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Mountain Gorillas

Gorilla Trekking Tours in Uganda & Rwanda

Trek the mountain gorilla giants of the east-central African rainforest and spend a once-in-a-lifetime moment with the king of the African rainforest and his family.


Mountain Gorillas

Gorilla Trekking Tours in Uganda & Rwanda

Trek the mountain gorilla giants of the east-central African rainforest and spend a once-in-a-lifetime moment with the king of the African rainforest and his family.


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Gorilla Trekking

A gorilla trekking tour in East Africa’s mountain jungles will offer you a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the most celebrated mountain giants. This experience cannot be duplicated anywhere in the world. Mountain Gorilla adventures have seen a spiking interest in Africa safari travelers in the recent decade because of their successful conservation story that has seen them off the critically endangered IUCN list. Visitors that have had this experience can testify how no other wildlife encounter in Africa matches the outstanding experience of spending time face-to-face with East Africa’s wild mountain gorillas.

Gorilla Trekking takes place in a handful of far-flung East Africa jungle locations, adding a layer of exotic adventure to Africa safaris that is hard to match any other itinerary. The fact that gorillas as a species are on the brink of extinction and treks are a highly restricted activity, encountering wild gorillas is considered a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. To watch a family of mountain gorillas relaxing in their lush forest home is an awe-inspiring privilege and a memory you would take away and remember forever.

The Mountain Gorilla

Standing at 4-6 ft tall and weighing about 300-485 lbs (136 to 220 Kgs), the mountain gorilla (scientific name Gorilla beringei beringei) is one of the two subspecies of the eastern gorilla. With just about 1070 individuals occupying the montane and bamboo forest jungles of Cental & East Africa’s volcanic mountain slopes at an altitude of 2,200–4,300 meters (7,200–14,100 ft), mountain gorillas are listed on the ICUN Red List as endangered species.

Of the four gorilla species, Mountain gorillas live in the most extreme environment. There are two populations protected within small central-eastern Africa border reserves of three countries. One of the gorilla populations is in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, within three National Parks: Mgahinga, southwest Uganda; Volcanoes, northwest Rwanda; and Virunga, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The other population occupies the jungles of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

In collaboration with wildlife conservation bodies, governments where mountain gorillas live, have habituated some gorilla groups for tourism. Armed with a gorilla trekking permit, any traveler above the age of 15 years can be escorted by trackers into their habitat to spend those precious moments with the primates.

location of mountain gorillas on map

Where To See Mountain Gorillas

Mountain gorillas live in the most extreme volcanic mountains environment at an altitude of 2,200–4,300 meters (7,200–14,100 ft). They are unique to a small section of central-east Africa, the Virunga Massif, which is comprised of three parks located in three countries; Uganda, Rwanda, and DR. Congo.

In Rwanda, travelers can see mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, located 66 mi (106 km) north-west of Kigali capital. The park is about 2.5 hours drive from Kigali International Airport and is dotted with excellent travel accommodation spanning from budget to top world-class luxury lodges. Seeing gorillas on Rwanda’s side is considered mostly by high-class travelers because of the price-tag on the gorilla permit, which more than doubles that on Uganda and DR Congo.

In Uganda, you can see mountain gorillas in one of the two habitats; Mgahinga National Park, which shares habitat with DRC and Rwanda, or in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which protects a different gorilla population within the borders of Uganda. The two rainforest parks in Uganda are less than 300 square miles (10 times smaller than Yellowstone National Park in the USA) and protect more than half of the mountain gorillas’ total population.

In DR Congo, mountain gorillas occupy the slopes of Virunga National Park. Because of the difficulty to access the park in DRC, fewer travelers chose to go that route. Although the Virunga National Park offers a raw and most challenging trekking experience that seasoned hikers would prefer, there are unstable security concerns within the region to consider.

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Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking is the hiking into the jungle escorted by park rangers and a tracker/guide to find a selected habituated mountain gorilla group. When the trekkers find the gorilla family, you’re allowed to stay with them, watching them forage, eat and go on their daily chores for an allotted time of one hour.

Mountain gorillas are watched and protected by rangers round the clock. This means the rangers and tracker trekking with you will be communicating with the group that is watching the gorillas for directions on how to reach them. In essence, you’ll not be tracking their location but following a previously laid out route. There, the success rate of gorilla trekking and seeing the mountain gorillas is 98-100%.

Gorilla trekking starts very early in the morning at any of the trailheads indicated on your gorilla permit. But before the rangers escort you into the jungle, a park supervisor will brief you and your entourage on the simple rules and regulations of the whole exercise at the trailhead’s main office. The primary laws include wearing a facemask and staying 10 meters away from the gorillas. Only eight trekkers are allowed to visit one gorilla family in a single day for just one hour.

Trekking to reach the gorillas can take from 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending on where the gorilla group is located in the park. It’s not possible to predict how far the gorillas have moved from the previous day or what direction they’ve taken, so patience is definitely a good state of mind while following trackers at this time. But sooner or later, they will find the group they are seeking.

Most important to note is that the jungle is a seemingly everlasting thicket of tangled green with no street signs, walking trails, or Google Maps voice directions. The forest floor is damp, with no particular path to follow. In some areas, you’ll be cutting through thick foliage, it could be misty with little visibility, and it could rain anytime. So be sure to know what to wear, how to protect your gear, and most importantly, the terrain is uneven and steep and will require you to visit the gym before you embark on this challenging experience.

The first sight of gorillas is unforgettable! Inside the intense green of the dense vegetation, you’ll see dark shapes as you got closer. It takes a few seconds to realize that these shapes are wild gorillas, right there in front of you. Amazingly, they are perfectly calm. The gorillas may glance at you at first but will quickly resume their normal activities. Please make sure you have your facemask on and stay ten meters away to protect the gorillas from any human diseases

Mountain Gorillas Family Sited in the bush - Gorilla trekking
Munyinya, Silverback of the Hirwa Group sited with his family in Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla Habituation Experience

Wild mountain gorillas do not tolerate humans’ presence because of the gruesome history they’ve had with sapiens. Humans have hunted and killed gorillas for hundreds of years, forcing them into inhabitable regions high up the mountains. Thanks to the excellent research work of Dian Fossey on mountain gorillas in 1966, gorilla habituation was introduced.

Gorilla habituation is the slow progressive process of preparing a gorilla family for the human presence within their natural habitat. To become habituated to our company, each gorilla group has undergone a too delicate process, lasting around five years, gradually getting accustomed to the presence of humans. Park rangers, doctors, and researchers start by spending a short period with the gorillas every day, at a certain distance that represents the limit of the gorillas’ comfort zone. As the years go by, they gradually increase the time and reduce the length until they deem the gorillas ready for paying clients to visit them.

In July 2014, UWA introduced the Gorilla Habituation Experience to allow paying participants to join researchers and rangers in the process of habituating a gorilla family, giving paying participants at least 4 hours in the presence of Africa’s wild gorillas. Such a once-in-a-lifetime experience has been described by many as unmatched in all Africa safari activities.

In Uganda, gorilla habituation experience happens in the Rushaga region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Tourists can now move with researchers to experience how mountain gorillas are habituated. The price for mountain gorilla habituation experience is USD 1,500 per person per day, and one can stay for up to four hours with the gorillas. That’s three hours more than the gorilla trekking experience in Uganda and Rwanda.

Gorilla trekking is exhilarating but not as close as a habituation trip. Gorilla trekking will allow you only one hour in the presence of gorillas, but the habituation experience allows four hours with the mountain gorillas. Because of the dangers and adrenaline rush involving habituation, the price tag on habituation doubles gorilla trekking (at USD 1,500 pp).

Gorilla habituation experience only takes place in regions that have mountain gorillas under habituation. As of now, it’s only in Rushaga where new gorilla groups of Bikingi and Bushaho are under habituation. In terms of tracking numbers, gorilla habituation is limited to only four people, while tracking allows up-to eight people per gorilla group.

