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8 days Rwanda-Uganda Primate tour

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8 Days, 7 Nights
Kigali
Entebbe
Min Age : 15+
Tour Details

8 days Rwanda & Uganda Primate tour is a magical journey, promising you an experience like no other. It is filled with back to back fun. City tour of Kigali town, additional trips to the memorial sites of Murambi, Nyamata, Ntarama, Bisesero, Nyanza and Nyarabuye for those that wish to learn more about Rwanda’s Genocide, Gorilla tracking, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale forest National park and so much more. Hey there! Don’t bounce off yet, this East Africa Experience can be tailor made to suite your style too. Inquire with our team of experts to makes sure they get everything right – including accommodation, transportation, meals and the gorilla permits. You’re in luck! This tour comes with a chimpanzee permit, excluding the gorilla permit.

NOTE:

  • Gorilla tracking is dependent on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all parks are on a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.
  • Important travel information to plan your trip and make the most of your time here, from entry requirements, safety tips, how to get around to weather conditions, currency and accommodation is available here: Destination Uganda or Destination Rwanda
  • Gorilla Permits cost $600 each
  • Chimpanzee Permits cost $150 each
  • Gorillas are mainly found in Bwindi and Mgahinga
  • Chimpanzees are mainly found in Kibale National Park
  • Depending on availability of gorilla permits at the time of confirmation, you may trek gorillas in Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga or Nkuringo.
  • Read our updated  FAQs to learn more
  • Make your choice in accommodation with us!

Departure & Return Location

Kigali International Airport (Google Map)

Entebbe International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Chimpanzee Permits for $150
  • All activities as stipulated in the itinerary
  • All airport pick-ups and drops
  • Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide
  • Park entrance fees
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle
  • All meals and accommodation as per the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Gorilla permit for $600, optional activities or forest walks
  • Phone calls and bar bills
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Personal Insurance
  • All other services of a personal nature
  • Driver guide’s gratuity

Complementaries

  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Park entrance Fees
What to Expect
  • City tour of Kigali town, Rwanda
  • Visiting memorial sites of Murambi, Nyamata, Ntarama and more
  • Gorilla trekking in Parc des Volcans
  • Optional Ibyiwatu Cultural group performance
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for two nights
  • Village walk or Batwa trail
  • Kibale Forest for two nights
  • Chimpanzee tracking
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kigali, Rwanda

Travel time to the hotel: Approx 15-20 minutes

Activities of the day: Arrival and transfer to the hotel for the overnight. Upon arriving at the airport you will be warmly welcomed by your guide from Churchill Tailored Safaris, who will then give you a short briefing and transfer you to your hotel in Kigali town. Accommodation: Mille Collins
Meal plan: Bed and breakfast.

Day 2City tour Kigali – Ruhengere

Travel time: Approx: 2-3 hours drive
Activities of the day: Half day city tour of Kigali town, lunch and transfer to Ruhengere.
Today you will explore Kigali, by visiting the Genocide Museum and the Caplaki Crafts Center for about 3-4 hours. After lunch, you will depart for Ruhengeri. The two-hour drive through the rolling hills of Rwanda takes you to the base of the magnificent volcanoes of the Virunga mountain range. Arrive to your lodge in the evening.
We also offer optional additional trips to the memorial sites of Murambi, Nyamata, Ntarama, Bisesero, Nyanza and Nyarabuye for those that wish to learn more about Rwanda’s Genocide.

Arrive at the lodge in the evening and relax and get ready for the following day’s gorilla tracking.
Accommodation: Da Vinci lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3Gorilla tracking in Parc de national

Gorilla tracking in Rwanda and the possibility of participating in optional activities in the evening.
Today you set off for gorilla trekking in Parc des Volcans. Ascending the slopes of the Virungas, you will be immersed in the dense, lush rainforest. The vibrant birdcalls and squabbles of the golden monkeys will eventually bring you to the gorillas in their natural habitat. Starring into the eyes of these gentle giants is a truly once in a lifetime experience.
Returning in the afternoon you can go for the optional Ibyiwatu Cultural group performance, where you will be entertained, and learn more about Rwandan culture, music, dance, and drama. Or take a visit to the twin lakes before returning to the lodge in the evening. Overnight at Da Vinci lodge. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4Ruhengere – Bwindi (Northern sector)

Travel time: Approx. 6 hours
After breakfast, you will cross the Uganda border via Cyanika and continue to the northern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for two nights, home to over half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. Interacting with these gentle giants is one of the most moving experiences that Africa has to offer and should not be missed! The ancient rainforest of Bwindi spans 321 sq km and boasts 90 mammal species, including a range of primates, as well as 23 Albertine Rift endemic bird species.
Arrive at the lodge in the evening and get ready for the following day’s gorilla tracking.
Accommodation: Mahogany Springs lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 5Bwindi - Gorilla Tracking

Activities of the day: Gorilla tracking for the day and possible optional activities in the evening.
This morning you will set off for gorilla trekking. Hiking through the thick, verdant, rainforest to eventually come across the gorillas in their natural habitat, is an amazing and unforgettable experience. Actual trek times can vary; these are wild animals after all. If time permits there are a diverse range of activities which are unique to Bwindi which you can participate in during the afternoon.

Relax in the evening or go for any optional activities below and overnight at your lodge.

Optional activities include;
Village Walk: Overlooking the imposing hillsides of Bwindi Impenetrable forest, with the mist swirling over the summits, this is one of the most dramatic settings for your cultural tour! Among others, meet a traditional healer, who not only treats the sick, but uses his knowledge to conserve and educate about the various medicinal plants.

Batwa trail: While on this tour, you get to learn more about the indigenous people of Bwindi. The dense forests at the foot of the Virunga Volcanoes were home to the Batwa people: hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine thanks to the ancient knowledge passed down for generations. Overnight: Mahogany Springs lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 6Bwindi-Kibale

Travel Time: Approx. 5-6 hours or 45 minutes flight to Kasese at $290 per person.
Activities of the day: Breakfast, transfer to Kibale forest National park passing via Ishasha famed for the tree climbing lions arriving in the evening.
You will have breakfast and then drive to kibale Forest for two nights a 795 sq km of rainforest in Western Uganda. Kibale is home to an extraordinary thirteen species of primates, including chimpanzees, red colobus, and L’Hoest monkeys. Kibale National Forest has also recorded over 355 bird species, and a range of other mammals including the elusive forest elephant.

Accommodation: Kibale Guest cottages
Kibale Guest Cottages are private unique luxury cottages with a capacity of ten rooms which can accommodate a maximum of 20 people per night, fitted to high standards with solar powered hot showers. Each cottage balcony offers a spectacular view of Kibale forest; home to chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys and over 40 bird species.
You will take pleasure in the Garden bar that provides an assortment of drinks and a restaurant with a wide range of tastes and diets and all this with a good ambiance during day and night for relaxing as you soak up under the sun in a friendly tropical environment.
www.kibaleguestcottages.co.ug

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 7Kibale

Activities for the day: Morning chimp tracking or full day habituation and afternoon Bigodi swamp walk.

This morning you will go for Chimpanzee tracking along the network of forest trails. Seeing habituated chimps squabbling and swinging from the trees is an exhilarating experience.
Later in the afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is rich in bird species, vegetation, and wildlife. This is also a great opportunity to support local tourism initiatives which benefit social and economic development in the area.

Overnight at Kibale guest cottages.

Day 8Kibale-Entebbe International Airport

Travel Time: Approx: 6 hours
After breakfast, proceed to Entebbe stopping en route for lunch. Transfer to your hotel or to the airport for your return flight.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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