12 Days Gorilla Trekking & Wildebeest Migration Special

12 Days Gorilla Trekking & Wildebeest Migration Special

Be the first to know the lifestyle and appearance of primates, mammals, landscapes, reptiles, and unique bird species in the wild by booking this 12 days safari package.

You will engage in Mountain gorilla tracking at Bwindi impenetrable national park; home to half of the world’s Mountain gorilla population, golden monkey tracking at Volcanoes national park, boat cruise and spotting the tree-climbing lions in Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park, encountering Africa’s big five at Masai Mara national park, and exploring the host of the annual wildebeest migration; Serengeti national park in Tanzania.

Other activities in this package include cultural encounters, photography, city tour, and nature walk among others. The safari starts in Rwanda and ends in Tanzania.

Safari in details

Day 1: Pickup and Volcanoes national park

 On this date, our company representative will wait for you at the airport at the agreed time to welcome you for this wonderful 12 days adventure. He will meet and brief you about the experience, explaining some of the facts you need to know as well as a picture of what you should expect.

Thereafter, a cup of Juice will be shared before having a Kigali city tour where you will visit the Genocide memorial to pay tribute to those who were killed as a result of the Tutsi and Hutu fight in 1994.

Lunch follows a visit to the local markets before embarking on a 2-3 hours’ drive to Volcanoes national park, home to the endangered mountain gorillas and the rare golden monkeys. The drive exposes you to stunning rocks, beautiful sceneries, green plantations, undulating hills, and the natives carrying on with their daily chores.

Day 2: Golden monkey tracking and Ibyiwachu cultural community

Welcome, this day with a yummy breakfast, followed by a drive to the park’s headquarters at approximately 06:30hrs for a briefing with the park rangers who will explain to you the benefits of primate trekking, the guidelines while with the creatures in the jungle and accompany you for the exercise.

In comparison to any other monkey species, golden monkeys are very attractive, shy, swift in movement, and rare; they are only found around the Virunga chain of mountains in Mgahinga national park (Uganda) and in Volcanoes national park (Rwanda).

This tracking exercise may last for 2-6 hours depending on the direction the creatures have taken and your speed, plus one-hour allowance for you to take photos, watch and ask questions. You need to be first when taking photos in order to catch up with the speed of these creatures.

After the Golden monkey tracking, return to the lodge for lunch, followed by a 2-3 hour interactions with the Rwandese in Ibyiwachu cultural community; a one-stop center for Rwanda culture including food, dances, stories, architectures, songs and history among others. After everything is settled, dinner and overnight follow at the lodge.

Day 3: Depart Volcanoes for Bwindi impenetrable national park, via Lake Bunyonyi

Early in the morning, enjoy a relaxed breakfast before checking out of the lodge for a drive to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park where you will track your closest relatives, the endangered mountain Gorillas. You will observe the beautiful sceneries, the Backdrop of Virunga ranges and varying flora as you approach and cross the scenic Gatuna Boarder.

While in Uganda, you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi (second Switzerland in Africa) for lunch and canoe experience before proceeding to Ruhija gorilla tracking sector for dinner and overnight at the selected lodge.

Day 4: Mountain gorilla trekking and Batwa encounter

On this day, you will drive to the sectors headquarters as soon as breakfast is done for a briefing exercise that commences at 08:00hrs with the park stewards explaining the rules and regulations governing gorilla tracking, the life of gorillas and allocate you to one of the gorilla families to track.

In the company of a security guard and park ranger, the exercise starts; first from the place the apes were left to the place they are suspected to be; a hike that might last for 2-7 hours’ while encountering unique tree species, bird species, and several primates such as the Colobus monkeys and chimpanzees if you are lucky.

As you meet these apes, one extra hour is left for you to take photos, smile at the creatures and ask questions related to these apes or the jungle before returning to the lodge for lunch and encounter with the Batwa pygmies; former hunters and fruit gatherers in this forest. Though relocated, they still give you a feel of their authentic culture through traditional dances, stories, and local caves. Afterwards, this day’s last resolution will be dinner and a nap at your lodge.

Day 5: Transfer to Ishasha sector for tree-climbing lions and boat cruise at Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth national park

At dawn, kick start this day with a hefty breakfast, followed by a drive to Queen Elizabeth national park (Uganda’s most visited national park) via the Ishasha sector where you will seek to spot one or two lions resting on the tree branches or roaming in the lush savannah grassland before enjoying an early Lunch around the sector.

