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Uganda – Community & Gorillas

Amazing Uganda

Uganda – Community & Gorillas

$999 per person

Learn something about the people, the flora and the fauna of Uganda

  • Destination
  • Departure
  • Included
    Uganda – Community & Gorillas
    Personal Guide
    Entry Fees
    Gorilla Permits
  • Not Included
    Chimp Permits
    International Flights
    Game Drive(s)
    Boat Trip/Rafting
    Family Stay
    Domestic Flights
    Activities (listed)
    Guide in your Language
    Snacks & Drinks
​Day 1 - Pickup & Welcome
We pick you from Kigali (Rwanda) or Entebbe/Kampala (Uganda) and Drive to Kisoro. For Kigali the optional stop will be the Genocide Museum in Kigali and/or the famous Hotel Rwanda. The drive will take about 5 hours and will lead you along the most beautiful landscapes of Eastern Africa including breathtaking looks at volcanoes, mountain massifs & the rainforest. For Kampala our optional stop will be the Equator. After arriving in Kisoro check-in at our accommodation and some time for yourself to get fresh and prepare for your adventure. You will meet your tourguide who is going to be leading you through your experience in Uganda. Now we will take you for a little tour through the community. Here we will follow your personal preferences. Amongst the options is a walk through the village around Kisoro followed by a little hike to enjoy the view at Lake Mutanda and catch a glance at the neighbouring countries Rwanda & Congo, a visit to a local school or a walk to the Congolese boarder where you will have the chance to enter one of the caves that were once inhabited by the Pygmeas of Uganda - the so called Batwa. Afterwards returning to your accommodation and spending the evening enjoying a nice dinner and engaging in conversation with your tour guide where you can learn more about the life in and the people of Uganda.
Day 2 - Lake Mutanda - Island of the Dead/Coffee Tour
This Day will take you around the beautiful nature of Lake Mutanda with its lakeside forests and wetland habitats. Apart from Mountain Gorillas the landscapes around the lake ar home to a variety of species that you can only find here. If you are lucky you will be able to track seldom birds including ibis, kingfisher birds and the grey-crowned crane, Uganda's national bird. We will use a boat that will take you around the lake and if you're lucky you will have the chance to spot not only birdlife but also several frog species, chameleon and lizards or other reptiles. The African clawless otter is doubtlessly one of the highlights of Lake Mutanda. You will love those playful animals - it's a pure joy to just watch them enjoying themselves. After your cruise we will reach the Island of the Dead. As cruel as the history of this place may seem to outsiders, it is part of the history of this area and needs to be understood if one wants to get the bigger picture of how communities functioned in this part of Africa and also where certain customs and the historic view on life originates from. After visiting the island you will go on a coffee tour where you learn how coffee is produced in this region of Uganda. In the afternoon we will return to your accommodation where you will have time to rest. Should you be interested in doing one of our other activities now, feel free to let us know. We accommodate every level of activity and we will happily cater for your preferences.
Day 3 - Kabale - Orphanage (alternatively Volcano Hike)
Today we are going on a special trip. After breakfast at 7am we will drive through the mountains into the city of Kabale. In Kabale you will meet your tour guide for the day. He will take you to a village in the mountains at Lake Bunyoni where you will visit a community that has not been in touch with commercial tourism (That's why we only visit in groups of max. 6 people). We are the first to organize a tour to the orphanage of the village where about 60 children of the surrounding communities daily find a shelter and access to very basic education and meals. Our tour guide will explain the circumstances under which those children grow up to you and you will participate in a typical day of these kids. Afterwards and when the children have gotten used to the visitors we will spend more time actively engaging with the kids so that you will have the opportunity to share what you have brought - This is not mandatory as your interest and friendliness will in any case be a gift to those kids. As marginalized members of society and often not well taken care of by their custodies many of the children just get one meal a day at the orphanage. Giving them food should therefore really not be seen as a form of interference but as an essential act of humanity that helps sustaining the health and the lives of the children. From our own experience we know that this trip is (especially mentally) exhausting as most of the participants of our tours will not yet have seen that level of poverty. We nevertheless consider this one of the essential experiences of our tour that will be remembered and in one or the other case will hopefully lead to a sponsorship or donation. We will gladly assist in connecting donors and benificiaries at all levels during and after the trip. After visiting the village we will pass Lake Bunyoni where we will take our lunch. We will then drive back to Kisoro. If you are not interested in visiting the orphanage yourself please let us know - you can take the day off or we can alternatively offer e.g. a Volcano hike to one of the 3 volcanoes in the Virungas (Mount Muhabura, Mount Mgahinga or Mount Sabyinyo).
Day 4 - Gorilla Trekking
You start of your day early at 6am with a nice breakfast. After packing your sandwich (as nature is unpredictable trekking the Gorillas can take anything between 30 minutes and 3 hours - we will therefore prepare some sandwiches, snacks and drinks for you) we will start our drive to the entry of Mgahinga National Park. There are roughly about 770 Mountain Gorillas left and they all live in this area between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Mgahinga is located at the foothills of the Virunga Mountain Range. It is a less popular spot for trekking Gorillas and home to the Nyakagezi Gorilla Group. As the group is fairly mobile we are constantly communicating with our trekking team that is following the Gorillas on a daily base so we can make sure that you get to see the animals. Should there anyhow be no trace of the Nyakagezi Group we will make sure that you will join one of the more popular trekking groups in the area around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Nevertheless we will know that upfront and will do our best to secure your less touristy experience in Mgahinga. Once you have spent an hour with the animals (that is the max. time humans are allowed to spend with the impressive primates - remember Gorillas are sensitive and at serious risk of catching human disease. A simple cold can be lethal for the animals so we need to minimize the risk we are exposing those animals to) we will hike back through the rainforest and to the Mgahinga Basecamp. Here you will receive your trekking certificate and we will transfer you back to your accommodation. Depending on how long the trekking took you will now have time to explore the area, make use of one of our additional tour offers or simply relax and enjoy the landscape - easing down this seldom experience you had the chance to be part of.. In the evening we will prepare a Barbeque for you and you will get an introduction into the local Batwa culture meeting the Pygmeas of Uganda.
Day 5 - Goodbye and Transfer to Kigali
The third day will depend on the time of your flight out of Kigali. Should you have enough time we will take you through one of our activities mentioned above. You are also very welcome to stay another night if this is more convenient for you. Else we will drive you back to Kigali. In case you want to spend your last hours in Kigali before we drop you at the airport you should let us know about this in time so we can cater for it. Options you have are e.g. a city tour through Kigali or the Genocide Memorial. We also offer certain day activities should you depart from Entebbe/Kampala.


Value For Money

Tour Prices (per person)*

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Full Board



Basic Lodge

Premium Lodge

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5 People 




6 People




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 * Prices may vary due to fluctuations of exchange rate and our partner prices

Packing List:

- $100 - $200 cash upon arrival (e.g. visa cost)

- Vaccination Card

- Moscito Spray

- Sturdy/ Hiking Shoes

- Rain Jacket / Hardshell Jacket

- Sun Blocker 50

- Long Trousers

- Basecap/Headgear

- Sunglasses

- Backpack

- Long Underwear (the nights in the Virungas can get quite cold)

- Wet tissues

- Disinfectant Spray