Safari over view:
This safari will begin in Kigali- Rwanda and ends in Kampala- Uganda. It will enable you do double gorilla tracking both in Rwanda’s volcanoes National Park and Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest N.P both of these parks host the few remaining mountain gorillas in the world and tracking these giants is regarded as the most exciting and unforgettable moment on earth. Not only that you will also track the chimpanzees our most closest relative of man, enjoy game drives where you will be in position to spot a number of wildlife such as elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopard, various species of antelopes in the most gifted national parks in both Uganda and Rwanda. Don’t forget the launch cruise to explore more games which live on the Lake such as hippos, crocodile and many birds. So please don’t miss it.
Day1: Arrival and Kigali city
Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be met at greeted by your safari tour guide who will take you for a city tour in Kigali. Places to visit include the Kigali genocide memorial cities where more than 25000 people where buried after the genocide and mostly the Tutsis, visit the National museum; visit the cultural sites, visit art and craft centre, marketing centers among other interesting cities in Kigali if time allows. After you will be transferred to your Hotel. Dinner and an overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel/ Milles Collines Hotel Kigali/ Lemigo Hotel
Day2: Transfer to volcanoes National Park (Park Nationale des Volcans)
Have a morning breakfast and then you will be transferred to Volcanoes National park in Ruhengeri for gorilla tracking which is regarded as the most fascinating activity carried out at the park. Volcanoes national park is one of the few countries that host the few surviving mountain gorillas in the world. On your way to the park you will be amazed by the natural beauty of Rwanda characterized by a thousand hills, have a look on the scenic view and the gorgeous foot hills of the Volcanoes that make up Volcanoes National Park. En rout stopover will be made at the genocide memorial centre at Gisozi, museums, the Moslem Quarter in Nyamirambo, and other historical sites to experience Rwanda’s cultural life style. Enjoy lunch en route and then after continue to the park. Dinner and an overnight stay at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge for luxury/Le Bombou Lodge for midrange/ Kinigi Guest House for budget
Day3: Gorilla Tracking
Have breakfast and then after, report to the park Headquarter to get briefed about gorilla tracking and also to meet your park rangers and escorts. Tracking these giant apes is regarded as the most breathtaking and the most memorable moment on earth. The time you take to meet the gorillas is unpredictable because it depends on their movements, so some levels of physical fitness is required. It’s also recommended to carry with you packed lunch and bottled water, Light rain gear, strong boots, long khaki or jean trouser, non flash cameras among other. Ounce gorillas are found you are strictly allowed to spend only one hour with them. After this amazing moment come back to the lodge for leisure.
If you have the evening free you can go for Ibyiwacu community walk in the Banyarwanda community. They will happily receive you, entertain you and learn more about their culture. Return back to your Lodge for dinner and an overnight stay at. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge for luxury /Le bombou Lodge for midrange/Kinigi Guest House budget
Day 4: Golden Monkey Tracking
After breakfast you will again report to the park headquarters to get briefed by the park rangers about golden monkey tracking, after you will be lead to the forest to track these rare golden monkeys and in Rwanda are found in volcanoes national park. Tracking is unpredictable as it can take between 1-6 hours depending on their movements. So packed lunch and bottled water is necessary. After this wonderful moment walk back to the lodge for full lunch. In The evening if time allows visit the Dianne Fossey tombs; this was a prominent researcher who studied the behaviors of gorillas for a period of about 18 years. Visit her research centre at karisoke where the ranger guides will give you more information about her murder and the effect of her research in relation to the gorillas. Dinner and an overnight stay at. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge for luxury /Le bombou Lodge for midrange/Kinigi Guest House budget
Day 5: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi-Uganda
Have breakfast and then cross the boarder to Uganda and then proceed to Lake Bunyonyi which is regarded as the deepest Lake in Uganda and the 2nd in Africa. The park drives its name because of the very many small birds that live on and around the Lake. After lunch, You will spend the whole day touring the Lake, you will take a boat /canoe ride to visit various islands that are found around and on the Lake and during the boat ride several species of birds will be seen on each island. Dinner and an overnight at Bushara Island Camp/Bunyonyi Overland Camp /Arcadia cottages/
Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park
Have breakfast and then after transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest via Kibale also know as the Switzerland of Uganda. Bwindi N.P is famously known as a home to a few remaining mountain gorillas in the world over 360 individuals. And tracking these giants is the most memorable moment one should never wish to miss. Arrive in the late afternoon; relax at the lodge as you are waiting for the second day gorilla tracking in Bwindi Uganda’s N.P. Dinner and an overnight stay at Gorilla Forest Camp/Mahogany springs for luxury/Lake Kitandara Tented Camp/ Silver Back lodge for midrange/ Buhoma Community Bandas for budget
Day 7: Gorilla Tracking.
