4-Day Rwanda and Uganda Golden Monkey and Gorilla Tracking Adventure
Rushaga Gorilla Lodge Twin
Rushaga Gorilla Lodge Verandar
Rushaga Gorilla Lodge Twin Room
Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge Main Entrance
Lake Bunyonyi Eco-Resort

4-Day Rwanda and Uganda Golden Monkey and Gorilla Tracking Adventure


4-Day Rwanda and Uganda Golden Monkey and Gorilla Tracking Adventure

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Rwanda with a thrilling golden monkey trek and an unforgettable encounter with mountain gorillas.

Your adventure begins in Volcanoes National Park, where you’ll embark on a scenic trek through the bamboo jungles nestled within the Virunga Volcanoes. Immersed in verdant landscapes, you’ll seek out the playful golden monkeys, known for their vibrant fur and captivating antics. Spend an hour observing their social dynamics and capturing their charm with your camera.

Golden Monkeys of Rwanda

Next, journey to the mist-shrouded Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a sanctuary for over half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, an experience etched in memory forever.

4-Day Rwanda and Uganda Golden Monkey and Gorilla Tracking Adventure – Primate Safaris

Beyond primates, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers a treasure trove of diverse experiences. Immerse yourself in the vibrant birdlife, a haven for birding enthusiasts. Delve into the rich cultural heritage of the local communities, gaining insights into their traditions and way of life. Finally, embark on a quest to discover other elusive primates hidden amongst the dense foliage.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Africa Trekking and Guided Birding Safari, Wildlife Adventures
    • Activity Level Challenging
    • Group Size Small Group
    All about the 4-Day Rwanda and Uganda Golden Monkey and Gorilla Tracking Adventure.

    A 4-Day Rwandan & Ugandan Primate Encounter

    Escape the ordinary and embark on a 4-day adventure deep into the heart of Africa. This journey takes you primate tracking and birding across two stunning countries:

    Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills: Witness the playful agility of the Golden Monkeys as they swing through the bamboo forests of Volcanoes National Park. Their vibrant fur and infectious energy will leave you mesmerized.

    Uganda, the Pearl of Africa: Journey into the misty jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to over half the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas. Observe these gentle giants in their natural habitat, an unforgettable encounter that will touch your soul.

    But the wonders don’t stop there! An immersion in the vibrant tapestry of East African birdlife, with countless species flitting through the lush landscapes is a truly alluring Africa Adventure. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, feel the thrill of the chase, and connect with the raw beauty of the African outback.

    In just 4 days, you’ll experience:

    • Up-close interaction with Golden Monkeys and Mountain Gorillas
    • Breathtaking scenery amidst volcanic peaks and verdant forests
    • A symphony of colorful birdsong filling the air
    • An unforgettable adventure that will stay with you forever

    Ready to embark on your journey? If so please book your 4-Day Rwandan & Ugandan Primate Encounter today!

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.


    • Park fees (For non-residents)
    • Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
    • Golden Monkey and Chimp Tracking Permit
    • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
    • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
    • A professional driver/guide
    • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
    • Roundtrip airport transfer
      Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
    • All Taxes/VA
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.


    • International flights
    • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
    • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
    • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
    • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
    1. Day 1 Kigali to Virunga Volcanoes

      Your Kigali Adventure: From History to Harmony

      Embark on a captivating journey through Kigali and beyond! Your friendly driver-guide will greet you at the airport, whisking you away to explore the city’s dynamic transformation. Witness the vibrant energy of new neighborhoods reshaping the urban landscape.

      Delve into Rwanda’s political past with an optional visit to the Presidential Museum, the former residence of two presidents. This insightful stop offers a glimpse into the nation’s fascinating history.

      Travel through the heart of Kigali, experiencing its older commercial and residential areas. Here, time slows down as you absorb the city’s unique character.

      Confront a crucial chapter in Rwanda’s story at the poignant Kigali Genocide Memorial Site. Pay your respects and gain a deeper understanding of this pivotal moment in the nation’s history.

      Savor a delicious lunch before continuing your journey towards Musanze.

      With time on your side, prepare to be mesmerized by the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Imagine the breathtaking sight of their deep blue waters framed by rolling hills, cascading waterfalls, and the majestic Virunga Volcanoes painting the horizon.

      Rest and recharge for tomorrow’s adventures at your comfortable hotel in Musanze, namely Davinci Gorilla Lodge.