Like gorilla tracking, the minimum age for gorilla habituation is 15 years, and above and all booking guidelines are the same as those for gorilla trekking.

Gorilla Permits

To see mountain gorillas, you must first obtain a tracking permit from the UWA in Kampala or RDB in Kigali. If you prefer avoiding the bureaucracy, Members of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators can purchase gorilla permits on your behalf for up to 2 years from the month of tracking.

Gorilla trekking tour experts at Nkuringo Safaris will help you obtain a trekking permit for either one or the park sectors (Nkuringo, Buhoma, or Rushaga Sectors) Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We’ll also process for you gorilla permits in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, base on availability. Contact our gorilla trip experts to help you plan your safari vacation.

Each Gorilla Permit in Uganda costs USD 700 (July 2020) and Nkuringo Safaris’ processing fee is US$30 per tracking permit. A Gorilla Permit in Rwanda costs USD 1,500 per person.

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Discounted gorilla permits Uganda extended until June 2021

We cannot make tentative bookings for tracking permits with UWA or RDB. All bookings we make with the wildlife authority must be supported with payment in cash when making the reservation.

Gorilla Tracking Fees 2021

Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permit prices are USD 700/$600/Ush 250,000 for Non- Residents/East African Residents/East African Citizens, respectively.

Rwanda Development Board gorilla permits cost USD 1,500/$1,500/$1,500 for Non- Residents/East African Residents/East African Citizens, respectively.

  • No persons under 15 years of age may trek Gorillas.
  • Gorilla tracking begins at 08.30. Arrive at least 15 mins before this for registration and briefing.
  • Permits include a park entry fee, guide fee, a trekking certificate, and a community levy.
  • A permit gives you access to a single trailhead and is not transferable. Make sure you’re familiar with which trailhead or park sector where you’ll be starting your gorilla tracking experience.
close Encounter with mountain gorillas - best time to go
Close Encounter | Photo by @marina_lemos

Best Time For a Gorilla Trip

Rwanda and Uganda’s raised topography means a cooler climate than its tropical setting suggests. Still, if you’re planning a gorilla trek on your East Africa safari holiday, it’s essential to know the best time to go for the most comfortable trekking conditions.

Although gorilla trekking is a year-round activity, the best time for a gorilla trekking trip is during the region’s two dry seasons: January and February and June to September. There are fewer rains during the dry season, the roads are more comfortable to navigate, and you’re sure your itinerary will not be interrupted by a downpour. You should also note that during this time, everyone else will be thinking of traveling to see mountain gorillas, which makes permits very scarce, accommodation is expensive, and privacy hard to secure.

The wet seasons from September to November and March to May usually pull in fewer crowds, accommodation is cheaper, and it’s easier to process a gorilla trekking permit. But choosing gorilla trekking during the wet season would mean you endure the unfriendly experience of torrential rains, impassable roads, and difficult photography. Some travelers choose the wet season for the experience and price tag on safaris.

Game viewing in Uganda’s savannah parks is best at the end of the dry seasons – February and March and September/early October – when wildlife is concentrated around water sources. Bird watching is fantastic all year round but is at its peak between November and April when migrant species are present. Even when considered the rainy season, April and May is a great time to visit Uganda and the Gorillas. The views are stunning, and it rains mostly in the afternoon for 1 hr and not tempering with activities.

Gorilla Safari Trip during Covid Times - gorilla groups and families
Visiting Gorillas During Covid Times | Photo by @pirryoficial

Mountain Gorilla Groups/Families

Uganda has two mountain gorilla habitats; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, separated thousands of years ago from the Virunga Forest, is home to more than 459 mountain gorillas, and Mgahinga National Park is part of the Virungas shared with Rwanda and DRC. More than half the world’s total gorilla population finds sanctuary in both Ugandan habitats. As of December 2020, Uganda hosts 18 habituated gorilla families for tourism, and one group is available only for research. These include Mubare, Habinyanja, Katwe, Rushegura, Oruzongo, Kyaguriro, Muzika, Bitukura, Nshongi, Kahungye, Mishaya, Busingye, Kutu, Bikingi, Bweza, Nkuringo, Christmas, Bushaho, and Nyakagezi found in Mgahinga National Park.

