Day 1: Travel from Kampala to Bwindi National park
Breakfast at the Hotel in Kampala or Entebbe set off for a scenic drive southwestward to Bwindi impenetrable national park. The journey goes through beautiful places, small villages, trading centers and road side markets that give you as exposure of the true Africa. Stopover at the equator for photo graphs and break tea, lunch in Mbarara town, continue to Bwindi, passing via the “Switzerland of Africa”, Kigezi region, dinner and overnight at Gorilla safari lodge, Gorilla mist camp, Clouds mountain gorilla lodge, Nkuringo gorilla camp or Chameleon hill.
Day 2 Gorilla Trekking Adventure and community tour
In the morning, assemble at the park headquarters for briefing from the park rangers, before heading for the adventurous activity of tracking the amazing Apes. The trails will take you through thick forest with steep and slippery floor, so get ready to get dirty. The tracking may take 2-6 hours depending on the movement of the Gorillas in their natural habitat. One hour will be allowed to stay with these Gentle Giants as you take photos and ask questions you need to know.
Then descend to your lodge for relaxation. In the evening, you may go for community walk, where you will visit the Batwa community who will give you lots of entertainment, and you get to learn more about the unique behavior of these “Short People”. Dinner and overnight stay at DAY 1.
Day 3: Cross Uganda Rwanda Boarder to Volcanoes National Park
Breakfast at the lodge followed by a panoramic drive through deep valleys, hills and winding roads of the Kigezi region, famously known as the Switzerland of Africa, with many stops for photographing up to Kisoro where we shall have lunch, enter Rwanda through Cyanika boarder, enroute visit to the beautiful twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo, dinner and overnight at;
– Hotel La Palme
– Hotel Gorillas
– Mountain gorilla view lodge
– Sabinyo Silverback OR Virunga Lodge
Day 4: Second Gorilla Trekking Rwanda, Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village Tour
Have an early morning breakfast and get ready for another life time adventure of Mountain Gorilla tracking in Rwanda. You will assemble at the park headquarters with packed lunch, have a briefing about the ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ while with gorillas. Depending on the level of fitness, you may be asked to choose the group you wish to trek and the closest being about 2 hours or even a couple of minutes from the park boundary. The trek is quite strenuous, so you should be able to hike for 2-8 hours on steep and slippery mountain trails. Descend to the hotel for a shower, relax as you wait for an evening cultural walk to Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village, dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Golden Monkey Tracking OR Hike to Dian Fossey Tombs, Departure
Breakfast followed by Golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes National park, or we can hike to Dian Fossey tombs, situated at the former Karisoke Research Center where Dian spent about 20 years studying the Mountain Gorillas. Hiking to her grave site is quite spectacular, passing through bamboo forest and afro-montane habitats, criss-crossed trails with tracks of forest buffalo and elephant! You MAY see all sorts of wildlife as you make our way up and down to Karisoke, nestled between the volcanic peaks of Karismbi and Visoke.
Return to the lodge for lunch, later transfer to Kigali (2hrs drive) and depending on your scheduled departure flight, we can take a tour to gisozi genocide memorial museum, local art and craft shops, later transfer to Kigali internatonal Airport for your departure flight.