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The Great Apes of Uganda and Rwanda - 11 Days

Overview

Set off on a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the lush hills of Uganda and Rwanda to encounter chimpanzees and mountain gorillas in the wild. Observe chimpanzees and track gorillas in the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Stay in stunning lodges, from a lakeside bungalow at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains to a hilltop eco-lodge with spectacular views of Rwanda’s volcanoes.

Package Highlights

  • Visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Ngamba Island
  • Meet with National Geographic grantee Emily Otali,
  • Wildlife cruise
  • Game Drive
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Goriila trekking
  • Meet experts at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center
  • Search for endangered golden monkeys

Itinerary

Day 1
DAYS 1-2: ENTEBBE, UGANDA/NGAMBA ISLAND

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) and transfer to our hotel. The next day, visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Ngamba Island, established in association with the Jane Goodall Institute as a habitat for rescued and orphaned chimpanzees. Later, explore the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Accommodations:Lake Victoria Serena Resort

Day 2
DAYS 3-4: KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

Fly from Entebbe to Kasese en route to Kibale National Park and check in to our lodge, set on a crater lake. Meet with National Geographic grantee Emily Otali, the Field Director of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, and hear about the many conservation and education projects they support. Head into the park to search for chimpanzees; and look for other primates in the Bigodi Weland Sanctuary, including black-and-white colobus, red-tailed, and blue monkeys; and the rare l’Hoest’s monkey.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations: Kyaninga Lodge

Day 3
DAYS 5-6: KIBALE NATIONAL PARK/QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Spend a second morning tracking chimpanzees. Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park, and go on safari to look for elephants, lions, and Ugandan kobs before an afternoon wildlife cruise.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Day 4
DAYS 7-8: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The next morning, head into the park’s forests, home to roughly half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Sit among these gentle giants, observing one of the planet’s most endangered creatures up close.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:Bwindi Lodge

Day 5
DAYS 9-10: VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA

Cross into Rwanda and settle into your private villa overlooking the surrounding volcanoes and lakes. Meet experts at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center to learn about ongoing conservation efforts. Spend the next day tracking mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, where National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey conducted research on gorillas for 18 years. Enjoy a traditional dance performance this evening.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:Virunga Lodge

Day 6
DAY 11: VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK/KIGALI

This morning, search for endangered golden monkeys in the park alongside wildlife biologist and National Geographic grantee Deogratias Tuyisingize. After lunch, transfer to the Kigali International Airport (KGL) for your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch

Can you book for me flights?

Yes, absolutely. We have a flight department who can book your flights from anywhere to anywhere and they are always happy to provide a quote.

Prices Include:

  • Transport as described in the itinerary

  • Safari activities-unlimited day game drives, nature walks, hiking and walks with local people (where specified), English-speaking driver-guide, expert local guides where necessary

  • All National Park and Conservancy fees

  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary (double/twin or triple rooms)

  • All meals while on safari-breakfasts, lunches (picnic lunch boxes when necessary) and dinners

  • Bottled drinking water during game drives

  • Flying Doctor emergency evacuation cover

Prices Exclude:

  • Entry Visas

  • Airport transfers

  • Activities cited as “optional” in the itinerary

  • Travel Insurance

  • Single Room Supplements.

  • Personal spending-services or meals not mentioned as included, beverages in hotels, telephone calls and laundry etc.

  • Tips/Gratuities (Kenya policy)

  • Extra costs incurred as a result of alterations to the original tour plan e.g. different accommodations and services

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

The Great Apes of Uganda and Rwanda

Trip Facts

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Supper
  • Lake Victoria Serena Resort Kyaninga Lodge Kyambura Gorge Lodge Bwindi Lodge Virunga Lodge
  • Plain, 4X4 Wheal Drive

Contact Info

20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU

Phone: +44 7 495329964

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