You’re not supposed to get closer than 7m from the gorillas. Those are the rules that humans are meant to follow. But these gorillas are so friendly they have a hard time staying that far away, giving you the unique opportunity to peek into their world for a short time.  Visiting them is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you, but ensures a lifetime for them, and hopefully works to secure their future in this world.  With only 800 left, their survival is anything but certain.

We have organized a 5 -day adventure that combines the best of Rwanda and Uganda, and gives you a chance to give something back to the community that is protecting these wonderful creatures.  Surely the gorillas are the highlight, but you will have plenty of other stories to share as well, not the least of which is the wonderful people and culture of these two countries which are truly unique in Africa.

 

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Tracking the Gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrabele Forest is an incredible experience.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

•  4 nights lodging in comfortable, clean, lodges with hot water, clean and amazing fresh food, but the trip is 5 days.

• All meals from arrival to departure.

• Canoe Trip on Mutanda Lake

• Lodging is at a nice hotel in Rwanda and Uganda in small mountain village, all with hot, running, clean water, and believe it or not internet access.

•  All road transportation in reliable Land Cruisers

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

East African Tourist Visa

•  Travel insurance, emergency evacuation & health insurance. Check with your current insurer if your expat policy covers you. We recommend Global Rescue.

•   You will also need to have money available for gratuities for porters, guides, drivers etc.

Day 1:  Arrival to Kigali and Transfer to Parc Nationale des Volcanoes

After arrival, head to Kigali for lunch at hotel Milles des Collines  (Hotel Rwanda) and then drive to Ruhengeri.  Visit the Genocide Musuem before leaving Kigali. Dinner and overnight at Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge.

Day 2: Hike to the Diane Fossey and Gorilla Memorial OR Bisoke Volcano

Wake up:  530 am.              Departure from hotel:  630 am

After an early breakfast, report to the headquarters for your excursion to slopes of the Bisoke and visit the former Karisoke Research Centre, where the grave of Dian Fossey is located. This will take you about 3 -5 hours.  You can choose either the easier and shorter hike, or if you like, head to the top of the volcano at 3500 m. Diane Fossey trail will have you back at 3 pm, the volcano, around 6 pm. This is the sneak preview of what the gorilla tracking experience will be like.
Optional Activities Upon Request:  Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund Offices,  or the Musanze Caves

Day 3:  Golden Monkey Tracking, Canoe Ride and Transfer to Uganda

Wake up:  530 am.              Departure from hotel:  630 am

After an early breakfast, transfer to the park headquarter for golden monkey tracking. The golden monkeys are little known and endangered species. After the monkeys,  we shall relax at the lodge for the afternoon or have a variety of activity options such as community walk, bike ride, or ranger station visit or shopping, then return for traditional entertainment, dinner and overnight at Nkuringo Gorilla Camp.

Then we will drive to Cyanika boarder cross proceed to Kisoro town. We will have lunch on the other side of the lake while we admire the beautiful views of the lake, the Virunga Volcanoes and the rugged ridges of the western arm of the Western Rift Valley can be admired on a clear day.  Proceed to Nkuringo Gorilla camp. In the Afternoon a visit to the ranger station or optional a trek to the top of the world

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking Experience

Despite the sound of the unpleasant early morning, you won’t want to miss the sunrise anyway. We attend mandatory briefing at park headquarters by 8:00am before you embark on the memorable adventure in the forest.   The time this takes depends on the locations of the gorillas. In the afternoon, we will have time to visit the local orphanage/school that we regularly support in various ways. The children will inspire and impress you. That is of course, optional,  if you have the energy

 HIGHLIGHTS

Tracking the Gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrabele Forest is an incredible experience.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

•  4 nights lodging in comfortable, clean, lodges with hot water, clean and amazing fresh food, but the trip is 5 days.

• All meals from arrival to departure.

• Canoe Trip on Mutanda Lake

• Lodging is at a nice hotel in Rwanda and Uganda in small mountain village, all with hot, running, clean water, and believe it or not internet access.

•  All road transportation in reliable Land Cruisers

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

East African Tourist Visa

•  Travel insurance, emergency evacuation & health insurance. Check with your current insurer if your expat policy covers you. We recommend Global Rescue.

•   You will also need to have money available for gratuities for porters, guides, drivers etc.

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