4 Days in Mgahinga: The Best Itinerary for Exploring Mgahinga

Exclusive 4 Days in Mgahinga best for gorilla trekking and Batwa experience

Itinerary Overview: 4 Days in Mgahinga

4 Days in Mgahinga best for gorilla trek and Batwa experience is an amazing Gorilla trekking and cultural tour experience in Uganda. The safari includes Mountain Gorilla trekking as well as a cultural experience of the culture of the Batwa pygmies by walking through the forest for an experience of their life before.

Taking a Batwa experience in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a cultural experience like no other. The Batwa pygmies are one of the smallest tribes with a very authentic and a very unique past. They lived within the forest alongside the Mountain Gorillas before they were pushed out for Mountain Gorilla conservation efforts. Today, they take tourists through the forest in what is referred to as the Batwa trail to show how they lived in the forest back in the day. 

This is an exclusive silverback gorilla safari and Batwa experience that can be booked any time of the year. The start and end points for this trip are mainly Kampala-Uganda’s capital or Entebbe International Airport. However, it can also be customized to suit your place of residence on request.

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 Tour Summary

  • Safari starts and ends in Kampala
  • Gorilla trekking at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • Batwa trail experience
  • Transfer by road on a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Accommodation before and after a trip can be arranged on request at an extra cost

What you need to know

  • Accommodation is provided as included 
  • Pack the right Gorilla trekking clothes & footwear 
  • Tour is available all year round 
  • Minimum age for tour is 15 years 
  • Gorilla permit is included in the cost

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Safari Highlights: 4 Days in Mgahinga

  • Day #1: Transfer from Kampala by 4×4 safari vehicle to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • Day #2: Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • Day #3: Mgahinga Batwa trail experience
  • Day #4: Return from Mgahinga to Kampala / Entebbe International Airport by road
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Detailed itinerary: 4 Days in Mgahinga

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala by 4×4 safari vehicle to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

On the first day of your safari, have an early morning breakfast at about 6:00 am and get ready for pick up from your safari guide allocated by Kabira Gorilla safaris. Following the meeting and greeting, you will embark on the drive-by road to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

From when you set off, you will have your first stop after about 80 Km from Kampala at the equator line. Here you have a few experiments and take photos at the world’s center line.  You then continue with the drive to southwestern Uganda and have lunch en route. After lunch, the drive continues to Mgahinga with arrival in the evening. On arrival, you check in, have dinner and spend the night at a preferred accommodation facility. It can be budget, mid-range, or Luxury according to your preference.

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner 

Accommodation Options 

Luxury: Mount Gahinga Lodge 

Mid-range: Lake Chahafi Resort

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mountain Gorilla Trekking | Uganda | Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Be ready to get ready early, have breakfast, and then be transferred from the hotel to the park headquarters for a briefing on trekking guidelines. By 8:00 am the park rangers will take you through the dos and don’ts of mountain Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. 

After the briefing, you go for Gorilla trekking, a wonderful experience as you walk through the forest inhabited by Mountain Gorillas. The trek takes several hours of time that can’t be predicted with about 2 – 6 hours or more and a maximum of 1 hour in the presence of the Mountain Gorillas. You spend this time taking pictures and filming the Gorilla lifestyle.

After seeing the Gorillas and spending 1 hour with them, you then walk back to the park headquarters. This is where you are awarded a certificate for completing the trek. From there your driver ensures your transfer to the hotel for relaxation and dinner. 

You spend the night in the previous night’s hotel.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

Day 3: Mgahinga Batwa trail Experience

The Batwa Trail, Mgahinga, Uganda

One of the most fascinating things about visiting Africa is the people, there is a lot of diversity. The Batwa people are amazing with a very unique culture that is just getting tempered by modernization. 

The Batwa trail experience starts after your breakfast at the hotel, depending on the allocated time. It starts with a Batwa guide typically dressed in traditional wear kneeling down to their god known as Biheeko who is believed to have powers or life protection and death when they go for hunting, fruit gathering, and raiding. 

During a Mgahinga Batwa trail, the local Batwa guide will show off their hunting techniques, and how to use different plants to make handcrafts like bamboo cups. You will also be taken through the former home of the Batwa king known as Nagarama cave where you listen to women perform their traditional music and also learn from the Batwa culture.

After the Batwa trail experience, you then return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation through the evening. You then spend the night at your previous accommodation.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

Day 4: Return from Mgahinga to Kampala / Entebbe International Airport by road

On the last day of your trekking safari in Mgahinga, you have breakfast and embark on the 8-9 hours drive back to Kampala. You have lunch en route.

Arriving in the evening, your safari guide will ensure drop-off at a preferred destination or hotel. Marking the end of the 4 Days Silverback Gorilla Tour and Batwa Trail Experience.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch 

End of the 4 Days in Mgahinga

Cost Inclusions

  • Uganda Gorilla trekking permit
  • Batwa trail experience
  • Accommodation & meals as indicated
  • 4×4 safari vehicle
  • A professional English speaking knowledgeable driver guide. 
  • Bottled drinking water on board

Cost Exclusions 

  • International flights & Visas 
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Any changes to the itinerary 
  • Laundry


  • 4×4 safari land cruiser for luxury travelers
  • 4×4 safari van for budget travelers

Safari Route: 4 Days in Mgahinga

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