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Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla, Primate & Golden Monkey Safari - 5 Days

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Itinerary
Accommodation
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Overview

Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla, Primate & Golden Monkey Safari - 5 Days

5 Days of Uganda and Rwanda gorillas, primates with golden monkey tracking (2 gorillas treks, 1 golden monkey tracking).

This is a 5 day safari which starts and ends in Kigali, Rwanda. One gorilla permit for Parc Nationale des Volcanoes, and one gorilla permit in Bwindi (Uganda) is included in the cost but the other gorilla trackings require other permits to be paid at time of booking. It offers you an opportunity to track gorillas two times. Parc Nationale des Volcanoes in Rwanda has five habituated gorilla families and tracking most groups in the afro-montane forest usually takes a few hours. You can also climb a volcano, visit the remains of Dian Fossey's grave or visit the endangered golden monkey.

You also track the mountain gorillas, trekking to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, with another opportunity to see over 10 other primates including chimpanzees, black and white colobus, red-tailed monkeys, etc. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a natural world heritage site. Hikers will love it, with the gorilla excursion as a high point of your safari!

  • Day 1: Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Parc National des Volcans
  • Day 3: Golden Monkey Tracking in Parc National des Volcans | Bwindi
  • Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 5: Kigali
Itinerary

Day 1: Volcanoes National Park

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

Your guide will take you on a tour of the new and vibrant capital city of Kigali. The new prosperity features a number of thriving markets and features the mountain terrain famous in Rwanda. A sober contrast to its recent history. For survivors and others whose families were 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.

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 20yrs 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 | Gorillas Nest Lodge

Moderate: La Palme Hotel | Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House | Muhavura Lodge.

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Parc National des Volcans

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 colourful 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 | Gorillas Nest Lodge

Moderate: La Palme Hotel | Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House | Muhavura Lodge.

Day 3: Golden Monkey Tracking in Parc National des Volcans | Bwindi

In the morning after breakfast, you will set off to the forest to track the rare golden monkeys. You will encounter other primate species as vervet monkeys, baboons, and a variety of bird species and butterflies. The guide will be ready to answer your questions about fauna and flora.

After the trek, a 30 minutes' drive takes us to Uganda where we cross at Chanika border post. We spend the night near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Chameleon Hill Lodge | Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge | Rushaga Gorilla Safari Lodge (luxury rooms)

Moderate: Rushaga Gorilla Safari Lodge | Lake Mutanda Resort

Low Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel | Gorilla Valley Lodge | Rushaga Gorilla Camp  

Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today enjoy gorilla tracking in Bwindi.

After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek the gorillas 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 the gorillas are 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.

While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L'Hoest's, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla.

Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Chameleon Hill Lodge | Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge | Rushaga Gorilla Safari Lodge (luxury rooms)

Moderate: Rushaga Gorilla Safari Lodge | Lake Mutanda Resort

Low Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel | Gorilla Valley Lodge | Rushaga Gorilla Camp  

Day 5: Kigali

Early breakfast before embarking on our return to Kigali (driving about 5 hours), driving down the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda while taking in the breathtaking sights of the hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’. This area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced cultivated rows.

If we still have enough time we can visit the Kigali genocide memorial  and then transfer to the airport.

 

 

Accommodation
Inclusions
  • Two gorilla trek permits (one in Rwanda and one in Uganda)
  • Golden monkeys tracking permit in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
  • Meals indicated on programme
  • Drinking water
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking safari guide
  • Accommodation as per safari programme
  • Park fees for the various parks
  • Private transport using a 4x4 safari vehicle

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“ The rangers at the park where excellent and the gorillas did not seem at all fazed by us joining their family for the hour. We could see how much the rangers cared for these beautiful apes which made the experience all the more special. ”

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