Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tours & Trips 2020

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Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
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Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
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Remarkable Rwanda & Gorillas of Uganda

Intrepid Travel
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 576 / day
$ 5,185
From : $ 7,000
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
  • With gorilla permits included in the price of the trip, seek out the rare mountain gorilla on a trek through Uganda's steamy forests and spend an unforgettable hour in their presence.
  • Learn about Rwanda's devastating history with a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, and see what life looks like today with a tour of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.
  • Get to know the diverse wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park on a series of 4x4 game drives and an optional boat cruise around the lake.
  • You won’t even have to get out of bed to enjoy wildlife and wonderful views – Safari lodges and Eco Camps deliver epic scenery, and wild visitors like Elephant, Buffalo, and Hippo to your doorstep
  • Meet members of the Ishasha community for a look at rural life in Uganda, visiting an organic farm and medicine garden and learn how human-wildlife conflict is being tackled with anti-crop raiding techniques
Kigali, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwanda, Uganda
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Rwanda gorilla tracking safari

Audley Travel
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 6,355
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Kigali, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
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10 Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

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A trip of a lifetime

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I believe there is nothing better than seeing animals in their natural
habitat and this trip gave me the privilege of seeing a family of 10 gorillas
in their home. It was a hard trek through the mountain forest (don’t
underestimate the difficulty, my trek was 6 hours!) but spending time
watching them was awe inspiring and will stay with me forever. The tour is
full on with each day adding yet another highlight as we travelled through
Ugandan and Kenyan game parks via Lake Victoria. The tour started with
gorillas and ended with the migration in the Masai Mara which I saw from a
sunrise balloon trip. The tour leader, driver, cook and assistant were
fantastic; I have never travelled with such a fun, kind, efficient and
professional team.
There were several; spending time in the company of gorillas, seeing lions,
leopards and cheetahs in the Masai Mara and seeing elephants and hippos in
the Queen Elizabeth National Pearl but perhaps the most thought provoking was
visiting the genocide museum in Kigali.

Jacob was excellent. He was calm, funny and had a very good ‘bush
telegraph’ for spotting animals.

Just go!

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Operator Exodus Travels

Truly wonderful trip

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was our third camping trip with Exodus and this is almost becoming our
preferred trip type - being cheaper doesn't hurt either. We were amazed at
the shear number of animals we saw in Kenya and Uganda long before we got to
the Gorilla area. We saw the big five, and mostly with babies!, great
scenery, wonderful lakes and rivers. Game drives were varied not only in the
nature of the country visited but also sometimes in the 'bus' sometimes in
4X4s and sometimes by boat. There were some longish drives but with lots to
look at, stops for snacks and toilets, and time to charge cameras etc for the
next stop. We felt very well looked after the whole time, and guided through
formalities of border crossings etc. We were a smallish group of nine which
meant we had lots of space, and we got on well.
I guess it has to be the gorillas - being so close and watching while they
just got on with their lives. The babies were adorable and the silverback
huge, but they seemed very peaceful.

Jacob was really great, as were the other members of the team - KFC,
Stonecold & Dolly. They looked after us really well and bought great calm and
humour to the whole trip. In many ways they made it possible for us to have
the great time we had.

I considered taking my walking gaiters but decided against it - almost the
first thing Jacob said was "I hope you all brought you gaiters for the
gorilla trek"! In fact we did well using two pairs of socks with the long
pair on the outside and trousers tucked into them. It worked out fine. Do use
a porter for the gorilla trek, it makes life a lot easier just having your
bag carried, and the occasional hand up, but it also brings much needed
employment to the local community.

We would highly recommend this trip - Go prepared for some early mornings,
some laughs, some drives but mostly some amazing sightings.

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Operator Exodus Travels

Totally amazing!

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The stunning scenery and the awesome wildlife were just two factors making
this one of the best trips I have ever experienced. The four man crew were
what made it extra special.
The Masai Mara went well beyond expectations, with clear access to all of
"the big five." Plus many many more species of birds and animals were on
display throughout all of the national parks visited. The accommodation was
clean and pleasant, the truck spacious and comfortable even over rough roads
and on long journeys, while the meals were always made from fresh
ingredients, very tasty and excellent quality.
The mountain gorillas were awe-inspiring, well worth the climb up to see
them. The optional chimp safari was also an amazing experience.
The close proximity to lions, cheetahs, giraffes, rhinos, elephants - the
list goes on and on; was extraordinary within such beautiful surroundings. I
felt very privileged to share the pristine environment with them.

Jacob was an excellent leader; professional, extremely patient and efficient,
always friendly and caring. His knowledge and enthusiasm was enhanced very
ably by the other crew members; Albert, Stone Cold and Raymond (Dolly). All
four created a wonderful team whose one wish was to make our holiday go
smoothly and be unforgettably enjoyable.

