Search for amazing wildlife while you traverse the varied landscapes of Rwanda and Uganda on this seven day African Safari. Track mountain Gorillas in the Parc National des Volcans, visit the forest watching for the elusive Golden Monkey, journey into the Kyambura Gorge to see Chimpanzees and cruise the Kazinga Channel to see the largest herd of hippos in Africa. Enjoy charming accommodations, wildlife tours and great food while one of the world's most unique safari experiences.
Day 1 : Arrive Kigali Day 2 : Parc National des Volcans Day 3 : Free Day Day 4 : Queen Elizabeth National Park Day 5 : Game Drive Day 6 : Kyambura Gorge Day 7 : Depart Uganda
Track gorillas through mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga range
Visit various community projects such as the Women's Coffee Cooperative
Game drive through the Kasenyi plains in search of lions and Uganda kob
Cruise the Kazinga Channel where animals gather at the waters edge
Arriving in Kigali you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari. Your journey takes you through the beautiful terraced hills that characterise much of Rwanda’s landscape. Climbing gradually to the base of the spectacular volcanoes of the Virunga range, the five nearest peaks rising high above the verdant countryside, you arrive at the magnificent Volcanoes Virunga Lodge.
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.
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
Tour the ex Imbabazi Orphanage and flower plantation; have tea or lunch with staff and volunteers to learn more about founder Ros Carr and the Orphanage history.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.
This morning you will leave the lodge at 6:00am and cross the border into Uganda. Transfer to the airstrip in Kisoro for the 9:10am flight to Kasese, arriving at 10:00am.
Once there, you will be met by the next guide who will transfer you to Kyambura Gorge Lodge. Depending on when you arrive, there maybe time before dinner to explore the lodge grounds with its clear mountain stream or visit the local village or to go for a nature walk.
Either take an early morning or evening game drive for the best opportunity to see game. What you see depends on the season, but the Kasenyi plains are excellent for sighting lion and large herds of Uganda kob. The Mweya peninsula is one of the best places to look for leopard, which live in the dense, scrubby thickets.
You can also visit various community projects from the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) including: Women’s Coffee Cooperative Tour, Reclaimed Wetland Tour, Bee-Keeping Fence Visit, Omumushaka Dance Group Performance, Empundu Playground Visit and much more.
The Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and forms a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. Here you can track one of our closest animal relatives: the chimpanzee. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk is enchanting.
In the afternoon take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lakes Edward and George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the waters edge. The channel is a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle.
Day 7 Depart Uganda
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Transfer from Kyambura Gorge Lodge to the Kasese airstrip. Leave with the 10:20am (arrive at 11:25am) or 14:55pm (arrive at 15:55pm) return flight to Entebbe and connect in time for your return flight.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.