This adventurous 7 days Rwanda gorilla tracking safari begins and ends in Kigali if not may probably end in Kampala with double gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda.
Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National park.
From your hotel, have a beautiful breakfast and proceed northwards to volcanoes national park. The journey is quite interesting as you will enjoy the magnificent scenery of the area. You will surely acknowledge why it was called the land of a thousand hills. The vehicle can be stopped at anytime to take pictures or see something at close range. The park is a home to about 360 mountain gorillas. We arrive late and check in to our desired lodges, these range from luxury, moderate and budget accommodation. Whichever you decide to choose, you will enjoy a wonderful view of the park. Have dinner and prepare for the great day tomorrow of tracking the gorillas.
Luxury Accommodation: Gorillas View Hotel
Moderate Accommodation: La Palme Hotel
Budget Accommodation: Kinigi Guest House.
Day 2: First Gorilla Tracking.
Have a lovely breakfast and head out to the park headquarters for briefing about the rules and principles that govern tracking the gorillas. You will meet the rangers and start hiking; the activity is adventurous but tiresome. Some level of physical fitness is required to enable you track the gorillas. The exercise takes about 2 to 8 hours although you are only given one hour to be in the presence of the gorillas. Getting a chance to come face to face with the gorillas is breathtaking; you will see them do their daily routine work; mothers feeding their young ones, playing, feeding and some resting. You are politely asked to keep a distance away from the gorillas. As you take pictures, remember to remove the flash light because it distracts them. After a memorable encounter with the gorillas, return to your lodge for relaxation. Depending on time and energy levels, we set out for a nature walk or visit the Banyarwanda community in the evening. With the nature walk, you visit the twin lakes and see nature at its best in Rwanda. The Banyarwanda community will be glad to show you what they believe in, and how they have been able to survive after the genocide. They will entertain you with their traditional dance that you will definitely appreciate. This will be a remarkable day in your life. Have dinner and rest
Day 3: Golden Monkey tracking / Dian Fossey hike.
Wake up early morning and have breakfast, assemble at the park headquarters for briefing about the golden monkeys and meet rangers. The experience is breathtaking and one you ought to witness. As you hike through the jungle, you will see other species that will make the activity amazing. You will get a chance to see them play as they jump from one branch of tree to another; you are allowed to take as many pictures as you can for great memories. Right after, you may go visit Karisoke Research Center, it was built by Dian Fossey. She was an American primatologist who devoted her entire life on protecting the lives of the mountain gorillas. She was murdered and her body was buried adjacent to the Digit, a mountain gorilla. At the research center, you will get sufficient information about the existence of the mountain gorillas. We drive back to Kigali and continue to Uganda to visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park. It’s acknowledged to be a habitat to half of the world’s existing mountain gorillas. We arrive and check in to our desired lodges. Have dinner and rest.
Budget Accommodation: Nshongi Gorilla Resort / Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Bwindi View Bandas
Moderate Accommodation: Wagtail Safari Camp/ Lake Kitandara Tented Camp/ Gift Of Nature Lodge/Trekker’s Tavern Cottages/Buhoma Community Rest Camp
Luxury Accommodation: Gorilla Resort Lodge / Silverback Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge
Super Luxury Accommodation: Clouds Lodge/Mahogany Springs lodge / Gorilla Forest Camp
Day 4: Second gorilla tracking.
Have an exquisite breakfast and continue to the park headquarters for briefing about the rules that govern tracking the gorillas in Bwindi.The experience is breathtaking as you meet up with the rangers. Hiking through the dense forest is tiresome though adventurous; you will see primates, birds, fauna and flora. You must be physically fit to enable you see gorillas. Just in case you fail, there are porters that can carry you at a fee. Rangers can easily detect where they were the day before. Confronting mountain gorillas in their natural setting is amazing, they are always in groups and you can take as many pictures as you want. With beautiful memories from the impenetrable forest, return to your lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the evening, you may opt to visit the Batwa people; these are the local people that have managed to survive in the wilderness. They will show you how their local brew is made, visit schools, women craft shops and finally meet their traditional healer. They will tell you stories and entertain you with their cultural dance. You will surely feel at home. Have dinner and sleep as you reflect on a wonderful day you had with the gorillas.
Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
With an early morning breakfast, you drive off to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You drive through Ishasha and get a chance to see climbing lions and different species of birds. They are always in trees because they are avoiding heat and bugs on the ground. You will see several of them resting on the acacia branches. With an awesome encounter with the lions, proceed to the park and have lunch. In the afternoon, we get ready for the boat ride on the Kazinga channel. You will see Lake George and Lake Edward. As you enjoy the ride, you will see large concentration of hippos thrashing the water, crocodiles basking in the sun, baffoles and elephants coming to drink water and the rest will be seen at a distance. Different species of birds will be all over the area, you will appreciate the true nature of Uganda. Have dinner and overnight
Budget Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Safari Camp/Mweya Hostel
Moderate Accommodation: Simba Safari Camp/Ihamba Safari Lodge/Bush Lodge
Luxury Accommodation: Kyambura Game Lodge/Mweya Safari Lodge/Katara Lodge
Day 6: Game drive and Chimpanzee tracking.
Very early in the morning, set off for the game drive to get a chance see the early risers as they go back to rest. Our guide will drive you to the best places where animals are easily seen. Among these include elephants, antelopes, baffoles, waterbucks, Uganda kob, warthogs, lions and many others. You will see various species of birds, drive back to the lodge for lunch and get ready for the afternoon Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura gorge. As you hike through the jungle, you will come cross other primates like baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys and vervet monkeys.Kyambura is a famous home for bird watching and the commonly seen birds include black bee eater, blue bellied kingfisher and others. After a wonderful encounter with the chimpanzees, we return to the lodge for dinner and rest.
Day 7: Transfer to Kigali/Kampala.
Have a beautiful breakfast and drive off back to Kigali. You will visit some craft shops and buy for yourself a souvenir, the vehicle will be stopped as you take clear pictures of the beautiful Uganda. Depending on time, you go for a city tour in Kigali and visit Genocide memorial sites, national museum and local markets. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home. On the other hand, you may proceed to Kampala and get your flight at Entebbe international airport.