Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla & Chimp Adventure

Start: Kigali Finish: Entebbe

Visiting: Kigali, Volcanoes National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Entebbe


Duration: 1 Nights

Physical rating: 4 - Demanding

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 1 - 14

Age range: Minimum age of 15 years for this trip.

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

They're the closest animals out there to us homo sapiens, and on this trip we aim to bring you as close as possible to these majestic creatures. There'll be gorillas, monkeys and chimps in abundance on this 9-day trip through Rwanda and Uganda. Take part in jungle trekking, embark on boat and jeep safaris in national parks, and learn about Rwanda's fascinating culture and history along the way. With an expert local CEO throughout and comfortable lodges to relax in during your down time, your focus can stay on spotting rare primates in their natural habitat.

Highlights

  • iconGet up close and personal with mountain gorillas in their backyard
  • icon meet local people at Nyamirambo Township and gain a better understanding of Rwanda then and now
  • icon Kigali Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Arrival transfer. All National Park entrance fees. Genocide memorial. Community walk and lunch at G Adventures-supported Nyamirambo Women's Centre. Guided Mountain Gorilla Trek with permits. Golden Monkey Trek with permits. Guided Chimpanzee Trek with permits. Safari wildlife safari drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Wildlife boat cruise in Kazinga Channel. Visit the equator line and a drum workshop. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • icon trek through the forest to visit Golden Monkeys
  • icon search for hippos while enjoying a boat ride down the Kazinga Channel
  • iconGet up close and personal with mountain gorillas in their backyard, trek through the forest to visit Golden Monkeys, meet local people at Nyamirambo Township and gain a better understanding of Rwanda then and now, encounter more primates on a chimp trek in Uganda, search for hippos while enjoying a boat ride down the Kazinga Channel
  • icon encounter more primates on a chimp trek in Uganda

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Kigali

Location: Kigali

Arrive at any time and transfer to the hotel.

If you arrive early, take some time to explore the city. Kigali is one of Africa’s safest cities and has a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. The city is known for its exceptional cleanliness.

Additional Information: Kigali has some interesting and historic sites outside of the city. If you want more time to explore, we recommend booking a pre-night. Elevation - Kigali area: 1,300 m (4,270 ft)

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2: Kigali/Volcanoes National Park

Location: Kigali

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Today visit the Genocide Memorial and learn about the somber history of Rwanda. Later, embark on a community walk and enjoy local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Nyamirambo Women's Centre. Travel to northern Rwanda in the afternoon to the lodge, located just outside the national park it has stunning volcano views.

Volcanoes National Park borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains can be found here. The volcanoes and highlands of the park are covered in lush rainforest and bamboo (a favourite snack of the gorillas). While the most famous resident is the mountain gorilla, other wildlife include: golden monkeys, buffaloes, hyenas, bushbucks, numerous bird species, and some elephants.

Additional Information: Altitude note: Volcanos NP - approx 2000 m (6,550 ft)

ACTIVITY: Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, which serves as a permanent memorial to those who fell victim to the genocide in 1994. The centre opened on the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004, and was built on a site where more than 250,000 people are buried.

ACTIVITY: Today we visit a local women’s centre supported by G Adventures. Located in Nyamirambo, the largest and most vibrant township in Rwanda, the centre provides women and girls from a diverse range of backgrounds, the opportunity to support each other and succeed, through education and training programs. From here, we take a guided walk through the lively community, meeting some of the women who have benefitted from the centre's training programs, seeing their local businesses and initiatives and having a chance to share in their daily life. After the walk, enjoy lunch prepared by the women at the centre, allowing us to try local foods and popular dishes. After lunch, take some time to browse the centre's shop, which features handmade, high-quality crafts and clothes, made by some of the women. Proceeds from the meal, shop and walking tour help support the centre’s education and training programs.

TRANSPORT: Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

icon Day 3: Volcanoes National Park

Location: Volcanoes National Park

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Depart early and transfer to the national park to meet the park ranger/guide for orientation. Embark on the trek, which can vary in length and difficulty, depending on the location of the gorilla family that's being visited. Spend 1 hr observing these beautiful and endangered creatures, a truly privileged experience. Trek back and return to the lodge with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Approximately 800 mountain gorillas exist globally in the wild today. They are found in Rwanda, DRC, and Uganda. In DRC and Rwanda, gorillas live in similar ecosystems/areas. The gorilla species found in these three areas are called “highland gorillas,” the latin name is “Gorilla berengei” named after the first European person to see and encounter a mountain gorilla.

Additional Information: The total duration of a trek can vary between 4-9 hours in length, depending on the location of the gorillas, who are constantly moving. *The order of activities over Days 3 and 4 can change depending on permit scheduling.

ACTIVITY: Depart early and transfer to the national park to meet the park ranger/guide for orientation. Embark on the trek, which can vary in length and difficulty, depending on the location of the gorilla family that's being visited. Spend an hour observing these beautiful and endangered creatures. Trek back and return to the hotel with the remainder of the afternoon to yourself.

