Observe endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and golden monkeys on treks through Volcanoes National Park and Kalinzu Forest Reserve. Discuss gorilla conservation efforts with a researcher at the Karisoke Research Center, founded by National Geographic Grantee Dr. Dian Fossey in 1967. Attend a traditional drum-making workshop and enjoy a meal prepared by local women supported cooperative. However, the ever-growing number of tourists keen to see these great apes is proving to be an important factor in their conservation. Gorilla trekking is not only a wonderful experience allowing you to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat but helps contribute towards their protection. Find out more with this guide to mountain gorilla trekking.
Safari in Details
Day – 1 Arrival
Arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) and transfer to our hotel.
Day – 2 KNgamba Island
The next day, visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Ngamba Island, established in association with the Jane Goodall Institute as a habitat for rescued and orphaned chimpanzees. Later, explore the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.
Day – 3 Kibale National Park
Fly from Entebbe to Kasese en route to Kibale National Park and check in to our lodge, set on a crater lake. Meet with National Geographic grantee Emily Otali, the Field Director of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, and hear about the many conservation and education projects they support. Head into the park to search for chimpanzees; and look for other primates in the Bigodi Weland Sanctuary, including black-and-white colobus, red-tailed, and blue monkeys; and the rare l’Hoest’s monkey.
Day – 4 Kibale National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park
Spend a second morning tracking chimpanzees. Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park, and go on safari to look for elephants, lions, and Ugandan kobs before an afternoon wildlife cruise.
Day – 5 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The next morning, head into the park’s forests, home to roughly half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Sit among these gentle giants, observing one of the planet’s most endangered creatures up close.
Day – 6 Volcanoes National Park
Cross into Rwanda and settle into your private villa overlooking the surrounding volcanoes and lakes. Meet experts at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center to learn about ongoing conservation efforts. Spend the next day tracking mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, where National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey conducted research on gorillas for 18 years. Enjoy a traditional dance performance this evening..
Day – 7 Kigali And Departure
This morning, search for endangered golden monkeys in the park alongside wildlife biologist and National Geographic grantee Deogratias Tuyisingize. After lunch, transfer to the Kigali International Airport (KGL) for your flight home.
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