12 Day Gorilla Trek in Uganda, Rwanda & Burundi tour

During this tour you will sleep in the accommodations of our partners. These accommodations are one of the best in Region, Not 5 star but comfortable and always placed at stunning locations. Close to National Parks with a beautiful view from your own veranda. the tour is designed for middle class tourists who would like to save money by joining a group. But those willing to undertake an up market range and would like this tour to be organized at any date, We recomand them to inform us.

Overview:

If you are really wanting to experience what the great lakes region of Africa have to offer, it is recommended to embark on this tour. This is the ultimate tour that allows you to visit 4 different countries of Africa. You will see 5 different lakes, (lake Tanganyika, Lake Kivu, Lake Victoria, Lake Edward and Bunyonyi,) Two different waterfalls, and 3 different museums Including the Kigali genocide memorial center where you will get to know what happened in Rwanda during the Genocide of 1994 ayear in Which 1 million people was killed within 100 days. climb Nyiragongo Volcano, track mountain gorilla, chimpanzees go for a safari and more

Day by Day

Day 1: Bujumbura, la pierre de Stanley et Livingston  and Transfer To Gitega

At 8.00Am our Driver and local guide will pick you at your hotel and and go for a short city tour of Bujumbura, you visit the mausoleum of Prince Louis Rwagasore, a hero of the independence of Burundi. We then climb to the “Belvedere” on the top of the hill, a dominating point of Bujumbura, offering a unique view over Lake Tanganyika-  Drive 10 kilometers south to visit “la pierre de Stanley et Livingstone” the commemorating stone of the place where the famous explorers Stanley and Livingstone rested during their attempt to find the source of the Nile; After we drive to Gitega to visit the Burundi National Museum.

Main destination: Gitega
Accommodation: Hotel Tropitel or similar.
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

Day 2: Kalera Waterfalls and Burundi National Museum, drive back to Bujumbura

After an early breakfast we drive toward the nourth to visit “Chutes de la Kalera” or the spectacular “Kalera Falls”. In the afternoon we drive to Gishora drum sanctuary and visit the Burundi National museum, and Be Entertained By Burundi Drummers,

Main destination: Bujumbura
Accommodation: Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika or similar.
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest

After Breakfast drive to Nyungwe forest national park in Rwanda- We will pass through tea plantations and trough magnificent views of the beautiful hilly countryside which gives Rwanda its name as “a country of a thousand hills”- Arrive at Lunch time- After lunch we go for a canopy walk in the forest which will give us the opportunity to see the Blue monkeys, Angolan Colobus monkeys among others.

Nyungwe Forest national park is a preserved part of rain forest which houses 13 species in all, including humankind’s closest living relative the chimpanzee, as well as the handsome L’hoest monkeys and hundred-strong troops of the delightfully acrobatic Angolan Colobus which may be over 300 individuals. These are the largest troops of this species known in the world! Nyungwe forest counts 25% of the African Primates! There are L’hoest monkeys and blue monkeys present and often observed around Uwinka, requiring less strenuous hiking.

Main destination: Nyungwe Forest Nationa Park
Accommodation: Nyungwe top View Hotel or similar.
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

Day 4: Transfer to Kigali Visit Rwanda National museum and the Genocide memorial 

After breakfast- visit the Rwandan national Museum- Transfer to Kigali where You will Visit Rwanda Genocide Memorial to understand what happened in Rwanda in 1994 a year in which 1 million people died within 100 days and Overnight in Kigali. Mid Hotel Okapi, Top: Mille collines

The National Museum in Butare was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government and gave back a part of the ethnographic collection acquired during the colonial period. The design and concept of the museum was realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren , Belgium . The modern building has different sections and displays a wide collection of monochrome pictures, traditional artifacts and objects, tools and different craft products. Ethnographic objects are grouped together according to theme giving excellent information on the daily life. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and belong to the finest handicrafts of the region. The National Museum remained surprisingly untouched during the civil war in 1994.

Main destination: Kigali
Accommodation: Kigali 2000 Hotel or similar.
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

Day 5: Transfer To Volcanoes National Park- Be entertained by Intore dancers

After Breakfast- Visit the Genocide Memorial Museum then Drive to volcanoes national Park. After lunch you will visit Ibyiwa cultural center, Late in the after noon at your lodge you will enjoy a spectacular performance of the Intore Traditional dancers. The performance is regarded by many as one of the highlights of their tour in Rwanda 

The “Intore”, once the elite of the traditional Rwanda army, were not only trained as military but also in high jump and dance. They were known for their remarkable technique allowing them to jump over 2m40. The Intore became worldwide famous as dancers in 1958 when the World Expo was held in Brussels. Today Intore dancers are part of the rich Rwanda folklore. The warriors dance is a jewel of the choreographic heritage of Rwanda. Dressed with a mane made of sisal fibre, Tied up on ankles, little bells jingle on each step, giving the warriors dance a thrilling rhythm. Throughout the Intore ballet, physical confrontation turns into artistic rivalry and then at “the end” comes out into a vigorous hug of the warriors. This is the most artistic gesture of friendship mutual aid and protection

Main destination: Volcanoes Nationa Park
Accommodation: Go Lux Lodge.
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

Day 6: Golden Monkeys Tracking. Transfer to Kisoro in Uganda.

