14 Days Uganda And Rwanda Primate Tracking Adventure

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The 14 days Uganda and Rwanda primate tracking grand tour allows you to explore all that Uganda and Rwanda has to offer to tourists with regards to these unique creatures. You will first of all have a city tour in Kigali, proceed for primate tracking and birding in Nyungwe National park, connect to Parc National des Virunga for Mountain Gorilla tracking , then to Mgahinga National Park in Uganda then later to Bwindi Impenetrable national Park and end with chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park. The tour starts in Kigali and ends in Kampala.


  • Kigali city tour
  • Nyungwe-chimp tracking
  • Golden monkey
  • Canopy walk
  • Gorilla tracking*3
  • Kibale-chimp tracking
  • Bigodi wetland walk
  • Nature Walk
  • Sceneries
  • Lake Bunyonyi


On arrival at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda, you will be received by one of our tour guides who will transfer you to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you will do a city tour to introduce you to the history and culture of this country of a thousand hills and visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.

Overnight and dinner at Serena Hotel Kigali (High-end) or Chez Lando (Mid-range) or Accord Hotel (Budget-end) Meal plan (FB)

Early morning enjoy your breakfast and leave the hotel to western province, on your way visit the Royal Palace Museum and Ethnographic Museum in Southern Province. After lunch you head to Nyungwe National Park.

Overnight and dinner at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (High-end) or Emeraude Kivu Resort (Mid-range) or Gisakura Guest House (Budget-end) Meal plan (FB)

Your visit is to see the primates, with 13 species of Chimpanzee resident in Forest, you go to the park office before heading to trek chimpanzee. After Lunch we go to walk on the canopy walk way at Uwinka.

Overnight and dinner at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (High-end) or Emeraude Kivu Resort (Mid-range) or Gisakura Guest House (Budget-end) Meal plan (FB)

After breakfast, we go for colobus monkey tracking and visit the tea plantation and later head to Volcanoes National park driving through a beautiful country side and a home to the mountain gorillas.

Overnight and dinner at Governors Camp Silverback Lodge (High-end) or The Bamboo Gorilla Lodge (Mid-range) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget-end) Meal plan (FB)

After an early morning breakfast, you will transfer to the park headquarters together with your packed lunch early enough to be briefed about the code of conduct while with the gorillas. This will be followed by entering the forest in search of the gorillas in the forest which may take 2-6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the jungle.

Meet and stay with the gorillas for a maximum of one hour. Ascend for a community walk to the Banyarwanda people and enjoy their different performances and also explore more about their unique culture.

Overnight and dinner at Governors Camp Silverback Lodge (High-end) or The Bamboo Gorilla Lodge (Mid-range) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget-end) Meal plan (FB)

Have an early morning breakfast and then proceed to the park headquarters to trek golden monkeys along with other primates in the forest.
Transfer to Kisoro and on to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. You will relax at your lodge and refresh for the next day.

Overnight and Dinner at Mount Gahinga Lodge (High end), or Mutanda Lake Resort (Midrange) or Kisoro Tourist Hotel (Budget end) Meal Plan (FB)

Today enjoy surely. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. Before briefing, your passport details will be required to make sure that you are eligible to trek mountain gorillas. This will be followed by briefing from one of the UWA rangers about gorilla trekking, dos and don’ts and instructions to be followed on the trek, with the gorillas and after the trek. You will then be led to the forest to search for the mountain gorillas.

Mgahinga National Park has only one habituated mountain gorilla family called Nyakagezi which used to move between Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park but it is now permanently resident in Uganda. Once you find Nyakagezi Family, you will be allowed one hour with the gorillas.

We trek through the rain-forest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.

Dinner and overnight at Mount Gahinga Lodge (High end), or Mutanda Lake Resort (Midrange) or Kisoro Tourist Hotel (Budget end) Meal Plan (FB)

After breakfast, you will transfer to Mgahinga National Park headquarters for either full day golden monkey habituation experience or half day golden monkey trekking. You will be briefed about the dos and don’ts while with golden monkeys and then proceed to the mountain/forest for your trek. You will be allowed enough time with researchers if you choose to do golden monkey experience and only one hour if you choose to do golden monkey trekking.

Return to your lodge for relaxation, late lunch and later drive to Lake Bunyonyi arriving in time for dinner. Lake Bunyonyi surface is fresh with 25 degrees Celsius thus bilhazia free and safe for swimming. With 29 islands on it, the lake is surrounded by terraced hillsides and is a visitation darling of many foreign and domestic tourists. About 200 bird species have been recorded at the lake area since "Bunyonyi" also means "the place of many little birds".

