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

Gorillas and Wildlfe Safaris Hall of Fame Trip Advisor RecommendedAffordable 5-days Gorilla Trekking tour in Uganda and Rwanda with a golden monkey tracking. In this gorilla tracking tour, you trek the mountain gorillas in both Rwanda and Uganda as well as visit the endangered golden monkeys. The tour can start on Kigali or Entebbe. We do the entire gorilla tour booking service for you including the gorilla permits, accommodation and private transfers as well as the guides. In this gorilla safari you get to see the major primates of Uganda and Rwanda. The tour can start on any day with a minimum of 1 person.

Overview
Itinerary
Indicative Tour Prices
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 Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, 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.  

  • Day 1: Meet in Kigali, drive to Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park - Rwanda
  • Day 3: Golden Monkey Tracking in Volcanoes National Park, transfer to Uganda and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 5: Drive back to Rwanda's Kigali airport; end of the 5 days Rwanda Uganda gorilla trekking and golden monkeys safari.
Itinerary

Detailed Tour Itinerary for the 5 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trek & Golden Monkey Safari

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.

Top Accommodation options in Volcanoes National Park (all on full board basis)

Upper Luxury: Virunga Lodge | Silverback Sabinyo Lodge | Bishop's House Rwanda

Luxury level: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Muhabura Lodge

Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park 

Have breakfast and go to Volcanoes National Park 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 in Volcanoes National Park (all on full board basis)

Upper Luxury: Virunga Lodge | Silverback Sabinyo Lodge | Bishop's House Rwanda

Luxury level: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Muhabura Lodge

Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Golden Monkey Tracking in Volcanoes National Park, Cross to Uganda and transfer to 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.

Bwindi Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Upper Luxury: Gorilla Forest Camp | Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge | Bwindi Lodge

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Springs Lodge | Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge

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

Low Budget: Gorilla Conservation Camp | Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp

Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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.

Bwindi Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Upper Luxury: Gorilla Forest Camp | Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge | Bwindi Lodge

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Springs Lodge | Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge

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

Low Budget: Gorilla Conservation Camp | Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp

Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5: Transfer back to Rwanda's 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.

 

Indicative Tour Prices

2021 Tour Prices for the 5 Days Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Trek Golden Monkeys Safari (with 2 gorilla trek permits/ days) 

Solo travelers are welcome, they only pay the cost of 1 person. All the other tour prices are based on 2 or 3 people sharing a room. You can pay the extra single room supplement if you prefer not to share a room.

If you are traveling in March, April, May, October, or November, please mention it to access special season offers. 

 

Lower Budget

Midrange

Upscale

Upper Luxury

1 person

 USD3,575

 USD4,064

 USD4,500

 USD 8,378

2 persons

 USD3,024

 USD3,283

 USD3,618

 USD6,512

3 persons

 USD2,908

 USD3,182

 USD3,535

 USD6,590

4 persons

 USD2,825

 USD3,096

 USD3,446

 USD6,475

5 persons

 USD2,774

 USD3,043

 USD3,390

 USD6,392

6 persons

 USD2,743

 USD3,012

 USD3,360

 USD6,361

7 persons

 USD2,714

 USD2,978

 USD3,319

 USD6,267

Single Room Supplement

 USD100

 USD311

 USD403

 USD1315

Included in the Prices for the 4 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Trekking and Golden monkeys Safari

  • 2 gorilla tracking permits in Bwindi (for two consecutive gorilla trek days) in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Golden monkeys tracking permit in Volcanoes National Park
  • All ground transport using a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Services of our professional & accredited Tour Guide cum driver   
  • All accommodation for the gorilla trek while on tour (3 nights)  
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water available on the vehicle
  • 2 x park entrance fees to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Other sightseeing along the way

Excluded

  • International flight (can be arranged if required)
  • Visa and personal insurance
  • Potters for gorilla tracking
  • Drinks, tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package

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