Rwanda has one mountain gorilla habitat that is shared between Uganda, Rwanda, and DRC. Rwanda’s side of the habitat, Volcanoes National Park, is found on the lower slopes of five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains. As of December 2020, Rwanda hosts 12 habituated gorilla families for tourism. The gorilla groups include Susa (24 members), Sabinyo (20 members), Amahoro (24 members), Umubano (14 members), Kwitonda (34 members), Hirwa (17 members), Agasha (25 members), Ntambara (14 members), Isimbi (20 members), Igishya (32 members), Muhoza (13 members), Pablo (25 members). Read more …

Mountain Gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda

Trekking in Uganda or Rwanda?

A common question among travelers is whether to trek gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda. Both countries offer excellent trekking experiences, but since we offer tailor-made trips, we lay down the pros and cons for either country and let you weigh what works for you.

But your choice comes down to a few options including, the terrain for physical fitness, driving distance from the airport, accommodation choices, permit pricing, and entry restrictions. Otherwise, the gorilla-watching experience is the same in both countries, and the chance of seeing the gorillas is the same.

Rwanda offers more upmarket travel options for accommodation. The price of the gorilla permit is more than double that of Uganda. It is a shorter distance from the airport, and the terrain of trekking the jungle is not so demanding. On the other hand, Uganda offers a raw and challenging experience with more options to combine trekking with savannah game drives, relatively more accommodation options for all markets, and more trekking trailheads/gorilla families in Rwanda.

You can read more in our post about which choice to make: Rwanda or Uganda?

