5 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda-Uganda

Posted by on June 7, 2017

5-Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda-Uganda in the Heart of Africa

Two Gorilla Treks in Rwanda and Uganda – Fly to and from Kigali – Rwanda – Take the Ultimate Gorilla Challenge


Take our 5 – Day “Ultimate Gorilla Challenge” Trekking Safari in both Rwanda and Uganda. This is a fabulous 5 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda-Uganda that allows you to take part in our Ultimate Gorilla Challenge in   Volcanoes National Park set in the Virunga Volcano Chain and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was selected in 2017 by CNN as one of the Best Parks in Africa.

Fly into Kigali, Rwanda  and fly back home from there. Trek Gorillas in both countries, all with limited Drive-Times.

This Safari can include exclusive Lodges, Upmarket ones, or mid range ones in both Rwanda and Uganda.

Rwanda has changed its Gorilla Permits to 1500 USD to pay for Gorilla Conservation, provide infrastructure to the communities near Volcanoes National Park and as part of its upmarket strategy of presenting Rwanda to the World as a Premier Gorilla Destination.

Uganda with more Gorilla Families open to trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park remains at 600 USD.


Day 1: Arrive at Kigali Airport and transfer to Volcanoes National Park:

The 5 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda-Uganda begins. Arrive at Kigali International Airport and depart  for Volcanoes National Park (Drive-Time 2 1/2 hours).  If you arrive the evening before in Rwanda we will arrange a night’s stay in Kigali for you at a hotel in your price range

If you are staying in Kigali the night before the 5-day gorilla safari commences – we will visit on the morning of the Safari starting date – a visit to the Genocide Memorial in Kigali – have lunch at Hotel des Mille Collines – Hotel Rwanda and afterward transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

On arrival at Volcanoes National Park, we check into the lodge of your choice.

Enjoy the sunset, just before 6 pm it is sunset in Rwanda since Rwanda is on Central African Time

Dinner

Lodging:  Volcanoes National Park – choose a lodge here

Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner


Day 2: First Gorilla Trek  in Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda:

Early Morning Breakfast and we are off to park headquarter for the gorilla trek briefing, a cup of Rwandan coffee or tea and some delightful Intore dance performed for you.

You will need a daypack, a packed lunch from the lodge that is provided, two liters of water.  Clothing – long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, light rain jacket, hat with wide brim, gardening gloves to pull yourself up on branches, hiking boots with good traction and that are worn in.

You want your skin covered to protect against scratches from branches, stings from nettles, insects and more.  Often people simply dress wrong going gorilla tracking in Rwanda or Uganda.

You will be assigned to a gorilla group to trek and you are off with your guides and trackers.

We suggest that you use a porter along with a walking stick that you can easily get here.

The gorilla trek itself is between 3 and 5 hours or longer – it is well worth it and the experience of a lifetime for you.  Simply a most amazing and most memorable experience and you will that experience twice, in two different countries and locations.

After the trek – time permitting – there is an optional village visit at Iby’ Iwacu Cultural Village which is a great place to get a cultural insight into Rwandan life.  (This activity must be pre-booked by us)

 Lodging:  Volcanoes National Park

Meal Plan: Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner


Day 3: Golden Monkey tracking or Dian Fossey Karisoke Research Center and Gravesite – transfer to Uganda:

Breakfast and this morning you have a choice – Golden Monkey Tracking in the Bamboo Forest of the Virunga Volcanoes – this is quite an exciting time with the lively golden monkeys – whose color and coat make them quite beautiful to behold up close in the Forest.  Like the Mountain Gorillas – the golden monkeys are habituated and are used to the presence of humans.  This is a guided hike with trackers and guides and is about 3 to four hours in length returning in time for lunch at the lodge.

The other choice you have is to hike up and see the ruins of the Karisoke Research Center that Dian Fossey established here in Rwanda during her long stay in the country during which she was a spokesperson and advocate for the conservation of the endangered Mountain Gorillas.  She protected the gorillas against poachers and others that wanted to encroach on the habitat of the mountain gorillas of Rwanda.  At the end of the day she paid the ultimate price – she was murdered for trying to conserve and protect the Mountain Gorillas

Lunch – and we drive to Rushaga – changing clocks to East African Time, one hour behind.  This is a 2 1/2 hour plus drive depending on the border crossing time.

Check into the lodge you have chosen for Bwindi – Rushaga – Nkuringo Region below

Please Note:  Instead of gorilla trekking in Rushaga, you can go on an all-day Gorilla Habituation Experience an be four hours with the Gentle Giants of the Forest.  Permit cost is 1,500 USD instead of 600 USD.

Dinner

Lodging: Bwindi Forest Lodging Choices

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – dinner


Day 4: Uganda Gorilla Tracking – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

An early breakfast and we are off to Nkuringo or Rushaga for Gorilla Tracking.  The Nkuringo Gorilla Group is the toughest group to track in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest since the journey begins with 600 meters down at the beginning of the trek and 600 meters up. There are however easier families to track in the area and there are 5 habituated gorilla groups for visitors in Rushaga.

The clothing and equipment are the same as in Rwanda and a porter will be available for you to carry your things.  This is a win-win, you have freedom of hands and the Ugandan has a family income.

The second gorilla trek is three to five hours long and once again you have one hour with the gorilla family – the second great primate adventure in Africa for you.

Dinner

Lodging: Bwindi Forest Lodging Choices

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 5 – Buniga Batwa People Forest Walk – Transfer to Kigali for departure:

 The 5 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda-Uganda comes to an end. Breakfast and we drive to Buniga Forest where we embark on an interactive Forest Walk with the first people of the forest – the Batwa Pygmies who teach us the hunting and gathering ways of old, how they used to live in the ancient forests, what they ate, hunted, gathered, the medicine they found in the forest and much more.

Lunch in Kisoro at the Travelers Rest Hotel – which was Dian Fossey’s home away from home.  At that time it was owned by Walter Baumgaertel who is considered the father of Ugandan Gorilla Tourism.

We cross the border and set our watches back and continue to the airport.

The departure times from Rushaga and the activities for the day depending on your flight time.

5 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda-Uganda – 5 days of a  combined safari in the Land of a thousand hills – Rwanda and the Pearl of Africa – Uganda.


 Safari includes – All activities – except where it says optional – all permits – lodging, transport, food except alcohol or soft drinks at lodges, tips, laundry excluded.

5 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda-Uganda – If this safari interests you – please contact us: