Discovery of the Mountain Gorillas, the Golden Monkeys and the Batwa people of Uganda

January to March & June to October 2023

5 days / 4 nights – from £ 4,090 per person

Tailor made safari

Discover the Great Lakes region and live the unique experience of visiting two families of mountain gorillas in their natural environment. The fascinating Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Volcanoes Massif in Uganda are the ecosystem of this trip devoted to hiking in an unspoilt rainforest that hosts a large part of the last free mountain gorillas.

In this unique environment, that few visitors explore each year, you will be accompanied by specialized ranger-guides who will allow you to get close to these mythical primates of which there remain only a few groups.

 

The highlights of this trip are the following:

– approach, in a small group, two different families of mountain gorillas (2 treks) in a safe and favourable environment for their observation and when conditions are optimal for photographing them

– live the extraordinary experience of meeting with pygmy Batwa people and of observing the endangered golden monkeys

– enjoy comfortable accommodation, or luxury accommodation as an option, in the region of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

– decide your ideal departure and return dates, without worrying about the formation of a group because this trip is available individually, based on 2 people or 4 people, or in a small group

– enjoy the opportunity to tailor the program to your wishes

A unique experience of the primates in Uganda, like no other!

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali

Upon arrival at Kigali – Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will assist you with customs and immigration clearance.

Thereafter you will be taken to your driver/guide and be transferred (approx. 5 hours including the boarder clearing) to Bwindi National Park – Southern sector.

Rwanda/Uganda border clearing in the town of Cyanika and continuation of the journey to your lodge where you will arrive in time for dinner.

Night at Four Gorillas Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge. Full board.

Day 2: First day of trekking to visit the mountain gorillas

Early breakfast (06:00) and departure from your lodge in a privatized vehicle to drive to the headquarters of the park for the organization of the treks and a briefing, then departure of the hike in search of a family of gorillas mountains.

Time permitting, and depending on your wishes, your afternoon can be devoted to a forest walk to see the Bamuyenda Waterfalls (total time approx. 3 hours). You will hike with some light climbing before finally sloping down to the valley where one of the large waterfalls in Bwindi forest can be found.

Night at Four Gorillas Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge. Full board.

Day 3: Second day of trekking to visit the mountain gorillas

This day follows the same organisation as day 2 and offers you the opportunity to discover another area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and a second gorilla family.

(And you will realize how, just like us, families can vary and exhibit different behaviours!)

After your moutain gorilla trek, you will be transferred to the area of Mgahinga National Park.

Night at Mount Gahinga Lodge. Full board.

Day 4: Batwa Trail experience

After breakfast, drive to Mgahinga National Park to join a Batwa Trail experience.

Drive back to the lodge for a late lunch and a refreshing shower. Afternoon at leisure.

Night at Mount Gahinga Lodge. Full board.

Day 5: Morning of trekking to visit the golden monkeys and return to Kigali

After an early breakfast, you will go to the rangers’ and guides’ headquarters at Mgahinga National Park to join one of the few small groups who devote their morning to a hike to visit a family of golden monkeys. These families are usually found close to the entry points of the Park, which allows you to visit them without having to go for a long walk.

After the trek, drive back to the lodge for lunch and a refreshing shower.

After lunch you will be collected from Mount Gahinga Lodge and be transferred to Cyanika along the Uganda/Rwanda boarder after clearing with the immigrations you will continue your drive to Kigali – Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport for your return flight or your flight to your nest destination.

Indicative price:

. For a group of 4 people sharing 2 double or twin rooms: £ 4,090 per person
. For a group of 2 people sharing 1 double or twin room: £ 4,690 per person

GBP/USD exchange rate used for this quote: 1.25. Subject to availability at the time of booking. The final budget will be communicated after establishing a personalised quotation that will depend on the exchange rates at the time.

This itinerary includes a number of walks in forests. As gorillas move freely in the Park and the terrain can be wet and muddy, the hiking can sometimes last several hours.

– 2 « mountain gorillas » treks accompanied by specialist rangers-guides (value of USD 1,400)

– 1 « Batwa Trail » experience and 1 « golden monkeys » trek with specialist rangers-guides

– The Park Fees, « Gorillas » and « Golden Monkeys » permits (subject to possible changes)

– The airport transfers and the transfers between Kigali and your lodge in the Southern region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, between your two lodges and between your lodge in the Mgahinga National Park and Kigali

– The transports to the activities mentioned in this programme in the region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Mgahinga National Park

– 2 nights at Four Gorillas Lodge (3*** or equivalent) or Gorilla Safari Lodge (3*** or equivalent) in a double or twin room with bathroom en-suite, full board

– 2 nights at Mount Gahinga Lodge (3***/4**** or equivalent) in a double or twin room with bathroom en-suite, full board

– International flights to Rwanda and return

– Travel or Insurances (cancellation, repatriation, luggage, other risks and any additional insurance)

– Visas for Rwanda and Uganda

– Meals not mentioned or mentioned as “free” or “on own account” in the itinerary

– Any extras of personal nature, tips, laundry and drinks not mentioned in the program, etc.

– Any options, extra activities or private services.

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