As you think of a safari, here is an amazing 5 days offer in two unique destinations in Africa; Bwindi national park in Uganda, and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. In both destinations, you will have an unforgettable opportunity of watching the unique endangered mountain gorillas which share up to 98% human DNA.
Watch them feeding, playing, and as they relax deep in the jungle. Interestingly, reports indicate that the mountain gorilla species found in Bwindi impenetrable national park are slightly different from those in other destinations such as Volcanoes, Mgahinga and Virunga national park. Other interesting activities you will engage in include; Kigali city tour, Photography, canoeing at Lake Bunyonyi, visiting the twin lakes, and Cultural adventure among others. This trip starts at Kigali international airport and ends at Entebbe international airport.
Day 1: Depart to Volcanoes national park after pickup and city Tour
Our company representative will gladly welcome you to your Dream destination (Rwanda) for the wonderful Gorilla tracking exercise. He will receive you with an affectionate smile, before going ahead to brief you on the issues regarding the trip such as activities to be done, places to be visited and responding to your concerns.
Incase time allows, he will then drive you around the city as you familiarize with one of the cleanest and most secure cities in Africa; you will be taken to the genocide memorial site to listen to the sad story of over 800,000 people who lost their lives during the 1994 conflict in Rwanda.
Thereafter, you will have lunch and then head to the local markets to purchase few tools needed for the trip before hitting the road to Volcanoes National park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas and Rwanda’s number one safari destination.
Day 2: Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes national park and visit the twin lakes
Welcome to this day with an energy-giving cup of coffee, followed by an early morning drive to the park headquarters, while carrying your luggage including cameras, binoculars and other items for a briefing session that commences at 8:00 am.
The knowledgeable park rangers will tell you the code of conduct while in the jungle with these gentle creatures, and assign you to one gorilla family that you will track. The trekking exercise can mean to be tedious especially when the apes have moved very far from where they were last spotted the previous day, or if you are a slow trekker.
This exercise can last for 1-7 hours, plus one extra hour to take photos and watch these creatures play or feed the young ones.
Thereafter, you will retrieve from the jungle for lunch before visiting the amazing twin lakes (Ruhondo and Burera) where you will glance at the beautiful sceneries, several bird species and aquatic life among others. When all is done, you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park via Lake Bunyonyi
You will check out of the lodge immediately breakfast is done for a 3-4 hours’ drive to another rewarding destination, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park situated in the southwestern part of Uganda.
The drive traverses the flourishing vegetation by the roadside, scattered homesteads in the countryside, and the rolling hills. You will have lunch at by the shores of Lake Bunyonyi and a canoe ride before proceeding to your lodge in Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable national park. Dinner and a nap follow as soon as you check-in.
Day 4: Gorilla tracking and Batwa pygmies’ community encounter
At daybreak, a delicious cup of coffee will be served to you before setting off for your sectors headquarters where the tracking begins, with a briefing by the park stewards who will lecture you on the acceptable behaviors, verify you’re tracking documents and allocate members to different Gorilla families.
When that is done, they will accompany you to the jungle to search for the apes right from the point they were last seen to their current place; a movement that can last for over 4 hours, while encountering amazing sceneries, rare bird species, uncommon tree species and unique primate species such as baboons, monkeys and others.
Upon meeting your relatives, the park ranger will give you one hour to take photos and ask questions as you closely watch these creatures play, interact and feed.
In the evening after refreshment and lunch, you will visit the Batwa pygmies for an amazing 2-3 hours of interaction with these rare natives of the place who lived as gatherers and wonderers in the forest, depending on fruits picked from the trees and animals hunted down by the strong men of the area.
They exhibit to the visitors their ancient tools, caves, and many more, plus unforgettable traditional dances, songs and rich stories. Finally, return to the lodge for your dinner meal and sleep.
Day 5: Departure to Entebbe airport, via the equator
After breakfast, you will check out of the lodge for a drive to Entebbe international airport for your flight home.
On the way, the driver guide will make an enroute stopover at the equator for lunch and watching the amazing demonstration at the point where equator divides the earth into two spheres. You will take as many photos as possible before proceeding with the drive to the airport.
End of tour