Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla & Chimp Adventure

9 days,Kigali to Entebbe

Get up close and personal with mountain gorillas in their backyard, trek through the forest to visit Golden Monkeys, meet local people and gain a better understanding of Rwanda then and now, encounter more primates on a chimp trek in Uganda, search for hippos while enjoying a boat ride down the Kazinga Channel

They're the closest animals out there to us homo sapiens, and on this trip we aim to bring you as close as possible to these majestic creatures. There'll be gorillas, monkeys and chimps in abundance on this 9-day trip through Rwanda and Uganda. Take part in jungle trekking, embark on boat and jeep safaris in national parks, and learn about Rwanda's fascinating culture and history along the way. With an expert local CEO throughout and comfortable lodges to relax in during your down time, your focus can stay on spotting rare primates in their natural habitat.

What's Included

  • Arrival transfer. All National Park entrance fees. Orientation tour of Kigali including the genocide memorial and lunch at Hotel Rwanda. Guided Mountain Gorilla Trek with permits. Golden Monkey Trek with permits. Visit Ros Carr’s home and orphanage. Tour and demonstrations at a tea factory/farm. Guided Chimpanzee Trek with permits. Safari game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Wildlife boat cruise in Kazinga Channel. Visit the equator line and a drum workshop. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners. (Allow USD50-100 for meals and drinks not included.)
  • Comfort hotel/lodges (8 nts).
  • 4x4 Land Cruiser(s), walking, hiking, boat.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides, experienced gorilla trackers, park rangers.
  • Small group experience; Max 14, avg 10.

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Day 1 Kigali

Arrive at any time and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Northern Rwanda/Volcanoes National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Embark on an orientation tour of Kigali and delve into the sombre history of the country with a visit to the Genocide Memorial, and lunch at Hôtel des Mille Collines, famed for the movie Hotel Rwanda. Proceed to northern Rwanda in the afternoon to the lodge, located just outside the National Park with stunning volcano views.

Day 3 Northern Rwanda/Volcanoes National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Depart early and transfer to the National Park to meet the Gorilla tracker/guide for orientation. Embark on the trek which can vary in length and difficulty, depending on the location of the gorilla family you will visit. Spend one hour observing these beautiful and endangered creatures, a truly privileged experience. Trek back and return to the lodge with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 4 Northern Rwanda/Volcanoes National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Enjoy a second trek into the National Park with our ranger/guide to view a unique and endangered species, the “Golden Monkeys". Watch these playful and lively creatures in their natural habitat. Later, we visit the Ros Carr house and orphanage, learning about her life and works in helping orphans after the war.

Day 5 Queen Elizabeth National Park 1B,1L,1D)

After breakfast, cross into Uganda arriving at the Queen Elizabeth National Park area in the afternoon. Enroute, visit a tea
factory/farm for a tour. Enjoy the rest of afternoon at leisure at the lodge with a cool drink on the deck or lounge at the pool.

Day 6 Queen Elizabeth National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Today, we explore the National Park with a chimp trek in search of the playful primates. We also enjoy a safari drive with possible sightings of buffalo, waterbuck, warthog, lion, leopard, hyena, giant forest hog as well as elephants.

Day 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Embark on a morning game drive for more wildlife viewing inside the park. This afternoon, take in a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel to view hippos and birds.

Day 8 Entebbe (1B,1L)

After breakfast, head to Entebbe with a stop at the equator and a visit to a royal drum makers workshop.

Day 9 Entebbe (1B)

Depart at any time.

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