7 DAYS GORILLA AND GOLDEN MONKEY TRACKING
Day1: Airport Pick Up
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, meet and greet with our representative for a transfer to your accommodation unit for Overnight stay.
Activities: Airport pick up
DAY2: EQUATOR AND IGONGO CULTURAL CENTRE
Wake up at leisure and prepare for a departure to Mbarara for overnight stay to shorten our next day’s journey. The journey to Mbarara is interesting with brief stops enroute like at the Uganda equator line where we will break off for Lunch and interact with a few indigenous Ugandans selling crafts. You may opt to carry out an experiment to confirm your position at both the north at southpole at an extra charge paid directly at the experiment point.
After lunch we continue our journey through winding roads dotted with fresh fruit market stalls at some points, not missing out the jolly kids patrolling their home land and may be quick to wave with a smile saying hello. We continue past Lake Mburo National Park and then to the Ankole Land famous for its long horned cattle, where we will break for an overnight. Visit the Igongo cultural Centre museum.The main attraction at Igongo Cultural Centre is the community Museum of South Western Uganda with a tag line “ObwengyebugiraEmizi” (Wisdom is rooted in the past). The Museum presents many themes in line with Ancient and modern History of South Western Uganda to present, Cultures of the people of South Western Uganda, Traditional skills of the people in areas of Pottery and Iron working that you will have insight into.
Dinner and Overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Activities: Equator Line, Igongo Cultural Museum
DAY 3: GOLDEN MONKEY TRACKING
This day is set out for Golden Monkey tracking in the Mgahinga Valley National Park. Make your way deep into the golden monkey territory, guides lead visitors to the habitat of groups of ‘habituated’ golden monkeys. Though viewing is kept to a maximum of one hour, travelers can get an up-close look at the golden monkey in its natural habitat. Adult monkeys frolic in plain view, feeding on bamboo leaves and leaping from perch to perch. Females carry their young, completely comfortable among onlookers. Return to your hotel to freshen up
Activities: 1 Golden Monkey trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner
DAY 4: GORILLA TRACKING
After an early breakfast, drive to the National Park headquarters to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 700 living today and more than half found in Uganda. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. Watch them as they groom each other and as the juveniles delightfully swing from figs to figs in a playful way.
The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. We encourage for your own enjoyment to make sure that you are perfectly fit and healthy. (We’ve had people as old as 70 years old do gorilla tracking so this should not be a problem; all you need is to ask your driver guide to request a shorter group for you if you cannot trek far)It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, rain coats and water proof bag for your cameras and other sensitive items.
Later drive back to your accommodation unit for Dinner and overnight stay
Activities: 1 Gorilla Trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5: LAKE BUNYONYI
We depart after early breakfast for Lake Bunyonyi. The journey offers many scenic views of the Kigezi rolling hills with their beautiful terraces and past lush green forests. The winding roads through the rolling hills are breathtaking, take memorable photo shots. Lake Bunyonyi is locally translated to mean a place of many small birds.This lake is the second deepest in Africa and is romoured to be Bilihazia free making it safe for swimming. The scenery at the lake is breathtaking with various islands doted across the lake.Canoe rides can be made to these islands, learn about the inhabitiants and history of the people living here.
Its a day for rest from the hectic treks to the mountain gorilas and golden monkey territories. Retire at your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
DAY 6: FULL DAY DRIVE TO KAMPALA
After breakfast, embark on a full day drive back to Kampala. Arrive in the evening and either be transferd to the Airport for be dropped at your hotel.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch.
DAY7: AIRPORT TRANSFER
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Activities: Airport transfer
Meal Plan: Breakfast
Accommodation while on safari
Pre and post safari accommodation
Meals as per itinerary
1 gorilla permit per person
1 Golden monkey tracking permit per person
Activities as per the itinerary
4x4wd vehicle with Fuel/gas
English speaking driver/guide
Cross border/ Visa fees
Activities not mentioned
Travel insurance (highly recommended and can be arranged on request)
Souvenirs and any other items of personal nature.