Gorilla trekking is one of the best safari vacations in Uganda and Rwanda as many travelers are attracted by the amazing encounters with the mountain gorillas that are roaming in the jungles of East Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park are the two areas where you can trek the gorillas in their natural habitat and clients can stay at the Lake chahaffi which is very quiet and offers superb views of the Virunga volcanoes.
Lake Chahafi is a volcanic lake located at the Uganda- Rwanda border at the base of Virunga volcanoes, it’s home to the rich biodiversity of birds and aquatic life, boat cruises can be done on the lake in search of the numerous bird species and beautiful sunrises.
The best gorilla trekking area for clients staying at Lake Chahafi is Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which is 40 minutes drive from the lake resort to the starting point for gorilla trekking in Ntebeko.
The easiest way to get to Lake Chahafi is by flying into Rwandan capital Kigali and then you take the 4 hours’ drive via Musanze town before crossing the border at Cyanika and then drive for 30 minutes to the Lodge
There are not many places to stay at the lakeside making the Lake Chahafi resort a top area to visit as there is less tourism traffic at the resort and clients can enjoy a relaxing and undisturbed experience.
The national park is accessible all year round but if possible clients can avoid the rainy seasons from March-May and September-November and the peak of the gorilla trekking season is from January to February when there are fewer tourists compared to June, July, and August when its summer holidays in Europe and it’s the peak season in Uganda.
Here is a brief travel plan for clients wanting to enjoy the gorilla trekking and relax at Lake Chahaffi.
Day 1-Arrival in Kigali and overnight
Upon arrival, you will be received by a representative from Hitch-A –Hike Adventurers safari and transfer to the lodge for relaxation
Lodge option– Iris Guest house Kigali
Day 2-Drive to Lake Chahafi via Musanze
After a short city tour clients will drive North West towards volcanoes national park and take a lunch break in musanze before crossing at the border in Cyanika and arriving at the lodge for relaxation
Lodge option– Lake Chahafi resort
Day 3-Gorilla trekking Experience in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
This is a magical day where you will encounter the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and the Nyakagezi group is one of the iconic gorilla families in Uganda with 4 silverback gorillas, the gorilla trekking takes between 2-6 hours depending on how long you will take to find the gorillas, the trekking starts at 8 am in the morning.
After trekking you will relax at the lodge looking at the stunning views of the volcanoes.
Day 4-Lazily morning and transfer to Kigali
After a lazily morning depending on your flight schedule you will be transferred back to Kigali for your outbound flight or overnight
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