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.
Observe numerous primate species
on mountain gorilla treks, a golden
monkey trek, and a chimpanzee
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
Arrive at any time. Arrival
transfer is included.
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
Go out with a guide in search of a species that inhabits these hills: the golden monkey. 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 about their ongoing work in the protection of mountain gorillas and the history of collaboration between Dr. Fossey and the National Geographic Society. The next day, go on a gorilla trek to search for the endangered creatures before visiting a nearby village. (2B, 2L, 2D)
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 arrive in Queen
Elizabeth National Park. Trek in search of chimpanzees
and enjoy a safari drive with possible
sightings of buffalo and lions. Then cruise the
Kazinga Channel to view hippos and birds, and,
with a bit of luck, elephants or big cats. (3B, 3L,
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)
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.
Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day. Certain days may have more challenging physical activity, such as ascents/descents on steep mountainous terrain.
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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
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
Meals Included 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches,
6 dinners. Allow an additional $85–110 for meals
Transportation 4x4 land cruiser, hiking, boat
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.