7 days from $8,680 per person*
  • Search for endangered mountain gorillas in national parks.
  • Pay respects at The Kigali Genocide Memorial Center.
  • Set out on guided game drives in Lake Mburo National Park.
  • Enjoy private transfers between airport and hotels.
  • Featuring expertly selected luxury accommodations.
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Locking eyes with wild mountain gorilla in their natural is one of the most exhilarating experiences one can have on planet earth. Meet mankind's closest relatives in Rwanda & Uganda, while enjoying authentic cultural activities, wildlife safaris, guided forest treks, and luxury accommodation.

Travel deep into the heart of the continent with this exotic adventure presenting some of the world’s last mountain gorillas. Led by private expert guide, journey through the “Pearl of Africa,” Uganda & “the Land of a Thousand Hills,” Rwanda to visit mankind’s closest relatives. Explore the wild jungles of Lake Mburo, safari through the ancient rainforests of Bwindi & follow in the footsteps Dian Fossey in the Parc National des Volcans. Featuring a trip to the equator, drum ceremony, Kigali’s heart-wrenching Genocide Museum & more. Enjoy as a standalone Africa tour or as an addition to a safari.

NOTE: Gorilla permits are secured with you trip's deposit. Once secured they are non-refundable. It will take 24-48 hours to secure the purchase from the authorities as they are sold on a first come first served basis. The park authority/management reserves the right to cancel any permit without any refund or further reference. ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Entebbe to Kampala
    Entebbe to Kampala
    • Entebbe - Kampala [Airport] - 4X4/Guide/Driver(4)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park
    Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park
    • Transfer - Private - Kampala - Lake Mburo National Park [5 hrs] - 4X4/Guide/Driver(4)
    • Game Drive - 4X4/Guide/Driver/Activity
    • Park Fee - Admission
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi
    Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi
    • Transfer - Private - Lake Mburo National Park - Bwindi [6-7 hrs] - 4X4/Guide/Driver(4)
    • Afternoon at Leisure
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Vehicle & Guide at Disposal - 4X4/Guide/Driver
    • Gorilla Trek - Permit
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Bwindi to Parc National des Volcans
    Bwindi to Parc National des Volcans
    • Transfer - Private - Bwindi - Parc National des Volcans [5-7 hrs] - 4X4/Guide/Driver(4)
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Parc National des Volcans
    Parc National des Volcans
    • Private Vehicle and Guide at Disposal - 4X4/Guide/Driver
    • Gorilla Trek - Permit
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Parc National des Volcans to Kigali
    Parc National des Volcans to Kigali
    • Parc National des Volcans - Kigali [Drive (3 hrs)] - 4X4/Guide/Driver(4)
    • 1/2 Day City Tour & Genocide Museum - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - 4X4/Guide/Driver
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Day 1: Entebbe - Kampala

Welcome to the East African primate capital, the heavily forested country of Uganda!  Upon arrival to the Entebbe International Airport, a representative will meet and load up your entire luggage and head towards the Ugandan capital city of Kampala where you will overnight. 

Accommodation: Kampala Serena

The elegant Serena Hotels continuously outdoes itself, and its location in Kampala, Uganda, is no exception. With rich green foliage framing the hotel’s façade, each of the 152 rooms look out on the 17 acres of garden or allow yourself to grow mesmerized by the 7m waterfall on the pool terrace. The hotel’s rooms each have an individual personality, working with cultural artifacts, native wood carving, and contemporary Ugandan design at its foundation. Dining is a fluttery, fairytale-like medley of bursting flavors and delights, from freshly squeezed exotic juices to Italian cuisine and of course, very impressive world cuisine. Make sure to stop by the Maisha Health Club and try out the skin treatments. Revered across Kampala, it is relied on by all who trust in the Serena Hotels name.

Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Uganda Street Vendor at Kampala Fruit Market
Uganda Street Vendor at Kampala Fruit Market
Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Outdoor Dining area at the Serena Kampala
Outdoor Dining area at the Serena Kampala

Day 2: Kampala - Lake Mburo National Park

Depart the Ugandan capital of Kampala by private vehicle, en-route to the Lake Mburo National Park grounds. The drive is approximately 5 hours.

