Overview

The 5 Days Gorilla Safari to Rwanda and Uganda presents the opportunity to trek Mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda. Exploring the Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with recreational moments at Lake Bunyonyi for a relaxation between the two treks, one can be rest assured that this 5 Days Gorilla Safari to Rwanda and Uganda is worth the value. The Critically endangered Mountain gorillas that only thrive in the Virunga Massif and in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda are among the must see creatures in these contemporary times. The encounter rewards you with full exploration of the gorilla highlands.

Safari Highlight

Day 1: Visit Gisozi genocide memorial & transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Day 2: Do gorilla trekking & transfer to Uganda & relax at Lake Bunyonyi

Day 3: Do a sun rise boat cruise & transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 4: Do gorilla trekking & relax at the lodge. Optional Batwa Community tour in the evening

Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali

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Description

Day 1: Visit Gisozi genocide memorial & transfer to Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, embark on the tour of the Kigali genocide memorial in Gisozi where counts of Rwandese dominantly from the Tutsi ethnicity and moderate Hutus lay in memory following their slain in cold blood in 1994 genocide that hit Rwanda. You will listen to the sorrowful account of genocide and the lasting effect that it bestowed on Rwanda not forgetting the hearing the reconciliatory efforts that the country has employed in order to prevent any tragedy of that sort in the future. From the genocide site, you will embark on the transfer to Volcanoes National Park 116km about 2 -3 hours’ drive in the north west of Rwanda driving along the rolling hills of Rwanda that have earned it a dub as the land of a thousand hills. You will arrive in the evening for relaxation dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Mount Gorilla View Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Hotel La Palme (Midrange/Standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget/Basic).

Day 2: Do gorilla trekking & transfer to Uganda & relax at Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast, gather at the Kinigi Park headquarters at 8am to start with a briefing session from the rangers about the gorilla trekking conduct. The before trek experience is spiced by a cup of coffee grown from the Rwandan soils amidst traditional Kinyarwanda performances. After this session, you will be allocated a respective gorilla family to track and head to the forest in the slopes of Virunga Volcanoes in search of the critically endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. The trek for the gorillas is one of the lifetime experiences that you will always wonder to have had. Hiking the slopes and challenging landscapes is an experience in its self while the magical scenery of the Virunga Volcanoes, the rolling hills of Rwanda, impressive flora and the birds combine to make the gorilla trek to go beyond only gorillas. The one hour of direct encounter with the gorillas is availed to you upon reaching them and will be utilized maximum by asking the questions that you wish to know about gorillas from the Ranger, taking life time pictures and viewing of the gorillas themselves. Retreat from the activity which tend to last 2 – 8 hours to the starting point after your picnic lunch and then transfer to Uganda and Lake Bunyonyi in particular driving along the scenic Kisoro – Kabale Road arriving at Lake Bunyonyi in the evening for relaxation, diner and overnight.

Accommodation: Birdnest @Lake Bunyoyi Resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort (Midrange/Standard) or Byoona Amagara Island Retreat (Budget/Basic).

Day 3: Do a sun rise boat cruise & transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After a relaxed breakfast, you will embak on the sun rise boat cruise on the Lake of a thousand Islands – Lake Bunyonyi exploring its main Islands while listening to the local stories about the Lake and its Islands from the local guide. The sights of the birds like Cormorants may not be missed while the magical scenery of Kigezi Highlands will all be around you. Retreat from the activity and return to lodge for lunch and after which you will embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the fascinating Kigezi Highlands for relaxation dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 4: Do gorilla trekking & relax at the lodge. Optional Batwa Community tour in the evening

Gather at the respective park headquarter in the morning after an early heavy breakfast for briefing about the gorilla trekking encounter by the park rangers at 8am. After briefing, you will head to the forest for the thrilling gorilla trekking adventure. The hike across the varied landscapes of Bwindi marked with deep valleys, steep hills and dense vegetation cover is very rewarding. The moment you come across the critically endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is one those must list moments that you can ever encounter in the life time. The gorilla trek lasts between 2 – 8 hours and after the one full hour of direct encounter with them; you will return the starting point and transfer to the lodge for an afternoon relaxation. In the afternoon, you can do an optional Batwa Community tour to encounter one of the last groups of the short surivign people in the world with their unique ancient heritage. Retire for dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali

After a relaxed breakfast, you will embark on the transfer to Kigali City driving through Kabale town to connect to Katuna boarder. You will arrive in the noon time, do some shopping in Kigali and prepare for your flight back home.

End of safari

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