Discover Gorillas and the Batwa - Rwanda and Uganda

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What we came up with

Visit Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park in search of mountain gorilla, before travelling on to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda, where you can visit the Batwa pygmy communities.

— Ra, Original Travel Expert

Itinerary Highlights

  • Volcanoes National Park - 4 Days
    Settle into the luxurious Virunga Safari Lodge, overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes from which the lodge takes its name, as well as the twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhonda. Aside the stunning views from the lodge, this is the perfect base from which to set off into the national park in search of the majestic mountain gorilla. Getting close to a family of gorilla is truly humbling - their likeness to man (perhaps unsurprising considering the 98% of DNA that we all share) is enough to strike even the hardiest traveller. For those with a little time left over, visit the Dian Fossey memorial and research centre, or discover the nearby twin lakes by boat.

  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - 4 Days
    Just across the border in Uganda lies the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to both gorillas and chimpanzees. Bwindi Safari Lodge sits within the park, with its borders marked only by a stream - the local gorilla population have made the occasional appearance in the lodge grounds. Spend days trekking in search of gorilla and chimpanzee, before retiring to the comfort of one of just eight 'bandas' at the lodge, each with a private terrace facing the jungle canopy. Visitors to Bwindi also have the chance to meet the local Batwa Pygmy community. The Batwa are a tribe of hunter-gatherers who had shared their Bwindi forest home with the gorilla for over 4,000 years. Upon receiving its national park status in 1991, the Batwa were removed from Bwindi forest, and today live a simple existence dependent upon aid from local community projects, however the elders knowledge of the forest remains completely unmatched.

A rough idea of price

A similar itinerary would cost in the region of £5,500 per person, which includes all flights, hotels, transfers and organised trips.

A note about prices

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Prices are generally for private arrangements using economy flights based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

Key Stats

Where
Rwanda
When
December to February and June to September
Who
Price PP (Inc Flights)
£5,500

Rwanda and Uganda

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