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8 Day South Walking Adventure - NKuringo Walking Safari's

Nkuringo Walking Safari's - 8 days

  • 8 Day South Walking Adventure - NKuringo Walking Safari's
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Overview

> Discover the southern region of the Pearl of Africa 
> Unforgettable encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
> Meet, explore and learn from the local communities
> Support sustainable tourism initiatives 

This amazing adventure takes us to ‘Bwindi Impenetrable Forest’ in Uganda’s mountainous far southwestern tip where you will have the opportunity to track Mountain Gorillas. 

This superb trekking itinerary is located in the Ugandan highlands and takes us from the Virunga volcanoes to ‘The Impenetrable Forest’ of Bwindi, home to Uganda’s mountain gorilla population which numbers around 320, approximately half the total number remaining in the world. Our final destination is the village of Nkuringo located on a hill-top and enjoying spectacular views over Bwindi’s forest canopy and affords visitors magnificent 360 degree unconstrained views of the surrounding volcanoes.


Days

Routes/activities 

Accommodation 

Meal Plan 

Day 1

Arrival in Kigali. City Tour


Heaven Boutique 


Bed &Breakfast

Day 2 

Transfer Kigali to Mgahinga

Community walk/ Batwa 

Gahinga Lodge


Full Board 

Day 3

Golden Monkey trekking

Gahinga Lodge

Full Board

Day 4

Hike Mgahinga to Lake Mutanda

Lake Mutanda Resort

Full Board

Day 5

Hike to Nkuringo through Rubuguri

Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge

Full Board

Day 6

Gorilla Tracking

Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge

Full Board

Day 7

Circular Walk

Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge

Full Board

Day 8

Transfer to Kigali- Outbound flight

   

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali

Arrival in Kigali International Airport and transfer to your accommodation, depending on the time of arrival there is a possibility for a city tour. 

  • Accommodation: Heaven Boutique Hotel
    Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: Kigali to Mgahinga National Park

Enjoy an early breakfast, transfer to Cyaika border and cross to Uganda. You will settle at the start point for our trek at Gahinga Lodge nestled at the base of the Virunga Volcano National Park. After dinner, we will meet our local guides who will brief us on the adventure that awaits us. 

You can then enjoy a community walk and Batwa experience.

  • Accommodation: Gahinga Lodge
    Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 3: Golden Monkey Tracking  

This morning, after breakfast, you will head to the park headquarters where you will be briefed by the park guide. You will then start the golden monkey trekking activity. You will also expect to see various forest birds that live in the forest. Accompanied by Uganda Wildlife Authority guides we will trek onto the lower slopes of the dormant volcano Mgahinga, which translates as a pile of volcanic stones. After around two hours we will reach the bamboo zone where we hope to find the Golden Monkeys, an endangered species that is only found in this remote part of Africa. Our permits will allow us to spend an hour in the company of these fascinating animals as they play and eat in the branches above us.

  • Accommodation: Gahinga Lodge
    Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4: Mgahinga to Lake Mutanda

This morning after an early breakfast, we will break up camp and begin our trek north towards Kisoro. The trek of 18km takes us through an area of volcanic craters some of the slopes of which are being cultivated by the indigenous Bakiga farmers and home also to the Batwa pygmies. As we walk we will gain a fascinating insight into the daily lives of the local people. We will be greeted by lots of children and local people as they work their fields and livestock and collect water from the local springs. You will head to Sheebas camp located at shores of the beautiful Lake Mutanda.

We will have a one hour ride in dug-out canoes, piloted by local tribesmen. You may see fishermen checking their nets, farmers taking produce to market by canoe and people tending to their lands. We disembark on the lakes’ northern shore at Rwanjenje.

  • Accommodation: Lake Mutanda Resort
    Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 5: Lake Mutanda to Nkuringo.  

This morning, after breakfast, we will start a six-hour trek to the Nteko ridge, above the forest canopy of Bwindi and settle in the village of Nkuringo at 2161m. The route takes us over and around many of the volcanic calderas that form this millennia-old landscape. You will marvel at the agricultural terraces that cover these steep hillsides. Our expert guides will take great pleasure in pointing out a wide variety of flora and fauna. 

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
    Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking

After breakfast, at around 7:45 am, with packed lunch and drinking water you will be transferred to the National Park Head Quarters for the briefing on the dos and the don’ts while with the gorillas. You then continue to the forest for the start of the actual gorilla tracking. 

The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular. The area offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. We take the time to watch and follow the movements of these great primates. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving opportunity. The tracking can take place at Nkuringo or Rushaga (1 hr drive from Nkuringo), as per the gorilla permits obtained.

Upon return, relax at the lodge and, for those who like, at 5.00 pm either stroll through the community center or drive up to the “Top of the World” - the name given to the football field, high up in the village which offers amazing views over the peaks and forests around Nkuringo. A great way to stretch your legs after the gorilla tracking and to enjoy a sundowner.

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Garden Cottage)
    Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 7: Community tour, Nombe and Bunga Forests (encounter with the Batwa)

This morning after a hearty breakfast, you can enjoy birding in Nombe Pocket Forest. This used to be part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and it is still quite impenetrable, however, it was cut off from it as people needed more land to live on and cultivate. It can be reached on foot (approx. 1 hour to go and 2 hours to come back) or by vehicle and the visit lasts approx. 2 hours, depending on the interest of guests.

After lunch at the lodge, we will depart at 2.00 pm to the Buniga Forest Trail Walk, an informative project run by USAID and the local Batwa community. The Batwa tribe was forced to leave their home in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in 1991 when it was declared a UNESCO Heritage site for gorillas only. They had been living in the forest as nomadic hunter-gatherers for millennia, in perfect balance with the flora and fauna around. Moving out and suddenly living in communities with a completely different way of life has proven to be a huge challenge. They now survive as they can and earn a living explaining their previous life in the forest and their rich heritage.

