Destinantions: Lake Mburo National Park, Bwindi National Park & Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Kvu, Nyungwe National Park & Kigali

Safari Overview

This Mountain Gorilla Trekking and Primates Safari allows you the incredible experience of being able to Gorilla Trek in Uganda and Rwanda, two of the 3 remaining areas in the world where you can do this! Pair that up with Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest National Park and Big Game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park and you have a very unique and authentic safari. The safari also show cases the beautiful culture and heritage that both countries have, you will be amazed by the similarity and the distinctness that the traditions exhibit.

Tour Highlights

  • Road trip through Uganda and Rwanda
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park
  • Boat trip on Kazinga Channel
  • Chimpanze trekking in Kibale National Park
  • Nyungwe Canopy Walk
  • Kigali City Tour

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport – the adventure begins!

On your arrival at Entebbe you will be met by your guide. Having passed immigration and luggage collection please exit the arrival hall and look out for your guide who will be holding up a signboard with your name thereafter transfer to your hotel where you will have time to relax and look forward to an exciting safari

Driving distance:  15 Minutes
Activity: 0
Overnight: Boma Guest House


Day 2: Entebbe - Fort Portal

This morning we will depart for Fort Portal and explore the area around the base of the Rwenzori Mountains near Kibale Forest National Park, in Western Uganda, an incredibly diverse forest that is home to over 13 species of primates including chimpanzee, red Colubus monkey, the rare L’Hoest monkey, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons, pottos and bushbabies

Driving distance:  6 Hours
Activity: 0
Overnight: Mountains of the Moon Hotel or Kibale Forest Camp
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast


Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park

After breakfast, it’s an early start to report to the ranger headquarters at 8 am in Kibale Forest National Park to track habituated Chimps. These engaging apes, our closest living relative, are great fun to watch as they play and fight in the fruiting trees. Your experience guides will introduce you to the different members of the chimp families, as well as the birds and plant life of the forest. The trails through the forest are generally easy to navigate and you will always be accompanied by Rangers.  The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier that its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into areas of Kibale Forest. Occasionally other large mammals such as buffalo, giant forest hog and numerous antelope species can also be seen. Birders will be on the look-out for an incredible list of 335 bird species. Butterfly lovers and botanists will be impressed by equally long lists of rare and endemic forest species.

Driving distance:  1 Hour
Activity: Chimpanzee Tracking
Overnight: Mountains of the Moon Hotel or Kibale Forest Camp
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast


Day 4: Kibale National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning we will depart for Fort Portal via Kasese towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, set on the floor of the Rift Valley, with the occasionally visible peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains behind you. The landscape of northern Queen Elizabeth comprises dozens of ancient craters carved into gentle rolling hills. The Kazinga Channel lies in central Queen Elizabeth, its banks fertile with large mammals such as hippo, elephant and buffalo and over 600 bird species, more than any other national park in Uganda.

Driving distance:  3 Hours
Activity: 0
Overnight: Twin Lakes Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast


Day 5: Morning game drive, afternoon boat ride in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early morning wake up for the morning game drive to catch up with early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. During the game drive, you will be likely to meet Elephants, Lions, Buffalos, Antelopes, water bucks and many bird species. This will be followed by a crator drive through the crator region of Queen Elizabeth Park with magnificent views of the beautiful landscapes in Queen Elizabeth National park.  In the afternoon you will have a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. On the cruise you will see hippos, buffalo, kobs, and elephants at the water edges. Have a spectacular bird watching on the water banks, look out for birds like Pelicans, Green-backed Heron, Storks, African Spoonbill, African White-backed Vulture, Bateleur, etc

Driving distance:  0
Activity: Game Drive & Boat Cruise
Overnight: Twin Lakes Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast


Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha- Bwindi

After breakfast transfer via to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth in the South. You may see the tree climbing lions, among other animals such as topis, buffaloes, many bird species and among others. Thereafter we shall procced to Bwindi National Park, on our way we pass through interesting villages and have some breath taking views of the mountains. Bwindi Impenetrable is a unique jungle, with many monkey species. Bwindi is one of the two places in the world where you can find Mountain Gorillas! Today we will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes.

Driving distance:  6 Hours
Activity: Game drive in search for the tree climbing lions
Overnight: Haven Lodge Bwindi
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast


Day 7: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park

You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 8 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes.

The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.

In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas.

Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base.

Driving distance: 
Activity: Gorilla Tracking
Overnight: Haven Lodge Bwindi
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast


Day 8: Bwindi National Park - Lake Bunyonyi

Drive to Lake Bunyonyi. Enjoy driving through Kabale highlands. The topography is mainly green, interlocking and heavily cultivated hills with spectacular valleys. The altitude of the district ranges between 1,219 metres (3,999 ft) and 2,347 metres (7,700 ft) above sea level.

