5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda; - Track Gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park & Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National park

5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda; – Track Gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park & Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National park

Overview of the 5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda; – Track Gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park & Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National park

The 5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda allows you to explore the gorillas of Rwanda and the gorillas of Uganda at a relaxed pace. The 880 mountain gorilla populations that are left in the wild thrive in the two main habitats namely; the Virunga Massif which supports the 480 and then Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which supports the remaining 400. Tracking gorillas in these two destinations gives a diversified trekking experience including different photo taking opportunities, the magical sceneries, the touch of the local people and the after gorilla trek experience. The safari incorporates the historical tour to Musaze Caves and the boat recreation and relaxation on Lake Bunyonyi with 29 Islands surrounded by the magical Kigezi Highlands.

Safari Highlight of the 5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda

Day 1 of the 5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport and transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Day 2 of the 5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Do gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park and relax at the lodge. Optional tour to Musaze Caves

Day 3 of the 5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Drive along the Virunga Volcanoes and visit the local community upon arrival

Day 4 of the 5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Do gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat cruise and relaxation

Day 5 of the 5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Transfer back to Kigali

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Detailed Safari Itinerary of the 5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda

Day 1 of the 5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport and transfer to Volcanoes National Park

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Upon your arrival at Kanombe-Kigali International Airport, you will be received by our guide and who will usher you in to the safari moods. You drive through Kigali City and if it still early, you take time to visit the Gisozi genocide memorial to take time and explore what actually happened in the 1994 horrific genocide that hit Rwanda in the year 1994. The skulls are aligned, writings and photos are displayed and presentations are made to take you through the entire experience. After this encounter settle for lunch after and then drive to Volcanoes National Park 116km about 3 hours’ drive passing through impressive countryside landscapes of Rwanda with rolling hills before arriving in Ruhengeri for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Hotel La Palme, Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel, Camping

Day 2 of the 5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Do gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park and relax at the lodge. Optional tour to Musaze Caves

After our breakfast, start your Rwanda gorilla tracking safari by driving to the headquarters for briefing by park officials at 8am and after enter into the jungle to search for the shy mountain endangered gorillas in Rwanda. Requirements like firm walking shoes, hut, insect repellent, sun screen, rain gears, packed lunch and bottled water are a must plus other tools that one may need once in the tropical rain forest. The gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes is beyond gorilla alone. The sights of the Volcanic Mountains that stretch from Congo through Rwanda to Uganda, the verdant green vegetation that shelter their slopes, the counts of birds along with fauna like duikers and buffaloes combine to generate lasting safari memories.  The gorilla trekking activity tends to last from 2 to 8 hours or more depending on the day’s gorilla movement. The one hour of direct encounter with the gorillas brings you closer to these ancient apes, look into their eyes, their gigantic structure that makes them most powerful of all apes and explore them forage and play before retreating to the lodge for relaxation. In the afternoon, you can take an optional Musaze Caves walk to explore the historic caves of Musaze that were formed 65million years ago by the basalt lava flow from the Volcanic Mountains of Sabyinyo and Bisoke. The caves feature 31 entrances and stretch to 2km inside. The cave exploration lasts 2 hours walking underground but with the company of the soldier to offer you protection. The caves provided refigium to people in times of war in the pre-colonial Rwanda and even in the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Hotel La Palme, Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel, Camping

Day 3 of the 5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Drive along the Virunga Volcanoes and visit the local community upon arrival

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After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park driving along the magical views of eight mountains that form the Greater Virunga massif. You cross at Chanika boarder and get welcomed by other magical Kigezi Highlands with rolling hills and temperate climate that have earned it the naming as the Switzerland of Africa. You settle at the lodge for lunch and then after you embark on a community tour visiting the Batwa people along with the Bakiga to explore into their way of life and cultural traditions. You can arrange for an impressive cultural performance after which you retreat to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

 

 

 

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp, Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp, Camping

Day 4 of the 5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Do gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat cruise and relaxation

After breakfast, you gather at the respective park headquarters of the region that you are tracking to catch up with gorilla family allocation and briefing at 8am led by the UWA Park rangers. After briefing, you connect to the trail head and start the gorilla trek passing through dense vegetation perched on steep slopes and deep valleys with streams flowing. The mature forest cover presents a rich canopy that keeps the interior of the forest dark. The company of the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger guide very armed for protection against any wild animal that may wish to attack. They are also very knowledgeable as they give you a themed interpretation of the forest, its lush flora, the fauna and counts of birds including great deal of Albertine endemics before coming across the critically endangered apes as they forage, the young ones playing and rolling themselves on tree branches and the silverback demonstrating their mighty dominance. The one full hour with the gorillas is a rewarding moment to explore the gorilla in detail and take as many pictures as you can. You retreat from the activity which tends to last 2 – 8 hours after which you transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat cruise exploring some of the main Islands out of the 29 Islands that mark the lake surrounded by magical Kigezi Highlands. The sun set views of the lake, the myriad of Islands and the surrounding hills contribute to lasting safari memories of this trip.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort, Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort, Budget / Basic: Byoona Amagara Island Retreat, Camping

Day 5 of the 5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Transfer back to Kigali

After a relaxed breakfast, you embark on the transfer to Kigali City 196km about 3 hours drive crossing at Katuna boarder post. The views of the hills of Rwanda are rewarding to explore before arriving in Kigali city to catch up with the flight back home.

End of the 5 days Gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda

Getting There

Transport Means to Your Safari Destinations

4X4 Safari Landcruisers For Hire In Ugand & Rwanda

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One of the best known 4×4 WD that you can use for your safari in Uganda’s Parks and Rural countryside.Our car hire is based on limited mileage and applies to travel within Uganda.( Terms and conditions apply. Read More

4X4 Safari Vans For Hire In Uganda Rwanda

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Looking for 4X4 Safari Vans for hire in Uganda, Prime Uganda Safaris is available to your service. We have customized safari vans that have 4 wheel drive and have demonstrated the capacity to access distant Uganda Safari destinations and across borders such as Rwanda. Read More

4X4 Minivan|Coaster|Mini Buses For Hire in Uganda Rwanda

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We have minivans for hire to groups of eight up to twelve. Make sure to find the class to suit your large group.In this Category, we have 4X 4 Safari Mini bus with capacity ranging from 6 seater to 14 seater and they’ve got a pop up roof for game viewing purposes. These have got diesel powered engines and come with a driver guide but excluding fuel.( Terms and conditions apply). Read More

Accommodations/ Safari Lodges/ Safari Hotels to Your Safari Destinations

More lodging options in Bwindi National Park

Gorilla Mist Camp-bwindi

Gorilla Mist Camp is located in Ruhija sector in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park just outside the park boundary. The Gorilla Mist Camp presents perfect midrange / standard accommodation in Ruhija Bwindi

More lodging options in Bwindi

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Gorilla Forest Camp is located in Buhoma area to the north of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda takes place.

More lodging options in Bunyonyi

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Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort is an upmarket / luxury accommodation establishment on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi – the second deepest lake in Africa with a count of 29 Islands.

General Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

General Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

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