Hiking Virunga

This area houses the stunning scenery of the extinct volcanic range the Virungas, and there are a variety of trails and hikes you can do to the various different summits, depending on your fitness levels and the challenge intensity you desire!

Mt. Gahinga 3,474 metres

From Ntebeko to Mount Gahinga, is the least demanding hike with a summit of 1,100m, and will take approximately 6-7 hours for the round trip. You can expect to see a wide variety of forest birds along the way.

Mt. Sabinyo  3,669 metres

Slightly more strenuous is the climb from Ntebeko to Sabinyo, with a peak at 1,300m, you can expect the trip up and back down to take at least 8 hours. The combination of montane forest and moorland along the route makes for an interesting journey, the final part of which is a series of ladder enabled climbs up rock face and at the summit you will be in three countries Uganda, Congo and Rwanda.

Mt. Muhavura 4127 metres

If you really want a challenge then the climb up Muhavura is the one for you, but the 1,793m ascent over a minimum of 9 hours is worth it for the open views over moorland on the way up, and the small crater lake at the top. Be aware you may feel altitude-related symptoms due to the rapidity of the ascent.

For all three hikers, warm clothes, good boots, a reasonable level of fitness and an early start are recommended.

While you are staying at Lake Chahafi Resort, we can arrange transport to and from the hikes, the park fees and guide (all hikes in national parks here require a guide as licensed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority), and a packed lunch!

4 day Virungas including Gorillas

Come and experience the incredible mountain gorillas, which now only exist in three countries in the world. The power and majesty of these gentle creatures will amaze you and is not to be missed. No visit to Uganda is complete without seeing them! We combine a gorilla trek, with a day of chilling out and relaxing at the lake. Our three-day tour will collect you from a location of your choice. Kigali International Airport in Rwanda is the easiest and closest airport to here, at 4 hours drive away. If you are coming via this route, please ensure that you are aware of the visa requirements for entering Rwanda and Uganda. The visa for Rwanda must be applied for and confirmed online before arrival. Please ensure you have this in place before traveling.

To enter Uganda, for most Western nationalities, this requires at least 6 months remaining on your passport, and the visa is USD $50 for a once entry visa valid for up to 3 month stay, or USD $100 for multiple entry over 6 months. The visa options will be changing soon, to encompass one visa that covers the three countries of Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya for USD $100, valid for up to 3 months.

If you are entering Uganda via Entebbe, it is approximately 9 hours drive. Depending on the time your flight arrives we could either arrange a hotel stay for you to recover and refresh from the flight, or bring you directly here.

Once collected, we will bring you to our beautiful lakeside lodge, arrange your permit and transport to see the gorillas, and provide you with activity choices for the 2nd day – you can choose between canoeing on the lake, taking a bike round one of our mapped cycle trails, or a bird watching tour round the marshland.

You will stay in one of our newly developed self-contained tented cabins (twin or double), and all food will be provided. Relax with a beer from the bar, or on a sun lounger down by the lake.

Day 1

Collection from:

Option 1: Kigali International Airport Rwanda

Option 2: Kisoro Town

Option 3: Entebbe International Airport

(other alternatives can be arranged that may include: chartering a flight from Entebbe to Kisoro by aerolink , please contact us directly for options and rates)

Relax by the lake with a cold beer or take a walk around the stunning countryside.

Dinner at Lake Chahafi Resort

You will be appointed a private cabin, either twin or double, with views of the lake. The cabins are beautifully designed to blend with the natural setting, with an outer wooden frame and a canvas tented inner. Inside you will find large beds, decked out with plenty of thick layers of bedding to keep you cosy – it can get a little chilly in the evenings by the lake! The roll up netted windows allow for privacy from the outside, and ensure you don’t miss the magnificent scenery while you’re inside!

Day 2

Breakfast will be served early so you can get on track with the Gorilla Trek. The lodge is about an hour and a half away from the Gorilla parks, and you will spend between 1 and 4 hours trekking to find them, then 1-2 hours with the gorillas before coming back. We will provide you with a packed lunch to take with you. Dinner will be back at the lodge.

Day 3

We have numerous activities available around the lodge and the lake. Take out one of the canoes and explore the lake itself, or one of the bikes and the area around the lakeside. For a small supplement we can offer either a guided cultural history tour or a guided bird watching tour; this area houses hundreds of different birds, including a variety of kingfishers, grebes ,ducks, pelicans and the great crested cranes.

Evening entertainment provided.

Day 4

After a leisurely final breakfast for the trip we will take you back down (to?) where you can continue your travels with ease .

Alternatively, you can choose to extend the safari by electing more activities specified below ,whatever the itinerary we can help you to have a thrilling safari while in kisoro and to other national parks like Murchison falls, Queen Elizabeth , Kibaale or Jinja for water rafting. Drop us a line for a tailor made safari!