12 DAYS UGANDA & RWANDA GORILLA SAFARI

Tour Summary

  • You'll go to

  • You'll visit

  • This tour starts in and ends in

Things to Consider

  • Private Tour

  • Luxury

  • Can depart anytime

  • Can be customized

Activities and Transport

  • Activities :

  • Transportation :

  • Airport (or City) pick up and drop off is included

Accommodation and Meals

Day Accommodation Meal Plan
1

Kinigi Guest House

Luxury accommodation

Lunch and Dinner
2

Kinigi Guest house

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
3

Kinigi Guest House

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, lunch and Dinner
4

No accomodation for this day

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
5

Mount Gahinga Rest camp

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
6

Arcadia Cottages

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
7

Arcadi Cottages

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
8

Arcadia Cottages

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
9

Mafariki Safari Lodge

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
10

Marafiki Safari lodge

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
11

Marafiki Safari Lodge

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
12

No accomodation for this day

Breakfast and Lunch

Interested in this tour?

Day 1: Arrival – Transfer to Parc National des Volcans

On arrival at the Airport, you will be picked up by your safari guide. After a short briefing on your safari, set off to Parc National des Volcans. The road takes you through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the awesome volcanoes, with many peaks visible on clear days. Continue to Ruhengeri for overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel /Kinigi Guest House. (FB)

Accommodation

Kinigi Guest House

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Gorilla trekking

After early morning breakfast, you will be driven to the starting point at the park headquarters. After the briefing, start off the Gorilla trekking adventure in Parc National des Volcans (subject to permit availability at the time of booking). Gorilla trekking and the time of Gorilla viewing depends on the Movement of the Gentle giants as well as the terrain, therefore trekking can take from 2-8 hrs. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. Watching adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters swing from trees in a delightfully playful manner.  If you have the afternoon free, have a guided village walk to visit the different local communities that live around the park.
Overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel /Kinigi Guest House.

Accommodation

Kinigi Guest house

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Culture/Dian Fossey

After breakfast, you can have any of the following activities:- Drive to Gisenyi, visit Ros Carr’s orphanage and Lake KivuClimb the Visoke (3711M) /Muhavura (4127M) volcanoesTrek to Dian Fossey’s grave and her gorilla Digit. Visit the local school, community projects our of the lakes Burera and Ruhondo. Overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel /Kinigi Guest House. (FB)

Accommodation

Kinigi Guest House

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Golden monkey trekking/Transfer to Uganda

After breakfast, transfer to the starting point at Ruhengeri office, and after a short briefing, you will embark on Golden Monkey tracking. Two families of the golden monkeys are open for tracking; Kabatwa at the base of Sabyinyo and Musanga at the base of Karisimbi. Later, have lunch and transfer to Uganda (Clocks go forward one hour).
Overnight at Mgahinga safari lodge/ Travelers Hotel/Mount Gahinga Rest Camp.

Accommodation

No accomodation for this day

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Optional Activities

After Breakfast, you can have any of the following activities:- Go Gorilla tracking again in Mgahinga, which can only be done on payment of supplement at time of booking. Golden Monkey trekking in Mgahinga.Climb the Gahinga Volcano. Go for a nature walk. Overnight at Mgahinga safari lodge/ Travelers Hotel/Mount Gahinga Rest Camp. (FB)

Accommodation

Mount Gahinga Rest camp

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Np

After Breakfast, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to half of the world’s remaining mountain Gorillas. You will enjoy the famous long horned cattle before proceeding to the highlands of Kigezi, known as the Switzerland of Africa. Continue the journey through the beautiful scenery.  Later arrive in Bwindi National park (home of the rare mountain gorillas) also home to a variety of primates including the red and blue-tailed monkeys, colubus and velvet monkeys.
Overnight at a luxurious Gorilla Resort/Kitandara/Budget Buhoma community Bandas.

Accommodation

Arcadia Cottages

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7: Gorilla trekking

After an early breakfast, transfer to the park offices for the briefing by your guides. After a short briefing by the Guide, set off for the Gorilla trekking Expedition which starts at 8:00 am. The guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. After the Experience, return to your lodge. Overnight at a luxurious Gorilla Resort/Kitandara/Budget Buhoma community Bandas. (FB)

Accommodation

Arcadi Cottages

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8: Nature and cultural visits

After Breakfast, depart for a guided nature walk on the Munyaga River trail, which is an ideal short walk. This trail leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls, and there is a profusion of tree ferns, and epiphytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies. Here you may also see birds and primates from the forest edge. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. Later, go for a visit to the communities around the Bwindi forest. Watch a traditional dance and also visit the local traditional healer.
Overnight at a luxurious Gorilla Resort/Kitandara/Budget Buhoma community Bandas.

