5 Days Rwanda Gorilla & Batwa Cultural Safari Uganda
Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast, meet our guide and thereafter transfer to volcanoes via the undulating thousand hills of Rwanda, with stopover at some of the genocide memorials, lunch en-route and then after spend the evening taking the village walk to local community’s projects. Dinner and overnight at Lebombou lodge/Laplame Hotel/Kinigi guest house. Meal plan: H/B
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
Have breakfast, thereafter continue to the park head quarters for briefing about the mountain gorillas in the mist and the park as well, after enter into the jungle to search for the mountain gorillas and you meet them stay with them for about an hour while taking the unforgettable photographs and videos. Have your packed lunch, and then return to the park offices for your gorilla trekking certificate. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight, meal plan: F/B
Day 3: Dian Fossey Centre then Transfer to Mgahinga National Park
After breakfast, visit the Dian Fossey centre and at this point you will experience the great work that a primatologist Dian Fossey did towards the conservation of mountain gorillas in the mist, for her great work she did to conserve the mountain gorillas lead to the loss of her life by the local hunting Rwandese. After transfer to Uganda via the Cyanika or Katuna border and relax at Kisoro Traveler Hotel as you wait for your extra ordinary Batwa experience the following day. Dinner and overnight as above, meal plan: F/B
Day 4: Batwa Cultural Performances
After breakfast, take the Batwa cultural performances, the dense forests at the foot of the Virunga Volcanoes were home to the Batwa people: hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine thanks to ancient knowledge passed down for generations. When Mgahinga Gorilla National Park was established, the Batwa, a group of indigenous people, were suddenly evicted from the forest and forced to abandon their low-impact, nomadic lifestyle. Now landless, they work for local farmers. The only time they are permitted to re-enter their cherished forest is as tour guides on the Batwa Trail. A visit to the Batwa trail permits visitors to discover the magic of the indigenous people old home while partaking in nature walks and learning about the group’s cultural heritage.
During this moving cultural encounter tour, the Batwa demonstrate hunting techniques; gather honey; point out medicinal plants and demonstrate bamboo cups. Guests are finally invited to the sacred Ngarama Cave, once home to the Batwa King, where the women of the community perform a sorrowful song which echoes eerily around the depths of the dark cave, and leaves guests with a striking and moving sense of the richness of this fading culture. This is truly a unique experience for visitors to learn about the traditional culture of the indigenous people.
Highlights, Switch off your flashlight in the Ngarama Cave, as ghostly singing begins to echo in the pitch darkness, making fire requires team work! Watch your Batwa guides create fire to smoke out bees, see a traditional Batwa grass hut – quick to build and to demolish which was essential for this nomadic culture, enjoy the lively dance at the cave´s entrance as the Batwa women sing a traditional song to welcome their guests and walk through the pristine Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, with spectacular views of the Virunga Volcanoes. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight, meal plan: F/B
Day 5: Departure to Kampala/Kigali
After your breakfast, embark our safari truck and transfer back to Kampala with lunch en-route, stop at the equator for souvenirs and art shopping to take back home. After transfer to airport for your return flight back home. End of services
The package includes:
- Ground transportation
- Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
- Gorilla permits for Rwanda and Uganda
- Golden monkey tracking
- Full time English speaking guide
- Visit Dian Fossey
- Border crossing
- cultural performances
The package excludes:
The package excludes expenses of personal nature like: Air fare, Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, personal shopping bills and cigarettes.