13 Days Gorilla Trekking safaris
Gorilla Safaris Africa has Designed a 13 Days Special Gorilla Trekking Holiday to View the Mountain Gorillas in all the Three Nations in Africa Beginning from Rwanda where the First Gorilla Trekking is done in Parc De Volcano and the Second Gorilla Trekking is done in Congo in Virunga National Park and the Third is Done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. All Travelers who wise to Take this adventuresome Expedition Gorilla Trekking to the Best destinations in Africa are Welcomed and Feel free to Contact Gorilla Safaris Africa at firstname.lastname@example.org to have a Great Gorilla Trekking Experience in Africa.
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali transfer to Parc National des Volcans
Upon arrival in Kigali, you will meet your driver guide at the airport and then transfer to Parc National des Volcans. Depending on your arrival time, we can take a tour in Kigali city; visit Genocide memorial site, local markets, local art and crafts among others. The 2 hours journey to PNV goes through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape. Dinner and overnight stay in Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Hotel Muhabura. Meal plan: H/B
Day 2: Day for Magical Experience: Gorilla Tracking Rwanda
Wake up early and prepare for today’s incredible experience of Gorilla tracking. We shall assemble at Park Headquarters with packed lunch, attend a briefing on the ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts while with Gorillas. Tracking gorillas takes 2-7 Hours depending on their movements. You will stay with these giant apes for 1 hr. for observation and photographing. Descend to the hotel for a rest and if the evening is free, we can have a walk to nearby communities, interact with them and learn more about their culture. As above. Meal plan: F/B
Day3: Rwanda-Virunga National Park
Have breakfast and expect to enjoy the beautiful volcanic mountains of Rwanda to get the beauty of Lake Kivu that boarder DRC and Rwanda, with a nice scenic view of Nyiragongo. Proceed to Virunga National Park. Overnight at Mikeno Lodge overlooking the Nyiragongo Mountain. Meal plan: F/B
Day4: Congo Gorilla Trekking
Have breakfast from the lodge and thereafter transfer to the park head offices for briefing and later go for the second gorilla trekking in the Virunga National Park. After return to lodge for relaxing as you view the Nyiragongo Mountain. (The best time to visit June-July as the little rain clears the mist a way to have clear view of the mountain). Meal plan: F/B
Day5: spend 4-6 hours on the top
After hike to the Nyiragongo summit, the time required to reach the summit depends on the average fitness of each group, but typically takes 4 – 6 hours. For more information about Congo Gorillas and the Nyiragongo Mountain visit http://www.visitvirunga.org/ Dinner and overnight as above. Meal plan: F/B
Day6: Virunga-Kisoro, Lake Mutanda
Have breakfast and early morning leave to Kisoro via Chanika Boarder to Lake Mutanda in Uganda; famous for its beautiful islands and prolific bird life, settle and relax and visit the beautiful Islands of Lake Mutanda. Dinner and overnight at Lake Mutanda Resort http://mutandalakeresort.com/ Chameleon Hill Lodge http://www.chameleonhill.com/ . Meal plan: F/B
Day7: Third Gorilla tracking Expedition Uganda
After early breakfast, we shall proceed to park offices with packed lunch for a briefing about the ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ while with gorillas. Tracking can take 2-8 hours depending on their movements. Tracking involves walking up steep and densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. You will stay with these Giant apes for 1 hour for observation and photographing. Relax in the evening as we wait for dinner and overnight stay as above.
