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Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Discovery

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 9 Days | Kigali to Entebbe
  • Group Size: Max 6

Trip Details

 

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.

Trip Highlights

    • Observe numerous primate species on mountain gorilla treks, a golden monkey trek, and a chimpanzee trek.
    • Discuss the behavior of mountain gorillas—and efforts to protect them—with a resident researcher at the Karisoke Research Center, which was founded by National Geographic grantee Dr. Dian Fossey in 1967.
    • Attend a drum workshop and enjoy a meal prepared by women at a center sponsored by G Adventures.

Itinerary - 9 Days

Day 1 — Kigali

Land in Kigali at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Those arriving early may wish to explore the leafy lanes of this capital city on their own.

Day 2 — Kigali/Volcanoes National Park

Visit the unforgettable Kigali Genocide Memorial to learn about a tragic period in Rwanda’s past. Then take a walk through Nyamirambo Township and enjoy a local lunch at the
G Adventures–supported Nyamirambo Women’s Centre, which provides local women with education and vocational training. Continue north into the hills to our lodge, located just outside Volcanoes National Park. Settle in and relax, taking in stunning views of the surrounding volcanic peaks. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 3 — Volcanoes National Park

Venture into the park’s lush jungle-covered slopes with a guide to seek out the rare golden monkey. Visit the Karisoke Research Center, founded by Dr. Dian Fossey in 1967, and join a resident researcher for a tour of the facility. Learn about ongoing work in the protection of mountain gorillas, as well as the history of collaboration between Dr. Fossey and the National Geographic Society. This evening, meet one of the head wardens for Volcanoes National Park to hear an in-depth talk on mountain gorillas. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 4 — Volcanoes National Park

Set out on a trek through the park in search of endangered mountain gorillas, and enjoy time to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Later, visit a nearby village for a firsthand look at rural life in the region. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Days 5, 6, & 7 — Queen Elizabeth National Park

Cross into Uganda and continue to our lodge, located just beyond the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Enjoy sundowner cocktails while taking in views over the bush. The next day, trek through the lush Kalinzu Forest Reserve with a ranger in search of chimpanzees. In the afternoon, set out on safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to buffalos, lions, leopards, and more. Rise early the following day for a morning safari, and then cruise the Kazinga Channel to view hippos and birds, and, with a bit of luck, elephants or big cats. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Day 8 — Entebbe

After breakfast, head to Entebbe, stopping en route at the equator. We’ll also pay a visit to a royal drum maker’s workshop for a drum-making demonstration and short musical performance. (1B, 1L)

Day 9 — Entebbe

Depart at any time. (1B)

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G Adventures, blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Dates

2017
  • Jun 03 - 11, 2017 (sold out)
  • Jun 17 - 25, 2017 (sold out)
  • Jul 01 - 09, 2017 (sold out)
  • Jul 08 - 16, 2017 (sold out)
  • Jul 10 - 18, 2017 (sold out)
  • Jul 15 - 23, 2017
  • Jul 22 - 30, 2017 (sold out)
  • Aug 05 - 13, 2017 (sold out)
  • Aug 12 - 20, 2017
  • Aug 19 - 27, 2017
  • Aug 26 - Sep 03, 2017
  • Sep 02 - 10, 2017 (sold out)
  • Sep 16 - 24, 2017
  • Sep 23 - Oct 01, 2017
  • Oct 07 - 15, 2017 (sold out)
  • Oct 21 - 29, 2017
  • Nov 11 - 19, 2017
  • Dec 18 - 26, 2017
  • Dec 23 - 31, 2017 (sold out)
  • Dec 30, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
2018
  • Jan 06 - 14, 2018
  • Jan 20 - 28, 2018
  • Feb 10 - 18, 2018
  • Jun 23 - Jul 01, 2018
  • Jul 07 - 15, 2018
  • Jul 14 - 22, 2018
  • Jul 21 - 29, 2018
  • Jul 28 - Aug 05, 2018
  • Aug 18 - 26, 2018
  • Sep 08 - 16, 2018
  • Sep 22 - 30, 2018
  • Oct 27 - Nov 04, 2018
  • Nov 10 - 18, 2018
  • Dec 22 - 30, 2018
  • Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 06, 2019
2019
  • Jan 05 - 13, 2019
  • Jan 12 - 20, 2019
  • Jan 19 - 27, 2019
  • Jan 26 - Feb 03, 2019
  • Feb 02 - 10, 2019
  • Feb 09 - 17, 2019
  • Feb 16 - 24, 2019
  • Feb 23 - Mar 03, 2019
  • Mar 02 - 10, 2019
  • Apr 06 - 14, 2019
  • May 11 - 19, 2019
  • Jun 08 - 16, 2019
  • Jun 22 - 30, 2019
  • Jun 29 - Jul 07, 2019
  • Jul 06 - 14, 2019
  • Jul 08 - 16, 2019
  • Jul 13 - 21, 2019
  • Jul 20 - 28, 2019
  • Jul 22 - 30, 2019
  • Jul 27 - Aug 04, 2019
  • Jul 29 - Aug 06, 2019
  • Aug 03 - 11, 2019
  • Aug 10 - 18, 2019
  • Aug 12 - 20, 2019
  • Aug 17 - 25, 2019
  • Aug 24 - Sep 01, 2019
  • Aug 26 - Sep 03, 2019
  • Sep 07 - 15, 2019
  • Sep 21 - 29, 2019
  • Sep 28 - Oct 06, 2019
  • Oct 12 - 20, 2019
  • Oct 26 - Nov 03, 2019
  • Nov 09 - 17, 2019
  • Nov 30 - Dec 08, 2019
  • Dec 14 - 22, 2019
  • Dec 21 - 29, 2019
  • Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 05, 2020
2020
  • Jan 04 - 12, 2020
  • Jan 11 - 19, 2020
  • Jan 18 - 26, 2020
  • Jan 25 - Feb 02, 2020
  • Feb 01 - 09, 2020
  • Feb 08 - 16, 2020
  • Feb 15 - 23, 2020
  • Feb 22 - Mar 01, 2020
  • Feb 29 - Mar 08, 2020
  • Apr 04 - 12, 2020
  • May 09 - 17, 2020
  • Jun 06 - 14, 2020
  • Jun 20 - 28, 2020
  • Jun 27 - Jul 05, 2020
  • Jul 04 - 12, 2020
  • Jul 06 - 14, 2020
  • Jul 11 - 19, 2020
  • Jul 18 - 26, 2020
  • Jul 20 - 28, 2020
  • Jul 25 - Aug 02, 2020
  • Jul 27 - Aug 04, 2020
  • Aug 01 - 09, 2020
  • Aug 08 - 16, 2020
  • Aug 10 - 18, 2020
  • Aug 15 - 23, 2020
  • Aug 22 - 30, 2020
  • Aug 24 - Sep 01, 2020
  • Sep 05 - 13, 2020
  • Sep 19 - 27, 2020
  • Sep 26 - Oct 04, 2020
  • Oct 10 - 18, 2020
  • Oct 24 - Nov 01, 2020
  • Nov 07 - 15, 2020
  • Nov 28 - Dec 06, 2020
  • Dec 12 - 20, 2020
  • Dec 19 - 27, 2020
  • Dec 26, 2020 - Jan 03, 2021

Trip Cost

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$5,399

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $1,399

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.

Accommodations
Comfortable, mid-range hotel/lodges that reflect the local character (8 nights)

Meals Included
8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners. Allow an additional $85–110 for meals not included.

Transportation
4x4 land cruiser, hiking, boat

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.