Uganda | Rwanda

In this safari we will also visit Rwanda, the other only country (apart from Uganda) where Mountain Gorillas can be visited. Music and dance are an integral part of Rwandan culture, particularly drums and the highly choreographed Intore dance. Traditional arts and crafts are also produced throughout the country.

 

12 days
all year round
all accommodated

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Services included:

• Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary.
• Transport in a 4×4 Vehicle (Minivan/Land cruisers) with pop-up roof for easy game viewing & photography.
• Services of an English-speaking driver-guide.
• Game viewing drives and park entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
• All Government taxes and levies.
• Mineral water
• Launch cruise along the Kazinga channel
• Vehicle entrance fees into the Park
• Bigodi swamp walk
• Crater tours in Fort portal
• Boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi
• Kigali city tour
• 1 x Gorilla permit in Uganda @ $ 700
• 1 x Gorilla Permit in Rwanda @ $ 1500
• 1 x Chimp permit @ $ 200 each

 

Services excluded:

• Visa fees to Uganda and Rwanda
• Travel insurance.
• All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
• Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s)
• Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
• Any local or international flight and departure taxes.
• Laundry services.
• Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary.

Day 1: Entebbe Airport - Entebbe

On arrival, you will be met at the Airport by a representative who will escort you to your safari vehicle and will introduce you to your driver who will also be your guide. The first stop will be a short drive to your accommodation where you will be able to relax and contemplate the adventure that lies ahead.

Meal plan
  • No meals included
Accommodation
4* or 3* Hotel
Day 2: Entebbe - Kibale N.P

Your safari adventure begins today with your first destination Kibale Forest National Park. An early start will see you head west on a scenic drive towards Fort Portal Town via Mityana and Mubende, before arriving at your destination. This region of Uganda is the traditional home of the Tooro Kingdom and is well known for its stunning landscapes made up of well-manicured tea and vanilla plantations, which can be visited that are punctuated with amazing natural crater lakes.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 3: Kibale N.P

Your Chimpanzee Trekking experience has finally arrived! During the trek, you will also get to see the different birds, animals and plant species within the forest. Once you locate the Chimpanzees you can only spend one hour with them this ensures that the Chimpanzees don’t become accustomed to human contact.

The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a part of the Magombe Swamp just south of Kibale National Park. A visit to the sanctuary enables you to see rare mammals and birds, like the webbed feet sitatunga as the great blue turaco call this place home. The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a community-based programme that supports local residents and encourages a healthy link between tourism and the community it affects.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 4: Kibale N.P - Queen Elizabeth N.P

A crater lake tour of the Fort Portal region around Kibale Forest National Park allows you to experience the incredible scenic views of the circa 9 crater lakes in the area.

The excitement of Chimpanzee Trekking will probably still be with you as the safari continues to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon. Entry will be via the northern sector famous for the Kasenyi Plains and Kazinga Chanel. This part of the safari is all contained within the Tooro Kingdom and you will notice a distinct change in scenery as the lush green crater lake region of surrounding Kibale Forest gives way to the open savannah lands of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth N.P

A game drive in Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is a great place to see view differing landscape and ecosystems in Uganda. The park is the oldest and the most visited in Uganda. This game drive will take place on the Kasenyi Plains which are in the north-east section of the park and but west of Lake George. There are large numbers of buffalo, antelope, elephant, warthogs, baboons as well and lions and the odd leopard if you are lucky.

One of the highlights of visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park is the boat ride along the Kazinga Channel. The boat ride is a round trip beginning at the Mweya Peninsula and lasting around 3 hours. The Channel is a 32-kilometre long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel has one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos, numerous Nile crocodiles, buffalo, elephants and a whole host of birds. including African fish eagles, kingfishers, Herons, storks and skimmers.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth N.P - Ishasha Sector - Bwindi N.P

With the Kazinga Channel and the Game drives ticked off your list, it will be time to leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and continue your journey towards Bwindi and the Gorillas, where the adventure of a lifetime awaits you! This section of the safari will see you enter the traditional area of Kigezi Kingdom which is the southernmost Kingdom on Uganda.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 7: Bwindi N.P

Your Gorilla Trekking experience is finally here, hope your camera is charged and you are ready for what lies ahead. An early start will see you transfer to the Park Headquarters for a briefing with the Uganda Wildlife Authority guides. An advance party of guides will have gone ahead into the forest to locate where the gorillas slept the previous night and will have begun to track their movements. These guides will communicate with your team via a walkie-talkie and the trek into the forest will begin.

Locating the Gorillas can take a few hours or the whole day depending on how far they have moved from the place they spent the previous night. For conservation purposes, the amount of time allowed with the Gorillas is 1 hour. As you trek through the forest you will appreciate why the forest is called impenetrable. There is also a multitude of other animals that you might encounter including antelopes and rare monkeys not to mention the beauty of the forest itself. Once you have completed the trek you will return to the lodge, for a well-earned rest and time to reflect on a truly magical experience.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 8: Bwindi N.P - Lake Bunyonyi

With the memory of your incredible Gorilla Trek still fresh you in your mind it is now time to say goodbye to Bwindi and the Kigezi Kingdom and head towards Lake Bunyonyi which means “place of many little birds”.

Believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa, the best way to experience the true eclectic beauty of this lake is with a boat ride. The ride crisscrosses through the many islands dotted in the lake and as you traverse from one side of the lake to another you will begin to be seduced by the mystical nature of this amazing lake as well as have a peek into how the lake is used by the people who live nearby! The Batwa are a local pygmy tribe living around Lake Bunyonyi and the boat ride will include a visit to their community where you will get to see how the Batwa live and interact with the surroundings.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 9: Lake Bunyonyi - Volcanoes National Park

After a restful day at in Lake Bunyonyi it will be time to the extreme south-western edge of Uganda. Leaving the Ankole Kingdom, heading towards Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This part of Uganda has arguably the best scenery in the whole country so be prepared for some breathtaking views of rolling hills, deep valleys all set to the back drop of the incredible Virunga Mountains.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 10: Volcanoes National Park

Your gorilla trekking experience is finally here for Rwanda! The bamboo-covered slopes of the Virunga Mountains are home to the Rwandan Mountain Gorillas. Once you have managed to find them you will be able to spend an uninterrupted hour observing these incredible animals in their natural habitat.

On arrival into the area the first place to visit would be the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village located just outside the Volcanoes Park. Here expect to be welcomed by joyful drumming and dancing a hospitable experience which will always live in your memory.

 

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 11: Volcanoes National Park - Kigali City

With the memory of an incredible Gorilla Trek still fresh in your mind, it will be time for one final transfer from Volcanoes National Park to Kigali City, this will allow you time to enjoy what the City of Kigali has to offer.

Visit the city of Kigali and see the art and culture of people living in this city. You will visit the genocide memorial where you will find memories of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and the people who lost their lives during this massacre. In this place 259,000 victims of the genocide were buried. I time allows, visit the craft shops for shopping with a variety of artifacts on offer.

Meal plan
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
4* or 3* Hotel
Day 12: Kigali City - Kigali airport

After a good night sleep and breakfast at your hotel it will be time for one final transfer, this time from Kigali City to Kigali Airport in time for you flight back home! There will be time for a brief city tour before arriving at the airport.

Meal plan
  • Breakfast
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