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This 8 Days Rwanda Uganda DRC Gorilla Tracking Tour is the ultimate Gorilla tracking tour. It does not get any better than this! You will track the Mountain Gorillas in the only 3 countries which hosts these endangered animals. Contact us to book this tour.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Stay at beautiful mid-range lodges
  • Track Gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda & DR Congo!
  • 3x Gorilla permit included!

8 Days Rwanda Uganda DRC Gorilla Tracking Tour8 Days Rwanda Uganda DRC Gorilla Tracking Tour

Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda

Our staff will be at Kigali Airport to pick you up upon your arrival, marking the start of the 8 Days Rwanda Uganda DRC Gorilla Tracking Tour. Depending on your arrival time you may be able to visit some of Kigali’s craft markets to browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer. Prepare to use your haggling skills! All activities and purchases today are at your own cost.

Day 2: Transfer from Kigali to Volcanoes N.P.

After breakfast go a short city tour later after lunch transfer to volcanoes national park , reaching in time to do a cultural village  tour.

Day 3: Gorilla Tracking Rwanda

Today you will start early! From the lodge, you will drive to the park headquarters  Office for briefing and you will be divided into groups based on interest and fitness. From here you will be driven as close as possible to the starting point of your gorilla tracking.

Today you will track one of the habituated Gorilla groups  e.g, Hirwa, Amahoro, Sabyinyo, Titus, Kwitonda, more to mention who can tolerate the presence of humans for 1hr every day. The time taken to track the gorillas can take as little as 1 hr to 8 hrs!

Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorillas’ current location. Your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Once the gorillas have been located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Rwanda’s own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Note: Adequate Wild African Safaris purchases the permits in advance but is unable to reserve a specific gorilla group as it is for the head-ranger to decide this!

Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi N.P

Pick from your lodge and drive for about 3 hours crossing the boarder to Bwindi N.P you will reach the resort overlooking the forest and the Virunga volcanoes.  From here you will depart tomorrow for the gorilla tracking!

Note: We advise you to arrange an East-Africa visa in advance. This is $100 pp and will allow you to muliple enter both Uganda and Rwanda

Day 5: Gorilla Tracking in Uganda

Today is the big day… prepare yourself for the second encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts half of Mountain Gorillas(440) and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim, in fact. It also hosts 11 other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of 17 habituated family groups e.g Mubare, Habinyanja,Oruzogo, Bitukura, Kyaguriro,Nshongi, Businjye,Kahunjye, many more to mention who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

The time taken to track the gorillas can be  2 hrs to  7 hrs. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed for 1 hr with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Day 6: Transfer to Vilunga N.P

Today you will be trnsfered to vilunga N.P via Bunagana Boarder

Day 7: Mountain Gorilla Tracking

Today is an exciting day and the second tracking of this tour. Today you will stand eye-to-eye with the Mountain Gorilla.

Virunga National park is an UNESCO world heritage site and the oldest national park on the continent! It is a diverse protected areas with the peaks of the Rwenzori mountains, erosion valleys, active volcanoes, forest and even savanna areas.

This national park has been hidden from the public for a long time due to civil war and unrest in Eastern Congo. At this moment it is fully operational and the perfect place to track the mountain gorillas in the wild. Starting at the headquarters in Rumangabo you will go for a challenging hike in search of these gentle giants.

Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorillas’ current location. Your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Once the gorillas have been located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Congo’s own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Note: Adequate Wild African Safaris purchases the permits in advance but is unable to reserve a specific gorilla group as it is for the head-ranger to decide this!

Visit the Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage

When you are back from the Gorilla tracking you can choose to visit the Senkwekwe orphanage which is located in Rumangabo next to Mikeno lodge. Each of the four gorillas living at the center was victimized by poachers or animal traffickers, and likely witnessed family members being murdered. Thanks to the financial support of individuals around the world – and the loving care provided by their human caregivers – the orphans now lead happy and secure lives in their forested enclosure. Please note that you will not be interacting with the Gorilla’s but you can see them from a distance playing and their how their caregivers take care of them. This activity is for free.

Tonight you will sleep in the most beautiful lodge in DR Congo. Mikeno Lodge offers twelve unique bungalows, fashioned with lava stone, mahogany. The spacious bungalows enjoy en-suite bathrooms with stone carved baths and curved stone showers. The private deck allows guests to enjoy the performance of the Blue and Colobus monkeys in the forest.

Day 8: Departure

Depending on your flight departure in Kigali you might still have some time to enjoy the stunning views of Virunga N.P. The driver of Mikeno lodge will then take you to the border with Rubavu in Rwanda. another driver will be waiting for you at the border to transfer you to Kigali airport for your international flight home.

You don’t want the fun to end? You can continue your tour in the region with one of our extension.

This is the end of the ultimate 8 Days Rwanda Uganda DRC Gorilla Tracking Tour.

Transport

Transportation in DR Congo

The car you will be using in Rwanda depends on the amount of persons doing the tour. All cars are Toyota Landcruisers and you will all have a seat near the window. The cars have a pop-up roof for excellent wildlife viewing.

The Landrover is a the vehicle used in DR Congo. It’s strong, it’s high up and spacious. Of course it looks good, too!

The car suits a maximum of 4 persons.

Transportation in Rwanda & Uganda

The Small Landcruiser is a strong and comfortable car. It’s the perfect car for 3 persons.

There is air conditioning in the car and, of course, an open roof for an excellent safari view.

in case you are with 3 persons or more you will be travelling in a mini-bus.

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