After making your way through customs at the Kigali International Airport, meet your expert guide who will travel with you for your entire 8 day journey. Travel through the beautiful terraced hills that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape towards the base of the Virunga Range arriving at Virunga Lodge, your home for the next three nights.
NOTE: You must arrive no later that 11 AM on day 1. Please let your travel consultant know if you need to arrive the day before the trip starts.
Through the mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga range we track gorillas. Once you locate the troop, you will have one hour to spend with these amazing primates. Usually, you return to camp in time for a late lunch, however, some of the gorilla families are elusive, and tracking can take a full day.
Today you have your choice of activities:
Gorilla Tracking: Subject to availability and the purchase of an additional permit.
Golden Monkey Tracking
Dian Fossey’s Grave: Trek to Fossey’s grave and the gorilla cemetery, where her favorite gorilla, Digit, is laid to rest.
Visit the local school and see community projects
Birding on Lake Kivu: home to some of Africa’s finest inland beaches
Guided walk to Lake Bulera: experience local village life along the way.
Today you have a long journey from the Volcanic slopes of the Virungas to the open plains if the Western Rift Valley. The afternoon is yours to enjoy: take a dip in the pool, relax on your private veranda, or explore the lodge grounds. The evening brings cooler temperatures and you embark on an evening game drive or enjoy a sunset cocktail while you enjoy the view of the savannah plains with the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance.
Start the day with an early morning game drive. Depending on the season visit Kasenyi Plains to watch for lions and herds of Uganda Kob, or the Mweya peninsula, which offers the best place to see leopards. Depending on the animal sightings, there may be time to visit the Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative and its coffee processing station, or go birding in the wetland reserve.
Today you venture into the Kyambura Gorge to track chimpanzee, one of our closets living relatives. The chimp population is extremely mobile, and tracking can be unpredictable, but any visit to the gorge will be worthwhile. This afternoon, cruise the Kazinga Channel, where you will find the largest concentration of hippo in Africa, as well as herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals that seek the cool water of the channel. Keep your eyes peeled for pelicans, Africa fish eagle, and other birds.
Today you say goodbye to Uganda. Travel south towards Kampala, visiting the royal drum makers, and stand on the equator before arriving at the Entebbe Airport in time for your flights home.
Note: Flights must depart after 4 PM. Earlier flight times will require an additional overnight.
$702 single supplement
Rates based on high season scheduled departures
Low season scheduled departures: $5,314
Custom start dates available. Rates range from $4,906 - $7,095