– Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park Rwanda
– Game Dive at Queen Elizabeth National Park
– Launch Cruise Along the Kazinga Channel
This 5 Days wildlife safari in Uganda and Rwanda has been customized for visitors interested in experiencing gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda and chimpanzee trekking in Uganda – with a game drive at one point off course. Chimpanzee in Rwanda’s Nyungwe forest migrate periodically and is hence not a reliable destination for chimpanzee trekking. Kibale forest national park in Uganda has resident chimpanzee clans and is a more reliable alternative for tracking chimpanzee and chimpanzee habituation experience. The experience of tracking mountain gorillas in both Rwanda’s volcanoes national park and Bwindi impenetrable forest park is a worthwhile venture worth considering. This wildlife tour starts and ends in Kigali.
Main Activities :
Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Kibale Forest national park
Our guide/driver from Mission Africa Safaris will pick you up from your hotel early so as to start the 6-7 hours journey to Kibale Forest National Park. Lunch will be taken en-route and you should reach in time to rest and prepare for chimpanzee tracking the next day. bale early enough to have enough rest for chimpanzee tracking the next day. Dinner and overnight stay at Kyaninga Lodge (luxury), Primates lodge luxury tents (luxury), Primates Lodge Deluxe (Midrange), Chimpanzee Guest House (budget).
Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking – Head for Queen Elizabeth national park
After your breakfast, you will head straight to the Kibale national park offices for briefing on chimpanzee trekking. The head park guide will share with you information about how to behave around chimpanzee, what to expect and what to bring along. Chimpanzee trekking usually takes 3-5 hours. Take as many photos as you wish and then return back to the lodge for lunch and rest. In the evening, our guide will transfer you to Queen Elizabeth national park. The journey to Queen Elizabeth national park takes 2 hours. Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury), Ihamba Lodge / Park view lodge (mid-range) and Simba safari camp (budget).
Day 3: Game drive and boat cruise at the Kazinga Channel
You will wake up very early to take breakfast. Alternatively pack coffee and move with it as you go for the early morning game drive. The early morning game drive is meant to allow visitors spot nocturnal animals moving back to their dens after hunting throughout the night. Watch out for Leopards and hippos returning back to the waterhole after grazing. You will also get to spot the early risers and particularly birds. The game drive will also give you an opportunity to spot buffaloes, lions, hartebeests among many other mammals. You will then return back to the lodge for lunch and rest. At 2.00 pm, you will be transferred for a boat cruise at the Kazinga Channel The Kazinga Channel is a gathering point for all animals and birds in the park. For the sheer number of birds, primates and other animals found at the water banks, it is one of the best places to spot wild animals in Africa. Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury), Ihamba Lodge / Park view lodge (mid-range) and Simba safari camp (budget).
Day 4: Game drive at Ishasa Sector – Transfer to Volcanoes national park in Rwanda
After yesterdays interesting activities, you should crown it all by visiting Uganda’s famous tree climbing lions at the Ishasa sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. After Ishasa, start the journey back to Rwanda and cross to the volcanoes national park for gorilla trekking. Lunch will be taken en-route. Rest early so as to be in fine form for gorilla trekking the next day . Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / The 5 Volcanoes Lodge ( Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Da Vinci Lodge (Mid-range) and The Garden Place Hotel (Budget).
Day 5: Mountain gorilla tracking – Departure
You will wake up early morning to take breakfast before heading to the park offices at 7:00am in time for briefing. The briefing is basically an overview on what to expect and how to behave yourself while with the gorillas. A gorilla safari in Rwanda involves choosing one gorilla family from among 10. Choose wisely taking into consideration your overall fitness. Some gorilla families in Rwanda live and move deep in the forest and require more hours trekking. Hire a porter if you have extra equipment and head to the forest. You will have one hour with the apes, so take your chance to watch and take photos. Listen to instructions form your guide and always stay calm even when family members come close to you. After your one hour with the gorilla family is done, you should head back to the starting point where you will meet out guide from Mission Africa Safaris to drive you back to the lodge for lunch and rest. Later in the afternoon, you will be driven back to Kigali, then to your hotel or to the airport for departure.
End of Tour
Required gear for trekking mountain gorillas:
For a memorable gorilla trekking adventure
– Itinerary does not include Accommodation and Dinner on arrival (but can be arranged)
– The minimum age for mountain gorilla tracking and chimpanzee trekking is 15 years
– You are required to have yellow fever vaccination cards to enter Uganda and Rwanda
– Online application of VISA is required before travel and depends on your citizenship and the country you are visiting.
Safari Quote Includes
International and local flights, visas, personal expenses, beverages, wines and insurance.
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