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From Kigali: 1-Day Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

1. From Kigali: 1-Day Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Trek up the mountains of the Mghahinga National Park in Uganda and get the opportunity to see the magnificent mountain gorillas in their natural habitat on a 1-day guided tour from Kigali. Get picked up at 3:00 AM from your hotel in Kigali and travel northwest to Mghahinga National Park for approximately 3 hours. Enjoy breakfast served ala-carte style with a variety of fresh pieces of bread, pastries, and hot and cold selections at a hotel close to the park.   Make a brief stop at the border to clear with customs and then continue to the National Park headquarters to meet your guides for the day. Embark on a once in a lifetime experience of tracking mountain gorillas. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to 3 hours or longer at a relatively high altitude.  Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 1000 living today. Once you spot the gorillas you are allowed to spend an hour watching them. You have an opportunity to get within meters of the families. This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking experiences on earth. Return and stop for lunch in town and later proceed to Kigali. If leaving Kigali, you will arrive in time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight, or if time allows, go on a last-minute shopping before departure.

From Kigali: 2-Day Gorilla Trek & Bwindi National Park

2. From Kigali: 2-Day Gorilla Trek & Bwindi National Park

DAY 1 - Kigali • Bwindi National Park Morning: Around 9am, we'll set of for Bwindi Nat Park, from Rwanda and travel northwest for approximately 3 hrs. You have a brief stop at the border to clear with customs and then continue your lodge. Depending on which hotel we stay at, we’ll likely be minutes from the main gate of Bwindi National Park Park. Lodge amenities may include a restaurant and bar. Rooms include a private bath with shower. You’ll have time to settle in before dinner. DAY 2 - Mountain gorilla trek and Transfer back to Kigali Activity Note: Today’s mountain gorilla trek typically involves two to four hours of walking through thick brush over steep, rugged terrain at elevations ranging from 7,000 to 9,000 feet —and can include exposure to stinging nettles and re ants. As overexposure to humans is harmful to mountain gorillas, contact is limited to one hour—and there is the possibility that they may become agitated and retreat back into the bush in less than our allotted time. Any travelers showing signs of obvious illness may be refused entrance by park authorities. Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the lodge, beginning at 6am. Morning: At about 7:30am, we take a drive of about 30 minutes to the National Park headquarters at to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we are embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 1000 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to 3 hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forget. Depending on the length of our trek, groups will return to our lodge by about 1pm. Afternoon: Return back to Kigali and drop off at your hotel or airport for flight back home.

3-Day Gorilla trekking Experience at Bwindi Forest

3. 3-Day Gorilla trekking Experience at Bwindi Forest

Day1 Transfer from Kigali or Entebbe to Bwindi Forest Embark on a scenic drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which takes approximately 3-4 hours from Kigali and 7-8 hours from Entebbe. Upon arrival in the evening, you will check into accommodation near the park, where you can relax and prepare for the captivating experiences that await in this stunning natural environment. Accommodation Bakiga Lodge Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest Then transfer to Lake Bunyonyi Embark on an unforgettable gorilla experience in Bwindi Forest by starting with a transfer to the park headquarters for a comprehensive briefing before beginning your gorilla trekking adventure. Spend the day trekking through the lush forest, observing and immersing yourself in the world of the majestic mountain gorillas. After this incredible experience, you will depart for Lake Bunyonyi, at a relaxing and comfortable accommodation by the lake. Accommodation Antique cottages Day 3: Explore Lake Bunyonyi and return to Kigali or Entebbe . After a delightful breakfast, indulge in a serene and leisurely boat ride or opt for the tranquility of canoeing on the enchanting Lake Bunyonyi. Following this rejuvenating experience, set off for Kigali or Entebbe bringing an end to this enriching journey.

