The Great Apes of Uganda and Rwanda

Uganda, Rwanda




11 days

Tour Type


luxury primates safari

The Great Apes of Uganda and Rwanda 

Set off on a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the lush hills of Uganda and Rwanda to encounter chimpanzees and mountain gorillas in the wild. Observe chimpanzees with a primatologist, and track gorillas in the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Stay in stunning lodges, from a lakeside bungalow at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains to a hilltop eco-lodge with spectacular views of Rwanda’s volcanoes.


This trip has an activity rating of moderate; travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of walking or hiking over uneven terrain on some days. While tracking primates, guests will trek up to 8 hours through thick jungle at elevations that may reach 10,000 feet. Treks can be arduous; and the terrain can be steep, uneven, wet, and muddy. Travelers must be at least 15 years old. There will be several long driving days up to seven hours with multiple stops.

Throughout the trip, we stay in ideally located, high-end hotels and lodges with many amenities.

We have arranged all of your transportation needs during your stay in Rwanda and Uganda as specified in your trip itinerary. When spending time on your own, you may choose to visit a site that requires transportation. If this is the case, your Expedition Leader will happily recommend convenient transportation options.


  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Transportation provided on-trip
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas when applicable
  • Alcoholic beverages

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards

Tour Plan

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) and transfer to the hotel. The next day, visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Ngamba Island, established in association with the Jane Goodall Institute as a habitat for rescued and orphaned chimpanzees. Later, explore the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.

Mid-range accommodations and Meals Included: Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Fly from Entebbe to Kasese en route to Kibale National Park and check in to the lodge, set on a crater lake. Head into the park to search for chimpanzees; and look for other primates in the Bigodi Weland Sanctuary, including black-and-white colobus, red-tailed, and blue monkeys; and the rare l’Hoest’s monkey.

Mid-range accommodations and Meals Included: Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Spend a second morning tracking chimpanzees. Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park, and go on safari to look for elephants, lions, and Ugandan kobs before an afternoon wildlife cruise.

Mid-range accommodations and Meals Included: Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The next morning, head into the park’s forests, home to roughly half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Sit among these gentle giants, observing one of the planet’s most endangered creatures up close.

Mid-range accommodations and Meals Included: Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Cross into Rwanda and settle into your private villa overlooking the surrounding volcanoes and lakes. Spend the next day tracking mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Enjoy a traditional dance performance this evening.

Mid-range accommodations and Meals Included: Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

This morning, search for endangered golden monkeys in the park alongside wildlife. After lunch, transfer to the Kigali International Airport (KGL) for your flight home.

Mid-range accommodations and Meals Included: Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


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