Friday, June 19, 2015

Couples Mountain Gorilla Safari

5 nights in Uganda and Rwanda - Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable and Volcanoes national parks - staying in luxury safari lodges, traveling by private plane and 4x4 safari vehicle
Day 1: Arrive Entebbe International Airport, UGANDARelax on the shores of Lake Victoria, the world’s largest tropical lake. Entebbe is a sleepy, green lakeside town with astounding bird life. Stroll down to the Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre to catch a glimpse of the faun you will see on your safari.

Dinner under the light of lanterns at the romantic Jahaza Grill, located on a bluff, at the edge of a forest, overlooking the tranquil lakeshore and surrounded by primates and birds. Overnight at Lake Victoria Serena Resort.

© Michael Kobold
Day 2: Transfer (1 ½ hrs) by private air charter to Kisoro, then (1 ½ hrs) by road to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, on the steep, rain-soaked slopes of the Bufumbira Mountains. Bwindi, an impervious canopy extending over high ridges and steep valleys ranging between 2,600 and 1,160 metres above sea level and covering an area 327 square kilometres in size - much larger if you iron it - provides habitat for some 120 species of mammals, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, and geckos. Afternoon birding walk near the edge of the forest. Overnight at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge.

Day 3: Morning gorilla trek to of Nkuringo Group. The habituation of Nkuringo began in 1996 and opened for tourism in April 2004. The group is comprised of sixteen gorillas and ranges the Kashasha river valley below the Nteko ridges. Trekking is downhill from the lodge. You start from much higher up than where the gorillas range and typically find them foraging in the valley in the buffer zone next to the forest. Overnight at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge.

Day 4: Transfer (1 ½ hrs) by road to Kisoro. Take the Batwa Trail through Mgahinga National Park. In 1991 these ancient forests and mountains were gazetted as a national park, and the indigenous Batwa people where turfed out of their traditional home in the forest. Since that time they have been marginalized. The Batwa Trail allows them to return to their beloved forest and show others how they once lived.The walk culminates at Garama Cave, the former residence of the King of the Batwa People. In the past, no outsider was allowed to enter, but you have been granted special permission. As you enter, darkness embraces you and you hear the mournful chants of Batwa women, lamenting the loss of their beloved forest. A light comes on in the cave and you see them dancing, with the words pouring forth like tears - a truly moving experience.

Lunch at the Traveller's Rest, the oldest gorilla lodge in the region and the place where Dian Fossey stayed when she first arrived in Africa. Afternoon transfer (1 ½ hrs, including border formalities) by car across the Ugandan frontier to Kinigi, Rwanda. Overnight at Virunga Lodge.

Day 5: Another Mountain Gorilla Day! After early breakfast, transfer (40 min) by car to park HQ to register and receive a briefing from the guides (30 min), then transfer (30 min) by car to the edge of the Volcanoes National Park , one of the three national parks straddling the Virunga volcanoes: Mgahinga in Uganda; Volcanoes in Rwanda; and Virunga in the Congo. It helps to be moderately fit as your gorilla trek begins at altitude, but the park guards will proceed at a leisurely pace, and continue as gradually and steadily as you wish to go. 

The fur of the Mountain gorilla, often thicker and longer than that of other gorilla species, enables them to live in colder temperatures. Gorillas can be identified by nose prints unique to each individual. Males usually weigh twice as much as the females, and this subspecies is on average the largest of all gorillas. Adult males have more pronounced bony crests on the top and back of their skulls, giving their heads a more conical shape. These crests anchor the powerful masseter muscles, which attach to the lower jaw (mandible). Adult females also have these crests, but they are less pronounced. Like all gorillas they feature dark brown eyes framed by a black ring around the iris.

After your trek, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Virungas, while still wonderstruck from your wild encounter with the rare Mountain gorilla, you’ll enjoy a gourmet picnic at the park boundary.  Overnight at Virunga Lodge. 

Day 6: Morning Golden monkey trekking in Volcano National Park. The golden monkey (Cercopithecus kandti) is found only in Nyungwe Forest and the Virunga volcanoes. This intriguing primate is restricted to highland forest, especially near bamboo. Not much is known about the golden monkey's behavior. It lives in social groups of up to 30 individuals. Its diet consists mainly of leaves and fruit, though it is also thought to eat insects. 

Transfer (2 hrs) by road to Kigali. Depart Kigali International Airport, RWANDA.


© Michael Kobold

Ideal for couples with a yearning to go somewhere wild together... This amazing deal includes private plane charter, vehicle and driver, two mountain gorilla treks, and two nights each at the best gorilla lodges: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge and Virunga Safari Lodge. Don't miss your chance to meet mountain gorillas up close and personal. 
Book now! Call +256 779 829 967 or email

$7,790 per couple, based on 2 couples sharing double rooms

€5,890 per couple, based on 2 couples sharing double rooms
€7,990 for one couple

£4,990 per couple, based on 2 couples sharing double rooms
£6,090 for one couple

International flights - into Entebbe and out of Kigali - not included