Day8: Relax at the lodge at the shore of Lake Mutanda and you can have option of boat ride to the volcanic lake Mutanda. Dinner and overnight as above. Meal plan: F/B
Day9: Bwindi Forest – Queen Elizabeth National park
Take breakfast and set off to Queen Elizabeth Park. The journey takes you through beautiful rolling hills and the Ishasha sector for -Tree-climbing-Lions in the south of Queen Elizabeth. Have lunch at Mweya safari lodge. Proceed for a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel, famous for the highest concentration of Hippos in Africa. Bird life is prolific with over 610 species and hundreds of Nile
crocodiles. You will also see herds of elephants and buffaloes drinking water on the channel. The boat provides a clear platform for photographing. Dinner and overnight at
Mweya Safari Lodge or Bush lodge. Meal plan: F/B
Day10: Chimpanzee tracking & Boat Ride along Kazinga Channel
Have early breakfast and drive to Kyambura Gorge nearby to track the fast moving and elusive wild chimpanzees, one of man’s closest relations. Kyambura Gorge harbours the only family of habituated chimpanzees in Africa. Chimpanzee tracking safaris depart from Fig Tree Camp each morning at 08:00 Hrs and in the afternoon at 13:00 Hrs. The chimp population is quite mobile and the walk is enchanting. Other primates include Red tailed monkeys, Vervet, Black and White colobus monkeys, olive baboons and Giant forest hog. After afternoon take boat ride along the Kazinga channel which connects Ramsar Lake George to Lake Edward and over this cruise expect to spot wildlife and birds at the banks of the River. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight above. Meal plan: F/B
Day11: Queen Elizabeth – Kibale Forest National Park
Queen-Elizabeth-National-Park Wake up early for a cup of tea or coffee and take a morning game drive to Kasenyi plains to catch up with early raisers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will be exposed to large variety of animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, Warthogs, and several Antelope species, Lion, leopard and many more. Return to your lodge for full breakfast and relax as we wait for lunch.
Depart Queen Elizabeth for Kibale forest following the Rwenzori ranges. The journey will reward you with big game viewing en-route. Dinner and overnight at Kyaninga Lodge or Chimps nest. Meal plan: F/B
Day12: Chimpanzee tracking –Entebbe
Have early breakfast and assemble at Kibale Park headquarters for a briefing on chimpanzee trekking. The trek will expose you to other primates like Colobus Monkeys Giant forest hog, Vervet, red-tailed monkeys, the Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboons, and over 350 bird species. Return for lunch; and after drive back to Kampala/Entebbe and you will have your overnight at Lake Victoria Hotel/Bomah Guest House. Meal plan: Half Board, Breakfast and Lunch, no dinner
Day13: Transfer to Ngamba Island
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the Entebbe water front club and by speed boat visit the Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary and experience the life of the habituated chimpanzees with the view of other reptiles and birds at the shores of Lake Victoria. Lunch, after embark the speed boat and return back to Entebbe and our guide will transfer you to the airport for your return flight back home. Meal plan: H/B
The price per person based on 2 Pax will cost $$ 6861 dollars staying in Luxury lodges
The price per person based on 2 Pax will cost $$ 5780 dollars staying in Budget lodges
Note: If you are already traveling in Africa and decide to visit the park, please get your visa at the border. Visas obtained at the border should cost $300. Even if you succeed in obtaining a visa in a country other than your own, immigration officers at the border will likely refuse to honor it. Letters of invitation are unnecessary when obtaining a visa at the border. Then VISA to Uganda Cost $ 50 dollars per person and for Rwanda you will need multiple Visa which cost $ 80 dollars per person and whole these you can get from the borders.
The safari package includes:
Ground transportation by 4wd vehicles
Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
3 Gorilla permits, Rwanda, Congo and Uganda-one per person to be paid in advance
Kyambura gorge chimpanzee walk
Visit Ngamba chimp sanctuary
Full day professional guide/driver
The package excludes:
Expenses of personal nature like: Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides while gorilla trekking, telephone, personal insurance and cigarettes.
What to wear/bring
Dress codes are informal.
Daytime temperatures are generally warm, so bring lots of light clothing, supplemented by light sweaters for the cool evenings and heavier clothing for the higher altitudes especially Bwindi.
When tracking gorillas layering your clothing is the best idea and we suggest: long sleeved shirts, cotton or gore tex trousers, strong walking shoes with ankle support, socks that you can tuck your trousers into, light gloves to protect your hands from thorns and nettles, a hat and sunglasses to provide protection against the sun and a waterproof jacket in neutral colors may come in handy in the moist mountains.
Travel light and remember that soft-sided luggage is required. One medium sized duffel bag and one small day pack (carry-on) per person should be adequate. Laundry services are available at most accommodations. You should also pack some zip lock bags for spare clothing, cameras, binoculars and film. Please note that you are not allowed to use a flash when photographing Gorillas.
It is a good idea to take along several different speeds of film (64 to 1000) as gorillas can be found in open sun or in the dark underbrush of the forest.