Gorilla tracking Uganda Rwanda for 7 Days
This 7 day Gorilla trekking safari has two gorilla trekking days one in Uganda and the other in Rwanda. This double dose of gorilla trekking gives you a chance of meeting the primates of both countries and with this you get to identify the difference between these mountain gorillas.
DAY 1 – Arrival at Entebbe airport and Ngamba Chimpanzee Island.
On arrival, our safari guide will drive you to your hotel and you check in. After lunch, head to the pier for briefing about Ngamba Chimpanzee sanctuary. This is home to the orphaned, abandoned and rescued chimpanzee that cannot return to the wilderness. Take part in feeding the from the feeding platform. Return to the lodge or hotel for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel/ Hotel Africana/Boma Guest house/Gately Inn
DAY 2 – Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Rise up early in the morning for breakfast and your driver guide will be ready to drive you to Bwindi national park. The word Bwindi is a local word meaning impenetrable and indeed this is apt for this park. The drive may take about 8 to 10 hours depending on the weather conditions. On the way, enjoy the scenic view of the rolling hills of Kigezi. Choosing where to stay while in this park is dependent on the area where your gorilla trekking card has been booked. You need to have reserved your overnight accommodation just before you start your journey to Bwindi forest National Park because depending on the season, at times lodges are over booked during certain periods of the year especially the peak times. Arrive late in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Mahogany springs/silverback Lodge/ Gorilla Mist Lodge/ Wag tail lodge/ Buhoma community Bandas
DAY 3 – Gorilla trekking
Early morning, carry your gorilla tracking items and head to the ranger station for briefing. It is advisable to book a porter at a small fee to assist you incase you have difficulty on the way. In the company of your guide, walk through thick creepers and covered with your garden gloves, push away the close by undergrowth as you search for the famous Mountain Gorillas. Follow the trails that were formulated by the regular visitors to the park manoeuvring the incredibly dense forest. The gorillas will notice your presence before you do. While in there presence, watch them, take there photos and after an hour, Return to the lodge and relax.
DAY 4 – Drive to Volcanoes National park Rwanda
Wake up early in the morning for breakfast and your safari guide will drive you to Rwanda. The drive is between 5 to 6 hours but you will not get bored because of the scenic spots like the undulating hills of Kisoro, the local farms, primates and so much more. Arrive ready to check in into your lodge.
Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Virunga Volcanoes lodge/ Kinigi Guest House
DAY 5 – Gorilla Trekking
Get up early in the morning for breakfast and head to the ranger station for briefing. Gorilla trekking is a very interesting activity so meeting the gorillas twice is one of the incredible Africa adventurous on a safari The ranger guide will accompany you to the forest and you begin searching for the gorillas. You will first walk through the area where the gorillas were last seen the previous day. When you meet the gorillas, stand at a distance of about 7 meters away from them and take there pictures. You are permitted just one hour with them after wards, carry on to your lodge and relax.
DAY 6 – Golden Monkey Trekking/ Dian Fossey walk
Having enjoyed the gorilla trek, get up early and either take part in the golden monkey walk or Diane Fossey grave walk. During either of the two, you will meet other primates like black and white colobus monkeys, grey checked mangabey, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, birds are in plenty.
DAY 7 – Kigali City and Return
Drive to Kigali for a city tour where you may have the chance of visiting the Rwanda Genocide memorial, Rwanda Museum, genocide victim recollections home to mention but a few. Drive to Kigali airport for you late evening flight.
Note this As you book a gorilla trekking safari In Uganda
A waterproofed backpack is vital for your camera because it may rain at any time without warning, water bottle to quench your thirst as you trek to see the mountain gorillas and snacks.
If not sure of your fitness, you may hire a porter for a small fee to carry your backpack and help you up the steeper slopes.
As you plan your gorilla tracking tour, ensure you contact your travel insurance about whether they cover your gorilla trekking permit because you may be required to pay an additional premium.
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