Grand Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla Safari

9 days, 8 nights
Price Range: $4,550 – $9,635
(all-inclusive price per person, depending on dates & camps selected)

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Gorillas are at the heart of this adventure into the forested mountains of central Africa, but a day in Uganda’s Lake Mburo National Park extends the focus to include encounters with Africa’s classic safari game as well. Game drives into the savanna and wetlands reveal zebra, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and more. Then spend four days trekking into Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for close encounters with four habituated gorilla groups—among the last remaining mountain gorillas on earth.

Photo of John Holahan

Our Expert Says

Observing mountains gorillas in their natural habitat is one of the most amazing nature experiences on earth. If you're passionate about gorillas, this safari offers a chance to make four separate treks (twice in Uganda and twice in Rwanda) to spend time with different gorilla families. The effort is well worth it, as each trek can offer a completely unique experience, not to mention more time to observe how similar these primates' behaviors are to humans.

– John Holahan


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Day 1: Entebbe / Kampala

Safaris in Uganda typically start and finish in Entebbe or nearby Kampala. Entebbe, on Lake Victoria, was a former British colonial administrative center. The National Botanical Gardens, laid out in 1898, are a must-see here. Uganda’s capital, Kampala, was established during the 13th century Buganda kingdom, one of the oldest in Africa. Built among lush hills and wetlands that were once royal impala-hunting grounds, Kampala today is a modern city of 1.7 million.


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Day 2: Lake Mburo Nat'l Park

While this small park in southern Uganda is famous for its zebra herds, its acacia woodlands also provide the best place in Uganda to see the huge eland antelope, topi, impala, common duiker and reedbuck. The rare sitatunga, a water-adapted antelope, is found in the interior swamps alongside papyrus gonalek and some 300 bird species. Lake Mburo is the largest of the five lakes in this park, which together attract hippo, crocodile and a variety of water birds.


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Days 3-5: Bwindi National Park

Named for the dense forests it encompasses, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to roughly half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Though the park is best known for its outstanding gorilla tracking, it also provides refuge to chimpanzees, monkeys, elephants and various small antelope. Bwindi is a key Uganda birding destination, with 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemics, including threatened species such as African green broadbill and Shelley's crimson wing.


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Days 6-8: Volcanoes Nat'l Park

Track gorillas in the early morning on the forested slopes of the ancient Virunga volcano chain in Africa’s oldest national park. Established in 1925 to protect the mountain gorilla, the park was the base for famous American naturalist Dian Fossey’s research. On the western edge of Rwanda bordering parks in both Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the combined region is home to approximately 480 mountain gorillas, just over half the world’s total.


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Day 9: Kigali/Home

Your safari adventure ends today in Kigali, Rwanda.


Notes

  • iSafari.com's Africa safari planner cannot precisely calculate the costs of air and land transfers to all camps and lodges as the locations and travel distances vary slightly. With this in mind, your final quote may increase or decrease by a small amount.
  • The estimated rates given for these itineraries are adult rates, but many properties offer reduced rates for children. Please contact our office for more information.
  • Holiday surcharges may apply for travel in late December and early January, and occasionally over the Easter holiday.
  • A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the trip fee per person is required upon booking to confirm your reservation.

Inclusions

  • All accommodation on a double occupancy basis
  • Meals at camps and lodges
  • Excursions and transfers unless listed as optional
  • Services of an NHA Safari Expedition Leader and lodge staff
  • Relevant park fees
  • Alcoholic and soft drink beverages are included at some camps and lodges
  • Laundry service is available at most permanent camps/lodges and hotels; in some cases this service is included in the tariff quoted
  • Air transfers within countries as specified
  • Accommodation taxes, the applicable Tourism Levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST)

Exclusions

  • Travel to the start and end point of the route
  • Generally lunch and dinner in city hotels
  • Alcoholic and soft drink beverages at some camps and lodges
  • Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance
  • Staff gratuities
  • Any newly-implemented government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control
  • Visa fees where relevant
  • International airport departure taxes applicable from manned airports only, which is to be paid in US$ cash on departure unless included in your ticket cost
  • Gorilla trekking permits ($600 per person per trek in Uganda and $1500 per person per trek in Rwanda)