4 Days Gorilla Tour Uganda Rwanda brings visitors up-close to the world’s most endangered species of wildlife – the mountain gorillas. In this tour package, visitors trek for mountain gorillas in both Rwanda’s volcanoes national park and Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park.
Day 1: Drive to Kinigi Park Offices – Volcanoes National Park
Early morning at around 5: 00 am, you will be picked up by your tour guide either from the hotel or airport and drive straight to Volcanoes national park. This 2 hour’s drive to Musanze province is very rewarding; offering you with wonderful panoramic views of the Viurnga ranges and the rolling hills of the country side in thick green vegetation. You will reach at the park headquarters at around 7:00 am for a pre-briefing on the gorilla trekking rules, guidelines and the code of conduct when within the apes’ vicinity. You should always keep calm, silent and still when with these creatures, always keep away from the gorillas at 7 meters feet even in cases where the baby gorillas may try approaching you, to avoid distracting them and for safety measures. The dominant silverback is the leader of the group and always looking out for its family members. On meeting the gorillas, enjoy an hour observing them and taking photographs. At the end of this remarkable encounter, retrieve to the starting point; meet your guide for your return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. Later, head out for a guided community and nature walk of visit the Iby’wacu Cultural village -enjoying the local entertainment, dance and drama. Dine and Rest at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Volcanoes Lodge (Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / La Palme (Mid-range), Muhabura Hotel (Basic).
Day 2: Transfer to Uganda Bwindi Forest National Park
Upon having breakfast, set off for the Rwanda – Ugandan border via Cyanika. Proceed with your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest National Park. Bwindi is habituated by 12 gorilla family groups which can be tracked at any time of the year such as the Mubare, Mishaya, Nkuringo and Habinyanja among others. Take note to hike for a less strenuous group for not so physically fit to avoid walking a long distances within the water logged and muddy forest. Upon arrival, check in at your lodge and rest for tomorrow/ go out for a guided forest walk and visit the nearby towns and markets. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp / Bakiga Lodge
Day 3: Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi – Batwa Pygmies
This is yet another interesting day of tracking mountain gorillas but from a different point of view. In the morning, have a cup of coffee and report to the park headquarters for a briefing on mountain gorilla trekking within Bwindi forest. Here you will be provided with highlights on the trekking rules and guidelines and what to expect on your expedition. Set off for your search, this may last between 1 hour to several hours depending on the day’s movement of the apes since they are always on the move searching for food, water and even shelter. In this wilderness, watch out for other interesting wildlife and bird species. On locating them, keep at 7 meters away, avoid direct eye contact, keep silent and get your camera ready for your interaction. You see them playing, eating, teasing each other, sleeping and nurturing their young ones peacefully in your presence. After this amazing encounter, retrieve to the starting point, meet your guide and return to your lodge. In the afternoon, go for the Batwa cultural visit. They are the early human dwellers of the Bwindi forest whose lifestyle depended on the forest but were sent out by the conservation program. Learn about their culture, hunting skills, traditional dance and drama, songs and poetry among others. Later return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Drive Back to Kigali and Departure
Rise early, enjoy your cup of coffee and get ready for your return to Kigali. Once in the city, enjoy the city drive / tour to some historical, economic and political dwellings; national museum, First House of President Habyarima – the starting point of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide after the president’s plane was put down. local markets and craft shops for souvenirs. Later drop off at the hotel or airport.
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