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12-day Best of Uganda & Rwanda

This tour is brand new and offers guests the opportunity to trek gorillas in both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda and Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda without missing out on some of the fabulous parks and reserves in Uganda. We include Chimpanzee tracking in the Kibale Forest, multiple game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park with its wide array of wildlife, including the famous tree climbing lions, and a visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on beautiful Lake Victoria. Uganda boasts some of the best bird watching in Africa, with over 1000 different species, including the rare shoebill stork and the remarkable grey crowned crane. Luxury accommodation, professional guides and custom made safari vehicles, this safari will be the trip of a lifetime. Please note - two gorilla tracking options are available with this itinerary based on availability. Please make your request at the time of booking.  

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From
USD$7,219
per person sharing*

tailoring_safari.pngThis itinerary is designed to give you an overview of what is possible.  We can tailor this safari to suit your specific requirements.  Call us on (09) 270 9440. (03) 9018 5625.

Highlights

  • Entebbe - Kibale Forest National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Lake Kivu

Includes

  • Airport transfers (Entebbe/return)
  • Return domestic flights from Entebbe to Kihihi/QENP on a scheduled flight
  • 4x4 transport with English speaking local driver/guide as above
  • Accommodation and meals as above (full board on safari, bed and breakfast in Entebbe)  
  • Bottled water in safari vehicle
  • Community visit en route from Bwindi to Ishasha
  • All park entrance fees
  • Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park 

Excludes

  • Gorilla Permits (not included in above price) US$ 600 each in Uganda, US$ 1,500 each in Rwanda
  • Optional extra of Forest Walk Bwindi (US$ 70 pp including park fees)
  • Optional extra Community Visit Bwindi (US$ 30)
  • Optional Extra of Batwa Pygmies Community Visit (US$ 85)
  • All international flights and airport taxes
  • Personal expenses such as porters, drinks, tips, visas and travel insurance.
  • Services/activities/meals not included above

Starts

Entebbe, Uganda

Ends

Kigali, Rwanda

Duration

12 days

Countries visited

Rwanda, Uganda

Departures

Any date of your choice. Advanced bookings recommended, as accommodation is subject to availability.

Price

From USD$7,219
per person sharing*

Group Size

2+ people

Safari Type

Lodges and Tented Camps

Accommodation:

Lodge

Vehicle

tailoring_safari.pngThis itinerary is designed to give you an overview of what is possible.  We can tailor this safari to suit your specific requirements.  Call us on (09) 270 9440. (03) 9018 5625.

Day 1 - The Boma Hotel Entebbe, Entebbe
Breakfast

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel

Entebbe is a small, quiet town located on the shores of Lake Victoria. It is easy to explore on foot or local transport on motorbikes known as “boda bodas”.  With a wide variety of restaurants serving many different cuisines as well as several bars and clubs where you can sample the local beer, catch a game of football and chat with the locals, you’ll find Ugandans to be very open and friendly.

Optional excursion to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary located on the beautiful Lake Victoria. Created in 1999 to offer a permanent sanctuary to orphaned Chimpanzees, victims of illegal trade and habitat destruction, Ngamba is now home to 49 chimps. 

Day 2 - Primates Tented Camp, Kibale Forest National Park
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

After breakfast, we depart to Kibale Forest area.  It will take approx. 6-7 hours to get there, stopping for a picnic lunch en route. The scenery is interesting, travelling via the edge of the bustling city of Kampala, into more rural areas interspersed with busy villages.

We’ll enjoy two nights in the area to allow time for chimpanzee tracking in the forest. (Permits must be pre-purchased).  Optional excursions include a guided forest walk, visit to the Bigodi Swamps, or the Vanilla Farm close to Ndali.  Kibale is an enchanting ancient forest, and supports an incredible range of flora and fauna. Rich in wildlife, it is most noted for its primate population including red-tailed monkey, diademed monkey, olive baboon, chimpanzee, black and white colobus.

Chimpanzee trekking can be exciting – as unlike their cousins the Gorillas, chimpanzees tend to be more active and often keep moving through the forest canopies, so you may find yourself following a family through dense jungles!  Of course, sightings cannot be guaranteed as they are wild animals, but the chances of seeing them are very good. 

Day 3 - Primates Tented Camp, Kibale Forest National Park
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today is sure to be exhilarating! We drive for approx. 30 mins (from Ndali, or, if staying at Primates you literally walk for five minutes) to the park headquarters for our briefing on Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest.

Head off into the forest in search of Chimps – sometimes heading  off well-defined paths following their markings. The chimps move fast making for a thrilling adventure. Perhaps you are lucky and find them foraging quietly. Once amongst the Chimpanzees, spend approximately an hour observing and following them.

Afternoon at leisure to rest, explore the Bigodi Swamps, enjoy a walk amongst the crater lakes or forests, or perhaps take a walk around the Farm.  (These options are not included in the price and must be pre-booked).

