12 Days East African Gorilla Special

12 Days East African Gorilla Special

In this unique 12 days’ adventure around the East and Central Africa, expect more than just a safari, but a premium package which rewards you with an amazing time out in the wilderness. You will track the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national park, boat cruise and game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National park; Uganda, golden monkey trekking, canopy walk and chimpanzee tracking in Rwanda and hiking mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Other amazing activities include the Kigali city tour, Batwa cultural encounter, sightseeing, and photography among others. Nights will be spent in classic accommodations, transportation in comfortable vehicles and then a professional tour guide. This safari starts in Rwanda and ends in Entebbe airport, Uganda.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and depart to Nyungwe National Park

As you arrive at Kigali international airport, meet your driver-guide who will brief you about the trip, before having a 2-3 hours’ Kigali city tour, visiting the famous genocide memorial site, the local markets, and enjoying a delicious lunch meal before proceeding to the south-western province of Rwanda to Nyungwe national park.

After checking-in to your lodge, relax as you wait for dinner and dive to your cozy bed for a nap

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and canopy walk

You will spend the first hours of this day in the Jungle with your cousins the Chimpanzees; watching them feed, play, and make a sensational sound. This exercise follows breakfast that opens the day and briefing by the park rangers in the park headquarters at 8:00 am, local time. Tracking these rare creatures can last for approximately 1-5hours, depending on your speed and the route they have taken, and one free hour closely watching the descents use sticks as the fork, the mothers comb the hair of their young ones and the male watch over their territory.

After enjoying an unforgettable moment with these exciting relatives, withdraw from the wild and head for Lunch, before an afternoon canopy walk that exposes you to amazing views of Rwanda’s rolling hills, rare bird species, and several primates playing on the treetops.  At sunset, driver back to the lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 3: Head to Volcanoes national park

When you have finished enjoying an energy-giving cup of coffee, check out of the lodge and hit the road to Volcanoes national park, crossing the undulating hills in the countryside, local natives moving on with their daily chores and the flourishing plantations.

You will have an enroute stopover for lunch, before proceeding to the park for a free evening, followed by dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Golden monkey tracking and twin lakes

After settling with your intestines, pick your belongings and head to the Park headquarters where you will join other members who have come to track either the Mountain Gorillas or the Golden Monkeys as you are.

The briefing is at 8:00 am-8:30 am local time, followed by the tracking that can last for 1-6hours, depending on your speed. Golden monkeys are very happy creatures, attractive and swift, switching from one tree branch to another in less than a minute, calling for your attention and swiftness in case your camera will be able to grab that one active monkey in locomotion or feeding.

After watching them, you will have lunch break before proceeding to the twin lakes and spend an evening admiring the beautiful sunset, islands surrounding the water body, birds and many more. Today’s chapter will be covered with delicious dinner / meal and overnight.

Day 5: Transfer to Virunga national park

Early in the morning, leave your bed for a relaxed breakfast, and then check-out for a transfer to Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, traversing Jaw-dropping sceneries, nature and fresh breath emanating from the dazzling trees by the roadside.

The driver will take you for a sumptuous lunch meal and brief boat cruise or swimming at the famous Lake Kivu, before crossing the fascinating Rwanda-Congo border, which requires document verification and many more events, before proceeding to the lodge where you will have some refreshment, before dinner and having a night rest.

Day 6: Ascend Mount Nyiragongo

Today, you will enjoy a heavy breakfast, followed by a drive to Kibati petrol point where hiking commences at 10:30 am, local time. The briefing comes first as the park rangers will tell you more about this unique mountain n that ranks as one of the most active volcanoes in the world, with the most recent eruption being in 2012.

Hiking to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo takes approximately 5-6 hours, with the slowest person in the group setting the pace, and frequent rests accepted. You will enjoy watching the beautiful sceneries around the mountain, an aerial view of the park, watching some birds, lush vegetation and primates while on the hike.

Lunch will serve before reaching the summit where you will spend time admiring the world’s largest lava lake and taking as many photos as possible. Your dinner and overnight will be at the summit of the mountain thus becoming a new type of experience altogether.

Day 7: Descend Mount Nyiragongo

Let the rays of the sunrise wake you up for energy-giving breakfast before descending the Mountain to linkup with your driver-guide who will drive you back to the lodge for relaxation, as you wait for lunch and an evening visit to the tea estate in the new by tea plantations.

The local guides will give you the concept of tea plantation, growth to the point of transforming it to coffee, and then giving a taste. Thereafter, you will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

You will check out the lodge after enjoying an early morning cup of coffee and transfer to the Bwindi impenetrable national park, home to half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. You will connect to Uganda, either through Chanika or Bunagana border.

You will have Lunch stopover after crossing the fascinating Congo-Uganda Boarder post, as you progress s with the smooth drive to your lodge for refreshment, followed by dinner and a nap.

Day 9: Gorilla trekking and cultural experience

Brighten your morning with a cup of coffee, before hitting the road to the park’s Headquarters, for document verification and Briefing at 8:00 am. The park rangers will inform you of some of the dos and don’ts of Gorilla tracking, followed by a 1-6 hours’ quest in search of these gentle Apes, feeding, playing, or resting deep in the jungle.

As you track the gentle apes, set your camera ready because there are a lot of creatures to look out for, such as the monkeys and baboons, mammals, unique trees and bird species among others.

Upon meeting your relatives, don’t be too excited to forget the set rules and regulations as you take photos, watch them interact, and ask any relevant question. Thereafter, you will return to the lodge for lunch and an evening encounter with the Batwa pygmies, the famous ancient wanderers and gatherers in the jungle of Mgahinga and Bwindi now showcasing their cultural inheritance in form of dance, drama, poems, and art and craft. You will then see this day off with dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Depart Bwindi national park for Queen Elizabeth National park

With your entire luggage after a delicious cup of Coffee, say bye to the lodge and set off for on an epic drive to Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda, while traversing the eye-catching backdrop of the snowcapped Mount Rwenzori, the undulating hills in the countryside and the unmatched vegetation.

Drive via Ishasha sector, a paradise to the famous tree climbing lions which you will look out for upon arrival at the place. An exclusive 2-3 hours’ game drive at the Ishasha sector is a big deal, before having lunch in the same area and proceeding to your sector, for dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 11: Game viewing and afternoon boat cruise

As your watch may indicate 6:00 am, the driver guide will be ready with the vehicle outside the lodge for what he does best. Equipped with packed breakfast and lunch, you will drive to the open savannah grassland of Queen Elizabeth, Uganda most visited destination for a rewarding 4-5 to five-hour game-viewing adventure, that does not expose you to only the beautiful sceneries, unique tree species and several Bird species roaming, but also a large concentration of both preys and predators.

On a good day, you will encounter the Cats namely lions, cheetah or leopards resting or Hunting, besides the Elephants, Topis, Elands, Uganda Kobs, Buffaloes, Giraffes, impalas and Zebras among others grazing.

Bush breakfast and lunch will come next, followed by a 2-3 hours’ boat cruise in Kazinga Channel, an asylum to a large concentration of hippos and crocodiles seen yarning and playing by the lakeshores during the exploration. Enjoy the sights and sounds, taking photos and asking questions on what you can’t understand before driving back to the lodge a delicious Meal and an overnight.

Day 12: Departure

On this last day of the trip, you will enjoy a relaxed breakfast at the lodge, and checkout for a drive to Entebbe international airport for a flight to the next destination. You will have an enroute stopover at the equator for charming views of the equator, photography and lunch.

End of safari