4 Days Mgahinga Golden Monkeys and Gorilla Trekking

4 Days Mgahinga Golden Monkeys and Gorilla Trekking

Mgahinga it’s self is well known as Mgahinga Gorilla National Park as it is located near the Virunga mountains Gorillas are able to migrate to this protected area. Expect to kill two birds with one stone as you set off for Gorilla trekking you have high chances of spotting a number of primates including the Golden monkeys themselves or vise visor.

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Mgahinga it’s self is well known as Mgahinga Gorilla National Park as it is located near the Virunga mountains Gorillas are able to migrate to this protected area. Expect to kill two birds with one stone as you set off for Gorilla trekking you have high chances of spotting a number of primates including the Golden monkeys themselves or vise visor. As it has been stated other primates like varvet, mangabeys, red tailed and many more will be spotted.

Not only Gorilla trekking and golden monkeys tracking will be covered in this 4 days but also other amazing activities such as birding and Batwa trail experience where you will use the same trails like the Batwa people used to pass through while gathering food, hunting, collecting hubs and many other activities.

  • Day 1. Arrival at the airport
  • Day 2. Birding and Golden monkeys tracking
  • Day 3. Gorilla trekking and Batwa trail experience
  • Day 4. Fly back home
  • End of Tour

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1. Arrival at the airport

During your planned Safari of four days on your first day as soon as you get at the airport, our well behaved driver guide will pick you up and brief you about the safari then later set off heading to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Get amazed by beautiful viewing point immediately when you get at the Equator in Kayabwe, take photos, stretch for the journey, and also visit the craft shop to support the locals. Later embark on your journey and drive heading to Mgahinga to check in with the booked lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2. Birding and Golden monkeys tracking

Birds are one of the species that are active early morning and very dormant during middy day due to much sunshine therefore, on this day wake up as early as possible have your breakfast and move for this interesting activity. Most of the birds are to be recorded such as white necked raven, pin tailed whydah, Black kite, ibis, paradise fly catcher and many others.

Remember as soon as the weather starts becoming hotter many birds go to look for shade or somewhere cool there in the mid-day you will travel back to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, drive to the starting point at the park office for briefing then later move for Golden monkey tracking. Follow all the do’s and don’ts as being briefed then proceed with the walk looking for these amazing primates. Getting a chance to track any group see how they groom each other, feeding behaviors mostly during this evening hour when they are rushing for dinner, how they jump from one tree to another and many interesting things with these primates. Retreat to the lodge after the activity for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3. Gorilla trekking and Batwa trail experience

Gorilla trekking is normally done early in the morning in order to be able to track a gorilla group since they make calls as they are getting up starting a new day. Therefore. Arise early for breakfast then later meet your Safari driver guide and head to the starting point where you present your trekking Gorilla permit and be grouped.

You will receive a briefing from a park ranger guide about the jungle then after set off for the walk.  Learn more about these apes, see how mothers care for their infants, how they groom each other and many more. Move back to the starting point to meet your driver and drive back to the lodge.

Batwa tail are trails that the Batwa people (pygmy) used to pass through the time they used to stay in the forest during hunting, food gathering, collecting hubs and also doing their activities. On such a day in the afternoon with the help of the guide you will experience these trials where at this time will be able to record a number of birds, spot some primates and may creatures. Drive back to the lodge after such adventure.

Day 4. Fly back home

Arise early morning for breakfast and sun bathing on your last day of the Safari then after pack all your belongings and prepare to check out with the hotel and drive back to Kampala. You will have several stop overs for lunch, photo shooting buying some a long side food mostly fruits, yellow bananas and may more. Continue with the journey to Kampala and be dropped at the airport by your driver guide and fly back home.

End of tour

Included in The package/Price:

  • Transfers in a exclusive 4×4 Customized jeep
  • All Airport Transfers.
  • All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 3 Night Accommodation
  • 1 Gorilla Permit per person
  • Bottled water on safari

Excluded in the Package

  • Personal International flight
  • Visa (USD $50 or $100 for east African tourist visa
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Tips

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F.A.Q.

