5 Days Gorilla & Golden Monkey of Mgahinga Odyssey
5 Days Gorilla & Golden Monkey of Mgahinga Odyssey
Mountain gorillas are descendants of ancestral monkeys and apes found in Africa and Arabia during the start of the Oligocene epoch (24-34 million years ago) that have inspired many great artists, from Captain Robert von Beringia, George Schaller to Dian Fossey. It is on this tour that you will see what they saw. Follow them in the wild and although strong and powerful, mountain Gorillas are generally gentle and very shy. Join us for this high-end safari to experience the lifestyle of the mountain Gorillas who share 98% with human beings. Due to the nature of this unique safari, it is best enjoyed as an individual safari or family safari. Travel dates can be customized depending on the availability of Gorilla viewing permits – and safari is open throughout the year.
- 1 NIGHT ON BED & BREAKFAST IN KIGALI
- CITY TOUR OF KIGALI
- 3 NIGHTS OF LUXURY ACCOMMODATION ON FULL BOARD AT MT GAHINGA LODGE
- GORILLA TREKKING IN MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK
- GOLDEN MONKEY TREKKING IN MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK
- PRIVATE TRANSFERS IN 4×4 SAFARI LANDCRUISER
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KIGALI
On arrival at Kigali International airport, you will be received by our company representative.Transfer to your hotel in Kigali. Dinner and overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel or Mile Collines Hotel Kigali.
DAY 2:CITY TOUR OF KIGALI & TRANSFER TO MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK(Approximately 3hrs drive)
Breakfast at 07.00, your naturalist guide will give you a brief presentation of your safari program and highlights of your Kigali city tour. The tour covers Camp Belgium, the Kigali memory center, and the former presidential palace. You will return to the hotel for check out and early lunch. Later start your journey to Mgahinga NP, Uganda via Musanze, Rwanda. This section of your journey is approximately a 3hr drive through Rwanda and Uganda Cyanika border arriving at your host lodge in time for dinner. Check-in at the lodge and spend the evening at leisure.
Meals and overnight at Mt Gahinga Lodge.
DAY 3: GORILLA TREKKING IN MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK (Takes 1 -6hrs)
There is an early morning entry into the gorilla sanctuary of about 900 of these beautiful creatures in the world. Arrive before 8 am for registration and a brief with tracking guidelines. Our guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth parting thick creepers to track the gorillas. The trek can take from half an hour to six hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. These apes are shy and once you are close to the group the guides will ask you to leave behind your bags as no food items should be carried close to them. It is an experience you can share through your camera lenses as you watch and photograph what Africa has to offer. Return to the lodge for meals and overnight at Mt Gahinga Lodge
DAY 4: FULL-DAY GOLDEN MONKEY TREKKING (Takes 4-6 hours)
After an early breakfast you will start your first safari trek in Uganda. After breakfast, take a little time to pack your luggage and leave it at the lodge reception or wait for the safari jeep. Proceed to the meet up point with your packed lunch and bottle of water. Golden monkey trekking begins at 08.30 am and once you find them, you will spend an hour with these beautiful creatures who live in large groups and are quite playful. Return back to the lodge. Dinner and Overnight at Mount Gahinga Lodge.
DAY 5: ONWARD FLIGHT (Approximately 3hrs drive from Mgahinga back to Kigali)
After breakfast, check out and drive driving back to Kigali International airport, Rwanda. If time permits, browse around the local market to buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Later proceed to Kigali International airport for your onward flight.
- 1x Souvenir map of east Africa and field guidebook
- 24-hour Temporary evacuation cover by AMREF Flying doctors
- Private air airport return transfers throughout the safari
- Half-day tour around Kigali
- Lunch in Kigali
- Farewell dinner on the last day of the safari
- Water in the vehicle
- 1 night in Kigali
- 3 nights of accommodation at Mt Gahinga Lodge on full board
- 1x Gorilla trekking permit person in Mgahinga National Park
- 1x 30 minutes of free massage at the trek
- Laundry cleaning at the lodge
- Coffee or Tea break at Travellers Rest Hotel, Kisoro Uganda (Home of Diani Fossey)
- Full-time English-speaking naturalist driver guide
- Fuel for the vehicle throughout the safari
- All government taxes
- Medical insurance
- Soft drinks & alcoholic beverages
- All vehicle transfers other than specified
- Activities other than specified
- Gratuities, curios, and all items of personal nature
- In-room spa treatments
The safari indicated here is essentially an offer. Changes in the course of the journey, duration of the tour, number of travelers, as well as the choice of accommodation are possible in all categories indicated here upon inquiry. We remember this is your holiday.
All accommodation facilities in this itinerary have locations of outstanding natural beauty, offer exclusive service, high quality, comfortable and are charming safari lodges.
International flights: Upon request, our team of consultants can help select your international flights, and help you to book a ticket.