11 Days Affordable Gorilla Tours


11 Days Affordable Gorilla Tours Uganda Rwanda Congo Volcano Hikes Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari this 12 Days Affordable Gorilla Tours will take you to Murchison Falls National for big five wildlife safaris in Uganda, chimpanzee tracking in Kibale, Gorilla trekking in Uganda Bwindi, Volcano hiking in DR Congo and Golden monkey tracking in Rwanda Volcanoes national park, lastly with the genocide memorial in Kigali.

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport.

The expanse tropical waters of the world’s largest tropical lake – Lake Victoria fronted by lush tropical city mark your courteous welcome into Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. On the peninsular of Entebbe International Airport, you set your first foot in this maiden country and all that meets you are smiling faces of most hospitable people in the region and among these will be our representative who will usher you in to the country. After the meet and greet, you drive to the hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

 Luxury: Lake heights Hotel | Lake Victoria Serena Resort

 Mid-range: Cassia Lodge | Mission Guest House | Boma Hotel

 Best Budget: Airport Guesthouse | African Root Guest House

Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: Drive to Kibale National Park

12 Days Affordable Gorilla Tours

Chimpanzee Habituation Safari in Uganda to Kibale National Park. Team up with your safari guide after breakfast to transfer to Fort Portal Area 300km about 5 hours drive from Kampala. The views of the countryside will astonish you along the drive including the views of lush tea plantations as you draw close to Fort Portal town also provide a lasting memory. Settle for lunch in Fort Portal town. Transfer to Kibale National Park for relaxation dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

 Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge Primate Lodge

 Mid-range: Isunga Lodge | Chimpanzee Forest Guest House

 Best Budget: Kibale Forest Camp | Chimpanzee Forest Guest House

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking – Bigodi wetland walk in the afternoon

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The briefing for Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park commences at exactly 8am at Kanyanchu Tourism Center and after detailing the dos and donts, you head to the lush tropical forest of Kibale with immense biodiversity including 13 primate species including common Chimpanzees, Black and white colobus monkeys, L’hoest Monkey among others, 351 species of trees and 375 bird species including the unique Green breasted pitta and Kibale ground thrush. The search for chimpanzees can last 3 – 5 hours with one full hour of direct viewing. The moment is remarkable as you see them forage, copulate, play and do other behavioral tactics which are magical to explore. In the afternoon, a wetland walk in Bigodi sanctuary is impressive offering probable sights of birds like great blue turaco and gonolecks. Other swamps dwelling species like Sitatunga may also be viewed.

Accommodation:

 Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge Primate Lodge

 Mid-range: Isunga Lodge | Chimpanzee Forest Guest House

 Best Budget: Kibale Forest Camp | Chimpanzee Forest Guest House

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kazinga Channel boat cruise

The Launch Cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After a relaxed breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 157km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive enjoying the impressive landscapes of Rwenzori Mountains standing as the third highest mountain in Africa with glacial peaks. A stop at Ruboni community on its foothills presents an insight into the cultural setting of the Bakonjo people that have lived in this area for over 300 hundred years past. Proceed on the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park to catch up with an afternoon boat cruise along Kazinga Channel departing at 2pm. The 2 hour boat ride offers beautiful views of the channel waters, the birds on the banks including Great Cormorants and African Skimmers and wild game drinking on the channel side like elephants, Buffaloes among others. You retreat from the activity and undertake a game drive along the channel track in Mweya peninsular as you connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

 Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge |Kyambura Gorge Lodge | Katara Lodge

 Mid-range: Ihamba Lakeside Safaris Lodge | Enganzi Lodge | Parkview

 Best Budget: Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning game drive – Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge

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If you slept inside the park, the game drive can start at 6am but if you slept outside the park, the park gates open at 7am. Kasenyi sector to the north east of the park features an extensive Savannah landscape supporting a myriad of wild game including; elephants, lions, Buffaloes, leopards, Side stripped jackals, Spotted Hyenas, Antelopes like Uganda Kobs, Bushbucks, water bucks, Topis among others. The area also features counts of birds that can be viewed along with wildlife. In the afternoon, you can opt to spend time relaxing at the lodge or take an optional nature walk the lush forest of Maramagambo for birds and unique flora. Another alternative is undertaking a chimpanzee trek in Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu forest for more chimpanzee viewing experience.

