Nkuringo Gorilla Trekking and Lake Mutanda 3 Days tour
After gorilla population census for 2018, Uganda amazingly records 459 gorillas with Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park in Kisoro-southwestern Uganda keeping more than 300. Bwindi forest gorillas have been habituated into 18 groups and their locations divided into 4 sectors: Nkuringo in the south, Ruhija in the East, Rushaga in the south and Buhoma in the north. These 4 sectors are all unique in their own settings with varied gorilla numbers, distance, and trail experience among others.
Nkuringo is the home to the Nkuringo gorilla family which trekkers who have visited it say it’s the loveliest group. The family was habituated in 2009 and is visited by only 8 people per day. Nkuringo is the farthest sector to trek into and also rewards with the best sightings of bird, monkeys, baboons and forest pigs and magnificent views of the three Virunga Mountain volcanoes; Mountains Mgahinga, Muhavura and Sabinyo.
Detailed programme for the 3 days Nkuringo gorilla Trekking, Lake Mutanda and Virunga
Day 1: Travelling form Kampala to Kisoro- Nkuringo
You’ll have your breakfast early morning and our driver guide will pick you from your residence, brief you about the tour and start the journey of 8-9 hours to Kisoro. The first stopover will be at the equator in Kayabwe. We shall then proceed to Mbarara where we shall stop again to have lunch and continue to Kabale. Eye-catchy highlands, Echuya forest and the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi with many islands will be seen before we enter Kisoro. When we reach Kisoro, we watch Lake Mutanda from a distance as we proceed to Nkuringo. Check at your lodge, have dinner and rest.
Lodges at Nkuringo: Clouds Mountain lodge (luxury), Nkuringo gorilla camp and Nkuringo gorilla lodge (midrange)
Day 2: Gorilla trekking and transfer to Lake Mutanda
Wake up early morning for breakfast and get your lunch packed as the driver guide takes your passports to have you registered for the day’s gorilla trekking. We move the starting point for briefing, get a guide and a walking stick and start the trip into the forest.
As you move through the trails, you may spot monkeys, a variety of birds and other mammals. We are not sure how long the trekking will last because it depends on how far the forest giants have moved. This may go up to noon or evening. Return and drive to Lake Mutanda for the Overnight, check in, have dinner and rest.
Lodges available: Chameleon Hill (midrange), Lake Mutanda Resort (budget)
Day 3: Canoeing and Transferring back to Kampala
We shall have our breakfast early morning, check out and proceed for canoeing on Lake Mutanda and the boat takes you to another side of Kisoro where you’ll find the driver waiting.
You’ll get thrilling experience on Lake Mutanda as you proceed into the foothills of mount Virunga and get a great view of the Virunga volcanoes with fog on their summits forming a beautiful background.
You’ll visit the Python Island with chances of spotting pythons and after two hour of canoeing, you’ll arrive on the other side of the Lake, meet your driver and start the journey back to Kampala.