Day 4 - Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Depart to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a drive of approximately three hours.  This park set in the Great Rift Valley is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo, Uganda kob, baboon, and many species of birds.  With both a riverine and savannah habitat, the park includes the southern Ishasha area with its tree climbing lions and Maramagambo, one of the largest surviving natural forests in Uganda. The northern Mweya area, traverses the equator and is dominated by the scenery of crater lakes, is often occupied by large flocks of flamingos. A boat trip from Mweya along the Kazinga Channel, which joins Lakes Edward and George, provides one of the most memorable experiences offered by the park. A picnic lunch will be provided today.  

Day 5-6 - Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Days at leisure to enjoy game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Ishasha area is famed for its unusual tree-climbing lions. 

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated inside the southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe river and is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. This exclusive camp offers quality accommodation and services in this unspoilt remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for its tree climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees in the area. Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area beside the river, is comfortably furnished and with its own private en-suite bathroom and dressing area providing running water, hot water 'bush' showers and a flushing eco-friendly toilet. A central lounge/dining area, under a cool thatched roof, provides a comfortable environment for meals and relaxing during the day. A shaded area beside the river offers al fresco dining and an evening 'fireplace' for guests to relax with sundowners and share their day's experience.

Day 7 - Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

From QENP, we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  On the way, we will stop at the Community Project at Ishasha Village. Here the local people allow you to enjoy some time in their homesteads, as well as see some of the crops and curios they produce, and visit the local elephant trench project – which stops elephants coming into the village and raiding crops. 

Continue to Bwindi, through some beautiful areas of mountains and forests, as well as busy villages, to Buhoma Lodge, where we will be based for three nights to enjoy Gorilla trekking in the nearby forest.

We will have the opportunity for two days of gorilla tracking.  Other activities that can be enjoyed in and around the park include forest walks, visits to a local school or orphanage or Batwa pygmy village, and curio shopping.  

Bwindi National Park, located in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, is considered the most diverse forest in Uganda. Home to over 120 mammals, 345 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies, and 160 species of trees, Bwindi is one of the richest ecosystems in East Africa.  The park contains almost one-half of the world’s population of the endangered Mountain Gorilla, making it an extremely valuable conservation site. 

Day 8 - Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Words will not do today justice, unforgettable, thrilling, humbling; the rare opportunity to meet Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat is truly magical.

Experienced guides and trackers will accompany your party on an early morning trek through dense rain forests on the mountain slopes. Gorilla tracking may be fairly strenuous with treks ranging from two to six hours or longer, at high altitudes through thick vegetation up steep slopes.  Also, mountain gorillas are wild animals and, as such, sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, viewing success rates are over 90%.  

Day 9 - Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Those with pre-purchased permits will depart for a second gorilla tracking experience after breakfast at the lodge. Depending upon individual itinerary schedules, guests not tracking gorillas may wish to enjoy other activities available in the area such as a forest walk, a visit to a local school/orphanage or Batwa pygmy village, and curio shopping.

Forest Walk (Optional)

Embark on a walk through tropical rainforest with experienced wildlife guides.  Enjoy scenic views, the sights and sounds of the rain forest, ample opportunities for bird watching and glimpses of the many monkey species living in the park as they move through the forest canopy.

Village Community Walk (Optional)

Embark on a community walk through the local villages surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  Optional activities include visits to a traditional home, local orphanage or school, banana brewing demonstrations and even meeting traditional medicinal healers.  This three to four-hour walk is easily tailored to your individual schedule and interests.

Day 10 - Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Volcanoes National Park
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

From Bwindi, we drive through the ‘Little Switzerland of Africa’ along winding mountain roads, and through rural villages, to the border of Rwanda, Kisoro.   Here, on a clear day, the Virgunas can be seen ‘standing sentry’ along the border – a row of massive, dormant volcanoes watching over the region.

Crossing into Rwanda, we continue to our Gorilla Trekking base, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. 

Day 11 - Serena Hotel, Kigali
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Trekking gorillas in the Volanoes National Park is a very similar experience to that in Bwindi – just as challenging, equally memorable. If you’ve opted not to trek today, take a hike to Dian Fossey’s grave or enjoy forest walk with Golden Monkeys.  You will only be able to enjoy one of these activities (as they all take place in the morning) and pre-booking is essential.

After lunch, we drive to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda – a bustling, clean and safe city.  Overnight Serena or similar, dinner included.  Optional visit to the haunting Genocide Museum.

Day 12 - Safari ends in Kigali, Rwanda
Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel.  Airport transfer is included today.  Lunch/dinner for own account. End of services

tailoring_safari.pngThis itinerary is designed to give you an overview of what is possible.  We can tailor this safari to suit your specific requirements.  Call us on (09) 270 9440. (03) 9018 5625.



 
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