Life changing, unique encounters, the heart-stopping wilderness of all-Africa’s wildlife encounters little can match the experience that is gorilla trekking!!
Tour Duration: 4 Days
Destinations Visited: Rwanda, Kigali, Mgahinga & Bwindi National Parks, Uganda.
Your tour at a glance:
|Day 1||Arrival Kigali||Hotel Chez Lando||BB|
|Day 2||To Uganda/Meet the Pygmies||Gorilla Valley Lodge||FB|
|Day 3||Gorilla Trekking/ To Kigali||Hotel Chez Lando||FB|
Day 1: Arrival Kigali
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our company representative and transferred to your hotel for refreshment & overnight.
Day 2: To Uganda/ Meet the Pygmies
After breakfast, you will depart Rwanda on a scenic drive from Kigali through thousands of hills, coffee, tea and banana plantations to the border post foothills of the Mt. volcanoes and into the beautiful Pearl of Africa – Uganda.
After crossing the border into Uganda, you will head out to Mgahinga National Park for the ‘Batwa’ (pygmies) Cultural Trail. Doing this trail will enable you interact and learn about the interesting lifestyle of Uganda’s unique pygmies. The Batwa pygmies were originally the traditional inhabitants of Mgahinga forest that’s currently occupied by the National park. The trail exposes you to the in depth hidden history of the Batwa pygmies before the year 1990 when they evacuated the forest area that had become protected and conserved as a National park.
The Batwa Trail is unique in a way that it show-cases authentic culture of the original inhabitants of Mgahinga forest who’s lives mainly depended on the natural habitat. While exploring the trail, you experience the naturally endowed forest through a rare view point of the local people. The experience comes along with different unique demonstrations on how the pygmies used to extract local herbs that were used for healing different diseases, traditional ways of fetching water using locally made bamboo mugs and construction of grass huts.
The highly rewarding cultural tour ends with staged, authentic cultural performance organized by the Batwa community at the gate of the Garama cave which was highly regarded as ceremonial place for the cultural leaders of the Batwa community. Transfer to your lodge in preparation for Gorilla trekking the following day.
Day 3: Gorilla Trekking!!!
Today is the big day… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. You will be required to wake up early in the morning then be led to the visitor’s reception centre for a briefing about the park. You are allocated guides before heading into the forest in search of Mountain Gorillas.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.
The Gorillas you will track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the Gorillas’ habitat. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous Gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.
The time taken to track the Gorillas can take as little as 2 hours or more! Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
After trekking gorillas, transfer back to Rwanda for overnight and relaxation.
Day 4: Departure: Depending on the time of your departure flight, today morning you can simply relax or explore Kigali town before departing for Kigali International Airport from where you’ll catch your departure flight back home.
The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.
Visit old Kigali and the craft centers then visit the genocide memorial site. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.
This marks the end of what we hope will be an adventurous trip- Thank you very much!!
Validity: 04.01.2019 – 24.12.2019
Price (USD) Per Person Including 4×4 Jeep
I. If 1 pax traveling @US$3,000
II. If 2 pax traveling @US$2,000
III. If 3 pax traveling @US$1,776
IV. If 4 pax traveling @US$1,582
V. If 5 pax traveling @US$1,535
VI. If 6 pax traveling @US$1,447
Price (USD) per Person including 4×4 Safari Minibus
I. If 1 pax traveling @US$2,576
II. If 2 pax traveling @US$1,778
III. If 3 pax traveling @US$1,635
IV. If 4 pax traveling @US$1,476
V. If 5 pax traveling @US$1,447
VI. If 6 pax traveling @US$1,376
Please observe our Additional checklist for Gorilla Tracking