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Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla Discovery (National Geographic Journey)
9 days with G Adventures  |  See Prices

  • Get up close and personal with mountain gorillas in their backyard
  • Learn about gorillas during a lecture from one of the head wardens of Volcanoes National Park
  • Enjoy a local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Nyamirambo Women's Centre
  • Trek through the forest to visit Chimpanzees & Golden Monkeys.


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Day 1 Kigali
Arrive at any time and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 Kigali/Volcanoes National Park 
Visit the Genocide Memorial and learn about the somber history of Rwanda. Later, embark on a community walk in the Nyamirambo Township and enjoy a local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Nyamirambo Women's Centre. Travel to northern Rwanda in the afternoon to the lodge, located just outside the national park. The lodge provides stunning volcano views. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 3 Volcanoes National Park 
Enjoy a trek into the national park with a ranger/guide to view a unique and endangered species, the golden monkey. Watch these playful and lively creatures in their natural habitat. After, visit the Karisoke Research Center, which was founded by Dr. Dian Fossey in 1967. Meet with a resident researcher and enjoy a tour to learn learn about their ongoing work in the protection of mountain gorillas. In the evening, expand your understanding of gorillas through an in-depth lecture from one of the head wardens of Volcanoes National Park. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 4 Volcanoes National Park 
Depart early and transfer to the national park to meet the park ranger/guide for orientation. Embark on a gorilla trek, which can vary in length and difficulty, depending on the location of the gorilla family that's being visited. Spend an hour observing these beautiful and endangered creatures. After, return to the lodge for lunch then visit a local Village to catch a glimpse of daily rural life. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 5 Volcanoes National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park 
After breakfast, cross into Uganda, arriving at the Queen Elizabeth National Park area in the late afternoon. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 6 Queen Elizabeth National Park 
Explore the lush Kalinzu Forest Reserve with a ranger on a trek in search of chimpanzees who call this protected area home. This afternoon drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a wildlife drive with possible sightings of buffalo, elephants, giant forest hogs, hyenas, leopards, lions, and warthogs. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park 
Embark on a morning wildlife safari drive for more wildlife viewing inside the park. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel to view birds, hippos, and, with a bit of luck, elephants or big cats. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 8 Queen Elizabeth National Park/Entebbe 
After breakfast, head to Entebbe with a stop at the Equator and a visit to a royal drum maker's workshop. (1B, 1L)

Day 9 Entebbe 
Depart at any time. (1B)
hotel/lodges (8 nts)
Your guide puts up his hand and motions for you to crouch down – and a silverback gorilla settles down to eat nearby. The experience is just one breathtaking moment of an unforgettable nine-day expedition to the forests of Rwanda and Uganda to track gorillas, golden monkeys, and other wildlife. As you witness primates in their element, tap into your own wild side.
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Community Walk and Local Lunch, Kigali National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Mountain Gorilla Conservation Experience, Volcanoes National Park National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Gorilla Lecture, Volcanoes National Park
  • Arrival transfer
  • All national park entrance fees
  • Genocide memorial entrance
  • Guided mountain gorilla trek with permits
  • Golden monkey trek with permits
  • Guided chimpanzee trek with permits
  • Local village walk
  • Safari drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Wildlife boat cruise in Kazinga Channel
  • Visit to the Equator
  • Drum workshop
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Hotel/lodges (8 nts).
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners.
  • Transportation: 4x4 safari vehicle, walking, hiking, boat.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides, experienced gorilla trackers, park rangers.
  • Small group experience; Max 6, avg 5.
  • Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.