    2. Day 2 Volcanoes National Park - Bwindi National Park

      Our Golden Monkey Adventure Awaits!

      Rise and shine for an early breakfast, fueled by anticipation for your encounter with the playful golden monkeys! By 7:00 AM, you’ll be transferring to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters in Kinigi, buzzing with fellow adventurers. After a brief briefing from your expert ranger guide, you’ll be whisked away to the trailhead at 8:00 AM, the majestic mountain scenery unfolding before you.

      Rwanda Virunga Volcanoes National Park Golden Monkey

      You will find yourself in the midst of lush greenery as you embark on your trek into the park. Your destination? The playful and endearing golden monkeys, residing in the bamboo forests near the park’s edge. The terrain is easy on the feet, allowing you to fully focus on the excitement of the chase.

      Once you find these dazzling primates, witness their agility and skill as they delicately pluck young bamboo leaves from the treetops. Be prepared, they might even venture into the nearby potato fields, indulging in their favorite treat!

      With these unforgettable memories etched in your mind, you’ll return to the trailhead and journey back to the lodge for a well-deserved lunch. Refreshed and recharged, it’s time to cross the border, leaving the wonders of Rwanda behind as you set your sights on the next chapter of your adventure in Bwindi National Park, Uganda. Overnight at Rushaga Gorilla Lodge

      Rushaga Gorilla Lodge - Bwindi

    3. Day 3 Bwindi National Park - Lake Bunyonyi

      An Encounter with Gorillas and the Enchanting Lake Bunyonyi

      Fuel your morning with an early breakfast before embarking on a transformative journey. Stroll to the park headquarters, where a pre-trek briefing unveils the secrets of responsible gorilla tracking. Learn the ”dos and don’ts” crucial to ensuring a respectful and safe encounter with these magnificent creatures.

      With anticipation swirling, proceed to the gorilla trail. This adventure unfolds like a treasure hunt, with the thrilling possibility of encountering the gorillas anywhere between 2 and 8 hours, or even an entire day. But the reward is unparalleled – an uninterrupted hour spent observing these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Witness their powerful presence, their intricate family dynamics, and their playful interactions.

      A well-prepared packed lunch will be your trusty companion, as you explore the mountain home of these gentle giants. Remember, the gorillas call the shots, so the duration of the trek depends on their whereabouts. But one thing’s certain – your encounter with these endangered cousins of man will not soon be forgotten.

      As the sun begins its descent, your journey transitions to the captivating Lake Bunyonyi. Prepare to be enthralled by the scenic drive through a region dubbed the ”Switzerland of Africa” for its remarkably cool climate, despite its proximity to the equator.

      Upon arrival, discover the magic of Lake Bunyonyi, often hailed as one of western Uganda’s most breathtaking treasures. Take in the serenity of this lake, the second-deepest in Africa (a staggering 900 meters deep!), renowned for its bilharzia-free waters, making it a haven for safe swimming.

      Unwind by the lake’s tranquil shores, savoring a delicious dinner before settling into your comfortable lodge for a restful night. The echoes of your gorilla encounter and the captivating allure of Lake Bunyonyi will linger in your dreams, promising an unforgettable adventure.

    4. Day 4 Lake Bunyonyi - Katuna Border Crossing - Kigali

      Birding and Boating on Lake Bunyonyi Plus Kigali City Tour

      Start your day at Lake Bunyonyi Eco-Resort with a delightful breakfast, then embark on a scenic boat ride across the lake, exploring the beauty of its hidden islands including its prolific birdlife. Next, prepare to cross the border into Rwanda, heading towards the vibrant city of Kigali.

      Lake Bunyonyi Eco-Resort

      Get ready to delve into the history and reflection of Rwanda at the poignant Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. This will be followed by a captivating city tour, showcasing iconic landmarks and bustling craft markets where you can find unique souvenirs to cherish.


      Finally, your journey concludes with a comfortable transfer to Kigali Airport, where you’ll board your flight home, brimming with unforgettable memories of these remarkable places.


    Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

    Nestled amidst the majestic Virunga volcanoes, Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge welcomes you to the heart of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This mid-range haven, just a 20-minute drive from the park entrance, offers a tranquil escape with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains.

    Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge Exterior
    Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge Exterior

    Unwind in spacious, African safari-inspired rooms, each designed to blend seamlessly with the natural environment. Savor delicious meals at the exceptional restaurant and lounge, where attentive staff cater to your every need. Let the warmth of the crackling fireplace draw you in after a day of adventure, while the breathtaking scenery provides a backdrop for unforgettable memories.

    Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge Triple Room

    Explore the wonders of Volcanoes National Park:

    • Embrace the thrill of gorilla tracking: Encounter the gentle giants in their natural habitat, an experience etched forever in your heart.
    • Embark on guided hikes: Traverse diverse terrains, from lush rainforests to volcanic slopes, and witness the park’s diverse ecosystems.
    • Connect with nature: Breathe in the fresh mountain air, listen to the symphony of birdsong, and soak up the serenity of your surroundings.

    Family-friendly and connected:

    • Spacious family rooms accommodate your loved ones comfortably.
    • Stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the lodge.

    Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge-Double Room

    Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge invites you to discover the magic of Rwanda. Let its charm, comfort, and proximity to nature create an unforgettable adventure.

    Rushaga Gorilla Lodge – Bwindi

    Rushaga Gorilla Lodge is a haven for trekking the world’s famous silver back gorillas within the Bwindi Impenetrable forest. It is part of the MBZ Group Africa Tours and travel hotels and lodging company facilities.

    Rushaga Gorilla Lodge Birdeye View
    Rushaga Gorilla Lodge Birdseye View

    The lodge is located only 10 minutes away from the Rushaga UWA gate. It is a highlight for travelers and adventurers alike.

    When you visit Uganda, this lodge has several amenities in place to give you a memorable and comfortable stay at affordable rates. Rushaga Gorilla Lodge offers unique lodging options ranging from luxury cottages to standard rooms.

    Rushaga Gorilla Lodge Room
    Rushaga Gorilla Lodge Room

    A visit to the lodge implies closer access to the seven Rushaga mountain gorilla groups such as Mishaya, Kahungye, Nshongi, Bweza, Kutu, Rwigi, and Busingye. The establishment has named the rooms after the gorilla groups so that you can in some ways feel a connection to the beautiful creatures.

    Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort

    Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort is set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge above the banks of Lake Bunyonyi, commanding panoramic views of the Island and across the lake.

    Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort Cottages
    Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort Cottages

    The resort has been styled to offer a showcase of cultural performance, heritage, and traditional art. Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort offers just 10 cottages, each of which stands on its own, each with a spectacular view of the forest, lake Bunyonyi and the surrounding community – here you can enjoy the sounds of the surrounding jungle, the floating waters, and the relaxing atmosphere.

    Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort Exterior
    Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort Exterior

    The resort also offers the exclusive rooms which include Bunyonyi Suites and Bunyonyi Deluxe Cottages, each of which offers classic facilities, private balcony, wooden floors, big windows, and perfect craft work of woven bamboo.


    Each of the charmingly presented cottages, deluxe rooms and suites is accommodated in traditionally-thatched structures with private balcony. The Resort also offers one suite and two rooms for persons with reduced mobility.

    Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort Room
    Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort Room

    Room amenities include:

    Room service, Ceiling fans, Intercom and Wi-Fi, Laundry and valet services.


    Gorilla Tracking Rules

    A number of rules designed to protect both gorillas and
    tourists have been established, as follows:

    • Maintenance of a distance of 7 meters between the
      tourists and the gorillas
    •  A maximum of eight tourists per visit
    • A limit of one tourist group per day to each gorilla
    • A limit of one hour per visit
    • Tourists who are visibly unwell or declare themselves
      to be ill may not visit

    As of 1989 the number of tourists allowed in a single visit was increased to eight people (six people for smaller gorilla groups). In 1999 the required separation distance between tourists and gorillas (to reduce the risk of disease transmission) was increased from 5 to
    7 meters. Other rules have been added over time, for example:

    • Minimum age of 15 years for tourists
    • No flash photography
    • Tourists must remain together in a tight group
    • No loud noises or pointing
    • Eating, drinking, and smoking are not per mitted
      within 200 meters of the gorillas
    • Tourists must turn away and cover their mouths
      when coughing and sneezin
    • Human feces must be buried in a hole of a minimum
      depth of 30 centimeters
    • No trash may be deposited in the par k
      Tourists are not allowed to clear away vegetation to get a better view.

    These rules were designed and set to minimize behavioral disturbance and disease transmission to the gorillas from tourists. Although the welfare of the gorillas has always been the primary concern, the majority of these regulations were created based on expert opinions rather than specific
    research findings.

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