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5 Days Rwanda to Uganda's Mountain Gorilla Habituation Experience


Overview:
This 5Days Safari Starts in Kigali international Airport and ends in Entebbe, it grants chance for an ultimate Gorilla experience in Bwindi Forest where you get up close to the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Leave the African jungle with lasting memories as you take a journey of adventure and discovery on a Community walk near the lodge surroundings and come across breath taking scenic sights!

Day1: Arrive, Meet and Greet at Kigali International Hotel – Afternoon City Tour to Visit Genocide memorial Centre and a Drive through Nyamirambo Oldest Township.

Day2: Private Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Afternoon Boat Ride to the Punishment Island on Lake Mutanda

Day3: Gorilla Habituation Experience

Day4: Spend a Day Relaxing

Day5: Domestic Flight to Entebbe enjoy a Day Room in the Protea Hotel – Transfer to the Airport for Outbound Flight Back Home.

Detailed Itinerary

Day1: Arrive, Meet and Greet at Kigali International Hotel – Afternoon City Tour to Visit Genocide memorial Centre and a Drive through Nyamirambo Oldest Township.

Meet and greet at Kigali International Airport by our representative who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities and transfer you to your hotel, which is a few minutes from the airport. However, depending on which time of arrival, you are advised to have your money changed and enjoy the City tour.

You will Have a Visit to Genocide memorial center where we shall learn of the Political, social and economic History of the Hutus and Tutsi tribe prior to the Genocide, Have a guided marvel through the breath taking museum and proceed to shopping malls or sample more food, and craft markets for souvenir shopping.

Time allowing, you can have an optional leisure drive through Nyamirambo Township – this is the oldest town in Kigali which has a unique stretched neighborhood found in southwestern corner of Kigali that envelopes diverse behavior with dominancy of Arab – like Culture. It is a huge stretched corner which is sometimes referred to as a gangsters’ Paradise! Characterized with Many Muslim residents, Mosques and unlike other places that close by 8pm with everyone inside their homes, Nyamirambo hustles and rocks late into the nights!

Overnight Accommodation: Serena Kigali Hotel

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Rwanda - Airport, Hotel, Genocide Memorial

Day2: Private Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Afternoon Boat Ride to the Punishment Island on Lake Mutanda.

Have Breakfast and Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is the ancient rainforest and home of roughly half of the world's mountain gorillas. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of the gentle giants is surely the most exciting wildlife encounter in Africa. This national park has 90 mammal species including 11 primates, and the prominent black and white colobus, with its lovely flowing white tail. The forest birding ranks best in Uganda with 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemic present. The activities include Gorilla tracking and Habituation as the main attraction and permits must be booked in advance. Also available are guided forest walks, one popular trail leads to a pretty waterfall and others focus on birding and monkey viewing

You will Have Lunch and later enjoy an afternoon return Boat Cruise on Lake Mutanda to the small island identified as a Punishment island where un married young girls who got pregnant were said to be bringing shame to their families hence they were taken by a canoe to the tiny island and left to die. You will see the Remains of those that were punished and left to die in a small open Cave on Akampene the Punishment Island. Transfer to the Lodge for Dinner and accommodation.

Overnight Accommodation: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lake Mutanda, Punishment Island, Cloud Mountain Resort

Day3: Gorilla Habituation Experience

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla Habituation adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla researchers 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 Habituation 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 meters 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 will move along the Gorillas for over four hours with the before finally sloping down back 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. 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.

Don’t forget to carry your rain gear, packed lunch, plenty of water, gloves, hat, and water proof bag for protection of your camera in case of rain]

Overnight Accommodation: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Mountain Goriila

Day4: Spend a Day Relaxing

Arise and spend a Day at the Lodge, you will enjoy all your meals at The Lodge and relax the whole Day overlooking the Beautiful ever green Forest or you may Try to Explore the Far South on equally thrilling optional activities such as;

a) Proceed for a Batwa pygmy trail Experience at an extra Fee of $80 per person – here we shall experience the culture of the ancient Batwa People who live in these forests, See the forest through the eyes of the first People who have lived here for over 500,000 years! Experience the lives of the Batwa People on the Interactive Batwa Trail in Mgahinga Gorilla Park and learn more about their hunting tricks, blacksmith, making of fire from sticks, herbal collections, weaving of Baskets, making bamboo cups, clothing beyond this generation among other interesting thrilling activities. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

b) After breakfast, transfer to the Park Headquarters for briefing on Golden monkey tracking and allocation of the guides/ rangers. Proceed to the jungle to enjoy your Golden tracking. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the Golden Monkeys alongside other primates in the forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. Discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with its Cheeky playful mates.

Overnight Accommodation: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Batwa people, Golden Monkey and Lodging

Day5: Domestic Flight to Entebbe enjoys a Day Room in the Protea Hotel – Transfer to the Airport for Outbound Flight Back Home.

After an ultimate Gorilla experience and beautiful scenes, you will be transferred early morning to the airstrip to catch a domestic back to Entebbe Airport where you will catch your onward flight back to your next destination, You will enjoy a day room and time allowing, you may visit food markets, craft villages for souvenirs or Visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre for a View of the Endangered orphaned Mammals and Birds including the Chimp and the Endemic Albertine Shoebill stork at an extra fee of $15 per person or you may enjoy a 1 hours Chimps Close up at an extra fee of $290 per person where you will feed and hold the chimps close to you. Alternatively, you may enjoy a wine and cheese sun downer cruise on waters of Lake Victoria summing up your Rwanda to Uganda Safari Perfectly!

Day Room: Protea Hotel 

Meal Plan: N/A

You will Transfer to the Airport for Outbound Flight with Your Representative.

End of Safari service


TOUR INCLUSIONS

• All ground private transportation in
  A 4x4 safari pop up roof Land Cruiser vehicle with all fuel
• Field Coordinator at all Times
• Domestic Air Transfers
• Gorilla Habituation Permit
• City Tour Drive
• Return Boat Safari to the Punishment Island
• Well Bottled mineral water for drinking 

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

• Air Tickets apart from a Domestic Air ticket
• Visas
• Meals in Kigali and Entebbe
• Personal insurance
• Personal expenses (tips, souvenir shopping, laundry etc.)
• All optional/Alternative activities
• All items not included in the itinerary 

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