FREE TIME: EVENING Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

TRANSPORT: Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

icon Day 4: Volcanoes National Park

Location: Volcanoes National Park

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Enjoy a second trek into the national park with a ranger/guide to view a unique and endangered species, the golden monkey. Watch these playful and lively creatures in their natural habitat.

ACTIVITY: Embark on a trek in Volcanoes National Park to view a species even more endangered than the mountain gorilla – the golden monkey. It is only in Rwanda where this interesting species has been successfully habituated. Look (and listen) for these lively and curious creatures that like to chatter – they are often only seen high up in the trees, but, with luck, hikers may have a close encounter. Golden monkeys mainly live in the lower parts of the bamboo forests; they are not as socially “tight” as gorillas and chimpanzees, and the number in the habituated troupe can vary on any given day between 20 and 80.

TRANSPORT: Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

FREE TIME: Your afternoon is at leisure to relax at the lodge or choose to visit the local Village.

icon Day 5: Volcanoes National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park

Location: Volcanoes National Park

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

After breakfast, cross into Uganda, arriving at the Queen Elizabeth National Park area in the late afternoon.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is characterized by open savannah, large areas of swamp around Lake George, the extensive Maramagambo Forest in the southeast, and the forested Kyambura Gorge along the border with Kyambura Game Reserve.

TRANSPORT: Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

ACTIVITY: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

icon Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Explore the national park with a chimp trek in search of the playful primates. Enjoy a safari drive with possible sightings of buffalo, waterbucks, warthogs, lions, leopards, hyenas, giant forest hogs, and elephants.

Additional Information: Depending on the number of people travelling, the group will be split into two, with half doing the chimp trek in the morning, followed by the wildlife safari drive in the afternoon (and vice versa). The order of activities over Days 6 and 7 can change depending on chimp permit scheduling.

ACTIVITY: Embark on a chimp trek with a park ranger/guide in Kyambura Gorge (aka the “Valley of Apes”) located in the eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park. See more than just chimps in their natural environment. Learn about the unique ecosystem of the gorge’s rainforest. Keep an eye out for other animals that can include birds, elephants, and hippos. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, visitors stand a good chance of hearing and seeing our distant cousins as they are habituated and not bothered by humans watching their daily behaviour.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a wildlife safari drive inside Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is home to Uganda's largest wildlife populations. Keep an eye out for buffalo, elephants, hippos, hyenas, lions, warthogs, and the elusive leopards.

TRANSPORT: Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

icon Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Embark on a morning wildlife safari drive for more wildlife viewing inside the park. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel to view hippos and birds, and, with a bit of luck, elephants or cats.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a wildlife safari drive inside Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is home to Uganda's largest wildlife populations. Keep an eye out for buffalo, elephants, hippos, hyenas, lions, warthogs, and the elusive leopards.

ACTIVITY: Take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, a waterway inside Queen Elizabeth National Park that connects Lake George and Lake Edward. Look out for a variety of wildlife who are drawn to the channel shores. Spot birds, crocodiles, hippos, and reptiles.

TRANSPORT: Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

icon Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park/Entebbe

Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

After breakfast, head to Entebbe with a stop at the Equator and a visit to a royal drum maker's workshop.

TRANSPORT: Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a fun stop at the equator and watch a demonstration on how water swirls in opposite directions in the northern and southern hemispheres. Uganda is one of the few countries in the world where the imaginary line that divides the earth into two can be crossed.

ACTIVITY: Visit a traditional drum making workshop for a demonstration on how the drums are made using animal hides and woods. After the demo, it’s time for a short musical presentation.

icon Day 9: Entebbe

Location: Entebbe

Meals: BREAKFAST

Depart at any time.

Additional Information: We recommend booking post nights if you want more time to explore Entebbe and the surrounding area.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Comfort hotel/lodges (8 nts).

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    Meals

    8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Community Walk and Local Lunch, Kigali Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Arrival transfer. All National Park entrance fees. Genocide memorial. Community walk and lunch at G Adventures-supported Nyamirambo Women's Centre. Guided Mountain Gorilla Trek with permits. Golden Monkey Trek with permits. Guided Chimpanzee Trek with permits. Safari wildlife safari drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Wildlife boat cruise in Kazinga Channel. Visit the equator line and a drum workshop. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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    Safari wildlife safari drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park

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    Golden Monkey Trek with permits

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    Guided Chimpanzee Trek with permits

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    Community walk and lunch at G Adventures-supported Nyamirambo Women's Centre

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    Wildlife boat cruise in Kazinga Channel

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    All National Park entrance fees

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    Visit the equator line and a drum workshop

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    Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Community Walk and Local Lunch, Kigali

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    Genocide memorial

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    Arrival transfer

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    Guided Mountain Gorilla Trek with permits

Meals Included

8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

Accommodation

Comfort hotel/lodges (8 nts).

Transport

4x4 Land Cruiser(s), walking, hiking, boat.

Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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