4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Forest N.P

4. 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Forest N.P

𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟏: 𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐛𝐛𝐞 On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred for overnight at accommodation. 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟐: 𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐛𝐛𝐞 -𝐁𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐤 After breakfast early morning you will be picked up and transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where you will arrive in the evening. You could choose to relax Check in and freshen up as you prepare for the next day. Dinner and overnight stay at your accommodation. 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟑: 𝐆𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐚 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐑𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭 After an early breakfast and briefing from the guides of Uganda Wildlife Authority, set off for the gorilla tracking in the forest sanctuary. The activity starts at 8.00am and you join the other members according to the distribution of the gorilla families, only eight per family each day. You need to carry with you the packed lunch, enough drinking water, rain jacket in case of rain and trekking boots while the rangers will provide you with a walking stick. If you are not sure of your fitness you might hire a porter and pay him a tip to help you carrying the bag. It is unpredictable how long will take to find the primates as they freely move into the forest. However the encounter with the gorillas, lasting for about one hour, certainly is a rewarding experience and an unforgettable one. After the trekking you go back to the lodge at leisure. 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟒: 𝐁𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢 𝐭𝐨 𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐛𝐛𝐞 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲 After breakfast, transfer to you will once again be transferred to your accommodation for overnight, or day room use before connecting for your International flight out. End of our services.

Kigali: 6-Day Mountain Gorilla, Wildlife and Chimpanzee Trek

5. Kigali: 6-Day Mountain Gorilla, Wildlife and Chimpanzee Trek

Day 1: Iby’iwacu Cultural Experience & a Guided Nature Walk Around Volcanoes National Park Morning drive you to Volcanoes Nat Park. Start by enjoying a complimentary Kigali city tour before traveling to northern Rwanda. After a 2-hour drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri/Musanze, we will visit the Iby’iwacu Cultural Experience in Kinigi. We’ll then be treated to a guided nature walk around Volcanoes National Park. Day 2: Golden Monkey Trekking & Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda We will start the day with a golden monkey trekking adventure in Volcanoes Nat Park. This primate is native to the high-altitude forests of the park. Once we have seen their playful interactions, we will head out of the park and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. The transfer to Bwindi National Park will go through the Rwanda-Uganda border at Cyanika. Day 3: Gorilla Trekking Adventure at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Today is another day for trekking into the wilderness to spot the rare local animals. You will head to the Bwindi National Park gate immediately after breakfast to get a briefing about the gorilla trek. You will then embark on your tracking adventure, making your way through the rainforest until you find a family of mountain gorillas. The gorilla trek can take from 3 to 6 hours on average, depending on how far the gorillas are inside the forest. It could last longer, so be prepared just in case! Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Nat Park via Ishasha Sector to Spot Tree-Climbing Lions We will start the journey in the morning from Bwindi Nat Park and drive to Queen Elizabeth Nat Park. We’ll arrive at Queen Elizabeth National Park in the late afternoon. Our first activity will be to drive through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, popularly known for the tree-climbing lions. While the sighting of the tree-climbing lions is not 100% guaranteed, a stopover at Ishasha is worth a visit! Day 5: Kasenyi Plains Game Drive & Kazinga Channel Boat Trip Early breakfast at the lodge. Afterward, we will proceed to the famed Kasenyi Plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park to spot various species of wild animals. Expect to encounter the big five. We will return to the lodge for lunch and a quick break before joining the Kazinga Channel boat cruise for an afternoon of wild game viewing. We’ll have the chance to spot crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, and a wide range of bird species on the channel waters. Day 6: Chimpanzee Trekking Experience at Kalinzu Forest & Return to Kigali Early morning breakfast followed by a drive to the Kalinzu Forest to experience tracking the chimpanzees in their forest home. If you are lucky on the trek, you might encounter some of the other different species of monkeys in the forest. These include colobus monkeys, olive baboons, and red-tailed monkeys. Once we have finished our last trekking adventure, it is time to return to Kigali.

5-Day Gorilla & Chimpanzee Experience and Game drive Safari

6. 5-Day Gorilla & Chimpanzee Experience and Game drive Safari

Day 1 Transfer from Entebbe/Kampala to Kibale National Park Drive to Kibale Forest National Park, for 5-6 hours. Check in at your lodge and spend your evening at leisure. Accommodation Kibale Forest Camp Day2 Primates tracking in Kibale Forest and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP. Early Morning Forest walk for Chimpanzee Tracking. Have a lunch break then transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP a 2 to 3 hours journey. Check-in at your lodge then embark on an evening game drive at savannah plains. Return to your lodge or overnight stay. Budget: Irungu safari lodge Day 3 Early Morning Game drive at Queen Elizabeth NP and transfer to Bwindi Forest NP. Embark on a second game drive early in the morning, Have a lunch break then embark on a boat safari at Kazinga channel looking out for water animals and different bird species. Then transfer to Bwindi Forest, you will arrive late in the evening intime for dinner and night stay. Accommodation Midrange: Bakiga Lodge Day 4 Gorilla trekking Experience and Transfer Lake Bunyonyi Transfer to the park headquarters for briefing and gorilla trekking. Spend the day trekking and observing the mountain gorillas. After the experience you will depart for Lake Bunyonyi (approximately 3 hours) Accommodation Antique cottages Day 5 Lake Bunyonyi and Return to Entebbe/Kampala After breakfast enjoy a relaxing boat ride or canoeing. The Lake offers a serene and picturesque setting. known for its stunning natural beauty, with lush green islands scattered across the lake, providing a perfect backdrop for relaxation, and unwinding after the adventure of gorilla trekking. Depart for Entebbe/Kampala in the afternoon. Arrive in Entebbe/Kampala in the evening.

From Kampala: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest 3-Day Tour

7. From Kampala: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest 3-Day Tour

Embark on an adventure from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on a 3-day tour with a professional guide. Spend time hiking through the montane forest to discover and observe mountain gorillas and other wildlife in nature.  Day 1: Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park After breakfast, at 7:00 AM, your driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Kampala and begin the journey to the southwest of Uganda. First you will travel through central Uganda. Stop for lunch in Mbarara at the famous Igongo Cultural Centre. From there, continue on through Rukungiri District, passing villages, cultivated farms, and hillsides before you reach the Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Check in at Gorilla Valley Lodge or Travellers Rest Hotel where you will stay for two nights. Enjoy dinner and rest before the next day’s adventure.  Driving time: approximately 9 hours Day 2: Gorilla Tracking Arrive at the starting point of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park at 7:45 AM for a briefing before your day of gorilla tracking. At 8:30 AM, begin the trek through the forest. After finding the gorillas, you will be able to spend up to 1 hour observing them. All visitors are expected back at the starting point by 7:00 PM. The walks can take 3-9 hours depending on where you find the gorillas. Keep in mind, this is real hiking and uneven terrain, so being physically fit is recommended. A special evening with the Batwa people is also included. Day 3: Return to Kampala After breakfast, the last part of the journey will bring you back to Kampala. Stop in Mbarara for lunch. After Masaka town, you’ll make a stop at the Uganda Equator for a tea/coffee break and the opportunity to buy souvenirs. You will be dropped off at the hotel of your choice in Kampala. If you are continuing your journey somewhere else or returning home, your driver will bring you to the airport for check-in. Driving time: approximately 9 hours

