Tour Uganda “the pearl of Africa” and Rwanda “the land of a thousand hills” during this Uganda & Rwanda safari. A combination of savanna parks and jungles lets you see the best of what these two countries have to offer. Including game-drives and boat-cruises to spot lions, elephants, giraffes and more as well as treks in the jungles to see gorillas, chimpanzees and golden monkeys.
Day by day itinerary for our Uganda & Rwanda safari:
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO UGANDA FOR YOUR UGANDA & RWANDA SAFARI
Arrival at Entebbe airport for the Uganda & Rwanda safari. We meet our tour guide and transfer to our Hotel in Kampala to relax after the flight.
Overnight Express View Inn
DAY 2: TRANSFER TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK VIA ZIWA RHINO AND TOP OF THE FALLS
Leave Kampala in the morning to head to Murchison Falls national park. Along the way we make a stop at Ziwa rhino sanctuary where they are working to reintroduce rhinos to Uganda. Here you go for a trek to meet these impressive animals. You then continue on having lunch along the way and drive on to Murchison Falls NP for a visit to the top of the falls. This is a magnificent classic highlight as an explosive dash of water at close range gushes through a narrow crevice. After this we drive on to the lodge just outside the park.
Overnight in Hornbill Bush Lodge
DAY 3: GAME DRIVE AND BOAT-CRUISE IN MURCHISON FALLS NP
In the early morning we set off for a game-drive in the park, the first one of this Uganda & Rwanda safari. You have the chance of seeing Big cats hunting, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos, plus more as the checklist of mammals reaches 76. We continue browsing the Drive circuits to the Delta point for a cocktail of Birds and mammals. Enjoy a relaxed lunch and then go for a 3 hour boat ride on the river Nile to the base of the falls where you get to see the Hippos (You have never seen more hippos yawning, Grooming in there Pods anywhere else than here- Believe me you)! Nile Crocodiles, Elephants and a variety of beautiful bird species along the banks. If you are a keen birder this might be your magnet to catch them. This is a grand start to your visit in this Great Animal home!
Overnight in Hornbill Bush Lodge
DAY 4: TRANSFER TO THE KIBALE FOREST ENVIRONS
After breakfast transfer towards the environs of Kibale Forest. It’s a long drive, so be prepared to relax in the car. A punctuation of stopovers at sceneries like the Rift valley escarpment on Lake Albert if the day is clear with the Congo mountains in view – typical African village setup in the far countryside and tea plantations along the drive offer us chances of stretching. We check in late afternoon at the lodge bordering Kibale Forest in an area with an amazing display of primates. A night in this forest gives you the calls from the nocturnal life plus famous Frog concerts in this forest area revealing a true pristine Africa.
Overnight Isunga Lodge
DAY 5: TRANSFER THROUGH THE CRATER LAKES AREA TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NP & BOAT-CRUISE ON KAZINGA CHANNEL
We leave the lodge after breakfast and drive through the crater lakes region with beautiful scenery and chance of seeing primates like black and white colobus and red tailed monkey along the way. Our target is Queen Elizabeth NP and the afternoon boat-cruise on Kazinga channel.
This natural channel connects Lake George – Lake Edward. Here you can see Hippopotamuses yawning, Nile Crocodile gaping along the Banks, Savannah version of Pigs the Warthog, impressive elephants and more. After the boat we continue on to the lodge for dinner and a relaxed evening.
Overnight Pumba Safari Cottages
DAY 6: GAME-DRIVE IN ISHASHA AND TRANSFER TO KISORO BY MGAHINGA NP
After breakfast we leave the lodge and head towards Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park. Ishasha is known for its tree-climbing lions, one of two places in Africa where the lions have the habit of regularly climbing trees to rest. We drive along the tracks seeing buffaloes, topis and hopefully the lions in the fig-trees. After the morning game-drive we continue the journey to Kisoro, drive through the bamboo area via the echuya forest with the Golden scenery of the Volcanoes at eye level in view as we drive down the meandering road to Kisoro volcanic stone town!
