Go African mountain gorilla tour in Rwanda National Parks, one of the best places in the world for this unforgettable wildlife encounter. Spend time with endangered African mountain gorillas in the rainforests National Park on this unforgettable Rwanda Gorilla

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Age12+
Duration10 Days
LocationRwanda
MealsAll
Physicality7/10


Day 1

Welcome to Uganda

After touching down at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your accommodation for the evening. Use the night to tuck into a delicious dinner and shake-off-the jet-lag in preparation for your journey into Queen Elizabeth National Park tomorrow.


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Savannah wilderness awaits.

Thousands of birds taking off and landing in relay-thousands of elegant birds call Kazinga Channel home. You will sleep in a dreamy cottage with blissful views across the Kyambura gorge.

The beautiful panoramas are matched by the peerless game viewing, especially when you have a game drive and boat safari where you have the best chance of seeing all the Big 4 in a single game drive. It is an exquisite and unique environment; the minerals from ancient volcanic action fertilize the grasses, making for lush grazing for thousands of plains game.

Back at Parkview Safari lodge, put your feet up, lean back and enjoy an iced drink as you watch the sun sink below the horizon.

Activities include morning and evening game drives to see the superb resident wildlife and big cat sightings. Your safari includes a dawn hot-air balloon flight over Queen Elizabeth National Park– one Africa’s most iconic experiences. For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. Lion tracking is a new and unique experience, which allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of lions in the park.

You’ll indulge in an afternoon boat safari along the Kazinga Channel- a natural channel, which connects Lake Edward to Lake George. Possible sightings include an Amazing diverse collection of the African animal Kingdom which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe plus a variety of colorful species of Water birds like Crested Eagles, Pelicans and Cormorants. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.


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Nights in Bwindi’

After breakfast head out through Kihihi town to the beautiful wilderness of Ishasha plains that are a part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. A game drive through the open savannah of Acacia on the edge of the Albertine Rift valley will enable you view ‘Tree climbing Lions’ and other wild animals.

You’ll proceed through the breath taking; ever green mountain country – deep to the impenetrable forests of Bwindi. You will see a great country-side of bamboo forest and have great views of landscape as you bid farewell to the savannah plains.

Your fifth day is the one you have been waiting for: today you make the acquaintance of rare mountain gorillas, one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in the world. Led by experienced trackers who are intimately familiar with each individual gorilla and who understand their overnight movements, you will hike through the forest until you find these gentle creatures. For mutual safety, you will have to observe them from a distance and no children under 15 are allowed on a trek. It can be tough going in the rain and mud but it is worth the effort to look into their emotional brown eyes.

Meet the Batwa Pygmies: After a refreshing night’s sleep, you once again lace up your hiking boots and set out to meet members of the Twa tribe, who are thought to be the longest-standing inhabitants of the Great Lakes region. Their history can be traced back at least 4 000 years and they are renowned as dancers and storytellers. You will learn more about the Batwa’s hunting and gathering techniques, their goddess and their musical performances.

After two days of hiking, you will no doubt enjoy relaxing after dinner, sharing stories as the moon rises over Bwindi.


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The land of ancient volcanoes

You bid farewell to the beautiful Pearl of Africa and set off for Remarkable Rwanda in Volcanoes National Park. The journey wends its way through beautiful rolling hills and terraces fields, as well as the bamboo and montane forest of Echuya Forest Reserve. After crossing the border into Rwanda, you will pull up at the lodge and look out at the Virunga Volcanoes. It is an exciting first look at your home for the next two nights.

As the sun rises on Day Eight, so will your anticipation for another day of gorilla trekking. Once again, you will be captivated when you find these endangered primates and heartened by knowing that much of their survival depends on eco-tourism conservation efforts


Day 9

Golden monkey trekking + Unwind in Kigali

Having enjoyed breakfast at Virunga Volcanoes Lodge, your guide takes you into the park in search of another of Africa’s intriguing primates; this time, rare golden monkeys. With their blue faces and bronze coats, they are among the continent’s prettiest animals and live in troops of up to 30 energetic individuals. Finding them is not always easy but well worth the effort!

After a morning in Volcanoes National Park, you depart for the thriving city of Kigali. Your final dinner is hosted at the Milles Collines Hotel, which played a central role in the Rwandan genocide of the early 1990s and is steeped in history. It is both humbling and inspiring to consider how far the country has progressed after such devastation.

Day 10

Winging your way home

After a comfortable night at the Hotel De mille Collines, savor a leisurely breakfast before taking an illuminating tour of the Rwandan Genocide Memorial and Museum, a deeply moving experience.

This combined with the miraculous memories you have of seeing gorillas in the wild, meeting Batwa people and catching sight on playful golden monkeys, will be part of your memories forever as you take off from Kigali International Airport for your flight home.

This marks the end of what we hope will be an adventurous trip.

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