Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda and Uganda
11 Day Safari from USD8,950 per person

Gorilla and Golden Monkey

TRIP OVERVIEW

Uganda and Rwanda are Africa’s newest safari destinations where travellers will enjoy discovering rainforests and endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. This trip is ten days which accord you enough time to immerse yourself in the culture of these vibrant countries and make the most of the many activities included in the itinerary.

The adventure begins at Entebbe International Airport, the main entry point to Uganda. Your first visit is Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, then proceed to Murchison Falls National Park where you take a guided primate walk in search of Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys, Red-tailed Monkeys in Budongo Forest. Bird watching will be an added advantage.

A game drive on the northern bank of the Nile with chances of seeing Rothschild Giraffe, elephants, lions, Jackson Hartebeest, Oribis, Waterbucks, leopards. A launch cruise in the Nile to the bottom of the falls will give you a chance to game view at close quarters.
Then the unforgettable adventure – hiking in the footsteps of the habituated family of chimpanzees and have one hour stay with the primates.

Take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George, to see hippos, elephants, buffaloes and so much birdlife. Main highlight of the trip – thrill of coming face to face with giant mountain gorilla silverback in Bwindi Forest, the unforgettable one hour with the primates.

Cross to Rwanda to spot the elusive golden monkeys with blue faces in Sabyinyo Volcano and Karisimbi Volcano.
Two of the most memorable moments in Kigali will be a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre and dinner at the Milles Collines Hotel, which is a major icon in Rwanda’s inspiring history.

Highlights of the Trip

  • Visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • 1 night at Budongo Eco Lodge in Murchison Falls National Park. Guided primate walk in search of Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys, Red-tailed Monkeys
  • A launch cruise in the Nile to the bottom of the falls will give you a chance to game view at close quarters
  • Hiking in the footsteps of the habituated family of chimpanzees and have one hour stay with the primatesA boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel , to see hippos, elephants, buffaloes and so much birdlife
  • A boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel , to see hippos, elephants, buffaloes and so much birdlife
  • Thrill of coming face to face with giant mountain gorilla silverback in Bwindi Forest, the unforgettable one hour with the primates
  • Spot the elusive golden monkeys with blue faces in Sabyinyo Volcano and Karisimbi Volcano
  • Visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre
  • Dinner at the Milles Collines Hotel

What's Included in this Safari

  • Overnight at Cassia Lodge in Kampala and Radisson Blu Hotel in Kigali  on bed and breakfast  
  • Full board accommodation on safari (Budongo Eco Lodge – 1 night, Baker’s Lodge – 1 night, Primate Lodge  – 1 night, Primate Lodge – 2 nights, Elephant Plains Lodge – 2 nights, Mahogany Springs Lodge – 2 nights, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge – 1 night)
  • Private 4WD vehicle with experienced guide throughout the safari
  • All parks and conservancies entry fees
  • Gorilla Tracking permit in Uganda
  • Golden Monkey permit in Rwanda
  • All Airport transfers
  • Medical Emergency Evacuation Insurance

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of personal nature

Pricing

  • All rates are based on US Dollars
  • Rates are per person sharing a double room
  • Pricing serve as a guide, request for the best and most current rates
  • Single supplement may apply

Wildlife you are likely to see in this safari

  • Lion
  • Elephant
  • Leopard
  • Mountain Gorilla
  • Golden Monkey
  • Rhino
  • Buffalo
  • Rothschild's Giraffe
  • Waterbuck
  • Black and White Colobus Monkey
  • Crocodile
  • Hippopotamus
  • Spotted Hyena
  • Impala
  • Eland
  • Red Tailed Monkey
  • Egyptian Goose
  • Secretary Bird
  • Kori Bustard
  • Crowned Crane

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Cassia Lodge - Kampala, Uganda

Welcome to Uganda! You shall arrive at Entebbe International Airport where we will welcome you and privately transfer you to Cassia Lodge in Kampala.  

Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cassia Lodge

DAY 2: Budongo Eco Lodge - Murchison Falls National park

Depart early morning to the most beautiful protected area in Uganda: Murchison Falls National Park. En route there is a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you will have lunch. Then proceed with the drive to Murchison Falls National Park.
After checking in to Budongo Eco Lodge enjoy a guided primate walk in the lush expenses of the Budongo Forest Reserve, in search of the habituated chimpanzee family. Also look out for other primates like the Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys, Red-tailed Monkeys, different type of birds, tracks of mammals and much more. The hike takes about 2 to 4 hours depending on the movement of the chimpanzees. Once the chimps are found you will stay for one hour with these amazing creatures to watch them eating, resting and playing.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Budongo Eco Lodge

DAY 3: Baker's Lodge - Murchison Falls NATIONAL PARK

After an early breakfast we start the day with a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing Rothschild Giraffe, elephants, lions, Jackson Hartebeest, Oribis, Waterbucks, leopards, different species of the savannah woodland birds. After lunch we will go on a Nile launch cruise to the bottom of the water falls for game viewing at close quarters, after the launch cruise we will drive to the top of the falls where you will have stunning view of the Nile.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and DInner

Accommodation: Bakers Lodge

DAY 4: Primate Lodge - Kibale National Park

After breakfast, check out and drive south to Fort Portal. Fort portal rests in the shadow of the fabled ‘Mountains of the Moon’ and is famous for her many tea plantations. Head to Kibale National Park arriving at Primate Lodge in time for dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and DInner

Accommodation: Primate Lodge

DAY 5: Elephant Plains Lodge - Queen Elizabeth National park

After pre-tracking briefing, you will walk to the trailhead for the start of an unforgettable adventure – hiking in the footsteps of the habituated family of chimpanzees. Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will spend an unforgettable one hour with them as they go about their daily life – feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching, in their natural habitat.
Return to Primate Lodge for lunch. Enjoy sight-seeing around the scenic crater lakes that surrounds the dense forest of Kibale National Park. Afterwards, you will proceed south alongside the majestic Rwenzori ‘Mountains of the Moon’ to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and DInner

Accommodation: Elephant Plains Lodge

DAY 6: Elephant Plains Lodge - Queen Elizabeth National park

Early morning game drive. Head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. You will see lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat. In the afternoon take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. There is so much birdlife in this area, and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and DInner

Accommodation: Elephant Plains Lodge

DAY 7: Mahogany Springs Lodge - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast, head towards the south, passing the southern sector of the National Park. This part is called Ishasha and is famous for the tree climbing lions, after a short game drive in this area, continue to Bwindi. While driving through a verdant countryside, you will pass traditional homesteads and enjoy panoramic views. In the afternoon, arrive in Bwindi National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. After lunch, you will take an evening walk in the village to meet the local community.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and DInner

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs

DAY 8: Mahogany Springs Lodge - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

This is the day for the unforgettable encounter, encounter with the gentle giants of Bwindi! After breakfast, drive to the park offices where trekkers are divided into groups of 8 and allocated a gorilla family as well as a tracking guide.
After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide (touches on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions), you drive to the trailhead for the start of your thrilling adventure – participants can expect to walk long distances in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of fitness. Granted, the time taken can be quite unpredictable taking anything from 2 to 8 hrs or longer however the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback will more than compensate for the effort in their quest.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling by the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Afterwards, you hike back to base where your driver will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and DInner

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs

DAY 9: Mountin Gorilla View Lodge - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Transfer to Cyanika – cross the Rwanda border, from there you continue to Ruhengeri while enjoying panoramic views. The town itself, located only 25 kilometers from Uganda border, is relatively a small city. The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable. The Town has great views of the surrounding volcanoes. People are very friendly here and although a former Belgian colony (and thus French-speaking), many people speak English here.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and DInner

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

DAY 10: Radisson Blu Hotel - Kigali

Early breakfast at the Lodge then head to tracking Golden Monkeys in Volcanoes National Park.
0630 hrs: transfer to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters.
0700 hrs: registration at the Volcanoes National Park Offices followed by a transfer to the trail head. Golden Monkeys are among the most endangered primates in Africa and is believed the only viable population of these monkeys is in the Virunga Volcanoes. The golden monkey is a distinct species of guenon – Cercopithecus Kandti and is endemic to the Albertine Rift. Two groups each with over 100 individuals are being habituated for visitors in the Virungas.
The Kabatwa group, found in the east of the park on the flanks of the Sabyinyo volcano and the Musongo group higher up on the flanks of the Karisimbi volcano at an altitude of about 2800-3000 meters. Afterwards, you hike back to base where your driver will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge. 

After a morning in Volcanoes National Park, you depart for Kigali, where you check into the Radisson Blu Hotel. Your final dinner is hosted at the Milles Collines Hotel, which played a central role in the Rwandan genocide of the early 1990s.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel

DAY 11: Kigali

 You will have a leisurely breakfast before taking a tour of the Rwandan Genocide Memorial and Museum, a deeply moving experience.

This, combined with the everlasting memories you have of seeing gorillas in the wild, and catching sight on playful golden monkeys, will be part of your memories forever as you take off from Kigali International Airport for your flight home.

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