This here is one short but very exciting tour. I will assure you that the hikes are straining but the views at the top are simply indescribable. The trip offers you Mountain gorilla trekking and Golden monkey trekking in one home; the volcanoes. The boat ride on Lake Mutanda also makes the trip worthwhile as you get to have a continual view of the volcanoes and at the same time enjoy the cool breeze freely offered by the spectacular lake and its accompanying islands. You have a chance to visit the punishment island where girls who got pregnant out of wedlock were dumped. The evidence still lives on.
• Gorilla trekking
• Golden monkey trekking
• Lake Mutanda boat ride
• Village and city tours
• Kisoro landscape views
Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Kisoro
After your breakfast, your driver guide will be available to pick you from the hotel and then drive southwards to Kisoro. This town is at the foot of the Virunga volcanoes. This is one of the most exciting drives as you keep moving on meandering roads. It offers you beautiful landscape sights, the volcanoes and the farms in the area. There is an option for a domestic flight from Entebbe direct to Kisoro.
Meal plan: lunch and dinner
Luxury: Mt. Gahinga lodge
Midrange: Lake Mulehe safari lodge
Budget: Lake Chahafi lodge
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park
This is the day of the most exciting activity the world has to offer; Mountain gorilla trekking. This is one of the forests in the world where the endangered mountain gorillas are found. You will transfer to the park headquarters quite early then commence the activity. On sighting the gorillas, you have one hour to view, take pictures of them as they feed and groom each other. It is after this that you will return to the briefing point and then back to the lodge. In the evening, you have time to relax while you reminisce on the good times with the mountain gorillas.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Golden monkey trekking
The Mgahinga is home to the Golden monkeys as well. After breakfast, you will head out to the briefing point for yet another trek. The forest is found in the volcanoes; therefore, fitness is paramount. You will commence the hike with a specialized guide in search for the golden monkeys. These monkeys are faster than the gorillas therefore, you will have to be equally swift as you trek and take pictures of them. You have an hour of viewing them and descend back to the briefing point after which you continue to the lodge.
Day 4: City tour, Lake Mutanda
Today is a relaxed day, no hikes. You will have a relaxed breakfast while you watch some birds or even hear them chirping right over your head. Afterwards, you will head out to Lake Mutanda. One of Uganda’s deepest crater lakes. Here you have a boat cruise and then island hopping to know more about some of these islands. It is after this that you will have lunch with the sight of all the volcanoes and the lake at their foot. Later in the day, have a short walking tour in Kisoro town. If the trip terminates in Kigali, drive to Kigali for an overnight. In the event that it terminates in Entebbe, overnight in Kisoro.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5: Transfer to the airport
Today, depending on where the trip terminates, you will drive out to the airport for check in and departure.
Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch
The 5 day Mgahinga tour includes:
• Gorillla trekking permit
• Ground transport
• Bottled water on the safari
• Full board accommodation
• English speaking driver guide
• Golden monkey trekking permit
• All mentioned activities save for the optional ones.
The 5 day Mgahinga tour excludes:
• Tips to driver, porters and hotel staff
• Extras at hotel like drinks, telephone, laundry etc