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Uganda- Rwanda Gorilla Trekking, Canoeing Tour - 5 Days

Affordable and Super-adventurous Rwanda Uganda gorillas trekking tour with 2 gorilla treks in Bwindi and Volcanoes National Park as well as canoe trekking on Lake Bunyonyi. Gorilla trekking permits in both Rwanda and Uganda are included in the package but you could opt for either tracking the gorillas in Uganda or the Rwanda gorilla trek and then add an optional monkey trek in either countries. Apart from gorilla trekking, you also enjoy beautiful scenery along the routes, great community involvement and great meals on tour.

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Overview

Uganda- Rwanda Gorilla Trekking, Canoeing Tour - 5 Days

The 5-day Uganda Rwanda gorillas trekking and Lake Bunyonyi canoeing with two gorilla treks in Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

The tour starts and ends in Uganda or Rwanda. You can choose to track golden monkeys instead of doing a second gorilla trek in Rwanda.

  • Day 1: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest & Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
  • Day 3: Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi, transfer to Rwanda
  • Day 4: Gorilla Trekking in Parc National des Volcans
  • Day 5: Kigali & Genocide Memorial, end of tour
Itinerary

Uganda- Rwanda Gorilla Trekking, Canoeing Tour - 5 Days

Day 1: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Our tour guide will meet you at your hotel in Kampala and drive west to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Have a journey break at the Equator and take some photos. Then continue to Mbarara town where you will stop for lunch prior to heading through the grasslands of Ankole.

If you are trekking in the southern part of Bwindi where Nkuringo and Nshongi Families of gorillas are located, you will have a lunch stop in Kabale before you proceed to Kisoro.

Along the road you will enjoy the beauty of the wonderful long horned cattle before going on to the highlands of Kigezi referred to as the 'Switzerland of Africa! You will arrive in Bwindi in the evening; freshen up as you wait for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Mahogany Springs Lodge or Mt. Gahinga Lodge or  Buhoma Lodge

Moderate: Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge or Engagi Lodge

Low Budget: Rushaga Gorilla camp or Buhoma Community Campground (self-contained cottages)

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest & Lake Bunyonyi

Begin the day with breakfast ready for trekking, which begins at 8:00 a.m with a briefing from the UWA staff on how to behave with these endangered mountain gorillas. Ensure to carry along with you rain jacket, drinking water, snacks, jungle boots etc.

The guides will lead you inside the  beautiful ecosystem to see the shy primates for a group you have been booked for. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare mountain gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but it’s well worth the effort.

After your trek, we embark on a 2 hours drive to Lake Bunyonyi and spend the night.

Up-market: Bird's Nest | Arcadia Cottages

Moderate: Bird's Nest

Budget: Bunyonyi Overland Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi & Rwanda

After breakfast, set out for a 5-hour canoe trek as well as bird watching on the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi, traversing to the gorgeous Kyabahinga peninsula.

Here you will be gladly welcomed with songs plus dances by the resident school children. You will enjoy with the locals at least a cup of “Obushera” which is a local brew. You will ascend the Kyabahinga slopes having a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the birdlife and the verdant terrain. The view is very breathtaking! The guide will certainly brief you about the history of the area.

Among the bird species you will see are the dusky turtle dove, the handsome francolin and Alpine Chat. A renown herbalist who is a traditional healer - Omugurusi Jeremiah, based on the hilltop will disclose to you some of the secrets about the flora on the tropical highland.

Have lunch and depart for Rwanda afterwards. You will cross the border via Kisoro or Kabale then clear at the border - Rwanda is 1 hour behind Uganda.

Located in the far northwest of Rwanda, the Parc des Volcans is home to the steep slopes of this wonderful mountain range – home of the rare mountain gorilla – and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which cuddles evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

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

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge | Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Day 4: 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: Five Volcanoes Lodge or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge | Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Day 5: Kigali & Genocide Memorial

Following breakfast, you will leave for Kigali.

Go for a city tour including visits to the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and the genocide memorial. Have lunch en route and then transfer to the airport.

 

Inclusions
  • Two gorilla trek permits (one in Rwanda and one in Uganda)
  • Canoe trek along Lake Bunyonyi islands
  • 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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