What Our Guests Say About Us

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Sarah B.
Sarah B.
November 29, 2020.
Travel in Covid times- 2.5 unforgettable weeks In November 2020, we travelled Uganda as a couple in a 4*4 Jeep. Considering the difficult time we are all in, we were especially happy about the level of service we experienced. If you have a negative COVID-19 test beforehand, you can travel Uganda with no problem. During our travel we felt very safe: all staff wore masks, if you enter buildings (Lodges, Banks etc.) or parks you have to sanitize your hands and your temperature will be taken. All in all, we felt safer than in Europe - as everybody was very considerate about our health. But let`s talk about the experience: - We travelled the north (Kidepo national park) which we highly recommend. The amount of animals (mammals, birds) is spectacular - Furthermore we did Murchinsons, Queen Elizabeth (incl. Ishasha sector), chimpanzee habituation experience and Nkuringo- where we tracked Gorillas in the Rushaga sector - This trip was unforgettable. Our guide made sure we enjoyed it to the fullest. He was very professional and could answer all our questions about animals, history and the country - As tourism is low at the moment, we were even more spoiled by all staff in all lodges, which made our experience even more special We highly recommend to travel Uganda now, as it is one of the most amazing experiences you can have in your travel life. About Nkuringo tours: - From the booking (where we could give our inputs and wishes), to the payment, the guide during the trip to the COVID test to the end, we experienced a highly professional service - We want to acknowledge especially, that if problems arised, they solved them in a professional and efficent manner. For example, we had a car break down (due to the rainy season some roads were very bad). We still arrived in our lodge that day in the evening and were able to proceed with a new car the next day. We didn`t experience any negative impact to our travel, even if this could have been a major issue - All in all, we highly recommend to work with Nkuringo Walking Safaris to experience this beautiful country the fullest
kwaAlaska
kwaAlaska
February 5, 2020.
Great walk and canoe trip. Don’t miss out on this unique experience. Our guide with Nkuringo Walking Safaris, Richard was excellent. We had an informative and unique walk down the mountain from Kisoro to Lake Mutanda. We walked through villages and saw families actively working their farms. Children along the way were delightful. The walk is easy. Once we arrived at the lake we got into canoes with Boatman David and his son. They took us across the lake ( a very big lake) to Chameleon Hill Lodge. The dugout canoe was very comfortable with padded seats to lean against. You can help paddle or not. It was a peaceful and beautiful tour of the lake. Highly recommended adventure.
Victoria V
Victoria V
January 29, 2020.
Amazing 7 day - Gorilla and Chimp tracking and QENP. My husband and I had a week vacation, which is not a lot given all the things we wanted to do/see. Nkuringo organized our trip to make the most of this week. The trip was flawlessly organized. Time-management was perfect. They were flexible and accomodating, all our needs were met and we felt listened to, it was a truly customized experience. Our guide (Darrick) was amazing, he was knowledgable, very informative, and very flexible too! He also went above and beyond to make sure we experienced the things we were showing interest on. We are tuly happy with Nkuringo and will recommend to friends and family.
Tom R
Tom R
January 12, 2020.
An incredible way to see Uganda For part of our trip we trekked through the mountainous region of Uganda, from Gahinga to Bwindi, via Lake Mutanda and Nkuringo. Throughout this part of the trip we were accompanied by our wonderful guide (muhavara) Richard. Richard knew so much about pretty much everything - the local animals, plants and trees, the communities the country's history and culture. He's funny and friendly and looked after us incredibly well. I really recommend this way of exploring the region.
Bill G
Bill G
December 29, 2019.
Best experience I ever had Our trip was actually organised by Wild Frontier Safaris and we spent 3 days at Buhoma Lodge and walked into see the H group on the second day. It took me one and half hours but some of the walking was not difficult. When I arrived it was just so wonderful I was almost in tears, it was one of the most amazing hours of my life, 14 gorillas who just went on with their lives and occasionally came right up to us. Two hours of a steep climb to get out,
Uganda Excellent Adventure
Uganda Excellent Adventure
November 10, 2019.
