Experience two East African countries in 5 days. This is a once in a lifetime trip. Tracking the gorillas is a 6-7 hour trek through thick jungle, possibly in the rain. We will also track the golden monkeys in Rwanda and climb the Karisimbi mountain on the border with DR Congo to see Diane Fossey’s camp, and the gorilla grave site.  We will also ride a traditional dugout canoe across Lake Utanda and say in a zero carbon emissions award winning lodge on the border of the Congo.

While we are in Uganda, we believe that tourists to remote villages in Africa should do their best to give something back to the community.  Each trek we offer a new way to support the community that in the past has ranged from simple donations and helping the school, to planting trees, donating water tanks to the schools and supporting causes that we believe in such as www.daysforgirls.org.

Kids can join, but must be 13 years old to track the gorillas.

This trip is designed for clients arriving on Rwanda Air flights from Dubai to make the most of the schedule of 5 days, 4 nights.

Difficulty

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.

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. Mid Morning  snack prior to canoe ride departure at Gorilla Junction.  Hike on village trails then go for a 1 hour Dugout canoe ride to Kisoro.  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.
Day 5:  Return to Rwanda for late afternoon departure

Wake up:  730 am.              Departure from hotel:  800 am

Leave for Kigali. Stop for lunch at Diane Fossey’s favorite hotel while she was in country. Time permitting; go for a tour of the city places to visit include genocide memorial sites, market places, cultural centers do some shopping if interested have lunch in the city and later transfer to the airport for your flight.

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