A Uganda And Rwanda Family Holiday: The Ultimate Gorilla Expedition

8 Days
From $6,250
Activity Level
Moderate
Transport
4X4 Land Cruiser
Comfort Level
Super Luxury

Trip Overview

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

Day 2: Journey to Queen Elizabeth National Par

Day  3: Chimpanzee Trekking and Boat Safari

Day 4: A Tree climbing Game drive/ Travel to Bwindi impenetrable National Park

Day 5: Gorilla tracking 

Day 6: Enter Rwanda to Volcanoes National park

Day 7: Gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park

Day 8: Return to Kigali

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

An AA Safaris’ guide/ driver will warmly welcome you to the Pearl of Africa, Uganda and will drive you through the lively Entebbe town to your hotel in Kampala where you will rest for the night.

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: Speak Resort Munyonyo
Day 2: Journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Set off early in the morning on a drive to Fort Portal to reach Queen Elizabeth national park. Queen Elizabeth National Game Park is very scenic because it combines bushland, savannah plains, forests, wetlands with the Kazinga Channel flowing through the park that connects to Lake George and Lake Edward thus attracting wildlife and birds to it because of the huge waters it offers for survival. This park has one of the largest hippo concentration numbers in the world, Upon arrival, you will rest and in the afternoon you will go for an evening game drive.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge
Day 3: chimpanzee Trekking and Boat Safari

Breakfast before daybreak will you go for a hike in the valley of apes that is to say the Kyambura gorge which is a geological feature home to several primates like vervet monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons, red-tailed monkeys. Let us go for an afternoon boat ride when the sun is hot so that the Kazinga Channel turns into a drinking spot for many animals, especially crocodiles, hippos, buffalos that immerse themselves in the water to cool off. The animals might be unbothered by your boat so you can take photos of them up close. Dinner overnight at your Lodge Mweya Safari Lodge 

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge
Day 4: A game drive to see the tree climbing Lion transfer to Bwindi impenetrable National Park

Your morning will start the game drive early during the “golden hours” to enjoy watching the savannah land inhabitants rise like the elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, kobs, antelopes, In Chambura gorge, to not miss out the tree-climbing lion. After setting off for Bwindi impenetrable national park. If time permits us we shall go on a community visit when on the outskirts of the Bwindi forest and see the locals’ way of life, take part in arts and crafts, buy some, have lunch from there then head to your lodge for the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Volcanoes Safaris Lodge, Bwindi
Day 5: Mountain Gorilla Tracking

Uganda has 50% of the world’s mountain gorilla population living in the Bwindi forest. Arise early(before 8:00 A.M) so that you can have a morning meal before the AA Safaris tour guide drives you to the park headquarters where you will be briefed on the trekking experience; what to expect, Dos and Don’ts while in the midst of the mountain gorillas. A park guide will start you down well-maintained paths into the Bwindi forest to track one of the 13 mountain gorilla families. When the family to track is sighted, you will be guided to a distance of 6 meters from where you will sit in silence and observe the gorillas go about their day. Watch them feed, hunt insects, tree bark and fruits, play, climb trees, groom one another. Remember not to mimic the sounds they will make, no flash photography, no feeding the gorillas. Lunch will be readily packed for the day. Stay hydrated through the day because of the long walk and energy you will need to move through the thick bushes.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Volcanoes Safaris Lodge, Bwindi
Day 6: Enter Rwanda to Volcanoes National park

Today you set off in the morning to the Uganda- Rwanda border so make sure all your travel documents are in order. Enjoy the captivating scenery of the mountainous landscape of this part of Rwanda as you drive to Volcanoes National Park to your lodge for the evening. This park is home to mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, spotted hyena, bushbuck, and black-fronted duiker.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Bisate Lodge

Day 7: Gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park

Rise early for the drive to the park headquarters for a briefing then with your park ranger, head down the trails of the rainforest till you find the gorilla family you will be tracking for the day. Sit in silence and enjoy the forest with the gorillas as they go about their daily routine in their natural habitat.

If this tour is during the 1st September annually, you can attend the gorilla baby naming ceremony.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Bisate Lodge
Day 8: Golden Monkey tracking / Return to Kigali 

Have a hot meal then go for a Golden Monkey tracking, later driven to Kigali city.  

If you want to be dropped at Kigali International Airport or spend an extra night in a Kigali hotel, inform your AA Safaris consultant during booking.

Meals included: Breakfast Only
Accommodation: No accmmodation

Expectations

AA Safaris has designed 8 days for you that combines enjoying nature’s beauty on land and water. Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive and a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel to view wild game like hippos, elephants, buffalos then head on to Bwindi impenetrable park to track the mountain gorillas and unwind at the end of the day. Journey into Rwanda to track mountain gorillas at Volcanoes National Park then into Kigali town, if time permits, for a city tour.

Accomodations

Speak Resort Munyonyo
Sit at a table under a grass thatched roof or simply lounge by the pool with drinks in hand while dining on whole Tilapia fish and burgers amongest others.
Mweya Safari Lodge
Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the 'Mountains of the Moon'.
Mweya Safari Lodge
To the east, lie the guardians of the birthplace of mankind, the Great Rift Valley hills, separated from the Mountains of the Moon by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Here the water flows endlessly into two giant lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward.
Volcanoes Safaris Lodge, Bwindi
Volcanoes Safaris 7 Bwindi OverviewOverlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Volcanoes Bwindi adventure lodge in Uganda offers a truly unique Uganda jungle safari experience. Separated by nothing more than an idyllic stream, the gorillas themselves are frequent visitors to the finest lodge in Bwindi!
Volcanoes Safaris Lodge, Bwindi
Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Volcanoes Bwindi adventure lodge in Uganda offers a truly unique Uganda jungle safari experience. Separated by nothing more than an idyllic stream, the gorillas themselves are frequent visitors to the finest lodge in the Bwindi.
Bisate Lodge
Bisate Lodge, adjacent to Volcanoes National Park, combines the bucket-list gorilla trek with a pioneering vision of reforestation and community partnership. Bisate is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, with dramatic views of the peaks of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes rearing up through Afro-alpine forests. . Encountering one of the gorilla groups in the nearby Volcanoes National Park is a unique experience. Six opulent en-suite forest villas maximise comfort and views while adhering to environmentally responsible principles and reflecting the rich culture of rural Rwanda. Bisate is within easy driving distance of the Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily. Walks on Bisate’s property offer birding and participation in the reforestation programme. Bisate is Rwanda’s first genuinely luxurious and eco-sensitive safari camp, centered on Africa’s most immersive wild primate experience.
Bisate Lodge
Six opulent en-suite forest villas maximise comfort and views while adhering to environmentally responsible principles and reflecting the rich culture of rural Rwanda. Bisate is within easy driving distance of the Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily. Walks on Bisate’s property offer birding and participation in the reforestation programme. Bisate is Rwanda’s first genuinely luxurious and eco-sensitive safari lodge, centred on Africa’s most immersive wild primate experience.

Availability and Prices

Jan 16, 2020 - Dec 31, 2021
Double Occupancy
$ 6,250
Per Person
Single Occupancy
$ 9,870
Per Person
Jan 27, 2020 - Dec 31, 2021
Double Occupancy
$ 6,250
Per Person
Single Occupancy
$ 9,870
Per Person
Included
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • 1 chimpanzee permit per person (a US$ 150 value)
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • Park-entrance fees according to the program
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking Ugandan & Tanzanian driver/guide;
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
Excluded
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Domestic flights
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages