the Volcanoes. Depending on the time you arrive, you will spend some time at leisure in preparation for all the trekking and hiking in the days to come.
Accommodation: Lake Mulehe Safari lodge, Lake Chahafi Lodge
Today you will be transferred to the briefing point inside the park to learn about how to behave and interact with the gorillas in the wild. The ranger guide will then lead you to start your gorilla trek in the park.
After hiking some distance depending on the location of the gorillas, you will sight them and spend up to 1 hour with them watching them interact with each other and have their feeding and siesta time.
After your one hour with the gorillas, you will then start your descent back to the briefing point and later your lodge. The experience in this jungle and meeting these enormous creatures will stay with you for life even as you take in the beautiful scenery in his area. Please note that Mgahinga Gorilla national park is in the Volcanoes you need to be relatively fit to enjoy the experience.
Day 3: Golden Monkey trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park
After an early breakfast, your driver-guide will transfer you to the briefing point where the golden monkey trekking starts. Just like the previous day, you receive a briefing from the ranger guide who will share information on what to expect while in the Virunga volcanoes searching for the golden monkeys.
After this short brief, you will then start your hike up in search of the golden monkeys, found only in the Virunga ranges of Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo. Porters are available for those interested and an enforcement officer will join you to help in case you meet the wild buffaloes and Elephants which can be dangerous.
Golden monkeys are swift in their movements unlike the gorillas and you will follow them as they feed. They love feeding on bamboo shoots among other foods like fruits, vegetation, and sometimes ants. You are only allowed to spend 1 hour with the golden monkeys before you start your descent back to the starting point and continue the journey to your lodge or any other activity you have organized for the day.
Day 4: Departure via Kigali – Rwanda
We hope you have had an adventure-filled stay exploring Mgahinga gorilla national park. Today morning after your breakfast, the driver guide will transfer you to Kigali city and you proceed to the airport for your flight home. Thank you for visiting Uganda with us.
End of 4 Day Gorillas and Golden Monkey Safari
Gorilla Trekking Tips
- Pace yourself and drink plenty of water.
- Eating, drinking, and smoking near the gorillas are forbidden. Your ranger guide will communicate the designated time and place for such.
- We encourage you to carry a rain poncho
- Waterproof walking shoes or hiking boots are essential.
- Gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants
- Long trousers and long-sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest to avoid insect stings.
- Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash
- Porters are available to help you carry your day pack for a minimum fee of $20 or 60,000 Ugx
- Gorilla tracking permit
- Golden monkey trekking permit
- Ground transport
- Bottled water in the safari vehicle
- Full board accommodation for three nights
- Service of an English-speaking driver-guide
- All mentioned activities except for the optional ones
Tour Excludes; Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry, etc. Tips to porters and driver/ guide Insurance.