This 7 Days Uganda Rwanda gorilla & wildlife safari offers you an opportunity to explore primates, Wildlife and scenery in Uganda and Rwanda. The safari starts in Kampala – Uganda and ends in Kigali – Rwanda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to over 370 gorillas, accommodating almost a half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. A tour to this park enables you get up close and personal with the rare species.
The double gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Volcanoes will give you a different taste of trekking these critically endangered apes in different terrain and environment. The mixture of these safari products qualifies this Uganda Rwanda trip worthy undertaking.
- Gorilla tracking
- Nature Walk
- Stopover at the Equator
- Igongo Cultural Visit
- Lake Bunyonyi
- Golden monkey trekking
- Historical sights
Depending on your arrival time, together with your guide you will transfer by private vehicle south-West to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
You will stop over at the Uganda Equator for some photo shoots and a visit to the Craft Village. You will then head towards the western part of Uganda to the town of Mbarara where you will take your lunch and visit the Igongo cultural center.
After lunch you will go for a museum tour where you will get an insight into cultures of people in western Uganda then proceed to Bwindi impenetrable forest. Dine at your place of accommodation and relax the rest of the evening as you prepare for a thrilling experience of Mountain Gorilla Tracking the following day, the reality is that tonight you actually are sleeping within an African Rainforest which is habitat to half the population of the world’s endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Meal Plan (Dinner)
After an early breakfast, head to the Headquarters of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for an orientation plus meeting the guides as well as separation into the groups basing on which gorilla group you are to be tracking. From there you will set off for your thrill experience of the Gorillas in the Mist.
Hiking within this mysterious and wonderful forest offers quite a lot to see as you make your way to see the Mountain Gorillas. The wildlife including additional primates, butterflies, mammals and birds, will certainly be very beautiful and really enhance this extremely special experience.
The tracking / trekking can entail some thorough climbing as well as hiking although when you come face to face with the tranquil yet potent Mountain Gorillas, watching them only a few meters away from you observing the group, the baby with the mothers, the gorillas partaking their every day routine just right in front of you is all very overwhelming. You can never find any mountain gorillas living in the zoo, save for just in this not large area of Africa where a number of the remnant mountain gorillas can be seen.
Luckily because of too many efforts, this population is thriving and well surviving within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and visitors get the opportunity of observing them at close proximity. Time permitting; thereafter visit the famous batwa community for a community and cultural experience. You will learn about the traditional lifestyle of the Batwa, from brewing of the local beer to medicines made from this very forest.
After a healthy breakfast, you will drive south to Lake Bunyonyi. Because of the tiring experience in Bwindi, the majority of the clients will take pleasure in some time to relax on the shores of this beautiful lake. There are various activities for the guest to enjoy here such as swimming, bird watching, sun bathing including a boat trip around the islands as well as cycling.
Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Lodge (Midrange) or Bunyonyi Overland Resort (Budget end) Meal Plan (Full Board)
After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Volcanoes National Park 53km from Lake Bunyonyi. You will drive along the stunning views of Virunga Volcanoes that connect the three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The scenic views of Lake Mutanda – a re-known lava dammed lake gives you the taste of the influence of volcanic activity in the formation of landform features.
Continue on the drive to arrive in Volcanoes National Park for lunch and short relaxation after which you take on a caves walk activity to marvel at this natural feature with great historical significance in the traditional Rwanda as they provided refuge for the Kings and storage for supplies during times of war.
Dinner and overnight at The Bamboo Gorilla Lodge (Midrange) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget end) Meal Plan (Dinner)
Wake up very early for breakfast such that by 8:00am, you are already at the park headquarters –Kinigi for briefing and eventual gorilla trekking experience. During this session, you are allocated to a gorilla family to track and if with a special case, rangers can be consulted for special arrangement. You will head off to the volcanic lush vegetation in search of gorillas. The trek is quite thrilling as you go through amazing landscapes amidst bird sights and other wildlife crossing including monkeys, wild pigs and if lucky wild elephants.
The trek takes 2 – 8 hours as gorillas are unpredictable thus packed lunch is required. The jungle sounds will accompany you up to that long waited moment of direct contact with gorillas. You will see them as they forage, play, socialize and sometimes charge. The state of wonder that will engulf your heart could leave your camera film with no space for other encounters. The full one hour is enough to optimize this experience after which you will retreat to the starting point then proceed to your hotel to relax.
Dinner and overnight at The Bamboo Gorilla Lodge (Midrange) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget end) Meal Plan (Full Board)
After morning breakfast, you will track the golden monkeys. These striking primates are a treat for the eyes. With their bright orange fur contrasting the green rainforests of the Virunga Mountains – it's a photographers dream! Visitors meet with their guides at Volcanoes National Park’s Kinigi Headquarters and the visit is done once per day, time will be allocated once booked. Have lunch at your lodge then proceed to Kigali.
Peacefully nestled along picturesque hilltops, Kigali is a thriving African city immediately notable for its cleanliness, orderliness, and hospitality. You will visit the Genocide Memorial centers, the Camp Kigali Belgian Monument, Natural History Museum - Kandt House, Ivuka Arts Galleries, and the Nyamata church among others.
Dinner and overnight at The Chez Lando Hotel (Midrange) or Five to Five Hotel (Budget end) Meal Plan (Full Board)
After breakfast, Check-out and proceed to Kigali International Airport to catch up with your out bond flight back home or to your next destination.
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What is included
- 2 Gorilla permit per Adult
- 1 Golden monkey permit per adult
- Batwa Visit
- Igongo Visit
- Historical sites in Rwanda as per itinarary
- Lunch en-route
- Boat Trip
- Cave visit
- All activities included in the itinerary
- Transportation on a 4x4 vehicle
- English speaking Driver
- Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
- Bottled drinking water while on safari
What is not included
- International Flights
- Airport transfers
- Alcoholic Drinks
- Personal expenses
- Activities not included in the itinerary
Please do not hesitate to contact us for tailor made safaris and general inquiries. Yours – EWS Team