8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda

Overview of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda

The 8 Days gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda & Uganda offers the opportunity to trek gorillas in both Rwanda and Uganda. The gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park is less strenuous and relatively gentle however the gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is quite challenging thus generating a different experience. This gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda & Uganda also offers a grand hike of Bisoke Volcano or Dian Fossey site. The crossing deal to Uganda is a perfect move to encounter the heritage of the forest people – the Batwa in Mgahinga and the boat cruise on the lake of a thousand islands – Lake Bunyonyi amidst great sights of Kigezi highlands.

Safari Highlights of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda

Day 1 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Drive to Gorilla haven of Volcanoes National Park

Day 2 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Do gorilla trekking adventure

Day 3 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Hike Bisoke volcano or Visit Dian Fossey center.

Day 4 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Batwa cultural trail

Day 5 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Encounter Lake Bunyonyi

Day 6 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi – Uganda

Day 7 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Drive back to Kigali

Day 8 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Encounter the city of Kigali – Rwanda.

Detailed itinerary of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda

Day 1 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Drive to Gorilla haven of Volcanoes National Park

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Start on your 8 days gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda and Uganda by transferring to Volcanoes National Park 116km about 3 hours’ drive. It is such amazing drive through the lush country side and the activities of the local people that has shaped the landscapes of Rwanda for centuries past. You will arrive early for lunch and relaxation. In the evening, you will take a nature walk to the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo.

 Accommodation: Virunga lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), La Palme Hotel (Midrange/standard) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget/Basic).

Day 2 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Do gorilla trekking adventure

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Wake up for an early cup of coffee, before gathering at Kinigi Park Headquarters for briefing about the gorilla trekking activity at 08:00am always conducted by park rangers. This gives highlights about the dos and don’ts while trekking gorillas. After briefing, you will traverse the jungle in search of the splendid mountain gorillas in the company of the park ranger guide which stretches between 2 – 8 hours. You will walk through the luxuriant vegetation, climb raised gradients, ascend down the valleys before you encounter the great mountain gorillas as they munch their food and get astonished by the young gorillas playing and demonstrating their tactics which will prompt you to use up your camera space unknowingly. Your one hour with gorillas is done and return to the lodge for relaxation. You will embark on a cultural tour to the Iby’iwachu cultural village to explore into the Kinyarwanda culture in the evening.

 Accommodation: Spend an overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 3 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Hike Bisoke volcano or Visit Dian Fossey center.

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After an early breakfast, you can hike Mount Bisoke 3,711m above sea level. Stunning with its two cones that were formed out of eruption in 1957 , the Bisoke Volcano contains an amazing crater Lake known as Lake Ngezi about 11km from the summit. This activity on your gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda involves ascend of four (4) hours from the departure point. You will be astonished by a walk around the Crater Lake and stunning sights of Virunga ranges in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic of Congo. The activity takes about 7 hours including ascending and descending. You will return to the lodge for relaxation and memory sharing.

Alternatively, you can opt to pay tribute to the famous American Primatologist – Dian Fossey who did great work regarding the conservation of Wild Mountain gorillas. She established a research center at Karisoke which you can also visit on this gorilla safari in Rwanda. Her grave lies along that of her most loved silverback Digit. The activity also involves hiking through the forest amidst a relatively steep ascend. The activity is less strenuous compared to hiking Mount Bisoke. In the evening, you will cross to Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to prepare for tomorrow’s Batwa cultural trail experience. It is 68km about 3 hours’ drive from Volcanoes National Park.

 Accommodation: You will sleep at your previous lodge.

Day 4 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Batwa cultural trail

After an early breakfast, embark on Batwa cultural experience. The Batwa trail is quite rewarding as it exposes you to their hunting techniques, honey gathering, medicinal herbs and the technology of making Bamboo cups. The tour to the sacred Garama cave will create lasting memories on this Rwanda Gorilla safari. The Garama used to be a refugee for the Batwa and you will be moved by the sorrowful songs of women as they are reflected by the walls of this light deprived cave which will leave you amidst strong contemplations about the plight of this ancient heritage. After the Batwa encounter, drive 94km about 4 hours to Lake Bunyonyi – the lake of a thousand hills amidst the great scenic views of Kigezi highlands.

 Accommodation: Birdnest@Lake Bunyonyi resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Arcadia cottages (Midrange/standard) or Byoona-magara (Budget/Basic).

Day 5 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Encounter Lake Bunyonyi

You wake up for breakfast in the morning before embarking on the memorable boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi. You will have a chance to explore its 26 islands while overlooking the highlands of Kigezi. Bunyonyi is more than just a lake, considering its second deepest lake position in East Africa and the rich flora and fauna that surround it. In the afternoon, embark on the transfer to Uganda’s gorilla trekking haven of Bwindi (Rushaga/Nkuringo area).

