Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

7 days from $11,767 per person*
  • Feel at one with nature as you expose your senses to the mysterious sights and sounds of the African rainforest.
  • Search for endangered mountain gorillas in the lush national parks of Uganda and Rwanda.
  • Pay your respects at The Kigali Genocide Memorial Center.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels and lodges.
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Meet mankind's closest relatives in the mountains of Rwanda and Uganda. Embark on guided forest treks, trace back Rwanda’s sobering history in Kigali, and stay at a hand-picked selection of premium accommodations.

Locking eyes with wild mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is one of the most exhilarating experiences one can have on our planet. Travel right into the heart of the African continent on an exotic adventure allowing you to get close to these astounding primates. Led by private expert guide, journey through Uganda and Rwanda; explore the ancient rainforest of Bwindi and follow in the footsteps of Dian Fossey in Volcanoes National Park. Browse the colorful markets of Kigali, see gorillas in the wild on two guided treks and feel a true connection with Africa as you hike deeper and deeper into the jungle. This tailor-made journey lets you experience the unbeatable raw beauty of Uganda and Rwanda in style.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.

NOTE: Gorilla permits are secured with your 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.
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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Entebbe
    Entebbe
    • Private Transfer - Airport - 4X4/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Entebbe to Bwindi
    Entebbe to Bwindi
    • Private Transfer - Airport - 4X4/Guide
    • Air - Entebbe - Bwindi [1.5 hrs] - Economy - Kisoro
    • Private Transfer - Airport Pick-up - 4X4/Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide
    • Activity - Gorilla Trek - Permit
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide
    • Activity - Nature Walks
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Bwindi to Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
    Bwindi to Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
    • Private Transfer - Bwindi - Volcanoes National Park [South, 3 hrs] - 4X4/Guide
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance - Local Insurance
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Volcanoes National Park
    Volcanoes National Park
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide
    • Activity - Gorilla Trek - Permit
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Volcanoes National Park to Kigali
    Volcanoes National Park to Kigali
    • Private Transfer - Volcanoes National Park - Kigali [3 hrs] - 4X4/Guide
    • Activity - 1/2 Day City Tour & Genocide Museum - Vehicle/Guide
    • Private Transfer - Airport Drop-Off (Return) - 4X4/Guide
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Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Entebbe

A private transfer between the airport and your hotel in Entebbe is provided. 

Accommodation: Hotel Number 5

Nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe, Hotel Number 5 offers stylish, boutique accommodations to discerning travelers visiting this part of Uganda. From the moment you arrive, you are warmly welcomed and cared for by the attentive staff of Hotel Number 5. With all sumptuous rooms opening onto the garden and swimming pool, this is a great option for travelers looking for an intimate stay in a tranquil setting. Make yourself at home – unwind beside the swimming pool, pamper yourself with a spa treatment, or work up a sweat in the hotel gym. For one of the most flavorsome dining experiences in Entebbe, carefully planned menus are paired to an international wine list and served with pride. Attention to detail and excellent guest experience are synonymous with Hotel Number 5, making it the perfect choice for a restful stay in this bustling city.

Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Number 5
Hotel Number 5
Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Dining
Dining

Day 2: Entebbe - Bwindi

A private transfer between the airport and your hotel in Entebbe is provided. 

Board a flight in Entebbe with service to Bwindi. The flight duration is approximately one hour and 30 minutes.

The flight has a luggage weight restriction of 15kgs/32 pounds total for your luggage, for both your carry-on and checked luggage. In some cases a purse or backpack is not considered carry-on and will not be weighed as part of your weight restriction; however, this is not always the case so please pack lightly.

A private transfer from the airstrip to your accommodation in Bwindi is provided.

Accommodation: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

High on the Nteko Ridge, above the swirling clouds, above the deep emerald, Impenetrable Bwindi Forest where the rare and wonderful mountain gorillas of Uganda make their home, lies a luxury retreat for visitors to the national park. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is the first of its kind here, part of the IGCP’s tri-national program that benefits both the local community and a vital conservation program working hard to ensure the gorillas’ survival. Located in the southern part of the park, the lodge is just steps away from the trailhead for tracking the Nkuringo gorilla family (the largest and friendliest of Bwindi’s accessible troops), making it an ideal base for travellers.