The bird species include the White tailed Blue Monard, grey crowned cranes, the African Harrier Hawk, Herons and egrets, the Levillant cuckoo, the Cardinal Woodpecker and the Rufous-breasted wryneck. Weavers nesting on the Island, include the large golden, slender-billed Baglafetch, as well as the yellow-backed and spectacled weavers.

Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Lodge (High end), or Bunyonyi Bird nest Lodge (Midrange) or Bunyonyi Overland Resort (Budget end) Meal Plan (Dinner)

Because of the tiring experience in Rwanda and Mgahinga, you will take pleasure in some time to relax on the shores of this beautiful lake. An early nature walk around the environs of your lodge offers an excellent opportunity for bird viewing and appreciating the African sunrise and beauty of sceneries.

Return to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast take a boat ride on the lake to visit neighboring pygmy tribes with their unique culture. While on the boat, birding is one fascinating attraction and the view of the overland is breathtaking. After lunch you will set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge (High-end), or Engagi Lodge (Midrange) or Buhoma Community Bandas (Budget-end) Meal Plan (FB)

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.

Buhoma region has the oldest habituated gorilla family in the whole of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and this family is called Mubare group. The family currently has 9 members a factor highly attributed to the Late Ruhondeza (who died in 2013). Ruhondeza grew older and could not effectively defend the family leading to break ways that later weakened the family. By the time of Ruhondeza’s death, the family had only 4 members but after his death, a new silverback embarked on an aggressive campaign that has seen the group capture some individuals from other families to the tune of nine members. It is believed that with the ambition of the new silverback, the family is likely to grow in numbers.

Other gorilla families that can be trekked from Buhoma region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include Rushegura gorilla group which has 16 members and Habinyanja Group that has 19 individuals.

Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge (High end), or Engagi Lodge (Midrange) or Buhoma Community Bandas (Budget end) Meal Plan (FB)

After breakfast, spend the morning relaxing at your lodge and enjoy the beautiful surrounding scenery. After lunch you will visit the famous batwa 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. Later you will dive north to Kibale National Park.

Dinner and over night at Ndali Lodge (High-end) or Primate Lodge (Mid-range) or Kibale Forest Camp (Budget-end) Meal plan (Dinner)

Start the day with an early breakfast and thereafter drive to Kibale National Park which is home to over 1000 chimpanzees including the black and white colubus monkey, grey cheeked Mangabey and red tailed monkey. Here you will be allowed to spend some time with these mesmerizing creatures, as you observe them swing from one tree to another, feed, play around or progress steadily on the ground right in front of you.

Drive to your lodge for lunch and thereafter head to Bigodi wetlands sanctuary which is Rich in biodiversity and beautiful scenery, the wetland is a birder’s paradise with about 138 species. Located outside the park in Magombe Swamp it also hosts eight species of primates including the black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed, I’Hoest’s and blue monkeys, and olive baboons.

Dinner and over night at Ndali Lodge (High-end) or Primates Lodge (Midrange) or Kibale Forest Camp (Budget-end). Meal plan (FB)

After an early breakfast, drive North to Fort portal which is the largest city in the western region. You will have a stopover at the Karambi Tombs which are the ancestral burial grounds of Omukama Kasagama & Rukidi III who were late kings of Toro Kingdom. You will also visit the Omukama's Palace, built by the love and effort of the batooro in the Sixties, once graced the top of Kabarole hill as a symbol of identity and pride for the one million plus batooro. Its elegance and unique architectural design left an indelible impression on all those who beheld it. After lunch drive to Kampala and prepare for your flight out.

Dinner and overnight at Protea Hotel Kampala (High end) or Fairway Hotel (Midrange) or Red chili Hideaway Kampala (Budget ) Meal plan (Dinner)

After a healthy breakfast, spend the morning relaxing from the long journey and packing for the journey back. Your guide will transfer you to Entebbe International Airport to catch up with your out bond flight back home or to your next destination.

Meal plan (Breakfast)

End Of Tour


  • Airport transfers
  • Nyungwe Visit
  • Golden Monkey Visit
  • Visa fees to Uganda from Rwanda
  • Transportation by a 4wd minibus safari vehicle with a pop roof
  • Gorilla Tracking permit in Uganda
  • Gorilla tracking permit in Rwanda
  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
  • All other activities included on this itinerary
  • One chimp permit per person to be secured and paid for in advance
  • Park fees
  • En-route Lunches
  • Services on an English speaking Driver/guide.
  • Lake Bunyonyi visit


  • Personal Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Cigarettes
  • Tips
  • Souvenirs and any other items of personal nature.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for tailor made safaris and general inquires.
Yours – EWS Team

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14 Days Uganda And Rwanda Primate Tracking Adventure

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