13 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking tour in Uganda and Rwanda

Gorilla tracking in Uganda

This 13 days gorilla tracking tour in Uganda and Rwanda takes you to the Mountain Gorillas and chimpanzees. The tour starts and ends at the Entebbe airport in Uganda.

The 13 Days Uganda Rwanda safari – Gorillas, Chimpanzees and wildlife tours has the following highlights:

13 Days Uganda Rwanda safari – Gorillas, Chimpanzees and wildlife tours

  • Visit 4 national parks of Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi in Uganda and Volcanoes in Rwanda
  • Gorilla tracking in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Nature walk and primate watching in Bigodi Swamp
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi and optionally in Volcanoes National Park
  • Golden Monkey tracking in the Volcanoes
  • Sunrise and sunset game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Parks
  • Boat cruise on Kazinga channel with high populations of crocodiles and hippos
  • See the numerous crater lakes
  • Views of the Mountains of the Rwenzori, Mgahinga, Sabinyo and Muhavura
  • Cross the Equator and stand in two hemispheres at the same time
  • Tour the local communities in Uganda
Day One: Airport EBB – Arrival at Entebbe

You are warmly received and transferred to the hotel for overnight rest

Overnight stay at: Lake Victoria View Guest House (BB) or The Boma (BB)

Day Two: From Kampala to Kibale Forest National Park (350km, 6 hrs)

After your breakfast, you are picked up from the hotel. We drive westwards through the undulating green hills with local farms and tea plantations to Fort Portal town. Have a stop for a lunch buffet of local food or a La Carte as you enjoy views of the Rwenzori mountains. We then transfer to the lodge and relax to sights and sounds of the forest. You may go for a walk around the lodge or in the forest for a night walk to see the night primates and other animals (optional). Kibale national park is a huge protected rain forest with a high number of primates like the Chimpanzee, Mangabey, Red tailed monkey and red Colobus in Africa.

Overnight stay: Chimpanzee Guest House (FB) / Primate Lodge (FB)

Day Three: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Swamp

After an early breakfast, you start with a briefing of the activity and what to expect in the park. Enter the forest for the gorilla tracking. Walking at your own pace along the trails is easy in the company of excellent local guides. The guides explain the life of the chimps, tree species, birds and other mammals that live in the forest.

The primates that you may see include the Gray Cheeked Mangabeys, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed Monkey, Red colobus and Black and White Colobus. You may as well encounter animals like the Duikers and forest elephants. The highlight is an encounter with the Gorillas associating in the trees or on the ground. Return to your accommodation for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, it is possible to have another walk in the Bigodi community swamp for birds and monkeys.

Overnight stay: Chimpanzee Guest House (FB) / Primate Lodge (FB)

Day Four: Kibale forest to Queen Elizabeth National Park through crater lakes (130km, 4 hrs)

Wake up to a hearty breakfast and views of the forest. We leisurely drive southwards through the scenic crater lakes region. Have a stop at the Equator for photos, we then continue to Queen Elizabeth national park. Check in at the lodge and relax for lunch to sounds and sights of the wilderness. Enjoy the afternoon relaxation at the lodge or do a game drive as the sunsets over the savannah. Have dinner and relax. Queen Elizabeth national Park is well known for the open savannah, rain forests and crater lakes.

Overnight stay: The Kasenyi Safari Camp (FB) or Mweya Safari Lodge (FB)

Day Five: Game drives and Boat cruise

After early breakfast, embark on the game drive around the Kasenyi plains west of the national park. Here you get to see different animals including lions and antelopes especially waterbucks and kobs, hyenas and elephants among others. You may visit the nearby salt lake and see the local ways of salt mining. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. We then slope down to the jetty for an enchanting boat cruise along the beautiful Kazinga channel that connects two lakes.

The boat sails close to numerous animals that come to the channel for a drink. Hippos, buffaloes, elephants, giant forest hogs, crocodiles and many bird species can be seen in the water or on the banks. The cruise ends down by Lake Edward with stunning views of the border mountains of the Congo in a distance. Have dinner and a cozy night.

Overnight stay: The Kasenyi Safari Camp (FB) or Mweya Safari Lodge (FB)

Day Six: Queen Elizabeth to Ishasha  70km 2hr

Have a morning game drive and transfer south to the Ishasha sector. Check in at the Lodge for lunch and relaxation. Enjoy a relaxed sunset game drive in search of the tree climbing lions. The drive goes up to the river camp. You will see hippos in the river and primates in the surrounding trees.

