5 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari

//5 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari
5 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari2016-10-25T09:05:58+00:00

5 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari is one of the short combined safaris that offers you an opportunity to track mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda. The Volcanoes National Park in the Virunga Massif with its counts of habituated gorillas present a different trekking experience to that of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park particularly in terms of terrain and the denseness of the gorilla habitat itself. The recreational encounter on the lake of a thousand Islands – Lake Bunyonyi, amazing sceneries of Virunga Mountains and Kigezi Highlands not forgetting the historical encounter at Musaze Caves and the Gisozi genocide memorial combine to make the encounter memorable.

Gorillas in Bwindi

  • Safari highlight

    Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park & visit Musaze Caves

    Day 2: Do gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park & cross to Uganda (Lake Bunyonyi)

    Day 3: Do a sun rise boat cruise in Lake Bunyonyi and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

    Day 4:  Do gorilla trekking in Bwindi & relax at the lodge

    Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali and visit the Gisozi genocide memorial

  • Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park & visit Musaze Caves

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    The guide will pick you from your place of stay or upon arrival at the airport to head for 116km journey over 3 hours’ drive to Volcanoes National Park. You will be mesmerized by the scenic views of the country side and then you will arrive in Ruhengeri – region where Volcanoes National Park is located. Upon arrival, you will visit the ancient caves of Musaze which are cathedral like natural features noted to have been used as hiding place for the Rwandan royals during the times of war and storage for supplies and food. Retire for relaxation and overnight.

    Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Hotel (Luxury/upmarket), Lapalme Hotel (Midrange/standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget/basic)

    Day 2: Do gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park & cross to Uganda (Lake Bunyonyi)


    After a thrilling breakfast from your respective lodge, you will gather at the Volcanoes Park Headquarters in Kinigi at 8am for briefing and the eventual start of the gorilla tracking encounter. The park rangers will give you the situation that surrounds gorilla trekking and the respective dos and don’ts for the very activity while enjoying a thrilling cup of Rwandan coffee and being entertained by the famous Intore dance demonstrating the traditional Rwandan society. Embark on the actual gorilla tracking hiking through the jungle of Volcanoes following the respective assigned gorilla family and in company of those the eight team mates that have been put together with you track a given gorilla group. The duration for the gorilla tracking tends to fall between 2 – 8 hours and the encounter is more that the ordinary. The hike through the jungle passing by amazing flora and fauna, the impressive and magical scenic landscapes of the Virungas would definitely leave you in a state of bewilderment.  The eventually one hour direct encounter with mountain gorillas seeing direct in their frightening eyes enjoying the beauty of their fur and the being entertained by the playful young ones settles your thoughts of the worthiness of the gorilla permit price. Return from this encounter and embark on the transfer to Uganda driving along the scenic Virunga massif where the chain of eight volcanoes lay in a stretch. After crossing to Uganda, you drive along the scenic Kisoro – Kabale Road with its meandering nature which makes it impressive to encounter. Branch off at Muko and connect to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Birdnest @Lake Bunyoyonyi Resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort (Midrange/Standard) or Byoona Amagara Island Retreat (Budget/Basic).

    Day 3: Do a sun rise boat cruise in Lake Bunyonyi and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

    After a relaxed breakfast, embark on a thrilling boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi with its 29 Islands dubbed the lake of a thousand Islands. The boat takes you around these Islands amidst scenic views of the Kigezi Highlands. The 5 – 6 encounter gives you an opportunity to encounter the Island Communities as they cruise to and from the shore and others doing some fishing. Retreat for lunch after which you embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving in the afternoon for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Mucha Hotel (Midrange/Standard) or Amajambere iwacu Camp (Budget/Basic).