Have breakfast and then get set for Gorilla tracking but first report to the park headquarters for a short briefing about gorilla tracking. After you will be lead by a guide to the forest to begin the activity which is regarded as the most unforgettable experience on earth. Tracking time is unpredictable as it can take between 1-8 hours; so a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes, packed lunch and bottled water plus other necessary tracking gears. Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the cheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is such an amazing feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas in the world. But you are only allowed to spend one hour with these gentle giants ounce found. After transfer back to the lodge for a rest. OR if you have the energy why not a guided village walks. Dinner and an overnight stay at Gorilla Forest Camp/Mahogany springs for luxury/Lake Kitandara Tented Comp/ Silver Back lodge for midrange/ Buhoma Community Bandas for budget
Day 8: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Have breakfast and then after transfer to queen Elizabeth National Park with packed lunch. You will be driven through the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth known as Ishasha, this place is commonly known for its tree climbing lions, try to spot them out before proceeding QENP one of the few parks with a wide variety of animals species such as buffaloes, lion, elephants, buffaloes and various species of antelopes species and birds some of which are rare to other national parks. The evening is reserved for leisure. Dinner and an Overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge/ Katara Lodge for luxury/ Kyambura game Lodge /Simba Safari Camp for midrange/ Enganzi for budget
Day 9: Chimp trekking and launch cruise
Have a cup of tea /coffee, after go to the Kyambura Gorge to track the chimpanzee the most closest relative of man trekking time is unpredictable although it can last between 1-6 hours so you can go with packed lunch and water plus strong shoes. After trekking came back to the lodge for leisure. In the afternoon, go for a unique 2 hour’s boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward, where you may spot hippos, crocodiles, along side other species of animals that feed along the water shores such as elephants, buffaloes, water buck among other. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/ Katara Lodge for luxury/ Kyambura game Lodge /Simba Safari Camp for midrange/ Enganzi for budget
Day 10: transfer to kibale forest national Park
Have breakfast to catch up with an early morning game drive to Kasenyi area of the park. Expect to see lions, Hyenas, Leopards, warthogs, Buffalos, Elephants. Uganda kobs, hyenas, plus various species of birds. A slow drive will be made back to the lodge for lunch, after lunch drive to Kibale forest national park, pass through Fortportal to arrive in time at the park for dinner and an overnight stay atNdali Lodge/ Kyaninga Lodge for luxury/Kibale Forest Camp for midrange/ Rwenzori View Guest House for budget
Day 11: Chimp Trekking and bigodi swamp Sanctuary
After breakfast you will be lead by your guide to the park headquarters to get briefed about the tracking process. After, head to the forest to begin the activity of chimpanzee tracking. It is such a wonderful moment to meet our closest relative the chimps. It is advised to pack lunch and bottled water because tracking time is unpredictable, and ounce chimps are found you are strictly allowed to stay with them for only one hour. The guide will not only give you information on chimpanzees but also to other flora and fauna that live in the forest. You will not only encounter chimps but also other primates such as, vervet monkeys, the rare L’Hoest, bush baby, baboons, and black and white colobuses. Come back to the lodge for leisure, after in the late afternoon go for a guided walk in Bigodi Swamp, this place is famously known to host a variety of bird species like the Shining Blue Kingfisher, Blue Throated Roller, Pied Hornbill, Yellow Spotted, Hairy Breasted and Yellow-Billed Barbets plus various species of primates such as colobus monkeys, baboons to mention but a few. Dinner and an overnight at.
Ndali Lodge/ Kyaninga lodge for luxury/Kibale Forest Camp for midrange/ Rwenzori View Guest House for budget.
Day 12: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park
Depart Kibale forest National Park after an early breakfast and head to Murchison falls National Park. The drive may take you about 7-8 hours. Murchison falls is a well protected area with a wide variety of wildlife including giraffe, buffaloes, lions, and elephants to mention but a few. Drive through the Western arm of the Rift Valley, in your vicinity you may also have a chance to see the Lake Albert; continue driving through Masindi and Hoima towns. Lunch break at Hoima. After lunch proceed with the journey to Murchison falls arrive in time for dinner and an overnight atParaa Safari lodge for luxury/Sambiya River lodge midrange/ Nile safari lodge/Red Chilli Rest Camp for budget
Day 13: Game Drive and Launch Cruise
After breakfast, carry out a game drive with a local guide who will assist you sight a number of wildlife. Game drive is carried out in the northern Bank of the River Nile where concentrations of games is a common sight, look out for elephants, giraffes, antelopes, lions leopards hyenas and many bird species are a common sight. Drive slowly back to the lodge for your picnic lunch.
In the afternoon, enjoy a boat cruise on the famous River Nile up to the bottom of falls. Expect to come a cross a variety of hippos, huge crocodiles and many bird species that feed on the Lake, also Chances of sighting the shoe bill stork are many though not a guarantee. Overnight at. Paraa Lodge for luxury/ Sambiya River Lodge for midrange/ Nile safari Red chill Camp for budget
Day 14: Hike to the top of the falls, Nature walk in Budongo forest
Have an early breakfast and then after depart to the top of the falls which is an incredible site here the Nile; the longest river in the world is forced through a narrow gap in the rock before ferociously falling down 43 meters, view out some wildlife, you may see buffaloes, elephants, giraffe among other species. After head to budongo forest for a nature walk along the royal mile, see chimpanzees our most closet relative of man plus other flora and fauna that live in the forest. After this moment drive back to the lodge for leisure an overnight at. Budongo eco lodge
Day 15 Departure
Wake up leisurely for an early breakfast with lunch en route to Kampala, and then transfer to the airport to meet your departure flight back home
The tour quotation Includes:
– Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking permits
– Ground transport in a comfortable 4WD safari van equipped for game viewing, photography and touring
– Full board accommodation
– All park entrance fees to include government taxes
– Full time English speaking professional driver/guide
– All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary
– Bottled water while on safari
– Airport transfers
The tour quotation excludes:
– Laundry services
– International flights
– Items of a personal nature
-Optional activities and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary