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14 Days Uganda Tour: Gorilla Safaris in Uganda & Rwanda

the 14 days uganda, Rwanda tour is an exceptional experience taking you for rafting at the source of the nile, chimpanzee trekking in kibale forest national park, wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park, golden monkey trekking, gorilla trekking and the genocide memorial centres in Kigali Rwanda.

Visit Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Volcanoes Mgahinga National Parks

Trip Highlights
14 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari map
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Kampala
Day 2:Kampala-Jinja for rafting-Kampala
Day 3:Transfer to Kibale National Park
Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale
Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP
Day 6: Game drive and Launch Cruise on Kazinga Channel
Day 7: Game drive in Ishasha
Day 8: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for a Boat trip
Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi national park
Day 10: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi and transfer to Mgahinga NP
Day 11: Golden monkey tracking / Batwa cultural trail and transfer to Rwanda
Day 12: Gorilla Tracking in Volcanos NP
Day 13: Transfer to Kigali for Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site
Day 14: shopping in Kigali handicrafts Centre and Departure

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Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Kampala
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our company representative who will drive you to Kampala for refreshment and overnight stay at Sheraton hotel(luxury)/ La petit Village(deluxe)/ Nexus Resort(budget)

Day 2: Transfer to Jinja for rafting
Source of the Nile
After morning breakfast, your guide will transfer you to Jinja for rafting. You will explore the Nile on a boat as you peddle past six different grades of rapids with your wooden peddle.Expect to be overturned with your boat as you pass these rapids as you enjoy one of the most thrilling adventures where only the strong hearted will participate. You will have lunch and later return in the Afternoon to your Kampala hotel. overnight at Sheraton hotel(luxury)/ La petit Village(deluxe)/ Nexus Resort(budget).

Day 3 :Transfer to Kibale national park
After an early breakfast, Leave Kampala for Kibale NP.  the drive to the west through Mityana to Mubende and later to Fort Portal is about 6-7hours but rewards you with sights of plantations, local shops and the lifestyle of the people of Uganda. At Mubende, you have a chance to visit the Nakayima tree which acts like a shrine where local people always visit to seek blessings from the spirit Nakayima, a Muganda goddess. You will learn the superstitions surrounding its existence from the local attendant. This 400 years old tree is like a house, with an entrance where ladies with trousers are prohibited from entering.You will proceed to to have lunch in Fort Portal as you catch a glimpse of the Tooro kingdom palace as well as local shops and markets.After lunch you will drive for not more than an hour to Kibale Forest national park whilst glancing at the scenic peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains if the weather allows. Overnight say at Primate lodge (luxury)/ Mountains of the moon hotel (deluxe)/ Chimpanzee guest house (budget)

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking
Uganda gorilla tour
Take an early breakfast and report to the park headquarters with packed lunch for briefing about Chimpanzee tracking. You will then proceed to track these primates that are believed to share 98.4% of the DNA with human beings. While in this forest, you are likely to encounter other primates like the black and white colobus monkey, the red tailed monkey, the olive baboon, the blue monkey, grey cheeked mangabey, Vervet monkey, bush baby, L’hoest’s monkey among others. A number of bird species will sing for you good melodies as you track primates. Of the park’s 325 species, 6 are endemic to the Albertine rift including the black capped apalis, blue headed sun bird, dusky crimsom wing,and the red-faced woodland warbler among others. Remember that Kibale Forest is regarded as the Primate capital of the world for its 13 primate species; the highest primate population in Africa. It is also home to the East Africa’s largest population of the threatened red colobus monkey.   After your lunch,you will take a nature walk around Bigodi wetland sanctuary. The walk will reward you with primate and bird viewing as well as a chance to visit different community projects at Bigodi and interact with the local people. Return to Primate lodge (luxury)/ Mountains of the moon hotel (deluxe)/ Chimpanzee guest house (budget) for an overnight stay .

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP
Enjoy breakfast at leisure and transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP whilst enjoying en route views of the magnificent Rwenzori mountain, a chance to visit the Ndali crater area for scenic viewing and later glance at the local businesses in Kasese town. Proceed to enter the park with a game drive, viewing different wildlife species. Arrive at the lodge early enough for lunch. After lunch take a game drive around the park as you look out for the common residents like elephants, buffalos, bush bucks among others. Continue to reach the Katwe crater area as you glimpse at the locals mining salt and learn of the other community projects. Return in the evening for dinner and overnight stay at Mweya Safari lodge(luxury)/ Enganzi lodge (deluxe/ budget).

