6 Days Gorilla Trek in Uganda & Rwanda
It’s an amazing experience to tour gorillas in Uganda and Gorilla in Rwanda. This double tracking of mountain gorillas gives you a chance to develop a personal touch and observation of the gorillas. It is natural that someone may only get satisfied with a single-day gorilla tour except when he/she does it twice to different destinations and families.
Day 1: Arrive in Uganda.
When you arrive at Entebbe Airport, a driver guide will pick you up and transfer you to Kampala for overnight at Cassia Lodge, Mamba Point, Hotel Africana, Le Petit Village or Serena Kampala.
Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the dwelling place for Mountain Gorillas in Uganda.
Early morning between 7-8:00am, your driver guide will you from the hotel in Kampala to initiate your fieldtrip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in South-western Uganda. You will make a stop at the Uganda Equator for some photos. Uganda Equator is an imaginary point where the Northern Hemisphere separates from the Southern Hemisphere, and it’s a tourist spot for photo taking and handicraft shops. Proceed with the journey to Mbarara Town where you will have lunch. Continue and arrive at the park in the evening. Take an overnight accommodation at Nshongi Gorilla Resort, Gorilla Safari Lodge or Chameleon Hill Lodge (Full Board).
Day 3: Gorilla Tracking in Uganda
Eat breakfast and transfer you to park offices for briefing about Mountain Gorilla trekking by a local guide. The time taken is usually between 2-8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas and the family one is allocated. Meeting the gorillas unexpectedly is one of the most captivating lifetime experiences. You will have a chance to observe and take pictures at very close range. You will observe adults feeding and groaning among themselves, as the minor gorillas play backward and forward from thickets in an enjoyably amusing demo. After an hour with the long-awaited gorillas, your guide and rangers will lead you back to the starting point where your driver will readily be waiting to transfer you back to the lodge for a restful evening. Have dinner and spend an overnight stay at Nshongi Gorilla Resort, Gorilla Safari Lodge or Chameleon Hill Lodge (Full Board).
Day 4: Cross Over to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.
After a delicious breakfast, you will drive to cross over to Rwanda via Cyanika Boarder Post. Within 2 hours, you will be in Musanze Town, a neighboring business area to the gorilla park. Overnight stay at Muhabura Hotel, La Palme Hotel or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Full Board)
Day 5: Rwanda Gorilla Tracking
Today is another chance of facing gorillas but this time in Rwanda. After a briefing about mountain gorilla tracking, you will be led by the park rangers to the forest in search of the calm primates. Upon meeting them, you are allowed one hour to be in the midst of the gorillas as you observe in admiration and photograph them in excitement when they freely playing, grumbling. After being with gorillas, go downhill to the starting area to meet a waiting guide to transfer back to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Muhabura guest house (Budget), La Palme Hotel (mid-range) or Mountain Gorilla View Hotel (luxury)
Day 6: Track Golden Monkeys and drive to Kigali.
In the morning after breakfast, you will transfer to the park offices for briefing but this time round not for gorilla trekking but for golden monkey tracking in the forest of Volcanoes National Park. The process is no much different from gorilla trekking as also one hour is allowed with these monkeys. Afterwards, have lunch and drive to Kigali where you will arrive in the evening. If your flight is on this day, you will be dropped at the airport. But if time allows, you may first have to go the Genocide Memorial Centre in Kigali to witness and awaken memories of the brutality that was put to over 250,000 Tutsi Rwandese during the 1994 countrywide genocide in Rwanda. End of the trip.