Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Extravaganza – 12 days

Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla extravaganza, Bwindi National Park, Volcanoes National Park, gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, chimpanzee trekking

Visit the highlights of both Uganda and Rwanda on this tailor made Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla extravaganza staying mostly at the very comfortable and characterful Safaris lodges in both countries. Join a lion researcher for the day in Queen Elizabeth National Park, trek to see chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge and Kalinzu, cruise the Kazinga Channel and see one of Africas highest concentrations of hippo, trek to see gorillas in both Rwanda and Uganda and golden monkeys in Uganda.

Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Extravaganza
Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Extravaganza

An amazingly diverse safari in terms of wildlife history and culture starting in Entebbe in Uganda and ending in Kigali in Rwanda!

The cost per person sharing in USD based on 4 people travelling:

PRICE PER PERSON SHARING IN USD (LUXURY ACCOMMODATION):
1 PERSON = 20,122
2 PEOPLE = 16,457
3 PEOPLE = 15,863
4 PEOPLE = 15,566
5 PEOPLE = 15,387
Single room supplement = US$1883 (Does not apply to one person price)

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Highlights

  • Trek Gorillas in two different countries (Uganda and Rwanda)
    Safari starts in Entebbe and ends in Rwanda
    Trek the endangered golden monkeys
    Enjoy a cultural tour
    Hike Mgahinga
    Stay in luxurious lodge
    Be in the company of a knowledgeable safari guide
    Travel in a comfortable customized 4×4 safari Landcruiser
    Fly in a light aircraft rom Entebbe to Kasese/Mweya
    Join researchers in lion tracking
    Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
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    Day 1:

    Arrive at Entebbe airport where an Aerolink member of staff will assist you with the check-in and transfer to your domestic flight to Kasese / Mweya – check-in time is one hour before the flight. Once in Kasese you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey.
    Transfer from the airstrip to Queen Elizabeth National Park and the contemporary Kyambura Gorge Lodge Standard Banda. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the veranda that overlooks the savannah plains with the magnificent Rwenzori Mountains in the distance.

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    Day 2:

    The Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and forms a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. Here you can track one of our closest animal relatives: the chimpanzee. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk itself is enchanting.
    In the afternoon take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lakes Edward and George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentrations of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the water’s edge. The channel is a magnet for water birds, with great flocks of pelicans and other birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle.
    Overnight Kyambura Gorge Lodge Standard Banda(B, L, D)

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    Day 3:

    Second chimpanzee trek in Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes’ drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.
    You can also visit various community projects from the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) including:
    Kyambura Gorge Buffer, Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative, Kyambura Wetland Restoration, Kyambura Dance Group, Kyambura Community Playground and much more.
    Overnight at Kyambura Gorge Lodge Standard Banda(B,L,D)

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    Day 4:

    Join a local scientific researcher on his daily game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park to locate and record the behaviour of a lion pride which is being studied in the park. Transfer by road to Ishasha Wilderness Camp.
    Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp (B, L, D)

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    Day 5:

    Take an early morning and evening game drive for the best opportunity to see game aand in search of the tree climbing lions famous in this area of the park.. What you see depends on the season and luck!
    Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp (B, L, D)

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    Day 6:

    Your safari now continues to the primeval Bwindi forest. Travelling via Ishasha – subject to road conditions – you can observe the unusual behaviour exhibited by the tree-climbing lions. This journey through the rapidly changing landscape takes you to Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, which looks across to the towering trees of the forest. Depending on when you arrive you may have time to explore the lodge grounds with its clear mountain stream or visit the local village.
    Overnight at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge Standard Banda(B,L,D)

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    Day 7:

    After enjoying an early breakfast, you set off gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Tracking in the Bwindi forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day.
    Overnight at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge Standard Banda(B,L,D)

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    Day 8:

    Today you will travel to Gahinga Lodge and in the afternoon visit the Gahinga Batwa Village and experience the culture and history of one of Africa’s oldest tribes. Visit their new home and gain insight into their traditional life in the forest and even have lessons in hunting and gathering of medicinal plants.
    Other activities for those interested in the culture and natural history of Mgahinga include hiking the Muhavura, Sabinyo or Gahinga volcanoes, enjoying the Batwa Dance Group perform, visit the Batwa Vocational Centre and
    Overnight at Mount Gahinga Lodge Standard Banda(B,L,D)

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    Day 9:

    A relaxed morning during which you will be accompanied by a ranger to track the golden monkeys through the bamboo forests of the mountains. Return to the lodge and after lunch drive across the border into Rwanda. The magnificent Volcanoes Virunga Lodge is perched on the top of a hill with 360° panoramic views of the chain of volcanoes and Lakes Bulera and Ruhondo. From the terrace you can take in the sunset over the lakes and – weather permitting – enjoy an exhilarating performance from the colourful Intore Dance troupe that showcases the unique Rwandese culture.
    Overnight at Virunga Lodge Standard Banda (B,L,D)

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    Day 10:

    It is an early start for gorilla tracking in the Volcanoes National park through the enchanting bamboo forest on the slopes of the Virunga range of volcanoes. After a gentle climb of between one and three hours, you will spend one hour in the company of these gentle giants before returning to base in time for a late lunch. Some gorilla families can be more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially if it is wet and muddy.
    Overnight at Virunga Lodge Standard Banda (B,L,D)

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    Day 11:

    Today choose from one of the optional activities:
    • Go for a second gorilla trek (additional permits required)
    • Trek to the grave of pioneer primatologist Dian Fossey and visit the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place
    of her favourite gorilla, Digit, and many other gorillas.
    • Visit Lake Kivu, location of the finest inland beaches in Africa.
    • Take a guided walk to Lake Bulera, to experience village life.
    • Tour the former Imbabazi Orphanage and beautiful English cottage gardens.
    Overnight at Virunga Lodge Standard Banda (B, L, D)

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    Day 12:

    Drive to Kigali, and time permitting, enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial before your international flight. A visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial is a moving testimony to this country’s past that it has courageously overcome (guests to pay/donate entrance fees directly).
    Transfer to the airport in time for your return flight.

    Included

    Airport Transfer
    if departing on last day of safari
    Full board accommodation

    Full-time English speaking professional driver/guide
    At Volcanoes properties House alcoholic drinks(excluding premium drinks) plus soft drinks,
    30-minute complimentary massage per guest per stay (extra massages are available at a cost of USD 50 per person for a 50-minute massage)
    Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga
    Batwa community visit
    Bottled drinking water in the vehicle

    Transport 4×4 safari Van and fuel
    Hand Sanitizer in the vehicle
    Porters during the gorilla trek
    2 Gorilla Permits @ US$700 for Uganda and US$1500 for Rwanda (total US$ 2,200)

    Excluded

    International Flights
    Vaccinations
    Insurance of any kind
    Visas (Uganda @ $50, East Africa @ $100 ) to be applied and paid for online
    Face Masks
    Tips and gratuities