9 days Uganda-Rwanda wildlife safari

Destinations: Entebbe| Kibale National Park| Queen Elizabeth National park| Ishasha| Bwindi Impenetrable Forest| Volcanoes National Park| Kigali

This safari combines the highlights of Uganda and Rwanda including exciting chimp walks, wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park and of course the memorable gorilla tracking.

Safari Highlights

  • Exciting and beautiful scenery
  • Excellent game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Unforgettable meeting with the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Explore and learn from the local communities
  • Experience the Majestic Virunga Volcanoes
  • Enjoy another gorilla experience in Volcanoes National Park

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

Arrive Entebbe International Airport. Our representative will be waiting for you to drive you to your already arranged accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Protea Hotel/ Karibu Guesthouse

Meals: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

This morning will be the start of your very exciting tour. Your expert guide will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey. The route to Kibale takes you through tea plantations and the ever green kibale forest passing through the historic town of FortPortal for Lunch. Later that afternoon, you will be guided around the Bigodi swamp with one of the community guides. The Swamp is a paradise for bird watchers. Skilled birders can spot up to fifty new species on a bird list. Today, 138 species of birds have been recognized within the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary and among them is the grand Blue Turaco. The swamp also harbors several primate species like the red colobus monkey, baboon, black & white colobus monkey, blue monkey grey cheeked, mangabey, vervet monkey, red tailed monkey and the L’Hoest monkey.

Overnight: Papaya Lake Lodge/ Kibale Forest Camp/ Rweteera Safari Camp

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 3: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

Transfer to the park for a briefing before proceeding to the habituation. You will be in the forest for the day accompanying Kibale’s researchers in their habituation activities. You will begin the day by trekking to the area that the chimps built their nests the night before. You’ll observe and follow the chimpanzees as they go about their daily activities, feeding, and grooming. Later transfer to the lodge for an overnight.

 

Overnight: Papaya Lake Lodge/ Kibale Forest Camp/Rweteera Safari camp

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive out for the famous savannahs and lakes of Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to herds of the Ugandan national animal, the Ugandan kob. Today you will be exploring the savannah and wetlands ecosystems in the north sector of the park. Populations of Ugandan kob, buffalo, bushbuck, waterbuck, elephant, giant forest hogs and warthog were hit hard by poaching in Uganda, but wildlife populations are rapidly increasing. Have lunch at the lodge and in the afternoon board a boat for a two hour boat ride on the Kazinga Channel. You will have the opportunity to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world; along with good sightings of waterbuck, buffalo, and other game that come to the water to drink. The Kazinga Channel is a 20 mile natural channel linking Lake Edward and Lake George. There are a lot of crocodiles in the channel.

Overnight: Mweya Safari Lodge / Bush Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This morning we will drive south into the remote and open Ishasha plains in the southwest of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Famous for tree climbing lions in the fig trees, the Ishasha plains are also home to elephants, Ugandan kob, topi, eland, buffalo, wart hogs, and other savannah wildlife. The Ishasha River runs through this part of the park and it supports a healthy hippo population. Wildlife view with a picnic lunch. Later travel further south to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda´s oldest, largest and most diverse rainforests. This “impenetrable” forest is also home to more than 320 mountain gorillas, 400 species of plants, 120 species of mammals and over 350 species of birds. Continue to the lodge, check in, and after lunch a ranger guide will escort you on a nature walk.

Overnight: Mahogany Springs Lodge/ Silverback Lodge/Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meals: Full Board

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking

Transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing before setting off for gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Tracking in the Bwindi forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day.

Overnight: Mahogany Springs Lodge/ Silverback Lodge/Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meals: Full Board

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking

Transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing before setting off for gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Tracking in the Bwindi forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day.

Overnight: Mahogany Springs Lodge/ Silverback Lodge/Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meals: Full Board

Day 7: Volcanoes National Park

Drive south of Bwindi for the Rwandan border crossing at Kisoro via the Cyankia border post. After clearing Rwandan customs continue on to Kinigi .In the afternoon visit the Karisoke Research centre learn more about Dian Fossey’s work in the National Park and history of Gorilla conservation.

Overnight: Mountain Gorilla view lodge / Hotel Muhabura

Meals: Full Board

Day 8: Gorilla tracking Volcanoes National Park

With an early breakfast, drive to the park headquarters for gorilla briefing. When venturing into this gigantic forest, a packed lunch, comfortable clothes, shoes and a walking stick is a must before gorilla tracking. The time spent gorilla tracking is unpredictable, it varies from 2-8 hours before an encounter with the family of these gentle creatures. The location of each gorilla family depends on temperature, their feeding range and movement of the previous day.

Enjoy this1 hour to watch and capture this memorable experience as they go about their day to day activities; the young ones playing around the old ones, feeding each other and eating foliage. The sight of these outstanding creatures is the climax of this entire safari. Later retire for an overnight at the lodge.

Overnight: Mountain Gorilla view lodge /Hotel Muhabura

Meals: Full Board

Day 9: Transfer to Airport

Transfer to Kigali, visit communities en-route and continue to the Genocide memorial centre, before proceeding to the airport for your departure flight

The cost includes:

  • All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
  • Gorilla permit
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle.
  • Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
  • Water while on safari.
  • All airport pick-ups and drops.
  • All activities at stipulated in the itinerary.
  • And all government taxes/levies.

Excluded Are:

  • Optional forest walks, cultural visits
  • Phone calls and bar bills
  • Visa
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Laundry services
  • Telephone calls and any other items of personal nature
  • Air flights