7 Day Wildlife and Gorilla Trek

This itinerary takes you from arrival in Entebbe, where you don't waste any time in heading directly into wilderness. From the varied and colorful wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will venture into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to stay at a lodge where silverback gorillas have been known to literally knock on your room's front door. The hikes to see the closely tracked families of gorillas here vary from one to six hours, but they are always worth it. Enjoy a full day of interacting face to face with these peaceful creatures.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Entebbe Arrival - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meet on arrival at the airport, start for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Stop at the equator for photography and an amazing experience. Proceed to the park with views of plains, hilly landscapes and the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range for most of the journey. Enter the park, keeping an eye out for game where you may be rewarded with view of Waterbucks, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and a variety of Antelope species. After lunch, have an afternoon siesta then venture on a game drive in search for big game. Return in the evening for dinner and overnight accommodation at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Overnight: Mweya Safari Lodge (Dinner included)

Day 2 - Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early morning rise, and a cup of your favorite beverage, embark on a morning game drive along Kasenyi track and Queens mile in the park and keep a watch out for Lion, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Warthogs, Leopard, Hyena, Mongoose, Waterbuck, Ugandan Kob, and lots of the many small animals and birds. After the game drive return to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a unique boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through high concentrations of Hippos and a wide variety of animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This river cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 600 recorded species having been spotted. Retire in the later afternoon to the lodge for dinner and overnight accommodation at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Overnight: Mweya Safari Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 3 - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi

After an early morning breakfast, proceed to Bwindi via the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. As you drive along the road via Ishasha sector (famous for it's tree climbing Lions), you should see a multitude of animals. Arrive at the camp in the afternoon, relax around the camp, with dinner and overnight accommodation at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.

Overnight: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 4 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

There is an early morning entry into the gorilla sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular, heavily vegetated and dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for trekkers. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these fantastic apes. The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giants is a rare and moving adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. Return for dinner and overnight accommodation at the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.

Overnight: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 5 - Bwindi - Parc National Des Volcans

After breakfast it is an early start for Rwanda, with stops on the way for amazing views of the Volcanoes. Proceed to the border, go through customs and cross into Rwanda - clocks go backward one hour. Drive to Parc des Volcans with views of the great, old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet, and nearly covered with rich, green rainforest. Dinner and overnight accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.

Overnight: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 6 - Gorilla Trekking In Parc National Des Volcans

Early morning transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing by the park staff. Loaded with your drinking water, packed lunch and walking stick, enter the forest in search for the famous Mountain Gorillas. The trail into the forest, will abruptly immerse you in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest – home to the Gorillas. An exhilarating Gorilla trek through the cultivated foothills of the Virungas can be muddy and challenging but offers a great experience. Alive with the calls of Gorillas you will spend an hour with before sloping back to the base. As you lope through the gaps in the forest canopy, the magnificent peaks, among the highest in Africa are glimpsed. Dinner and overnight accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.

Overnight: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 7 - Kigali Departure

Start for Kigali, time permitting, have a short tour of the city including a visit to the pottery project, handicraft shops and the genocide memorial. Transfer to the airport for your international flight.

Accommodation Information

Mweya Safari Lodge

Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the 'Mountains of the Moon'.

Each room at Mweya Safari Lodge has a breathtaking view of the Kazinga channel. You can watch the forest hogs grazing the grass outside, as well as the odd curious hippo!

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest impresses with a truly theatrical landscape - this is a region of volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges. And it is here, on a flat ridge high in the forest, that Sanctuary's Gorilla Forest Camp is tucked away. It's hard to fathom that such luxury and sophistication could be available in an area as remote as this.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the ideal base for a gorilla tracking adventure in Bwindi. Guests can dine under the stars and relax by the roaring campfire. On cooler evenings, the central cottage provides a warm shelter. Located within the National Park, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests an unrivalled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. In fact Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp often receives regular visits from the gorillas themselves, up to 4-6 visits per month. For the lucky guests in camp at those times, they may have the chance for a gorilla encounter without even leaving Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp!

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

The lodge is only minutes away from the headquarters of the Parc National des Volcans from where clients trek on foot to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla – perhaps one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences possible.

The lodge, situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, affords wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. Guest cottages and the main lodge building have been beautifully constructed and appointed and the lodge is the perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa.

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