12 Days Uganda and Rwanda Tour

Safari overview

These 11 days 10 nights tour will take you to Uganda’s top national parks, you will enjoy gorilla tracking in Bwindi national park and wildlife viewing, the safari will also take you to Rwanda, and here you will enjoy a second gorilla tracking in the volcanoes national park and later a Kigali city tour.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Half Day Kampala City tour

Upon your arrival at Entebbe international airport, you will be met and greeted by our company representative who will later brief you about the safari and after he will transfer you to your pre-booked accommodation. However if you arrive in time he will first take you around for a half day Kampala city tour. We will visit the Namirembe cathedral and Rubaga cathedral, one of the biggest Christian churches in Africa. Both churches offer a magnificent view of Kampala city. Visit the Kasubi tombs and the Uganda Museum and later if time allows you will visit the Nakasero market, to get to see the fresh fruits in the market. Dinner and Overnight at Serena Hotel, Sheraton hotel (Luxury) or Holiday express hotel Cassia Lodge, The Lodge Budget (Half Board basis)

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, your guide will pick you and drive you to the north-eastern part of Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park; you will drive through the Luwero triangle which is greatly remembered for the war victims. We will have our first stopover at Zziwa Rhino sanctuary a home to both the black and white rhinos rhino tracking is at usd40 per person per tracking. We will have lunch break at Masindi and later we will transfer to Murchison Falls National Park, visit the top of the falls where the water marvels at the Might Nile being forced into a seven meter crevice to thunder 45 meters below in a series of cascades. While here one can appreciate the staggering power with which the Nile crashes through the narrow gap in the escarpment. After this wonderful view we will continue to the lodge for an overnight (luxury)  Paraa Safari Lodge, Pakuba game lodge, Nile safari lodge (mid-range) Sambiya River Lodge, Bwana Tembo Safari Lodge, (budget), Budongo Eco lodge, Red Chill rest camp Fort Murchison lodge(Full Board)

Day 3: Game drive and Launch cruise

After a cup of coffee you will be driven to the northern part of the park to meet the early risen rushing out from their hideouts. Games expected to see include predators and nocturnal animals like the hartebeests, leopards, leopards, Hyenas, elephants, giraffes, Lions and many birds among others. After this wonderful activity Return back to the lodge for full breakfast and lunch, then in the afternoon you will go for a boat cruise which will take you to the bottom of the falls to have a glance to many other species of animals like Hippos, Crocodiles, Elephants and buffaloes can be seen along the shoreline and also many species of birds that live and feed on the lake like the king fisher, eagle and if lucky you can spot a rare shoebill. After this magnificent activity return to the lodge for Dinner and an overnight stay at (luxury)  Paraa Safari Lodge, Pakuba game lodge, (Mid-range) Sambiya River Lodge, Bwana Tembo Safari Lodge, (budget), Budongo Eco lodge, Red Chill rest camp Fort Murchison lodge

Day 4: Drive to Fort portal Kibale National park.

In the morning after breakfast, you will embark on a transfer to Fort portal, the drive form Murchison falls to Kibale N.P takes about 7 hours to reach the town, you will arrive in the late afternoon in Fort portal for lunch and then after lunch proceed to Kibale forest national park a home to over 13 species of primates the most common is the chimpanzee the closest relative to human. Check into your pre-booked accommodation for leisure and later dinner and an overnight at Kyaninga Lodge, primate lodge kibale, Ndali Lodge (luxury), kibale forest Camp, Ruwenzori view guest house (midrange), Chimpanzee Forest Guest House (budget)

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park 

Chimpanzee tracking

After breakfast, transfer to the park headquarters in Kanyankyu for briefing before you set off to the forest to begin the search of our closest relatives the chimps. Chimpanzee tracking time is unpredictable however the search can go from 1-6 hours since meeting them depends on where they last spent their night from, so a reasonable degree of fitness is needed as well as tracking gears like sturdy pair of shoes. Ounce they are met you strictly allowed only one hour with them. Chimps are fabulous fun to watch when doing their daily activities like feeding, making nest, playing as well as jumping from one tree to another. In the process of chimp searching other species of primates can be seen including the Colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, grey cheeked Mangabeys baboons, civet monkey, among many others and the guide will provide all relative information needed on any forest flora and fauna come across. come back to the lodge for lunch and the after In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth national park a home to a wide biodiversity of wildlife species. Check into your pre-booked accommodation for dinner and an overnight at Mweya safari Lodge, Katara Lodge, Jacana safari lodge (luxury), kyambura game Lodge, Ihamba safari Lodge samba safari Lodge (mid-range) Engazi lodge, Ihamba safari Lode, Hippo Hillo Lodge, Simba Safari Camp (budget

