Four-Day Gorillas and Golden Monkeys via Kigali

The place to stay: Gorilla Safari Lodge

This Four-Day Gorillas and Golden Monkeys Uganda Adventure Safari starts and ends in Kigali International Airport. Meet these amazing gorillas face to face in their natural habitat of forested Uganda, certainly one of Africa's major highlights. This close encounter with these amazing apes is simply breathtaking.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Safari Starts

Meet and greet at Kigali International Airport where your Uganda Adventure Safari begins with one of our representatives who will warmly welcome you and facilitate typical arrival formalities.

Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have money changed on this day, and if time allows you may go for a city tour with the help of our driver/guide. Visit the shopping malls and craft villages around town to get items which you may need while upcountry. 

You may visit the Genocide Museum at a supplement of $35 per person or visit the coffee shops and local markets. You will then be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable forest. The drive takes you through the area known as the "Switzerland of Africa" - locally known as the Kigezi Highlands - with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Bwindi is located in south-western Uganda. The forest is said to be Africa’s oldest rainforest; it is world-renowned for its excellent gorilla-sighting opportunities. The rugged landscape features dense jungle, cascading waterfalls, sparkling mountain streams, deep valleys and steep ridges. This untouched forest has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its breathtaking natural beauty and unique ecological significance.

Aside from the amazing gorilla interactions, there are other drawcards such as a network of forest walks, over 340 species of birds to spot, and a variety of butterflies. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the spectacular Virunga Volcanoes. You will arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch, you may opt for optional activities like Community walks, or a visit to the Batwa people near to the lodge.

Day 2 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After an early breakfast, depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins.

Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just metres from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones.

Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the Impenetrable Forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally returning back down to your lodge.

If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the surrounding communities in the evening at a supplement of $25 per person. Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers before getting a good night’s rest for tomorrow's safari adventure.

You may opt for Gorilla Habituation on supplement of $900 per person – here you will be sure of meeting and spending enough time with the Gorillas.

Day 3 - Mgahinga Forest

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Mgahinga Forest to trek to see the golden monkeys. There are up to 4,000 Golden Monkeys living in the shadows of the Virunga Volcanoes – no accurate census has been taken but it is known that they are not reproducing at a rate that will mean an increase in the population of Golden Monkeys.

They live in the Bamboo Forest zones of the Virunga Volcanoes and you do have to be in reasonable shape to hike up to their habitat, which is a most rewarding experience. One of the families that has been habituated, which means that they are now used to human beings without scurrying off into the forest when humans approach.

You will spend one hour with them in the morning where you will be guided to the bamboo forest by a guide; one thing to note is that the size of your Golden Monkey trekking group will be a maximum of six people.

Have lunch before being transferred back to your lodge for dinner and rest.

Day 4 - End of Itinerary

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Kigali Airport to catch your flight to your next destination. Time allowing, you may visit craft/coffee shops, local markets or the Geneocide museum at a supplement of $35 per person before being transferred back to the airport.

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Full Itinerary

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