Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla & Chimp Adventure

Comfort, Kigali to Entebbe

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Community Walk and Local Lunch, Kigali
  • Arrival transfer
  • All National Park entrance fees
  • Genocide memorial
  • Community walk and lunch at G Adventures-supported Nyamirambo Women's Centre
  • Guided Mountain Gorilla Trek with permits
  • Golden Monkey Trek with permits
  • Guided Chimpanzee Trek with permits
  • Safari wildlife safari 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

Highlights

  • Get up close and personal with mountain gorillas in their backyard
  • Trek through the forest to visit golden monkeys
  • Meet local people at nyamirambo township 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

Itinerary

Day 1 Kigali If you arrive early, take some time to explore the city. Kigali is one of Africa’s safest cities and has a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. The city is known for its exceptional cleanliness. Additional Notes: Kigali has some interesting and historic sites outside of the city. If you want more time to explore, we recommend booking a pre-night. Elevation - Kigali area: 1,300 m (4,270 ft) Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Kigali/Volcanoes National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Volcanoes National Park borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains can be found here. The volcanoes and highlands of the park are covered in lush rainforest and bamboo (a favourite snack of the gorillas). While the most famous resident is the mountain gorilla, other wildlife include: golden monkeys, buffaloes, hyenas, bushbucks, numerous bird species, and some elephants. Additional Notes: Altitude note: Volcanos NP - approx 2000 m (6,550 ft) Included Activities: Genocide Memorial Visit Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Community Walk and Local Lunch Transport: 4x4 (3.00 hour(s), 130km)
Day 3 Volcanoes National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Approximately 800 mountain gorillas exist globally in the wild today. They are found in Rwanda, DRC, and Uganda. In DRC and Rwanda, gorillas live in similar ecosystems/areas. The gorilla species found in these three areas are called “highland gorillas,” the latin name is “Gorilla berengei” named after the first European person to see and encounter a mountain gorilla. Additional Notes: The total duration of a trek can vary between 4-9 hours in length, depending on the location of the gorillas, who are constantly moving. *The order of activities over Days 3 and 4 can change depending on permit scheduling. Included Activities: Gorilla Trekking Transport: 4x4
Day 4 Volcanoes National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a second trek into the national park with a ranger/guide to view a unique and endangered species, the golden monkey. Watch these playful and lively creatures in their natural habitat. Included Activities: Golden Monkey Trek Transport: 4x4
Day 5 Volcanoes National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Queen Elizabeth National Park is characterized by open savannah, large areas of swamp around Lake George, the extensive Maramagambo Forest in the southeast, and the forested Kyambura Gorge along the border with Kyambura Game Reserve. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Rwanda - Uganda) Transport: 4x4 (8.00-9.00 hours)
Day 6 Queen Elizabeth National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore the national park with a chimp trek in search of the playful primates. Enjoy a safari drive with possible sightings of buffalo, waterbucks, warthogs, lions, leopards, hyenas, giant forest hogs, and elephants. Additional Notes: Depending on the number of people travelling, the group will be split into two, with half doing the chimp trek in the morning, followed by the wildlife safari drive in the afternoon (and vice versa). The order of activities over Days 6 and 7 can change depending on chimp permit scheduling. Included Activities: Chimpanzee Trek - Kyambura Gorge Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: 4x4
Day 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Embark on a morning wildlife safari drive for more wildlife viewing inside the park. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel to view hippos and birds, and, with a bit of luck, elephants or cats. Included Activities: Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari Drive Kazinga Channel Cruise Transport: 4x4
Day 8 Queen Elizabeth National Park/Entebbe (1B, 1L) After breakfast, head to Entebbe with a stop at the Equator and a visit to a royal drum maker's workshop. Included Activities: Equator Visit Drum Makers Workshop Transport: 4x4 (8.00-9.00 hours, 350km)
Day 9 Entebbe (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: We recommend booking post nights if you want more time to explore Entebbe and the surrounding area. Included Activities: Departure Day
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