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14 Days Safari to Ethiopia, Mountain Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking Tour

This tour covers three stunningly beautiful countries starting from Ethiopia — the spirit of Africa, Uganda — the pearl of Africa and Rwanda — the land of a thousand hills. The 14 Days Africa safari takes you to Ethiopia to visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela that dates back to 800years ago, Camelot of Ethiopia at Gondar and the Simien National park known for endangered walia ibex, Ethiopian Wolf and gelada baboons. Take your flight later to Uganda to enjoy the boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel and wild game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park, track wild chimpanzees in Kibale Forest before crossing to Rwanda for mountain Gorilla tracking and departure.

  • Tour highlights
    – Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
    – The Camelot of Ethiopia — Gondar
    – Simien National park—Ethiopia
    – Chimpanzee tracking – Uganda
    – Game drives and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park – Uganda
    – Mountain Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda

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  • Day 1: Addis Ababa – Lalibela (by Air)
    Today morning, you will be picked from your hotel by our company guide to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport for your flight to the outstanding rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is located approximately 700 km north of Addis Ababa. At least 800 years ago, a group of eleven monolithic and semi-monolithic structures were carved directly into the stone of the mountainside. Visit one of the largest monolithic churches in the world and explore the passageways, tunnels, intricately carved reliefs and fabulous examples of icon paintings. Overnight Hotel at Lalibela

    Day 2: Lalibela – Gondar (by air)
    This morning after breakfast fly to Gondar often described as ‘The Camelot of Ethiopia”. Founded by the Emperor Fasiladas around 1635, the town of Gondar is dominated by a collection of almost European looking castles and buildings, still standing in an excellent state of preservation today. Discover the sites of Gondar in a town tour including Royal Enclosure situated in the middle of the town, two storey Fasiladas’ Palace, an almost intact fortress castle complete with turrets and battlements, visit Fasilidas’s Pool—The founder of the town, still used for Timket celebrations today, and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia. Overnight in Gondar (hotel)

    Day 3 4&5: Gondar – Simien National Park (2hrs drive) and trekking
    This morning after breakfast, meet the company tour guide with the vehicles in Gondar and drive to Sankabar the entry to the Simien Mountains National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage site. Trek for a distance of 10km which is about 6 hours of straight walking through spectacular escarpments while encountering gelada baboons, foraging in big groups, at the fields. Overnight camping near the village of Gich (3600m)

    Wake up early today to start your walk for almost 8 hours to cover 12 km, including a short detour to Imet Gogo (3925 m). You will enjoy the most spectacular views over the lowlands – one of the highlights of the trip. Continue to Chennek that is abundant with the giant lobelia and the best place to spot the endemic and endangered walia ibex. Overnight camping in Chenek
    From Chenek, continue east up a valley to Bwahit Peak, overlooking the camp from where you just came. After the visit, return to Gondar for overnight.

    Day 6: Gondar (by car) -Addis Ababa (by air)
    After your breakfast, travel by air back to Addis Ababa and on arrival, you can opt for a city tour.

    Day 7: Addis Ababa – Kampala Uganda
    Depart Ethiopia to start your next safari in the “pearl of Africa”-Uganda. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred by our experienced guide to the hotel in either Entebbe or Kampala city

    Day 8: Kampala – Kibale National park
    Wake up early for your morning breakfast before you transfer to Kibale forest national park commonly known for the best chimpanzee tracking in Africa. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. Kibale forest is a home to at least 12 primate species including: Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest monkeys, the red tailed monkey, olive baboon, black and white colobus monkey, and the blue monkey. Overnight at Primate Lodge

    Day 9: Kibale national park and Bigodi Swamp walk
    Today report early in the morning before 8am at Kanyanchu visitors centre for briefing by the experienced ranger guides who takes you for chimp tracking. There are more than 90% chances of encountering habituated chimps. The park is only accessible on foot; there are no motorable tracks open to tourists. Besides the chimps, look out for other monkey species that live in this tropical forest. After finding the chimps, you will be able to spend an hour with them in this wonderful jungle. Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including our delightful cousins, the chimpanzees. Today, in Uganda, there are approximately 5,000 chimpanzees left in the wild, which makes it a perfect place to spot them!

