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5-Day General Itinerary – Nature and Culture
Day 1: Travel to Mgahinga
Travel down to the park from Kampala or Bwindi, checking into your accommodation in Kisoro town or at the park entrance,
Day 2: Gorilla or Golden Monkey Tracking
Option 1: Head into the park’s dense forests to track Mgahinga’s mountain gorillas – being sure to book in advance. Once you have located them, you can spend up to an hour watching these magnificent apes feeding, playing and relaxing in the trees.
Option 2: Trek through the bamboo forests in search of the rare golden monkey, endemic to this region. Pass spectacular vegetation and scenery on your way.
Day 3: Batwa Cultural Trail
Learn about the lives of the indigenous Batwa on the Batwa Trail. Local guides take you through the 8km gentle trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, demonstrating their traditional ways of life along the way, including hunting, gathering honey, fire making and fetching water. The trail culminates with a moving performance in the Garama Cave, an important spiritual and cultural site for the Batwa.
Day 4: Optional extra day – summit a volcano
Adventurous types can extend their stay in the park with a full day climb up Mt Gahinga, Mt Sabinyo or Mt Muhavura. These picturesque, conical volcanoes straddle Uganda’s borders with Congo and Rwanda, and on a clear day the peaks offer astounding views of all three countries.
Day 5: Proceed to Lake Mburo via Lake Bunyoyi
Return to Kampala or travel to Lake Mburo, stopping at the scenic Lake Bunyonyi for lunch and beautiful views.
3-Day birding Itinerary from Echuya Forest to Lake Mburo
Day 1: Bird to Kisoro
Setting off early, birding to Kisoro via Echuya forest and the remaining stretch of papyrus swamp to look for the Papyrus Yellow Warbler and Papyrus Canary if you are lucky, as well as Carruther's Cisticola, Little Rush Warbler and Fawn-breasted Waxbill among other birds. Continue with the drive to Kisoro looking out for birds like Handsome Francolin, Olive Pigeon, Western Green Tinkerbird, Archer's Robin-Chat, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Mountain Masked Apalis, White-browed Crombec, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Doherty's Bush-shrike, Montane Oriole, White-napped Raven, Dusky Crimsonwing, Black-crowned Waxbill, Black-headed Waxbill among other birds. Dinner and overnight at one of the accommodations.
Day 2: Bird Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
After breakfast with your packed lunch, drive to Ntebeko Camp from where you will start your trek to probably the most scenic protected area in Uganda. You will take the gorge trail that loops half way up Mt. Sabinyo, through a variety of montane habitats. Look out for birds like Dusky Turtle Dove, Rwenzori Turaco, Cape Robin-Chat, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Grassland Pipit, White-starred Robin, Common Stone Chat, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Mackinnon's Fiscal, White-napped Raven, Lagden's Bush-Shrike, Bronze Sunbird, Yellow-crowned Canary, Streaky Seedeater and try the elusive Shelly's Crimson-wing among other birds. Dinner and overnight as before.
Day 3: Bird to Lake Mburo
After breakfast, bird to Lake Mburo National Park looking out for birds like Bateleur, Crested Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Blue-napped Mousebird, African Grey Hornbill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Yellow-breasted Apalis, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Stripe-breasted Tit, Mountain Masked Apalis, Rwenzori Batis, White-napped Raven, Fork tailed Drongo, Black-crowned Waxbill, and Black-headed Waxbill among others.