7 Days Wildlife Gorillas and Chimpanzees safari In Rwanda and Uganda


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You will have an incredible experience in the stunning Akagera wilderness on this safari tour to Akagera National Park, where you will view a variety of wild animals and birds in Rwanda. Since Rwanda is mostly covered in hills, mountains, and forests, Akagera National Park is unique in that it safeguards the sole savanna ecosystem in the country. After an exciting border crossing trip through South Western Uganda, this safari also takes you through Kigali city to Volcanoes national park for golden monkey trekking. There, you will engage in another magnificent experience with gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park.

Akagera National Park is located in eastern Rwanda , close to the Tanzanian border. It is characterized by savannah, low mountains, wetlands, and woods. Wildlife like zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions, and hundreds of bird species, including the uncommon shoebill stork, are protected by the varied terrain. Hippos and crocodiles live in the enormous Lake Ihema in the park's southern region. A rare and endangered species, golden monkeys can only be found in the Virunga mountain range, which spans the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda. The only two nations where travelers can trek to see these stunning monkeys up close are Rwanda and Uganda. The bamboo forests and other vegetation at the foot of the volcano slopes are home to the golden monkeys. The monkeys' main sources of food are young bamboo leaves, bamboo branchlets, and bamboo shoots. In Volcanoes National Park, there are two habituated tribes of golden monkeys, with the bigger troop in Sabyinyo volcano having 80 to 100 members.

After acquiring a gorilla permit in Uganda or Rwanda, travelers can engage in the outdoor activity of gorilla trekking and spend an hour with mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking in the lush woods of Uganda and Rwanda is an experience that is on the bucket list of every East African safari traveler. Making wonderful recollections of viewing mountain gorillas has been a priority for Excellent African Safaris.


The lush rainforest that is Kibale National Park in southwest Uganda is home to a variety of wildlife species that draw many tourists to the country. This national park has made a significant contribution to Uganda's tourism economy because it is home to certain critically endangered species that draw tourists. Chimpanzees are apes that have been domesticated in Kibale Forest National Park and share 90% of our DNA. A total of 4950 chimpanzees live in Uganda, and 1500 of those are in Kibale National Park. The same hour is spent visiting chimpanzees as is spent going on a gorilla walk.

Price Includes:
  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (On all days)
Price Excludes:
  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • African Big fives in Akagera National Park
  • Golden Monkeys Trekking In Volcanoes National Park
  • Community Tour
  • Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Chimpanzees Trekking In Kibale forest
  • Bigodi Swamp Walk
  • Border Crossing scenic Road trip to Uganda and Rwanda

Tour Plan

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Transfer To Akagera, Game Drive And Afternoon Boat Safari

Your two-day excursion to Akagera will officially begin at 7 a.m. Your tour guide will pick you up from your Kigali hotel and take you to the east of the country, to Akagera National Park. It takes roughly 2.5 hours to get from Kigali to Akagera. You will go on a brief game drive before settling into your lodge in order to see some animals and take in the breathtaking surroundings. Acacia thickets and forests dominate the southern portion of Akagera National Park, which is where you enter the park and go on your first game drive, making it unfavorable for most grazing species. Impala, zebra, reedbuck, giraffe, baboons, and black-faced vervet monkeys are among the animals you can expect to see.

However, the most exciting prospect in the south of Akagera national park is the Rhino! The rhinos live in this part of the park which is the natural habitat for them and if lucky may see them. After lunch, you shall go out for the boat safari on Lake Ihema at 3pm. Lake Ihema is the largest lake in the park and second largest in Rwanda. The boat safari will provide among other sightings: hippos, crocodiles, monitor lizards and plenty of water birds.

Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: Akagera Rhino Lodge – Midrange Hotel or Akagera Game Lodge – Luxury Hotel

