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Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Chimp Trek Tour - 7 Days

Overview
Itinerary
Accommodation
Inclusions
Overview

The private all-inclusive 7 days combined Rwanda Uganda gorilla chimp trek tour is the best for tracking mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi, chimps and 11 other primates in Kibale National Park. We can start/ end in either Entebbe or Kigali.

7 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Chimp Trek Tour Overview  

This is a 7 day safari which starts and ends in Kigali, Rwanda with 2 gorilla permits (for Parc Nationale des Volcanoes and Bwindi in Uganda) included in the.

Having a chance to see some of the last remaining 880 mountain gorillas in the world is a wonderful experience. It offers you an opportunity to track gorillas two times and thus have a totally different experience with two different gorilla families each in a very unique habitat.

Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee.

You can choose to start from either Kigali (Rwanda) or Entebbe (Uganda) and end the tour in either cities.

  • Day 1:  Gisozi Genocide Memorial; Drive to Volcanoes National Park. home to Rwanda's mountain gorillas
  • Day 2: Mountain gorilla trek in Parc des Volcanoes
  • Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
  • Day 4: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 5:  Kibale National Park, East Africa's primate capital
  • Day 6: Chimpanzee trek & other primate trekking in Kibale Forest
  • Day 7:  End tour in either Entebbe or Kigali.
Itinerary

Day 1: Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide. Transfer to Volcanoes National Park with private vehicle and driver.   

Ranging in altitude from 2,400m to 4,507 the Volcanoes National Park (French: Parc National des Volcans) is dominated by the setting of volcanoes after which it is named. Best known to the outside world as the place where for almost 20 years the American primatologist Dian Fossey under took her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behaviour.

Day hikes to see the gorilla families can be strenuous on tracks climbing through the forest, and time is very limited once contact is made with the gorilla families. It is a rare and memorable experience to visit with these giant cousins of man.

Our accommodation is ideally positioned for those who want to watch animals in their habitat, specifically the endangered Rwanda mountain gorillas that still roam these areas. Share in the cuisine of Rwanda, which is served with the hospitality for which we all return to African countries. Take walks, learn more about the gorillas, and absorb the gorgeous surrounding landscape.

Accommodation options available

Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge | Five Volcanoes Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorillas Lodge | La Palme Hotel

Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House | Muhavura Lodge

Day 2: Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Pac des Volcanoes

Have breakfast and go to ORTPN offices for briefing after that set off in the forest for gorilla trekking.

A thrilling trek through the refined foothills of the Virungas provides inspiring views in all directions. Then, suddenly, the trail enters the national park, engrossing trekkers in the strange closeness of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and besieged with fresh spoor of the mountains' elusive populations of buffalo and elephant.

Through gaps in the forest canopy, the marvellous peaks are sighted, easily easy to get to and among the uppermost in Africa, indicating an ascent. Gorilla trekking is quite strenuous but a worthwhile on encounter of these gentle giants. The enthusiasm of your coming across with these apes will wipe away your intricacy of the strenuous trek. Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display.

Accommodation options available

Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge | Five Volcanoes Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorillas Lodge | La Palme Hotel

Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House | Muhavura Lodge

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

We depart in the afternoon after your breakfast to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Bwindi offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animals' trails allowing access to tourists. Of the exceptional 120 mammals species recorded include 11 primate species - the endangered mountain gorilla, rare golden monkey, types of buffalo, elephant, black-fronted duiker, bushbuck, leopard, giant forest hog and others; 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88.

This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas. The time taken and the terrain vary according to the movements of the marvellous primates. The thrill of spending time and observing the gorillas is a rare moving, awesome and exciting adventure. The gorilla is a shy and peaceful animal and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact.

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge | Trackers Lodge Buhoma

Moderate:  Nkuringo Gorilla Camp | Gorilla Mist Camp | Engagi Lodge

Low Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Camp | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp | Gorilla Valley Lodge | Buhoma Community Campground

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip - gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day.

We trek through the rainforest 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.

Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge | Trackers Lodge Buhoma

Moderate: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp | Gorilla Mist Camp | Engagi Lodge

Low Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Camp | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp | Gorilla Valley Lodge | Buhoma Community Campground

Day 5:  Kibale National Park for Primate trekking 

Early morning after breakfast we continue driving through the undulating highlands of southwestern Uganda on our way to the greener and beautiful Fort Portal area.

Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good photo opportunities.

As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda's famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge

Moderate: Isunga Lodge| Kibale Forest Camp | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (self contained cottages)

Low Budget: Kibale Forest Camp (tents) | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (shared bathroom rooms)

Day 6: Chimpanzee Trek & Primate Tracking in Kibale Forest

In the early morning, we will go chimp tracking.

On your forest walk in the afternoon, you will look for the fascinating multi-species troops of monkeys. Various species move through the forest together, each specie occupying different elevation in the forest. They understand each other's alarm calls when predators are spotted, so when, for example, an eagle soars overhead, the monkeys at the higher elevation will sound the alarm and all monkeys will take appropriate evasive action. The same applies when those at the lowest elevations spot a ground-dwelling or ambush predator such as a leopard: the terrestrial monkeys will sound the alarm signal and all monkeys will rapidly move up to the higher elevation.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge

Moderate: Isunga Lodge| Kibale Forest Camp | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (self contained cottages)

Low Budget: Kibale Forest Camp (tents) | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (shared bathroom rooms)

Meals Included today: Lunch and dinner at the lodge.

Day 7: Kigali & Gisozi Genocide Memorial

Following breakfast, you will leave for Kigali.

You have the opportunity to visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Museum. The memorial is very moving – the tour takes a couple of hours - and will be of interest to anyone who has spent some time in this enchanting country. It is in memory of the multitudes murdered in Rwanda´s genocide 1994. The memorial sites and centres are places of dignified remembrance for loved ones lost. It is also a place of reflection and learning for the wider community, both in Rwanda and internationally.

Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport.

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Accommodation
Inclusions

Cost Inclusions for the combined 7 days  Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Trek Tour

Included:

  • All tour activities as indicated above
  • Two gorilla trek permits per person (one in Uganda and one in Rwanda), but you could choose to do one and the other replace it with another activity we can suggest
  • Kibale National Park chimps tracking permits
  • Sight seeing opportunities in Virungas, Lake Bunyonyi, Rwenzori
  • Accommodation as per programme
  • Park fees
  • Entry fees
  • Private transport using a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Complementary departure airport transfers
  • Bottled drinking mineral water
  • Meals indicated on programme

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