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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$6,308
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$6,308
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: Hotel No.5, Entebbe
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to Hotel No.5. Overnight at Hotel No.5 or similar, with breakfast included.

Day 2: Primate Lodge Kibale, Kibale Forest National Park
Depart after breakfast to Kibale Forest. The drive via rural villages and towns will take approx. 6-7 hours, stopping for a picnic lunch en route.

Optional excursions around Kibale (aside from Chimp trekking) include a guided forest walk, visit to the Bigodi Swamps, or the Vanilla Farm close to Ndali. Overnight Primate Lodge or similar, with all meals included.

Day 3: Primate Lodge Kibale, Kibale Forest National Park
Today is sure to be exhilarating! If staying at Primates Lodge, walk down to the park headquarters, or if staying elsewhere, a 30 min drive will bring you to your Chimp trek briefing point.

Head off into the forest in search of Chimps – sometimes stepping off well-defined paths following their markings.
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, but the chances of seeing them are very good. Once amongst the Chimpanzees, spend approximately an hour observing and following them.
Afternoon at leisure to rest/ explore the Kibale Forest area. Overnight Primate Lodge or similar, with all meals included.

Day 4: Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Depart early to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a drive of approximately three hours. 

Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a 32-kilometre long natural channel linking Lake Edward and Lake George. Kazinga’s shores are dotted with herds of lazy buffalo, pods of hippos wallowing without a care, and countless bird species. Drift past local fishing villages and soak up the peaceful tranquility of this beautiful African day. (Cruise normally departs at 11h00, although this depends on availability when booking and is subject to change –no drinks/ snacks provided on boat)
The next three nights will be enjoyed at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, an intimate camp with just ten luxurious safari tents set on a tranquil river bank.

Day 5-7: Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Days at leisure to enjoy game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Overnight Ishasha Wilderness Camp including all drinks and meals.

Day 7: Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
From Queen Elizabeth National Park, we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. On the way we will stop at the Community Project at Ishasha Village. Immerse yourself in Agartha’s ‘Taste of Uganda’tour – it’s a fun, educational experience for the inquisitive visitor who wonders how a rural Ugandan lady lives. Watch how the local crops are transformed into local staples such as millet porridge and kalo bread. 

Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a World Heritage site. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge with all meals and local drinks included

Day 8: Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
It’s up early today as one of the most humbling and enthralling wildlife experiences imaginable awaits your discovery. Coming face to face with an endangered mountain gorilla is something words cannot aptly describe. Please note that gorilla trekking is strenuous with treks ranging from 45 mins up to eight hours, at high altitudes in hot African conditions. The thrill of the hour you spend quietly observing these gentle giants once you find them is well worth the hike to get there! Although mountain gorillas are wild animals and it should be noted that sightings cannot be guaranteed, viewing success rates are well over 95%. 

Head back to Buhoma Lodge for a complimentary massage after your trek or explore the surrounding Bwindi community. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge with all meals and local drinks included.
* Please note that days 8 and 9 are interchangeable depending on when we can secure gorilla permits *

Day 9: Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day Itinerary
Those with additional pre-purchased permits will depart for a second gorilla tracking experience. Guests not tracking have the day free to explore the Bwindi area – optional activities include forest walks, a visit to a local school/orphanage/hospital or Batwa pygmy village, and some local curio shopping. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge with all meals and local drinks included

Day 10: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Volcanoes National Park
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 (border crossing takes about 1 hour), we continue to our Gorilla Trekking base, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for overnight on a full board basis. (Full day in vehicle travelling from Bwindi to Rwanda, picnic lunch included)

Day 11: Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali
Trekking gorillas in the Volcanoes 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 (and depending on when your trek ends) we drive to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda – a bustling, clean and safe city. Overnight Kigali Serena or similar, dinner included.

Day 12: End of Itinerary
Visit the haunting Genocide Memorial before your transfer back to the airport. 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.