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Uganda and Rwanda, wildlife and primate safari

Uganda and Rwanda, wildlife and primate safari

    Safari highlights

  • Game drive
  • Boat safari
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • City tour
  • Golden monkey tracking
$10503

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    Includes

  • Park fees and A professional driver/guide
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VT & Round trip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Bottled water throughout the trip
  • Gorilla Trekking Permit

    Excludes

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Tips to porters, site guides and driver/ guide
  • Insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa

Detailed Itinerary

ARRIVAL

On arrival, you will take your PCR test, after which you will be welcomed to the Pearl of Africa, followed by a transfer to Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe for dinner and; an overnight stay, before your rest, you will be briefed about our journey and stay in Uganda.

    Meal Plan

  • Bed
  • Breakfast
DAY ONE

Transfer to Murchison falls national park

After your breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to Murchison Falls National Park, a journey of about 310 km which should take you about 5-6 hours.

On your way, you will see the legendary Luwero triangle, today is a small town with a trading center recognized for its agonizing past during Obote's regime.

Lunch en-route at Masindi hotel and then proceed on to the park. You will pass through Budongo forest and KaniyoPabidi.

When you reach the park, drive directly to the Top of the falls, such a pretty site for appreciating the mighty River Nile and the most powerful rush of water anywhere in the world.

Reach your prepared lodge in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking Water

Day one accommodation

Pakuba Safari Lodge Pakuba Safari Lodge
DAY TWO

Game drive and Boat safari

After your breakfast in the morning you will then set off for an early game view drive on the Northern Nile Delta.

Lions, leopards, buffaloes, waterbuck, Jackson's hartebeest, Rothschild's giraffe, oribi and baboons are some of the animals you will spot.

You will then transfer back to the lodge for lunch and prepare for an afternoon boat safari. The boat ride will take about 2 hours while cruising to the bottom of the falls.

You will Spot several animals including aquatic animals like the hippos, crocodiles among others and also the land animals which come to the river banks to quench thirst and take a cool bath.

There is rich birdlife on the papyrus banks, watch out for the shoebill stork, the most sought after bird in Africa.

You may optionally take a hike to the top of the falls where you will meet your guide and transfer back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day two accommodation

Pakuba Safari Lodge Pakuba Safari Lodge
DAY THREE

Boat safari to the delta point

After your breakfast in the morning you will then set off for a morning downstream boat safari to the Nile- albert delta, here you get a good view of the sun rise and a multitude of birds.

There is rich birdlife on the papyrus banks, watch out for the shoebill stork, the most sought after bird in Africa.

Animals by the river side and a number of hippos as they return to the waters from the nights and early morning on land feeding.

You will then transfer back to the lodge for lunch and prepare for an evening game drive, this exposes you to wildlife that you may have missed out the previous day and is good time for viewing many game animals as they look out for their dinner.

Animal checklist include Lions, leopards, buffaloes, waterbuck, Jackson's hartebeest, Rothschild's giraffe, oribi, olive baboons, elephants and water bucks and bush bucks.

After 3 - 4 hours of great encounters, transfer back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day three accommodation

Pakuba Safari Lodge Pakuba Safari Lodge
DAY FOUR

Transfer Queen Elizabeth national park

After early morning breakfast, will check out of the lodge and the park and embark on the long journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This 8 hour journey is not only fascinating but also rewarding with great sceneries, tea plantations, hills and varies before winding up into Uganda's populous city of fort portal for lunch, stretching and toilets.

After lunch proceed to queen Elizabeth national park, arriving in the evening, check in at your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day four accommodation

Park view safari lodge Park view safari lodge
DAY FIVE

Game drive and boat safari

Early morning breakfast followed by a drive to the plains of Kasenyi for a morning game drive, The Kasenyi plains being the famous mating grounds for grazers.

We expect to spot some of the wild big cats like the lions and leopards. The game drive takes about 4 hours.

Lunch will be served at the lodge and after that you will head to the jetty along Kazinga channel for the afternoon boat safari.

This safari activity offers you chances of viewing animals like: hippos, water birds, elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles and other wildlife which flood the channel for drinking water and others for taking a bath so as to cool down their temperatures.

