Expedition Details


Set off on a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the lush hills of Uganda and Rwanda to encounter chimpanzees and mountain gorillas in the wild. Observe chimpanzees with a primatologist, and track gorillas in the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Stay in stunning lodges, from a lakeside bungalow at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains to a hilltop eco-lodge with spectacular views of Rwanda’s volcanoes.

Trip Highlights

  • Join a National Geographic-funded primatologist on treks in search of chimpanzees, gorillas, and endangered golden monkeys.
  • Watch the antics of chimpanzees up close at a sanctuary established in association with the Jane Goodall Institute.
  • Meet with scientists at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center to learn about ongoing conservation projects.
  • Get an in-depth perspective on National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey’s 18-year-long gorilla study as you trek through her living laboratory in Volcanoes National Park.

Itinerary - 11 Days

Days 1 & 2 — Entebbe, Uganda/Ngamba Island

Arrive in Entebbe this evening and transfer to our hotel. The next day, visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Ngamba Island, established in association with the Jane Goodall Institute as a habitat for rescued and orphaned chimpanzees. Later, explore the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.
Lake Victoria Serena Resort (Day 2: B,L,D)

Days 3 & 4 — Kibale National Park

Fly from Entebbe to Kasese en route to Kibale National Park and check in to our lodge, set on a crater lake. Meet with a local researcher and search for chimpanzees; black-and-white colobus, red-tailed, and blue monkeys; and the rare l’Hoest’s monkey. Explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary.
Kyaninga Lodge (B,L,D daily)

Days 5 & 6 — Kibale National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park

Spend a second morning tracking chimpanzees. Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park, and go on safari to look for elephants, lions, and Ugandan kobs before an afternoon wildlife cruise.
Kyambura Gorge Lodge (B,L,D daily)

Days 7 & 8 — Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The next morning, head into the park’s forests, home to roughly half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Sit among these gentle giants, observing one of the planet’s most endangered creatures up close.
Bwindi Lodge (B,L,D daily)

Days 9 & 10 — Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Settle into your private villa overlooking the surrounding volcanoes and lakes. Meet experts at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center to learn about ongoing conservation efforts. Spend the next day tracking mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, where National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey conducted research on gorillas for 18 years. Enjoy a traditional dance performance this evening.
Virunga Lodge (B,L,D daily)

Day 11 — Volcanoes National Park/Kigali

This morning, search for endangered golden monkeys in the park. Then transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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National Geographic Expert

Tara Stoinski

Tara StoinskiTara Stoinski serves as President and CEO and Chief Scientific Officer for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Tara has studied gorillas for more than two decades and is the author of more than 90 scientific publications and books. Her work has been featured in numerous press outlets, including National Geographic Magazine, CNN, and NPR. She holds degrees from Tufts University, the University of Oxford and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is an adjunct professor at Emory University and Georgia Tech. Tara also serves in a number of leadership positions within the conservation and primate communities, including as an executive committee member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s section on Great Apes.

Tara will join the following departures:

Jun 10 - 20, 2018
Feb 12 - 22, 2019



  • Jun 10 - 20, 2018 (waitlist only)
  • Jul 22 - Aug 01, 2018 (waitlist only)
  • Aug 19 - 29, 2018 (waitlist only)
  • Sep 01 - 11, 2018
  • Dec 27, 2018 - Jan 06, 2019 (waitlist only)
  • Feb 12 - 22, 2019

Expedition Cost

2017 - 2018




Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $3,500.

For the December 2018 departure, there is an additional $750 permit fee due to an increase in costs for gorilla-trekking permits in Rwanda.

Airfare to Entebbe and return from Kigali, as well as the domestic flight in Uganda, are not included in the expedition cost. The group flight from Entebbe to Kasese is between $300 and $330 (subject to change), depending on the departure date.

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Activity Level


Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.

What To Expect

This is an active expedition with moderate to strenuous hikes. Participants must be at least 15 years old, and should be physically fit. Each departure is limited to 16 travelers. While tracking primates, guests will trek through thick jungle at elevations ranging up to 10,000 feet, for as many as eight hours, depending on the location of the primates. Treks can be arduous; and the terrain can be steep, uneven, wet, and muddy. This trip is not suitable for those who suffer from a cardiac, respiratory, or circulatory disorder or a disability that limits mobility.

Extend Your Stay

Extend your trip to Tanzania with a stay at Rubondo Island Camp, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Please call for details.