    Have lunch after tracking before you go on a 2 to 3 hour swamp walk that will get you through grassland, small villages and some attractive scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves.

    Day 10: Kibale-Queen Elizabeth national park
    This morning after breakfast, move to Queen Elizabeth national park named to commemorate the visit by the Queen of England in 1954. This is one of Uganda’s most visited national parks annually. Explore and enjoy the magnificent views of Mountain Ruwenzori ranges on the way. Stop at the equator for photography and then continue with the enroute game drive to the lodge. 95 mammal species call Queen Elizabeth home including elephants, hippos, lions, buffaloes, warthogs, antelopes, and leopards. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury), Enganzi game lodge (middle range).

    Day 11: Queen Elizabeth National Park
    Today this morning, have a simple cup of coffee and head on to the early game drive to catch up with early risers like predators returning from their hideouts. Keep your eyes widely open during the game drive to spot some grazing hippos, leopard, elephants, lions, spotted hyenas, bushbucks, stripped jackal and warthogs. The game takes between 2-4hours. Have breakfast, relax and wait for the afternoon boat cruise along the40km Kazinga Channel. You may Spot more hippos, crocodiles, Buffalo, kobs, and elephants at the water edges. Dinner and overnight at your lodge

    Day 12: Queen Elizabeth — Volcanoes national park
    This morning transfer through the green rolling hills of south western Uganda commonly referred to as “Switzerland of Africa” to Rwanda’s volcanoes national park either through Katuna boarder or Cyanika board post. Arrive at your lodge in the evening in preparation for Mountain gorilla tracking. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla view lodge

    Day 13: Volcanoes National Park
    After Early morning breakfast, head on to the park headquarters for briefing and later take a trek through the rainforest to see the mountain gorillas in their natural environment in the volcanoes National Park. These gorillas live on the green, volcanic slopes of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo—areas that have seen much human violence from which the gorillas have not escaped unscathed. The afternoon is at your leisure.

    Day 14: Volcanoes – Kigali
    Transfer this morning after breakfast to Kigali for a city tour or departure. End of your trip


  • Included in this tour package;

    • 2 Gorilla Permits
    • Park Ranger Fees
    • Golden monkeys permits
    • Full Board Accommodation
    • Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
    • Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
    • Airport transfer, as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

    Exclusions:

    • Airfares
    • Visa Fees
    • Personal Insurance
    • Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities.

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  • Gorilla Trek Africa makes sure all our clients stay at the most relaxed during a safari with us,in clean and highly rated safari establishment in the different destinations Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and DR Congo.

    Hotels we use in Kigali
    Our preferred high end hotels in Kigali are Serena Kigali Hotel, Gorillas Golf Hotel and Mille Collines Hotel
    In the mid-range category we have The Garr hotel and Lemigo Hotel.

    erena Kigali Hotel

    Serena Kigali Hotel

    Five star hotel in Kigali built around a polished granite atrium, showcasing the very best of Rwandese cultural art. Elegant hotel featuring an executive lounge and bar

    Gorillas Golf Hotel

    Gorillas Golf Hotel

    Hotel gorillas is a Five star hotel situated within Kigali city. The charming establishment comprises of 31 fully furnished rooms, a cozy bar & restaurant and a swimming pool.

    Mille Collines Hotel

    Mille Collines Hotel

    Located in Kigali, the historical hotel offers exceptional comfort to all its clients. Elegantly furnished rooms and suites with a mix of traditional and contemporary handicrafts and art.

    The Garr hotel

    The Garr hotel

    Located in Kigali, Garr hotel with beautiful and comfortable rooms featuring room service, phone facilities, hot water, airport pickup on request, Internet, laundry and drying cleaning services.