 

Day 3: Bwindi

For one of the most unforgettable wildlife experiences of a lifetime, early this morning put on your hiking boots and head deep into the steamy jungles covering the peaks of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in pursuit of the rare mountain gorillas. The park is known to be one of the best places on the planet to see these fascinating primates. Your seasoned park guides search for the resident gorilla families and help you interpret local flora and fauna as you make your way through this pristine reserve. After hiking through the mesmerizing wilds of Bwindi you will be rewarded with a truly hypnotizing encounter with the gorillas. From a safe distance, spend an hour observing them in their habitat and feel a true connection with the natural world. The tracking may take between 5 and 8 hours, depending on the current conditions and location of the gorillas. In the evening, return for dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Please note that only persons age 15 and over are allowed to track the gorillas.        

Accommodation: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gorilla Trek
Gorilla Trek
Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Uganda Mountain Gorilla
Uganda Mountain Gorilla

Day 4: Bwindi

The pristine wilds wilds of the mysterious Bwindi rainforest are home to countless species of resident wildlife, some only found in this very heart of Africa. Your lodge helps organize a number of excursions allowing you to truly experience this part of Uganda to the fullest. Take fascinating nature walks through this mesmerizing habitat and soak in the stunning scenery of the mountainous terrain. All the while, keep your eyes peeled for the mammals and countless birds that live deep in the forest. With more bird species per square kilometer than anywhere else in the world, this really is a bird watcher’s paradise.

Please note that for some activities additional fees may apply.    

Accommodation: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 5: Bwindi - Kigali - Volcanoes National Park

A private transfer from Bwindi to Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda) is provided. The approximate transfer time is three hours. 

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 and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rwanda Parc National des Volcans
Rwanda Parc National des Volcans
Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cottage at Sabyino Silverback
Cottage at Sabyino Silverback

Day 6: Volcanoes National Park

The Volcanoes National Park 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 may involve a 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 mist. Viewing time is limited to one hour, and only 8 participants are allowed per group. Visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7 meters (about 22 feet) from the gorillas. Cameras and plenty of storage space are recommended. It can rain at any time in the forest, so waterproof clothing is advised for you, as well as relevant protection for your camera equipment. Please note that plastic (e.g. carrier/shopping) bags are illegal in Rwanda. Children 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 and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Mountain Gorilla
Mountain Gorilla

Day 7: Volcanoes National Park - Kigali

A private transfer from Volcanoes National Park to Kigali is provided. The approximate transfer time is three hours. 

Prepare your senses for an explosion of culture and emotion during today’s excursion through Kigali. Begin your day by visiting the city's lively market places to view and purchase some of the local products. Next, travel to a location stained with Rwanda's heartbreaking history, The Kigali Genocide Memorial Center. This tragic memorial was constructed in April 2004 to honor those who lost their lives during the Rwandan Genocide.  The center 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 for the future generations. 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 citizens of Rwanda fully understand the reasons and effects of such an event on a nation.  The Center features three permanent exhibits which depict the events of 1994, as well as a children’s memorial showcasing the history of genocidal violence towards children from all over the world. 

A private transfer from your accommodation to the airport is provided. 

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) ( )

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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.

Hotel Number 5 : Entebbe

Nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe, Hotel Number 5 offers stylish, boutique accommodations to discerning travelers visiting this part of Uganda. From the moment you arrive, you are warmly welcomed and cared for by the attentive staff of Hotel Number 5. With all sumptuous rooms opening onto the garden and swimming pool, this is a great option for travelers looking for an intimate stay in a tranquil setting. Make yourself at home – unwind beside the swimming pool, pamper yourself with a spa treatment, or work up a sweat in the hotel gym. For one of the most flavorsome dining experiences in Entebbe, carefully planned menus are paired to an international wine list and served with pride. Attention to detail and excellent guest experience are synonymous with Hotel Number 5, making it the perfect choice for a restful stay in this bustling city.

Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Number 5
Hotel Number 5
Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Dining
Dining

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge: Bwindi

High on the Nteko Ridge, above the swirling clouds, above the deep emerald, Impenetrable Bwindi Forest where the rare and wonderful mountain gorillas of Uganda make their home, lies a luxury retreat for visitors to the national park. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is the first of its kind here, part of the IGCP’s tri-national program that benefits both the local community and a vital conservation program working hard to ensure the gorillas’ survival. Located in the southern part of the park, the lodge is just steps away from the trailhead for tracking the Nkuringo gorilla family (the largest and friendliest of Bwindi’s accessible troops), making it an ideal base for travellers.

 

Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback: Volcanoes National Park

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 and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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.
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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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