Business TOTAL COSTING Single occupancy USD 3995. Double occupancy USD 5115. Includes: Car hire, English speaking driver guide, Fuel, Management,Budget lodges,Gorilla permits, Chimps permits. Excludes: Staff tips, Visa fees, Souvenirs, ITINERARY: Drive to L. mburo Park, check in at Eagles Mburo Nest. Afternoon game drive , Zebra, Eland, Impala, Giraffees, and birds. Day2. Very early game drive. Return to the lodge for a late breakfast, and check out to Bwindi Forest. Check in at Bakiga lodge in Ruhija or Rushaga gorilla lodge at Rushaga gate. Day3. Gorilla tracking. Afternoon , Batwa cultural experiencing. Second Night. Day4. check out , visit Ishasha for fig tree climbing Lions and may be share a moment with Elephants as you continue to Kibale Overnight Kibale Chimpanzee Forest GH Or Kibale Forest Camp . Please ask your guide to help you make an early night game drive in the Kibale forest public Road . Lots of nocturnal drive . First night. Day5. Chimpanzee tracking, another thriller , Chimpanzee are far interesting compared to other animals in the wild. If you can please ask for old UWA Staffs around Kibale who retired from work but has great knowledge and understanding of chimpanzee social behaviors. ( Astone, Gerald, Bradford and Silva) Afternoon go for culture information. Second Night. Day 6. Long day drive to Murchison and sleep at M R L , Day7 Morning game drive, boat cruise and hike to top of the falls. lodge MRL.
Fabwid
Fabwid
October 1, 2019.
Unvergesslich Wir haben als grosse Gruppe eine massgeschneiderte Tour durch Uganda gemacht. Dabei haben wir viele Dinge erlebt: Kampala, Kibale (mit Schimpansen Tracking), eine dreitägige Wanderung durch das Rowenzori Gebirge, Safaris im Queen Elizabeth National Park & Ishasha, Wanderung & Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi, sowie Safari in Lake Mburo. Wir waren alle sehr begeistert von der Reise. Unsere Guides Jack, Derrick, Patrick, Francis, Kefa und Lucky waren sehr kompetent, freundlich, umsichtig und humorvoll. Auf unserer zweiwöchigen Reise haben wir sie alle ins Herz geschlossen und sie wären aus unserer Reisegruppe nicht mehr wegzudenken gewesen. Die Crew hat alles gegeben, um uns möglichst viele Eindrücke zu vermitteln und für unsere Sicherheit und unser Wohlbefinden zu sorgen. Zudem haben alle Beteiligten jederzeit alles daran gesetzt, dass wir keinen Termin verpassen. Von unseren Programmpunkten auf der Tour würde ich ehrlich gesagt keinen einzelnen weglassen. Es ist jedoch wichtig zu erwähnen, dass die Wanderung und das Gorilla-Tracking sicherlich eine gute Fitness voraussetzt. Das Gorilla-Tracking ist so wohl in Uganda einzigartig und echt eine „once in a lifetime“ Erfahrung. Aber auch auf allen anderen Safaris haben wir eine Vielzahl von Tieren aus direkter Nähe bestaunen können.
SafariMundo
SafariMundo
May 21, 2019.
Incredible Lifetime Experience! We traveled as a group of 6 in January with Nkuringo Safaris . Our tour guide/driver/ game tracker/ organizer was Jack. He is probably the best tour guide I have ever met, professional, courteous, knowledgeable and caring about his country, his people and his culture, and the amazing bonus of being an ex park ranger. He knew all the parks like the back of his hand, he knew the rangers, where to find the animals and when. We were very quick to realize that with Jack as our guide we were going to have the best of Ugandan adventures. And we did. Such an amazing country, and of course sad to see the slow return from the devastation of decades of hardship. We learned almost as much about the beautiful people and culture of Uganda as we did about the wild animals we had come to see. Queen Elizabeth Park was incredible, I have been on quite a few safaris in Africa but never have seen such a variety of animals in one place, in the same day. The boat trip on the Nile was also gorgeous and filled with animal life along the shores. The lodging was very nice, with very good meals and excellent service. Some lodges were higher quality than others but they were all very comfortable. For me, as a primate lover, the highlights were the Chimp tracking and of course the Gorilla tracking. It exceeded my hopes, dreams and expectations. Our group was quite fit, and had done our research on the conditions in the mountains. We were shocked that some other ( Non Nkuringo) tour groups would bring tourists that were completely unfit and unprepared for the difficult conditions of the Gorillas tracking. Both of our groups saw unprepared tourists being carried out of the forest on stretchers. ( some did not bring the correct shoes, were not fit to hike difficult terrain and mountains, not aware of issues from high altitude, basically had no idea what they were getting into etc) Nkuringo was very careful to let us know just what to expect so we were well prepared and were all seasoned hikers. Simple Advise: Read up on where you are going before your Trip and be sure that is what you want to do 🙂 The Mountain Gorillas need to be saved, their habitat must be expanded and they must be continually protected from humans encroaching on their habitat. It was a wonder to see them and I hope and Pray that they will be there for generations, and that the Gorilla trekking will not be expanded in a way to ruin the peaceful existence they deserve. Thank you Nkuringo Safaris!
Carmen K
Carmen K
March 13, 2019.
