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Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Discovery

When your guide puts his hand up and motions for you to crouch down, youll know why. In the near distance, a silverback gorilla settles down to eat. Opportunities like these exist on this unique and life-changing adventure through Rwanda and Uganda. Deepen your understanding of Africas primates and youll deepen your understanding of all of us.


Duration: 9 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155197
Starts: Kigali, Rwanda Finishes: Entebbe, Uganda
You will visit
  • Kigali
  • Entebbe

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Kigali

If you arrive early, take some time to explore the city, known for its pleasant, friendly atmosphere.

Additional Notes:
Kigali has some interesting and historic sites outside of the city. If you want more time to explore, we recommend booking a pre-night.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Private Vehicle

02

Day 2: Kigali/Volcanoes National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Volcanoes National Park borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains can be found here. The volcanoes and highlands of the park are covered in lush rainforest and bamboo (a favourite snack of the gorillas). While the most famous resident is the mountain gorilla, there's plenty of other wildlife roaming around: buffaloes, bushbucks, golden monkeys, hyenas, numerous bird species, and some elephants call this place home.

Additional Notes:
Altitude note: Volcanos NP - approx 2000 m (6,550 ft)

Included Activities:
Genocide Memorial Visit
Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Community Walk and Local Lunch

Transport:
4x4 (3.00 hour(s), 130km)

03

Day 3: Volcanoes National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a trek into the national park with a ranger/guide to view a unique and endangered species, the golden monkey. Watch these playful and lively creatures in their natural habitat. Return to the lodge for lunch and then take a walk through a local village. In the evening, expand your understanding of gorillas through an in-depth lecture from one of the head wardens of Volcanoes National Park.

Additional Notes:
Proper hiking attire must be worn – you will be trekking in a rainforest with lots of vegetation, undergrowth, nettles and normally a rather muddy terrain.

Only 1 hour is spent with the Golden Monkeys to ensure their protection and conservation.

Please note that if you are unwell with anything contagious, even a common cold, you may be denied any of the treks to ensure the safety of the golden monkeys. This is a national park regulation, and trekking permits will not be refunded if you are denied entrance due to illness.

The order of activities over Days 3 and 4 can change depending on permit scheduling.

Included Activities:
Golden Monkey Trek
Iby'iwacu Village Visit
Gorilla Lecture

Transport:
4x4

04

Day 4: Volcanoes National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Approximately 800 mountain gorillas exist globally in the wild today. They are found in Rwanda, DRC, and Uganda. In DRC and Rwanda, gorillas live in similar ecosystems/areas. The gorilla species found in these three areas are called highland gorillas.

In Rwanda there are ten habituated gorilla families that are open to visits – the visit to a gorilla family is done once per day, with a maximum 8 trekkers per group and the duration of a visit is limited to one (1) hour with the gorilla family. The time spent with them is limited due to conservation considerations and to minimize impact on the day-to-day life of the gorilla family you are visiting. It is important to be well prepared for the trek — you never know if your total trek will be short or long. The total duration of a trek can vary and be anything between 4 and 9 hrs in length depending on the location of the gorillas, which are constantly moving. You will mainly walk where there are no paths apart from the occasional buffalo or elephant trail.

Touching the gorillas is not allowed (although in some cases they may touch you). Making loud noises or sudden movements is also not allowed. You should attempt to keep a distance of 7m from the gorillas, however the gorillas themselves are unaware of this and will often get very close, in which case you should try to slowly move away. At all times you must abide by the instructions of the trackers and rangers.

Please note that porters are available at approx. $10USD per person. The porters are all hired from local villages and not only can carry your day pack, but assist you with a welcome hand over difficult spots. Regardless of your fitness level, we highly recommend hiring a porter as some tracks can be very muddy and elevation can affect even the most fit person. It also provides employment and supports the local community.

Additional Notes:
Mountain gorillas share 98% of our DNA and are prone to catching human illnesses. Please note that if you are unwell with anything contagious, even a common cold, you may be denied any of the treks to ensure the safety of the gorillas. This is a national park regulation, and trekking permits will not be refunded if you are denied entrance due to illness.

Proper hiking attire must be worn – you will be trekking in a rainforest with lots of vegetation, undergrowth, nettles and normally a rather muddy terrain. Minimum age for gorilla trekking is 15 years old.

Please note that depending on the size of our group and when permits are confirmed, we may be split into 2 trekking groups and you may be trekking with non-G travellers.

Included Activities:
Gorilla Trekking

Transport:
4x4

05

Day 5: Volcanoes National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Queen Elizabeth National Park is characterized by open savannah, large areas of swamp around Lake George, the extensive Maramagambo Forest in the southeast, and the forested Kyambura Gorge along the border with Kyambura Game Reserve.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Rwanda - Uganda)

Transport:
4x4 (8.00-9.00 hours)

06

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore the national park with a ranger on a safari walk in search of chimps. Enjoy a safari drive with possible sightings of buffalo, elephants, giant forest hogs, hyenas, leopards, lions, and warthogs.

Additional Notes:
Depending on the number of people travelling, the group will be split into two. Half will do the chimp trek in the morning, followed by the game drive in the afternoon (and vice versa).

The order of activities over Days 6 and 7 can change depending on chimp permit scheduling.

Proper hiking attire must be worn – you will be trekking in a rainforest gorge with lots of vegetation, undergrowth, nettles and normally a rather muddy terrain. You will mainly walk on hippo and elephant trail and there may be some sharp inclines getting in and out of the Gorge.

At all times you must abide by the instructions of the trackers and rangers.

Please note that if you are unwell with anything contagious, even a common cold, you may be denied any of the treks to ensure the safety of the chimps. This is a national park regulation, and trekking permits will not be refunded if you are denied entrance due to illness.

Included Activities:
Chimpanzee Trek - Kyambura Gorge
Game Drive

Transport:
4x4

07

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Embark on a morning game drive for more wildlife viewing inside the park. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel to view birds, hippos, and, with a bit of luck, elephants or big cats.

Included Activities:
Game Drive
Kazinga Channel Cruise

Transport:
4x4

08

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park/Entebbe (1B, 1L)

After breakfast, head to Entebbe with a stop at the Equator and a visit to a royal drum maker's workshop.

Included Activities:
Equator Visit
Drum Makers Workshop

Transport:
4x4 (8.00-9.00 hours, 350km)

09

Day 9: Entebbe (1B)

Depart at any time.

Additional Notes:
We recommend booking post nights if you want more time to explore Entebbe and the surrounding area.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • All national park entrance fees
    • Genocide memorial entrance
    • Guided mountain gorilla trek with permits
    • Gorilla lecture
    • Golden monkey trek with permits
    • Guided chimpanzee trek with permits
    • Local village walk
    • Safari drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • Wildlife boat cruise in Kazinga Channel
    • Visit to the Equator
    • Drum workshop
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotel/lodges (8 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • 4x4 land cruiser, walking, hiking, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides, experienced gorilla trackers, park rangers
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Tour Highlights:
  • Get up close and personal with mountain gorillas in their backyard
  • Enjoy a local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Nyamirambo Women's Centre
  • Trek through the forest to visit Golden Monkeys
  • Learn about gorillas during a lecture from one of the head wardens of Volcanoes National Park