Day 6: Game drive and boat cruise
After an early breakfast, embark on a rewarding game drive along the Kasenyi trail with hopes of viewing a variety of wildlife like the elephant, the buffalo, the giraffe,topi, water buck, bush buck, kob, warthogs among the park’s 100 mammal species. Do not forget to look out for the carnivores like lions, jackals, spotted hyenas, and leopard if lucky as they retire from a night’s hunt. Return for lunch at your lodge before carrying out an afternoon boat trip along Kazinga channel which will captivate you with fascinating views of yawning crocodiles, hippos, buffalos, elephants and other wildlife that storm the channel for water as well as an array of bird species including the African fish eagle, African skimmer, the pelicans, and the prehistoric looking shoe bill among others. Return for an overnight at Mweya Safari lodge (luxury)/ Enganzi lodge (deluxe)

Day 7: Game drive in Ishasha
After your breakfast, take a game drive to Ishasha sector in the southern part of the park expecting to see the tree-climbing lions that are a popular species of this park.Your drive might reward you with sights of other animals like kobs and gazelles grazing in the Ishasha plains. You will have lunch there and proceed with another game drive across the plains. Return in the evening for dinner and overnight stay at (Ishasha wilderness camp)

Day 8: Transfer to Bunyonyi for a boat Trip
After your break fast, transfer to L. Bunyonyi as you enjoy the magnificent views of Kabale hills adorned with terraces. Arrive in time for lunch and thence take an a boat trip to explore the different islands on this 2nd deepest lake in Africa. You are likely to be fascinated by the overwhelming variety of birds from which the lake derives its name.You may have a picnic lunch on the island and return in the evening for dinner and overnight at Arcadia lodge/ Bunyonyi Overland Resort.

Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi NP
Take beakfast at leisure and depart for Bwindi through Kabale town as you encounter the local people en route carrying out their daily activities. You may stop briefly to visit the local markets and then proceed to the southern part of Bwindi.Check in at your booked lodge in the afternoon and have the rest of the day at leisure.You may decide to take an optional walk to the neighbouring Bakiga community to explore how they make their local beer, traditional dishes among others. Overnight stay at Clouds Mountain Gorilla lodge (luxury)/Nkuringo campsite (budget)

Day 10: Bwindi Gorilla tracking
After an early breakfast, report to the park headquarters with your packed lunch for pre-tracking briefing by the senior park ranger guide.Proceed for this thrilling adventure that will lead you through the dense forest with steep wet slopes on your quest for the endangered apes.The time taken to see the Mountain gorillas is not specific as it may range between 2-8 hours depending on where they will have spent the previous night.Once you catch a glimpse of them, you are guaranteed an hour with them as you observe and learn their behaviors while taking photos to back up your memory. Return from tracking and transfer to Mgahinga NP for an overnight at Mgahinga safari lodge (luxury)/ Red chilli hideaway safari camp (budget)

Day 11: Golden monkey tracking/ Batwa trail experience and Transfer to Rwanda
After an early break fast, you have an option of tracking the rare golden monkey on the slopes of Mt.Mgahinga or embark on a cultural trail to the Batwa community. This Pygmy, tribe has an interesting culture as you listen to their stories, visit their caves and participate in their traditional dances and other activities. After any of the activities, transfer to Volcanoes NP in Rwanda. The park shelters a third of the World’s remaining mountain Gorillas and has 5 of the 8 volcanoes that make up the Virunga chain of Volcanoes including Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Sabinyo and Gahinga.Overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View lodge (luxury)/ Kinigi guest house (deluxe).

Day 12: Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes NP
Report to the park head quarters after a cup of coffee with your packed lunch for briefing by the Senior park ranger guide.Proceed thence to track the man’s evolutionary cousin in this light forest as you hike up and down the slopes of the volcanoes. The time you will spend tracking will depend on where the Gorillas will have spent the previous night. Once you sight them, you will be given an hour to observe and learn much about their behaviors as you take photos to show your people at home. After tracking, return to relax at your lodge or take an optional visit to the Banyarwanda community.Overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View lodge (luxury)/ Kinigi guest house (deluxe)

Day 13: Transfer to Kigali for Culture tour and Genocide museum
After your breakfast, transfer to Kigali for a visit to the Gisozi genocide memorial site as you picture out the terrifying memories of the 1994 survivors of one of the most horrific disasters the world has known where the Hutu massacred thousands of Tutsi and moderate Hutu in less than 100 days. Proceed to visit Hotel des Mille Collines where the movie; ‘Hotel Rwanda’ was acted and then to the crafts markets and other local markets as you try out your bargaining skills with the local business men and women. Explore the city regarded as the region’s cleanest capital for the rest of your day.Overnight at Serena Hotel Kigali(luxury)/ Stipp hotel (deluxe)

Day 14: Departure
Take a cup of coffee at leisure and prepare to go for last minute shopping before transferring to the airport for your departure flight.
End Of Tour

Included in this tour package;

  • Gorilla Permit.
  • Cultural entertainment
  • Park Ranger Fees
  • Relevant Government Taxes.
  • Full Board Accommodation (2 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • 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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