Classic Safari in Uganda and Rwanda

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience which includes gorilla tracking and safari in two best countries to observe the life of this great primate: Uganda and Rwanda! All Gorilla Trips' in-depth knowledge and experience guarantee a highly personalized gorilla tracking safari. Your English-speaking driver guide will make the most of your safari. Witness the great Uganda and Rwanda's gorillas now!

Highlights

  • Kigali town tour
  • Gorilla tracking in Uganda and Rwanda
  • Covers gorilla permits in Uganda and Rwanda
  • Transport in a 4WD vehicle during game drives
  • English-speaking driver / guide
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Park entrance fees
  • Daily meals

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5 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 5
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Accommodation

Engagi Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Engagi Lodge is a modern lodge in a breathtaking setting offering stunning views over the forest canopy. The lodge is situated in a large tract of land contiguous to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and runs from the main road to the park headquarters down to the Munyaga river.

The lodge consists of just 8 en-suite cottages, spaced out, and hidden in the foliage. Each cottage has either double or twin beds, a bathroom with flushing toilets, and hot and cold running water. All have private verandahs where guests can enjoy their morning tea or coffee as they watch out over the forest canopy.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge in Nyarugina, Rwanda

Showcasing a barbecue and views of the mountains, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located in Nyarugina, Rwanda. Featuring free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, and a terrace, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge offers a comfortable accommodation. Some rooms include a seating area for your convenience. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom equipped with a shower. Extras include bath robes and slippers.

Note: If you and your partner(s) prefer to stay in single rooms, you will have to pay the single room supplement of 248 USD per person.

All Gorilla Trips Safari in Rwanda and Uganda Program

Day 1: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You will be picked up by All Gorilla Trips' driver guide from your hotel, either in Entebbe or Kampala and transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. On the way, you will stop at the equator for a photo opportunity and a coffe break. Later, you will continue with another stop at Mbarara Agip Motel for lunch.

You will continue your drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park while enjoying the beauty of the long horned ankole cattle and the scenic area of Kigezi which is commonly referred to as the "little Switzerland of Africa". Your arrival in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park will be late in the evening. Please note this is a long drive of not less than 10 hours.

  • Accommodation: Engagi Lodge
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Gorilla tracking

You will have breakfast early in the moring before going to the park headquarters for a briefing with the ranger guides on the do's and dont's of tracking gorillas. During the gorilla tracking, you will be accompanied by experienced guides through the thick forest. Once the gorillas are located, you are allowed to spend 1 hour with them.

It is important to carry along with you a picnic lunch and enough drinking water as the duration of tracking gorillas is unpredictable. It can last from1 to 8 hours. You will return to your lodge for an overnight stay.

  • Accommodation: Engagi Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Rwanda - Ruhengeri

After breakfast, you will depart for Rwanda - Ruhengeri. While driving to Kisoro, you can enjoy the scenic view of the Muhavura ranges. This region has one of the most beautiful sceneries are you cross into Rwanda. You will arrive at your lodge late in the afternoon.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Gorilla tracking

After breakfast, you will transfer to ORTPN offices for a briefing on your gorilla tracking. Afterwards, you will return to the lodge. It is advisable to take with you a picnic lunch and drinking water. In case your gorilla tracking session ends early, you can drive to Kigali if you prefer.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Departure

This morning after breakfast, you will depart for Kigali and do the town tour including the genocide memorial before connecting with your international flight home.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Note

Minimum age to trek the gorillas is 15 years old and for chimpanzees is 12 years old. Gorilla permits must be paid in full to confirm the safari and are also non-refundable.

All of our itineraries may be customized to your wish. You may add extra days, change a hotel, or include different tourist attraction. Please send All Gorilla Trips' staff members an inquiry for a free, no-obligation trip plan.

Gorilla tracking rules

  • A maximum number of 8 visitors may visit a group (family) of habituated gorillas in a day.
  • Always wash your hands before you head out to see the gorillas.
  • Do not leave litter in the park.
  • Keep your voices low at all times while with the gorillas. However, it is okay to ask the guide questions. This will ensure that you will be able to observe the beautiful birds and other wildlife in the forest.
  • Keep a minimum distance of 7 meters (21 feet) from the gorillas.
  • Do not eat or drink while you are near the gorillas.
  • Sometimes the gorillas charge. Follow the guide’s example by crouching down slowly and do not look at the gorillas in the eyes. Wait for the gorilla to pass you by and do not attempt to run away (as this will increase the risk of attack).
  • Flash photography is not permitted. When taking pictures, move slowly and carefully.
  • Do not touch the gorillas. They are wild animals.
  • The maximum time visitors are allowed to spend with the gorillas is a regulated one hour.

Included excursions

On the last day, you will depart to Kigali to have a town tour including a tour to the genocide memorial.

Location

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to the endangered Mountain gorillas. Moreover, the bird life in Bwindi is quite superb and there is an incredible variety of flora there. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Alberine rift endemics that occur in Uganda.

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

The great, old volcanoes shared between Uganda, DRC, and Rwanda form the northwest border of Rwanda and have created a lush home for the mountain gorillas, one of the main reasons for visiting Rwanda. The steep slopes are covered with rich bamboo forests and evergreen glades with open grassland and heath. The slopes are a perfect terrain for the gentle giants of the primate world, the gorillas.

The park is small and covers an area 120 square kilometers and includes the peaks of Karisimbi (4,507 meters), Bisoke (3711 meters), and Sabyinyo (3,534 meters). Views on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes are magnificent in all directions, even though one needs to dress warmly as it can be quite chilly on these lofty heights. Habituated golden monkeys live in the same forests and this is one of the few places they can be seen for relatively long periods of time.

Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda since 1965. It is an attractive city built within hills and with a checkered history. Since the Genocide in 1994, it has been reconstructed and now exudes an air of positiveness and growth. The main shopping and commercial area is around the Hotel Mille Collines, known for providing shelter during the genocide and portrayed in the film Hotel Rwanda for the same reason. The city began life as a small, colonial outpost in 1907.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 gorilla permit (600 USD per person in Uganda and 750 USD per person in Rwanda)
  • 2 gorilla tracking in Uganda and Rwanda
  • 4 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • English-speaking Ugandan driver / guide
  • Fuel for the safari
  • Kigali town tour
  • Park-entrance fees according to the program
  • Transport in a 4WD vehicle with pop-up roof during game drives

What's not included

  • A porter for during gorilla tracking
  • Additional meals
  • All expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, optional activities, telephone bills, souvenirs, etc.)
  • International air fares and entry visa to Uganda
  • Personal medication
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) where All Gorilla Trips will pick you up. Several well-known airlines such as British Airways, Kenya airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, SN Brssels, South Africa Airways, and Qatar Airways among others fly in regular scheduled flights in and out of Entebbe International Airport (EBB).

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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