• Rwanda Mountain Gorillla
    Journey across Uganda

    Track Rhino

  • Mountain Gorilla tour

    Visit National Parks

    Where tree climbing lions live

  • Mountain Gorilla trek
    See the Chimpanzees

    in their natural habitat

UGANDA AND RWANDA GORILLA AND SAFARI TOUR

The closest relative to man is the mountain gorilla, 98% genetically human and struggling to fight bight from the brink of extinction. Playful, intelligent and powerful, they are also shy by nature. The live in families headed up by a male silverback, so named for the silvery grey hairs on his back as he reaches maturity.

 

Gorilla Permit Availability and Cost

Gorilla tracking permits are limited to 8 permits per gorilla family per day. In Rwanda, 56 permits are available per day and in Uganda, 32. Mgahinga has 8 per day. Gorilla permits currently cost $500 per permit. Permits cannot be reserved and as such, have to be bought and paid in full on date of booking. As such, there may be 24 permits available for a specific date when you make an enquiry and the next day, all permits may be sold. As such, once you have decided on your date of tracking, if permits are available we will request full payment for the permit. If by the time the funds are cleared the permits have been sold out, we will give a full refund. Once the permit is bought and secured, there is a 100% cancellation penalty.

 

Fast Facts

All year

Best: June to September
December to February

Tour: 10 days


Itinerary

Day One:  Arrival

Arrival at Entebbe airport, meet and greet and transfer to Kampala. Briefing. Time allowing we will visit the Kasubi (Royal) Tombs. No meals included. Overnight.

 

Day Two: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Early breakfast, then we depart to Nakitoma to the recently opened Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (170 Kms northwest from Kampala and half way to Murchison Falls National Park). Game drive and walk to track the white rhinos that are spending the hot hours mostly in the swampy areas . Then we proceed to Masindi, where we will have lunch. We continue our journey to Murchison Falls National Park. We drive in a beautiful landscape, land gets flat towards the north as you head to the bottom of the Victoria Nile. As we enter the national park, we will do a game drive on the way to our lodge. Check in and relax for the rest of the evening. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge or Red Chilli Camp (bandas or fix tents).

 

Day Three: Murchison Falls National Park

Morning game drive in the northern bank of river Nile as we look out for the elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, Rhothschild giraffe, hartebeest, Oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, spotted hyena and if lucky you could even spot the leopard. In the afternoon we take a boat cruise upstream to the 'bottom of the falls'. The Nile here gets calm at the base of the falls, we stop a few metres from the 'Devil's Cauldron's where it compresses 47 meters to squeeze through a 6-meter canyon dropping 40 metres with a thunderous roar. En-route, marvel at the, hippos, crocodiles and over this 17 km stretch you may see elephants as well as a lot of bird species like Goliath heron, pelican bee - eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. At this point we will get off the boat and, hike to the top of the falls to catch a close view of the beauty that forms the Murchison Falls. This is a pleasant guided walk that takes about one hour. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge or Red Chilli Camp (bandas or fix tents).

 

Day Four: Fort Portal via Hoima

This day we drive to Fort Portal via Hoima, in a breathtaking landscape that forms the Albertine western Rift Valley. It is a quite long drive (8 to 9 hours) but we will have several stop overs to relax, and sightseeing as we pass verdant countryside, traditional homesteads and farms. We will have our packed/picnic lunch on the way. Check in and relax for the rest of the evening. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge or Rwenzori View Guest House.

 

Day Five: Kibale Forest NP Chimpanzees

We head to Kibale Forest NP, where all morning is dedicated to search for chimpanzees and other primate including: red colobus, blues, red tailed and gray - cheeked mangabey . After we will stop in Fort Portal to have lunch, before proceeding to Queen Elisabeth NP / Peninsula sector where we will do a game drive in the crater lakes (Katwe) area, a stunning landscape where we will look for elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and if lucky even the leopard. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Kingfisher Kichwamba Lodge.

 

Day Six: Queen Elizabeth National Park

In the early morning we do a game drive in the Kasenyi area, within QENP, on a look out for the lions, buffalos, elephants, and large numbers of Uganda Kobs and other antelopes. After lunch at our lodge we will go for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, to look out for the hippos, great herds of buffaloes, and lots of water birds. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Kingfisher Kichwamba Lodge.

 

Day Seven: Queen Elizabeth National Park

In the early morning we do another game drive in the Kasenyi area, within QENP. After we will go back to the lodge for breakfast, and then we drive to Ishasha, which is in the southern sector of Queen Elisabeth National Park. We will arrive in time for lunch at Wilderness Camp, before going for a game drive looking for the tree climbing lions and other game. Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp

 

Day Eight: Volcanoes NP

After early breakfast we will depart to Volcanoes NP (Rwanda), home of the endangered mountain gorilla. We will cross Kabale and Kisoro where we will stop for lunch at Traveller's Rest (where Dian Fossey used to stay, resting from the long periods spent observing the mountain gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes). Then we proceed to the Cyanika border post, and after clearing we will continue to Ruhengeri and Kinigi, at the base of Sabinyo mountain (one of the Virunga Volcanoes).

 

Day Nine: Great Mountain Gorillas

After an early morning breakfast, we will drive to the national park headquarters for being briefed by the park rangers before departing for the hike in search for the Great Mountain Gorillas. The excursion in a thick rainforest and the interaction with the mountain ape, gives a wonderful experience in life.  In the afternoon we will depart to Kigali.

 

Day Ten: Depart

Breakfast before your departure flight.

Note: Time allowing, we will visit Gisozi's Genocide Memorial, and the crafts village.

 

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