Gorillas share 98.3% of their genetic code with humans, making them our closest cousins after chimpanzees and bonobos.Gorillas are large, quiet, gentle apes that live in Africa in only Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.Tracking mountain gorilla in either Uganda or Rwanda is one of Africa’s most memorable wildlife encounters. Trekking through untamed African forests in search of mountain gorillas and other primates an experience of these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
Day 1: Kampala to Bwindi forest
Day 2: Gorilla tracking in Uganda
Day 3: Transfer from Uganda to Rwanda the land of thousand hills
Day 4: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
Day 5: City tour and departure
Detailed Trip Itinerary
A gorilla trekking tour starting in Uganda and ending in Rwanda Or Uganda
Day 1: Kampala – Bwindi National Park
An early start from Kampala after your Breakfast takes you southwest of Uganda by road with your guide, cross the Equator and then head off to Mbarara for Lunch, afterwards proceed to the Impenetrable forest of Bwindi arriving late in the evening in time for dinner and overnight stay at Gorilla forest camp / Buhoma lodge / Gorilla Resort of budget Buhoma community Bandas. (Full Board)
Day 2: Gorilla expedition and community walk
Have an early morningbreakfast followed by a short briefing by the guides, proceed through the undergrowth and thick creepers of the dense rain forest in search of these endangered mammals. Remember to pack your lunch as the tracking takes 2-8 hours depending on where the Gorillas built a nest the previous night. An encounter with the most peaceful, infrequent and endangered of all the apes is a fascinating experience. After an hour allowed with the giants, return to the lodge.
In case you have the afternoon free, have a guided village walk to nearby communities to see and experience the different aspects of Ugandan lives, cultures and lifestyles.
Meals and overnight stay at Gorilla forest camp / Buhoma lodge / Gorilla Resort of Budget Buhoma community Bandas. (Full Board)
Day 3: Transfer to Rwanda
Past breakfast leave for Rwanda. Spend the afternoon relaxing at your lodge, having beautiful views of panoramic sunset over the volcanoes, you could also enjoy cultural visits to the local people the Banyarwanda.
Dinner and Overnight at Mountain gorilla view lodge / Gorillas Nest Lodge / Kinigi guest house. (Full Board)
Day 4: Gorilla trekking and hiking
After an early breakfast, you will hike up to the bamboo forest with packed lunch because tracking the Gorillas may take 3 to 8 hours depending on the movement of the great apes, spend an hour in the company of the gorillas, see how they feed and play with each other then return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you will have a tour of Ruhengeri and a visit to Lake Burela and Ruhondo.
Dinner and overnight at Mountain gorilla view lodge / Gorilla Nest. (Full board)
Day 5: Return to Kampala
The day begins with an early breakfast after which return to Kampala or Kigali at your own convenience with Lunch enroute and check into a Hotel or Transfer to the Airport for your flight home.
Prices may vary according to the number of people, lodge type, and client preferences. Certain transport costs may not be included. Please contact one of our expert travel advisors for more information.
The tour quotation Includes
– Gorilla tracking permits
– Volcano hiking permit
– Ground transport in a comfortable 4WD safari van equipped for game viewing, photography and touring
– Full board accommodation
– Full time English speaking professional driver/guide
– All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary
– Bottled water while on safari
– Airport transfers
The tour quotation excludes
– Kampala hotel fees (the night before the safari and the night after the safari)
– Laundry services
– International flights