Tour duration: 10 Days
Destinations visited: Uganda; Bwindi National Park, Rwanda; Kigali& Volcanoes National Park.
A 10-day exploration of all Rwanda & Uganda’s magnificent highlights awaits you including 2gorilla treks & golden monkey trekking, and exciting guided forest trails. Uganda and Rwanda are two of Africa’s newest and most exciting safari destinations where intrepid travelers will enjoy discovering vast tracts of rainforest and endangered primates like gorillas and golden monkeys.
Ten days is a generous amount of time to spend here and ensures that you can really immerse yourself in the culture of these vibrant countries and make the most of the many activities included in this thoughtfully curated itinerary.
You will begin your adventure in Entebbe, your entry point to Uganda. From there, you will fly to Lake Mutanda – a birder’s paradise – before heading to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where you will enjoy four days filled with gorilla trekking, community visits to Nkuringo and the Batwa people, and walking trails via the Ivy or Kashasha Rivers. You will stay in different parts of Bwindi before crossing the border into Rwanda and the splendors of Volcanoes National Park. Here you will be guided by expert track to observe more gorilla families in the wild and hopefully also spot elusive golden monkeys, which have expressive blue faces.
Then it is off to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, and your home for your final night in Africa. Two of the most memorable moments in this thriving city will be a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre and dinner at the Milles Collines Hotel, which played a major role in Rwanda’s inspiring history.
Day to Day Itinerary:
- Day 1: Arrival Uganda.
- Day 2 – 4: Bwindi National Park.
- Day 5 – 6: Meet the Batwa
- Day 7 – 8: Rwanda Volcanoes
- Day 9: Kigali
- Day 10: Departure
10 days Adventurous Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla Trek
Day 1: Welcome to Uganda
After touching down at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your accommodation for the evening. Use the night to tuck into a delicious dinner and shake off the jet-lag in preparation for your journey into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park tomorrow.
Days 2 – 4: Nights in Bwindi
It is back to Entebbe International Airport for your domestic flight to the Kiroso Airstrip. It is always exciting to land in new territory and your arrival here is no different. From the airstrip you will be accompanied for one of the most enthralling parts of your vacation: a 3-hour canoe trip to the northern shore of Lake Mutanda – look out for the crested cranes, black-headed herons and hadeha ibises that nest here. You will enjoy lunch at Mutanda Lake Resort before making your way via 4×4 to Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, which will be your welcome abode for the next three nights.
Your third day is the one you have been waiting for: today you make the acquaintance of rare mountain gorillas, one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in the world. Led by experienced trackers who are intimately familiar with each individual gorilla and who understand their overnight movements, you will hike through the forest until you find these gentle creatures. For mutual safety, you will have to observe them from a distance and no children under 15 are allowed on a trek. It can be tough going in the rain and mud but it is worth the effort to look into their emotional brown eyes.
Once you are back at Clouds, surrender yourself to the therapist’s healing hands for a post-trek full-body massage that will ensure you do not awaken stiff and sore the following day. On Day Four, members of the Nkuringo Community Development Foundation will accompany you on a half-day walk that will include Nkuringo Hill (from which you have a 360-degree view of Bwindi forest, the Virunga Mountains and the Democratic Republic of Congo). You will be offered a taste of village life that includes local foods, seeing the blacksmith at work, visiting the primary schoolchildren and perhaps learning some new dance steps from the Youth Group!
Days 5 – 6: Meet the Batwa
You bid farewell to the friendly staff at Clouds and set off, with walking guide, on a hike to Buhoma. There are two routes that can be followed: one takes about five hours and is known as the Ivy River trail and the other takes in the Kashasha River and can take up to seven hours. Once you reach Buhoma, having enjoyed a day of being out in the open in a lush wilderness, you will be driven to the north of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to check into Gorilla Forest Camp. After a refreshing night’s sleep, you once again lace up your hiking boots and set out to meet members of the Twa tribe, who are thought to be the longest-standing inhabitants of the Great Lakes region. Their history can be traced back at least 4 000 years and they are renowned as dancers and storytellers. You will learn more about the Batwa’s hunting and gathering techniques, their goddess and their musical performances.
After two days of hiking, you will no doubt enjoy relaxing after dinner, sharing stories as the moon rises over Bwindi.
Days 7 – 8: The land of ancient volcanoes
With the staff of Gorilla Forest Camp wishing you well, you are collected for your trip to Virunga Volcanoes Lodge in Volcanoes National Park. The journey wends its way through beautiful rolling hills and terraces fields, as well as the bamboo and montane forest of Echuya Forest Reserve. After crossing the border into Rwanda, you will pull up the lodge and look out over Lakes Ruhondo and Burera as well as the Virunga Volcanoes. It is an exciting first look at your home for the next two nights.
As the sun rises on Day Eight, so will your anticipation for another day of gorilla trekking. Once again, you will be captivated when you find these endangered primates and heartened by knowing that much of their survival depends on eco-tourism conservation efforts
Day 9: Unwind in Kigali
Having enjoyed breakfast at Virunga Volcanoes Lodge, your guide takes you into the park in search of another of Africa’s intriguing primates; this time, rare golden monkeys. With their blue faces and bronze coats, they are among the continent’s prettiest animals and live in troops of up to 30 energetic individuals. Finding them is not always easy but well worth the effort!
After a morning in Volcanoes National Park, you depart for the thriving city of Kigali, where you check into the Serena Hotel. Your final dinner is hosted at the Milles Collines Hotel, which played a central role in the Rwandan genocide of the early 1990s and is steeped in history. It is both humbling and inspiring to consider how far the country has progressed after such devastation.
Day 10: Winging your way home
After a comfortable night at the Kigali Serena Hotel, savor a leisurely breakfast before taking an illuminating tour of the Rwandan Genocide Memorial and Museum, a deeply moving experience.
This combined with the miraculous memories you have of seeing gorillas in the wild, meeting Batwa people and catching sight on playful golden monkeys, will be part of your memories forever as you take off from Kigali International Airport for your flight home.
This marks the end of what we hope will be an adventurous trip- Thank you very much!!
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