Uganda Rwanda Safari (12 days)

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$5550 - $5550
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
13 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Very Active - Trekking, mountain biking, kayaking
Safari type:
Cultural safaris Cultural
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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Safari Overview

• Explore the Murchison Falls from the top and bottom with a Launch boat trip on River Nile
• Enchanting game drives at the confluence of the Albert and Victoria Nile
• Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National park
• Enjoy the rift valley floor of Queen Elizabeth National Park teeming with waterways and Wildlife
• Highlight your trip with a Gorilla Trek in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park & Parc National des Volcans

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Entebbe International Airport Meet your safari guide and Driver who will warmly welcome you and transfer you to Kampala. Your guide will brief you about your safari. You are advised to have money changed this day.

*Accommodations:
- Midrange Malakai Lodge
*Meal Plan:
Breakfast only
*Travel Time: 45 mins from Airport

Day 2: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park
You will be picked from your hotel in Kampala and drive via Bombo and Masindi town to
Murchison falls National Park. 
Visit Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino trekking. Have lunch proceeding to Murchison falls National Park through Kichumbanyobo gates.

*Accommodations:
- Midrange Pakuba safari lodge
*Meal Plan:
Full Board (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
*Travel Time: 6 hrs

Day 3: Game Drive/ Launch Cruise

Go for an early morning game drive on the Northern Bank of the Murchison Falls National
Park. You may be able to view animals that are unique to the African Savannah like giraffe, elephant, antelope, lion, and the Uganda Kob. Return to the lodge for mid morning breakfast, as you relax to wait for Lunch.
After lunch, you will go for a launch cruise on the Nile River. The cruise takes you to the Bottom of the roaring falls where you will see huge crocodiles, schools of hippos, buffaloes, elephants and a variety of water birds like herons, ducks, cormorants, bee-eaters, skimmers, kingfishers, fish eagle and the rare shoebill.

*Accommodations:
- Midrange Pakuba safari lodge
*Meal Plan:
Full Board (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Day 4: Murchison falls NP – Kibale NP         

After an early breakfast, you will depart for Kibale National Park. You will drive via the Albertine Escarpment of the western Rift valley on the Masindi-Hoima-Fort portal road. This will be a long drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal, passing though verdant countryside and traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the legendary “Mountains of the Moon,” 

*Accommodations:
- Midrange Primates Lodge Kibale (Cottage)
*Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
*Travel Time: 9 hrs

Day 5: Chimpanzee Trekking / Bigodi walk

A relatively early morning start, to report to the ranger station in Kibale National Park at 08.00am to track habituated chimps – these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. The incredibly diverse forest is home to over 13 species of primates including red Colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons and also bush babies. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier that its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park, while other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species.
After lunch, you will go for a guided walk in Bigodi Swamp to look for different bird species like the Shining Blue Kingfisher, Blue Throated Roller and other rare species and also find the fruiting trees, which attract Narina Trogon, Pied Hornbill, Yellow Spotted, Hairy Breasted and Yellow-Billed Barbets. 

*Accommodations:
- Midrange Primates Lodge Kibale (Cottage)
*Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

After Breakfast, depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will enter the park via the Northern crater Area. With beautiful lakes and rich grasslands which are set deep in the crater valley, this is truly the most breathtaking scenery in the park.  Queen Elizabeth is host to a large variety and volume of wildlife.

*Accommodations:
- Midrange Kyambura Game lodge
*Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner
*Travel Time: 2 hrs

Day 7: Game drive & Launch cruise
Early morning wake up for the morning game drive to catch up with early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. During the game drive, you will be likely to meet grazing hippos, elephants, lions, spotted hyenas, bushbucks, water bucks, stripped jackal, leopard and of course the several warthogs. Return to the lodge for lunch and relax by the side of the swimming pool

After lunch, take an afternoon boat trip along on Kazinga channel. This will give you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others. After this wonderful afternoon, a slow drive back to the lodge.

*Accommodations:
- Midrange Kyambura Game lodge
*Meal Plan:
Full Board (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi NP
After breakfast, we will then leave for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to the few remaining mountain gorillas. 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; and seven red data book species. Once continuous with the forests of the Virunga Volcanoes (Dian Fossey’s stomping ground), Bwindi is now an ecological island, surrounded by cultivation on the rich volcanic soils.


*Accommodations:
- Chameleon Hill lodge
*Meal Plan:
Full Board (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
*Travel Time: 8 hrs
 

Day 9: Gorilla trekking
After an early breakfast and briefing from the guides, set off for the mountains gorilla tracking inside the Bwindi forest. You need to carry drinking water, rain jacket and jungle boots while the rangers will provide you with a walking stick. Gorilla tracking is one of the unique activities you will enjoy while photographing and observing the gorillas. After tracking, come back to the lodge and relax.

*Accommodations:
- Chameleon Hill lodge

*Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
*Trekking Time: Unpredictable

 

Day 10: Transfer to Rwanda - Parc National des Volcans

After breakfast, leave for Rwanda.  [Clocks go backward one hour]. Stroll around the Lodge, or simply take in the panoramic sunset over the volcanoes.

OPTIONAL: Visit Iby'iwacu cultural village
$35 per person (Must be booked in advance)
In the afternoon visit of the fascinating Iby'iwacu ex-poachers village where you can participate In different community activities by taking a community walk to experience the local ways of living, Meeting the traditional healer and see how he treats the village with his herbal medicine, Grinding millet and sorghum on the local grinding stone & pounding a couple of food stuffs in a motor, Cycling a local bicycle around the village, Shooting the arrows with Batwa (pygmies) an watch the traditional Intore dancers, all of whom have been active poachers for centuries share their amazing traditional dance, drumming, clapping while making gorilla sounds.

