Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Discovery

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

Trip Details

 

Your guide puts up his hand and motions for you to crouch down—and a silverback gorilla settles down to eat nearby. The experience is just one breathtaking moment of an unforgettable nine-day expedition to the forests of Rwanda and Uganda to track gorillas, golden monkeys, and other wildlife. As you witness primates in their element, tap into your own wild side.

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)

Related Trips

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line 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

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

Trip Cost

Price From

$5,399

Activity Level

Moderate

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

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What to Expect

This is an active trip. Participants must be at least 15 years old, and should be physically fit. 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.

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.