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6 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Uganda and Rwanda

Kampala - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda; Ruhengeri - Kinigi, Rwanda

Beautiful Rwanda and Uganda Safaris

The tiniest sunbirds iridescent in the morning light, the massive lumbering yet silent elephant disappearing like a vapor behind the trees, the chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, and the lugubrious gorilla chewing thoughtfully in the bamboo thicket. Snow-capped peaks, tropical, sandy, freshwater beaches, and smiling faces everywhere. It is all in this safari, a feast for all the senses. See the Uganda and Rwanda that are known and loved by their people.

Highlights

  • Exciting safari experience
  • Visit the gorillas at Volcanoes National Park
  • Gorilla tracking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Guided village walk to see how the Ugandans live
  • Tour the Kigali City and enjoy a lunch there
  • Airport transfers and gorilla permits
  • 5 nights accommodation

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6 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer included: Kigali International Airport
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

For your first night, you will stay overnight in Cassia Lodge. Your second and third night will be at Nkuringo Gorilla Camp. Your fourth night will be at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge in Rwanda and your fifth night will be at Mountain Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge.

Program

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport (EBB)

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport where you will be transferred by your driver-guide to your hotel. You will stay overnight at Cassia Lodge on a bed-and-breakfast basis.

Day 2: Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

In the morning, you will depart with your safari guide. You will leave for Bwindi impenetrable Forest, home to the endangered mountain gorillas. Bird and primate life in Bwindi is exquisite, with an abundant collection of flora. Bwindi is now an ecological island, surrounded by cultivation on the rich volcanic soils. You will stay overnight at Nkuringo Gorilla Camp in a full-board basis.

Day 3: Full day gorilla tracking

You will first have your early morning breakfast, and later, you will head to the park headquarters for a briefing from the Uganda wildlife authority before setting off to the forest to see the mountain gorillas. The ranger guides will take you through the forest tracking gorillas, which can take from half an hour to five hours.

A reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. If you have the afternoon free, you will take a guided village walk to see how the Ugandans live. You will stay overnight at Nkuringo Gorilla Camp in a full board basis.

Day 4: Depart for Volcanoes National Park

On this day, you will drive to Kisoro and cross the Uganda and Rwanda border to Ruhengeri in Rwanda. Ruhengeri is a city in northern Rwanda's Musanze District and serves as the base for gorilla trekking. The drive is scenic, and you will arrive in the late afternoon or early evening. You can stroll around the lodge, or relax and take in the panoramic sunset over the volcanoes. You will stay overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge in a full-board basis.

Day 5: Full-day activities and golden monkeys tracking

Early in the morning, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary of Volcanoes National Park. The trekking is a demanding but a rewarding experience. The time spent in the forest depends on the location of the gorillas, and can take from as little as a half an hour up to five hours. If you have the afternoon free, you can choose to drive around. You will stay overnight at Mountain Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge in a full-board basis.

Day 6: Transfer to Kigali

You will depart to Kigali for a city tour, with lunch en route, arriving in the in the late afternoon. Transfer to the airport if applicable.

Location

This safari will take place in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.

Rwanda

Rwanda is often called the land of the thousand hills. While visiting this country, everywhere you look you will see the beautiful green hills. In Rwanda, you can enjoy culture, nature, primates, and the beaches of Lake Kivu.

The most popular park of Rwanda is Volcanoes National Park, where you can track the gorillas and the golden monkeys, or do different hikes in this dramatic volcanic landscape. You can visit Nyungwe National Park, one of the world's most beautiful and oldest rainforest of Africa, or you can go for safari in Akakera National Park on the border with Tanzania.

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is 160 square kilometers in size. It is the oldest national park in Africa, established in 1929 as the Albert National Park. In 1967, famous for mountain gorillas, the American zoologist, Dian Fossey, who had been doing research on mountain gorillas in the forests of the Congo, fled from insecurity and established her research base at a place between Visoke and Karisimbi volcanoes, now known as the Karisoke Research Center.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, located in south-western Uganda, occupies an area of 321 square kilometers. This ancient rainforest is the home to half of the world's mountain gorillas. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is considered to be the most exciting wildlife encounter in Africa, and possibly, the world.

Humans and gorillas share 94.8% of the same genetic makeup. This national park is home to 120 mammal species, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, and geckos, many which are endangered.

Food

The price of the package includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as water during the safari. On the first day, you will only have dinner, while on the last day, you will only have breakfast and lunch. Regular type meals such as meat and fish are served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

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

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Activities in Volcanoes National Park
  • All applicable taxes, and administration and banking fees
  • All ground transportation and transfers, including fuel
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Drinks as stipulated in itinerary
  • Game drives in a shared 4WD vehicle where indicated
  • Gorilla permits per person
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Kigali city tour
  • Park, conservation, and community bed night fees
  • Ranger guide fees
  • Water in the vehicle for overland sectors

What's not included

  • All passport and visa fees for 50 USD
  • Any extras and additional activities
  • Applicable airport departure taxes
  • Drinks where not stipulated in itinerary
  • Gratuities for driver, guide, and hotel staff
  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature, like fax and telephone
  • Laundry in Entebbe or Kampala
  • Meals not specified, including lunch and other meal stops
  • Travel and medical insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) or Kigali international Airport (KGL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. GoExplore safaris Team will pick you from the Airport and take you around .

Airport: Kigali International Airport Airport transfer included: Kigali International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Wednesday October 9, 2019
Departure: Tuesday October 15, 2019

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