Accommodation

Arcadia Cottages

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth NP/Game drive

After breakfast, depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will drive through the southern sector of the park known as Ishasha. The area is a remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is famed for its tree-climbing lions. Here, you have an opportunity to have the fabulous sight of lions draped from the trees, and also view hippo, Buffalo and other wildlife species. After check-in, have a game drive Time permitting, to view Elephants, warthogs, hippos, waterbucks and others.
Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana lodge/Hippo Hill/Institute of Ecology

Accommodation

Mafariki Safari Lodge

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 10: Game drive/Launch cruise

After breakfast, go for an early morning game drive to seek out the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will be likely to meet spotted hyenas, hippos, bushbucks, elephants, stripped jackal, lions, waterbucks, and leopard. The game seen will depend on the season, the Kasenyi plains are good for lion and the Mweya peninsula for a variety of animals. Return to the lodge for lunch and relax during the heat of the day.
After lunch, enjoy the unique launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This 2-hour trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos, buffalos, elephants and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. The boat cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching with over 550 resident species and game viewing. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana lodge/Hippo Hill/Institute of Ecology

Accommodation

Marafiki Safari lodge

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 11: Chimp trekking/Nature walk

Today, we will leave for the 08.00am chimp trek in Kyambura Gorge. Experience watching the delightful apes squabble and play in fruiting trees. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable but the walk is enchanting. The forest is home to primates, birdlife and, wildlife including red Colobus monkey, black faced vervet monkeys, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, baboons, bush babies, buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species. Return to the lodge for lunch and later, go for a nature walk in Maramagambo Forest to see other primates and to visit the bat cave and the blue lake. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana lodge/Hippo Hill/Institute of Ecology.

Accommodation

Marafiki Safari Lodge

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 12 Drive to Kampala,

having a stop over at the Equator en route, bargain at the roadside markets and see the royal drum makers. Later, transfer to your Hotel/to the Airport for your return flight.
END OF SAFARI

Accommodation

No accomodation for this day

Meals

Breakfast and Lunch

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Interested in this tour?

Getting There

  • This tour begins in and ends in

  • Transportation :

  • Airport (or City) pick up and drop off is included

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Excluded from tour

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Important to know

The price for this tour is per person and is based on the number of travelers as indicated. For more information, please inquire.

Price for this tour

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Tour Summary

  • You'll go to

  • You'll visit

  • This tour starts in and ends in

Things to Consider

  • Private Tour

  • Luxury

  • Can depart anytime

  • Can be customized

Activities and Transport

  • Activities :

  • Transportation :

  • Airport (or City) pick up and drop off is included

Accommodation and Meals

Day Accommodation Meal Plan
1

Kinigi Guest House

Luxury accommodation

Lunch and Dinner
2

Kinigi Guest house

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
3

Kinigi Guest House

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, lunch and Dinner
4

No accomodation for this day

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
5

Mount Gahinga Rest camp

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
6

Arcadia Cottages

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
7

Arcadi Cottages

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
8

Arcadia Cottages

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
9

Mafariki Safari Lodge

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
10

Marafiki Safari lodge

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
11

Marafiki Safari Lodge

Luxury accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
12

No accomodation for this day

Breakfast and Lunch

Interested in this tour?

Day 1: Arrival – Transfer to Parc National des Volcans

On arrival at the Airport, you will be picked up by your safari guide. After a short briefing on your safari, set off to Parc National des Volcans. The road takes you through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the awesome volcanoes, with many peaks visible on clear days. Continue to Ruhengeri for overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel /Kinigi Guest House. (FB)

Accommodation

Kinigi Guest House

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Gorilla trekking

After early morning breakfast, you will be driven to the starting point at the park headquarters. After the briefing, start off the Gorilla trekking adventure in Parc National des Volcans (subject to permit availability at the time of booking). Gorilla trekking and the time of Gorilla viewing depends on the Movement of the Gentle giants as well as the terrain, therefore trekking can take from 2-8 hrs. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. Watching adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters swing from trees in a delightfully playful manner.  If you have the afternoon free, have a guided village walk to visit the different local communities that live around the park.
Overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel /Kinigi Guest House.

Accommodation

Kinigi Guest house

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Culture/Dian Fossey

After breakfast, you can have any of the following activities:- Drive to Gisenyi, visit Ros Carr’s orphanage and Lake KivuClimb the Visoke (3711M) /Muhavura (4127M) volcanoesTrek to Dian Fossey’s grave and her gorilla Digit. Visit the local school, community projects our of the lakes Burera and Ruhondo. Overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel /Kinigi Guest House. (FB)

Accommodation

Kinigi Guest House

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Golden monkey trekking/Transfer to Uganda

After breakfast, transfer to the starting point at Ruhengeri office, and after a short briefing, you will embark on Golden Monkey tracking. Two families of the golden monkeys are open for tracking; Kabatwa at the base of Sabyinyo and Musanga at the base of Karisimbi. Later, have lunch and transfer to Uganda (Clocks go forward one hour).
Overnight at Mgahinga safari lodge/ Travelers Hotel/Mount Gahinga Rest Camp.