Driving distance:  5 Hours
Activity: 0
Overnight: Birds Nest Resort Bunyonyi
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast


Day 9: Lake Bunyonyi – (Uganda-Rwanda Boarder) - Gisenyi

Today you will be transferred to Gisenyi, Rwanda, the largest port on Lake Kivu arriving in time for check in and later dinner at your hotel. Take a swim at Lake Kivu one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. The afternoon is spent in this largest port on the Rwandan shore of Lake Kivu .Simply explore the town, enjoying the hustle and bustle of the local market or wander through the leafy streets admiring the old colonial buildings

Driving distance:  5 Hours
Activity: Boarder crossing
Overnight: Paradise Malahide hotel
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast


Day 10: Gisenyi - Kibuye

In the morning you will depart for Kibuye which lies at the eastern tip of Lake Kivu. Kibuye is often hailed as the most impressive scenic spot of the lake.  The unpaved road gently curves back and forth as it weaves through hills and mountains beside the lake from Gisenyi to Cyangugu. Eucalyptus trees line the road, while every corner of the hills is terraced with bananas. Villagers smile and wave; you'll end up with hands tired from waving, and feel like royalty at the end of the trip!

Driving distance:  5 Hours
Activity: 0
Overnight: Moriah Resort hotel
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast


Day 11: Kibuye - Nyungwe National Park

After breakfast   you will transfer to Nyungwe forest national park, enjoy beautiful scenaries onroute

Driving distance:  4 Hours
Activity: 0
Overnight: Nyungwe Top Hill Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast


Day 12: Nyungwe National Park

Today you will enjoy a canopy walk which sets 50 me­ters above the ground with a 150-meter walkway and is the first of its kind in East Africa and third on the continent after South Africa and Ghana. It allows visitors to see the forest from above the trees and be at eye level with birds and monkeys that inhabit the upper storeys of the forest.

Nyungwe National Park is the largest block of montane forest in East and Central Africa and it is an incredibly rich area of biodiversity

Driving distance:  _
Activity: Canopy Walk
Overnight: Nyungwe Top Hill Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast


Day 13: Nyungwe National Park - Kigali

After breakfast you will transfer to Kigali the capital city of Rwanda, which takes about 6  hrs drive via Butare visiting enroute, the famous National Museum at Butare and the ancient King´s Palace at Nyanza. The museum was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government with some ethnic collection, the design and concept all realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren; Belgium. Ethnographic objects are grouped together according to the theme giving premium information on the daily life. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and belong to the finest handicrafts of the region. The National Museum remained surprisingly untouched during the civil war in 1994.

Driving distance:  6 Hours
Activity: 0
Overnight: Hotel Mille Collines
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast


Day 14: Transfer to Kigali International Airport

After breakfast you will transfer to Kigali for a complementary tour of the city.  Named in 1907 by Dr. Richard Kandt, the first colonial resident governor of Rwanda; Kigali city is surrounded by lush hills of green and is referred to as the land of a thousand hills. Get to visit interesting spots which may include; the craft market, Gisozi genocide memorial site & Kigali museum. Later you will transfer to Kigali International Airport for your return flight back home

Driving distance: _
Activity: Kigali City Tour
Overnight: Flight
Meal Plan: Full board – Bed & breakfast

NOTE
Gorilla trekking is Uganda's mostly sought-after tourism activity, its therefore advisable that clients obtain their permits in advance prior the trekking date. Permits are never booked, obtained on a first come first served basis and can only be confirmed with payment

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Activity Level

Light/Moderate

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, trekking, snorkeling and biking.


Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Gorilla permit costs $600 per Person and is included in the price.


My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.


What's Included


This Trip Excludes

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips for guides
  • Any personal expenses
  • Entry visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to safari crew
  • Any sightseeing, excursions and optional activities other than those specified
  • Anything else not mentioned above

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.

Please observe our Additional checklist for Gorilla Tracking
  • Long sleeve shirts and trousers (old clothes recommended as they can get very dirty and torn from the thorns and jungle foliage)
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses (although once in the jungle you are in the shade)
  • Gardening gloves to protect your hand from the thorns and vines
  • Good ,comfortable sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support
  • Long socks to truck your trousers into
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera with lenses of different mill metres
  • Waterproof rucksack (or plastic bags inside your rucksack)
  • Plenty of water (the camp provides a packed lunch and lots of water
  • For evenings at the camp it is worth taking a warm fleece as evenings can be chilly. For the daytime light, casual clothes generally suffice.