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11 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari

Watching the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is one of the great wildlife experiences for nature lovers traveling to Uganda and Rwanda. This 11 Days (10 Nights) takes you for mountain gorilla tracking in both Uganda and Rwanda. The trip starts with a visit through premier destinations in Uganda including Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Bwindi Forest host to nearly half of the remaining total population of the mountain gorillas before linking you to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park for another exhilarating moment with the gorillas.

Trip Highlights

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport.

Day 2: Leave Kampala for Kibale Forest National Park

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest National Park. Enjoy Nature Walks and Birding at Kibale Forest.

Day 4: Wildlife Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5: Chimp Tracking in Kyambura

Day 6: The Ishasha tree-climbing lions

Day 7: Gorilla trekking – Bwindi gorilla tracking safari

Day 8: Transfer to Rwanda via Kisoro

Day 9: Gorilla Tracking in Volcano National Park

Day 10: Tour Lake Kivu

Day 11: Kigali City Tour & Transfer to Kigali Airport.

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival for Uganda – Uganda Rwanda Safari Tour
You will be picked from Entebbe Airport upon your arrival by our tour guide and transfer you to Ngamba Island for chimp tracking at the Island. These orphaned chimpanzees are kept in a semi-natural sanctuary in a rainforest on an island in Lake Victoria. You will have your lunch at the island. You will have an opportunity to feed them and play with them as the young chimps are willing to walk hand in hand with you. Return to Entebbe in the evening. Have dinner and overnight at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel or similar other.

Day 2: Arrival in Kibale Forest National Park
After your breakfast transfer to western Uganda by road to Kibale Forest National park.  You will have your lunch in Fort Portal. Move to Ndali Lodge for a nature walk to the numerous crater lakes in the area while you interact with the local community. A traditional dance can be arranged for you on your request. Have dinner and overnight at Ndali Safari Lodge/ Basic Sky Tree House (FB)

Day 3: Chimpanzee Trekking and Birding in Kibale Forest
After a morning breakfast transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing and later undertake chimpanzee trekking deep in the rainforest. There are over 90% chances of seeing chimpanzees. deep in the rainforest. There are over 90% chances of seeing chimpanzees. Kibale Forest is rich in primates, with 13 species recorded, the highest total for any Uganda national park. The 9 diurnal primates resident in Kibale National park include vervet, red-tailed; L’Hoest’s and blue monkeys, red colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, black-and-white colobus, olive baboon and chimpanzees. About 335 bird species exist in Kibale Forest including four species recorded nowhere else in Uganda: Nahan’s Franklin, blue-headed bee-eater, Cassin’s Spine-tail and Masked Apalis. The best bird watching spot is Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, where aq four-hour trail has been laid out, and perfect birding guides will be able to show you several localized species. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Safari Lodge / Rwenzori view Guest House / Basic Sky tree house. (FB)

Day 4: Wildlife tour in QENP
Take an early breakfast and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. A game drive along the way to Mweya peninsula is highly rewarding. You will not miss elephants, buffaloes, hippos, bushbucks, waterbucks, Uganda kob, warthogs, etc. After lunch at Mweya Safari Lodge go for a boat cruise along Kazinga Channel. The wildlife along the banks of the channel that flock the banks for drinking water in the afternoon is overwhelming.
Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (BDL)

Day 5: Chimp tracking in Kyambura
After a morning breakfast, travel to Kyambura Gorge for chimpanzee tracking. In the afternoon enjoy a nature walk in the Maramagambo Forest to the bat-cave. The sight of the huge pythons feasting on the millions of bats in this place is exciting. Dinner and overnight at Jacana Safari Lodge / Mweya Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 6: The Ishasha tree-climbing lions
Take a morning breakfast and transfer to Bwindi en route Ishasha Plains for its celebrated residents, the lions, one of the few populations in Africa that habitually climb trees. The fringing riparian forest accommodates a sizeable number of black-and-white colobus monkeys, bushbuck, and a satisfactory variety of birds including localised Cassin’s grey flycatcher, broad-billed roller, and the black bee-eater among others.  Proceed to Bwindi for your late lunch at the lodge.
Dinner and overnight at Gorilla forest Camp / Buhoma Community Bandas (FB)

Day 7: Gorilla trekking – Bwindi gorilla tracking safari
After an early morning breakfast, walk to the nearby park headquarters for a briefing from the park rangers before undertaking gorilla trekking at 9.00 am local time. The time of meeting these habituated gorillas ranges between an hour and a full day depending on their movement in the forest. You will be allowed to stay with the gorillas interacting for an hour. This is a very exciting moment as you interact with these closest relatives of mankind.Meeting these awesome primates is the highlight of any Uganda-Rwanda safari. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla forest Camp / Buhoma Community Bandas. (FB)

Day 8: Rwanda Safari
Take your morning breakfast and transfer to Rwanda via Kisoro. Traversing the Kigezi Highlands commonly referred to as “The Switzerland of Africa” offer an excellent panoramic view as you negotiate the meanders before crossing over to Rwanda’s Virunga ranges for a similar scenic view. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Nest Lodge in Ruhengeri District of Rwanda (FB)

Day 9: Gorilla Tracking in Volcano National Park
After a morning breakfast transfer to Volcano national park headquarters for a briefing before undertaking gorilla tracking at 9.00 am local time. Gorilla trekking may take you between 2 to 8 hours. But there are high chances of seeing gorillas. Thanks to the work of Dr Dian Fossey. This gorilla tourism in Rwanda would never be what it is now. After the gorilla trekking experience, leave PNV for Lake Kivu. Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel / Hotel Gorillas Lake kivu.

Day 10: Lake Kivu
After breakfast, go for a morning boat ride on the Lake Kivu. You can participate in several adventure activities including visits to local farms, coffee gardens, local beer brewing, or go birding along the lake shore. In the evening, transfer to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel / Urban Boutique Hotel / Chez Lando.

Day 11: End of Uganda – Rwanda Safari
After your breakfast, transfer back to Kampala with lunch en route in Mbarara.
Dinner and overnight at Sheraton Hotel / Serena Hotel, Hotel Africana (FB)

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Tour Inclusions

  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Expert, English-speaking local driver/guide
  • All accommodations while on tour
  • Meal as indicated in the itinerary
  • Park Entrance fees
  • 1 Chimpanzee Tracking permit
  • All Activity Fees included in the tour itinerary
  • Pre-tour briefing and itinerary document, maps and postcards

Tour excludes

  • International flight ( can be arranged if required )
  • Visa and personal insurance
  • Drinks, tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
  • Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package.

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