Set out on an adventurous game drive around the Lake Mburo National Park grounds today.  The eco-diversity of this park makes for quite the journey as you explore some of the many hillsides, grasslands and water based wildlife habitats.  To hone in on the specific wildlife one would want to see, the park has designated routes or “tracks” which travel to the specific landscape where these wildlife species thrive.  Travelling along the “Zebra Track” will boast a variety of plain-game including Burchell zebra, bushbuck, oribi and reed buck.  To find species like the elusive klipspringer one would have to travel along the “Ruroko Track.”  This track is home to wildlife that requires a habitat that features a wetland basin surrounded by thick acacia shrub and woodlands.

Your park fees are included for this day.

Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge

Mihingo is a luxurious, family owned lodge in a magical setting adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. Perched high on a rocky kopje, whose pre-Cambrian granite boulders were formed over 500 million years ago, it has spectacular views over a vast savannah landscape. Designed to blend in with its fragile surroundings, this environmentally friendly lodge offers comfort, relaxation and the experience of being at one with nature. To further enhance your experience of wild Africa, Mihingo is the only lodge in Uganda to offer daytime and overnight horse safaris into the national park.

 

Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Uganda Hippo Mom and Baby
Uganda Hippo Mom and Baby
Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Mihingo Lodge
Mihingo Lodge

Day 3: Lake Mburo National Park - Bwindi

Enjoy your private transfer from Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi. Often referred to as the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, this area boast some truly thick vegetation consisting of massive evergreen trees that stretch to great heights for sunlight.  It is here within the Impenetrable Forest where almost half of the world’s population of Mountain Gorilla reside.  The travel time between these two diverse locations is approximately 6 to 7 hours depending on local conditions.

In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.

Accommodation: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda. This camp is one of the most remote and atmospheric in Africa. The main area features a comfortable lounge and bar area as well as the main dining area while the mini spa offers a wide selection of treatments. 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. 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.

Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Uganda Mountain Gorilla
Uganda Mountain Gorilla
Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp  - Tented Chalets
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp - Tented Chalets

Day 4: Bwindi

Your private vehicle and guide are at disposal today.

Wake up very early and depart with a picnic lunch to track the rare Mountain Gorillas (hiking boots required). The tracking may take between 5 and 8 hours. The Park Guides with you interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. Return in the evening for dinner and overnight at the lodge. Only persons age 15 and over are allowed to track the gorillas.

Accommodation: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gorilla Trek
Gorilla Trek

Day 5: Bwindi - Parc National des Volcans

Travel today between Bwindi and Parc National des Volcans by private car with English-speaking driver. The transfer will take between 5-7 hours, depending on local conditions.

While you are in our care your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all clients are covered by “Akagera Aviation EMS” Evacuation Service. This is mandatory for anyone traveling to Rwanda. The policy covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Kigali for treatment. This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.

Accommodation: Sabyinyo Silverback

The Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is conveniently placed at the feet of the Virungas, the striking volcano mountains through which so many hike in order to catch a glimpse of mountain gorillas. The 8 cottages and suites are structured so as to give guests the most all-encompassing view, promising privacy, a vast countryside, and beautifully decorated quarters. Dining is a similarly pleasing experience, with a variety of fare meeting the standards of even the most discerning traveler. Staff here are extremely helpful, all possessing a very caring nature, and a willingness to assist guests. Besides visiting the famed mountain gorillas, be sure to check out the local marketplaces and find out more about local community projects.

Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Rwanda Parc National des Volcans
Rwanda Parc National des Volcans
Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cottage at Sabyino Silverback
Cottage at Sabyino Silverback

Day 6: Parc National des Volcans

Enjoy a full day with your private vehicle and English speaking guide exploring Parc National des Volcans and all it has to offer. 