6 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Tour

8. 6 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Tour

Day-by-day itinerary Day 1; Arrival, Entebbe & Lake Victoria Welcome Tour Welcome to Uganda, “Tusanyuse okukulaba” meaning we are happy to see you. Depending on your arrival time, our company representative will meet and pick you up and proceed to check in, have lunch and embark on a conservation tour of Entebbe City including the Botanical gardens located on the shores of Lake Victoria where you will encounter lots of monkeys and birds of different species as you enjoy the cool breeze before you later proceed to imperial resort beach where you will enjoy the evening walking on the white sand beach with a cold drink! Today, you have the option to partake in the luxury spa at The lush Victoria Hotel. After this cool relaxation from the long flight, proceed back to your lodge for dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Option 1: Cassia Lodge Option 2: 2 Friends Hotel Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda harboring over 300 of them, more reason why it should be your safari destination. The drive will take you southwest Uganda by road, cross the Equator then to Mbarara for Lunch and through Savannah grasslands to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The scenic drive through Kigezi Highlands [commonly referred to as “the Switzerland of Uganda”] and banana plantations take you to the gorilla Sanctuary of Bwindi NP. You will arrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and will mainly do little but just check in your accommodation and relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the next day. Accommodation: Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Silverback gorilla lodge. Midrange:Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge/Buhoma Gorilla Camp Budget: Buhoma Gorilla Camp Lodge/Broadbill -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Day 3: Gorilla tracking experience After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rainforest is remarkable! The area offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain varies with the movements of these great primates. Once you locate a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long-savored. Return to your lodge. Have your lunch and thereafter check out for a transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day. Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort Midrange: Arcadia Cottages Luxury: The Bird’s Nest --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Day 4: Transfer to Lake Mburo After breakfast, check out of the lodge and start on your journey to Lake Mburo national park. On your way to the park, you will have an en-route lunch in Mbarara after which proceed with your journey to the park, when you arrive at the park you will have a game drive through the park where you will get a closer look at some of the park animals such as zebras, buffaloes warthogs, warthogs, hyenas, leopards, impalas, topis among others. Later drive to your lodge, check-in, have dinner, and have an overnight stay. Accommodation: Luxury: Kigambira Safari Lodge Midrange/Budget: Mpogo Lodge --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Day 5: Full-day Lake Mburo Exploration After waking up, you have a delicious breakfast and go for an early morning game drive to explore the further wildlife you missed the previous evening. Retire and return to your lodge for relaxation as you prepare to take a two-hour boat cruise along the lake where you will see some of the wildlife species like the hippos and crocodiles in the waters then the buffaloes and antelopes on the lake shores bathing or drinking water. Drive back to the lodge for relaxation. Accommodation: Luxury: Kigambira Safari Lodge Midrange/Budget: Mpogo Lodge --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Day 6: Transfer to Kampala/Entebbe Have an early morning breakfast and start off the game drive through the Park, it takes 3 hours. This will give you an amazing glimpse of the Savannah and the 5 lakes. You will also see various animals such as buffaloes, antelopes, zebras, hyenas, topis, and hippos, also not forgetting the different bird species on the acacia trees and near the lake making beautiful sounds. After the game drive, you shall check out and head to Kampala, having a stopover in Masaka for lunch and also at the Equator for photos as you proceed to Kampala reaching in the afternoon before you transfer to the airport for your departure back home. End of safari!

5 Day Wildlife and Gorilla Life in Uganda

9. 5 Day Wildlife and Gorilla Life in Uganda

Day 1Arrival and Transfer to the hotel Welcome to Uganda! Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport at any time of the day, you will be received by Range Land Safaris Guide who will transfer you to the lodge for overnight (Boma Hotel) Day 2 Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park Start with a morning drive at 7:00 am to Queen Elizabeth national park through Fort Portal, lots of farmlands on the foot hills of the Rwenzori mountain and scenic view of the “Mountains of the Moon”, having an early lunch in Fort Portal and arrive in the early afternoon for a boat trip on the Kazinga channel where you will have your sight on the channel that connects the Salty lake Edward and fresh water lake George both named after Queen Victoria’s Children (Buffalo safari lodge) Day 3 Game Drive in the Queen Elizabeth An early start with a cup of coffee, Begin your day with a cup of coffee. Early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens Mile makes visitors encounter elephants, buffalo, water bucks, warthogs, lions, Uganda Kobs and a variety of birds. Continue to have lunch in Ishasha, game drives at Ishasha on your way to Bwindi in search of the tree climbing lions. Later, drive to Bwindi via the beautiful scenery of the tea plantations. This is the lushest highland rain forest on earth, filled with primates and exotic birds. ( Gorilla leisure lodge) Day 4 Gorilla Tracking  An early start with a cup of coffee, ready for trekking that begins at 8:00 am with a briefing from the UWA officials. Visitors are advised to carry along with a rain jacket, drinking water, simple snacks, jungle boots etc The ranger guides will lead you inside the jungle to see the shy Primates for a group you have been reserved for. Always take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. Gorilla trekking may take between 2 and 6 hours but it is well worth the effort. [ Gorilla leisure Lodge ] Day 5 Drive to Kampala through Lake Mburo After your warm African tea/ Coffee, Return to Kampala, then Entebbe, the route will take us through the farmlands of the Ankole long horned cattle and the sceneries of the Kabale ranches and Ngurinko hills with lunch en-route and stop over at Equator Uganda for photographs and souvenirs (Booma Hotel Entebbe).

