Uganda Gorilla And Sabinyo Volcano Hiking Safari

This particular safari includes mountain gorilla trekking and a day Sabinyo volcano hiking

4 Days Uganda Gorilla And Sabinyo Volcano Hiking Safari

The 4 Days Uganda gorilla trekking and Sabinyo volcano hiking safari is one of the short most interesting Uganda safari that takes adventure lovers to Mgahinga gorilla national park the Uganda’s smallest park for an adventurous mountain gorilla trekking and a day Sabyinyo volcano hiking. Mgahinga gorilla national park is situated at the stream ends of southwestern Uganda along the Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo border of Uganda and Rwanda and Uganda and DR Congo encompasses three of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga conservation area namely; Mount Sabinyo, Mount Gahinga, Mount Muhabura, that are one of the best volcanoes to hike with in a day, a beautiful home to the golden monkeys and mountain gorillas and the only national park in Uganda where you can encounter both mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Mgahinga gorilla national park is also home to the Batwa pygmy people one of the Africa’s remaining bush people as they refer to themselves as the “Keepers of the forests”. This particular safari includes mountain gorilla trekking and a day Sabinyo volcano hiking.

Highlights of the 4 Days Uganda Gorilla and Sabinyo volcano hiking safari

Day 1: Pick up from Kampala or Entebbe international airport – Meet and greet and transfer to Mgahinga gorilla national park

Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking – Evening boat canoeing

Day 3: Mount Sabinyo volcano hiking – Spend your evening relaxing

Day 4: Mgahinga gorilla national park – Return to Kampala / Entebbe airport

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Pick up from Kampala city or Entebbe airport – Transfer to Mgahinga gorilla national park

On this first day of your 4 Days Uganda Gorilla and Sabinyo volcano hiking safari, early in the morning (0600 am) after having breakfast, or on your arrival at Entebbe International airport with early morning plane latest (1000 am), you will be met by your allocated safari guide for a meet and greet, a short briefing on your 4 Days Uganda Gorilla and Sabinyo volcano hiking safari and thereafter, start your journey to Mgahinga gorilla national park for mountain gorilla trekking and Mount Sabinyo volcano hiking. Your journey to Mgahinga gorilla national park will include several stopovers to see different interesting things and to stretch your muscles with the first stopover at the Equator to take some memorial photos, seeing the amazing water experiment that shows the movement of forces on both of the planet, have a cup of coffee and then continue with your journey to Igongo cultural center to have refreshments, lunch, visit the traditional museum with vast information about people and lifestyle of western Uganda. After lunch, proceed with your 4 Days Uganda Gorilla and Sabinyo volcano hiking safari through Kigazi islands while enjoying the great views of the lovely landscape, terraced farmlands and forested hills to Mgahinga gorilla national park where you will reach in the evening to check in at booked lodge to freshen yourself, have dinner and an overnight.

Accommodations options; Lake Mutanda Resort (Luxury), Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge (Mid-range), Lake Chahafi Lodge (Standard)

Meal plan; Lunch / Dinner

Day 2: Mgahinga gorilla national park – Mountain gorilla trekking safari – Evening boat canoeing

After being served breakfast (0600 am) have your packed lunch, drinking water and all your required mountain gorilla trekking gears we recommended to you search as light but long sleeved attire, waterproof hiking shoes, a cap, gloves and then meet your safari guide to transfer to the park information center to join other guests to be briefed by the safari rangers on the dos and don’ts during mountain gorillas trekking, what to expect during mountain gorilla trekking and how to behave in the presence of the magical mountain gorillas. After the pre-gorilla trekking, start your guided forest walk to search for the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Mgahinga gorilla national park. While looking of their mountain gorillas, you may spot other wildlife species like black and white colobus monkeys, golden monkeys, bush pigs, many bird species among others and your ranger guide will give information about everything that you will meet during mountain gorilla trekking which will make your 4 Days Uganda Gorilla and Sabinyo volcano hiking safari so adventurous and memorable.

