8 Days Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee Tracking Safari

8 Days Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee Tracking Safari

Our visitors had a wonderful encounter with Chimps at Kibale National Park and Gorilla tracking at the Ruhija Sector-Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where they trekked the Oruzogo family, after their successful gorilla trek our visitors embarked on a boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi where they enjoyed swimming and relaxing at the Lake.

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Mountain Gorilla Trekking Safari @ Rushaga - Bwindi from Kigali International Airport

Mountain Gorilla Trekking Safari @ Rushaga - Bwindi from Kigali International Airport

Uganda is one of the three countries where you can have a close encounter with the mountain gorillas in southwestern Uganda’s dense forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Come face to face with humanity giant cousins, the mountain gorillas. Most tourists who visit the Rushaga area - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park come to see the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat; there are 900 mountain gorillas in the wild, about half of the remaining population of mountain gorilla lives in Uganda in two national parks namely Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

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Chameleon hill lodge

Chameleon hill lodge

Chameleon hill lodge is an exclusive and elegant luxurious lodge where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Virunga massif and Lake Mutanda. Each chalet vaunts its identity and color scheme along with quality, handsome furnishings that boast a unique Luxury- Afro style. Chameleon Hill Lodge offers an extraordinary blend of comfort and relaxation, where attention to detail and personalized service are paramount, as well as being the perfect place to visit the mountain gorillas.

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Nyakagezi Gorilla Trek from Kigali to Mgahinga in Uganda

Nyakagezi Gorilla Trek from Kigali to Mgahinga in Uganda

Nyakagezi is the only habituated Mountain Gorilla group in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and comprises of 10 individuals which can been seen while on a mountain Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda. About 39 mammal species have been recorded - large mammals include the mountain gorilla, elephant and buffalo. There is also the rare golden monkey, the blue monkey, and other mammals include the golden cat, leopard, serval cat, spotted hyena, side –striped jackal, bushbuck, black–fronted duiker and giant forest hog. About 75 bird species have been recorded in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.  A maximum of 8 visitors are allowed to track mountain gorillas daily.

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Mutanda Lake Resort

Mutanda Lake Resort

Situated on the edge of Lake Mutanda overlooking the Virunga Mountains in Kisoro District southwestern Uganda, the resort offers comfortable accommodation combined with the most beautiful views of western Uganda. Mutanda Lake Resort is the ideal place for volcano treks, gorilla tracking, birding safaris, boat and dugout canoe trips, swimming at the lake and relaxation.

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Golden Monkey Habituation Safaris from Kigali

Golden Monkey Habituation Safaris from Kigali

Uganda is one of the best safari destination in the whole world, with abundant wildlife, many habituated gorilla families, habituated chimpanzee, birding safaris and tree climbing lions among other safari expeditions. Getting to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park from Kigali International Airport is a popular travel style adopted by many tour operators selling Uganda Gorilla Safaris and golden monkey safaris through Kigali International Airport.

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Primate Safaris in Uganda

Primate Safaris in Uganda

Uganda the Pearl of Africa is well known for its great primates, it’s believed that these primates have almost the same DNA with humans. They have features that are more like humans for instance they have large brains, stretchy legs and arms, fingers and toes. Among these primates include the Mountain Gorillas, Golden monkey, Chimpanzee, Patas monkey, Olive Baboons, L’Hoest’s monkey, Black and white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, Grey-cheeked mangabey among others.

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Mid-Range Gorilla Habituation Safari @ Rushaga-Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Mid-Range Gorilla Habituation Safari @ Rushaga-Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla habituation is currently the biggest tourism activity in Uganda. The strong demand for Gorilla habituation therefore offers the possibility of sustained wealth generation from wildlife for Uganda. In Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you can now opt for a gorilla habituation encounter. Each day under this program will cost you USD 1,500 for foreign non residents, USD 1000 for foreign residents and USD 205 for East African Citizens per person per day, two groups of four shadow primatologists and rangers habituating wild mountain Gorilla troops  will lead you to the forest to see the great African Giant Apes.

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Ruzizi Tented Camp @ Akagera National Park

Ruzizi Tented Camp @ Akagera National Park

The lodge was designed to blend into eco-environment, natural materials where used to construct the lodge. The lodge is eco-friendly solar powered with a solar hot water system and lighting throughout at night. The park has been rescued from oblivion, game is increasing – thanks to African Park a non-profit charity supporting the rehabilitation of the continent’s most vulnerable wildlife, has successfully translocated lions and black rhinos from South Africa and reintroduced them to Akagera National Park.

