12 Days Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Safaris
Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Safari tours under this packages include the best tourist activities in both countries. The tour involves visiting Kigali City, Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking and Hiking to the Dian Fossey grave, a soothing relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda, Wildlife safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Chimps, game viewing and boat cruise in Murchison falls National park and conclude the trip a visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary before connecting to Entebbe and fly out of Uganda.
Trip Itinerary Details
Day 1: Arrive at Kigali Airport; make a city tour and transfer to Volcanoes National Park.
Our representative receives you at the airport in Kigali. Time allowing, you will have a Kigali city tour going to places like The Kigali Genocide Memorial where the remains of over 250,000 Rwandese killed during the 1994 genocide are buried and preserved for remembrance. You will also make a visit to the craft market, have lunch and later leave for Volcanoes National Park, the home of mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Take an overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Hotel La Palme (Midrange) orMuhabura Hotel (Budget).
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
Take an early breakfast and head to the park’s briefing centre for a thorough briefing about Mountain Gorilla tracking rules and regulations. Its during the gorilla trekking briefing that you will be allocated one of the gorilla families in Rwanda for visiting. The hiking hours when looking for gorillas vary depending on their movements. You are allowed one hour to be with Rwanda Mountain Gorillas as you observe and photograph them as they feed or play around and grumble among themselves. After enjoying gorillas, return to the lodge for a restful evening and later dinner and overnight stay at Muhabura Hotel, La Palme Hotel or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
Day 3: Climb to the Dian Fossey Grave, transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda
After breakfast, transfer to the park offices for some briefing before ascending to Karisoke Research Centre, where the celebrated mountain gorilla lover and conservationist, Dian Fossey was laid to rest. This American primatologist spent close to two decades in Rwanda learning and researching about Mountain Gorillas and working hard for their conservation. After this hiking, descend and start your journey to cross over to Uganda. Take an overnight stay at Bird Nest or Arcadia Cottages (Midrange) or Bunyonyi Overland Resort (Budget).
Day 4: Relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi plus Optional activities
This day is mainly for relaxations. Lake Bunyonyi has fantastic waters and hilly views plus lake breezes that are very for ideal holiday makers. You may optionally go for a canoe ride on the lake, do some bird watching or a nature walk. Have your overnight stay atBird Nest or Arcadia Cottages (Midrange) or Bunyonyi Overland Resort (Budget).
Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Take breakfast and then set of for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Arrive at the park in the afternoon; check in at the lodge for your overnight. Take overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury), Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge (Midrange) or Kyambura Safari Cottages (Budget).
Day 6: Do a morning Game Drive and afternoon Boat Cruise.
Take an early morning tea and set off for a morning game drive in the park plains and you will likely spot elephants, spotted hyenas, lions, leopards, stripped jackals, bush bucks, water bucks and warthogs and many wild animals. Over 95 species of mammals and 600 species of birds have been recorded at this vast park. After the game drive, you will return to the lodge for a heavy breakfast and some resting.
Later after lunch, you will go for an evening boat cruise on Kazinga Channel. This is a water channel that joins Lakes George and Edward. Many tourists to this park are always impressed by the Channel’s amazing animal and bird diversities. It is a water spot where buffaloes time-out in the water whereas big herds of elephants and several species of bird are seen relishing themselves sideways of the channel. Visitors who take part in the 2 hour cruise along the channel repute it as the climax of their African safari. In short, this water cruise gives an exceptional podium for clear photography, all-encompassing bird-watching and a comprehensive game viewing. Retire in the evening to the lodge. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury), Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge (Midrange) orKyambura Safari Cottages (Budget).
Day 7: Proceed to Kibale National Park, the home of Chimpanzees
Wake up late, have breakfast and start your drive to Kibale National Park, Uganda’s rain forest with a highest concentration of chimpanzees in Uganda. Enjoy your overnight at Mountains of the Moon, Chimps Nest or Kibale Forest Camp.
Day 8: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest and Bigodi Nature walk
Enjoy breakfast and transfer to the park headquarters for briefing followed by a walk to the forest to pursue chimpanzees. Besides the chimps, you will likely spot other primates like the red tailed and colobus monkeys plus birds among others plus. After lunch at the lodge, you will go for a nature walk at Bigodi wetland, a paradise for birders. About 138 bird species have been identified in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. You will also see a wide range of biodiversity including many species of primates such as red colobus monkey, black and white L’Hoest monkey, colobus monkey, grey cheeked, vervet monkey, mangabey, red tailed monkey, blue monkey and baboon. Mammals like Sitatunga, bush pigs, bush bucks, otters, mongooses and chimpanzees similarly visit the swamp from Kibale National Park. In the evening, return to the lodge for overnight. You will stay at Mountains of the Moon, Chimps Nest or Kibale Forest Camp.
Day 9: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park.
Today is only reserved for driving to Murchison falls national park, have lunch en route. Arrive in the evening. Overnight stay Paraa Lodge, Pakuba Safari Lodge or Murchison River Lodge.
Day 10: Morning Game Drive and afternoon/evening Launch Cruise and Hike to the Top of the Falls
Have an early morning tea and some snacks and go for a morning game drive in the park. Most likely animals to be seen include hartebeests, jackals, oribi, bush bucks, bohor reed bucks, hyenas, giraffes, lions, antelopes, elephants and the Uganda kobamong others. Return to the lodge for a late morning breakfast and take some restful hours before lunch.
After lunch, you will enjoy an open launch cruise on the calm Nile. And you will see animals like the buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, elephants and plenty of water birds like the herons, cormorants, ducks, bee-eaters, kingfishers, skimmers, fish eagles, the rare shoebills, to mention. After the cruise, hike to the fascinating Top of The Falls. The top of the falls is an implausible scene as it’s where the Nile, Africa’s the longest river goes through a narrow gap in the 7 meters wide rock to aggressively plummet down 43 meters, incredible!!!.Overnight stay Paraa Lodge, Pakuba Safari Lodge or Murchison River Lodge.
Day 11: Drive to Kampala with an en route Rhino Trekking at Ziwa Rhino Ranch.
After breakfast, start your trip to Kampala. Along the way, you will visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino tracking for between 2-3 hours and also enjoy lunch here before continuing with journey Kampala where you will arrive in the evening. Have an overnight stay at Sheraton Hotel Kampala, Hotel Africana, Mamba Point or Kampala Lodge.
Day 12: Entebbe Airport Transfer
You will be transferred to the airport 3 hours to your departure flight.