Uganda & Rwanda Expedition:
Embark a journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda - home to the highest concentration of primates on earth, including the mountain gorilla – now one of the rarest animals on the planet. There are nearly 800 mountain gorillas in the world and more than 450 of them reside in Uganda – mainly found in the epic Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Still one of the world’s best kept natural secrets, Uganda in home to pristine lakes, majestic mountains, and some of the most incredible wildlife in Africa.
Trip Summary: Uganda & Rwanda | 5 Days
Trip Dates: Available year round by inquiry
Group Size: Max 12 participants
Prices From: $2800 per person
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This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with the wildlife and cultures of Africa, while experiencing all the historical and culinary highlights along the way.
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- Visit the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and come face-to-face with the highest concentration of primates on Earth - including both Gorillas and Chimpanzees
- Learn about the diverse varieties of fauna, flora, and landscapes in the surrounding national parks, including Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, and Kibale Forest
- Immerse yourself in incredible bird watching opportunities - with over 350 recorded species
- Try delicious flavors & learn about the history of the region as you sit down and dine with locals
Itinerary | 5 Days:
Day 1: Today you will arrive in the Kigali International airport, where you will meet your professional driver and guide for the day. You will have the opportunity to take a tour of Kigali & the surrounding countryside, learning about the modern prosperity of Rwanda's today and historical challenges of Rwanda's past. In the afternoon you will cross the border into Uganda, making your way towards the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where you will be spending the next 4 nights in the beautiful Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and your camp is the perfect base for a tracking experience as it offers comfort in the heart of the rainforest. Your evening would not be complete without a forest walks, bird watching experience, or wildlife encounter. Bwindi is home to numerous rare bird species, the rare forest elephant, giant forest hog and eleven kinds of primates, such as red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboons and chimpanzee. In the evening you will enjoy a traditional welcome dinner and cultural experience to welcome you to the forest. Accommodation: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Day 2: This morning you will wake up early for breakfast, before meeting with your guide for a briefing on your Gorilla tracking / trekking experience. Gorilla tracking commences every morning from the park headquarters at 8.30 am, and is led by experienced park guides who oversee the safety & well being of each of the gorilla families. For several years each group has undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually made them used to the presence of humans. These experienced guides will accompany you on the tracking experience (which can take anywhere from 1-3 hours). Once the gorillas are located, your group will have the opportunity to spend one hour observing and interacting with the gorilla family. During your briefing, your guide will go over the necessary precautions to ensure that the experience is safe for both the group and the gorilla family. You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest, before returning to your camp for an afternoon of leisure, followed by another delicious dinner. Accommodation: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Day 3: Today you will have the opportunity to embark on another primate tracking experience - this time with the chimpanzee families (or other primate species) that inhabit the area. Once again, tracking commences every morning from the park headquarters early in the morning, where your professional guide will give you a briefing of the necessary protocols for the experience. Your experienced guides will accompany your group in the tracking, many of who have been involved in the preservation and protection process of the Chimpanzees and other primates in this region. Once the Chimpanzees are located, the group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Return to camp for dinner and traditional music and dance by your camp hosts. Accommodation: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Day 4: Have the opportunity to wake up early for a visit to a local village where you will meet local villagers to learn about their day to day lives. Visit a honey production site, a traditional medicine man, a blacksmith, a local school, and even attend a Batwa dance performance. This experience is organized with the local community as part of our community support efforts in Uganda. After lunch, embark on an afternoon bird walk with a local expert through the Bwindi Forest, home to over 300 bird species (including 24 that are endemic to these highlands straddling Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo). You will also have the opportunity to see several of the 200+ species of butterflies found in the park. Return to your camp to enjoy another delicious dining experience. After dinner relax and sip a drink as you listen to traditional music played on the local Bakiga guitar. Accommodation: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Day 5: After dining on another delicious breakfast at the camp, continue onwards to the Kilgali International Airport / or the nearby Kihihi airstrip for a scheduled flight to the Entebbe International Airport - where you will catch your international flight back home.