Day 1: Kigali, Rwanda: Arrive today and be picked up by our guide from the airport and transfer to your hotel in Kigali. Accommodation at 5 Swiss Hotel (BB)
Day 2: City Tour of Kigali and transfer to Volcanoes National Park: a late breakfast then spend the rest of the day, leisurely exploring Kigali. You will participate in the Kigali city tour on a two-wheeler (boda-boda) with local guides and a mini map to give you the feel of direction. Great site seeing, cultural encounters and mixing in the social life of Kigali with an option of going to the market, visiting the milk bar, Kigali arts, local food and gong to mount Kigali to take the views of the city – among others. This afternoon, at around 3:00pm, transfer to Volcanoes National park, the starting point for gorilla tracking. BB. Accommodation at peak spot Lodge (BB)
Day 3: Gorilla Trek in Volcanoes National Park: This morning after very early breakfast and packed lunch, by 8am, the activity begins with a briefing from the park warden and there after entering the forest for the gorilla trek in Volcanoes park. Remember to carry with you bottled drinking water and to hire the services of the porter for assistance (optional). As usual, the tracking starts from the previous day location of the gorillas and may take you from one to eight hours to find them. Spend one hour with the gorillas and return by afternoon to the lodge for dinner and overnight
Optional: Taking a hike to the Dian Fossey grave site, tour to the twin lakes of Burera & Ruhondo, Cave tours in Musanze, bird watching and community ecotourism in Iby’Iwacu cultural village Accommodation at peak spot Lodge (BB).
Day 4: Golden Monkey Trekking and transfer to Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: This morning after early breakfast, and with packed lunch, report to the briefing point of the golden monkey trek from the staff of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) before starting the trek. Carry with you drinking water. The activity is a half day excursion and you will return back to the lodge for lunch and check out. After lunch, continue the drive up to Uganda crossing the border by afternoon, arrive at your destination for dinner and overnight in the neighborhoods of Lake Mutanda, a famous location with great views of the volcanoes and the Bwindi forest. Accommodation at Chameleon Hill Lodge (FB)
Day 5: Gorilla Trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: Bwindi – Gorilla tracking: Have an early morning breakfast and then report to the park headquarters for briefing about the dos and the don’ts during your Gorilla Tracking. With a ranger guide, you will trek for 1-8 hours through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, tracking starts from the point where the gorilla were the previous day. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing you access. It is an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful yet endangered creatures. After spending up to one hour with the gorillas, return for Dinner and overnight as previous night.
Optional: Participating in the Batwa experience tour, Kisoro coffee tours, canoe and other water activities on lake mutanda, the cave tours or any other activities we shall find at the time Accommodation at Chameleon Hill Lodge (FB)
Day 6: Transfer to Kibale National Park: Early breakfast at the lodge transfer to Kibale National park in Uganda. The transfer takes you north via the beautiful spectacular scenery and the rolling hills of south western Uganda leading you to Queen Elizabeth national park though Kasese, a town once famous for copper in the 1950s. We shall spend a few hours exploring wildlife on the Kazinga channel in queen Elizabeth National park and then continue the journey through Kasese town. From Kasese you will be driving north along the Rwenzori Mountains with the views of the higher mountain peaks on the west (weather permitting). Drive through the rustic crater lakes area to your hotel in the neighborhoods of kibale national park. Arrive in time for dinner and overnight. Accommodation at Kibale Forest Camp (FB)
Day 7: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (Kibale National Park): This morning after very early breakfast / packed breakfast, by 6am, the activity begins with a briefing from the park warden and there after entering the forest for the habituation experience. Remember to carry with you the packed lunch, bottled drinking water and to hire the services of the porter for assistance. Return by evening to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Kibale Forest Camp (FB)
Day 8: Bigodi Primate Walk and Transfer to Entebbe for late flight at 11:30 PM: This morning with a local guide, you will participate in the Bigodi swamp walk looking for some of the 200 bird species, primates and other wildlife found here in a community sanctuary. After the swamp walk, continue to fort portal for lunch at garden restaurant. Fort portal town, is the most favorite town by travelers in Uganda and also home to the palace of the King of Toro located bellow the Rwenzori Mountain ranges. The journey to Entebbe will take you through the small homesteads, forested farms and towns like Mubende, Mityana until you reach Kampala then connect for one hour to Entebbe for the flight End of services (BB).
Meal plan Key:
- FB= Full board (three meals per day)
- HB= Half board Breakfast and one other meal)
- BB= bed and breakfast, (breakfast only)
- BO= Bed only, (no meals)
Included in the price:
- Connecting transport and airport transfers
- Experienced English speaking driver guide
- Park entrance fees and park ranger fees
- Ground transportation by 4×4 tourist Vehicle with pop-up roof
- Full board accommodation on all hotels upcountry
- Bed and breakfast on the first day at 5 Swiss hotel – Kigali and peak spot lodge Kinigi
- Two gorilla permits per person in Bwindi and Volcanoes (Uganda and Rwanda)
- All taxes on park activities done
- Drinking water on board.
- Golden monkey tracking permit
- Chimp habituation permit.
- Bigodi primate and birding swamp walk
Excluded from the price:
- Visa fees (if required) requires online application and prior approval (EA visa at 100$)
- All bar drinks and extras at the hotels
- Any kind of insurance coverage. (can be provided on request at a cost)
- Air ticket
- All Optional Activities
- All activities of personal interest not in the itinerary
- The prices are based on guests sharing room. Single supplement fee will be charged if guests choose to use separate rooms.
- We can put the entire trip on full board and supply a new price, upon request.