This exciting 7 days Rwanda gorilla tracking safari starts and finishes in Kigali or ends in Kampala offering double gorilla trek in Rwanda as well as Uganda.
Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National park
After breakfast at your accommodation, continue northwards to volcanoes national park. This journey is very fascinating as you’ll enjoy the spectacular scenery of the region. You’ll certainly appreciate why Rwanda is referred to as land of “the thousand hills”. Your guide will drive slowly and even stop to give you an opportunity to take pictures at close range. This park is a habitat to over 360 great mountain gorillas. You will arrive late evening, check into your lodge, ranging from budget, mid-range and luxury facilities, dine and slumber as you prepare for gorilla tracking the following day.
Luxury Accommodation: Gorillas View Hotel
Moderate Accommodation: La Palme Hotel
Budget Accommodation: Kinigi Guest House.
Day 2: First Gorilla Tracking
After an early breakfast proceed to the park headquarters for a briefing regarding gorilla trekking by the park rangers. You will hike through the verdant jungle looking for mountain gorillas. Some amount of physical fitness is needed during this activity since it involves a lot of climb hills. The experience is tedious but impressive when you finally face the mountain gorillas. You’ll see them in families as they go about their day-to-day routine activities; mothers caring for the young, playing as well as feeding . You are required to maintain a distance while you watch them, make sure to turn off the flash of your camera as you take pictures. Gorilla Trekking takes approximately two to eight hours. Right after trekking, head back to the lodge to relax. Later on you will visit the twin lakes and have a cultural walk to see the hospitable Banyarwanda go about their daily activities. You will get an opportunity to interact with the local people and appreciate their fascinating culture. You will be entertained by traditional dances and songs. Later head back to your lodge for dinner and the overnight.
Day 3: Golden Monkey tracking / Dian Fossey hike
Awaken early for an early breakfast. Go to Nyungwe forest to track chimpanzees guided by rangers. These rangers are aware of best places to easily track these chimpanzees. While you hike through the verdant forest, you will find various other primates such as monkeys, which will excite you as you move closer to the forest chimpanzees. The opportunity to see these chimpanzees are amazing, you will observe them play, feed and rest. You will be allowed to take numerous pictures after this you will head to Karisoke Research Center, which was constructed by Dian Fossey -an American primatologist who entirely devoted her life on safeguarding the lives of mountain gorillas. Sadly she was killed and her body was laid to rest next to Digit, a mountain gorilla she really loved. At this research center, you’ll get enough information regarding these mountain gorillas. you will return to Kigali and then to Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park – known to be a home to half of the total world’s mountain gorilla population. Dine and slumber at your lodge of choice.
Budget Accommodation: Nshongi Gorilla Resort or Buhoma Community Rest Camp or Bwindi View Bandas
Moderate Accommodation: Wagtail Safari Camp or Lake Kitandara Tented Camp or Gift Of Nature Lodge or Trekker’s Tavern Cottages or Buhoma Community Rest Camp
Luxury Accommodation: Gorilla Resort Lodge or Silverback Lodge or Buhoma Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge
Super Luxury Accommodation: Clouds Lodge or Mahogany Springs lodge or Gorilla Forest Camp
Day 4: Second gorilla tracking
After breakfast head to the park headquarters for a briefing regarding the rules governing gorilla tracking in Bwindi. This experience is amazing! Hiking through the thick forest is tedious although an adventurous; you’ll see birds, primates, wildlife and plants. You’ve got to be physically fit to trek these gorillas. In the event you fail, you will find porters who will carry you at an affordable fee. the Rangers can simply detect where the gorilla were the previous day. Facing the mountain gorillas within their natural setting is very amazing, these are usually in groups and you may take numerous pictures. With lovely memories in the impenetrable forest, go back to your lodge to have lunch and rest. Later in the day, you can choose to visit the pygmy Batwa people; who are a local people that for ages were able to survive within this wilderness. These people will show you how they locally brew beer, you will visit schools, and visit women craft shops and lastly meet the local traditional healer. You will be narrated to stories and be entertained by traditional dances and songs. it is really amazing! Enjoy dinner and slumber back at your lodge.
Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After an early breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, going through the Ishasha area to see the climbing lions plus various bird species. They are usually within trees to avoid heat and the bugs found on the ground. You’ll see a number of them lying on the acacia branches. After this great encounter you will head to the park where you will have lunch. After lunch, have a boat ride on Kazinga channel. You’ll see the two Lakes George and Edward. During the ride, you’ll see large numbers of hippos in the water, giant crocodiles, buffaloes as well as elephants seen far away. Various bird species will be all around the area, and you’ll appreciate the true splendor of Uganda. Dine and slumber
Budget Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Safari Camp or Mweya Hostel
Moderate Accommodation: Simba Safari Camp or Ihamba Safari Lodge or Bush Lodge
Luxury Accommodation: Kyambura Game Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge or Katara Lodge
Day 6: Game drive and Chimpanzee tracking
Early morning, leave for a game drive to see the early morning risers returning from their hunt. your guide will take you to the finest areas in which to easily see these animals such as elephants, lions, antelopes, warthogs, buffaloes, Uganda kob and waterbucks among other. You will observe numerous bird species, return for lunch at the lodge and in the afternoon set out Chimpanzee tracking within Kyambura gorge. While you hike in the jungle, you’ll see several primates such as blue monkeys, baboons, vervet monkeys, black & white colobus monkeys as well as the red tailed monkeys. Kyambura is a well-known home for birds and the frequently seen birds are: black bee eaters, blue bellied kingfishers among others. In the evening you will return to dine and slumber at your lodge.
Day 7: Transfer to Kigali/Kampala
After a wonderful breakfast return to Kigali. You will go to a number of craft shops and purchase some souvenirs, take several photographs along the way. Basing on the time you reach, you will have a Kigali city tour to see the Genocide memorial sites, the local market as well as the national museum. head to the airport for your departure flight . Alternatively drive to Kampala and transfer to Entebbe airport for departure flight.