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13 Day Prestigious Combined Uganda and Rwanda safari

This 13-Day Prestigious Combined Uganda and Rwanda safari takes you across Uganda borders to Rwanda - famously known as a country of “A thousand Hills.” You will compare the unique features Uganda and Rwanda, from the Gorillas both countries share, the green vegetation cover and the rolling hills and valleys. You will meet eye to eye with the amazing Gorillas and Chimpanzees in their natural habitat, one of Africa's major highlights.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $3587 - $5180
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 13 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Rwanda Rwanda , Uganda Uganda
Parks visited: Volcanoes, Bwindi Impenetrable, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Nyungwe Forest
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Cultural
  • Birding
  • Boating
Day1: Arrive and Transfer to the Hotel Day2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park through Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Day3: Morning game Drive and afternoon Sundowner Boat Safari – Hike to the top of the Falls Day4: Transfer to Kibale National Park via Lake Albert Fishing Village Day5: Chimpanzee Tracking Experience – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park Day6: Morning Game Drive and afternoon Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward Day7: Transfer to Ishasha Sector Home of Tree Climbing Lions for a game Drive – Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Day8: Gorilla Tracking Experience – Optional Batwa Trail Experience Day9: Golden Monkey Tracking – Transfer to Ruhengeri Day10: Trek Diana Fossey Grave – Transfer to Nyugwe Forest for an evening Canopy walk Day11: Black and white Columbus Monkey Tracking – Afternoon Transfer to Lake Kivu Day12: Morning Relaxation – sunset Boat Cruise to the Napoleon Island Day13: Morning Transfer to Kigali for a City Drive – Visit Genocide Rwanda Museum and have a drive through the Nyamirambo Township – Transfer for Outbound Flight Back Home

Day1: Arrive and Transfer to the Hotel

Meet and greet at Entebbe International Airport where your Uganda Adventure Safari starts by

our representative who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities.

Your will then be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about your adventure

Safari.

 

Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have money Changed on this day and time

Allowing you may go for city tour with the help of our driver/guide, visit the shopping Malls

Around town and craft villages to get items which you may need while in upcountry.

 

Overnight: Ivory Castle

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

 

Day2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park through Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Have breakfast and Drive North to Murchison Falls with a stopover at in Nakasongola Ziwa Rhino Sactuary for a one and half opportunity to Track Rhinos on foot, You will Later Have Lunch in a selected Restaurant then Proceed through Masindi to The Park.

 

Overnight: Fort Murchison

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

 

Day3: Morning game Drive and afternoon Sundowner Boat Safari – Hike to the top of the Falls

Arise very early in the morning for your guided game drive on the northern bank of the River

Nile in your open-roof vehicle which will give you an excellent opportunity to view and

photograph the diverse wildlife. Your guide will help you spot elephant, lion, cape buffalo, Roth

child’s giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reed buck, hyena and if you are

lucky, the leopard. 

 

After lunch, guided return boat cruise upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just few of meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’,  Marvel at the schools of hippos, crocodiles and over the 17km stretch you may see elephant,  waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also the zone of many birds, species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork.

 

After taking shorts of the photogenic Murchison Falls, you will continue with a guided top of  

the falls where you will have the amazing view of the falls! See where the Nile -world's longest

River explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a

frothing pool 43m below. Later, return to your lodge and relax in the evening.

 

Overnight: Fort Murchison

Meal Plan: Full Board

 

Day4: Transfer to Kibale National Park via Lake Albert Fishing Village

After Breakfast transfer to Lake Albert at the Fishing village to see the local methods used for harvesting fish and mix with the Local Communities. Proceed to Kibale National Park through verdant home steads and tea estates, you Will reach early relax whole afternoon as you wait for your Meals.

 

Overnight: Isunga Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

 

Day5: Chimpanzee Tracking Experience – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast transfer to the starting point of your Chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale is the best reserve in Africa to view chimpanzees, a thick jungle with a towering canopy. The forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, man’s closest relative. Kibale’s 1450 Chimpanzees represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate.

Enjoy this guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees and birds. Kibale is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey, the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon and more. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, visitors stand a good chance of hearing and seeing our distant cousins as they gloom and bond with one another.

 

Later, Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park following mystical Rwenzori Back drops, you will reach in the afternoon ready for Lunch and relax or you may ask your Safari Guide to Take You through the Park for a Game Drive

 

Overnight: Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

 

Day6: Morning Game Drive and afternoon Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward

Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.  Have an early morning Lion Tracking activities alongside the researchers who will provide you with the depth information about lions and the surrounding, here you will enjoy an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, which provides excellent chance to spot more lions as well as leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck.

 

After lunch, have a boat Safari on Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and this launch/cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing.  The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous, with well over 550 resident species.

 

Overnight: Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

 

Day7: Transfer to Ishasha Sector Home of Tree Climbing Lions for a game Drive – Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After your early morning breakfast, have Transfer to Ishasha Sector home of the Tree Climbing Lions for a Game Drive later, proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, The drive takes you through the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi impenetrable National Park arriving in the afternoon.

 

Overnight: Lake Mutanda Resort

Meal Plan: Full Board

 

Day8: Gorilla Tracking Experience – Optional Batwa Trail Experience

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally sloping down back to your lodge. If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the surrounding communities in the evening. Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers before getting a good night’s rest for tomorrow's safari adventure.

 

You may opt for Gorilla Habituation on supplement of $900 per person – here you will be sure of meeting and spending enough time with the Gorillas.

