5 DAYS GORILLA – GOLDEN MONKEY TREKKING UGANDA
Golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park involves travelers hiking the forest in search of the golden monkeys in their natural habitat. The activity starts at 8 am with an orientation of what is to be expected, and travelers then head out in search of the golden monkeys using the Gahinga trail.
- Gorilla trekking
- Golden monkey trekking
Day 1: Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National park
After your early morning breakfast, you will be picked up by the guide from Prime Tours and Adventures and transfer you to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park with a stopover at the Equator for souvenir shopping, and a lunch staopover in Mbarara town at Agip motel/Cafe Havana/Shaheen restaurant. Proceed to Kisoro district through Kabale and Kisoro. Arrive at the park in the evening and check in at the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay Mondi Lodge Kisoro.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking
After your early morning breakfast, go for gorilla trekking into the forest along with your packed lunch. A day ‘trek through the forests of Mgahinga with a well-trained guide who explains the gorillas’ behaviors along the way is a lifetime experience. Normally, Gorilla trekking starts from Ntebeko Entrance gate at around 8:00am in the morning daily taking 2-4 hours. You are expected to budget for your time well while with a gorilla family since the maximum time allowed to spend with them is one hour. Dinner and overnight stay Mondi Lodge Kisoro.
Day 3: Hiking
Take your early morning breakfast, along with your packed lunch, start the hike to Mount Mgahinga. It takes around six hours to ascend and descend Mount Gahinga (3,474m), topped by a swamp-filled crater and giant lobelia. Mount Muhavura is the highest peak at 4,127m, and this 12km round trip takes around eight hours. Once at the top, hikers are rewarded on a clear day with views of the Virunga Volcanoes, Lake Edward, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the peaks of the Rwenzoris. Dinner and overnight stay Mondi Lodge Kisoro.
Day 4: Golden Monkey trekking
After your morning breakfast, start the hike through the forest for golden monkey trekking. The actual trek begins at 8:00am. Hiking through the forests to sight the golden monkeys is not so strenuous like gorilla trekking because golden monkeys live in lower areas, so tourists do not track for more than 3 hours. When you encounter the golden monkey family, they are given one hour to spend with them that is to say, take photographs and observe their behavior. Return to the lodge for lunch and relax.
In the evening, go for cultural encounters. For generations, Mgahinga’s dense forests were home to the indigenous Batwa – hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine. Now they lead visitors through the forests and introduce them to their old home – and the techniques they used to survive in it. Dinner and overnight stay Mondi Lodge Kisoro.
Day 5: Departure
After your morning breakfast, check out of the lodge. Start the journey back Kampala with a lunch stopover in Masaka town at Tropic Inn/Cafe Frikadellen/Vitamin Bar. Proceed with the journey, you will be dropped at the location of your choice in the city or at Entebbe Airport for departure flight.
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|NO. OF PAX
- 4WD safari vehicle
- Park entrance fees
- Full board accommodation
- Tour activities as per the itinerary
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Bottled drinking water in the safari vehicle
- Company of English speaking driver guide
- Flight fares
- Personal expenses
- Laundry costs
- Extra activities not in the itinerary
- Extra food and drinks