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Gorilla Trekking Mgahinga - 3 Days

Highlights

  • Day 1: Travel to Mgahinga national park
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking and Batwa community
  • Day 3: Departure.

This trip specifically takes you to Mgahinga National Ppark located in Southwestern Uganda, a habitat to quite a big number of the endangered mountain gorillas. It’s the only place in Uganda where visitors get to see these great apes as well as the golden monkeys in the wild.

Besides these gentle giants, Mgahinga is also a home to several mammal species, bird species and numerous species of butterflies.

This 3 day gorilla safari exposes you to chances for up close encounters with the beautiful giants of the jungle, an experience that is so memorable.

Day 1
Day 1: Travel to Mgahinga National Park

In the morning after breakfast, start on the eight hour journey to Mgahinga national park which is also an experience of its own. Stop at the equator for the water experience and photos, see how water swirls in opposite directions in the different hemispheres of the world.

Then proceed to Igongo Cultural center for lunch stop, near Mbarara town. From here, continue enjoying a comfortable drive to Mgahinga filled with beautiful views of the Ankole plains, the Kigezi romantic hills, and the stunning landscapes tinted with green vegetation.

Accommodation

  • Luxury: Mount Gahinga Lodge
  • Midrange: Lake Chahafi Resort
  • Budget: Traveler’s Rest Hotel

Day 2
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking and Batwa Community

Early morning after breakfast, head to the park headquarters to be briefed by the head guide about the dos and don’ts while trekking gorillas.

Then commence with the gorilla trekking experience. Walk through the thick jungle in the slippery trails paving your way through the thick forests in search of these gentle apes, a lifetime experience. On encountering these beautiful gentle giants of the forest, spend the magical one hour with them, taking as many photos as you can provided the camera doesn’t have a flash, watch them play from one tree branch to another and see the great silverback watching over his family.

In the afternoon after lunch, join the Batwa community for a cultural experience. See how the ancient forest people, also known as the first inhabitants of the forest used to hunt with bows and arrows, learn how to make fire and cook locally.

A taste of the local cuisines is a guarantee except to the one who don’t wish. Then return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

  • Luxury: Mount Gahinga Lodge
  • Midrange: Lake Chahafi Resort
  • Budget: Traveler’s Rest Hotel

Day 3
Day 3: Departure

After breakfast, check out of the lodge and continue on the drive to Kampala.

An en route lunch stop will be made at Igongo cultural center in Mbarara. Continue to the equator for last photo shoots, before being dropped off at the airport or at the lodge for overnight stay.

End of Safari

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Gorilla permits
  • A professional English speaking guide.
  • Vehicle and all ground transfers.
  • Fuel
  • Drinking water in the vehicle
  • Accommodation and meals
  • All activities as per your itinerary

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Tips
  • Visas and all international flights
  • Souvenirs
  • Any other activity not mentioned in the itinerary
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Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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