Classic Gorilla Adventure

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

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.

Approximate Travel Times: Driving 3 hours

Please book flights arriving no later than midday

Day 2

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Parc National des Volcans

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.

Day 3

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Free 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

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.

Day 4

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Queen Elizabeth National Park

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.

Approximate Travel Times: Flying 1 hour; Driving 2 hours

Day 5

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Game Drive

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.

Day 6

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kyambura Gorge

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

  • Breakfast, Lunch

Depart Uganda

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.

Approximate Travel Times: Flying 1 hour; Driving 2 hours

Please book return flights departing after 08:00pm

Tour Cost
Total Cost (USD)


$632 - $702 single supplement

Rates based on high season scheduled departures

Custom start dates available. Rates range from $6,751-$7,501


  • 6 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 6 Nights Lodge
  • 7 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • 1 Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking Permit


  • International Flights
  • Required Travel Insurance
  • Required Visas

Recommended Budgeting

  • $40 Airport Departure Tax
  • $750 Optional Excursions
    • Gorilla Tracking Permits in PNV
Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Virunga Lodge, Kigali, Parc National des Volcans, Lake Bulera, Lake Kivu, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Peninsula, Kasenyi Plains, Kyambura Gorge, Kazinga Channel, Entebbe
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