Kigali: 3-Day Trip with Gorilla Trek in Uganda

10. Kigali: 3-Day Trip with Gorilla Trek in Uganda

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali, Rwanda In the evening, get picked up and taken to your hotel. Have dinner at around 7:00 PM in the hotel restaurant. Day 2: Explore Kigali - Visit Genocide Memorial - Bwindi National Park Start your day with breakfast served buffet-style at the hotel beginning at 8:00 AM. Dig into a variety of fresh breads, pastries, and hot and cold dishes. Leave your hotel at around 9:00 AM for a morning of discovery in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Learn about the city's past and present.  Visit the Genocide Memorial, which remembers the mass slaughter of a million Tutsi, Twa, and moderate Hutu in 1994. At around noon, take an hour-long break for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, after lunch, set off for Bwindi National Park on a 3-hour journey. You will stop briefly at the border to Uganda to clear with customs and then continue your trip. Arrive at the lodge and have time to settle in before dinner. Freshen up in your room with a private bathroom. Make use of the amenities including a restaurant and bar. Have dinner at around 7:00 PM in the lodge's restaurant. Depending on the lodge that is available, you will likely be just minutes away from the main gate of Bwindi National Park.  Day 3: Mountain Gorilla Trek Have a buffet-style breakfast from 6:00 AM. Then, at 7:30 AM, take a drive of about 30 minutes to the National Park headquarters to meet your guides for the day.  After completing the park formalities, embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Learn how the park is home to over a third of the remaining 1,000 Mountain Gorillas in the world. Walk for two to four hours through thick bush and over steep, rugged terrain at elevations ranging from 7,000 to 9,000 feet. Once you spot the gorillas, spend up to an hour watching these incredible creatures from close by. Depending on the length of our trek, you will return to the lodge by about 1:00 PM and have lunch at 1:30 PM. At 2:00 PM, check out of the lodge and drive for 4 hours back to your hotel in Kigali, arriving in time for some last-minute shopping and a transfer to the airport or hotel in Kigali.

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Brilliant!!!! From the first moment they have facilitated many procedures for us, such as permits, transfers, etc. The lodge where we stayed in Uganda was excellent. Both the company management and our driver Zidane have been very attentive and at all times have shown great interest in our comfort. Without a doubt, and contrasting the opinions of other travelers, this has been the best choice we have been able to make.

Super nice and always helpful guides provide you with very interesting information about the local flora and fauna during the hike to the only gorilla family that lives there. Despite booking at short notice, everything went smoothly and well organized. An hour with the gorillas is simply breathtaking and a “once in a lifetime” experience! Definitely recommended!

It was our first time in Africa. Everything ran so smoothly. The pick up was on time. The accommodations were excellent. A big shout out to our driver Godfrey who made the whole experience special. Highly recommended. We would definitely not hesitate to use them again.

Good communication, punctual driver/guide. Safe journey, stop for photos if necessary. The encounter with the gorillas was unique. Accommodation and food were great. Many thanks to Antique Safari Tour.

Beautiful accommodation close to nature. The gorillas. A unique experience.