Continuation of the walk through the community to visit the traditional herbalist and the blacksmith.

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Private Cottage)
    Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 8: Hike across Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After an early breakfast, start your unforgettable hike (19km - 7-9 hours) directly from Nkuringo Lodge, following the Kashasha River Trail. This is a full day walk where there would also be the opportunity to visit the Munyaga River Falls, hidden in the forest. However, if clients prefer, they can also opt for the shorter trek and in this case, they will be taken by a vehicle along the Nteko Ridge till the junction of the Ivy River Trail with the forest (7 km) and they then start their hike from here (13km - 4-5 hours). 

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a vast unique natural reserve - monkeys, duikers, bush pigs and some of Bwindi's world-renowned bird species plus many butterflies can be sighted. If you are very lucky you may even encounter gorillas! Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighboring Rwanda, the park is nowadays an ecological island within a sea of villages and farmland, its conservation importance is immense. The emphasis of this activity is for your walking guide to share his knowledge of the forest with you, it is not simply an A to B hike. The trail is also an important footpath for local people, particularly on market days, traveling from Nkuringo and Nteko to Buhoma, on the northern boundary of the park. There is no road through Bwindi so vehicles driving between the two locations have an incredible 170 km bone-jarring journey taking 6 to 8 hours.

Upon arrival at the park headquarters in Buhoma, continue to your lodge in the outskirts of the national park for some relax and to enjoy the “other” side of Bwindi. If you are interested, we will arrange a community walk directly with the guide for later in the evening (optional and to be paid locally).

  • Accommodation: Mahogany Springs Lodge (Standard Room)
    Meal Plan: Full Board (lunch box)

Day 9: Transfer to Kihihi and AeroLink flight to Entebbe 

After a leisurely breakfast, departure to Kihihi Airstrip (60km – 1 hour) for your morning AeroLink flight to Entebbe.  You will then be transferred to your guesthouse to wait for your outbound flight back home.

  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House
    Meal Plan: Day use room

What's included

Included:

√ Airport Transfers
The transfers from Kingali Airport to your hotel and back are included. Just like all other terms of transport. 

√ English speaking trekking guide throughout your safari
All guides are all born and bread in Uganda, they are passionate about their country and everything it has to offer, from the Wildlife, Botany, Birdwatching to the Cultural experiences it offers. Exploring on foot allows these guides to give you a more immersive experience so you can feel and understand the real Uganda.

√ 1 day volcano trekking
One day of trekking in the Virunga Vulcano National Park is included. 

√ 1 gorilla tracking permit in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 
For most people the highlight of their trip. Watch the Gorrila's in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. 

√ 1 golden monkey permit Mgahinga National Park
Spot the rare golden monkeys who only can be found in this part of Africa. 

√ 1 Aerolink Flight from Kihihi to Entebbe
On the last day, you will have an AeroLink flight from Kihihi to Entebbe

√ All accommodations and meals as per the itinerary 
All accommodation and meals are included. 

√ Support of a private 4x4 vehicle with experienced English-speaking driver-guide, from the morning of day 2. (7 seater)
As mentioned in the itinerary the transport is included. 

√ AMREF Evacuation Insurance cover
If you need an evacuation from AMREF, then these costs are covered. 

√ Government taxes
All fees and taxes where you can think of are included by Nkuringo Walking Safari's. 

Not included:

× Airfare
You will have to make your way to Kingali Airport (Rwanda), the starting point of this trek. Your flight out is from Kampala (Uganda) In order to know which airlines fly from Entebbe International Airport (EBB), you can have a look at their website.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Personal expenses
Any personal expenses that may take place during the trek, such as buying snacks, souvenirs or alcoholic drinks are on your own account.

× Tipping
Tipps for the guide and porter are not included in the price of the trek. You decide how much to tip, but if you got a good service from your guide, be generous. 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to visit the Gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda?

Generally speaking, one can take the gorilla trekking trip all year round. In the rain forest climate zones where the mountain gorillas live, it is wet any day of the year. Of course, there are particular times of the year when it rains the most. This is during the months of April and May. If any time is to be avoided, these would be the months to avoid.

However, there must be a time considered optimal. The best time to visit and trek mountain gorillas would be the months of January, February, and from June to September. In fact, during this season, you will have the opportunity to see various other types of wild animals well. During the above mentioned months, the region is experiencing the dry season and therefore accessing the animals is really simple.

Finding the right flights

You have to sort out your own flights to Kingali Airport in Rwanda and outbound flights from Entebbe in Uganda. Finding the right flights can be quite a puzzle. Looking at the website of Kigali Airport and Entebbe can help you a lot. Having a look at Skyscanner helps as well.

Nkuringo Walking Safari's

Nkuringo Walking Safari's

Experience Real Uganda, Explore the people and their Culture with Nkuringo Walking Safaris – the Adventure Specialists.

A walking safari activity gives you the opportunity to experience the raw culture, the nature and the sincerity of the Ugandan people you meet along the way.

NKURINGO WALKING SAFARIS was established in 2007 as a sustainable tourism initiative to develop a team of local guides with the premise of establishing simply fascinating multiday treks. We specialize in guided nature walks between Buhoma Village and the town of Kisoro, in south-western Uganda as well as through the dense Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to mountain gorillas, and emerge at the charming traditional hilltop community of Nkuringo, and vice versa.

This experience offers an inside perspective of village life in rural Uganda and highlights the wonders of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and creates experiences and feelings which cannot be found when in a vehicle.

Our passion takes us further and field and we also organise volcano treks, climbs up the Uganda's highest mountains and of course Gorilla and Chimpanzee treks.

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.

How to book

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The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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