The 5 Day Gorilla Tracking Safari in Uganda and Rwanda offers the opportunity of one hour stay closer to the endangered and rare mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Volcanoes National Park inhabits about 360 mountain gorillas, which is half of the world’s total population of about 700 mountain gorillas.
Day 1: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: Home of Gorillas
Have breakfast at the hotel and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable forest in south Western Uganda. Stop at the equator for photographs and continue to Mbarara where you will have another stop for lunch, reach Bwindi by late afternoon. In the evening you may relax at the lodge or go for a community walk where you will be entertained in some of the cultural dance of the Batwa community. Dinner and overnight at the Mahogany Springs / Gorilla Mist Camp / Buhoma community rest Camp.
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking Adventure
Wake up and prepare for the unforgettable experience. You will have breakfast to transfer to the park headquarters for briefing before setting off to the forest in search for gorillas. The guide will brief you and at 9:00 am you will set off to the forest for these apes. The time taken searching these humble Giant apes is unpredictable, however, it ranges between 2-9 hours depending on their movement. Tracking goes through steep rocks climbing up and down before you find Gorillas Camouflaged in thick vegetation. However, the thrill of encountering these giant primates erases the poor memories you went through in trying to find them. Dinner and over night at your lodge on DAY 1 .
Day 3: Cross to Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park
Breakfast at the lodge and embark on a scenic drive to the home of mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. We can take an evening excursion to the beautiful twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo, later check in Kinigi guest house or Le bambou Gorilla Lodge or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for dinner & overnight.
Day 4: Second gorilla trek
This is your day for another gorilla trek, this time in Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park. Time permitting, take a cultural walk to nearby villages or walk through Ruhengeri markets and interact with local people. Overnight at your lodge on DAY 3.
Day 5: Return to Kampala.
After these extra-ordinary experiences we have to go back to Kampala (8hrs drive) or Kigali (2hrs drive). Have breakfast and hit the road to Kampala with lots of scenic viewing enroute. You will have a stop in Mbarara for lunch to reach Kampala in the evening. Or we can drive to Kigali, take a city tour to genocide memorial museums, and later to the airport for your departure flight.
END OF THE GORILLA SAFARI
The tour quotation Includes:
– Gorilla tracking permits
– Ground transport in a comfortable 4WD safari van equipped for game viewing, photography and touring
– Full board accommodation
– Full time English speaking professional driver/guide
– All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary
– Bottled water while on safari
– Airport transfers
The tour quotation excludes:
– Laundry services
– International flights
– Items of a personal nature
-Optional activities and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary