11 Days Uganda and Rwanda Primates
Experience the top destinations in Uganda and Rwanda as you have close encounters with exotic wildlife, variety of birds and primates - Gorillas and Chimps in some of the top East African destinations.
11 Days Uganda and Rwanda Primates | Full Safari Itinerary
Day 1 | Arrival Entebbe - Kampala
On arrival at the Entebbe Airport, you will be met by our team outside the customs and immigration halls and then transferred to your hotel for check-in and overnight.
Day 2 | Kibale Forest
Pick up after breakfast from Kampala (or Entebbe) and depart to Fort Portal town nestled in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains for lunch and then proceed to Kibale Forest National Park where you will go for either a community walk or visit the beautiful Crater lakes region for a spectacular view. Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.
Day 3 | Kibale Forest & Bigodi Swamp
After an early morning breakfast we transfer to the starting point of your chimpanzee trekking experience in Kibale Forest National Park (persons must be of a minimum age of 15 years). You will enjoy an exciting guided nature walk and Chimpanzees trek. Kibale Forest National Park is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkeys, black and white Colobus, Blue monkeys, Grey-cheeked mangabeys, Red tailed monkeys, Olive baboons, Vervet monkeys, a variety of birds and butterflies. Afternoon head for a guided nature walk to Bigodi swamp which is a renowned community initiative with diverse birds and primate species. Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.
Day 4 | Queen Elizabeth National Park
After your morning breakfast depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in good time for lunch and rest. Later proceed for afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.
Day 5 | Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early in the morning set off for the morning game drive through the Kasenyi sector and the queens’ mile in the park where you have an opportunity to spot lions, cape buffaloes, topi, kobs, elephants, waterbucks, hyenas, giant forest hogs, bush bucks, warthogs, hyenas, civets, aardvarks, leopards, and many more. Lunch at the camp/lodge. Afternoon enjoy a launch cruise on Kazinga channel, which joins Lake George and Lake Edward. Elephants and other wild game including hippopotamus, crocodiles and water birds can be seen along the banks. Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.
Day 6 | Bwindi Forest
After breakfast, depart to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the Ishasha sector on the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, game drive in search of the rare tree climbing lions that can be spotted lying up on the large fig tree branches and other wild life such as elephants, Uganda kobs, topis, buffaloes, warthogs, different birds spices among others and later continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park home of the endangered mountain gorillas and also a UNESCO world heritage site. Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.
NB: - Your accommodation will depend on which Sector the Gorilla permit will be available for purchase from Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Day 7 | Gorilla Tracking
After an early morning breakfast and briefing, embark on the lifetime memorable experience with packed lunch box heading towards the dense forest on your search for gorillas and an intimate interaction with these gentle and endangered animals. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. After finding the gorillas, you will be allowed to spend one hour with gorillas in their natural habitat where you will be able to learn about their behaviors, habits, watch them feed, play, breastfeed, rest, take photos and record videos with a flash less camera before trekking back to the Park headquarter where you will be award a certificate for participating in gorilla trekking. The forest also affords viewing other primates including blue monkey, L’oehst monkeys, red tailed monkeys and chimpanzee along with a variety of birdlife. The time spent trekking in this unspoiled tropical forest and watching the gorillas is certainly worth the effort. Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.
Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots, a light rain coat and gloves. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera in case of rain.
If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the surrounding communities in the evening.
Gorilla Habituation Experience
Alternatively you may pay an extra charge of $900 per person for Gorilla Habituation. This needs prior arrangements and bookings. Gorilla Habituation grants you more hours with the gorillas as you learn more about their behavior.
Day 8 | Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast depart to Uganda/Rwanda boarder and once through with immigration and customs, you’ll continue to Musanze, overlooking the beautiful lakes Burera and Ruhondo and with breathtaking views over the Virunga volcanoes. Enjoy the winding roads of the ‘thousands hills’ and magnificent views of the Volcanoes. You will spend the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.
Day 9 | Volcanoes National Park
After an early breakfast, transfer to the Volcanoes National Park and after briefing you’ll set off into the rain forest to enjoy an hour with the gorillas. Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is part of Virunga Mountains sharing boarders with Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and Virunga National Park in DR Congo. Together with Bwindi this is the only place in the world to see the Mountain Gorilla’s. Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.
Day 10 | Golden Monkeys Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
After an early breakfast, depart again into the Volcanoes National Park and after briefing you’ll begin trekking to the tropical forest area of the Virunga forest in search of endangered golden monkeys. Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.
Day 11 | Departure - Kigali
After breakfast depart to Kigali. Make a city tour including the Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum or go for shopping if time permits. Afterwards transfer to Kigali Airport for your departure flight back home.