A 5 day gorilla safari which starts in Kigali and can end in Kigali or Kampala. Seeing some of the last remaining 900 mountain gorillas in the world is a fantastic experience and this safari takes you to two gorilla parks – Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. This tour offers an opportunity to track the mountain gorillas three times; twice in Mgahinga and Bwindi.
Mgahinga National Park, in Uganda, is a great place to appreciate the unique Virunga volcanoes and it has one habituated family. Sometimes this group moves across the border so you can track gorillas at Nkuringo in Southern Bwindi instead. You can also climb a volcano or go for a nature walk, visit the endangered golden monkey or go birding.
On safari clients stay 2 nights at Mgahinga National Park and 2 nights in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Day 1 : Meet & Greet. Depart for Mgahinga National Park
Met on arrival at airport and transfer to Kigali. Briefing on your safari. Depart for Mgahinga National Park. The journey takes you you north of Rwanda, a region known for its volcanoes. Drive through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the awesome Virunga volcanoes. Sometimes with as many as five peaks visible. Have a stopover at the Twin Lakes. Continue to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Overnight at Kisoro Tourist Hotel (Budget) / Travelers Rest Hotel (Midrange) / Mount Gahinga Lodge (Luxury)
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Go gorilla tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (subject to permit availability at the time of booking). Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! After the gorilla trek, relax at the lodge. Overnight at Kisoro Tourist Hotel (Budget) / Travelers Rest Hotel (Midrange) / Mount Gahinga Lodge (Luxury)
Day 3: Golden Monkey Tracking in Mgahinga
Visit the golden monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Transfer to Rushaga in the Southern Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. O/N: Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge (FB).
Day 4: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Either go gorilla tracking again, this time in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (on payment of supplement at time of booking), or climb a volcano, or go for a nature walk, or visit golden monkeys in Mgahinga. O/N: Buhoma Homestead / Gorilla Forest Camp.
Day 5: Leave for Kigali Rwanda/Kampala
Leave for Kigali in Rwanda [Clocks go back one hour] or Kampala (in Uganda). If in Rwanda, time permitting, go for a tour of the city including a visit to the market, pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and the genocide memorial. Transfer to the airport (HB)
End of the Safari