The boat safari lasts for 2 hours of great views on the lake. Drive back to the lodge in the evening for relaxation dinner and overnight.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day five accommodation

Park view safari lodge Park view safari lodge
DAY SIX

Morning at the craters and game drive in Ishasha sector

After an early morning breakfast, we will check out of the lodge and drive to the crater lakes in the Rubirizi area.

catch up with the morning sunrise over the craters, take beautiful shots before heading to the southern side of the park for evening game drive in search of tree climbing lions, leopards, watch out also for hyenas, topis, Uganda kobs, largest elephants and hippos in river Ishasha at the border with Congo.

Drive to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day six accommodation

Ishasha Jungle lodge Ishasha Jungle lodge
DAY SEVEN

Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Wake up early, have breakfast and check out by 8 am. We will drive through Kihiihi town expect to see beautiful tea plantations, banana plantations, spectacular landscapes which become more thrilling when you approach Butogota through Kayonza and proceed to Buhoma.

Arrive late in the evening and check in at the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight, awaiting the Big day tomorrow.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day seven accommodation

Haven lodge Buhoma

DAY EIGHT

Gorilla tracking

After an early morning breakfast, make a short drive to the starting point for the Gorilla Trekking. You will be taken by your safari guide to the Ranger Station, where you will receive a short briefing with instructions on how to behave in the forest.

You will be sorted into small groups of not more than 8 people and assigned a particular Gorilla family to track. Then the journey begins in the forest to seek out the gorillas.

The staff at your accommodation will pack for you a lunch, as it is uncertain how long you will be tracking in the forest. The Gorillas set up a new camp every night, so they are constantly on the move, and sometimes locating them can take many hours.

This is sometimes a tiresome activity but the experience is with no doubt worth the hard work.

When you do locate the Gorilla family, you will be allowed one hour to watch and photograph them, after which you will return to the Ranger Station and re-group with all the trackers of the day for graduation and getting the gorilla tracking certificate.

Thereafter, head back to the lodge.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day eight accommodation

Haven lodge Buhoma

DAY NINE

Transfer to Lake Mburo National park and evening game drive

Wake up early and check out of your lodge, after breakfast we will transfer to Lake Mburo national park, arriving in time for lunch.

After lunch head for an evening game drive that usually takes about 2 hours, expect to encounter animals like giraffes, zebras, topis, errands, buffalos, olive baboons, various birds, impalas and warthogs among others.

After, we will drive back to the lodge evening relaxation dinner and overnight stay.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day nine accommodation

Kigambira safari lodge Kigambira safari lodge
DAY TEN

Return to Entebbe

Wake up at leisure, enjoy breakfast, check out at the lodge, Take pcr your tastes then transfer to Lake Victoria hotel in Entebbe for dinner and overnight stay.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day ten accommodation

Lake Victoria hotel Lake Victoria hotel
DAY ELEVEN

Fly from Entebbe to Kigali and transfer to Akagera National park

After breakfast, Board an early morning flight to Kigali international airport, meet your guide and proceed to Akagera national park right after your breakfast.

our driver guide will pick you up from your hotel where he will drop you at the end of the trip or to the airport depending on where you prefer after a short brief about the two days in the park.

The journey to Akagera national park takes about 2.5 hours depending on the stopovers along the way. With the beautiful landscaper end route to the park, feel free to ask the guide for stopovers to capture some photos.

On arrival at the park, you shall proceed to your accommodation after a short game drive and check in. After lunch and refreshment and later take a boat trip on Lake Ihema watch Hippos and crocodiles in the water or by the shores.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day eleven accommodation

Akagera Game Lodge Akagera Game Lodge
DAY TWELVE

Game drive in Akagera National park and transfer to Kigali

Wake up early and leave right after breakfast for a game drive in Akagera national park. You will be searching for the big mammals like Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, several Antelope species, and recently the re-introduced Lions and Rhinos.

The park is a varied habitat for wildlife and a birders haven with over 500 bird species.

You will leave the lodge with packed lunch for the game drive which will last about 6 hours depending on your interests before starting the journey back to Kigali. You will take the route along the lake which more often has a variety of animals.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day twelve accommodation

Hôtel Des Milles Collines Hôtel Des Milles Collines
DAY THIRTEEN

Transfer from Kigali to Nyungwe forest via Huye

After your breakfast, you will head to Huye to visit the National ethnographic museum of Rwanda, Have lunch en route, and proceed to Nyungwe forest national park for your dinner and overnight stay.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day thirteen accommodation

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel
DAY FOURTEEN

Chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk

Have an early breakfast, pick your drinking water and transfer to the park headquarters. You are allocated a ranger to brief you about the chimpanzee trekking expedition.

Transfer to the start of the trek and move into the jungles to find the Chimpanzees. When you find the Chimpanzees, you are allowed not more than an hour to view and photograph them.

Return at the start point, drive to your hotel for lunch. Afternoon go for canopy walk, this is the hanging platform which allows safari enthusiasts a chance to view all flora and fauna from a different angle and elevation.

Drive back to your hotel for dinner and rest.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day fourteen accommodation

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel
DAY FIFTEEN

Transfer to Karongi, Karongi tour and kayaking on Lake Kivu

In the morning wake up and take breakfast, after you will embark on a lake side drive to Karongi, on arrival do a boat ride to Amahoro (peace in English).

Amahoro Island has a small restaurant; campsite and you can swim or play volleyball. The next ride will take you to Napoleon Islands. The island features a brigade of fruit bats.

Then after lunch you will embark on kayaking in Lake Kivu that will give you a beautiful sea feel as you watch over to see local fishermen and a number of bird species at different corners of the lake.

Retire at your lodge on the lake side.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day fifteen accommodation

Rwiza Village kivu Rwiza Village kivu
DAY SIXTEEN

Transfer to Gisenyi, Gisenyi city tour

In the morning, meet your driver and transfer to Gisenyi city and do a city tour. Before heading to your lodge for check in and lunch.

In the afternoon, you'll visit the coffee farmers of Kivumu who will take you through the traditional process of making coffee, from the preparation of seeds, nursery, planting to getting a cup of home-produced coffee and tea plantation.

Dinner and Overnight at your Lodge

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day sixteen accommodation

Rwiza Village kivu Rwiza Village kivu
DAY SEVENTEEN

Transfer to Ibyiwachu cultural center

After breakfast, you will transfer to the Ibyiwacu cultural village where you will be introduced to the traditional Rwanda culture through traditional dances, poems, and dressing codes among others.

Then after the tour you will have lunch, drive to Volcanoes national park and dinner and overnight at the hotel.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day seventeen accommodation

Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
DAY EIGHTEEN

Gorilla Trekking at Volcanoes National Park

In the early morning we will head to Volcanoes national park to start our track one of the habituated Gorilla groups. You will begin with a briefing on the rules of Gorilla trekking before setting out with the guides to search for the Mountain Gorillas in the forest.

The time taken to track the Gorillas can take as little as half an hour to as much as 5 hours! Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the Gorillas.

Once you encounter the gorillas you will be allowed one full hour with the gorillas, take photos, videos and record voices. Before heading back to the briefing point and heading back to your hotel for evening relaxation and overnight stay.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day eighteen accommodation

Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
DAY NINETEEN

Golden Monkey Tracking

Golden monkeys are known to have unique characters and are a rare species that are endangered at the moment and they are currently found in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda.

They are easily recognized due to the yellow patches that can be seen all over their bodies. The Golden monkeys are also known as 'the Old world monkey' and the only way to separate these primates from others is by their noses.

Rise up not so early in the morning and have breakfast. Then drive to the volcanoes for golden monkey tracking and in the course also spot some other primates in the forest.

    Meal Plan

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day nineteen accommodation

Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
DAY TWENTY

Transfer back to kigali city

It's always hard to say good bye after such long trips, we will drive back to Kigali at leisure as we take in the Rest of Rwanda's beautiful countryside. Depending on your flight time we will transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

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    Meal Plan

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water

Day twenty accommodation

Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort

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