4 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari from Kigali
DAY 1 - Fly to Kigali, Rwanda
Meals included: D
You depart From Europe today for your overnight flight to Kigali, Rwanda.
DAY 2 Arrive Kigali, Rwanda
Accommodations: Urban by City Blue or similar
Evening: Upon arrival in Kigali, Rwanda this evening, our representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel—a transfer of about 30 minutes.
When you arrive at the hotel, you will check in and receive your room assignment. Depending on what hotel we stay at, we’ll likely be located in Kigali’s business district, just steps away from Kigali City Tower in the center of the city. Typical hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar, an outdoor swimming pool, and a fitness center; rooms are likely to feature air conditioning, satellite TV, wireless Internet, and private bath with hair dryer.
Dinner: Perhaps you'll enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant.
DAY 3 Explore Kigali • Visit Genocide Memorial • Bwindi National Park
Destination: Bwindi National Park
Meals included: B, D
Accommodations: Ichumbi Gorilla safari Lodge or similar
Activity Note: The visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial includes many graphic images and may be disturbing to some travelers.
Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel beginning at 8am, with a variety of fresh breads, pastries, and hot and cold selections.
Morning: Around 9am, we’ll depart our hotel for a morning of discoveries in the gleaming Rwandan capital of Kigali. Nestled along picturesque hilltops and pulsing with African charm, Kigali is not only situated in Rwanda’s geographical center, but was also at the center of the horrific events of 1994, when close to a million ethnic Tutsis (and moderate Hutus) were systematically murdered by their Hutu neighbours over the course of 100 unspeakably brutal days. President Paul Kagame is largely credited with Rwanda’s remarkable transformation from a genocidal battlefield into a thriving, peaceful nation once more.
To learn more about Rwanda’s tragic past, we’ll begin our day at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which was conceived both as a tribute to the victims of the Rwandan genocide and to ensure that this history is never repeated. Built over a mass burial ground for a quarter million victims, this moving memorial features various exhibit halls that trace the events of the 100-day genocide, reveal the colonial history of Rwanda and factors leading up to the slaughter, and highlight other instances of 20th-century genocides around the world that speak to mankind’s capacity for cruelty.
Lunch: On your own around noon at a local restaurant.
Afternoon: Around 1pm, we'll set of for Bwindi Nat Park, from Rwanda and travel northwest for approximately 3 hrs. You have a brief stop at the border to clear with customs and then continue your lodge. Depending on which hotel we stay at, we’ll likely be minutes from the main gate of Bwindi National Park Park. Lodge amenities may include a restaurant and bar. Rooms should include a replace and private bath with shower. You’ll have time to settle in before dinner.
Dinner: Around 7pm, in the restaurant of our lodge/Hotel.
Evening: You are free to explore the lodge’s facilities, which may include a relaxing bar, or take in the scenic views of the nearby volcanic mountain peaks in the evening light.
DAY 4 Mountain gorilla trek
Meals included: B, L, D
Accommodations: Ichumbi Gorilla safari Lodge or similar
Activity Note: Today’s mountain gorilla trek typically involves two to four hours of walking through thick brush over steep, rugged terrain at elevations ranging from 7,000 to 9,000 feet —and can include exposure to stinging nettles and re ants. As overexposure to humans is harmful to mountain gorillas, contact is limited to one hour—and there is the possibility that they may become agitated and retreat back into the bush in less than our allotted time. Any travelers showing signs of obvious illness may be refused entrance by park authorities.
Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the lodge, beginning at 6am.
Morning: At about 7:30am, we take a drive of about 30 minutes to the National Park headquarters at to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we are embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 1000 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to 3 hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forget. Depending on the length of our trek, groups will return to our lodge by about 1pm.
Lunch: Around 1:30pm at our lodge.
Afternoon: The remainder of the afternoon is free to reflect on our mountain gorilla encounter.
Dinner: Around 6:30pm, in the restaurant of our lodge.
Evening: You are free to relax from the day’s activities at the bar, or retire early to rest up for tomorrow.
DAY 5 Batwa Community visit • Local cultural interaction • Drive back to Kigali
Meals included: B, L,D
Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel beginning at 8am, with American options available.
Morning: We’ll depart our hotel around 9am and transfer to the park to visit these indigenous natives the Batwa. The Batwa are Uganda’s marginalized people and are view with derision by most of the Ugandan Nationals. The Batwa have lived their lives to current generations by hunting and gathering in the forest. The visit to the Batwa invariably involves songs and a dance demonstration, and once the music begins you can’t help but notice that they project a genuine pride in themselves.
Lunch: Around 12:30pm at our hotel.
Afternoon: Around 2pm, we'll check out of our hotel and drive for three hours to the airport in Kigali.
Transport in a 4WD safari vehicle exclusive to you
English speaking driver guide
01 Night Accommodation at Urban by City blue on a HB Basis.
02 Nights’ Accommodation at Ichumbi Gorilla lodge on a FB Basis.
Transport in a Safari Mini Van with pop up roof for excellent game viewing and photography.
Park Fees all the National Park and Reserves mentioned in the itinerary.
Gorilla trekking permit per person
Services of an English speaking driver guide.
Akagera Aviation Evacuation
01 litre mineral water per person per day.
Pairs of Sunglasses, Prescription Glasses, Sunscreen, Closed Toe Shoes, Light Weight Scarf, Binoculars, Camera, A note on cell phones: Insect Repellant, Hat, 10-Jacket or Coat
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► Guaranteed departure from Kigali with a minimum of two travelers.
► Dates and itinerary are customizable.
► This itinerary also available as a Group Safari with set departure dates, limited to 12 travelers.