Overnight stay: Ishasha Jungle Lodge (FB) or Ishasha Wilderness Camp (FB)

Day Seven: Ishasha to Bwindi national Park (60km 2hrs / 150km 5hrs)

After a sumptous early breakfast, we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable. On our way we pass through hilly villages, beautiful landscapes and the mountains with breath taking views. Bwindi Impenetrable is a unique montane forest, with many wildlife species and birds. Bwindi is one of the 2 places in the world where you find the endangered Mountain Gorillas!!

Overnight stay: Gorilla Mist Camp (FB) or the Mahogany Springs Lodge (FB)

Day Eight: Bwindi Impenetrable forest on the trails Gorilla tracking!!!

Early morning set off in the forest, the highlight being an encounter with a family of the Gorillas!! You will have an hour with them for an experience that will last a life time. The Guides informatively explain the plants and animals of the forest as well as the life of the gorillas. After tracking, we return to the lodge to relax. It is possible to do a community walk in the afternoon (optional)

Overnight stay: Gorilla Mist Camp (FB) or the Mahogany Springs Lodge (FB)

Day Nine: Bwindi Impenetrable forest to Volcanoes national Park (110km 4hrs / 150km 5hrs)

Wake up leisurely to breakfast, then embark on the journey south through the forest and mountainous villages to the Rwanda border. The border formalities are easy and quick. We cross the border and drive a short distance to the Lodge.

Overnight stay: La Palme Hotel (FB) or the Mt Gorilla view Lodge (FB)

Day Ten: Volcanoes national Park (Gorilla tracking-optional)

This morning, we rise up early to breakfast then, assemble at the park headquarters for the gorilla tracking briefing. It is here that each person is allocated the group to track. Every gorilla group is supposed to have only eight trackers. We then hike up in the mountains, the highlight being an encounter of the gorillas in their natural habitat. We return to the lodge to relax in the afternoon or take a walk in the nearby Musanze town to see the urban way of life in Rwanda. Musanze is Rwanda’s second largest town.

Overnight stay: La Palme Hotel (FB) or the Mt Gorilla view Lodge (FB)

Day Eleven: Volcanoes national Park to Lake Bunyonyi (115km 4hrs)

This morning, have breakfast and relax. It is possible to do the Golden Monkey tracking in the Volcanoes national park (optional).You drive leisurely south through the hilly villages to Bunyonyi, the deepest and most picturesque lake in Uganda. The hillsides have hanging terraced farms and homesteads. In the afternoon, relax at the lodge, take a swim in the lake (Bilharzia free), go canoeing or take a boat trip on the lake to surrounding communities and the punishment Island. Return to the lodge to relax in the cool breeze and sights of the lake.

Overnight stay: Arcadia Cottages (FB) or the Bird Nest (FB)

Day Twelve: Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo National Park(210km 4hrs)

After breakfast and relaxation, drive leisurely through the mountains and cattle countryside to Lake Mburo. There are five lakes in the park with surrounding rolling hills. It is mostly woodland harboring beautiful bird species, leopards, hyenas, zebras and the rare topi and Eland antelopes. Hippos and crocodiles are common on the lake. In the afternoon, go for a game drive along the tracks or enjoy a boat trip on the lake. Return to the Lodge to relax with views of the park below.

Overnight stay: Rwakobo Rock (FB) or the Mihingo Lodge (FB)

Day Thirteen: Lake Mburo to Entebbe (230km 5hrs)

After a sumptuous breakfast, have a game safari walk in the park to see animals in close proximity. It is a thrilling moment if you have never encountered wildlife on foot. We then transfer to Entebbe for your departure flight with a lunch break at the Equator crossing.

END of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda safari – Gorillas, Chimpanzees and wildlife tours

TOTAL PRICE 2018-2019 (Medium range accommodations- Full board)
  • 2 persons: USD 3160 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 4 persons: USD 2760 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 6 persons: USD 2605 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • USD: 580 single room supplement outside the double/twin room
TOTAL PRICE 2018-2019 (High Budget accommodations- Full board)
  • 2 persons: USD 4780 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 4 persons: USD 4265 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 6 persons: USD 4020 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • USD: 640 single room supplement outside the double/twin room
The above Price includes:
  • Ground transfers
  • 4×4 custom built safari vehicle with knowledgeable driver/guide and fuel
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Accommodations with mentioned meals
  • Entrance fees to the National Parks and sites

The following activities: chimpanzee and Gorilla tracking (Uganda), game drives, boat trip on the Kazinga Channel and Lake Bunyonyi and a visit to the crater lakes.

The above Price excludes:
  • All activities not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Insurances
  • Flights and visa for Uganda and Rwanda
  • All Meals and drinks not according to the accommodations
  • Tips and personal expenses such as laundry and communications