5 Day Kigali – Parc Nationals Des Volcans – Bwindi – Kigali

Silver Back Gorilla in Bwindi Jungle in Uganda - 5 Day Combined Rwanda Uganda Gorilla trekking Tour

5 Day Kigali – Parc De Volcans – Bwindi – Kigali

 Overview

This 5 day safari will be a double country gorilla tracking adventure. Gorillas will be tracked in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda. The safari will end with an excursion tour of two memorial sites in Kigali. 

Volcanoes National Park Gorilla Adventure

Volcanoes National Park (French: Parc National des Volcans) lies in northwestern Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The national park is known as a haven for the mountain gorilla. It is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo), and spans 160 sq km covered in rainforest and bamboo. The park was the base for the zoologist Dian Fossey.

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour Safari

A Gorilla Enjoyng its meal in Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is best known for the mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei). Other mammals include: golden monkey (Cercopithecus mitis kandti), black-fronted duiker (Cephalophus niger), buffalo (Syncerus caffer), spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) and bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus). The bushbuck population is estimated to be between 1760-7040 animals. There are also reported to be some elephants in the park, though these are now very rare. There are 178 recorded bird species, with at least 13 species and 16 subspecies endemic to the Virunga and Ruwenzori Mountains.


Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) is in south-western Uganda and this will be our second of the double gorilla safari adventure, don’t miss any memory. The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and is situated along the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. Composed of 331 square kilometres (128 sq mi) of both montane and lowland forest, it is accessible only on foot. BINP is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-designated World Heritage Site.

Species diversity is a feature of the park. It provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many endangered species. Floristically, the park is among the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. The northern (low elevation) sector has many species of Guineo-Congolian flora, including two endangered species, the brown mahogany and Brazzeia longipedicellata. In particular, the area shares in the high levels of endemisms of the Albertine Rift.

The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It is most notable for the 440 Bwindi gorillas, more than half of the world’s population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Four habituated mountain gorilla groups are open to tourism: Mubare; Habinyanja; Rushegura near Buhoma; and the Nkuringo group at Nkuringo.

Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre

Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, RwandaOn the last part of our Gorilla Safari we will take a tour of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. The Kigali Genocide Memorial is the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. It honours the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994 through education and peace-building.

It is open 8:00am – 5:00pm (last entrance is at 4:00pm), 7 days a week (except the last Saturday of each month). On the last Saturday of each month, the memorial is open from 1:00pm to 5:00pm due to Umuganda community work (last entrance is at 4:00pm).

The Kigali Genocide Memorial is located in Gisozi, ten minutes drive from the centre of town. The easiest way to reach the memorial is by car or taxi.

Safari Highlights

  • Nature walk and Gorilla trek in Volcanoes National Park
  • Visit to the twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo
  • Gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Visit to heritage sites in Rwanda

Safari Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Kinigi

Airport transfer with private vehincle and guide . transfer to volcanoes National Park with private vehicle and driver. Ranging in altitude from 2400km to 4507 the volcanoes National Park ( French: Parc National Des Volcans) is dominated by setting of volcanoes after which it is named. Best known to the outside world as the place where for almost 20 hours the American primatologist Dian Fossey under took her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behaviour. Day hikes to see the gorilla families can be strenuous on tracks climbing through the forest, and time is very limited once contact is made with the gorilla families. It is a rare and memorable experience to visit with these giant cousins of man. Our accommodation is ideally positioned for those who want to watch animals in their habitat, specifically the endangered Rwanda Mountain Gorillas that still roam these areas. Share in the cuisine of Rwanda, which is served with the hospitality for which we all return to African countries. Take walks, learn more about the gorillas, and absorb the gorgeous surrounding landscape. Overnight will be at your lodge of booking.

 Luxury lodge (Up-market): Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Gorillas Nest Lodge
 Moderate: La Palme Hotel or Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge
Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House or Muhavura Lodge
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 Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2:  Gorilla trekking in Pac des Volcanoes 

Have breakfast and go to ORTPN offices for briefing after that set off in the forest for Gorilla trekking. A thrilling trek through the refined foothills of the Virungas provides inspiring views in all directions. Then, suddenly, the trail enters the national park, engrossing trekkers in the strange closeness of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and besieged with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive populations of buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the forest canopy, the marvelous peaks are sighted, easily easy to get to and among the uppermost in Africa, indicating an ascent. Gorilla trekking is quite strenuous but a worthwhile on encounter of these gentle giants. The enthusiasm of your coming across with these apes will wipe away your intricacy of the strenuous trek. Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display.

Overnight will be at your lodge of booking.

 Luxury lodge (Up-market): Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Gorillas Nest Lodge
Moderate: La Palme Hotel or Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge
Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House or Muhavura Lodge
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Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park ( Uganda)

Take breakfast and depart for Uganda. You will cross the border via Kisoro then clear at the border – Uganda is 1 a head of Rwanda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the to the few remaining mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible varity of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that

Occur in Uganda; and seven red data book species. Once continuous with the forest of the virunga volcanoes (Dian fossey’s stomping ground) Dinner and over night at your lodge of booking.

Gorilla Valley Lodge/ Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (lower budget)
Moderate: Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Resort/ Mutanda Lake Resort
Up-market: Volcanoes Mgahinga Lodge/ Rushaga Gorillas Safari Lodg
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Day 4:Gorilla tracking adventure in bwindi impenetrable forest national park.

Today enjoy gorilla tracking in Bwindi. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before the highlighting of the trip. Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek the gorillas through the                 rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers ,in search of a mountain gorilla family ,the walking can sometimes be tough and long ,but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback ,any discomforts will be quickly forgotten .when the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 meters from the gorillas, sit around  them for a whole hour  while gazing into their big round eyes. Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike .the gorilla excursion can take from 2 up 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

Overnight will be to your hotel of booking.

Gorilla Valley Lodge/ Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (lower budget)
Moderate: Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Resort/ Mutanda Lake Resort
Up-market: Volcanoes Mgahinga Lodge/ Rushaga Gorillas Safari Lodg
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Day 5:  Return to Kigali, visit Gisozi Genocide Memorial and museum, transfer to airport

Following breakfast, you will leave for Kigali. You have the opportunity to visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Museum. The memorial is very moving – the tour takes a couple of hours – and will be of interest to anyone who has spent some time in this enchanting country. It is in memory of the multitudes murdered in Rwanda´s genocide 1994. The Memorial sites and centres are places of dignified remembrance for loved ones lost. It is also a place of reflection and learning for the wider community, both in Rwanda and internationally. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport.


 

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Best Time to Visit Rwanda

If you’re browsing for when to go to Rwanda then the chances are that it’s for a gorilla trekking adventure (like this gorilla safari above). Although it’s regarded as a year-round activity, the best time to visit Rwanda for a gorilla trek is during the short dry season from mid-December to early February or over the long dry season months of June to September. These periods offer by far the easiest hiking conditions and the lowest malaria risk.

Dry seasons Rains ease during the long dry (mid-May to September) and short dry (mid-December to mid-March).
Jun–Jul Baby gorillas are named during the Kwita Izina ceremony.
The long rains Although often wet from mid-March to mid-May, travel is still possible.

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