There is no standard price for Uganda, Rwanda or Congo gorilla permit –each country has its rates. In Uganda, the charges vary depending on the visitor category. The foreign non-residents are charged USD 700 to have their gorilla permits booked, USD 600 for foreign residents and Ugandans (East Africa citizens) pay shs. 250,000 per person. To have a gorilla permit secured/booked, you need USD 1500 for Rwanda and this is most ideal for luxury/high-end travelers interested in visiting the endangered mountain gorillas.

When booking a gorilla permit, it is also a good thing to have a destination of your desire in mind. The key places to consider a must-visit on gorilla tour include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park –these are gorilla trekking destinations for tourists on a tour in Uganda. In Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is where you can locate habituated mountain gorilla families and crossing the D.R. Congo, you can explore Virunga National Park.

It is a good thing to also understand when best to book your gorilla permits to avoid having issues on actual date of gorilla trekking. Considering our experience, we always recommend our clients to have their permits booked early enough at least 2-4 months. This can save you from last minute stress, especially if you plan to travel during the dry season also considered to be the peak season. The peak months of the year fall around June, July, August to September, and December, January to February.

Gorilla permits are among the relevant documents visitors must have to be allowed to track gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Not any gorilla permit should be presented on actual gorilla trekking adventure but a valid one. Booking gorilla permits is part of making the entire gorilla trip complete and should be done early enough before the actual visit to see mountain gorillas or eastern lowland gorillas.

To have your gorilla permit booked, there is a process one should undergo through and is generally tedious. Considering your tight schedule back home, you may wonder how easier you can have your permit booked in advance to avoid last minute stress.

The easiest way to secure your gorilla permit in Uganda or Rwanda is by dealing with a recognized tour operator/company on the ground. This is where our reservation team comes in. As part of your gorilla safari requirement, our team being on ground will ensure that your permit is booked early enough and everything else that is needed for gorilla trekking is put together.

The beauty about dealing with local safari company such as ours is that we have knowledge on the different gorilla groups and surrounding communities plus various accommodation facilities for your night stay. This is in addition to making the entire gorilla permit booking process easier on behalf of our clients.

There is also an option of booking the permit directly through the reservation team of respective park authorities. But the challenge is that you must undergo through the long process to have your permit booked and this may not favor you depending on your schedule. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is an organ in charge not only for conservation of wildlife in the Pearl of Africa but also sets prices for tourism activities in the parks including gorilla permits. In Rwanda, you can contact Rwanda Tourism Board/Rwanda Development Board to have your permit booked.

The East African tourist visa is a joint visa that permits one to travel to specific countries within East Africa, namely Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda only. A joint tourist visa can be used several times for various purposes as long as it’s not overdue. 

Tourists should therefore find it important to always remember that the tourist visa lasts for only 90 days.  Processing the tourist visa takes a maximum period of two working days. It is also important to note that the tourist visa prohibits employment.

The process of applying for a tourist visa has been made easier since it can be done with the help of a tour operator or by the individual themselves online through the Ministry of Internal Affairs immigration portal. Visitors are required to log in to the portal, go ahead and accept the terms and conditions for the tourist visa, select the Visa / permit type, the subcategory and category, complete the application form and upload the required documents. 

A reference number will be generated and sent to you through your email, submit it and proceed to payment. It’s important to note that the payment can be made using Visa cards.  An approval letter will be sent to your email after the above process.

Report at the immigration office or border post for the biometric capture with all the necessary documents, receipt of payment, approval letter and your passport. Visitors should regard it as important to enter through the home country issuing the visa.

The East African tourist visa costs a fee of $100 only, meaning that it can be obtained by all travelers ranging from the budget to luxurious ones.

  • Persons aged 15 years and above are allowed to trek gorillas.
  • Avoid sneezing in the presence of gorillas.
  • Always stay away from gorillas by observing distance
  • Do not try to feed gorillas
  • Do not chew in the presence of gorillas
  • Do not take photos with flash light on.

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