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6 Days | Encounter resilience and rare wildlife in Rwanda and Uganda.

4.5 out of 5 based on 18 reviews submitted.
USD $5,810
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Come face to face with heartbreaking history and incredible wildlife on a 6-day Premium journey through Rwanda and Uganda. See sombre reminders of Kigali’s devastating past, watch local life play out on the streets and witness a beautiful country that's continuously striving to move forward. Enter the world of rare mountain gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and spend a day tracking and observing these endearing creatures. This soul-stirring adventure won’t soon be forgotten.

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Kigali, Rwanda
Kigali, Rwanda
Uganda, Rwanda
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Min 15
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Min 1 - Max 12
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This trip generates 76.26 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • With your gorilla permit included in the price of the trip, spend a day trekking (with an optional second) through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to get close to Uganda's rare mountain gorillas for an unforgettable hour.
  • Wake up to spectacular views of the forest canopy during a three-night stay at our carbon neutral feature stay, the Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
  • Take a closer look at Rwanda’s devastating history and the resilience of its people during a two-night stay at Kigali’s Hotel des Mille Collines, which famously sheltered more than 1000 people during the Genocide, plus visits to the Ntarama Church, the Nyamata Genocide Memorial Centre and the Genocide Museum
  • Sit down to dinner with a local park ranger, learning about life in the wilderness and their special relationships with the mountain gorillas. This is one dinner conversation you've likely never had before!
  • Enjoy a local street food favourite 'rolex' at a colourful lunch stop in Kigali. Rolex is actually a sandwich made out of flat bread called chapati with an omelette and extra toppings rolled like burrito.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Gorilla Doctors. Donations help them care for injured mountain and Grauer's gorillas – contributing to the long-term sustainability of gorilla populations.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Tracking gorillas in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, humid, muddy and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, so it can be pretty strenuous walking. You need to be prepared and fit enough to walk up to 4 hours up and down hills (perhaps pack some gardening gloves to assist in any up-hill climbs). But the sheer thrill of coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty.
  • The gorilla trek is a shared activity. You may be split into different groups according to fitness level, and be accompanied by other travellers on your trek. However there will only be a maximum of 8 people per gorilla family, plus a local Uganda Wildlife Ranger and trackers.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

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5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners


4WD vehicle, Private Vehicle


Hotel (2 night), Feature Stay Eco-Lodge (3 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
  • Kigali - Welcome Dinner
  • Kigali - Genocide Memorial Centre
  • Kigali - City Tour
  • Kigali - Rolex Streetfood Lunch
  • Bwindi National Park - Mountain Gorilla Permit & Trek
Add on activities
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest - Nombe Forest Pocket (5-6hrs) - USD120
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest - Trek To The Top of The World (2-3hrs) - USD50
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest - Coffee Tour & Lake Mutanda Canoe (6-7hrs) - USD120
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest - Gorilla Buffer Zone Walk (2-3hrs) - USD50

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Important notes

1. This trip requires a higher non-refundable deposit (AUD1000, USD1000, EUR800, NZD1250, GBP650, CAD1000, ZAR8000, CHF900) in order to secure the included gorilla permit. Please note that we need to confirm availability of a gorilla permit if you are booking within 45 days of departure. The additional deposit paid at time of booking will be credited to the final balance of your booking.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. This trip ends in Kigali on arrival on the afternoon of Day 6. Please do not book International flights departing before 6pm this evening.
4. Please note that the Gorilla Permit included is only valid for one day on Day 4. For those who are interested for a second trek, please consult your booking agent about purchasing the second Gorilla Permit.
5. Travel is always an adventure and, as destinations reopen, there are a few challenges as everyone gets back up to speed and adjusts to the new normal. Our leaders are experts when it comes to dealing with anything unexpected along the journey, so pack your understanding and flexibility, sit back and relax while they take care of the rest.

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4.5 out of 5 based on 18 reviews submitted.
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Tracey · Traveled August 2023
Fantastic! Seeing the mountain gorillas is an absolutely amazing experience and the friendliness of the locals made the trip that much more enjoyable.
Review submitted 25 Aug 2023

Donna · Traveled August 2023
Seeing the gorillas up close was amazing but also the trip from Kigali to Bwindi. The heights make it not for the faint hearted. . The genocide memorial in Kigali should not be missed. I also appreciated and the sobering visit to Ntarama church. This is a history lesson not to be missed. The gorilla trekking can be hard work but worth it
Review submitted 19 Aug 2023

TIM · Traveled August 2023
I have mixed views about the trip, I’ll start by saying the gorillas are awesome. To be a few feet from a silverback with the rest of the family is definitely a moment you’ll never forget. I was a little disappointed as we were a group of 5 and 3 of our group went one location and two of us to a different are away from Bwindi village. I think our guide should have managed this, but I think he made a decision based on my age. He blamed the gorilla trekkers so I end ed up with a really easy walk which detracts from the experience. My trip started badly as I booked to fly into Entebbe, stay in Kampala and head to the gorillas via a stay at a lake then on to Rwanda. 10 days before leaving I found out that Intrepid had changed my trip to start at Kigali drive to Uganda see the gorillas and back to Kigali. So a boring repeat journey. The day in Kigali to learn about the genocide is overdone. The first point of call at a church/ mass grave with with a really knowledgeable historian was fascinating, then onto another church and the more of the same at the genocide museum, to much in one day. I have issues with Intrepid’s uk office who’s customer liaison via would be faster by post , they use the excuse of a large quantity of emails and suggest using chat, which is not practical in the wilds of Africa. Please Intrepid employee enough staff to answer customers quickly
Review submitted 27 Aug 2023

alisa · Traveled July 2023
Amazing trip with an amazing group, tough and thrilling adventure
Review submitted 19 Jul 2023

James · Traveled July 2023
The gorilla trek was a wonderful experience and the Intrepid group was very fun. We really enjoyed the Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge and the service there was very friendly. Very interesting to see a different part of Africa than what we experienced in Kenya and Tanzania.
Review submitted 07 Jul 2023
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