Visit Katwe salt Lake

Day 6: Game drive or Visit Katwe salt Lake

After breakfast, you will be driven to kasenyi area of the park to catch-up with different species of animals that live in the park. Games expects to see include elephant, lion, Leopard, buffalo, waterbuck, warthogs, Uganda Kob, various species of birds and trees among many others. After, drive back to the lodge for full breakfast and lunch. After lunch, you will go for a two hour’s launch cruise along the Kazinga channel; the launch cruise is superb with sightings of hippos, different water bird species, and crocodiles among others. Retire to the lodge for refreshment and later Dinner and an overnight at Mweya safari Lodge, Katara Lodge, Jacana safari lodge (luxury), kyambura game Lodge, Ihamba safari Lodge samba safari Lodge (mid-range) Engazi lodge, Ihamba safari Lode, Hippo Hillo Lodge, Simba Safari Camp (budget)

Day 7: Game drives in the Ishasha sector and later transfer to   Bwindi Gorilla National Park

After breakfast, our safari guide will transfer you to Bwindi impenetrable national park a home to the endangered mountain gorillas. However we shall first sight more species of games along the way in the ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth national park famous known for its tree climbing lions, enjoy watching them sited on fig trees or tree blanches. After lunch at the Ishasha River continue with a drive to Bwindi, a home to the few remaining mountain gorillas in the world. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda; Bwindi is an ecological island, surrounded by cultivation on the rich volcanic soils. Dinner and an overnight at (Luxury) Buhoma Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Lodge (midrange) Mahogany Lodge/ Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Mist Camp, (budget) Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Buhoma Community Campground (Full Board)

 

Day8: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi national park

Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking, before 8:00am report to the ranger station for registration and an informative talk from senior ranger guides/park warden; the guides will then take you through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. (This trek can take from 3 to 9 hours depending on were these species spent the night before. So a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes). You will sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 880 of these beautiful creatures left. Dinner and an overnight at (Luxury) Buhoma Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Lodge (midrange) Mahogany Lodge/ Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Mist Camp, (budget) Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Travellers Rest Hotel, or Buhoma Community Campground

 

Day 9: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast at the lodge, our safari guide will transfer you to Lake Bunyonyi one of the deepest lakes in the Africa, it was named because of the very many small birds that inhabit the lake. Arrive in time at the lodge and later take a boat trip to transfer to explore the different islands on the lake. You will return later in the afternoon for full lunch and relaxation and. Dinner and an overnight stay at Bunyonyi overland resort (Luxury) or Bunyonyi overland camp (Budget)(Full Board)

Day 10: Transfer to Rwanda.

After breakfast, leave for Uganda-Rwanda boarder, the guide will help you to finalize with the border crossing requirements after cross to Rwanda (the clock will go backwards for one hour) passing through beautiful landscapes and hills up to the lodge for lunch. You will relax at the lodge prior to your gorilla tracking tomorrow. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla View lodge, Sabyinyo silver back lodge (Luxury) or Gorilla’s Nest lodge (Midrange)

Day 11:  Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes national park-Rwanda

After breakfast, you will report to the park headquarters at Kinigi to receive short briefings about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas and also get you assigned to the ranger guide and the gorilla family. After, you will follow the ranger guide deep into the forest to begin the search of gorillas. Like gorilla in Uganda, Rwanda mountain gorillas are also unpredictable meeting them depends on where they last seen the previous day or on where they last spent their night from, so a reasonable degree of fitness is called for as well as tracking gears like sturdy pair of walking shoes. Ounce they are met you strictly allowed only one hour with them while observing their behaviors as well as taking photography (a flash camera is not allowed. After the activity, you will be driven back to the lodge for late lunch and in the evening if you still have energy enjoy a community walk and visit the local people who live near the park, they will entertain you through their cultural performance if interested you can join them. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla View lodge, Sabyinyo silver back lodge (Luxury) or Gorilla’s Nest lodge (Midrange)

Day 12: Kigali city tour and departure

After breakfast, you will transfer to Kigali, and enjoy a city tour, visit places like the Kandt Museum of Natural History where you can learn more about the co-existence of people and their environment in the old colonial buildings. Visit the Caplaki craft centre with many small stalls offering a wide range of local curios, arts and crafts. You will tour the Genocide Museum, a startling reminder of Rwanda’s terrible. Enjoy lunch within the city and later transfer to Kigali International airport to meet your departure flight back home if scheduled on that day

End of your safari

The price for the above tour includes:

  • The cost of all 4×4 ground transportation and fuel Full time English speaking guide and all his associated expenses
  • Park entry fees
  • 2 Gorilla permit per person
  • 1Chimppermit per permit
  • Nature walks
  • Community walks
  • Game drives
  • Boat rides
  • Accommodation and meals on full board basis staying in single rooms
  • Airport transfers
  • and any other activity listed in the itinerary

But it will exclude items of personal Nature like laundry, beverages, beers and tipping of staff at the lodge and any other expenses that is not mentioned above.