7 Days Gorilla Trekking in Uganda & Rwanda
This 7 day Rwanda-Uganda gorilla tracking and wildlife safari offers you the opportunity to trek mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park respectively; enjoy BIG 5 savannah wildlife safari – tree-climbing lions, elephants, leopard, hippo, buffalo, hyena, over 600 bird species, crocodiles, in Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is the best safari for 1 week in Africa!
Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park.
On this day, the guide will pick up you from the hotel or place of residence and transfer to Volcanoes. Overnight at: Luxury lodge (Up-market): Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Gorillas Nest Lodge Moderate: La Palme Hotel or Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House or Muhavura Lodge. Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Pac des Volcanoes.
Have breakfast and go for briefing after that set off in the forest for Gorilla trekking. A thrilling trek through the refined foothills of the Virunga provides inspiring views in all directions. Gorilla trekking is quite strenuous but a worthwhile on encounter of these gentle giants. The enthusiasm of your coming across with these apes will wipe away your intricacy of the strenuous trek. Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display. Overnight at: Luxury lodge (Up-market): Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Gorillas Nest Lodge. Moderate: La Palme Hotel or Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge. Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House or Muhavura Lodge.
Day 3. Drive to Uganda, Visit Lake Burela.
After your breakfast, you will be driven to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will cross the border via Kisoro then clear at the boarder – Uganda is 1 hour ahead of Rwanda. Along the way you visit Lake Burela. Overnight at Gorilla Valley Lodge/ Travelers Rest Hotel Kisoro (lower budget) Moderate: Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Resort/ Mutanda Lake Resort. Up-market: Volcanoes Mgahinga Lodge/ Rushaga Gorillas Safari Lodge.
Day 4: Gorilla Tracking Adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 meters from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes. Accommodation at Gorilla Valley Lodge/ Travelers Rest Hotel Kisoro (lower budget). Moderate: Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Resort/ Mutanda Lake Resort. Up-market: Volcanoes Mgahinga Lodge/ Rushaga Gorillas Safari Lodge
Day 5: Bwindi-Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After early breakfast head for Ishasha, which is the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, carry out a game drive where you may sight tree-climbing lions. Ishasha is dominated by acacia woodland and scrubland and features the meandering Ishasha River, banked by a riparian forest. After picnic lunch drive all the way to the northern sector of the park. Overnight and dinner at Mweya Safari Lodge/ Katara Lodge/ Jacana Lodge (Luxury Lodge facility) or Bush Lodge (in rooms)/ Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge (mid-range moderate facility) or Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents (Budget facility) Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Early morning game drives to see more animals that habit this park, that include predators’ lion. Queen Elizabeth National is one of the most outstanding treasures of Uganda. It borders on Lake George and Lake Edward as well as Kazinga Channel in the western area of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. After lunch take a 2-hour launch cruise on the Kazinga channel. This waterway joins Lakes Edward and George and it is filled with schools of hippos, buffaloes with elephants at the banks. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Return to Kigali for a city tour and transfer to airport.
Following breakfast, you will leave for Kigali. You have the opportunity to visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Museum. The memorial is very moving – the tour takes a couple of hours – and will be of interest to anyone who has spent some time in this enchanting country. It is in memory of the multitudes murdered in Rwanda´s genocide 1994. The Memorial sites and centers are places of dignified remembrance for loved ones lost. It is also a place of reflection and learning for the wider community, both in Rwanda and internationally. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport.
End of the Safari.