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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-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • 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

Places Visited

  • Africa
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
  • Entebbe
  • Kasenyi Plains
  • Kazinga Channel
  • Kigali
  • Kyambura Gorge
  • Kyambura Gorge Lodge
  • Lake Bulera
  • Lake Kivu
  • Mweya Peninsula
  • Parc National des Volcans
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Virunga Lodge

Activities

Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A gorilla rolls in the ferns. Take an excursion through the wild Africa landscape Witness the great water buffalo on your African safari. Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Uganda Gorilla Tracking A giant canyon cuts its way across the land. A Chimp puckers it's lips

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 Parc National des Volcans

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Free Day

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Queen Elizabeth National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Game Drive

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Kyambura Gorge

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Approximate Travel Times: Flying 1 hour; Driving 2 hours

Please book return flights departing after 08:00pm

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Virunga Lodge

Per person starting at
$6,751

Notes

$632 - $702 single supplement

Included

  • 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

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Required Travel Insurance
  • Required Visas

Recommended Budgeting

  • $40 Airport Departure Tax
  • $750 Optional Excursions
    • Gorilla Tracking Permits in PNV
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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