Overnight in Mucha hotel
DAY 7: GORILLA TREKKING DAY- MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK
In the morning we drive to the gorilla trekking starting point where your adventure will begin a true highlight of your Uganda & Rwanda safari. You are lead into the forest in a group with a specialized guide and make a trek to the point where the gorillas are. Then you get to spend one unforgettable hour with the gorilla family. After the trek we set off for our target destination Rwanda, the second country in the Uganda & Rwanda safari. Drive out to cross the relaxed border post and continue on through a beautiful landscape in Rwanda to reach the town of Ruhengeri where we spend the night.
Overnight at Hotel Muhabura Ruhengeri
DAY 8: GOLDEN MONKEY TREKKING IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This morning you set off to meet the golden monkeys. Your guide takes you to the starting point and you set off with a specialized guide for the trek. You’ll experience beautiful nature and get a great experience of primates After the trek you can enjoy a relaxed afternoon.
Overnight in Hotel Muhabura Ruhengeri
DAY 9: TRANSFER TO LAKE KIVU AND RELAXED AFTERNOON
After breakfast we leave Ruhengeri and make the short journey to Lake Kivu. The target is to be by the lake for lunch and then you can enjoy a free afternoon relaxing in the beautiful surroundings at Lake Kivu. Possible to go for a boat-ride or just relax with a book (no activities included in the price).
Overnight Paradis Malahide
DAY 10: TRANSFER TO NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
We continue exploring Rwanda and this day the target is to transfer to Nyungwe Forest. Enjoy the landscape passing by the windows and take in the Rwandese countryside as we continue the Uganda & Rwanda safari.
Overnight Gisakura guesthouse
DAY 11: CHIMPS TREKKING IN NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
This morning you head into Nyungwe forest to meet our close cousins the chimpanzees. Go with a specialized guide and trek the chimpanzees. Hopefully you get a good sighting and wonderful experience of the jungle. After the trek we head back to the guesthouse.
Overnight Gisakura guesthouse
DAY 12: TRANSFER TO KIGALI
We start our journey in the morning with Rwanda’s capital Kigali as our target destination. Ones again we get to experience the countryside and scenic landscapes along the way. We expect to arrive in the city during the afternoon.
Overnight Step Motel Kigali
DAY 13: KIGALI CITY TOUR (DEPENDING ON FLIGHT TIME) AND FLIGHT DAY
Have a city tour of Kigali (depending on your flight time) including the genocide war memorial and traditions and culture of Rwanda in the crafts villages. Your guide will be throwing light on this former French –Belgium colony on how the apocalypse started and how it ended. We have now reached the end of the Uganda & Rwanda safari. Transfer to airport depending on flight time.
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Included: Accommodation, meals, safari car, fuel, guide, park entries, gorilla permits (if applicable) and activities mentioned in the itinerary. Plus water in the car and a couple of fruits along the way.
Excluded: International flights, visas, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
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Expereince the highlights of Uganda & Rwanda during this safari. Start in Uganda with Queen Elizabeth national park for a boat-cruise spotting elephants & hippos in the banks and a game-drive looking for tree-climbing lions in Ishasha, continue on to the beautiful Mgahinga NP for mountain gorilla trekking. Then cross the border to Rwanda where the highlights are golden monkey trekking, beautiful Lake Kivu and finally chimpanzee trekking at Nyungwe Forest.
Search for the Big 5 and trek for mountain gorillas as well as chimps. Four of the Big 5 roam freely in National Parks in Uganda, this is the lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant. The 5th of the Big 5 is the rhino, that was hunted to extinction in Uganda in the 80’s, but is now being reintroduced thanks to the great efforts of Ziwa Rhino sanctuary.
Start off by driving up to the north of Uganda to experience Kidepo Valley National Park with its untouched wilderness. From there start the journey to the south with highlights of boat-cruise, game-drives and chimps trekking on the way, as well as changing nature and friendly people. In the south you will meet the gentle giants of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the Mountain Gorillas.
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