Gorillas and Primates Discovery

12 Days from US$10,425 per person

Overview

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What's Included

All accommodations as per itinerary
All meals while on Safari
All drinks including alcoholic beverages
Professional wildlife guide and 4×4 safari vehicle(s) for group departure
Exclusive services of a professional wildlife guide and 4×4 vehicle for private safari
All wildlife reserve and national park fees
1 chimpanzee trekking permit
1 Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Permit
1 PNV Gorilla Trekking Permit
Services of rangers and gorilla guide for trekking

Highlights

Queen Elizabeth National Park  |  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest |  Mgahinga Gorilla National Park |  Volcano National Park |  Chimp Trekking |  Two Gorilla Treks |  Hiking/Boating

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Volcano National Park

Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

Chimp Trekking

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest. It is famed as one of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions offering visitors an array of wonderful activities including excellent bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and visiting a local Maasai village. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on an excursion to the magnificent Olduvai Gorge.

Two Gorilla Treks

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest. It is famed as one of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions offering visitors an array of wonderful activities including excellent bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and visiting a local Maasai village. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on an excursion to the magnificent Olduvai Gorge.

Hiking/Boating

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest. It is famed as one of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions offering visitors an array of wonderful activities including excellent bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and visiting a local Maasai village. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on an excursion to the magnificent Olduvai Gorge.

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Camps & Lodges

Kyambura Gorge Lodge  |  Bwindi Lodge |  Mount Gahinga Lodge |  Virunga Lodge

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

Bwindi Lodge

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Mount Gahinga Lodge

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Virunga Lodge

Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

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Day 1 | Kampala – Entebbe / Queen Elizabeth National Park

 

Today you will be met by your guide at your hotel or at the airport and depart by road for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Along the way you will stop at the Equator where you can stand astride both hemispheres. Continuing on, you’ll descend the escarpment to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s first national park, which lies in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley. The park is centered around Lake Edward and Lake George, which are linked by the Kazinga channel, a waterway rich in wildlife and birds. The Rwenzori Mountains act as a backdrop to the park’s variety of habitats – tropical forest, green meadows, savannah, crater lakes and swamps.

Your stay here will be at the Kyambura Gorge Lodge, set on the edge of the park with stunning views over the gorge and the lush savannah. The main lodge building was originally a coffee store. The original structure has been restored to create a stunning space with a series of distinct contemporary spaces for guests to relax and take in the views. Six guest bandas have been carefully set into the hillside. Each room has full ensuite bathrooms and private verandas offering panoramic views across the gorge, savannah and mythical Rwenzoris.

Relax with a cool drink and take in the views with time to freshen up before dinner.

     Kyambura Gorge Lodge 

     Meals: Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 2 | Queen Elizabeth National Park

 

After an early breakfast depart on an early game drive in the park. the Kasenyi plains are excellent for sighting Lion and large herds of Uganda Kob. The Mweya peninsula offers excellent game drives with magnificent views across the water to the Rwenzori Mountains. Mweya is one of the best places to look for leopard, which live in the dense, scrubby thickets. Time permitting visit the Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative and its coffee processing station or the wetland reserve to spot birds.

     Kyambura Gorge Lodge 

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 3 | Queen Elizabeth – Kyambura Gorge – Chimpanzee Trek

 

This morning after breakfast you will drive to Kyambura to track the fast moving Chimpanzees. The chimp population here is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable. The walk in this “lost world” is nevertheless enchanting. You may also visit the tropical Bee Care Center to look at their range of community projects from bee keeping, honey making to the community nursery for children. You may also see the famous tuskless elephants that have evolved in response to poaching in the past.

In the afternoon you will go on boat cruise down the Kazinga Channel to spot hippo, elephant, crocodile and a wide array of birds. Return to your lodge before dark.

     Kyambura Gorge Lodge 

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 4 | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

 

This morning after breakfast you will continue into the dense forested hills of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This national park was established in 1991 to protect some of the last remaining great apes in the wild. Here exists about one half of the world’s population of the mountain gorillas. Other animals including the Colobus monkey, chimpanzee, elephant, bushbuck, duiker, buffalo, golden cat, leopard, civet, bushpig and giant forest hog. This pocket of primeval forest in the Virunga Mountain range is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and has been designated as a World Heritage Site. The Gorillas live at altitudes of up to 6,500 feet (1,980 m) so be prepared for a long and difficult hike. Usually these habituated gorilla’s are tracked daily by the park rangers, but they can travel long distances through the dense jungle in a matter of hours.

Your stay here will be at Volcanoes’ Bwindi Lodge. The Lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi forest, home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and birds. Amidst the many noises of forest life, it is the perfect place to experience the magic of this area. The lodge consist of 8 spacious bandas with a dinning room, bar and lounge that overlooks the forest below.

