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This incredible 8-day gorilla tracking safari takes you to three incredible national parks in Rwanda and Uganda - Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi National Park in Uganda.

Begin your fantastic gorilla adventure in the Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda as you track some of the last remaining mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Continue the tracking in Uganda with three additional opportunities to track these majestic creatures in the Bwindi National Park.

Alternatively, each park offers a number of other activities for you to enjoy. Climb some of the stunning Virunga Volcanoes, embark on nature walks to search for rare birds or golden monkeys, and enjoy learning about the local indigenous Batwa Pygmies.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Track gorillas in three diverse parks
  • View lakes & volcanoes
  • Spot golden monkeys 
  • Learn about the Batwa Pygmies
  • Massages available

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Travel through beautiful Rwanda

Arrive at the airport in Kigali and transfer into the city for lunch before departing for the Volcanoes Virunga Lodge in the Parc National des Volcans.

The journey north passes through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterise much of Rwanda's landscape and gradually climbs to the base of the Virunga Volcanoes, sometimes with as many as five peaks visible.

Day 2

Go gorilla tracking in the forest

The second day of your safari offers the rare opportunity to observe the famous Rwandan mountain gorillas (subject to gorilla permits being available). Tracking the gorillas through the forested 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. Some gorilla families, however, are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy.

Day 3

Trek to Dianne Fossey's grave

Choose from a variety of activities today. Head out for some gorilla tracking in the Parc National des Volcans (additional permit payment), visit the endangered golden monkeys or trek to Dianne Fossey's grave.

Other options include driving to Gisenyi, visiting Ross Carr's orphanage and Lake Kivu, climbing the Visoke/Muhavura volcanoes, visiting the local school and community projects, or walking to Lake Bulera.

Day 4

See the unique Virunga Volcanoes

Enjoy a relaxing morning and visit the local school or orphanage before returning to the Volcanoes Virunga Lodge for lunch.

Set off in the afternoon and cross into Uganda as you make your way to the Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge, situated at the base of the Virunga Volcanoes. Enjoy the rest of the day as you relax with a refreshing sundowner on the terrace before dinner.

Day 5

Search for the Mgahinga gorillas

Today you have the opportunity to go gorilla tracking again, this time in the Nkuringo part of the Bwindi National Park on the northern side of the Virunga Mountains (additional permit payment).

If you prefer, climb the Muhavura or Gahinga volcano to get some spectacular views of the surrounding area, go for a nature walk to track the golden monkeys, or visit with the Batwa Pygmies as they teach you about their culture and some traditional hunting techniques.

Day 6

Wander through the Bwindi Forest

Drive to the Bwindi Forest National Park through the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ with its winding roads, and many hills and valleys all with distant views of the volcanoes and lakes.

Time permitting; you can go for a guided nature walk in the thick forest rich in birds, butterflies and monkeys. Alternatively, look for monkeys and birds near the river below the Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge.

Day 7

Embark on a memorable gorilla trek

Wake up early and embark on another gorilla tracking excursion (additional permit payment). Tracking in Bwindi Forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day. In this thick and humid forest you'll almost have to cut your way through the undergrowth, a challenge that is richly rewarded upon your first sight of the shy and graceful gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation.

Other options include a leisurely walk on one of the different trails that meanders through the Impenetrable Forest, a visit to local village or community project, or visit the Batwa Pygmies - the indigenous people of Bwindi.

Day 8

Explore the markets of Kigali

This morning, you’ll transfer back to Kigali in Rwanda where your tour will end. Depending on your travel arrangements, there may be time to tour the city.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights at Volcanoes Virungas Lodge on fully inclusive basis
  • 2 nights at Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge on fully inclusive basis
  • 2 nights at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge on fully inclusive basis
  • Gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans
  • Guided walk to Lake Bulera to experience local village life
  • Walk the Batwa Trail, accompanied by Batwa Elders, to experience the lives of the Batwa Pygmies
  • Visit the sacred Ngarama cave
  • Track Gorillas in Nkuringo
  • Hike the Muhavura or Gahinga Volcanoes
  • Track the Golden Monkeys, on a guided nature walk, through Bwindi National Park
  • Park fees
  • Transport and a driver/guide

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 15 Oct 2014 - 14 Dec 2014 $5145
  • 15 Dec 2014 - 28 Feb 2015 $5715
  • 01 Mar 2015 - 31 May 2015 $5145
  • 01 Jun 2015 - 14 Oct 2015 $5715
  • 15 Oct 2015 - 14 Dec 2015 $5145

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Emma Harrop

Emma Harrop

Africa Safari Expert

"This is my favourite Rwanda Gorilla Safari extension as you have the best of both worlds. Trekking with a professional guide to see the majestic Mountain Gorilla, combined with incredible views from the upmarket yet unpretentious Virunga lodge overlooking the crater lakes and nearby volcanoes."

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