15 Day Gorilla Trekking Tour To Burundi Rwanda Uganda
15 Day Gorilla Trekking Tour To Burundi Rwanda Uganda for cultural, historical heritage, game drives, chimpanzee and gorilla trekking with a local operator.
The 15-day combined tour starts at Bujumbura International Airport and ends at Entebbe International Airport.
This tour can be tailor-made and run for individuals, couples, small group travelers looking for real and local experience with the cultural and historical heritage in Burundi and Rwanda, wildlife game drives in Akagera and Queen Elizabeth National, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park, mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park.
This is not a fixed departure tour, hence it can be executed any time all year long- with an option of adding Nyiragongo Volcano hike.
Day 1: Arrival In Bujumbura And Transfer To The Hotel
Meet our guide at Bujumbura airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Safari Gate Hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have a short city tour or walk along the beach of Lake Tanganyika.
Day 2: Bujumbura City Tour
After breakfast, visit “Place de l’Independence”, mausoleum of Prince Louis Rwagasore, a hero in the independence of Burundi, located in the “Belvedere” which is a dominating point of Bujumbura and offers a unique view over Lake Tanganyika; visit “La Pierre de Stanley et Livingstone”, the commemorating stone of the place where the famous explorers Stanley and Livingstone rested during their attempt to find the source of Nile. Afterward, proceed with a boat trip to Rusizi National park to explore closer the hippos and birds then visit Albert’s crocodiles and the Sion market (optional) before transfer back to the hotel. Overnight at Safari Gate Hotel.
Day 3: Source Of Nile, Karera Waterfalls & Burundi Drummers
After breakfast at 7:00 A.M, drive to the Source of the Nile. Afterward, head to the stunning “Karera Falls”. In the afternoon drive to Gitega to visit the Burundi National Museum and enjoy a cultural visit to Gishora hill and drum performance before transfer back to Bujumbura. Overnight at Safari Gate Hotel.
Day 4: Nyanza King’s Palace & Butare National Museum- Kigali Transfer
After breakfast, transfer to Huye. The visit will continue to Butare Ethnographic Museum, formerly the National Museum of Rwanda and Nyanza King’s Palace, the residence of King Mutara III Rudahigwa and the Royal Palace that was traditionally built. Overnight at Chez Lando Hotel.
Day 5: Kigali City Tour– Rwanda historical and cultural tour
After breakfast, proceed with Kigali city tour including visits like: • Kigali Genocide Memorial, • Kandt Natural History Museum, • Presidential Palace Museum, • Campaign Against Genocide Museum, • Nyamirambo Women Center, • Kimironko market • Nyabugogo Center • Inema and Ivuka Arts Overnight at Chez Lando Hotel.
Day 6: Transfer from Kigali to Akagera National Park
After breakfast at 8:00 A.M, transfer to Akagera National Park and enjoy a full day game drive in the park before overnight at Akagera Game Lodge.
Day 7: Akagera National Park- Half day Game drive
After breakfast, proceed with a half-day game drive in the morning then enjoy a boat trip to Lake Shakani in the afternoon and an evening game drive. Overnight at Akagera game Lodge.
Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda)
After breakfast, depart for Bwindi National Park where you will have your gorilla trekking the following day. Your accommodations for the next 2 nights are at Gorilla Valley Lodge, on the edge of the Bwindi Forest, where each cottage has its own en suite flush toilet and warm water shower. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a World Heritage Site and the opportunity to see endangered mountain gorillas is the highpoint of your exciting safari. Overnight at Gorilla Valley Lodge.
Day 9: Gorilla Trekking - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a World Heritage Site and the opportunity to see endangered mountain gorillas is the highpoint of your exciting safari. Today after a very early breakfast, you report to the trekking assembly point for pre-trekking briefing. You visit a different group of your assigned habituated gorillas. The trek can take between one and six hours, at altitudes in excess in 7,500 feet and over rough terrain. Although the hike may be physically demanding, the anticipation of the experience is invigorating and the beauty of the forest and its inhabitants fascinating. When you encounter gorillas, your fatigue is quickly forgotten. Observing a wild gorilla family in its natural habitat and on its terms is considered by many naturalists to be the most profound wildlife experience in the world. Each strictly regulated 60-minute visit passes all too quickly and you must depart, leaving the gorillas to their fragile existence. After a visit with the gorillas and a picnic lunch in the forest each day, you return to Gorilla Valley Lodge with unforgettable memories of a rare and wondrous experience.