    Day 4:  Do gorilla trekking in Bwindi & relax at the lodge

    Following breakfast at your lodge, you will gather at the respective park headquarters in the region where you are going to track for briefing at 8am. The briefing which is conducted by the park staff details the conduct of gorilla trekking activity and at this moment, the gorilla family to track is also allocated per a group of eight (8) people. The eventual heading to the mist is a remarkable experience that will form part of your life time adventure. The forest tends to be covered by mist in the morning and hiking through the forest is an amazing adventure that is worthy your gorilla permit price. The activity tends to last between 2 – 8 hours inclusive of one hour direct encounter with gorillas. Encountering the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is remarkably wonderful. These frightening and yet peaceful creatures would definitely welcome with fear and the silverback would have to punch a little on his chest to check your fighting status. Your concentration will be on your cameras as you tack as many photos as you wish without flash light to avoid provoking gorillas to reaction.  Retreat from the activity when your time is used up and then transfer to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Mucha Hotel (Midrange/Standard) or Amajambere iwacu Camp (Budget/Basic).

    Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali and visit the Gisozi genocide memorial

    After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kigali city Rwanda driving through impressive country side landscape with amazing scenery. Upon your arrival in Kigali, you will visit the Gisozi genocide memorial to pay tribute to the counts of Rwandese who lost their lives through the bloody genocide that occurred in Rwanda in the year 1994. The genocide is am living museum of what actually occurred and it brings out the extremeness of human hatred and its likely consequences. Catch up with your evening flight back home.

    End of safari


    Please note that Upon your request, we can change(customize) the tour destinations, hotels and number of days to suit your desire .just contact us call us 24/7 on phone

  • General Safari Inclusions

    • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
    • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
    • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
    • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
    • Fuel
    • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
    • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
    • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
    • Bottled water while on safari
    • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

    General Safari Exclusions

    • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
    • Laundry Services
    • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
    • International Flights (Arranged on request)
    • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
    • Visas
    • Optional Activity fees
    • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
    • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
    • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

  • Rwanda

    Hotels we use in Akagera National Park

    Ruzizi Tented Lodge

    Ruzizi Tented Camp has nine (9) tents which can up to twenty (20) clients. Every tent features an en suite bathroom that has cold and hot running water, dressing area, either 3/4 twin beds or comfortable queen beds, a front side patio and each tent is accessed by wooden board walks that lead to and from the main reception area.
    Ruzizi Tented Camp has a family tent that can accommodate up to four (4) people and a tree top tent. It also has a thatched central reception area along with a dinning and lounge bar. There is an extensive deck that has a fire place under a large fig tree with the view of Lake Ihema.

    Akagera Game Lodge

    The Akagera Game Lodge is located within the park close to its southern entrance. The Lodge features a swimming pool, conference center and a tennis court. Accommodation is offered in standard rooms, deluxe, family and Junior Suite. The lodge features over 60 bed rooms.

    Hotels we use in Nyungwe National Park

    Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

    The Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is a midrange accommodation establishment in Nyungwe Forest National Park presenting an impressive ground for chimpanzee trekking, canopy walk and the forest hikes. The lodge features a camp fire in the rooms if you wish or out in the open after dinner with impressive traditional Kinyarwanda dance performances.
    Accommodation at Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is offered in twelve (12) units and four (4) of these feature twin beds while the eight (8) are apartments featuring queen sized beds. The rooms are self-contained. The Hotel also has a restaurant and a well-stocked bar.

    Gisakura Guesthouse

    Positioned at 2km distance outside Nyungwe Forest National Park. Gisakura guesthouse offers accommodation in twin, double and triple rooms which are self-contained and with provision of warm water on request. The Guesthouse also features a good restaurant.

    Hotels we use in Volcanoes National Park

    Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

    The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an upmarket lodge on the boundaries of Volcanoes National Park about fifteen (15) minutes’ drive to the entrance of the park. The lodge offers accommodation in a range of thirty (30) chalets with enough space, a modern bar and restaurant.

    Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

    Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is positioned close to the Volcanoes Park Headquarters is about few minutes’ drive. Accommodation is provided in six cottages with two (2) suites with private verandas, inbuilt ablutions and living room overseeing fireplace.

    Virunga Lodge

    virunga-lodgeVirunga Lodge is a luxury accommodation located on a ridge with impressive views of the Virunga massif. Accommodation is presented in eight (8) bandas and each banda features a private terrace with impressive views of the Virunga massif.


    Hotels we use in Buhoma region in Bwindi

    Buhoma Community Rest Camp


    Buhoma Community Rest Camp is majorly a midrange accommodation center but it also offers affordable lodging for travelers on a budget. Lodging is offered in six (6) self-contained safari tents, three (3) self-contained cottages and two (2) non-self-contained twin cottages. The accommodation centers are built in African architectural style and they dissolve in the gorgeousness of the park.

    Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp


    The lodge offers comfort at the midrange level without compromising the environment. Its architecture involves traditionally sourced materials. The accommodation center has twenty (20) self-contained tents which offer great comfort to their guests. All tents feature comfortable beds, solar energy that is available for all hours of the day, en-suite washrooms with hot and cold showers and elegant furniture.

    Buhoma Lodge


    This lodge can be found inside the park with ten (10) relaxed cottages that have private verandahs from which guests can enjoy vistas of the park especially the Buhoma sector which is home to the Mubare, Rushegura and Habinyanja mountain gorilla families. Guests will find facilities like a comfy bed, en-suite bathroom facilities which feature hot and cold showers and a bath tub for some rooms

    Lodges in Kibale national park Uganda

    Kibale Safari Lodge

    Kibale Safari Lodge is located on the way to Bigodi in Kanyanchu. Guest accommodation is offered in two (2) rooms on the main lodge building and five (5) other private luxury cottages which are well furnished and comfortable. The cottages have private toilets and showers with both cold and hot water. Meals and drinks are served in the onsite restaurant and the well-stocked bar.

    Nyinabulitwa Resort and Safari Camp

    Nyinabulitwa Resort and Safari Camp is located approximately 20kms outside Fort Portal Town and serves as a sleepover point for travelers on Safaris to the western National Parks of Murchison Falls National Park, Rwenzori Mountains, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and the coveted Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

    Primate Lodge


    Primate Lodge presents luxury and comfort to its guests in eco-friendly accommodation units. The Lodge is located deep in Kibale National Park and is therefore very close to where most of the park’s tourist activities start from. Check-in time is at 2:00pm and the checkout time is 10:00am. Visitor accommodation units include eight (8) superior safari tents; seven (7) ultimate forest cottages; a well maintained camping area and the sky tree house.

    Mgahinga National Park Uganda

    Kisoro Tourist Hotel

    This is a budget range hotel which offers pleasant and comfortable accommodation. The rooms feature a fireplace each, internet and cable TV, fans, en-suite toilets with hot and cold water for a fine shower in this chilly area of the country. The hotel has a well-stocked bar and an onsite restaurant which serves delicious meals. Conference facilities are also offered at the hotel but require timely booking before they can be availed. The hotel has a tour/travel desk, an art and crafts shop

    Kisoro Travelers’ Rest Hotel

    Situated about 14km from Mgahinga Gorilla National Park the hotel can be found in the district and town of Kisoro. The hotel rooms range from single, twin, double, triple and a suite which all include en-suite washrooms that contain hot and cold piped water. In the lounge area, tourists can warm up at the fireplace and can also enjoy free Wi-Fi internet.

    Hotels we use in bunyonyi

    Birdnest at Bunyonyi Resort

    This resort is located just near Lake Bunyonyi in southwestern Uganda and just a few kilometers from the boarders of Tanzania, Congo DR and Rwanda. For tourists who like to travel with their babies, babysitting services are available at the lodge from 8am - 9pm. The resorts’ rooms are cleaned and serviced daily as part of the room rates.

    Hotels in Kidepo

    Apoka Safari lodge

    Apoka Safari lodge is situated twelve (12) hours northeast of Kampala, Uganda’s Capital City in the heart of Kidepo Valley National Park. The lodge is creatively mounted on a rocky outcrop making a 24 hour picturesque surveillance of the Narus Valley. The lodge is the only luxury/upmarket lodge offering accommodation in its ten (10) huge rooms (4 twin sleeping 2-4 each & 6 double sleeping 2 each) with total capacity ranging from 20 to 28 depending on the rooming requirements.

    Apoka Tented camp

    Apoka Rest Camp
    Like Apoka Safari Lodge, this rest camp is close to the park’s headquarters and is a starting point for some of the birding safaris in Kidepo Valley National Park. accommodation is offered in fourteen (14) bandas which have two (2) beds each and two (2) camping areas where tourists are free to erect their tents. Toilets are located just outside the bandas.

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