12 Days Gorilla Safari Adventure

Come explore East Africa’s hidden treasure on this 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour excursion. This safari begins from Kampala and will end in Kigali.

Day 1: White Water Rafting on River Nile – Jinja

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale Forest NP

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking and Visit to Bigodi Sanctuary

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP and Launch Cruise

Day 5: Morning Game Drive and Transfer to Bwindi Forest NP

Day 6: Bwindi Mountain Gorillas and Batwa Pygmies

Day 7: Full Day at Lake Bunyonyi

Day 8: Transfer to Volcanoes NP

Day 9: Mountain Gorilla Trek and Iby’wacu Cultural Center

Day 10: Golden Monkeys / Dian Fossey Hike and Visit to Twin Lakes (Burera and Ruhondo)

Day 11: Transfer to Lake Kivu

Day 12: Morning Canoe Ride to the Islands on Lake Kivu

Day 13: Transfer Back to Kigali and Departure


Day 1: White Water Rafting on River Nile – Jinja
Very early in the morning at around 5:30 AM, you will be picked up our compny tour guide for a transfer to Jinja,; reaching by 8:00AM just in time for morning briefting on this amazing wite water rafting exercise at the source of the Nile.Expect to be provided with all the necessary equipment for this wonderful activity. Later in the evening, set off for your return trip to Kampala. Dinner and overnight at Kampala Serena Hotel (Luxury), Le Patite Village / Cassia Lodge (Midrange) and Excellent Hotel(Budget).

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale Forest NP
After breakfast, you’ll hit the road for your transfer to Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda. Its home to East Africa’s primates such as the 2 faced monkeys, velvert monkeys, and blue monkeys among others.
Reaching the late evening, check in at your lodge and later Dine and rest at Chimpanzee Guest House (Budget), Primates Lodge Kibale (Midrange) and Crater Safari Lodge (Luxury).

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking and Visit to Bigodi Sanctuary
Upon rising, enjoy your breakfast and report to the Kanyanchu offices 9where you’ll be equipped with all the necessary information and tolls) for the chimpanzee tracking exercise.
In the afternoon, following your lunch; you will take a stride to the Bigodi Sanctuary – a birding center.
Later Dine and rest at Chimpanzee Guest House (Budget), Primates Lodge Kibale (Midrange) and Crater Safari Lodge (Luxury).

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP and Launch Cruise
Following your breakfast, you will set off for Queen Elizabeth NP; driving through the beautiful country side. On arrival, check in at your lodge. Have lunch and later engage in a wonderful Launch Cruise on the Kazinga Channel where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of diversified wildlife species as they graze and drink near the Kazinga Channel area like the hippopotami, crocodiles, elephants, and Impalas among others.
Dine and rest at Simba Safari Camp9Budget), Park View Lodge/ Eganzi Lodge (Midrange) and Mweya Safari Lodge/ Kyambura Gorge Lodge (Luxury).

Day 5: Morning Game Drive and Transfer to Bwindi Forest NP
The early bird catches the worm; by 5:00 AM you will engage in a morning Game Drive through the savannah grassland; looking out for the early risers and late night predators before they get involved in their days’ hunt and activities. Return midmorning and set off for Bwindi Forest NP; driving through the Ishasha sector famous for the rare tree climbing lions. Dine and rest at Travan Trekkers / Bwindi Haven Lodge (Budget), Bwindi Jungle Lodge/ Bakiga Lodge (Midrange) and Chameleon Hill/ Gorilla Mist Lodge (Luxury).

Day 6: Bwindi Mountain Gorillas and Batwa Pygmies
Rise early, enjoy breakfast and proceed to the Bwindi Park offices by 7:00AM; just in time for the morning briefing on the code of conduct when trekking for the mountain gorillas. After locating the creatures, take clear observation of their behavior while taking photographs and videos for this wonderful encounter. Later retrieve the starting point; meet up your guide for a drive back to your lodge.
In the evening, step out for a visit to the Batwa Pygmies’ Community where you will learn more about their cultural practices.
Dine and rest at Travan Trekkers / Bwindi Haven Lodge (Budget), Bwindi Jungle Lodge/ Bakiga Lodge (Midrange) and Chameleon Hill/ Gorilla Mist Lodge (Luxury).

Day 7: Full Day at Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast, you will hit the road to Lake Bunyonyi and here expect to enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of the various bird species on the many Lake Bunyonyi Islands. Engage in several activities like birding, canoe riding, and fishing among others. Dine and rest at the Bunyonyi Overland Camp.

Day 8: Transfer to Volcanoes NP
On waking up; have breakfast and later hit the road for your transfer to Volcanoes NP, northwest of Rwanda in Musanze province. En route enjoy the spectacular scenery views of the country side.
Later Dine and rest for overnight at The Garden Place (Budget), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/ Davinci Gorilla Lodge (Midrange) and Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Five Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge (Luxury)

Day 9: Mountain Gorilla Trek and Iby’wacu Cultural Center
Have breakfast and head for the Kinigi Park offices by 7:00AM; just in time for the morning briefing on the code3 of conduct when trekking for the mountain gorillas. After locating the creatures, take clear observation of their behavior while taking photographs and videos for this wonderful encounter. Later retrieve the starting point; meet up your guide for a drive back to your lodge.