In the morning at 6.am get up early, take your break fast and drive to Volcanoes National Park station for Registration and briefign befor you start the Golden Monkey tracking. This activity is proven to be one of the most thrilling and exciting wildlife experiences that individuals should not miss. The Golden Monkey trekking may take between 2 and 6 hours. However, this is all worth the time and effort. An experienced ranger will guide you and participants of this tour. The ranger will also share some interesting facts about Golden Monkeys’ lifestyle, and flora and fauna within the area. This tour gives you the chance to spend an hour with them before you Drive to Virunga National park in Congo DRC.

Main destination: Kisoro
Accommodation: Travellers rest Inn.
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

Day 7: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Nationa Park

Early in the morning, before proceeding to the park head quarters where visitors assemble at 07.00 for a briefing on how to” behave” while in the company of a gorilla group. You will meet your guide here and proceed to the starting point of the trek to our allocated group of gorillas. The length of the trek varies depending on where the gorillas are as well as what the weather conditions are. Meeting these gentle giants Gorillas in their natural habitat is a world unique experience everyone should have the privilege to experience.
It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers and gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets as well as sufficient amount of water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You spend one hour with the gorillas which is a truly amazing experience “before trekking back to the base and return to your lodge 

Main destination: Bwind National Park
Accommodation:  Travellers Rest inn
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

Day 8: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for Canoeing.

You will travel from Kisoro town in the morning and head to the famous Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy an afternoon full of swimming, canoe trekking, birding, etc. The journey from Kisoro to Lake Bunyonyi should take not more than 2hrs drive.  In the afternoon, you will enjoy the beauty of Lake Bunyonyi, the second deepest Lake in Africa. Lake Bunyonyi activities include canoe trekking, swimming, bird watching, etc. Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi.

Main destination: Lake Bunyonyi
Accommodation: Crater Bay Cottages.
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

Day 9: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda

Aftetr Breakfast Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park- The road winds up into the forested hills and the views are breathtaking- and you have plenty time to admire them because some stretch are unsurfaced that you can only drive very slowly. It passes through deep-farmed valleys. The drive is reminiscent to what one would experience driving through central Europe- indeed this region of Uganda is often referred to as “Little Switzerland.” arrive late in the afternoon and Transfer at your Lodge

Main destination: Queen Elizabeth National park
Accommodation: Engiri Lodge.
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

Day 10: Queen Elizabeth- Game drive- Boat Cruise on kazinga chanel and Overnight

After an early breakfast- Set off with packed lunch for a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park to spot some wild animals like Lion, Topis, Elephants large herds of Uganda Kobs and buffaloes- in the Afternoon enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos, buffalos, elephants and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species- 

Main destination: Queen Elizabeth National park
Accommodation: Engiri Lodge.
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

Day 11: Chimpanzees Trekking and Transfer to Kampla

After a very early morning breakfast, head to Kalinzu Forest around 6-00 am for Chimpanzee tracking to meet man’s closet cousins in the wild. You will be amazed to see these primates as they play, swing on tree branches, fight for food etc. Later embark to Kampala on an exciting road trip through the scenic country side of Ankole – Take a stop over at the Equator for Photography and presentation , Arrive late in the Evening, and transfer at your Hotel

Main destination: Kampala
Accommodation: Shagrila Lodge.
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

Day 12: Transfer at Entebbe Airport for Departure

Take breakfast and then visit local markets or a Craft shop for souvenir shopping-Personal good bye- be transferred to the airport for your flight back

Main destination: End of the tour
Accommodation: Not Inluded
Meals & drinks: Only Break fast

Cost from 3600 USD

Our tariff will includes: Airport transfers, Gorillas permits, Accommodation, Ground transportation by 4×4 tourist Land Cruiser or minibus, English speaking Driver/Guide, All park Entrance fees,

The tariff will not include: Air ticket, Tourist insurance/local health insurance, Entrance visas, Meals, drinks and tips.

Transportation in DR Congo

The Landrover, Land Cruiser,  Van are vehicles used by our company. It is strong, elevated and spacious. The car seats a maximum of 4 people and is operated by Virunga National Park. For bigger groups the transfers will be carried out in 4WD trucks. 

NOTE: 

Clients who choose to stay with us for more days at the end of their safari are free to do so. We can arrange hotel accommodation for your extended stay. Should you wish to spend more time exploring Rwanda, Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya or Tanzania, we can arrange further safaris and city tours to meet your requirements.