The padlock for the personal locker on the truck needs to have a thin, but
long shank.

Everyone should have this experience once in their lives. Thank you guys.

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Operator Exodus Travels

A voyage of discovery.

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Having been on many trips of discovery with Exodus, I had never been on one
that offered so much.
The itinerary was exactly right.
The starting point is Rwanda were we met our leader for the tour Jacob, as
usual a friendly face after a long flight out from the UK.
After a nights rest, the next day we visited the Museum to the genocide which
took place in the mid nineties, the museum has graphic pictures of this
terrible time in Rwanda`s history. A reminder of how the west turned it`s
back on the suffering of a whole group of people.
Onto our first highlight, the mountain Gorillas. After a long trek up into
the foothills of the Parc National des Volcans we met our first Gorillas
after about an hour of walking through mud and clothes clawing undergrowth
and overhead vine. This first encounter was unbelievable, such gentle
creatures given the size of the alpha males. We spent an hour with them and
they just carried on eating/ playing and sleeping as if we were not there.
On into Uganda, no problems with crossing the border and onto Lake Bunyonyi.
With the lake there are opportunities to take boat rides on the lake or hire
canoes for a leisurely paddle.
On through Uganda with it`s abundance of wildlife, mammals and bird life.We
had our first encounters with the real wildlife in all their natural
Adrenalin seekers will love Jinja as the site we stay Adrift, were you can do
white water rafting on the Nile or perhaps bungee jumping.Or you can just
take a stroll around the local are to veiw the many and varied bird life.
On into Kenya, this is when they asked to see our Yellow fever certificate,
other than that it again was straight forward.
Due to adverse weather we had miss the village camp, however not to worry,
onto the Masai Mara.
Arriving at lunch time we enjoyed yet another great lunch prepared as always
by Wilson and Ester.
We then had a half day taster into the game park. Nothing could have
prepared me for what I was about to encounter. All you ever see on TV was
there in front of you in all it`s splendour, to many to list. The next and
last full day of the tour(excluding travel days) you again go into the park
for a full day`s game drive. Amazing experience, so well organised and lead
by the team, from the leader through the driver and cooks who took so much
care of us.
Thank you .
This is not an easy choice, but it has to be the Gorillas, so human like.

Jacob, I have been on may trips with Exodus and all the leaders are
excellent. Jacob`s leadership and ability to adapt to required changes puts
him at the very top of the top leaders.

If you want to visit Africa and this appeals to you then do the same
trip(reverse) it seemed to us who travelled together the best itinerary.
Gorillas first then working your way though to the Masai Mara to end your

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Operator Exodus Travels

Gorillas and Masai Mara

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This trip is an absolute must for any animal lover.The diversity of fauna
that we saw in 2 weeks was absolutely incredible.The gorillas were absolutely
adorable and it was fascinating seeing them so relaxed in a really beautiful
setting.The rafting on the White Nile was absolutely increible and I would
recommend this to anyone who is not scared of the water and is a confident
swimmer as the likelihood of coming out is very high.I came out twice !!The
Masai Mara was absolutely stunning and within a few hours had seen
leopard,lions and cheetahs.The setting itself is also very dramatic.Our guide
was absolutely brilliant.He had a great sense of humour and constantly had us
in hysterics during the trip with his banter.The food was excellent and I am
sure I have put on weight.
Seeing gorillas so relaxed in the wild

Overall absolutely brilliant.Enthusiastic,very informative,caring and had a
brilliant sense of humour

If you have time in Narobi visit the giraffe sanctuary and elephant orphanage

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Operator Exodus Travels

Great wildlife viewing with a top class crew

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Some of my best ever wildlife viewing, seeing all the big 5 (including my
first ever clear views of leopards) plus much else including spectacular
birds, chimpanzees and of course the amazing mountain gorillas. Very well
looked after by leader Jacob, the best ever driver Stone Cold, Godfrey the
cook and the hardworking trainee Ester, all of whom not just kept us safe,
healthy and happy, but were great company.
Seeing the fabulous mountain gorillas, who didn't seem to have read that they
were meant to keep 8 m distance! Couldn't believe how close and active they
were. The optional hot air balloon ride in the Maasai Mara was also well
worth doing, as was chimpanzee tracking which hadn't been mentioned as an
option in the trip notes.

Jacob was knowledgable, worked hard to make sure we all had a good
experience, and had a good sense of humour too.

Be prepared for plenty of early starts and long drives, but the experiences
along the way make it all worth it. Being on time for the morning starts, and
being ready to help load/unload the truck etc (though not required) makes it
all run more smoothly.

The region is really beautiful, and always has plenty to see even on the long
journeys. The camping is fine, the people along the way friendly, and you'll
find Rwandan streets far cleaner than those in the UK!

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Operator Exodus Travels

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