Four Day Ugandan Primate Special from Kigali
For those wishing to take advantage of Uganda's more affordable gorilla trekking permits while still flying in and out of Kigali, this three day itinerary is the perfect fit.
This four day itinerary takes you to the often overlooked Mgahinga National Park, where you'll enjoy both a gorilla trekking adventure and the chance to see the park's playful golden monkeys.
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- DAY 1 - KIGALI - MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK
- DAY 2 - MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK
- DAY 3 - MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK - MUSANZE
- DAY 4 - MUSANZE - KIGALI
DAY 1 - KIGALI - MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK
Upon arrival in Kigali, you'll be met by your Shadows of Africa driver and begin the six hour drive north to Mgahinga National Park in southern Uganda.
Don't let the length of the drive put you off: this is one of the most spectacular drives you'll ever undertake.
Your drive will take you through quiet mountain valleys and quaint terraced farms, along the shores of glistening lakes, and deep into the steaming jungles of southern Uganda.
Crossing the border at Cyanika, you'll then overnight close to the park.
DAY 2 - MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you'll proceed directly to the Mgahinga National Park's headquarters to meet your guides. After completing the briefing, you'll embark on the once in a lifetime experience of tracking the enigmatic mountain gorillas.
There is no guarantee how long or difficult your tracking experience will be as it depends on where the family of gorillas is and on weather conditions, It can take anywhere from two up to six hours of trekking through the mountain forest at relatively high altitudes. Fitness is definitely recommended for those wishing to undertake the excursion.
One of the most memorable experiences you're likely to ever have, you'll be allowed an hour of close contact with the gorillas once you've found them. You'll be privileged enough to come within mere metres of a family of these rare and beautiful animals, observing their family dynamics and getting to learn a bit about each gorilla's distinct personality in serene silence.
After your hike is complete, you'll have some time to relax and refresh.
DAY 3 - MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK - MUSANZE
You'll set off after breakfast for your chance for a close encounter with Mgahinga's playful golden monkeys. You'll spend your morning observing their death-defying leaps and fascinating behaviour.
You'll then set off for the drive to Musanze, Rwanda's second largest city and the home of the Dian Fossey Museum. You'll overnight on the fringes of Volcanoes National Park.
DAY 4 - MUSANZE - KIGALI
You'll depart after breakfast for the drive back to the Rwandan capital, where you'll enjoy a complimentary city tour including a visit to the Genocide Memorial and a tour of local markets.