Accommodation

No accomodation for this day

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Optional Activities

After Breakfast, you can have any of the following activities:- Go Gorilla tracking again in Mgahinga, which can only be done on payment of supplement at time of booking. Golden Monkey trekking in Mgahinga.Climb the Gahinga Volcano. Go for a nature walk. Overnight at Mgahinga safari lodge/ Travelers Hotel/Mount Gahinga Rest Camp. (FB)

Accommodation

Mount Gahinga Rest camp

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Np

After Breakfast, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to half of the world’s remaining mountain Gorillas. You will enjoy the famous long horned cattle before proceeding to the highlands of Kigezi, known as the Switzerland of Africa. Continue the journey through the beautiful scenery.  Later arrive in Bwindi National park (home of the rare mountain gorillas) also home to a variety of primates including the red and blue-tailed monkeys, colubus and velvet monkeys.
Overnight at a luxurious Gorilla Resort/Kitandara/Budget Buhoma community Bandas.

Accommodation

Arcadia Cottages

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7: Gorilla trekking

After an early breakfast, transfer to the park offices for the briefing by your guides. After a short briefing by the Guide, set off for the Gorilla trekking Expedition which starts at 8:00 am. The guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. After the Experience, return to your lodge. Overnight at a luxurious Gorilla Resort/Kitandara/Budget Buhoma community Bandas. (FB)

Accommodation

Arcadi Cottages

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8: Nature and cultural visits

After Breakfast, depart for a guided nature walk on the Munyaga River trail, which is an ideal short walk. This trail leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls, and there is a profusion of tree ferns, and epiphytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies. Here you may also see birds and primates from the forest edge. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. Later, go for a visit to the communities around the Bwindi forest. Watch a traditional dance and also visit the local traditional healer.
Overnight at a luxurious Gorilla Resort/Kitandara/Budget Buhoma community Bandas.

Accommodation

Arcadia Cottages

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth NP/Game drive

After breakfast, depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will drive through the southern sector of the park known as Ishasha. The area is a remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is famed for its tree-climbing lions. Here, you have an opportunity to have the fabulous sight of lions draped from the trees, and also view hippo, Buffalo and other wildlife species. After check-in, have a game drive Time permitting, to view Elephants, warthogs, hippos, waterbucks and others.
Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana lodge/Hippo Hill/Institute of Ecology

Accommodation

Mafariki Safari Lodge

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 10: Game drive/Launch cruise

After breakfast, go for an early morning game drive to seek out the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will be likely to meet spotted hyenas, hippos, bushbucks, elephants, stripped jackal, lions, waterbucks, and leopard. The game seen will depend on the season, the Kasenyi plains are good for lion and the Mweya peninsula for a variety of animals. Return to the lodge for lunch and relax during the heat of the day.
After lunch, enjoy the unique launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This 2-hour trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos, buffalos, elephants and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. The boat cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching with over 550 resident species and game viewing. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana lodge/Hippo Hill/Institute of Ecology

Accommodation

Marafiki Safari lodge

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 11: Chimp trekking/Nature walk

Today, we will leave for the 08.00am chimp trek in Kyambura Gorge. Experience watching the delightful apes squabble and play in fruiting trees. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable but the walk is enchanting. The forest is home to primates, birdlife and, wildlife including red Colobus monkey, black faced vervet monkeys, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, baboons, bush babies, buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species. Return to the lodge for lunch and later, go for a nature walk in Maramagambo Forest to see other primates and to visit the bat cave and the blue lake. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana lodge/Hippo Hill/Institute of Ecology.

Accommodation

Marafiki Safari Lodge

Luxury accommodation

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 12 Drive to Kampala,

having a stop over at the Equator en route, bargain at the roadside markets and see the royal drum makers. Later, transfer to your Hotel/to the Airport for your return flight.
END OF SAFARI

Accommodation

No accomodation for this day

Meals

Breakfast and Lunch

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Interested in this tour?

Getting There

  • This tour begins in and ends in

  • Transportation :

  • Airport (or City) pick up and drop off is included

Interested in this tour?

Included in tour

Excluded from tour

Interested in this tour?

Important to know

The price for this tour is per person and is based on the number of travelers as indicated. For more information, please inquire.

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