Pick up from airport and transfer to the hotel where you will get a detailed briefing from your guide. Take you to shops to exchange money, and also acclimatize to the high altitude of Rwanda.
We will pick you up in Kigali and drive you to Volcanoes National Park. Depending on the
departure time from Kigali, you may be able to enjoy a complimentary Kigali city tour before
traveling to northern Rwanda, visiting the Kimihurura market and the Kigali Genocide Museum. After a 2-hour drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri/Musanze, we will visit the Iby’iwacu
Cultural Experience (also known as Gorilla Guardians Village) in Kinigi. We’ll then be treated
to a guided nature walk around Volcanoes National Park.
We will start the day with a golden monkey trekking adventure in Volcanoes National
Park. This primate is native to the high-altitude forests of the park. Once we have seen their playful interactions, we will head out of the park and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National
Park in Uganda. The transfer to Bwindi National Park will go through the Rwanda-Uganda
border at Cyanika.
Day 3 is another day for trekking into the wilderness to spot the rare local animals. You will
head to the Bwindi National Park gate immediately after breakfast to get a briefing about the
gorilla trek. The national park guide will conduct the presentation that covers the basics of
what to expect during the gorilla trek and instruct you on how to behave in order to ensure the
safety of guests and the animals. You will then embark on your tracking adventure, making
your way through the rainforest until you find a family of mountain gorillas. The gorilla trek can
take from 3 to 6 hours on average, depending on how far the gorillas are inside the forest. It
could last longer, so be prepared just in case!
We will start the journey in the morning from Bwindi National Park and drive to Queen
Elizabeth National Park. The tour will take us through the stunning landscapes of western
Uganda and we’ll arrive at Queen Elizabeth National Park in the late afternoon. Our first
activity will be to drive through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, popularly
known for the tree-climbing lions. Unlike their counterparts at the Kasenyi plains, the lions at
Ishasha have found a way to climb the fig trees to enjoy the warm temperatures. While the
sighting of the tree-climbing lions is not 100% guaranteed, a stopover at Ishasha is worth a
We will start the day with an early morning breakfast at the lodge. Afterward, we will proceed to the famed Kasenyi Plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park to spot various species of wild
animals. The Kasenyi Plains are in the vast savannahs of the Albertine Rift in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It will be a morning full of adventure! Expect to encounter lions, herds of buffalos, elephants, Uganda kobs, topi, and bushbucks. While spotting the ‘big five’ in the park is not guaranteed, on a lucky day, you may sight leopards to make it the ‘big four’. We will return to the lodge for lunch and a quick break before joining the Kazinga Channel boat cruise for an afternoon of wild game viewing. We’ll have the chance to spot crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, and a wide range of bird species on the channel waters.
Day 6 begins with yet another early morning breakfast followed by a drive to the Kalinzu Forest to experience tracking the chimpanzees in their forest home. If you are lucky on the trek, you might encounter some of the other different species of monkeys in the forest. These include colobus monkeys, olive baboons, and red-tailed monkeys. Once we have finished our last trekking adventure, it is time to return to Kigali, Kampala, or Entebbe — depending on the end destination that you have decided.
Transport in a 4WD safari vehicle exclusive for the group
English speaking driver guide
Accommodation and meals (Bed and Breakfast, lunch and Dinners) as stated in the program
All guide fees
National Park entry Fees
Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
Gorilla tracking permit per person
Chimpanzee tracking permit per person
Golden Monkey permits per person
International flights & Visas
Driver guide or local escort tips
Drinks and dining rooms tips, porter age, personal travel and baggage
Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature
Activities not mentioned in the program