After Lunch, step out for a visit to the Iby’wacu Cultural Village where you will learn more about the Rwandan cultural practices.
Later; Dine and rest for overnight at The Garden Place (Budget), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/ Davinci Gorilla Lodge (Midrange) and Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Five Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge (Luxury)

Day 10: Golden Monkeys / Dian Fossey Hike and Visit to Twin Lakes (Burera and Ruhondo)
Have breakfast and retrieve the Kinigi Park offices by 7:00AM; just in time for the morning briefing on the code of conduct when tracking for the shy and playful golden monkeys. After locating the jumpy creatures, take clear observation of their behavior while taking photographs and videos for this wonderful encounter. Later retrieve the starting point; meet up your tour guide for drive back to your lodge.
Later take a guided walk to the beautiful Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo.
Dine and rest for overnight at The Garden Place (Budget), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/ Davinci Gorilla Lodge (Midrange) and Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Five Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge (Luxury)

Day 11: Transfer to Lake Kivu
Have breakfast and later hit the road for the drive to Gisenyi province – home to Lake Kivu. Dine and rest at Paradise Marahide (Budget), Le Palm Gardens (Midrange) and Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Luxury).
Day 12: Morning Canoe Ride to the Islands on Lake Kivu
Here, after breakfast; you will engage in a morning canoe ride to some of the Islands on Lake Kivu not leaving out the Famous Nyamirundi Island – well known for its tasty Coffee.
Dine and rest at Paradise Marahide (Budget), Le Palm Gardens (Midrange) and Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Luxury)

Day 13: Transfer Back to Kigali and Departure
Upon rising; have breakfast and later set off for Kigali for drop off at either a hotel or Kigali International Airport.
However, with an early arrival, you may engage in a Kigali City Tour to visit the Gisozi Genocide memorial Site (with the remains of the 1994, Rwanda Genocide out Break), some big market centers like Kimilonko and several craft shops and stores

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The tour quote inclusions
– Gorilla permit/s
– Genocide Memorial visit & Kigali city Tour
– Visit Gorilla Guardian Village
– Golden Monkey Tracking Permit
– 4*4 Safari Vehicle
– English speaking guide
– Drinking water
– Lunch

Tour Exclusion
– Air tickets
– Flights
– Visa ad visa fees
– Items of personal nature
– Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
– Tips through the tour

About Rwanda

Rwanda Guided tours taking you to explore – the Land of a Thousand Hills – a brave country moving past past the turmoil and horror of the 1994 genocide.
rwanda culture dance at kinigi briefing offices

After 23 years, the country has worked together to rebuild her infrastructure and reconciliation among her people and her neighbors. The peaceful approach has remarkably worked for the beautiful small country, that today shines out as one of Africa’s safests and cleaned countries to visit.

Rwanda is a green mountainous country with remarkable scenery and welcoming people embracing a peaceful future complimented by the numerous attractions to see in Rwanda; the rare mountain gorillas which have made the country a must stop for all African to fulfill a life long dream of meeting our close cousins in the jungle,

At Wild Rwanda Safaris, all our tours are private and you can signup for this tour all year round crafted using our extensive knowledge and experience of creating gorilla tours in Rwanda. Your local expert guide will share great insight information about the lives, culture, history, flora and fauna of the beautiful country. We shall make sure your expectations are fulfilled and honored with great precious memories.

Accommodations

All tours have been planned to offer you a range of accommodation options so we fit all types of traveler budgets to offer you a very personal experience ranging from small
intimate guesthouses to midrange accommodation properties to top luxury acclaimed lodges in the different attractions and national parks. You have the power to decide the your tour budget and travel conveniently

Guide to drive distance between towns in Rwanda

  • Kigali to Volcanoes National Park 2hrs 15 mins – 80 Kms
  • Kigali to Akagera National Park – 2 hrs 30 mins Drive time – 120 Kms
  • Kigali to Nyungwe National Park – 6hrs 30 mins Drive time – 225kms
  • Kigali to Musanze – 2 hrs Drive time – 72 Kms
  • Kigali to Gitarama – 1 hr Drive time – 51 Kms
  • Kigali to Butare – 3 hrs Drive time – 142 Kms
  • Butare to Cyangugu – 3 hrs Drive time – 155
  • Musanze to Gisenyi – 1 hr Drive time – 62 Kms
  • Kigali to Bugasera – 50 mins Drive time – 60 Kms
  • Kigali to Kibuye – 3 hrs 20 mins – 130 Kms
  • Kigali to Rwamagana – 1 hr Drive time 50 Kms

Useful Links

Gorilla Permits
Bwindi Gorilla Trekking
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking
Packing for Gorilla Tracking
Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking
Gorilla Families
Facts on Mountain Gorillas
Gorilla Habituation