Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda and Rwanda Tour Overview
This combined gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda and Uganda exposes you into the treasures of the Volcano National park a continuum of the Virunga Conservation Area home to the second half of the only 880 gorilla population in the world to the beautiful and clean Kigali city the capital of the republic of Rwanda. Into Uganda’s Bwindi forest, home to more than half of the 880 world gorillas population; a forest that survived the ice age. It is interesting to note that this forest has about 23 of the 36 Albertine bird endemics. Further north are the tree climbing lions of Ishasha, the Cob scattered plains of Kasenyi and the Elephant moving bushes of the euphorbia candelabrum of Mweya hence making our entire combined gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda and Uganda more interesting.
ITINERARY FOR GORILLA TREKKING SAFARIS IN UGANDA AND RWANDA
Day 1: Arrival at Kigali Airport
Our combined gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda and Uganda starts from Rwanda as we land on Kigali international Airport, hence be met by our staff at the Airport who will introduce them selves then help you with your luggage to the car then drive to your respective hotels for checking in, he will brief you about Rwanda, your travel itinerary, culture and all other important information. And if time allows you can do city tour, the genocide memorial, crafts market and cultural centers. Overnight and dinner at Kigali Serena Hotel (Lodge facility) or Okapi hotel (Budget facility) Meal plan D
Day 2: Drive from Kigali to Volcano National Park
Drive to Volcano National Park through Ruhengeri via the rolling hills and great views of the mountains, after about 3 hours you would arrive at your hotel. After check in visit the Batwa community the original inhabitants of the area, women crafts market and other interesting areas. Overnight and diner at Gorilla View Lodge (Lodge facility) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget facility) Meal Plan (B/L/D)
Day 3 Gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda and Uganda: Gorilla Tracking
After your early morning breakfast, with packed lunch go for registration at the park offices and be ready for briefing at 7:00AM. Walk up the steep densely forested hills before coming across the Gorillas camouflaged in the forest vegetation. This trek requires a reasonable degree of fitness as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the Gorillas listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male. It is amazing to think that there only 700 individuals of these beautiful creatures left in the world. Overnight and diner at Gorilla View Lodge (Lodge facility) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget facility) Meal Plan (B/L/D)
Day 4 Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda: Drive to Uganda
Through Kisoro drive to Bwindi impenetrable forest, reaching Buhoma after 4 hours drive. This is the best of Uganda’s forest reserves, best known for its superb Gorilla tracking but it also provides refuge to African Forest Elephants, Chimpanzees, Monkeys and various small antelopes as well as 23 bird species restricted to the Albertine rift. Walk up the steep densely forested hills before coming across the Gorillas camouflaged in the forest vegetation. hence making our combined gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda and Uganda more interesting. Dinner and over night at Buhoma Homestead/Gorilla Resort (up market) or Buhoma Community Rest Camp /Bandas (Budget). (B/L/D)
Day 5 Gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda and Uganda: Bwindi Gorilla Tracking
Have an early morning breakfast, carry packed lunch, go for registration at the park offices and be ready for briefing at 8:00AM. Walk up the steep densely forested hills before coming across the gorillas’ camouflaged in the vegetation. This trek requires a reasonable degree of fitness as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the Gorillas listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male. It is amazing to think that there only 880 individuals of these beautiful creatures left in the world where over 400 are hosted in Uganda which makes it a favorite destination for gorilla trekking safaris.
If you still have energy, take a guided walk, the Manyaga River trail leads to three delightful crystal clear water falls, profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi colorful array of butterflies or do community villages walk, see how people live, Batwa, medicine man, local banana juice and beer. Dinner and over night at Buhoma Homestead / Gorilla Resort (up market) or Buhoma Community Rest Camp /Bandas (Budget). (B/L/D)
Day 6 Gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda and Uganda: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Through Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, a sector famous for the climbing lions, impressive herds of Elephants, Topi, Buffaloes and wonderful cob larks. After a short game drive proceed on to Mweya for a night stay, arriving in the evening early enough. Have dinner and over night at the Hippo Hill Camp (Budget) / Jacana Safari Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge (Up market) on the peninsular overlooking Lake Edward and the lush Kazinga channel or Ihamba Safari Lodge (Budget) (B/L/D)
Day 7 Gorilla trekking tours in Uganda and Rwanda: Game Drive and Boat Ride
After taking an early morning coffee, you will go for an early morning game drive to provide you with excellent opportunities of viewing wildlife. Head to the floor of the rift valley teamed up with a lot of wildlife making it one of the treasures of the continent. The Kasenyi sector is known for its abundance of lions that prey on the very many Uganda Cobs found in the area. Other game to be seen include; Elephants, Buffalo, Leopard Waterbuck, Bush Buck Warthog and the unexpected Giant forest hog the African largest wild pig which is usually associated with dense forest rather than semi open bushes. Come back for a late breakfast.
After lunch enjoy the unique cruise on the Kazinga channel, the 40km Kazinga channel connects two rift valley lakes Edward and George, these remember Queen Victoria sons and heir Edward VII and successor George V. the launch trip on this channel is an excellent opportunity to view the varied and abundant wildlife populations. These include: Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes and Nile crocodile. Not to mention large numbers of resident and migratory birds. Have dinner and over night at the Hippo Hill Camp (Budget) / Jacana Safari Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge (Up market) on the peninsular overlooking Lake Edward and the lush Kazinga channel or Ihamba Safari Lodge (Budget) (B/L/D)
Day 8 Gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda and Uganda: Chimp Tracking and Kigali
Our gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda and Uganda starts with a morning cup of coffee then drive to fig tree camp, the tourist centre for Kyambura River gorge. Track chimps in the dramatic Kyambura gorge on the eastern side of the Queen Elizabeth National Park 35 km away from Mweya lodge. The 16km gorge is a home to over 30 chimps and also hosts the black and white Columbus monkey, Red tailed monkey, Velvet monkey and baboons, the birds include the black and White casqued horn bill, Blue Turaco, Ross Turaco and Black bee eater among others. Thereafter, leave for Kigali Rwanda “about Rwanda” through Kabale, arriving to your hotel in the evening but early enough for dinner.
8 days gorilla trekking tour in Rwanda and Uganda package includes:
- Accommodation on full board,
- Two Gorilla permits per person Uganda and Rwanda,
- Transportation in a chauffeur driven minivan with pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography,
- Services of an English speaking driver-guide, game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary,
- Batwa visit,
- Guided walk in Bwindi,
- All Government taxes and levies,
- Complimentary 500 ml mineral water per person per game drive in the safari vehicle,
- All arrival and departure transfers,
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
8 days combined gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda and Uganda package excludes:
- All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc
- Travel Insurance,
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks,
- Any local or international flight and departure taxes,
- Laundry services,
- Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary,
- Visa fees (currently US$ 50.00 per passport holder), Visas are available on arrival at international airports or recognized border entry points.
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