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4-Day Gorillas, Wildlife and Chimpanzee Trekking at Kalinzu Forest

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Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Bwindi National Park

Pass By: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kanungu Uganda
Our representative will pick you up in Kigali and drive to Bwindi National Park. The drive to Uganda will go through Rwanda's northern town of Ruhengeri. You will then cross over into Uganda via Kyanika border post. The drive continues through the nearby Kisoro town and finally to Bwindi national park. The journey should take about 4-5 hrs. Arriving at Bwindi national park early afternoon will give you an opportunity to do optional activities such as hiking, visiting the community, etc. Since Bwindi is closer to Kigali, it is possible to depart Kigali around mid-day.

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Rushaga Gorilla Camp/Bakiga Lodge/Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge or similar midrange lodge

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Adventure

Stop At: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kanungu Uganda
You will head to the Bwindi National Park gate immediately after breakfast to get a briefing about the gorilla trek. The briefing will be conducted by the national park guide and will cover the basics on what to expect during the trek. It is at this point that you will be told which gorilla family to trek. It is likely that you will be joined by other visitors. The gorilla trek can take from few to many hours depending on how far the gorillas are inside the forest.

Note: Depending on the availability of gorilla trekking permits, we might suggest trekking the gorillas at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Duration: 9 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Rushaga Gorilla Camp/Bakiga Lodge/Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge or similar midrange lodge

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Ishasha sector for tree climbing lions

Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, 410 kilometers from Kampala, Kasese Uganda
We will start the journey in the morning from Kisoro/Bwindi area and drive to Queen Elizabeth national park. The journey will take you through the stunning landscapes of western Uganda. You will arrive at Queen Elizabeth national park in the late afternoon.

Ishasha sector for tree climbing lions

On way from Kisoro/Bwindi, we will drive through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park popularly known for the tree climbing lions. Unlike their counterparts at the Kasenyi plains, the lions at Ishasha have found way to climb the fig trees in a way to enjoy the warm temperatures available in the park. While the sighting of the tree climbing lions is not 100% guaranteed, a stopover at Ishasha is worth a visit!
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Bush Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge or similar midrange lodge

Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking at Kalinzu Forest Reserve

Stop At: Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve, Bushenyi Uganda
You will head to Kalinzu forest immediately after breakfast to experience trekking the chimpanzees in their forest home. If you are lucky on the trek, you might encounter other different species of monkeys in the Kibale forest. These include colubus monkey, olibe baboon and red tailed monkey. Transfer to Kigali or Kampala/Entebbe immediately after the chimpanzee trek.

Alternatively, do game drives in the morning, and drive to Kigali or Kampala after the game drive.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Kigali, Rwanda

Traveler pickup is offered
Our pick up locations in Kigali are the airport, hotels, guest houses, and homes for those who live in Kigali.

Ports
Kigali International Airport
Duration
4 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 3x Breakfast
  • 4x Dinner
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 3 nights
  • Transport in 4x4
  • Gorilla trekking permits
  • Park entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve
Exclusions
  • Visas, medical insurance, and items of personal nature
  • Flights (domestic and international)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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I had the loveliest time with Herbert, driving all over Rwanda and Uganda. The gorilla trek was phenomenal, well surpassing my expectations. Our time in Queen Elizabeth National park was amazing as well; we saw just about every animal possible there. Highly recommend also doing
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Response from Edison N, Owner at 4-Day Gorillas, Wildlife and Chimpanzee Trekking at Kalinzu Forest
Responded 16 Aug 2019
Thanks a lot for taking the time to write a brief overview of your safari experience with Bamboo Ecotours. I am glad you enjoyed every bit of it. Herbert equally enjoyed showcasing the beauty of our country! Edison & the team
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My friend and I did a 4 day gorilla and lake tour of southern Uganda from Kigali. I would highly recommend both the tour, the company, and our guide Fred. Communication with the company was easy, they were very responsive, payment was easy, the hotels we stayed at were great,
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Response from Edison N, Manager at 4-Day Gorillas, Wildlife and Chimpanzee Trekking at Kalinzu Forest
Responded 19 Jul 2019
We do appreciate taking the time to write this review. So glad to hear you had a wonderful trip. Thank you!! Edison & Bamboo Ecotours team
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Wonderful Trip With Excellent Organisation
From the detailed planning through to the wonderful service from our driver Fred this was one of the best trips we
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Finland
61
One day Gorilla Trek Bwindi
Edison at the tour agency were super helpful and gave me the best offer regarding the Gorilla trek for one day,
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10
Amazing Experience
We worked together with Edison to customize a trip through Uganda that we will never forget! The trip got off to
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I had an amazing trip thanks to Bamboo Ecotours. As a solo female traveler, I wanted to make sure that I was using
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vnieks
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Perfect
We did a very last minute booking for Gorilla trek in Uganda via reference for a friend. Bamboo gave us a good
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3 day gorilla Uganda
I’ve used Bamboo Eco Tours for a 3 day Gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable forecast, Uganda. Fred was my driver
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Amazing Experience
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Would love to live our trip again with Bamboo Ecotours
What an incredible trip my sister and I had. I couldn't more highly recommend Uganda as a place to travel and
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amfannon
Ayr
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Fantastic trip with Bamboo Ecotours!
We had an absolutely wonderful trip to Uganda with Bamboo Ecotours. Every aspect of the trip was well organized
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nmcrae2017
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21
Wonderful tour of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Queen Elizabeth Park
We experienced a wonderful tour through Bamboo Eco tours of 5 days and 4 nights, two at the Rushaga Gorilla Lodge
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Bwindi gorilla trek and Queen Elizabeth National Park
I did two separate trips with Bamboo Ecotours. They are incredibly relatable, responsive, and professional. Edison
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Edison came up with a fantastic itinerary for my Uganda/Rwanda September 2019 trip. It was a long process since I
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Tl221192
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277
Brilliant trip!
Edison made this trip very easy to plan and tailored it exactly to our budget! We had Joseph as our guide for our
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Amazing Experience Trekking for Gorillas
What an Amazing Experience. Gorilla trekking definitely on my top 5. Edison and Fred with Bamboo Ecotours went out
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