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Gorilla trekking

Meet the endangered Mountain Gorilla

– an experience as humbling as it is thrilling!


Uganda
– the Pearl of Africa – is a land blessed with natures’ diversity and a safari adventurer’s delight. Visitors come here to track Mountain Gorillas, these gentle giants who share 95% of their genes with humans. But Uganda also boasts diverse African game, a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures, tropical rainforests, bustling cities and more…

Rwanda – Land of 1000 Hills – is home of the Mountain Gorillas and 12 other primate species. A visit to the Genocide Museum, game-viewing at Lake Mburo,and relaxing at Lake Kivu are also on the must-do list. Learn more…

A sample of our Primate Experiences:

How to meet a Mountain Gorilla 

Prince rescues Gorillas

 

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Republic of Uganda

Uganda is situated in the heart of Africa, right where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle, to create a melting pot of amazing attractions. Here you will find Africa’s Big 5 and the Great Apes, incredible scenery – lakes, mountains, rivers and valleys – as well as a culture and customs dating back centuries.
Landlocked in East Africa, Uganda shares its borders with Sudan to the north, Kenya to the east, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, and Tanzania and Rwanda to the south. Home to several national parks and protected nature areas, Uganda has many natural resources and offers unique beauty and bio diversity. These, combined with a well – established tourism infrastructure like roads, properly managed national parks as well accommodation facilities makes Uganda arguably one of the most diverse destinations in Africa today!

Uganda  boasts a wealth of primates, over 1000 bird species, including 27 endemics and wildlife such as Uganda Kob, Giant Forest Hog, Forest and Cape Buffalo, as well as a healthy population of lion, leopard, elephant, and some of the largest Nile crocodiles you will ever see!
However Uganda’s star attraction is the endangered mountain gorilla! And the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to about half the wild mountain gorillas population left in the world. With less than 700 surviving individuals, they are the biggest of living primates, and among the most peaceable.

Area: 236,580 sq km²
Capital: Kampala
Currency: Ugandan Shilling
People: a population of 40 million is divided into many tribes, including Baganda, Ankole, Basoga , Iteso, Bakiga, Langi, Rwanda, Bagisu, Acholi, Lugbara, Batoro, Bunyoro, Alur, Bagwere, Bakonjo, Jopodhola, Karamojong and Rundi.
Official language: English
Time: GMT + 3
Climate: Uganda is tropical, but the heat is tempered by its altitude. The rains tend to fall between March and May, and between November and December, with April being the wettest month. The periods between December and February, and June and August are dryer. The northeast part of Uganda is semi-arid, with only two distinct winter and summer seasons, rather than four seasons.
Best trekking time: tracking Gorillas is generally better in the dry season months, which include June through to October, and December to February.

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Highlights of Uganda

10 Day Multifarious Safari from US$3,975 (WF02)
Experience most of Uganda’s top safari regions and a scenic flight to Bwindi Forest

Join us as we trek into the mountains of Uganda in search of the magnificent Mountain Gorillas* in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to about half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the wild. We’ll track a family group from their last known location and spend an hour amongst them in their natural habitat, studded with breathtaking waterfalls and a wide variety of birds and other marvelous flora and fauna.

Apart from coming face to face with Mountain Gorillas, some spectacular wildlife experiences include chimpanzee tracking in both Kibale National Park and Kyambura Gorge, multiple game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park with its wide array of wildlife, including the famous tree climbing lions, a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, and an optional visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on beautiful Lake Victoria. Uganda boasts some of the best bird watching in Africa, with over 1000 different species, including the rare shoebill stork and the remarkable grey crowned crane.

Starting and ending in Entebbe, we use customized 4×4 vehicles, stay in good quality lodges, hotels and tented camps and provide all meals on safari, breakfast only in Entebbe.  The itinerary includes two gorilla tracking days*, chimpanzee tracking* in Kibale Forest, game-viewing by 4×4 in Queen Elizabeth National Park and a boat excursion on the Kazinga Channel.

*Two gorilla trekking options are available with this itinerary based on availability. Permits for Gorilla & Chimp tracking are additional.

Scheduled departures available throughout the year. Customized private tours are available on request.

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The Republic of Rwanda

Rwanda is best known as home of the Mountain Gorillas and has lately become one of the most progressive countries in Africa. With a difficult past and an incredible reincarnation, Rwanda is one the cleanest, safest and potentially best organized tourism destinations in the region.
Rwanda’s proverbial ‘thousand hills’ are scattered throughout this small nation – fertile, green and so beautifully terraced, and her people are some of the world’s most charming and hospitable. But ultimately not much can compare to a face to face encounter with a  Silverback Gorilla in the rainforest of Volcanoes National Park – a life changing experience!

Rwanda is a small, land locked country in East Africa, and shares its borders with Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, and Burundi to the south. It boasts five volcanoes, 23 lakes as well as several rivers. A large part of the country has an elevation of between 1,500 and 2,500 meters.

In prehistoric times as much as one third of Rwanda was covered with mountain rainforest. Today the only large tract of forest left in Rwanda is Nyungwe in the southwestern part of the country, covering almost 1000 km².  Some  forested areas are also found in the Parc National de Volcans in the northeast, however most of the natural vegetation here is bamboo forest and open moorland.

Large parts of the country’s highlands are dominated by terraced agriculture that gives the Rwandan countryside its beautiful and pleasant character. The eastern part of Rwanda has entirely different vegetation -typical African bush, a mix of savannah and grassland dominated by acacia trees, as well as large tracts of marshlands and swamps.

Area: 26,340 km²
Capital: Kigali – population approximately 1 million
Population: 11½ million
Currency: Rwanda Franc
People: Hutu (Bantu) 84%, Tutsi (Hamitic) 15%, Twa (Pygmy) 1%
Official languages: English & Kinyarwanda. French & Swahili are widely spoken
Time: GMT + 2
Climate: The climate is not uniform throughout the country – it is drier in the east than in the west and north. Sometimes the volcanoes can even be capped in snow.
There are two rainy seasons. The long rains from mid February to beginning of June and the short rains from mid September to mid December. It can rain quite heavily in the mountains during these periods.
Kigali and Parc National des Volcans can become rather chilly.
The areas around Lake Kivu are generally rather sunny and pleasant all year round.

Best trekking time: The main dry season lasts from June to September and is the best time to trek the gorillas in Parc National des Volcans.
Rwanda can be visited any time of the year – even during the rainy seasons – as the scenery then is greener and the skies are clearer.
The wet season is the best time to trek chimpanzees in Nyungwe forest as they wander further  into the forest during dry seasons and consequently are harder to spot.

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Gorilla Trekking Safari

4 Day Small Group Tour to the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda from US$1,475 (WF01)

This fascinating safari offers a unique insight into the gorillas and local community life in Rwanda, and how they are linked by responsible tourism. This great value tour is ideal for people who prefer to travel in a small group (six per vehicle) and want to have the opportunity to spend two days tracking Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans

Starting and ending in Kigali, we use customized 4×4 vehicles, stay in good quality lodges and hotels and and provide all meals whilst on safari, breakfast only in Kigali. Included is a Kigali city tour, Genocide Museum visit, all transportation (starting and ending at Kigali airport), accommodation and of course a day, or two for gorilla trekking* if you want to trek twice. The second day is available for a forest walk or cultural visit, if you prefer.
*Permits for Gorilla & Chimp tracking are additional.

Scheduled departures available throughout the year. Customized private tours are available on request.

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Christine Boecker

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