Batwa Culture experience & Hiking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park | 4 Days

batwa in semliki National park-Hiking in Uganda

From US $1,050
per person (sharing)

Visiting: Uganda, Rwanda, Mgahinga gorilla National Park

Main Activities

  • Hiking Expedition
  • The Batwa Culture Trail
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Golden Monkey Trekking

Route Map

Uganda is culturally a diverse country with many ethnical groups speaking over 33 languages. This trip is designed to bring you close to the Batwa- an indigenous tribe that formerly was the original inhabitants of the forests in the Albertine region and the Virunga volcanoes found in Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. The trip also involves hiking to one of the three Virunga Mountains which include Mt Sabinyo, Mt Gahinga or Mt Muhabura.

Highlights of this safari

  • Batwa cultural trail
  • Hike toMuhabura, Gahinga or Sabinyo
  • Gorilla tracking and Golden Monkey trekking (Optional)

Day 1 — Arrival at the airport for the Virunga Culture and Hiking Expedition

On arrival at Kigali airport in Rwanda, you will be gladly welcomed by our company guide who will transfer you to Kisoro Uganda at the base of the Virunga Volcanoes. Along the way, you will enjoy winding roads of the ‘thousand hills’ and magnificent views of the Volcanoes when you arrive in Kisoro.

The distance from Kigali airport normally takes between 4-5 hours

Day 2 — The Batwa Culture Trail Experience

batwa in bwindi impenetrableYou will spend the entire day in Mgahinga gorilla national park experiencing the beautiful Batwa culture.

The Batwa culture trail in the park gives you an insight about their unique cultural heritage of the forest indigenous inhabitants. The Batwa Elders will accompany you and share amazing information about their culture and lifestyle and how they lived in the forest. They will demonstrate their hunting skills and vast knowledge of medicinal plants. They will share knowledge and skills about how they co-existed with the animals in this forest before it was encroached on by the cultivators and later gazetted as a national park. Other highlights of this experience include the Ngarama cave and traditional music and dance.

Day 3 — Hike on the Muhabura, Sabinyo or Gahinga Volcanoes

Mgahinga gorilla national park is home to three of the Virunga volcanoes that have great hiking trails. Gahinga in the local dialect meaning ‘pile of stones’ and it offers a gentle hike compared to the other two. The hiking trails pass through the bamboo forest and marshy craters at the peak. The lower slopes are rich with forest birds and the marshes near the summit are home to the Bushbucks, Buffaloes, forest elephants and elusive Duikers.

Muhabura is the most challenging peak in the park. Locally, it’s known as ‘Muhabura’ which means ‘the guide’. The hike on this peak takes an entire day. If the weather is clear, you can enjoy spectacular views of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sabinyo volcano is a hike taken by those who are physically fit and quite adventurous. The hike to this volcano also takes an entire day. The summit of this volcano is on the border of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. In fact, while you’re at the summit you can view all the three countries simultaneously.

Day 4 — Return to Kigali for Departure flight

On this day and depending on the departure flight time, you can embark on yet another thrilling activity of either gorilla trekking or golden monkey trekking (Optional).

Upon completion of the trekking exercise, transfer immediately to the airport in case the departure flight is at night.

Costs include

  • Ground transport
  • Park entrance
  • Bottled water in the safari vehicle
  • Accommodation
  • Tour guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Costs exclude

  • Extras at the accommodation such as drinks, telephone, laundry
  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Flight ticket
  • Visa

Price — US $1,050 per person (For two people)

The price slightly increases if you decide to travel as a solo traveler. Conversely, the price payable per person reduces from the stated amount if the tour is booked by more than two people.


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