Nine Days Uganda – Rwanda.
09 days trip of photography in one of the world’s top locations, the ‘Pearl of Africa’ and the Virunga volcanoes.
Two treks one in Uganda and the second one in Rwanda to meet the world’s last remaining Mountain Gorillas as well as chimpanzees face to face.
Landscapes ranging from afromontane forests, equatorial savannahs, to papyrus swamps.
Day 1: Arrival in Uganda. Fast night Accommodation at The Boma Guest house in Entebbe
Day 2: Fly from Entebbe to Kibale forest national park. Pick-up from Kasese airfield to Kibale (2 hours drive). Lunch and Overnight at Primate lodge.
Day 3: Kibale National Park: An exclusively day in Kibale forest national park which supports 13 species of primates. The 795km2 Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. This is home to a host of forest wildlife, most famously 13 species of primate including chimpanzee. Forest cover predominates in the northern and central parts of the park on the elevated Fort Portal plateau. Kibale is highest at the park’s northern tip which stands 1590m above sea level. Northern Kibale is also the wettest area, receiving a mean annual rainfall of up to 1700mm, mostly during March-May and September-November. The climate is generally pleasant with a mean annual temperature range of 14-27oC. Temperatures are highest (and rainfall lower) in the south where the terrain drops down onto the hot rift valley floor and forest gives way to open grassland.
Southern Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park and together these protected areas maintain a 180km long migration corridor for-wildlife which extends from Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth NP, to the Sebitoli forest in the north of Kibale.
The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding areas to explore. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area.
One day chimpanzee habituation Experience
The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX) allows you to search for a community of chimpanzee which is under-going habituation. Habituation is a process whereby wild animals get used to human presence without altering their natural behaviour. This takes a whole day and early visitors may be able to see the spectacular scene of chimps de-nesting between 6:00 -6:30 am, feeding, copulating, hunting, breast feeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until they build new nests and retire for the night around 7.00 pm. The Habituation experience runs throughout the year. To enjoy this activity, you will need packed lunch, enough water and raingear. This activity is guided by the park ranger guide and where necessary one may ask for a porter who may help carry your rucksack during the experience. Overnight at Primate Lodge FB.
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). QENP has a number of mammal species and a remarkable 612 species of birds. Residents of the park include elephants, cape buffalo, Uganda kob, waterbuck, warthog, giant forest hog, lion, leopard and hyena. Lunch at Mweya Safari lodge. Afternoon boat trip along the famous Kazinga Channel for two hours and late drives to photograph the stunning crater lakes. Overnight at the fabulous Mweya Safari Lodge.
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth NP– Bwindi Impenetrable NP:
After an early breakfast, travel to Bwindi impenetrable National park via Ishasha sector, the home to the famous Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions. Ishasha lies 100Km south of the northern sector of QENP and provides a true wilderness experience. Pic-nic lunch at the Ishasha riverside campsite. Afternoon drive to Bwindi, for an overnight stay at the exclusive Engagi lodge.
Day 6: Day six will be spent tracking the Mountain Gorillas. As time spent with the gorillas is restricted to only one hour per visit, each primate lover will have one opportunity to visit the mountain gorillas getting breath-taking photographs with these majestic animals. Overnight at Engagi Lodge.
Day 7: Bwindi – Rwanda (Parc National de Volcans).
After an earlier Breakfast, drive to Rwanda via the rolling hills of Kisoro, cross to Rwanda via Cyanika border. Arrive Ruhengere-Kinigi town in the afternoon hours. Pic-nic lunch en route. Overnight stay at the famous Mountain Gorilla View Hotel F/B.
Day 8: Parc National de Volcans. After Breakfast drive to the park offices for registration to track the Gorilla in their natural habitat. Walk the ragged hills of mountain gorillas, a walking stick will be provided at park offices when you need one. No flash cameras while watching gorillas. Sick persons will not be allowed to view the gorillas especially those with flue related illness. Arrive at your lodge for late lunch and overnight stay Fullboard.
Day 9 Drive to Kigali.
The journey South from the awesome volcanoes, sometimes with as many as five peaks visible goes through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterise much of Rwanda's landscape, gradually descending to the base of the capital city Kigali. Afternoon visit to the Memorial genocide in Kisozi-Kigali ONLY if time permits. Evening transfer to the airport for your flight back home. End of your tour.
The price below is categorised with inclusion of the costs of one chimpanzee tracking, domestic flight Entebbe-Kasese/kibale and all way driving Kibale – Queen Elizabeth NP – Bwindi – Parc nationale des volcanoes in Rwanda and transfer to Kigali for international flight back home.
Single supplement USD 800 per person.
High class lodge: Engangi lodge, Mweya Safari Lodge, Primate lodge, Boma Entebbe, Mountain gorilla view hotel.
· All entry fees to national parks including activities mentioned in the itinerary.
· All transport and transfers, full board accommodation, and meals for the duration of the safari.
· Two Gorilla permits per guest; one/one in Uganda/Rwanda.
· And one chimpanzee habituation experience permit per guest.
· Gorilla permit will be obtained a cost of USD 600 and USD 750 in Uganda and Rwanda respectively.
· Return airfares to and from Entebbe/Kigali (Uganda/Rwanda).
· All gratuities and tips for guides, rangers, drivers, and park and hotel staff.
· All drinks, visa fees, laundry services, items of a personal nature.
· All costs of insurance, passports, immunizations.
PAX – another word for a guest/client
PP – Per person
UG-RW – Uganda and Rwanda
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.