Optional: Best of Chameleon Hill, Batwa Trail, Golden Monkey Tracking, Volcano Climbing and many more…
Today you can choose from a variety of optional activities, here are just a few…:
“Best of Chameleon Hill”: Mountain Bike, Coffee Tour & Boat trip
Start the day with a 2-3 hour mountain bike tour along Lake Mutanda. Cycle through beautiful landscapes, past banana plantations, while children run besides you and mothers in colorful clothes wave on their way to the field. Your destination is Kisoro. Here you exchange your bike for a Boda Boda, a light Ugandan motorcycle. Your boda driver will take you to a coffee plantation where you will tour a local farm, and experience the full process of making coffee from beans. Thereafter another short boda ride will take you to the southern shore of Lake Mutanda. Our signature red pontoon boat awaits you just a few steps from a local beverage hut where you can get beer or wine for the boat ride. You will then head to Mutanda Island, the largest island in the lake. After a guided tour of the island and its community, there is another stop on the itinerary: Skeleton Island. Get ready for a surprise...
The Batwa Trail runs across the lower slopes of the Muhavura and Gahinga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Safari Park. The forest is home to a variety of wildlife but the Batwa Trail is far from being a conventional nature walk. With the help of Batwa guides, you will see the forest as a larder, pharmacy, builder’s yard, tool kit and above all, a home. Along the trail, you will fire a bow and arrow, check hives for wild honey, help repair a Batwa shelter, harvest plants for medicine and food, light a fire without matches, listen to legends and learn about Batwa traditions.
The highlight of the trail is a descent into the Garama cave, a 200m long lava tube beneath Mt. Gahinga. The Batwa are famed for their music and dance and their historic, subterranean council chamber in Garama cave provides the setting for an unforgettable performance. The Batwa trail is a celebration of the forest culture of the ‘first people’. It is imposible, however, to ignore the fact that Batwa life has greatly changed. The day’s events conclude is a discussion about the Batwa’s current situation; how it can be improved; and progress towards doing so.
Golden Monkey Tracking
In Mgahinga Gorilla National Park you will hike through the bamboo forest at the foot of the majestic volcanoes accompanied by your rangers. Golden Monkey tracking is a lively experience. The viewing is kept to 1 hour and you get a close-up look at the endangered primates in their natural habitat. You can see them frolic in the bamboo forest, mothers carrying their children, nibbling on bamboo leaves and totally at ease with you being around. The Monkeys are listed as endangered species by the World Conservation Union and are endemic to the park. The beautiful bright orange-golden body, cheeks and tail contrast beautifully with the black limbs and tail end and are a real photo hit!
Chameleon Hill is the perfect starting point for a "volcanic ascent". Three of the eight major Virunga volcanoes are located in Uganda: Mt. Muhabura, Mt. Sabinyo and Mt. Gahinga. There are several routes with different lengths, and grade of difficulty. We will definitely find the perfect summit for you. B/L/D