Day 10: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, you drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. As one of Uganda’s outstanding treasures, this wildlife sanctuary has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for Humanity. The park’s 2000 sq km encompasses a remarkable variety of habitats including semi-deciduous tropical forests, acacia bush-land, open savannah, lakes, rivers, and swamps. In addition to its famous tree-climbing Lions, Uganda kob, elephant, buffalo, hippo, baboons and chimpanzees, more than 500 species of birds have been listed for the park, making it a prime location for birdwatchers. Species recorded include the shoebill, black bee-eater, 11 types of kingfishers and a variety of falcons and eagles. Your accommodation at Bush Lodge commands splendid wonderful views!
Day 11: Game Drives & Boat Cruise – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Wake very early and have an early morning breakfast. At around 6:30 am, go for a game drive on the northerly parts of the park along the Kasenyi track. This is the best time for opportunities for viewing the cats in action. Explore all the tracks in the park different game like Elephants, Uganda Kobs, Buffaloes, Jackson heartbeest, Oribis, and many others. After lunch at 2.30, take a boat cruise on the Kazinga for solitary Buffalo, Hippo and other animals at the edge of the channel as they cool off. So many bird species including the migrant ones like the terns and gulls congregate here in large flocks. Dinner and overnight at Bush Lodge.
Day 12: Transfer to Kibale National Park
In the morning you drive to Kibale National Park. It has a variety of primates dominated by Chimpanzees commonly known as chimps and a variety of monkey species. There is also bird watching of about 335 species, butterfly watching; the mammals include elephants, buffalo, giant forest hogs and half a dozen antelope species, all these can be viewed during forest walks, and night walks. A tour guide who explains to the visitor the different plant species, including Ugandan medicinal plants including the famous Sodom and Gomorrah tree, guides the nature walks. Dinner and Overnight at Kibale Forest Camp.
Day 13: Chimp Tracking - Kibale National Park
The Kibale Forest is scientifically one of central Africa’s best-known regions. Of the forest’s 11 primate species, most are well studied, and many are accustomed to human observation. Following an early breakfast, you walk into the rainforest in search of primates and other animals. Commonly seen species include the red-tailed monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, and both Red Colobus and Black-and-white Colobus Monkeys. As you hike the trails you listen for the distinctive pant-grunts that signal the presence of Chimpanzees. Chimps are abundant here and there is a high likelihood of your finding them. Black-and-white-casqued hornbill, great blue turaco, grey parrot, and Narina trogon are a few of the many birds you may see. In the afternoon you explore a forested swamp looking for birds, primates and some of the magnificent butterflies which abound here. Later in the afternoon, you return to your accommodations at Kibale Forest Camp.
Day 14: Transfer to Kampala from Kibale National Park
After breakfast, transfer to Kampala arriving in the afternoon. Check-in and overnight at Fairway Hotel, Premier Hotel Kampala or similar hotel. You can visit the city center markets, crafts markets around Kampala before dinner and overnight.
Day 15: End Of Trip- Transfer to Entebbe Int’l Airport
After early morning breakfast check out. Depending on your flight time you may visit World Heritage Kasubi Tombs or Botanical Gardens Entebbe before you reach Entebbe International Airport to catch your onward flight.
-All ground transport in 4x4 Vehicles. - English speaking Tour Guide drivers throughout the tour. - 3* Accommodation sharing with meals - Entry fees to all the National Parks and other places of visit. - Gorilla Permits for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. - Game Drive at Queen Elizabeth National Park and Akagera National park. -Chimp Tracking permits - Boat cruise to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Rusizi National Park. - Mineral bottled water throughout the trip. - Drum fees. - All taxes
Anything not included in the itinerary will be considered as extra.