Optional: Best of Chameleon Hill, Batwa Trail, Golden Monkey Tracking, Volcano Climbing and much more…
This day is yours to chose from a variety of activities on offer. You can opt for Lake activities (inflatable kayak, local dugout canoe, pontoon motorboat), cultural activities (farm experience, weave a basket, carve a gorilla mask, Batwa trail), hiking & walking, biking (guided or self-guided), more primates (Golden Monkey tracking) or simply unwind at this beautiful spot and perhaps get a massage or a pedicure.
Here are but a few activities we would recommend:
“Best of Chameleon Hill”: Mountain Bike, Coffee Tour & Boat trip
Start the day with a 2-3-hour bike tour along Lake Mutanda. Drive through beautiful landscapes, past banana plantations, while children run after you and mothers in colorful clothes wave to you on their way to the field. Your destination is Kisoro. Here you exchange your bike for a Boda Boda, a light Ugandan motorcycle, which will take you to a coffee plantation in a short drive where you will tour a local farm, and experience the full process of making coffee from beans. Your Boda will now 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, there is another stop on the promenade: Skeleton Island. Let yourself be surprised...
Turn off your flashlight in the Ngarama Cave, the ghostly singing begins to resound in total darkness. Making fire requires cooperation! Watch your Batwa leaders make fires to smoke out wild bees. Watch as the Batwas build a traditional grass hut and then disassemble what was typical and essential to their nomadic lifestyle. Enjoy the lively dance at the entrance of the cave as the Batwa women sing a traditional song to welcome the guests. You walk through Mgahinga Gorilla National Park with spectacular views of the Virunga Volcanoes. During the cultural conquest tour, the Batwas show hunting techniques, procuring honey and medicinal plants, making bamboo cups and much more.
Golden Monkey Tracking
In the 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, not to be missed by those desiring to track Chimpanzees and Gorillas in Uganda. The viewing is kept to an hour and you get a close-up look at the Golden Monkeys 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 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 hike". 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, as well as higher and lower difficulty. We will definitely find the perfect summit for you. The most recommended hike is the path on Sabinyo Mountain. The summit has a height of 3.645m and is the border crossing of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. The hike is not easy and takes about 7-8 hours. B/L/D