The Parc National des Volcans is located in the Virunga Mountains, a magnificent chain of dormant volcanoes in the North of the country. This area is home to the world’s last surviving mountain Gorilla populations, currently a mere 700 individuals. After breakfast, you will depart the lodge and drive for approximately 1 hour to the Park Headquarters where you will meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will provide an informative session on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. After the session, the hike into the forest begins.

A full day trek with your guide through the park is a reasonably strenuous activity which can last the morning or all day as you seek out the gorilla families. The guide will take you to where the gorillas were seen the night before and begin to track them from that point.  The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes, not in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times quite muddy. Once the gorillas are located all the aches and fatigue of the trek are forgotten, as the experience is often described as finding a hidden natural treasure in the midst. Viewing time is limited to one hour, and only 8 maximum are allowed per group. Visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7m (about 22 feet) from the gorillas. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at any time in the forest, so waterproof clothing is recommended for you, your cameras and film. Please note that plastic (e.g. carrier/shopping) bags are illegal in Rwanda. Kids under age 15, or people sick with a cold, flu or other contagious illness, are not allowed to visit the gorillas.


PERMITS MUST BE PAID IN FULL AT TIME OF CONFIRMATION AND ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Accommodation: Sabyinyo Silverback
Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Mountain Gorilla
Mountain Gorilla

Day 7: Parc National des Volcans - Kigali

A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer today from Parc National des Volcans to Kigali.  The approximate travel time is 3 hours.

Prepare your senses for an explosion of culture and emotion during today’s excursion through Kigali.  Begin by visiting some of the popular market places to view and purchase some of the local products.  Next, you’ll travel to a location stained with heart aching cultural history, The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.  This tragic memorial was constructed in April 2004 to honour those whom lost their lives during the Rwandan Genocide.  The centre was built on the site where an estimated 250 000 victims were buried.  This location serves as a place where individuals can grieve the loss of their loved ones and to provide educational information regarding the genocide.  Rwandans believe that although the gruesomeness and painful emotions associated with this tragedy may be construed as negative, it is extremely important that the younger generations of Rwandans fully understand the reasons and effects of such an event on a nation.  The Centre features three permanent exhibits which depict the events of 1994, as well as a children’s memorial which exhibits the history of genocidal violence towards children from all over the world. 

Meet your private assistant and driver for an airport transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) ( )

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kigali Memorial Centre
Kigali Memorial Centre
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Kampala Serena: Kampala

The elegant Serena Hotels continuously outdoes itself, and its location in Kampala, Uganda, is no exception. With rich green foliage framing the hotel’s façade, each of the 152 rooms look out on the 17 acres of garden or allow yourself to grow mesmerized by the 7m waterfall on the pool terrace. The hotel’s rooms each have an individual personality, working with cultural artifacts, native wood carving, and contemporary Ugandan design at its foundation. Dining is a fluttery, fairytale-like medley of bursting flavors and delights, from freshly squeezed exotic juices to Italian cuisine and of course, very impressive world cuisine. Make sure to stop by the Maisha Health Club and try out the skin treatments. Revered across Kampala, it is relied on by all who trust in the Serena Hotels name.

Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Outdoor Dining area at the Serena Kampala
Outdoor Dining area at the Serena Kampala
Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Room at the Serena Kampala
Room at the Serena Kampala

Mihingo Lodge: Lake Mburo National Park

Mihingo is a luxurious, family owned lodge in a magical setting adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. Perched high on a rocky kopje, whose pre-Cambrian granite boulders were formed over 500 million years ago, it has spectacular views over a vast savannah landscape. Designed to blend in with its fragile surroundings, this environmentally friendly lodge offers comfort, relaxation and the experience of being at one with nature. To further enhance your experience of wild Africa, Mihingo is the only lodge in Uganda to offer daytime and overnight horse safaris into the national park.

 

Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Mihingo Lodge
Mihingo Lodge

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp : Bwindi

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda. This camp is one of the most remote and atmospheric in Africa. The main area features a comfortable lounge and bar area as well as the main dining area while the mini spa offers a wide selection of treatments. 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. 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.

Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp  - Tented Chalets
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp - Tented Chalets
Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Main Lodge Lounge
Main Lodge Lounge

Sabyinyo Silverback: Parc National des Volcans

The Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is conveniently placed at the feet of the Virungas, the striking volcano mountains through which so many hike in order to catch a glimpse of mountain gorillas. The 8 cottages and suites are structured so as to give guests the most all-encompassing view, promising privacy, a vast countryside, and beautifully decorated quarters. Dining is a similarly pleasing experience, with a variety of fare meeting the standards of even the most discerning traveler. Staff here are extremely helpful, all possessing a very caring nature, and a willingness to assist guests. Besides visiting the famed mountain gorillas, be sure to check out the local marketplaces and find out more about local community projects.

Uganda & Rwanda Exclusive Gorillas Trek Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cottage at Sabyino Silverback
Cottage at Sabyino Silverback

Depart (Int`l Airport) ( ): Global Location

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Mary B. — September 22, 2017 — Africa

    Amazing trip! We saw more animals than we thought possible! The gorilla trek was amazing, and our guides Chris at Kichwas Tembo and Steven for the rest of the trip were very informative and accommodating. Loved the accommodations, especially Mountain Village Lodge, Kichwa Tembo, Kitela Lodge, and Tree Tops. Each was special in its own way. Thank you for helping us plan a trip of a lifetime!

  • Robert M — August 22, 2017 — Africa

    It was simply an amazing trip! Our guide and driver were the best. Everything went smoothly and they made life very easy for us. I would not hesitate to recommend Kensington to anyone. Hotels were unique and exceeded expectations. Thank you for the significant room upgrade at the 4 Seasons on our last night. That was a huge surprise!

  • Mike Desmarais — July 20, 2017 — Africa

    Went on a tour in Morocco with Kensington tours. We visited the cities of Casablanca, Tangier & Chefchaouen and had a wonderful time. Our guide (Mohammed Salmi) and driver (Eunice) were absolutely excellent and very professional. Mohammed was very knowledgeable regarding the cities and places we visited. Mohammed spoke very good English and was easy to talk with and a pleasure to be with for the 6 days we were in Morocco. We could not have asked for a better guide and/or driver during our time in Morocco. Our vehicle was a newer model Mercedes van that was very comfortable to be in for the long drives we had between cities, and our hotels were much better than expected.

  • Misty N — August 22, 2017 — Africa

    This was our 4th Kensington Trip (second to South Africa), I cannot say enough about Andrew Drummond and his ability to put a PERFECT trip together. I trust him completely and would plan trips with him over and over. Now looking at a trip to Peru and yes, we are talking to a professional at Kensington.

  • David S — September 08, 2017 — Africa

    This tour exceeded our expectations in all respects! Only words cannot describe the adventure.

  • Barbara Cox — August 03, 2017 — Africa

    Christine did a fabulous job planning our safari. We followed the migration from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara staying in an assortment of tented camps. We loved ALL our guides and drivers (Duncan, Waziri and Charles).

  • Edward C. — March 24, 2017 — Africa

    Our guide and driver were above and beyond our expectations.

  • Mary Ann B — March 17, 2017 — Africa

    I would definitely recommend Kensington Tours. Very well pleased with everything they provided. Accommodations were excellent as well as tour guides. Gareth at Kensington was a tremendous help in planning our trip. Thank you so much Kensington for a great trip to South Africa.

  • Elizabeth E — February 07, 2017 — Africa

    Both our guides from Rwanda to Tanzania were the best. Everything was FLAWLESS, the guides, transportation, the accommodations, the food, the safaris, etc. We actually went to the villagers home and met the kids who performed their native dance for us. It really was an emotional connection that was one of the highlights of the whole trip for us. Thanks so much for putting this all together for us!

  • Katie M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Our Kensington Tour to Tanzania was excellent. All of our accommodations were top-notch, our flights were fantastic, and every single detail was taken care of. We were extremely impressed with how welcoming and knowledgeable our guides were.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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