12 Day Gorilla Photo Safari

The 12 Day Primate photo tours in Uganda, Rwanda & DRC Congo will take you to the Ngamba Islands Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Kibale Forest National Park where you will experience the chimpanzee habituation experience, game drive looking for African tree climbing lions in the Ishasha southern sector, gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi forest. Encounter gorilla trekking tours in Uganda, Rwanda & Congo in Volcanoes & Virunga National Park and then hike Nyiragongo volcano trekking tours!!

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport meet with the company representative and transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe. Overnight stay at Bomah Guest House Entebbe/Karibu Guest House Entebbe. Meal plan: B/B

Day1: Entebbe – Ngamba Islands Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Have breakfast and after transfer to the water front club and embark the speed boat heading to the Ngamba Islands Chimpanzee Sanctuary and upon experience the chimpanzee feeding session and after lunch as you relax at the shores of Lake Victoria spotting various bird species. Dinner and overnight stay at Ngamba Islands Tented Camp, Meal plan: H/B

Day2: Ngamba Islands – Kibale Forest National Park

Breakfast and after embark the speed boat and return back to Entebbe and upon arrival at the water front club and take ride to Kibale Forest National Park with en-route lunch at the Gardens Restaurant. Dinner and overnight at Kyaninga Lodge/Papaya Lake Lodge/Kibale Primate Cottages/Kibale Forest Camp. Meal plan: F/B

Day3: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

Have breakfast and after transfer to the park headquarters for briefing about the chimpanzees and the rain forest. Enter into the jungle searching for the chimpanzees and you stay with them full day understanding their life style, eat, live, and on this experience you will spot more other primates, birds and plants. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay. Meal plan: F/B

Day4: Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth National Park (Boat Cruise)

Breakfast and after transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park with en-route game viewing like elephants, buffaloes, water and bush bucks, warthogs among others. Lunch, and thereafter take launch cruise along the Kazinga channel that connects Lake George to Lake Edward and spotting more wildlife along the shores of the channel. Evening photographic game drives looking for wildlife species. Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge/Katara Lodge/Bush Lodge. Meal plan: F/B

Day5: Ishasha Southern Sector – Bwindi Forest National Park 

After breakfast go for the early morning game drive looking for more game wildlife species like elephants, buffaloes, topi, oribi, warthogs, water and bush bucks among others. Afternoon search for the African tree climbing lions in the branches of the fig trees.  Lunch, after transfer to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you will experience the gorilla trekking tours experience on the next day. Dinner and overnight at Rushaga Gorilla Camp/Gorilla Valley Lodge. Meal plan: F/B

Day6: Gorilla Trekking Experience

Early morning breakfast and after head to the park headquarters for the briefing about the gorilla trek experience and the park. After visit one of the families habituated for this experience and this activity takes like 01 hours with gorillas taking the photos, videos and understanding the life style of mountain gorillas in the mist. Return to the park headquarters for your gorilla trekking certificate. Dinner and overnight stay as above, Meal plan: F/B

Day7: Bwindi Forest – Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast embark the safari jeep and transfer to Volcanoes National Park via the Cyanika border and have lunch at the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay at 5 Volcanoes Hotel Boutique/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Lapalme Hotel. Meal plan: F/B

Day8: Golden Monkey Tracking – Optional Rwanda Gorilla Trek – Transfer Gisenyi

Breakfast, after go for gorilla trekking safaris in the Volcanoes National Park and you can have this experience after briefing at the park headquarters and then allocated to your gorilla family. Once you meet the gorillas take the unforgettable gorilla photos and videos. Return to the park offices for your gorilla trekking certificate and after transfer to Gisenyi. Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel/Gorilla Hotels Gisenyi/Paradise Malahinde Guest House. Meal plan: F/B

Day9: Goma – Mikeno Lodge, Virunga National Park

Have breakfast and after transfer to Goma border clearing with the Rwanda side and cross to the DRC Congo and clear again and then head to Virunga offices and after transfer you to Rumangabo staying at Mikeno Lodge and then in the evening visit the Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage Centre and experience the gorilla conservation programs. Overnight stay at Mikeno Lodge, Meal plan: F/B

Day10: Congo Gorilla Trekking

Breakfast and after go for the briefing and about the mountain gorillas and after enter into the jungle and look for the primates and once you meet them take photos and videos and then return to the lodge and relax and then dinner and overnight stay as above, Meal plan: F/B

Day11: Rumangabo – Mount Nyiragongo Hike

Breakfast and after transfer to the Kibati patrol starting point where you will start your hiking experience. This exercise starts at 10 am and the trek takes 8 – 9 hours depending on the hiking speed of participants and you will have overnight stay at the summit in the Nyiragongo Volcano Shelters. Meal plan: F/B

Day12: Descend Nyiragongo – Kigali

Breakfast and after descend down and then transfer to Goma – Lake Kivu and then transfer back to Kigali. Lunch, after transfer to the Kigali airport for your return flight back home. End of services

The package include

Airport Transfers

Ground Transportation

Accommodation and meals as per itinerary

En-route luncheons

Visit Ngamba Islands Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Chimpanzee Habituation Permit $ 220 USD

Park Entrance

Car Entry

Game Drives

Uganda Gorilla Permit $ 600 USD

Optional Rwanda Gorilla Permit $ 1500 USD

Congo Gorilla Permit $ 400 USD

DRC Congo Tourist Visa $ 100 USD per person

Visit Senkekwe Gorilla Orphanage Center

Nyiragongo Hike Permit $ 300 USD

Mikeno Package $ 80 USD

Full day driver allowances

Excludes

Visa fees, tips, gratitude’s, drinks and all other personal expenses not mentioned in the itinerary.

What to wear/bring

Dress codes are informal. Daytime temperatures are generally warm, so bring lots of light clothing, supplemented by light sweaters for the cool evenings and heavier clothing for the higher altitudes especially Volcanoes and Bwindi. When tracking gorillas layering your clothing is the best idea and we suggest: long sleeved shirts, cotton or gore tex trousers, strong walking shoes with ankle support, socks that you can tuck your trousers into, light gloves to protect your hands from thorns and nettles, a hat and sunglasses to provide protection against the sun and a waterproof jacket in neutral colours may come in handy in the moist mountains. Travel light and remember that soft-sided luggage is required. One medium sized duffel bag and one small day pack (carry-on) per person should be adequate. Laundry services are available at most accommodations. You should also pack some zip lock bags for spare clothing, cameras, binoculars and film. Please note that you are not allowed to use a flash when photographing Gorillas. It is a good idea to take along several different speeds of film (64 to 1000) as gorillas can be found in open sun or in the dark underbrush of the forest.