The time spent before meeting the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is not known but it may take between 45 minutes to 4 hours depending on the movements of the gorillas family you are tracking and your walking spend. When you meet your allocated gorilla family, you will stay with them for maximum of one hour which will enable you to know much about them, seeing them carrying out their daily activities like feeding, young ones playing and many others. During your stay with the mountain gorillas, you will be free to take as many photos as you would want so, your camera has to be on standby such that you do not miss any moment uncaptured to keep your great memories with mountain gorillas. Also, you will be free to ask as many questions as you would want about the mountain gorillas and the forest at large.  After spend an hour with the mountain gorillas, return to the park starting point to pick your tracking certificate, have some refreshments, meet your safari guide and drive back to your lodge to have full lunch, freshen yourself, relax for some time and later early evening go for an evening boat canoeing where you spot several water birds and relax with the cool breezes from the lake. Return to your lodge for dinner and an overnight.

Accommodations options; Lake Mutanda Resort (Luxury), Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge (Mid-range), Lake Chahafi Lodge (Standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Day 3: Mgahinga gorilla national park – Sabinyo Volcano hiking – Spend your evening relaxing

Wake very early in the morning to have breakfast, pack enough drinking water that will keep you hydrated, and have your packed lunchbox with all your mountain hiking gears, meet your safari guide and transfer to Ntebeko park meeting point for the hikers of Mount Sabinyo in Mgahinga gorilla national for the pre-mount Sabinyo hiking briefing, get well dressed in the appropriate hiking gears and then begin the hiking at early as 08:00 am. Mount Sabinyo hiking takes approximately 8 hours depending on your physical fitness and hiking spend, 4 hours are used to ascend and 4 hours are used to descend, to keep your body well hydrated, you have to carry enough drinking water and snacks. Mount Sabinyo hiking will take you through variety of vegetation covers such as bamboo forest zone, sub-alpine zone, and sharp ridges where you may have an opportunity to spot plenty of wildlife species such as golden monkeys, mountain gorillas, forest elephants, and a lot of birds and your guide will keep on giving you information about everything you will encounter. When you arrive at Mount Sabinyo summit, you will spend enough time there where enjoy the breathtaking view of three Virunga conservation area national parks these include Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda, Virunga national park in DR Congo and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, beautiful sceneries and landscapes and also you will have a chance to be in three countries Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo at the same time without using a visa. Later, after enjoying the best of Mount Sabinyo, and taking enough memorial photos, start descending to the bottom to meet your safari guide and drive back to your lodge to freshen yourself, relax, dinner and an overnight.

Accommodations options; Lake Mutanda Resort (Luxury), Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge (Mid-range), Lake Chahafi Lodge (Standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Day 4: Mgahinga gorilla national park – Visit Lake Bunyonyi for boat canoeing – Drive back to Kampala / Entebbe international airport

Wake very early to have breakfast, have all your luggage packed in the vehicle, check out and start your drive back to your residence in Kampala or to Entebbe international airport to prepare for your retrun flight. Before arriving Kampala or Entebbe international airport, you will visit Lake Bunyonyi the deepest and one of the most beautiful lakes in Uganda. Your tour to Lake Bunyonyi will be made up a morning boat canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi to visit some of its’ beautiful islands such as the Akampene island also known as “the punishment island” which was used by the Kiga people to punish their girls who found pregnant before marriage by isolating them there to death. After the boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi, proceed with your journey to Kampala or Entebbe with a stopover at Igongo cultural center in Mbarara city for lunch, stretch your muscles and proceed with your journey to your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe international airport to prepare for your return flight where you will arrive in the evening. This will be the end of your 4 Days Uganda gorilla trekking and Sabinyo volcano hiking safari.

Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch

The 4 Days Uganda gorilla trekking and Sabinyo volcano hiking includes;

Pick up and drop off (Return airport transfers)

Private English speaking safari guide for 4 days

Private luxury/mid-range/standard accommodation for 3 nights and full board (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Private road transport for 4 days using either safari land-cruiser or Van which is 4WD, air-conditioned safari vehicle

Fuel for 4 days

All en-route meals and bottled mineral water throughout your 4 days safari

1 gorilla permit per person

Hiking Mount Sabinyo

A stopover at Kayabwe equator landmark

A stopover at Igongo cultural center

A visit to Lake Bunyonyi and boat canoeing

The 4 Days Uganda gorilla trekking and Sabinyo volcano hiking safari excludes;

International and Domestic flights

Entry visa

Personal travel insurance

Souvenirs and gifts

Tips

Alcoholic and soft drinks (Beers, wines, spirits, sodas and juice at the lodge/hotel)

All other items that are not included on the list of inclusions

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