*Accommodations:
- Mountain Gorilla view lodge
*Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast
*Travel Time: 7 hrs

Day 11: Gorilla Tracking in Parc National des Volcans

After breakfast, go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy. Return to your lodge.

 

*Accommodations:
-  Mountain Gorilla view lodge
*Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast
*Trekking Time: Unpredictable

Day 12: Transfer to Kigali/City tour
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Kigali. Upon reaching the country’s capital, you will go for the Kigali city tour. You will have a chance to visit the National History museum - kandt house, Visit the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre, the genocide memorial, the market, a pottery project and a handicraft shop. Later, transfer to the Airport for your departure flight.

*Meal Plan: Breakfast Only
*Travel Time: 3 hrs (PNV– Kigali)
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Tour Price in USD

PER PERSON sharing in Double/Twin Room
Based on 2 PAX sharing in Midrange Accommodation
                           USD 5,550 PER PERSON

Price includes;

  • Ground transportation and Fuel (4x4 land-cruiser)
  • Full time safari guide
  • Park entrance fees
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • Boat trips
  • Gorilla permit Uganda @600 per permit, per person x 1
  • Gorilla permit Rwanda @750 per permit, per person x 1
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Kigali City Tour
  • All game drives
  • Activities included above
  • But it excludes; Flights, Visa fees, Airport taxes, Items of personal nature like Laundry, bar bills, Beverages, tipping and any extra expenses not included above.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • MALAKAI ECO LODGE
  • Malakai Eco lodge brings you closer to nature as you relax with sound of birds, monkeys echoing in the garden. Relaxation and wellness of body and mind are our main deliverables with huts built in volcanic stone, a wellness clinic, water fountains, swimming pool and an open air gym. Guests are accommodated in comfortable nature friendly ensuite cottages complete with, mosquito netting and large comfortable patio chairs. All Accommodations face the spacious garden with shady trees and colorful flowers. All of our rooms are individually decorated in a mixture of African décor. Rooms are available with either King Size Beds. Rooms include the following: Private verandah, En-suite bathroom, International Power Points and Wireless Internet connection.
  • An open air gym in addition to an 11 meters long swimming pool are some of the amenities our guests get to enjoy. In addition, our cuisine is rich with nourishing organic elements to keep you healthy. Reading platfroms and a fisherman's hut help calm your mind as you read or fish your own meal. The perfect spot for one in search of a different retreat, somewhere to simply relax.
  • Pakuba Safari Lodge
  • Pakuba Safari lodge is located in the North West of Uganda on the Eastern bank of the Albert Nile. Our tastefully furnished rooms offer comfort, style and serenity. Here you can enjoy a variety of excursions and activities: from exhilarating Safari drives to boat trips along the river Nile ending at the foot of Murchison falls. For the more adventurous, one can trek up to the top of the falls and marvel at the views through the mist. The lodge has 46 en suite rooms all with private bathrooms of which 27 are twin rooms, 12 double rooms and 7 family rooms.
  • Kyambura Game Lodge
  • Lodge is situated at the eastern edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park, in the western part of the great East African Rift valley with fantastic views over the national park and the Rwenzori Mountains and a short distance from the Kyambura Gorge where Chimpanzee treks are done in Queen Elizabeth National park. Accommodation is provided in seven spacious and tastefully designed self contained grass-thatched cottages with running hot and cold water bath tabs/showers and stunning views of the park. All the rooms are equipped with 220v electricity supply and a private wooden balcony perched over Queen Elizabeth National Park. All cottages are privately spaced out in a shrubbery surrounding for proper environment conservation. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and health club.
  • Chameleon Hill Lodge
  • Situated between Mgahinga and Bwindi National parks and Kisoro, on the shores of Lake Mutanda - you will find a place full of inspiration and enjoyment called Chameleon Hill.
  • Located on the shores of one of East Africa’s most beautiful lakes – Lake Mutanda, you will enjoy spectacular views across the lake with its islands and surrounding hills. In the backdrop the Virunga Volcanoes greet you. You have arrived…Chameleon Hill and its breathtaking surrounding scenery offer a variety of different activities and the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. Take your time, sit back and relax in an environment, which you have never seen before.Our friendly staff will take care of your delicious food, and all the tiny details that shall ensure that you have a pleasurable stay at Chameleon Hill.
  • The rustic, but sensitively handled, interior speaks of light – creating a feeling of “wowness”. Further important aspects in the design of the lodge are colors and mosaics. A sense of arrival, an unforgettable experience, feeling nature in the finishes, interior and exterior, natural ventilation and lots more awaits the traveler.
  • Mountain Gorilla view lodge
  • lodge is probably the most popular lodge in the mid-range category for our clients. It remains un-rivaled especially until Gorillas Nest Lodge gets re-opened for business. Mountain gorilla view lodge stands amidst real wilderness with panoramic views of Rwanda’s volcano mountains and located just 1km away from the Volcano National Park, making it the ideal choice of gorilla trekking clients. Mountain view lodge cottages are designed in contemporary African furniture and fittings with original artworks framed in recycled timber. The soft furnishings with modern African prints and motifs and colors create a relaxing and refreshing ambiance. The Intore( Cultural dancers) will spice your stay and your days at mountain view lodge will always be an awesome one.

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Animals you will see

African buffalo
African buffalo
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Baboon
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Bushbaby
Chimpanzee
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