Full Safari In Akagera And Transfer Back To Kigali

Early breakfast, check out of the hotel by 6:30 a.m., and depart for your full 6-hour safari in Akagera . Driving along the main game route will take you through a variety of ecosystems, including acacia thickets, woodland, bushes, and savanna grassland, which will provide a diversity of animals and species as well as different views, from the south of the park to the north and exit. You'll stop along the way at wetlands and lakeshores to observe wildlife and birds as well as enjoy the stunning scenery. The "hippo beach," where hippos in groups and crocodiles in packs can be seen lazing in the shallows of the wetlands, is a particularly noteworthy stop. The Kilala plains in the park's north are finally reached by staying on the main trail. The primary game viewing region of the park is the Kilala plains, which are home to a large number of animals. This area of lovely savanna grasslands, almost devoid of vegetation, is home to sizable herds of grazing animals and offers unobstructed vistas. Here, you can frequently see buffalo, zebra, topi, impala, elephants, and warthogs, among other creatures. The plains are a preferred hunting habitat for lions, hyenas, and other predators due to the abundance of antelopes and other grazing animals. Woodlands and thickets are found on the edges of the plains, where browsers like giraffes and elephants can be sighted. Predators such as the lions are often found taking shelter from the afternoon heat under trees, satisfied from the successful morning hunt in the Kilala plains! After the game drive shall have picnic lunch, exit the park and travel back to Kigali.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch (packed) and Dinner

Accomodation: Hotel Des Mille Collines

Pick Up From Kigali And Transfer To Volcanoes National Park

On this day, the driver-guide will pick you up from your designated location or the Kigali airport and drive you to the volcanoes national park, which is located in Ruhengeri's northern region, via undulating and lovely terraced hills, which will give you a clear idea of Rwanda's general topography and altitude. The evening at the lodge will be leisurely as you get ready for the adventure tomorrow.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: Davinci Gorilla Lodge – Midrange Hotel or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge – Luxury Hotel

Do Golden Monkey Tracking And Transfer To Bwindi

After being briefed, start tracking the golden monkey. The encounter begins at 7 a.m. at the Kinigi Park headquarters, from which point you can search the forest indefinitely for these endangered species. You spend around 4 hours on the golden monkey tracking adventure, which includes a 1-hour meeting with them during which you may watch them roll around on bamboo stems without showing much shyness because their shyness has been decreased through habit and take in the views of their silver patch. You will then be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park's Gorilla Land. You pass through a variety of landscapes during the trip, including tropical rain forests and Kigezi's undulating terraced hills, which are referred to as the "Switzerland of East Africa" because of their gentle slopes. Drive to the lodge for relaxation as you wait for the next day’s adventure with dinner and overnight at Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: Bakiga Lodge – Midrange Hotel or Mahogany Springs Lodge – Luxury Hotel

Gorilla Trekking And Transfer Kibale Forest National Park

We drive a short distance to the park headquarters for a briefing after an early-morning breakfast and with your picnic lunch. There, we meet the superb local guides and trackers who deliver a discussion on the proper conduct when trekking with gorillas. After that, we make a journey into the jungle to a location where gorillas were spotted the night before, and we track from there. Depending on the family's location and the altitude, which must be over 7,500 feet, trekking could take anywhere from 1 to 6 hours. The muddy, uneven terrain demands that you be physically fit. Despite the hike's physical difficulty , it is enjoyable because of how lovely the forest and surroundings are. It is advised that you bring a lot of water on the walk. Cameras and a wide selection of fast-moving films are advised. As a tropical rain forest, it might rain at any time, so you should pack waterproof gear as well as zip-top bags for cameras and film. Strong hiking or walking shoes, long pants, gloves, and a raincoat are other items to bring. After passing through Queen Elizabeth National Park, continue on to Kibale Forest National Park where you will arrive in the late evening for dinner and the night.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: Isunga Lodge – Midrange Hotel or Crater Safari Lodge – Luxury

Chimpanzee Trekking And Bigodi Swamp Walk

The park is home to an amazing 500 chimpanzees, so our day begins early with breakfast and chimpanzee tracking. We receive a briefing on the trekking protocols before entering the jungle. An exciting trip is had learning more about the chimpanzees, other primates, and local flora and animals from your guide while you trek through the jungle. The finest area to observe chimpanzees in Africa is in the deep jungles of Kibale Park. The chimpanzees have been accustomed to humans since 1992 and are frequently seen at the game park eating the fruits of fig trees. Over 795 km2, the vast majority of Kibale National Park is made up of equatorial rainforest. This national park is home to numerous forest wildlife species, boasting one of the highest concentrations of primates in the world. After chimpanzees trekking, you will head for the Bigodi community walk where you have a swamp walk for more birds and primates and visit the community to observe and learn about the livelihood of the local community , here you visit the traditional healers, homesteads and community schools.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: Isunga Lodge – Midrange Hotel or Crater Safari Lodge – Luxury Hotel

Transfer To Kigali City

Today, we travel south through Katuna Border to Kigali Rwanda. This is a long drive through the scenic wonders shared between 2 east African countries with lunch enroute. Upon arrival you will be dropped at your point of call that airport or at hotel in Kigali. Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch.

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