Accommodation:  Gorilla Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury) or Gorilla Valley Lodge (Budget/Basic).

Day 6 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi – Uganda

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Wake up very early to take breakfast before gathering for briefing and eventual gorilla trekking at the Park Headquarters in Rushaga.  After short briefing, you will set off to the Impenetrable forest of Bwindi, very thick and sometimes had to penetrate as its name suggest. Trekking gorillas in Bwindi- Uganda is quite challenging as it involves rugged terrain shaped by valleys and steep slopes. The jungle is very lively with rich forest sounds. It ranges between 2 – 8 hours’ to undertake the gorilla trekking activity. You have one hour encounter with gorillas which will lure you into irreversible excitement of gazing at these great apes as they imitate what you do, young ones playing on ground and in tree branches, the sight of the giant silverback and the way they feed all combine to exhaust the capacity of your camera film.  You will return to the lodge for relaxation. In the evening you can opt for a community walk to the Bakiga people or the Batwa community that surround the park.

Accommodation:    You will spend an overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 7 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Drive back to Kigali

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kigali city. It is 140km about 4 hours’ drive. The journey is quite charming with scenic views of Kigezi highlands, Virunga Volcanoes and hill sides of Rwanda. Arrive early enough to visit the Genocide memorial at Gisozi to pay tribute to the victims of Rwandan genocide.

Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Upmarket/Luxury), Hotel Chez Lando (Midrange/standard) or Omurugo Rwanda Hostel (Basic/Budget).

Day 8 of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda: Encounter the city of Kigali – Rwanda.

After breakfast, embark on the city tour where you will visit the Presidential Palace Museum, the Natural History Museum, Kigali suburbs and craft centers.

End of the 8 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda

Getting There

Transport Means to Your Safari Destinations

4X4 Safari Landcruisers For Hire In Ugand & Rwanda

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One of the best known 4×4 WD that you can use for your safari in Uganda’s Parks and Rural countryside.Our car hire is based on limited mileage and applies to travel within Uganda.( Terms and conditions apply. Read More

4X4 Safari Vans For Hire In Uganda Rwanda

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Looking for 4X4 Safari Vans for hire in Uganda, Prime Uganda Safaris is available to your service. We have customized safari vans that have 4 wheel drive and have demonstrated the capacity to access distant Uganda Safari destinations and across borders such as Rwanda. Read More

4X4 Minivan|Coaster|Mini Buses For Hire in Uganda Rwanda

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We have minivans for hire to groups of eight up to twelve. Make sure to find the class to suit your large group.In this Category, we have 4X 4 Safari Mini bus with capacity ranging from 6 seater to 14 seater and they’ve got a pop up roof for game viewing purposes. These have got diesel powered engines and come with a driver guide but excluding fuel.( Terms and conditions apply). Read More

Accommodations/ Safari Lodges/ Safari Hotels to Your Safari Destinations

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge: This accommodation facility extends value for money and the magnificent sights of the Volcanoes national park. It is positioned on the lower gradients of Sabyinyo Mountain. Gorilla view lodge contains 30 private stone cottages with modern furnishing and décor. With a fire place and en suite facilities, the lodge is worth of stay while at Gorilla tracking safari in Rwanda.

La Palme Hotel: With 48 fully furnished rooms with 4 big elegantly designed suites, La Palme Hotel counts among the cozy and ultimate safari accommodations within the environs of Volcanoes national park. Rooms have Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, 24 hour room service, telephone and double beds.

Nyungwe Forest Lodge: The lodge is found on the edge of Nyungwe forest and it has 24 luxury rooms the 2 being suites providing tourists with comfortable sleeps while on their safaris in Rwanda. The lodge has a swimming pool, lounge, bar, fire place, en suite facilities, restaurant, laundry services, internet access, Air conditioner and so many other services provided to Rwanda safari tourists.

Muhabura Guest House: Muhabura hotel is a budget accommodation found opposite musanze headquarters near the bank of Kigali. This exposes you to a comfortable life while you stay away your home. There are 30 rooms with single, double and Twin. The rooms are self-contained, with warm and cold showers, satellite TV, laundry services, balcony, garden and so many others.

La Palme Hotel: This is among the best deluxe hotel in Rwanda where tourists always feel comfortable to stay while o their Rwanda safaris. This hotel has 48 well designed rooms with 4 large suites. The rooms have screens, good services, internet access, Double bed, telephone and are self-contained.

General Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

General Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

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