     Bwindi Lodge 
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     Meals: Breakfast

 


Day 5 | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Gorilla Trek

This morning you arise early to begin your hike to find the Gorilla’s. Depending on where they were last spotted it may take several hours to come upon them. But your patience and stamina will be rewarded. Coming upon a family of these amazing creatures in the undergrowth is an inspiring moment. After a full hour with these intelligent gentle creatures it’s time for one last look before hiking back to camp.

     Bwindi Lodge 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 


Day 6 | Bwindi – Gorilla Trek (optional)

Either go gorilla tracking again (optional and at an additional cost) or go for a guided nature walk in the thick forest rich in birds, butterflies and primates. Alternatively go for a stroll around the Lodge or a community walk. You can also visit the Batwa Pygmies, and learn about the use forest and still practice their traditional ways of hunting and gathering food. You will also visit their small village on the edge of the canopy.

     Bwindi Lodge 
                 View Gallery

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 


Day 7 | Mgahinga National Park – Virunga Volcanoes

Today you depart for the Virunga Volcanoes home to ½ the world’s mountain Gorillas. The Volcanoes lie within the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo. En route you will stop at Kanaba Gap to view the mountains and the beautiful terraced hills. You then continue to the small town of Kisoro before heading, up the mountain to Mount Gahinga, part of Mgahinga National Park.

Your will arrive at the Mount Gahinga Lodge in time for a late lunch. This luxury Lodge is set in the lush hills and has 8 luxury bandas and a beautiful main building housing the lounge and restaurant. After lunch set out on a guided nature walk or visit the Batwa Cave, returning for drinks and dinner.

     Mount Gahinga Lodge 

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 


Day 8 | Mgahinga National Park – Virunga Volcanoes

Today you have many options. You can go on a Gorilla Trek, however there is just 1 habituated group and the hike can be strenuous. Alternately you can climb the Muhavura or Gahinga volcanoes, go for a nature walk or visit golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park. You can also hike the Batwa Trail. Accompanied by pgmy Batwa Elders where you will visit the sacred Ngarama cave and enjoy the traditional music and dance of this rich culture.

     Mount Gahinga Lodge 

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 


Day 9 | Volcanoes National Park – Virunga Volcanoes

After a morning activity and lunch you will cross over to the Rwanda side of the Virunga Volcanoes. After clearing customs you will continue a short ways to your home for the next three nights – the Volcanoes Virunga Lodge, a spectacular eco-lodge, set on a stunning hillside with breathtaking views of the Virunga volcanoes and Lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. Accommodations are in eight bamdas that terrace the hillside.

Aside from gorilla tracking, you can climb the Visoke or Karisimbi volcanoes, track the golden monkey, visit the remains of the Karisoke Centre and Dian Fossey’s grave site, or go for gentle strolls around the picturesque villages near the lakes.

     Virunga Lodge 

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 10 | Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Trek

Today you depart for the Virunga Volcanoes home to ½ the world’s mountain Gorillas. The Volcanoes lie within the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo. En route you will stop at Kanaba Gap to view the mountains and the beautiful terraced hills. You then continue to the small town of Kisoro before heading, up the mountain to Mount Gahinga, part of Mgahinga National Park.

Your will arrive at the Mount Gahinga Lodge in time for a late lunch. This luxury Lodge is set in the lush hills and has 8 luxury bandas and a beautiful main building housing the lounge and restaurant. After lunch set out on a guided nature walk or visit the Batwa Cave, returning for drinks and dinner.

     Virunga Lodge 

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 11 | Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Trek (optional)

Today you can go on another trek (on payment of supplement at the time of booking subject to permit availability), visit the golden monkeys, drive to Gisenyi, visit Ros Carr’s orphanage and Lake Kivu or climb the Visoke/Muhavura volcanoes, or you can trek to Dian Fossey’s grave, visit the local school and community projects or walk to Lake Bulera.

     Virunga Lodge 

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 12 | Volcanoes National Park / Kigali – Depart

After a leisurely breakfast leave for Kigali on a scenic three hour drive. Time permitting, you will have a tour of the city including a visit to the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and the genocide memorial. You will then be taken to the airport for your departing flight.

     Meals: Breakfast

Please note: 2 Gorilla Trekking Permits are included in the cost. Additional permits may be obtained for an additional cost.

INCLUSIONS

All accommodations as per itinerary

All meals while on Safari

All drinks including alcoholic beverages

Professional wildlife guide and 4×4 safari vehicle(s) for group departure

Exclusive services of a professional wildlife guide and 4×4 vehicle for private safari

All wildlife reserve and national park fees

1 chimpanzee trekking permit

1 Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Permit

1 PNV Gorilla Trekking Permit

Services of rangers and gorilla guide for trekking

EXCLUSIONS

Airfare into and out of Uganda or Rwanda (can be arranged by your Safari Specialist)

Overnights and transfers in Kampala if needed

Laundry (can be done for a fee)

Visas and visa fees

All items of a personal nature

Travel Insurance (Emergency Medical, Medical Transportation and Repatriation Insurance is required)

Gratuities for guides, rangers and camp/lodge staff

Airport Departure Taxes (usually included in ticket price)