5 Days Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari

This day tour starts and in Kigali City of Rwanda and ends in Rwanda. The safari includes 1 gorilla permit of $750 per person in the final cost. Gorilla trekking will take place in Volcanoes National park of Rwanda which harbors over 400 mountain gorillas. The park has got over 10 gorilla families and there is no chance of missing out on tracking a group per day. There are also many optional activities in this park apart from gorilla trekking. These include; dian fossey tomb visit, golden monkey tracking, guided nature walks and many more. The also includes a visit to Queen Elizabeth national Park where you will enjoy several games and a boat cruise on Kazinga channel.

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Tour highlights

  • Day 1: Arrival at the airport and transfer to Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 4: have a game drive and a boat cruise
  • Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali City and final departure

Day 1: Arrival at the airport and transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Upon your arrival at Kigali Airport, the company guide will welcome you and will take you for a Kigali tour where you will be able to enjoy visits to the Kigali genocide memorial which mainly commemorates the 1994 genocide that took place in Rwanda. This place is of history to the survivors of the genocide and to over 250,000 who died during that blood massacre. This memorial place is run and managed by Kigali City council as well as the Aegis Trust. The other places to tour in Kigali include; the local markets were you can buy some souvenirs, the Kigali National Museum which was a gift given to Rwanda by the Belgium government in 1989 in the commemoration of 25 years of independence, this museum has one of the best archaeological as well as the ethnological items in the whole Region, and the art galleries to view different pieces of art found in Rwanda.

Accommodation Options.

  • Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Mid-range: La Palme Hotel
  • Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Have your early morning breakfast at your lodge; your guide will lead you to the park headquarters to be briefed about the dos and the don’ts of gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park. This is really an exciting trek which provides good views of the Virunga Mountains in all directions. You will follow a trail that enters the rain forest full of many wildlife species. Some of these include; monkeys, buffalos, elephants, birds and many more. Later, after a great search for these gentle giants, you will come eye to eye with these wonderful primates and be given a full hour to interact with the gentle giants and also take photos. This is the most exciting experience of this two day safari in Rwanda. You will watch them feed, play and jump all over the trees. After your trek, the rangers will escort you back to the lodge to enjoy your late lunch and you prepare to relax for the afternoon or take a community walk around the park to interact with the local people.

Accommodation Options.

  • Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Mid-range: La Palme Hotel
  • Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have breakfast in the morning, after transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is located in western Uganda. The park has got variety of game species including; elephants, birds, buffalos, antelopes, kobs, crocodiles, hippos, and many more. This park occupies an area of 1,978 sq. kms and was founded in 1952 as its former name of Kazinga National Park. On arrival at the park, you will drive to the Ishasha sector to enjoy the tree climbing lions and many other game species on this game drive.

Accommodation options

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Mid-range: Kyambura Lodge
  • Budget: Simba Safari Lodge

Day 4: have a game drive and a boat cruise

Wake up so early in the morning, and proceed to the park to enjoy a game drive where you will be able to view the early morning risers within the park. Some of these include; elephants, buffalos, birds, antelopes, kobs and many more. You will get a chance of viewing these animals at a close range. Return to the lodge for your breakfast and late have lunch as you prepare to enjoy a boat trip along the Kazinga channel, you will as well get a chance of viewing many water animals including the crocodiles, hippos, water birds and many more.

Accommodation options

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Mid-range: Kyambura Lodge
  • Budget: Simba Safari Lodge

Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali City and final departure

After your breakfast at the lodge, pack your bags and start your transfer back to Kigali , you might opt to enjoy more of the Kigali city tour were you will visit; craft shops to buy some souvenirs, cultural centres and Gisozi memorial site. Enjoy lunch within the city as the guide awaits to drop you at the airport for your final departure flight. END OF SAFARI

Tour inclusions

  • photography and touring,
  • Gorilla trekking permits
  • full board accommodation,
  • Full time English speaking professional driver/guide,
  • All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary,
  • Bottled water while on safari,
  • Transport

Tour Exclusions

  • Kigali hotel fees( the eve of the safari and the night after the safari),
  • Tips,
  • Laundry services,
  • Beverages/ drinks,
  • international flights,
  • Visas,
  • Items of a personal nature,
  • optional activities and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary