There is nothing more intimate than being up close and personal with some of the most impressive creatures on the planet, the rare endangered Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda. If this is on your bucket list, now is the time to go as there are less than 800 Gorillas left in the mountains.

Check out what it is like to spend time with these amazing primates that are virtually on the brink of extinction. This is your chance to see these beautiful Mountain Gorillas in their natural environment:

There are two trips running, to Rwanda (April 20-25) and to Uganda (April 26-May 1). They both are 6 day trips, with 2 days for gorillas and an optional third day, along with other activities (full details below).

 

Gorilla Trekking Rwanda (6 day tour) 2019 (3 spaces left on this tour)

Synopsis of Trip:

Where: Rwanda
When: April 20th – 25th 2019
Length of tour: 6 days
Group Size: Maximum 7 people
Pricing:  £6,235

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Gorilla Trekking Uganda (6 day tour) 2019 (5 spaces left on this tour)

Synopsis of Trip:

Where: Uganda
When:  April 26th – 1st May 2019
Length of tour: 6 days
Group Size: Maximum 7 people
Pricing:  £5,440

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Includes: accommodation & meals as stated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), airport meet/greet & airport transfers as per itinerary, private professional English speaking driver/guide & private 4×4 vehicle/s, Scott Portelli Pro-photographer guide, transfers to all visited areas as per itinerary, park entrance fees as per itinerary, 2 gorilla trekking permits per person, golden monkeys permit.
Excludes: international flights, possible fuel surcharge, possible departure tax, early & late check in/out at lodges/camps/hotels, visas, tips, items of personal nature, items not mentioned in the `Includes` section. Dian Fossey Hike, 3rd gorilla permit, any additional excursions & activities.

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 RWANDA

Remarkable Rwanda is just that. Like a phoenix rising from its turbulent past, this is a surprising country – safe, clean, proud, and breathtakingly beautiful. This five day journey explores the misty mountains of the Virunga Volcanoes National Park in search of the endangered mountain gorillas that call it home. Two mornings are spent trekking the gorillas in their natural habitat in the company of award-winning photographer, Scott Portelli. Scott is there to assist you in taking the perfect images of these great apes, come rain or shine – he knows the best time, angles and camera settings to get great shots during your limited time with them.

You can spend up to an hour with the gorillas each time, and with the option of a third trek, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to capture some incredible images. The afternoons are not wasted, learn how to edit your images professionally with expert guidance from Scott.

Day by Day Itinerary – Rwanda 2019 (6 day trip)

Day 1: April 20

Arrive Kigali

Upon your arrival into Kigali International Airport (KGL), you are met by your private professional English speaking driver/guide and transferred to the Kigali Marriot, your hotel for the evening. Settle in and join your fellow travel companions for a welcome dinner.

Overnight accomodation: Kigali Marriott – Located in downtown Kigali, this new luxury hotel offers everything you would expect from the Marriott brand. There is a restaurant, spa, fitness centre, pool and an onsite Italian restaurant.

Day 2: April 21

Kigali – Volcanoes National Park

Depart after breakfast with Scott and your private guide and set off to explore city of Kigali including a visit to the Genocide Museum. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, drive approx. 2.5hrs to Kinigi and the Volcanoes National Park. A ‘true island in the sky’, the Volcanoes National Park is home to some of the worlds few remaining Mountain Gorilla, which were first studied here in 1959 by George Schaller, and through the 1960’s by Dian Fossey and her colleagues. In the late afternoon you’ll have a briefing where Scott will take you through the next few days and ensure you are properly prepared for your encounters with the gorillas!

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel – You will find a warm welcome at Five Volcanoes, which is ideally situated close to the park headquarters for the start of the gorilla treks. The hotel comprises of 13 double/twin en-suite rooms and a two bedroom VIP cottage. After a day of trekking what better way to relax than in the sparkling swimming pool followed by a visit to the sauna and/or steam room. The hotel also has on site massage rooms to help you unwind even further.

Day 3: April 22

First Gorilla Trek – Volcanoes National Park

Today will be spent tracking the world famous mountain gorillas. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to either one of ten habituated family groups. An early breakfast and you’re off to the park headquarters at Kinigi to register and be allocated your gorilla family for today. Once this is done, you set out by vehicle to the start of on your gorilla safari. The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild animals. However, experienced guides will accompany you on your gorilla tracking, many of whom have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts.

Scott will guide you through how to get the best out of your photographs and in the evenings, go through them with you so you can improve your skills in following days.

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 4: April 23

Golden Monkey Trek

Opportunity to practice your forest-photography settings and skills. Set off into the forest to track the golden monkeys. The golden monkeys (also known as blue monkeys) are a local subspecies of the Sykes monkey who are endemic to the Volcanoes National Park area. They are known for being cheeky, playful and inquisitive. There are currently two habituated groups and guests are allowed to spend 1 hour with one group. Please bear in mind that there is no limit to the number of visitors so it can be quite busy. After your trek you’ll return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, if time weather permits, visit the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo or the local markets in the Musanze town.to relax throughout the afternoon.

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 5: April 24

Second Gorilla Trek – Volcanoes National Park

Your final day of gorilla tracking! An early start to make your way to the park headquarters where you are assigned a ranger and a gorilla group. Tracking the gorillas can take anything from 4-8hrs in lush green, steep, muddy, terrain! It is, however, the experience of a lifetime…coming across these amiable primates in their natural surroundings is quite awe-inspiring as you watch them go about their daily lives, playing, grooming, farting and eating! Return to the lodge later in the afternoon to relax, have a hot shower and reflect on the day’s activities.

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 6: April 25

Optional 3rd Gorilla trek or Optional Dian Fossey Visit

Optional additional 3rd Gorilla trek (subject to permit availability, £1,200).

Optional visit to the Karisoke Research Centre where Dian Fossey worked, which includes a chance to visit the meadow of where her mountain hut used to be, with views of Bisoke, Karisimbi and Sabyinyo peaks (£60).

In the afternoon you’ll be driven back to Kigali airport for your onward flight.

Guests joining Scott in Uganda will cross the border into Uganda and continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

 


Day by Day Itinerary – Uganda 2019 (6 day trip)

This six day journey explores the impenetrable forest of Bwindi National Park in search of the endangered mountain gorillas that call it home. Two mornings are spent trekking the gorillas in their natural habitat in the company of award-winning photographer, Scott Portelli. Scott is there to assist you in taking the perfect images of these great apes, come rain or shine – he knows the best time, angles and camera settings to get great shots during your limited time with them.

You can spend up to an hour with the gorillas each time, and with the option of a third trek, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to capture some incredible images. The afternoons are not wasted, learn how to edit your images professionally with expert guidance from Scott.

Day 1: April 26

Arrive in Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe airport you will be met and driven to a nearby guesthouse for the rest of the day. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner, hosted by Scott, who will help prepare you for the next few days!

Overnight accomodation: No. 5 Boutique Hotel – This newly opened (July 2018) stylish boutique hotel is nestled into the leafy suburbs of Entebbe just 10 minutes from the airport. There are just 10 deluxe rooms and 5 apartments set in the peaceful hotel grounds. Unwind beside the swimming pool, enjoy the gym and spa facilities and enjoy the versatile menu offered at the onsite restaurant.

Day 2: April 27

Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

In the early morning you’ll be driven back to the airport for the Aerolink scheduled flight (07:00/09:00) to Kahihi. The lodge shared vehicles await to transfer you to your lodge. Afternoon relaxation at the lodge to prepare for the following day’s adventure or if you fancy you can visit a local tea plantation or enjoy a self-guided community walk.

Overnight accommodation: Bwindi Lodge – Bwindi Lodge is a comfortable and stylish eco-lodge with 8 tranquil bandas and stunning views overlooking the primeval forest. Each banda has an en-suite eco-bathroom with bush showers and self composting toilets. On occasions gorillas, chimpanzees and birds can often be heard screeching near the river below whilst you sit back and relax on the open veranda after a hard days gorilla tracking through the Impenetrable Forest. This eco-lodge set in the forest is a favourite haunt for the gorillas which can often be found sleeping at the lodge.

Day 3 & 4: April 28 – 29

Gorillas – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Two days of tracking! The Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi are part of a worldwide population of just 820. The gorillas you can track belong to one of three habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with them. The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild. Experienced guides will accompany you, many of whom have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts. Because of this, the time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to 9 hours.

Scott will guide you through how to get the best out of your photographs and in the evenings, go through them with you so you can improve your skills in following days.

Overnight accommodation: Bwindi Lodge

Day 5: April 30

Optional Gorilla Trek or Batwa Community Visit or Forest Walk

Today choose from a third gorilla tracking experience (£480), a full day guided community walk with the Batwa/Pygmy tribe (£65) or a forest walk to the Munyaga waterfall (£56). These activities must be booked at time of booking and are at additional cost. For those who wish to relax at the lodge and recuperate after the last day’s activities, then this is of course also an option!

Overnight accommodation: Bwindi Lodge

Day 6: May 1

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Entebbe

Today depart at 7:30am to Kihihi for the scheduled Aerolink flight to Entebbe (09:30/11:30) You will be met and transferred to a guest house where you leave luggage, pick up a packed lunch and then transfer approx 15mins to the pier for your afternoon shared boat ride to Ngamba Island for the afternoon viewing and feeding of the chimps. Return to the mainland, freshen up, have a farewell dinner before transferring to the airport to check in for your International departure flight. (guests departing on flights before 6pm will not be able to join on the Ngamba Island trip).

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel



Have a read of the Gorilla
Trekking Trip report visit to Rwanda and the Volcanoes National Park:

Gorilla Trekking 2017 Trip Report

Video Footage from our 2017 Trips:

 

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