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10 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari

This 10 Days Rwanda Gorilla safari starts in Kigali (Rwanda) and ends in Kampala (Uganda). You will have great opportunities to track the critically endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda. This trip will also expose you to excellent birding, incredible primate trekking experience, boat trips, Cultural Excursions, City tours and big game drives among others.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali – Parc National des Volcans
Day 2: First Gorilla Tracking Excursion Rwanda
Day 3: Excursion to Diana Fossey’s Graves
Day 4: Transfer to Uganda (Lake Bunyonyi)
Day 5: Lake Bunyonyi – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 
Day 6: Second Gorilla tracking Expedition Uganda
Day 7: Bwindi Forest – Queen Elizabeth National park
Day 8: Chimpanzee tracking & Game drive in Queen Elizabeth
Day 9: Queen Elizabeth – Kampala
Day 10: Kampala City tour – Departure
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali – Parc National des Volcans
Upon arrival in Kigali, you will meet your driver guide at the airport and then transfer to Parc National des Volcans. If time allows, we can take a tour in Kigali city; visit Genocide memorial site, local markets, local art and crafts among others. The 2 hours journey to PNV goes through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape. Dinner and overnight stay in Kinigi guest house or Mountain Gorilla’s Nest.
Day 2: Day for Magical Experience: Gorilla Tracking Rwanda
Wake up early and prepare for today’s incredible experience of Gorilla tracking. We shall assemble at Park Headquarters with packed lunch, attend a briefing on the ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ while with Gorillas. Tracking gorillas take 2-9 Hours depending on their movements. You will stay with these giant apes for 1 hr for observation and photographing. Descend to the hotel for a rest and if the evening is free, we can have a walk to nearby communities, interact with them and learn more about their culture. Dinner and overnight stay in Kinigi Guest house or Mountain Gorilla’s Nest lodge.
Day 3: Excursion to Diana Fossey’s Graves
Have breakfast at the lodge and start our excursion to the grave of Diana Fossey; the American primatologist. This is situated at the former Karisoke Research Center where Diana spent about 20 years studying and habituating the Mountain Gorillas. The trek to the site is quite spectacular, it goes through bamboo forest and thick Afro-montane habitats, criss-crossed trails with tracks of forest buffalo and elephant. You will be exposed to several primates and birds as you make our way up and down to Karisoke, nestled between the volcanic peaks of Karismbi and Visoke. Relax in the evening as you wait for dinner and Overnight at Kinigi Guest House or Virunga Lodge.
Day 4: Transfer to Uganda (Lake Bunyonyi)
Have breakfast, depart PNV for Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda; famous for its beautiful islands and prolific bird life, settle into Arcadia Cottages and relax as we wait for lunch. Join a canoe ride in the after noon that expose you to excellent bird watching, and visit the beautiful Islands of Lake Bunyonyi. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Lake Bunyonyi – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 
Take breakfast and drive through the Switzerland of Africa, with the roads winding through many hills and valleys, with distant views of the volcanoes. Arrive by lunch time and have lunch at Gorilla Forest lodge or Buhoma Homestead. Take an evening walk in nearby Batwa (Pygmies) communities for entertainment and learn more about local cultures. Return for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Second Gorilla tracking Expedition Uganda
After early breakfast, we shall proceed to park offices with packed lunch for a briefing about the ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ while with gorillas. Tracking can take 2-9 hours depending on their movements. Tracking involves walking up steep and densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. You will stay with these Giant apes for 1 hour for observation and photography. Relax in the evening as we wait for dinner and overnight stay in Gorilla Forest lodge or Buhoma Homestead.
Day 7: Bwindi Forest – Queen Elizabeth National park
Take breakfast and set off to Queen Elizabeth Park. The journey takes you through beautiful rolling hills and the Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth; a home for tree-climbing lions. Have lunch at Mweya safari lodge or Simba safari Camp. Proceed for a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel, famous for the highest concentration of Hippos in Africa. Bird life is prolific with over 610 species and hundreds of Nile crocodiles. You will also see herds of elephants and buffaloes drinking water on the channel. The boat provides a clear platform for photographing. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Chimpanzee tracking & Game drive
Have early breakfast and drive to Kyambura Gorge nearby to track the fast moving and elusive wild chimpanzees, one of man's closest relations. Kyambura Gorge habours the only family of habituated chimpanzees in Africa.  Chimpanzee tracking safaris depart from Fig Tree Camp each morning at 08:00 Hrs and in the afternoon at 13:00 Hrs. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable but the walk is enchanting. Other primates include Red tailed  monkeys, Vervet, Black and White colobus monkeys, olive baboons and Giant forest hog. Return to the lodge for lunch and proceed for an evening game drive along Mweya peninsular before sunset. Dinner and overnight at Mweya or Simba safari lodge.
Day 9: Queen Elizabeth – Kampala
Wake up early for a cup of tea or coffee and take a morning game drive to Kasenyi plains to catch up with early raisers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will be exposed to large variety of animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, Warthogs, and several Antelope species, Lion, leopard and many more. Return to your lodge for full breakfast and immediately depart Queen Elizabeth for Kampala with big game viewing en-route. Stop at the equator for photographs, reach by late evening. Dinner and overnight at Holiday Express Hotel / Kampala Forest Cottages.
Day 10: Kampala City tour – Departure
Depending on your time of flight, you may have a city tour in Kampala, visit Kasubi Tombs, Bahai temp or Nakasero fruits Market before connecting to Entebbe International Airport for your scheduled flight.

 

 



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