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Short Escape 1 - Gorillas and Volcanoes

A wonderful 4 day journey to Kisoro to experience Gorilla Tracking and several exciting optional activities.
4 days/ 3 nightsKisoro - Kampala

Day 1 - To Kisoro
Early morning pick up from the guesthouse or hotel of your choice and departure to the South West of Uganda.

The first part of the journey takes us through central Uganda, and after a stop in Kabale for lunch, we continue on the last stretch through a beautiful landscape also defined as the "Switzerland of Africa": mountains, lakes, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, taking in the vast planes between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, with the Virunga volcanoes dominating the view. At the bottom of the valley is Kisoro, where we will stay at the famous Travellers Rest Hotel.

Day 2 - Gorilla Tracking
You will travel by car from Travellers Rest Hotel in Kisoro to Nkuringo, in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP (1hr). Once there you will first receive a briefing and start the tracking. Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend up to one hour with them! You will be expected back to the starting point by 7.00pm at the latest. Being physically fit is recommended.

Day 3 - In Kisoro
The 3rd day will be spent in and around Kisoro, with Travellers Rest Hotel as the home base.

Visitors on the Luxury Tour will travel from Bwindi NP to Kisoro on the day ( 5 hours drive through beautiful landscapes).

In Kisoro we have developed a number of very interesting activities in close collaboration with local organizations and the National Park. All the activities can be done individually or in groups. They include:

1. Gorilla tracking in Mgahinga (1 day). NB: the gorilla in Mgahinga move around so the Uganda Wildlife Authority doesn't sell permits in advance - you have to take your chance once you are in Kisoro.
2. Gorilla tracking in Rwanda. NB: if you are going for the 2nd gorilla trek in Rwanda you will be transferring to Rwanda on day 2 after trekking in Uganda, and spend a night there. After the trekking you will cross back to Kisoro (1 day).
3. Climbing Muhavura Volcano ( 8 hrs; distance 12km; height 4127m; elevation gain 1700m).
4. Climbing Gahinga Volcano ( 6 hrs; distance 8km; height 3474m; elevation gain 1100m).
5. Visit to Sabinyo Gorge ( 4 hrs; distance 6km, no elevation gain).
6. Climbing Sabinyo Volcano (Sabinyo has three peaks, you can climb all three in the same walk, but you need to be fit!! 8 hrs; distance 14 km; height 3669m, elevation gain 1300 m).
7. Hiking in Mgahinga to the viewpoint and Garama Cave (pygmy cave) ( 4 hrs; distance 1 and 4 km).
8. Bird walk in Mgahinga (start at 10am, it can last until 4-5pm).
9. Several bicycle rides on mountain bikes. From 25km to 50km. The hills can be steep and tough!
10. Cultural village walk (with a local guide walking through the land of the Bufumbira tribe).
11. Walk to Lake Mutanda. Visit Python island and go canoeing on this beautiful lake.
12. Or just sit and relax or read a book in the garden of Travellers Rest Hotel.

Day 4 - To Kampala
Early in the morning after breakfast you will travel back to Kampala. On the way back to the city you will have lunch in Mbarara town, and after Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photo shoots and to buy souvenirs and have tea or coffee.

We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe - or, if you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight.

End of our services

4 days/ 3 nights
Day 1 - To Kisoro
Day 2 - Gorilla Tracking
Day 3 - In Kisoro
Day 4 - To Kampala
Our price Includes:
  • Guides
  • Transport
  • Park entrance
  • Accommodation
  • Rangers in the parks
  • Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (BB)
  • Full board on the luxury trip
Our price does not include:
  • International flights
  • Gorilla permit*
  • All activities in Kisoro
  • Food (around 40$ total)
  • Drinks
  • Visa (Uganda/Rwanda)
* Gorilla permit costs $500


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