Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Discovery
When your guide puts his hand up and motions for you to crouch down, you'll know why. In the near distance, a silverback gorilla settles down to eat. Opportunities like these exist on this unique and life-changing adventure through Rwanda and Uganda. Deepen your understanding of Africa's primates and you'll deepen your understanding of all of us.
4x4 safari vehicle, walking, hiking, boat.
Hotel/lodges (8 nts).
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Community Walk and Local Lunch, Kigali National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Mountain Gorilla Conservation Experience, Volcanoes National Park National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Gorilla Lecture, Volcanoes National Park. Arrival transfer. All national park entrance fees. Genocide memorial entrance. Guided mountain gorilla trek with permits. Golden monkey trek with permits. Guided chimpanzee trek with permits. Local village walk. Safari drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Wildlife boat cruise in Kazinga Channel. Visit to the Equator. Drum workshop. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Get up close and personal with mountain gorillas in their backyard, learn about gorillas during a lecture from one of the head wardens of Volcanoes National Park, enjoy a local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Nyamirambo Women's Centre, trek through the forest to visit Chimpanzees & Golden Monkeys.
Day 1 Kigali
Arrive at any time and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 Kigali/Volcanoes National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit the Genocide Memorial and learn about the somber history of Rwanda. Later, embark on a community walk in the Nyamirambo Township and enjoy a 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. The lodge provides stunning volcano views.
Day 3 Volcanoes National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a 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. After, visit the Karisoke Research Center, which was founded by Dr. Dian Fossey in 1967. Meet with a resident researcher and enjoy a tour to learn learn about their ongoing work in the protection of mountain gorillas. In the evening, expand your understanding of gorillas through an in-depth lecture from one of the head wardens of Volcanoes National Park.
Day 4 Volcanoes National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Depart early and transfer to the national park to meet the park ranger/guide for orientation. Embark on a gorilla 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. After, return to the lodge for lunch then visit a local Village to catch a glimpse of daily rural life.
Day 5 Volcanoes National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
After breakfast, cross into Uganda, arriving at the Queen Elizabeth National Park area in the late afternoon.
Day 6 Queen Elizabeth National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore the lush Kalinzu Forest Reserve with a ranger on a trek in search of chimpanzees who call this protected area home. This afternoon drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a wildlife drive with possible sightings of buffalo, elephants, giant forest hogs, hyenas, leopards, lions, and warthogs.
Day 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
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 birds, hippos, and, with a bit of luck, elephants or big cats.
Day 8 Queen Elizabeth National Park/Entebbe (1B, 1L)
After breakfast, head to Entebbe with a stop at the Equator and a visit to a royal drum maker's workshop.
Day 9 Entebbe (1B)
Depart at any time.