Private Taylor made 24-Day Uganda Rwanda AMAZING experience My husband and I wanted a private safari tour. This was our first safari and our first visit to Africa. I used Trip Advisor’s resourceful reviews and customer feedback to make a list of places we wanted to visit. I emailed 6 different safari tours in East Africa with our travel dates, list of attractions and lodges we wanted to visit. Most of them emailed me right away with what seemed like copy/paste, cookie cutter trip itinerary. Lydia from Nkuringo Safaris took the time to read my list and respond with questions to help tailor my trip. Once she designed a customized private tour package for us, she communicated often via email and WhatsApp to further understand our needs. She scheduled our personal guide, Patrick to be by our side for the entire 24-day safari trip. He followed the detailed program from beginning to end but was very flexible changing the itinerary to suit our style and comfort level. We booked 8 different lodges and only one was disappointing. As soon as we told our guide, he immediately acted and transferred us to a suitable lodge. Our guide Patrick was passionate about making our African trip truly memorable. The trip was perfect from start to finish. I highly recommend Nkuringo Safaris and their outstanding staff. We trekked Uganda and Rwanda. Both treks were difficult but with the assistance of the porters we got to the gorillas and were not disappointed. Each country was an entirely different, but equally enchanting experience. The team of professional trekking guides, walking porters, animal trackers, and walking safari guides all love to share the pride of their land, exploration and adventure. Our visit to see the gorillas exceeded expectations. How safe was the trip? Is the question I get asked the most after being back from our trip to East Africa. At no point during the trip did we feel in any danger. Our guide Patrick was by our side every step of the way. We traveled on a well-equipped, comfortable and spacious, super reliable 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser. Patrick always had bottle water and snacks available for us. He was very experienced and knew the destinations very well. He is known and respected by everyone in both Uganda and Rwanda. Locals refer to him as big Papa. During the safari game drives, he drove on a mission, taking us off the beaten track to uncover every hidden gems. We met many groups of people with their tour guides, none looked as happy as we were with our Papa! So many highlights of the trip, every day completely different to the last. We are truly humbled and touched by the heartfelt sincerity of the people we meet on this safari. Everyone was professional and very knowledgeable but most of all helpful and kind. They all wanted us to have the most amazing experience. To them, this is not just a job, they support the local guides and the growth of the communities through tourism. The moments shared with the local people will be forever lasting memories. Every local we met shared their unique and warm hospitality. We arrived with an open mind and left with a full heart and long-lasting friendships. Here’s a brief list of our program: Flew from Florida to JFK to Amsterdam to Entebbe —UGANDA • Protea Hotel, Entebbe, took speed boat on Lake Victoria to Ngamba island Chimp sanctuary. Amazing experience! 2 nights Aerolink Flight to Mweya • Kyambura Gorge Lodge, 2 nights. Cruise along Kazinga Channel, Lake Edwards. Hippos, elephants, buffalos and so many more wild animals. Chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth was incredible. Definitely trek chimps in Uganda. Coffee plantation tour. • Ishasha Wilderness Camp, 2 nights. Queen Elizabeth National Park. Game drive, lions, tree climbing lions, elephants, baboons. Bush breakfast and sundowner. All Incredible tours. Aerolink Flight to Kisoro • Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, 3 nights. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Gorilla Trekking to meet the Nkuringo Family. Buniga Forest walk to experience the Batwa people. Amazing!!! Cross Cyanika border into Rwanda. —RWANDA • Sabinyo Lodge, 4 nights. Volcanoes National Park, Dian Fossey Karisoke RC, Gorilla Trekking to meet the Susa gorilla family of 22, Golden Monkeys. Life changing experiences! • Nyungwe House, 5 nights, The best lodge!! Visited Musanze Market for vibrant fabric purchase. Colobus monkeys, chimpanzees trek not so great, canopy walk was fun. Tea plantation and factory tour, best massage spa, yoga. Flight Rwanda Air from Kanombe to Kigali • Ruzizi Tented Camp, 2 nights. Akagera National Park. Ruzizi camp was terrible. I would not recommend. The Park and the guides were amazing! Game drive to see zebras, giraffes, hippos, elephants, vervet monkeys and more. • The Retreat, Kigali 3 nights. City hotel with full amenities. Highly recommend to stay here and decompress from the safari before traveling back home. We visited Genocide memorial, Shopping Kimironko markets, Kigali Craft Village.
Hannah W
Hannah W
January 13, 2019.
Outstanding Safari with an excellent guide We were lucky enough to have Jack as our guide on our 14 day trip through Uganda and Ruanda. Due to his experience as a Ranger in different national parks he has an enormous knowledge about wildlife. Furthermore he answered all our questions regarding culture, history and recent events in the above named countries. Not only is he very reliable but also always on time. We couldn‘t have asked for a more professional guide and can fully recommend him and Nkuringo Safari.

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