    Muhabura Hotel

    Muhabura Hotel

    Located 10 minutes drive for the international airport. featuring beautiful views of Rwanda’s landscape. The hotel has elegant rooms and suites combine luxurious living quarters

    Hotels we use in Volcanoes National Park
    In this park, we have Gorilla Nest Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge in the High end category. In the mid-range are the Le Bamboo Lodge and La Palme Hotel. In Budget Hotel Muhabura

    Gorilla Nest lodge

    Gorilla Nest lodge

    Situated along the foothills of the Virunga Volcano. The Lodge comprises of 2 cottages accommodating 4 guests in two large bedrooms each with a king size bed.

    La Palme Hotel

    Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

    The lodge comprises of 30 cottages built on 4 acres of land on the slopes of Mt Sabinyo. The cottages are made of stone and thatch with en-suite facilities.

    Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

    Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

    Le Bambou Gorilla lodge is located in Rwanda’s Northern province, in Volcanoes National park – comprising of 9 comfortable self contained Bandas and a one family cottage.

    La Palme Hotel

    La Palme Hotel

    three stars Hotel, located in Musanze City; offering Luxurious accommodation to business and Leisure tourists to Musanze. An exceptional dining experience awaits you.

    Muhabura Hotel

    Muhabura Hotel

    3 Star hotel situated 10 km from Volcanoe NP with 48 fully furnished rooms & 4 elegant suites with an intimate atmosphere to make clients comfortable. Located in Musanze district

    Nyungwe Forest national park
    Nyungwe Forest has limited range of accommodations. Our preferred luxury lodge is the magnificent and award winning Nyungwe Forest Lodge. In the mid-range we have Nyungwe Top View Lodge.

    Nyungwe Forest Lodge

    Nyungwe Forest Lodge

    Nyungwe Forest Lodge is a 5 star hotel offering you supreme comfort and style amongst the rolling hills of Rwanda.Boasting twenty-two spacious villa rooms and two luxurious suites

    Nyungwe Top View Lodge

    Nyungwe Top View Lodge

    Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is located on the edge of Nyungwe Forest National Park. The property offers a total of 12 comfortable cottages featuring a welcome fireplace for cooler winter evenings

    Accommodations we use in Lake Kivu
    At Lake Kivu, our high end choice of lodge is Lake Kivu Serena Lodge. In the mid-range section is Paladise Malahide, Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu and Palm Beach Hotel, among others.

    Lake Kivu Serena Lodge

    Lake Kivu Serena Lodge

    Located on the white sandy shores of Lake Kivu, the hotel is overlooking its own private beach and offers; 66 luxury rooms, executive suites and family accommodation, a panoramic restaurant.

    Paladise Malahide

    Paladise Malahide

    Paradise Malahide is a charming and friendly guesthouse with 10 rooms – and 4 apartments. It’s well run, and with great food and a lovely location we think it’s excellent value for money.

    Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu

    Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu

    Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel is located in the town of Gisenyi at the northern end of Lake Kivu in Rwanda. Very comfortable room, good swimming pool area garden area is very relaxing Staff are friendly

    Palm Beach Hotel

    Palm Beach Hotel

    The Palm Garden sits on the edge of Lake Kivu and offers excellent views. Rooms are well spaced in stone cabins with decent amenities. The hotel was very impressive

    Safari lodges we use in Akagera
    In Akagera national park, we use Ruzizi tented camp for high end and Akagera game lodge for budget.

    Ruzizi tented camp

    Ruzizi tented camp

    The Ruzizi Tented Lodge, a 14-bed tented eco-camp. Ruzizi is built on the shores of Lake Ihema, Rwanda’s second largest lake, tucked away in a tract of unique riverine forest

    Akagera game lodge

    Akagera game lodge

    Akagera Game Lodge is located in Eastern Province; about 2 hours drive from Kigali. The Akagera Game Lodge has an attractive setting on a ridge overlooking Lake Ihema


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