5 Days Uganda and Rwanda: Gorilla Trekking, Primates and Volcanoes Tour

Uganda and Rwanda, with their warm tropical climates and lush fertile lands are renowned for their populations of majestic gorillas and chimpanzees that live and freely roam within vast and expansive rain forests. This, alongside an abundance of other wild animals, flora and fauna prove Uganda and Rwanda to be a very well kept secret with an immaculately preserved wilderness. Once dubbed the "Pearl of Africa", Uganda is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries on the continent, home to not only the continent's highest mountain range, the Rwenzoris, but also the source of the mighty Nile, the world’s longest river. Much of Rwanda is impressively mountainous, the highest peak being Karisimbi (4,507m) in the volcanic Virunga chain protected by the Parc des Volcans.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1730 - $3650
Includes internal flights:
Yes
Length of safari:
5 days
Best months:
January - February, June - December
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Very Active - Trekking, mountain biking, kayaking
Safari type:
Night drive safaris Night drive Birding safaris Birding
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Kinigi for your Gorilla Tracking
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Parc des Volcans
Day 3: Transfer to Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 4: Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park: game drive to see lions, leopard, elephants
Day 5: Transfer to Kigali Airport for flight back home

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Kinigi for your Gorilla Tracking 

Depart from Kigali City with a private vehicle and guide. Transfer to Volcanoes National Park, the home of gorilla tracking activities in Rwanda.
Ranging in altitude from 2400km to 4,507 the Volcanoes National Park (French: Parc National des Volcans) is dominated by the volcanoes after which it is named. This area is best known as the place where the American primatologist Dian Fossey undertook her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behaviour for almost 20 years. Day hikes climbing through the forest to see the gorilla families can be strenuous; once the gorilla group is found, time spent with these gentle creatures is limited to one hour. However, visiting with these giant cousins of ours provides a rare and immensely memorable experience (humans share 98% of DNA with gorillas).
Our accommodation is ideally positioned for those who want to watch animals in their habitat, specifically the endangered Rwanda Mountain Gorillas that still roam these areas. Share in the cuisine of Rwanda, which is served with the hospitality for which we all return to African countries. Take walks, learn more about the gorillas, and absorb the gorgeous surrounding landscape.

Overnight at either Kinigi Guesthouse (low budget)

Or La Palme Hotel / Volcanoes Gorilla Hotel (moderate budget)

Or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Gorilla Nest Lodge (Luxury)

Or Sabinyo Silverback Lodge (Super Luxury)

(Driving time ± 2hrs on mainly surfaced roads)
 

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Pac des Volcanoes

Have breakfast and go to ORTPN offices for briefing after that set off in the forest for Gorilla trekking. A thrilling trek through the refined foothills of the Virungas provides inspiring views in all directions. Then, suddenly, the trail enters the national park, engrossing trekkers in the strange closeness of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and besieged with fresh spoor of the mountains' elusive populations of buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the forest canopy, the marvelous peaks are sighted, easily easy to get to and among the uppermost in Africa, indicating an ascent. 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 either Kinigi Guesthouse (low budget)

Or La Palme Hotel / Volcanoes Gorilla Hotel (moderate budget)

Or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Gorilla Nest Lodge (Luxury)

Or Sabinyo Silverback Lodge (Super Luxury)

 

Day 3: Transfer to Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National ParkAfter breakfast we drive to Uganda and proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We go through stunning savannah grasslands as we head to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The game densities here are high, and this region has reported some of the largest herds of Elephant anywhere in Uganda, as it is their main migration corridor between Uganda and the DRC. 
We continue and drive to the northern circuit which is the area near the main road known for its tree climbing lions. But we also visit the Uganda kob mating ground which is their preferred hunting area.
Up-market/ Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Katara Lodge
Mid-range: Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge or Engazi Lodge
Budget price: Mweya Albertine Hostels or Simba Safari Camp

  (Driving time ± 6hrs on mainly surfaced roads)

Day 4: Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Game drive to see lions, leopard, elephant, buffallo, etc
We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at very close range. Return to the lodge for your breakfast, before heading out for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at a mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others.
Up-market/ Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Katara Lodge
Mid-range: Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge or Engazi Lodge
Budget price: Mweya Albertine Hostels

 

Day 6: transfer to Kigali airport for flight back home     

(Driving time ± 6hrs on mainly surfaced roads)

 

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Kinigi Guesthouse
  • Volcanoes Gorilla
  • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge
  • Mweya Albertine Hostels

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Animals you will see

African buffalo
African buffalo
Baboon
Baboon
Chimpanzee
Chimpanzee
Elephant
Elephant
Hippopotamus
Hippopotamus
Hyena
Hyena
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Bird watching
Bird watching
Boating / canoeing
Boating / canoeing
Bush walks
Bush walks
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Cultural / Tribal visits
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Fishing
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