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.
Bwindi is located in the south western corner of Uganda where the terrain consists of volcanic mountains and deep valleys and is close to the borders of Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of Congo.
Our Trek Uganda challenge offers a tough and varied trekking experience with the added bonus and ‘must see’ experience of a possible close encounter with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Found in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest the mountain gorillas are accompanied by a treasure-trove of species that have populated this 25,000 year old forest.
Our final destination is the Nkuringo Gorilla Camp which is perched on a hill-top that overlooks the forest canopy and affords visitors magnificent, unconstrained views.
Overnight flight from London to Kigali, Rwanda.
Day 2 Kigali, Rwanda – Uganda
Day 3 Golden Monkey Tracking
Today we will trek into the bamboo zone on the lower slopes of the volcanoes to track golden Monkeys, and endangered species that is only found in this remote part of Africa.
Day 4 Mgahinga Rest Camp – Lake Mutanda
Day 5 Lake Mutanda Eco Camp – Nshongi Camp
We continue today in a northerly direction and having made our way down to the shore of Lake Mutanda we board dug-out canoes to be piloted up the lake by local tribesmen. The 2.5 hour journey takes us to Rwanjenje on the northern shore. From here we start a six hour trek to Rushaga at the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and where we find our overnight accommodation at Nshongi Camp where we can dine under the stars by the roaring campfire.
Day 6 Trek to Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
We will continue the trek north to Nkuringo Gorilla Camp. This is a challenging walk that skirts the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The Nkuringo Gorilla Camp is located on a hill top at 2161m on the Nteko Ridge which provides superb views across the Kashasha river valley to the forested hill known as 'Nkuringo' and the surrounding swathe of trees of the Bwindi Forest. The camp has panoramic views of the majestic volcanoes of the Virunga chain and across the escarpment into the Albertine Rift Valley within the DR Congo. Overnight at camp.
Day 7 Gorilla Tracking
Half the group will enter the forest today to track the Nkuringo Gorilla Family Group, while the other half can relax in camp or take a guided tour of the local Nkuringo Community.
Day 8 Gorilla Tracking
The final group today will track the Nkuringo family of gorillas whilst the remainder of the group can relax in camp or take a guided tour of the local Nkuringo Community.
Tonight we will celebrate our achievements with dinner at Nkuringo Gorilla Camp.
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