 Thereafter, you will proceed with the drive to Kazinga channel to enjoy a boat cruise which reveals to you a school of hippos and crocodiles, plus several bird species and mammals quenching their thirst in this unique destination.  You will call off the day in your lodge with refreshment, dinner, and overnight.

Day 6: Morning game drive and depart Queen Elizabeth national park for Nairobi – Kenya

At 08:00hours, you will engage in a rewarding 3-4 hours’ game drive early in the morning in the quest for both the prey’s and predators residing in this wonderful destination; Notably, 4 of Africa’s big five namely; lions, leopards, buffaloes and elephants leaving with several other mammals such as the giraffes, cheetahs, Uganda Kobs, warthogs, waterbuck and zebras among others.

Expect to also find unique tree species and bird species such as the crested cranes, Rwenzori Turacos, marabou storks, and guinea fowls among others.

Thereafter, enjoy bush breakfast, and then drive back to the lodge to check out and embark on a 5-6 hours’ drive to Entebbe international airport for a flight to Nairobi – Kenya, but with an enroute stopover at the equator for lunch, photography and to watch demonstrations at the marginal equator line.

At Nairobi international airport, meet our company representative who will drive you to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: City tour and transfer to Masai Mara national park

You Kick start this day with a yummy cup of coffee before checking out of the lodge for a 2-4 hour Nairobi city tour, before proceeding with the Drive to Masai Mara national park, with an enroute stopover at the great rift valley for photography and sightseeing. Your 30mins – 1 hour stopover offers you a chance of seeing Mount Longonot, the fascinating flora, and the unique stunning landscape.

You will then proceed with the drive while traversing green plantations and natives glancing at you; Lunch will be at Narok trading center, whereas dinner and a nap will be at the lodge in or around the park. This journey lasts for 6-7 hours.

Day 8: Full day game drive

Welcome this day with breakfast, before joining your driver guide who will traverse with you the entire park, showcasing what a true wilderness should have to attain that entitlement; a combination of mammals, fascinating landscape, the rare bird species, and unique tree species tells it all.

The mammals you will be lucky to encounter include; the giraffes, lions, buffalos, different antelope species, hyenas, jackals, leopards, rhinos, warthogs, wildebeests, and elephants among others. Birds include the flamingoes, ostriches, shoebill stock, and many more. 

After the first 4-5 hours, you will have a picnic lunch break, followed by an afternoon visit to the Mara River; the center of Action during the annual wildebeest migration. You will sight some mammals, birds, schools of hippos and crocodiles. When this is done, head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Depart Masai Mara for Serengeti national park

After breakfast, checkout of the lodge for a transfer to Serengeti national park, Tanzania prime safari destination, and a host to the annual wildebeest migration from June to early September.  There are lots of beautiful sceneries to look out for during this journey such as the rolling hills, the unique vegetation, modern infrastructures, and scattered homesteads among others.

At the Kenya – Tanzania border post, you will get new documents, as well as enjoy lunch before proceeding to the park where the driver guide will be showing you some mammals roaming in the wild as you head to your lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 10:  Full day game drive

Brighten your day with a heavy cup of coffee before heading for a full day game drive around Serengeti national park in a quest for the early morning risers heading to the field while the night hunters return for rest.

In this period of the game drive, expect to come across a few if not all of the mammals you may think of in the wild, namely; lions, leopards, buffalos, wildebeest, different types of antelopes, rhinos, zebras, rhinos, warthogs or Hyenas among others, plus several bird species, primates, reptiles and tree species.

There will be a lunch break before proceeding with the search until late in the evening when the driver guide will return you to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Community tours with the Masai people

After ten days of nonstop wildlife encounters, you will spend this entire day exploring the life of the Masai people, right from their history, local cuisine, thrilling dances, songs, hunting tools, and local architecture.

The Masai people are found in Kenya and Tanzania and inherit a lineage of herdsmen and wanderers.  They are among the few cultures in the world that have violated the influence of western culture and still uphold their true cultural beliefs. You are encouraged to participate in different activities, interact, support, and eat with them.

Day 12: Departure

At sunrise, enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and a 1-2 hours of optional guided nature walk before checking out of the lodge for a transfer to either your hotel or the airport for a flight to your next destination.

End of 12 days combined luxury safari