Accommodation:

 Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge |Kyambura Gorge Lodge | Katara Lodge

 Mid-range: Ihamba Lakeside Safaris Lodge | Enganzi Lodge | Parkview

 Best Budget: Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Drive to Bwindi. pass Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions  

The Ishasha Visit tree climbing lions wildlife Uganda safari. Following breakfast at the lodge, you set off Bwindi Impenetrable National Park traversing the Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions where you gain chances to explore these amazing creatures hanging on the tree branches in the mid day sun. Proceed to Bwindi arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

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Accommodation:

 Luxury: Buhoma Lodge | Mountain Gorilla Lodge | Gorilla Forest Camp

 Mid-range: Haven Lodge | Engagi Lodge | Nkuriongo Gorilla Lodge

 Best Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Lodge | Buhoma Community Rest camp | Ruhija Gorilla Friend Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Mountain Gorillas Trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for afternoon relaxation

Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park featuring a minimum of 400 mountain gorillas presents a remarkable opportunity to explore these critically endangered Apes. The trekking encounter commences at 8am at the respective gorilla trekking region with briefing conducted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority park rangers. This is followed by the trek to the forested hilly landscapes of Bwindi dubbed Impenetrable with beautiful forest cover always covered by mist in the morning, scenic slopes, abundant birdlife and eventually the mountain gorillas. The viewing of these gentle giants is limited to one hour but the entire return trek can last between 2 – 8 hours. After the trek, you drive to Lake Bunyonyi for an afternoon relaxation and overnight driving through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands.

Mountain Gorilla Safari Uganda

Accommodation:

 Luxury: Arcadia Cottages | Birdnest Hotel

 Mid-range: Bunyonyi Overland Resort

 Best Budget: Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our 11 Days Affordable Gorilla Tours will take you for a boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi exploring the lake of a thousand Islands as it has been known because of its count of 29 Islands. The views are spectacular and the life of the Islanders is magical to explore. From the activity, you transfer to Volcanoes National Park 120km about 3 hours’ drive enjoying the views of the Kigezi Highlands and Virunga Volcanoes. Cross at Kyanika border and spend the evening relaxing at the lodge.

Accommodation:

 Luxury: Virunga Lodge | Five Volcanoes Hotel | Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

 Mid-range: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge | Lapalme Hotel

 Best Budget: Muhabura Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Golden Monkey trekking and drive to Gisenyi for an afternoon relaxation

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Golden monkey Safari in Rwanda to tour mountain Gorillas park. Volcanoes National Park is part of the Virunga volcanoes where the remaining population of Mountain gorillas 480 thrives. The trek commences at the park headquarters Kinigi at 8am with briefing by the park rangers. However, an early arrival offers an opportunity to enjoy the traditional Kinyarwanda performance and a warm cup of home grown Rwandan coffee. After briefing, you drive to the trail head to embark on the hike through the Monkey highlands marked by lush flora and bird life. The eventual encounter with the Golden Monkey is a lifetime moment and a range of photos can be taken and questions about the monkey can be asked. After one hour of direct viewing, you return to the starting point and embark on the transfer to Gisenyi Lake Kivu 110km about 2 hours drive for an evening recreation and relaxation. An optional boat cruise can be taken to explore this beautiful lake and its Islands.

Accommodation:

 Luxury: lake Kivu Serena Hotel

 Mid-range: Malakahide Hotel

 Best Budget: Paradise Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Virunga National Park & embark on Nyiragongo mountain hiking

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Nyiragongo Volcano Hike Congo safari. Wake up early enough to transfer to Congo (Goma) about 1 hour drive to catch up with the Nyiragongo Volcano hiking. Gather at Kibati Patrol post from where you will begin the hike from in the company of the Virunga National Park rangers. Enjoy the amazing views and environment of Nyiragongo Volcano noted to feature the largest lava lake in the world. The lava lake is very violent and noted to have had a significant impact on the surrounding environment following its last subsequent eruptions including the 2002 eruption that destroyed half of Goma town 20km away. The accommodation is presented in the mountain shelter and you enjoy the glowing views of the lava lake at night. Nyiragongo Volcano hike lasts between 4 – 6 hours.

Accommodation:

Mountain Shelter

Day 10: Descend from Nyiragongo Mountain and transfer back to Gisenyi

This is the second day on the mountain and you enjoy the mountain scenery as you trek back to the starting point. From Kibati, you embark on the drive to Gisenyi to relax at the endless sandy beaches refreshing from the volcano hike. Retire for overnight

Accommodation:

 Luxury: Serena Lake Kivu Hotel

 Mid-range: Malakahide Hotel

 Best Budget: Paradise Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Drive to Kigali, tour genocide museum and depart

Drive from Gisenyi to Kigali 180km about 3 hours’ drive enjoying the scenic Rwandan countryside. After arriving in Kigali city, you tour the Gisozi genocide memorial to learn into the depth of the 1994 tragic ethnic conflict that befell Rwanda leaving over 800,000 people dead. From the museum, do some last minute shopping as you explore Kigali landscapes after our 11 Days Affordable Gorilla Tours will take you to Kigali International Airport for the flight back home.