We depart by road to Mgahinga Nat Park for the start of our Gorilla safari adventure.
Activity Note: Today we depart by road to Mgahinga Nat Park for the start of our Gorilla safari adventure. Mountain gorilla trek typically involves two to four hours of walking through thick brush over steep, rugged terrain at elevations ranging from 7,000 to 9,000 feet —and can include exposure to stinging nettles and re ants.
As over exposure to humans is harmful to mountain gorillas, contact is limited to one hour—and there is the possibility that they may become agitated and retreat back into the bush in less than our allotted time. Any travelers showing signs of obvious illness may be refused entrance by park authorities.
03:00hr – Our guide/driver picks you from your hotel and transfer northwards to Mgahinga Nat park around the Virunga mountains, arrive in time at the Rwanda/Uganda Border. You will be assisted to cross the border and later proceed to the National Park headquarters to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we are embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas.
Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience.
These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 1000 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to 3 hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day.
You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forget. Depending on the length of our trek, groups will return to our lodge by about 1pm. Freshen up, lunch and bid your host goodbye and transfer back to Kigali arriving late in the evening. Drop off at your hotel or residence.
End of the Adventure
Pairs of Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Closed Toe Shoes, Light Weight Scarf, Binoculars, Camera, A note on cell phones: Insect Repellent, Hat, Jacket or Coat
• Transport in a Customized Safari Car with guaranteed window seat for excellent photography.
• Park Fees all the National Park and Reserves mentioned in the itinerary.
• 01 x Gorilla trekking Permit per person
• Rangers fees
• Services of an English speaking driver guide.
• 01 litre mineral water per person per day.
• Any items of personal nature.
• Driver/Guide Tips.
• Uganda and Rwandan Visa