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Akagera National Park – Rwanda

Akagera National Park – Rwanda

 Akagera National Park covers an area of 112,000 hectare and is situated in the eastern part of Rwanda on the border with Tanzania; Akagera is rich in biodiversity including forest fringed lakes, swamps and savannah plains.  The Park is endowed with different species of fauna and fauna, inhabiting its different ecological zones which include mountainous terrains, woody and savannah areas, the Park is named after river Kagera which runs through the park.

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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge @Volcanoes National Park-Rwanda

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge @Volcanoes National Park-Rwanda

Sabyinyo Silverback lodge stands in an elevated position with fabulous mountain views. At the heart of the property are a comfortable lounge with roaring fire and dining room, the 6 cottages, 1 family suite and 2 suites being strategically situated in the folds of the hills, the lodge is conveniently located for gorilla trekking expeditions which leave from the nearby headquarters of Volcanoes National Park, one of the most exciting encounters in the whole of Africa.

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Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Mountain gorilla tracking is a unique wildlife experience in the Virunga; these vast animals weigh three times the weight as well as the average man. Gorillas are visited on a daily basis than any other wild animal, and they are fascinating animals to the extent that some try to interact with their visitors, often approaching them and sometimes touch visitors as they pass by.

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Honeymoon Gorilla Tracking Safaris in Uganda

Honeymoon Gorilla Tracking Safaris in Uganda

Our complimentary honeymoon Gorilla tracking package is one of the most memorable experiences with these unique creatures the Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the perfect place to spot rare Mountain Gorillas in the whole world, the park is a home of more than 400 mountain gorillas. Go on a private safari drive into the heart of the forest to see over 120 mammal species. Bwindi is one of the country’s top places to visit, several of the gorilla groups can be tracked – a thrilling experience like no other in Uganda. Watching gorillas in their natural habitat are arguably the biggest draw!

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Amuka Lodge @ Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Amuka Lodge @ Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Amuka Lodge brings you spectacular experience with Uganda’s only wild rhinos as well a wide collection of birds and wildlife. The lodge is one of the most exciting and least visited in Uganda. Our comfortable accommodations afford all the luxury not expected in the African Wilderness, with unfenced chalets that make the most of the bush environs.

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Rhino Tracking @ Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda

Rhino Tracking @ Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is located in Nakasongola district in the central region of Uganda, the sanctuary is a habitat to the wild black and white Rhino in the whole of Uganda. The wild white Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium Simum cottoni) is extinct in the wild formerly found in several countries in East and Central Africa south of the Sahara, the subspecies is a grazer in the grasslands and savannah woodlands.

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Rwanda is Enhancing Uganda Gorilla Tourism Indirectly

Rwanda is Enhancing Uganda Gorilla Tourism Indirectly

Mountain gorillas are one of the rarest large mammal species in the world, their small and fragile population are found in a truly remarkable region of Arica – the western rim of the Great Rift Valley, where the watershed of the mighty Nile is separated from the Congo River, the two largest rivers of the continent, and the first and third largest rivers in the whole world. This highland region is characterized by both active and dormant volcanoes, some of which are capped with snow, the aptly named “impenetrable forest” in Uganda and misty Hagenia forests draped with dangling moss and twisted vines and orchids of the Virungas.  

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Why Gorilla Permits in Uganda are Scarce

  Why Gorilla Permits in Uganda are Scarce

 In Uganda, 96 permits are sold daily to tour companies, at least 88 gorilla permits of which are in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, 8 permits are in Mgahinga National park both in southwestern Uganda. Uganda Wildlife Authority allows a maximum of 8 tourists to visit each gorilla group at a time, allowing a total of 96 tourists to trek mountain gorillas per day. Most tourists who visit Uganda come to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat - see how they feed, play among other activities.

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Best Time of the year to track Mountain Gorillas

Best Time of the year to track Mountain Gorillas

The best time to track mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and DRC is June, July, August and September, and December, January and February. In the months of June to September gorilla permits should be booked in advance – this period is called the pick/high season. Mountain Gorillas can be tracked in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park in southwestern Uganda, volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda and Virunga National Park in eastern DRC. In all the three countries, the wet season starts in March, April to May, and October to November, it’s during this period the roads become slippery, tracking trail become so thick and bushy hence poor visibility and photography of the giant cousins.

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Source of the Nile

Source of the Nile

The mighty Nile is arguably the longest and most important river in the whole world, the source of the Nile is in Jinja where the river starts off its journey northwards to the Mediterranean Sea, and the Nile is an international river as its drainage basin covers many countries namely Uganda, South Sudan, Republic of Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Egypt.

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