Make an adventure of a lifetime with us and track mountain gorillas beyond two countries and maximize your travel excitement with the largest primates on planet earth. We’ll track gorilla families in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park; Uganda and learn about what it takes to habituate them from their natural wild state till they are calm and accommodating to humankind for tourism activities.
Cross over a few kilometers into Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and get mesmerized by the rugged terrain, thick and mist covered forests. Get extra doses of excitement by tracking these wild giants again and take great note of comparisons and similarities for they are never the same.
Walk at leisure in the communities close to the park that have lived with the Mountain Gorillas all their lifetime. Share their experiences, listen to their music and moving stories, dance to their tunes.
Wash off the fatigue of taming African jungles with an adrenaline raising boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi; the second deepest lake in Africa. The cool breezes will sooth your body and big swarms of beautiful birds tweeting in the air and magical views of floating islands calm your nerves. You have a big volume of wonderful experiences and authentic stories to live with and talk about all your lifetime.
Day 1: Pickup from Kigali Airport
Pickup from Kigali International Airport. Take breakfast, Refresh and get briefed about the trip. Visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site. Travel to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The journey will take you past the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda and you will have a stopover at the Twin Lakes. Cross the border via the Cyanika Border. Overnight at Kisoro Travelers Rest (Budget) Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge (Midrange) / Mount Gahinga Lodge (Luxury)
Day 2: Golden Monkey Tracking & Transfer to Bwindi
After breakfast, go for golden monkey tracking in the Mgahinga National Park. After the trek, have lunch. Travel to Buhoma in northern Bwindi, a UNESCO world heritage site protecting almost half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. You will travel through the rural countryside of Uganda before you reach Buhoma, the pioneer sector for gorilla tourism in Uganda. You will reach Bwindi in the evening. Overnight at Buhoma Community Bandas (Budget) / Buhoma Haven Lodge (Midrange) / Mahogany Springs Lodge (Luxury)
Day 3: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
Guided by park rangers, you will start the hike into the forest to start the search for the mountain gorillas. Gorilla Tracking can take 2-8 hours depending on the movements of the gorilla family that you will be assigned to track. Gorilla Tracking involves walking up steep and densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation.
Upon meeting the great apes, you will stay with these giant apes for 1 hour for observation and photography. After the trek, return to the lodge to catch a hot meal. Relax at the lodge or take a community tour in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community Bandas (Budget) / Buhoma Haven Lodge (Midrange) / Mahogany Springs Lodge (Luxury)
Day 4: Experience Bwindi
Take a nature walk within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The nature walk takes you to the beautiful falls of Lake Munyaga. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Batwa Community of Buhoma.
Day 5: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Travel to Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest lake in Uganda. Have lunch. Take a boat cruise along Lake Bunyonyi. Visit one of the islands within the lake. Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort (Budget) / Arcadia Cottage Bunyonyi (Midrange) / Bird Nest at Bunyonyi (Luxury)
Day 6: Travel to Kigali
After breakfast, travel back to Rwanda. You will cross the border via the Katuna Border. Drop off at the airport.