8 Days Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Places to Visit: Uganda & Rwanda

Tour Overview

This safari combines the highlights of Uganda and Rwanda including exciting chimp walks, wildlife viewing  in Queen Elizabeth National Park and of course the memorable gorilla tracking.

Highlights:

  • Exciting and beautiful scenery
  • Excellent game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Unforgettable meeting with the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Explore and learn from the local communities
  • Experience the Majestic Virunga Volcanoes
  • Enjoy another gorilla experience in Volcanoes National Park
  • Sustainable tourism initiatives

The safari at a glance

  • Day 1: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park – B, L, D
  • Day 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Game drive – B, L, D
  • Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – B, L, D
  • Day 4: Gorilla Tracking – B, L
  • Day 5: Volcanoes National Park – B, L, D
  • Day 6: Gorilla tracking Volcanoes National Park – B
  • Day 7: Musanze to Gisenyi – Lake Kivu – B
  • Day 8: Transfer to Airport – B

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have an early breakfast and at 7am Rwanda time, 8am Uganda time drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Cross the border through Katuna, drive to Ntungamo then Kagamba before continuing to Ishaka then Queen Elizabeth National Park.  This is the most popular park in Uganda as it offering a variety of diverse ecosystems, classic big game, 10 primate species and over 600 bird species.  You will drive leisurely southwards; explore the park through an extensive game drive before checking into the lodge.

  • Accommodation: Kasenyi safari lodge (FB)

Day 2:  Queen Elizabeth National Park – Game drive

After an early breakfast, with your packed lunch drive to the park for an early game drive, spend the day exploring the park further. Continue southwards to the Ishasha sector which is re-known for its tree climbing lions. Then further to kasenyi sector, enjoy the scenery comprising of the beautiful crater and the endless green vegetation. After lunch enjoy an afternoon launch cruise on Kazinga channel.

  • Accommodation: Kasenyi safari lodge (FB)

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 

After breakfast travel further south to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda´s oldest, largest, magnificent and most diverse rainforests. This “impenetrable” forest is also home to more than 320 mountain gorillas, 400 species of plants, 120 species of mammals and over 350 species of birds. Continue to the lodge, check in, and after lunch a ranger guide will escort you on a nature walk.

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge  (FB)

 Day 4:  Gorilla Tracking 

This is the climax of this safari, briefing is done before tracking. It takes a few minutes but you leave with gorilla etiquette. Comfortable shoes and clothes are advised along with packed lunch and a walking stick. Walk and hike this steep and slippery terrain until you meet the family gorilla. Enjoy this one hour allowed in the company of the brilliant giants! Looking into the eyes of one of the magnificent creature brings home the distressing fact that they are on the edge of extinction, and that your presence contributes to ensuring their continual survival

Depending on the duration of the track you can either relax in the afternoon at the lodge or enjoy another walk around the village or hike up to the highest football field with the breath taking view ever!

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge  (FB)

Day 5:  Volcanoes National Park

Proceed via Cyanika border to Rwanda, proceed to Volcanoes National Park; in the afternoon visit the Karisoke Research centre learn more about Dian Fossey’s work in the National Park and history of Gorilla conservation.

  • Accommodation at Mountain gorilla view lodge (FB)

Day 6: Gorilla tracking Volcanoes National Park

With an early breakfast, drive to the park headquarters for gorilla briefing. When venturing into this gigantic forest, a packed lunch, comfortable clothes, shoes and a walking stick is a must before gorilla tracking. The time spent gorilla tracking is unpredictable, It varies from 2-8 hours before an encounter with the family of these gentle creatures. The location of each gorilla family depends on temperature, their feeding range and movement of the previous day.

Enjoy this1 hour (only time allowed in the company of each gorilla family a day) watch and capture this memorable experience as they go about their day to day activities; the young ones playing around the old ones, feeding each other and eating foliage. The sight of these outstanding creatures is the climax of this entire safari. Later retire for an overnight at the lodge.

  • Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (B-L-D

Day 7: Musanze to Gisenyi – Lake Kivu

After breakfast, transfer to Gisenyi town which is located on the shores of Lake Kivu. On arrival, check into the hotel and later relaxing activities; swimming, sport fishing and boat cruise. The cruise will provide you with a spectacular view of Kibuye and Gisenyi towns.

  • Accommodation at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (FB)

Day 8: Transfer to Airport

Transfer to Kigali from Gesenyi, visit communities en-route and continue to the Genocide memorial centre, before proceeding to the airport for your departure flight

Interested? Ready to go or want to know more? Let us know, below. Or email info@nkuringowalkingsafaris.com.