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Gorilla Trek (East African Playgrounds)
 


The Gorilla Trek is a 4-day walking and boating trip organised by Edirisa for East African Playgrounds volunteers. Participants from different British universities trek from Lake Bunyonyi to Rushaga and then visit mountain gorillas there.




DAY 0



Your Lake Bunyonyi time will begin with a tour of The Heart of Edirisa and an open-air dinner. A campfire can keep you active deep into the night...


DAY 1



We will wake up before 7am, to be ready and packed before breakfast at 8am.



You will canoe to Kyabahinga peninsula where most of today's program is happening. A steep climb that takes about 30 minutes will be the sole physical challenge of Day 1.



We will visit Edirisa Nursery school for a cute singing and dancing presentation (weekdays only) and have a sip of the local brew, obushera, at the nearby bar...



What would you ask a herbalist to help you with? Omugurusi Jemeriah knows everything there is to know about medicinal plants, and a session with him is the next item on our program. Only a short walk away lies the African Explorer Cultural Village, a source of stories about the history and beliefs of the Bakiga people.



From the ridge of the peninsula you will enjoy sweeping Lake Bunyonyi vistas, towards the north and the south of the lake.



At Mrs Anna's we will eat lunch (beans, sweet and Irish potatoes, ground nuts and dodo, local spinach) and get an introduction to craft making.



In the afternoon dugouts will come for us from Habukomi Island, to bring us to Tom's Homestay...



Estimates - Day 1:
walking distance: 2 miles
canoeing distance: 1.5 miles
start altitude: 6,400 feet
peak altitude: 6,900 feet
end altitude: 6,400 feet



DAY 2



This is the toughest day of the trek! We will get up at 6am, in the middle of Lake Bunyonyi, with the goal to reach Lake Kayumbu on the other side of Echuya Forest Reserve before the night falls.



Traditional dugout canoes will take us to the western shore of Bunyonyi.



25 Bazungu (white people) hiking = prime attraction in regions that seldom see tourists!



A multi-hour climb will lead you past the subcounty centre of Bufundi.



Depending on how quick we are, we will have a rich picnic lunch before or after Echuya.



Right at the start of the 2-hour Echuya crossing, impressive chameleons are quite often found.



The swamp in the middle of the forest calls for gumboots (that travel there on a porter's head) and some focus.



Throughout the reserve you learn interesting things from our guide Kanusu, the leader of a nearby Batwa Pygmy community.



Another three hours will be needed to reach Lake Kayumbu and camp at a Church of Uganda compound on the lake shore. Local dinner will be cooked for us by the lay leader’s family.

Estimates - Day 2:
walking distance: 8.5 miles
canoeing distance: 2 miles
start altitude: 6,400 feet
peak altitude: 8,200 feet
end altitude: 6,200 feet



DAY 3



Simple sitting toilets and swimming docks have been built for Gorilla Trekkers at all overnight locations. What about a refreshing morning swim with a dormant volcano, Mt Muhavura (13,500ft) on the horizon?



After 8am breakfast you will hike towards Kisoro Town, a predominantly flat affair.



There you will practise with the gorilla statue a little (you want to be ready, right?) and eat tasty lunch at Coffee Pot, a cosy place established by a German lady who has lived in Uganda for decades.



The afternoon walk will take about two hours. Then a boat will deliver us to Mutanda Island Lodge, a very special camping destination (check out a Facebook album about this island). With loads of rabbits on the island, you won't be surprised by what will come to you on the plate. (Vegetarian options available too, of course.)

Estimates - Day 3:
walking distance: 11 miles
boating distance: 1 mile
start altitude: 6,200 feet
peak altitude: 6,400 feet
end altitude: 6,000 feet



DAY 4



We will make it to other side of the lake by motorboat, in about an hour and a half.



The short but intense climb and the view from Chameleon Hill Lodge will take your breath away. (Three or more Virunga volcanoes can be seen above Lake Mutanda.)



At around midday there will be a tasty meal served at the lodge, as we wish to continue soon. The last part of the trek includes 15 energetic climbing minutes, while the rest is really easy to walk.



Kids were be happy to see you in Rubuguri Town!



The final few minutes we will hike on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.



And then, at Nshongi Camp, you will look back and marvel.... You will have experienced an amazing region, two protected forests, three fantastic lakes, four tiresome days, many steep hills and valleys ... and possibly a couple of blisters too. :-)

Estimates - Day 4:
walking distance: 7.5 miles
boating distance: 5 mile
start altitude: 6,000 feet
peak altitude: 6,500 feet
end altitude: 6,400 feet



DAY G









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To book a trek or get more information please write to home@edirisa.org or call +256 75 2558 222.

Photo by Bethany Ward, Blasio Byekwaso, Clarissa Michalitsianos, Elise Schofield, Miha Logar, Naomi Richards, Samantha Butler
 

General Overview
Canoeing & Trekking on Lake Bunyonyi
Treks to Gorilla National Parks
Tailor-Made Treks
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  Gorilla Trek (EAP)
Budget Accommodation on Lake Bunyonyi
Tom`s Homestay on Lake Bunyonyi
Batwa Today (Echuya Forest Reserve)
Cultural Museum of the Bakiga (Kabale)
Special Offers for Families
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