Come and experience the incredible mountain gorillas, which now only exist in three countries in the world. The power and mejesticness of these gentle creatures will amaze you and is not to be missed. No visit to Uganda is complete without seeing them. The lodge is about an hour and a half away from the Gorilla parks, and you will spend between 1 and 4 hours trekking to find them, then 1-2 hours with the gorillas before coming back. We will provide you with a packed lunch to take with you. Dinner will be back at the lodge. We can arrange for a gorilla permit from either Bwindi or Mgahinga gorilla national parks.
Choose to take the tour at the later time and combine it with a night’s stay in one of Lake Chahfi Resort’s wonderful tented cabins.
Uganda homes one of the last breeding populations of the beautiful endangered species of Golden Monkeys, and at a fraction of the cost of gorilla trekking, taking a tour to see these pretty, characteristic creatures is a perfect addition or alternative to the gorilla trekking, suitable for any traveller.
While you are staying at Lake Chahafi Resort we can arrange your trip to see the golden monkies, including the tracking cost, park fees, transport to and from, and a packed lunch!
This area houses the stunning scenery of the extinct volcanic range the Virungas, and there are a
This area houses the stunning scenery of the extinct volcanic range the Virungas, and there are a vareity of trails and hikes you can do to the various different summits, depending on your fitness levels and the challenge intensity you desire!
Mt. Gahinga 3,474 metres
From Ntebeko to Mount Gahinga, is the least demanding hike with a summit of 1,100m, and will take approximately 6-7 hours for the round trip. You can expect to see a wide variety of forest birds along the way.
Mt. Sabinyo 3,645 metres
Slightly more strenuous is the climb from Ntebeko to Sabinyo, with a peak at 1,300m, you can expect the trip up and back down to take at least 8 hours. The combination of montane forest and moorland along the route makes for an interesting journey, the final part of which is a series of ladder enabled climbs up rock face and at the summit you will be in three countries Uganda, Congo and Rwanda.
Mt. Muhavura 4127 metres
If you really want a challenge then the climb up Muhavura is the one for you, but the 1,793m ascent over a minimum of 9 hours is worth it for the open views over moorland on the way up, and the small crater lake at the top. Be aware you may feel altitude-related sysmptoms due to the rapidity of the ascent.
For all three hikes, warm clothes, good boots, a reasonable lebvel of fitness and an early start are recommended. While you are staying at Lake Chahafi Resort, we can arrange transport to and from the hikes, the park fees and guide (all hikes in national parks here require a guide as licensed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority), and a packed lunch!
This trail leads along the lower slopes of Mgahinga Volcano to Garama Cave, and provides a much more genuine experience of the Batwa forest culture and traditions. Along with practical demonstrations of various aspects of their lives, such as firelighting, bivouac building, bow and arrow hunting practice, visitors will also be able to get involved in a discussion of the current suituation of the Batwa and how they live now compared to their origins. The day will be rounded off with a performance of Batwa music and dance in the excellently acoustic council chamber of Garama Cave. A good, worthwhile alternative to the slightly tacky independent guided visits, this one is a partnership between the Ugandan Wildlife Authority and the United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda, and approximately half of the fee from the activity goes directly to the Batwa. We can arrange this experience including all travel and park fees for you while you are staying at Lake Chahafi Resort.
If you want something a little less effort intensive than the hikes, there are either the guided nature trails in the national parks, for which we could arrange your transport and park fees and guide, or you could take one of our maps from the lodge and explore the area around Lake Chahafi Resort. Climb up Nyabitare and get a stunning view of Lake Chahafi on one side and Lake Kayumbu on the other, or skirt around the edge of the lakes and see local village life as the people work in the fields, and wildlife that the lake and surroundings offers. There are a number of routes mapped out, try one, or try them all! You’re sure to enjoy the sights!
If you have a keen interest in birds and nature, then Lake Chahafi is the place to be! A wide range of birds can be spotted on and around the lake, such as the African Jacana, Lesser Jacana, Swamp Warbler, Black Crake, Common Moorhen, Malachite Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Hammerkop, Great Crowned Crane,grebes, Egyptian Goose, Yellow billed duck, Black Headed Weaver (also known as Dark Capped Weaver). Hire a guided canoe from Lake Chahafi Resort to get maximum coverage of the area and combine the sights from the water with a walk across the land around. Be sure to check out the folder of recently spotted birds kept at the Resort before you go – and see if you can add to the list!