Uganda & Rwanda Highlights safari

Uganda & Rwanda Highlights Safari – 8 days

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Experience the highlights of Uganda and Rwanda during this 8-days Uganda & Rwanda highlights safari. Start with Queen Elizabeth NP in Uganda for a boat-cruise spotting elephants & hippos on the banks and a game-drive looking for tree-climbing lions in Ishasha, continue on to the beautiful area of Mgahinga NP for a gorilla trekking adventure before we cross over into Rwanda. Highlights in Rwanda is golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes NP, a visit to beautiful Lake Kivu and chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest before heading to Kigali.

 Included in this 8-days Uganda & Rwanda highlights safari:

  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Lake Kivu
  • Nyungwe forest national park

Day by day itinerary for our Uganda & Rwanda highlights safari:

Day 1: Arrival to Uganda for our Safari to Uganda & Rwanda

Arrival at Entebbe airport for the Uganda & Rwanda highlights safari. We meet our tour guide and transfer to the hotel to relax after the flight to be ready for the adventure starting the next day.

Overnight Lake Victoria view guesthouse

Day 2: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP & boat-cruise on Kazinga channel

We leave Entebbe in the early morning and drive towards Queen Elizabeth NP as we start our 8 days Uganda & Rwanda safari . Along the way we pass by the Equator where you can stand on the point where the northern- and southern hemispheres meet. Continue on driving through a changing landscape and finally the view of Queen Elizabeth NP opening up in front of us. We have lunch and get to 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 3: 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 4: Gorilla trekking day- Mgahinga National Park

In the morning we drive to the gorilla trekking starting point where your adventure will begin, as it is time for a highlight of the 8 days 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 5: Golden Monkey trekking in Volcanoes national park and transfer to Lake Kivu

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 we leave Ruhengeri and make the short journey to Lake Kivu. Here you can enjoy the beautiful and relax after the trek.

Overnight Paradis Malahide

Day 6: 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.

Overnight Gisakura guesthouse

Day 7: 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 to enjoy the last evening in Rwanda for this Uganda & Rwanda highlights safari.

Overnight Gisakura guesthouse

Day 8: Transfer to Kigali & flight day (plan for evening flight)

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 so plan for an evening or night flight from Kigali airport (or add a night to fly the next day). Your guide drops you at the airport as we have finished your 8 days Uganda & Rwanda safari.

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Price: The price depends on number of people and accommodation level. Contact us with your inquiry to get the best price for your safari. 

Included: Accommdoation, meals, safari car, fuel, guide, park entries, gorilla permits (if applicable) and activites 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. 

Accommodation: In general accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is good places on budget to mid-range level (with the exception of luxury safaris). The accommodation can be adapted to your price range of budget, mid-range or luxury. Of course a mix is also possible. Take a look here for links to the website’s of the lodges we regularly work with. 

Payment options: We accept international bank transfer, card payment through PesaPal (adds 3,5% charge) and cash payment if you are in Uganda. 

We are happy to answer any questions to help you plan the safari of your dreams!

Choose Mamaland Safaris for a Uganda Safari tailor-made to your wishes, time-frame and budget. We are a leading local tours and travel company based in Kampala Uganda at the heart of East Africa and we offer tailor-made safaris.

A Uganda safari with us can include game-drives on the savannas, bird-watching, chimps and gorilla trekking, community tourism, relaxation and much more. We can as well arrange combination safaris where Uganda is combined with Tanzania, Kenya or Rwanda.

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