8 Day Unforgettable Encounters: Gorillas & Wildlife in Uganda & Rwanda

Comfort
Small Group

Tour Details

Tour Style Comfort Small Group
Length 8 days
Countries Visited Uganda, Rwanda
Starts Kampala
Ends Kigali
Group Size 8 - 12 max
Age Range 15+ Years and Older
Tour SKU ACE2609
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What You'll Experience

  • Kibale National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Mountain Gorilla Trek
  • Kigali

Why You'll Love this Tour

Explore hidden wonders as tourism returns to Uganda and Rwanda! Join our small-group adventure for an intimate experience in this captivating region. Track chimps and gorillas in the wild, embark on thrilling wildlife drives through Queen Elizabeth National Park, and confront the past at a poignant genocide museum. This unforgettable journey will leave a lasting impression. Book yours today and discover the enduring magic of Uganda & Rwanda!

Tour Price

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Included

  • Meals - 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners (Allow 150-195USD for meals not included)
  • Accommodation - 1 Night Standard hotel, 6 Nights simple furnished tents/rooms
  • Transport - Private Van, Walking
  • Services of 2 crew (Group Leader and Local Guide)
  • Welcome Meeting with your guide and group
  • Private Vehicle Scenic Drive to Fort Portal
  • Chimpanzee Trek
  • Bigodi Community Lunch
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari Drive
  • Mountain Gorilla Trek
  • Kigali Genocide Memorial Visit
  • Nyamirambo Women's Centre & Local Lunch

Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance)
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • Border taxes
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag if needed
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature

Activities

Some of the activities you can take part in on this tour.

Included in Tour Price

  • Welcome Meeting with your guide and group
  • Private vehicle scenic drive to Fort Portal
  • Chimpanzee Trek
  • Bigodi Community Lunch
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari Drive
  • Mountain Gorilla Trek
  • Kigali Genocide Memorial Visit
  • Nyamirambo Women's Centre & Local Lunch


Other Activities

Kampala

  • Jinja River Rafting from Kampala (140USD per person)
Bigodi
  • Bigodi Swamp Walk (20USD per person)
Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Kazinga Channel Cruise (30USD per person)
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Porter Hire (20USD per person)
Optional Activities available on this tour at your own expense 

Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala, Uganda

You are welcome to arrive at any time.

Kick off your adventure with rafting on the Nile!

Ready for an adrenaline rush? Pre-book your Nile River whitewater rafting experience in Jinja on Day 1! This thrilling adventure will be the perfect introduction to your Ugandan adventure. Plus, you’ll be back in time for the evening welcome meeting. Want to maximize your rafting time? Consider arriving a day early for a more relaxed start.

Accommodation: Forest Cottages (or similar)
Optional Activities: Jinja River Rafting from Kampala (140 USD person)
Please Note: Pre-book your Jinja rafting excursion for pick-up at The Forest Cottages in Kampala at 8:30 am on Day 1. 

Day 2: Kampala – Fort Portal, Uganda

Embrace the beauty of Uganda as we take the scenic route to Fort Portal, gateway to Kibale National Park. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes before arriving at your charming guest farm. Imagine falling asleep to the symphony of monkeys chattering and birds singing – a truly unforgettable way to start your Ugandan adventure!

Accommodation: Kluges Guest Farm (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Private vehicle scenic drive to Fort Portal

Day 3: Kibale National Park, Uganda

Embark on an unforgettable morning or afternoon trek through Kibale National Park’s lush rainforest. Stalk chimpanzees in their natural habitat and witness the wonders of this verdant ecosystem. Refuel with a delicious traditional lunch alongside the Bigodi Community. Feeling adventurous? Delve deeper into the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary on an optional guided walk, where even more wildlife awaits!

Accommodation: Kluges Guest Farm (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Chimpanzee Trek, Bigodi Community Lunch
Optional Activities: Bigodi Swamp walk (20USD per person)

Day 4: Kibale National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Our journey continues to Queen Elizabeth National Park, with a stop to straddle the equator – one foot in each hemisphere! After this unique experience, prepare for an afternoon wildlife safari unlike any other. Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts diverse landscapes, from open savannas teeming with wildlife to lush forests and sparkling lakes. Keep your eyes peeled for warthogs dashing through the tall grass, majestic elephants trumpeting a greeting, and powerful buffaloes grazing in the distance. Don’t forget to scan the trees for five different primate species swinging through the branches, and spot the colossal hippos basking in the shallows. This is your chance to witness the incredible diversity of Africa’s wildlife in their natural habitat!

Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Included Highlight: Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari Drive

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Imagine this: the crisp African dawn paints the sky as you embark on a thrilling wildlife safari drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Buffaloes graze peacefully, waterbucks dot the landscape, and warthogs waddle by – just a glimpse of the incredible diversity waiting to be discovered. But the adventure doesn’t stop there! Fuel your exploration with a delicious lunch amidst the park’s breathtaking scenery. With your energy renewed, prepare for an unforgettable evening cruise along the Kazinga Channel. Keep your eyes peeled for a magnificent display of wildlife – from the mighty hippo basking in the sun to the elusive leopard emerging from the brush. This unforgettable day promises encounters with Africa’s iconic creatures, from the powerful lion to the playful hyena. Prepare to be awestruck by the giant forest hog and the majesty of the elephant. Queen Elizabeth National Park awaits, offering a tapestry of wildlife encounters unlike any other.

Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari Drive
Optional Activities: Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise (30USD per person)

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Lace up your walking shoes and get ready for a breathtaking journey south. Our scenic drive unfolds like a living painting, lush forests draping the slopes, volcanic peaks clawing at the sky, and shimmering lakes reflecting the endless blue. With every twist and turn, the landscape unveils a new wonder. As the sun dips below the horizon, casting long shadows over the vibrant tapestry, we arrive at our haven – a cozy lodge nestled on the very edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Imagine falling asleep to the symphony of the rainforest, the promise of an unforgettable encounter with nature’s wonders waiting just outside your window. This stopover isn’t just a rest, it’s an anticipation. The fresh mountain air fills your lungs, the thrill of exploration tingles with each beat of your heart. Bwindi awaits, a verdant wonderland teeming with life, and you stand at the threshold, ready to dive in.

Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast
Included Highlight: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 7: Gorilla Trekking, Uganda

Be ready for the heart-pounding climax of your adventure – an awe-inspiring gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park! As the first rays of dawn kiss the mountain peaks, we head deep into the emerald embrace of the rainforest.

At the park entrance, your highly skilled ranger/guide will provide a comprehensive briefing, ensuring a safe and rewarding trek. Then, the adventure truly begins! Embark on a trek that varies in length and difficulty, following the trail of a designated gorilla family. The terrain may challenge you, but the anticipation of encountering these magnificent creatures will propel you forward.

After some time navigating the lush rainforest, a moment you’ll never forget arrives. You come face-to-face with a gorilla family! Spend a magical hour observing their gentle interactions, the playful young ones, and the serene silverbacks. Witnessing these endangered creatures in their natural habitat is a true privilege, a connection with nature that will leave a lasting impression.

As the hour concludes, we make our way back, hearts brimming with memories. The afternoon is yours to relax and reflect on your extraordinary encounter. Perhaps share stories with fellow adventurers or simply unwind, letting the magic of the day sink in.

Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast
Included Highlight: Mountain Gorilla Trek
Optional Activities: Porter Hire (20USD per person)
Please Note: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park got four different areas to explore: Rushaga, Buhoma, Nkuringo, and Ruhija. Depending on which gorilla permits are available, your group might track these amazing creatures in any one of these sectors. But no worries, they’re all part of the awesome Bwindi experience! The group may be split up for this excursion.

Day 8: Bwindi – Kigali, Rwanda

Our Rwandan adventure begins as we cross the border and head towards the vibrant capital city, Kigali. This bustling metropolis offers a glimpse into a nation determined to rise above its past. First up, we delve into the complexities of Rwanda’s history with a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial. This poignant museum serves as a powerful reminder of the darkness that once shrouded the country. Through exhibits and personal stories, we gain a deeper understanding of the events that shaped Rwanda’s present. Following this introspective experience, we lighten the mood with a delicious lunch at Nyamirambo Women’s Centre. This vibrant hub empowers women through education and training programs. Savour a delectable meal prepared by the center’s participants, a taste of Rwandan cuisine infused with hope and resilience. As our tour concludes upon arrival at the hotel, you’ll carry a newfound appreciation for Rwanda’s spirit. This day has been a tapestry woven with history, heartwarming encounters, and the promise of an unforgettable stay. Speak to your consultant if you wish to extend your stay in Rwanda.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Included Highlight: Kigali Genocide Memorial Visit, Nyamirambo Women’s Centre & Local Lunch

Onward Travel Plans

Due to circumstances beyond our control while on tour (such as border crossings, traffic, breakdowns and delays, etc), the end time on the last day cannot be guaranteed. Therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

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