 

Time Allowing enjoy Batwa pygmy trail Experience at an extra fee of $80 per person– here we shall experience the culture of the ancient Batwa People who live in these forests, See the forest through the eyes of the first People who have lived here for over 500,000 years! Experience the lives of the Batwa People on the Interactive Batwa Trail in Mgahinga Gorilla Park and learn more about their hunting tricks, blacksmith, making of fire from sticks, herbal collections, weaving of Baskets, making bamboo cups, clothing beyond this generation among other interesting thrilling activities. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Overnight: Lake Mutanda Resort

Meal Plan: Full Board

 

Day9: Golden Monkey Tracking – Transfer to Ruhengeri

After Breakfast, Transfer to Mgahinga forest and through the bamboo thickets you will come face to face with the Golden Monkeys, You may pay an extra fee of about $3 per person to climb a viewing Platform.

 

Later cross the Border to Rwanda where you will spend the night in Ruhengeri at the fringes of Volcanoes National Park

 

Overnight: Le bamboo Gorilla Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

 

Day10: Trek Diana Fossey Grave – Transfer to Nyugwe Forest for an evening Canopy walk

After breakfast, Transfer to Volcanoes National Park and Proceed with the trail head to access the karisoke research Camp which is about 10 minutes from the park boundary Trekking to the Dian Fossey’s grave takes about one and half to 2 hour hike which too rewards you with good views of forest hogs, forest elephants, a variety of primates and bird species. This hike is an incredible experience physically, emotionally and intellectually. It is so inspiring to learn about someone who was so dedicated and left a legacy that exists even today. The hike involves moving through the forests and hiking up the slopes and therefore requires some relative degree of fitness and patience. At the site you will find the house from where Dian Fossey was mysteriously murdered in 1985 but the more peaceful is the place where she was buried just next to her favorite gorilla friend, Digit and about 20 other mountain gorillas either killed by poachers or suffered death for other reasons unknown.

 

Transfer to Nyungwe National Park – You will reach in Time for Lunch at The Hotel, Later in The afternoon Later we will drive to Uwinka, the main reception center of the park, and set out for the canopy walk to experience which will give us a different perspective of the park – the Canopy Walkway is a highlight of a Nyungwe Safari and hangs 60 meters above the forest floor between giant trees and towers, this is East Africa's only Canopy Walkway that provides a stunning view of the park's amazing wildlife and nature. The Walkway accesses several trails including the famous Igishigishigi trail if one is interested in hiking one! Enjoy epic views of the Nyungwe forest and catch elusive wildlife in the canopies such as monkeys and birds!

 

Overnight: Gisakura Guest House

Meal Plan: Full Board

 

Day11: Black and white Columbus Monkey Tracking – Afternoon Transfer to Lake Kivu

After Breakfast, join the briefing team and enjoy the trek alongside the Large troops of black and white colobus monkeys which reside in Nyungwe Forest. These primates often travel in groups of over 300 individuals. It is possible to purchase a permit to trek these animals. Walking through a Montane rainforest and being surrounded on all levels by these active and cheeky monkeys is an experience not to be missed.

 

Transfer to Lake Kivu for Relaxation.

 

Overnight: Paradise Malahide

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

 

Day12: Morning Relaxation – sunset Boat Cruise to the Napoleon Island

Have Breakfast and Relax at The sun sandy beach on Lake Kivu as you get your meals with in our outside the Hotel, later in the afternoon have a sunset baot safari to the Napoleon Island, you can have a nature walk to the bat cave as you come across Birds and communities.

 

Overnight: Paradise Malahide

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

 

Day13: Morning Transfer to Kigali for a City Drive – Visit Genocide Rwanda Museum and have a drive through the Nyamirambo Township – Transfer for Outbound Flight Back Home

Have Breakfast and transfer Kigali for a City tour - Visit Genocide memorial center in Kigali – The center was officially opened in 2004 to Mark the 10 commemoration of 1994 genocide that was against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The center serves as the final place where masses can flock to grieve for their lost ones, and as for today; it acts as a museum where both locals and international visitors can learn about the history, implementation and consequences of genocide.

 

Time allowing Proceed to visit the oldest Nyamirambo town in Kigali which has a stretched

neighborhood found in southwestern corner of Kigali that envelopes diverse behavior with

dominancy of Arab – like Culture. It is a huge stretched corner which is sometimes referred to

as a gangsters’ Paradise! Characterized with Many Muslim residents, Mosques and unlike other

places that close by 8pm with everyone inside their homes, Nyamirambo hustles and rocks late

Into the nights!

Later Transfer to the Airport for Out Bound Flight Back Home

 

                                         Rate per Person Sharing

             Sole Traveler        2pax          3pax        4Pax          5Pax       6pax

                     5,180                  3,587           3,421          3,075           3,090          2,890    

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • All ground private transportation in A 4x4 safari Land Cruiser vehicle with all fuel
  • Full time professional and well trained driver/guide with all his associated expenses
  • Accommodation based on per person sharing
  • Meals are on Full Board apart from in Cities or Towns.
  • Park entrance fees
  • Guided Game Drives
  • Guided Boat Safaris
  • Hike To The Top of The Falls
  • Chimpanzee Trekking Permit per person in Kibale Forest
  • White and Black Columbus Monkey permits in Nyungwe
  • Gorilla Tracking Permits in Bwindi Per person
  • Ferry Crossing
  • Golden Monkey Tracking
  • Canopy walk
  • Hike To Diana Fossey Grave
  • Visit to Genocide Rwanda Museum
  • Rhino Tracking Experience
  • Well bottled mineral water
  • Any other items included in the above itinerary

 

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • International Air tickets
  • Visas
  • Personal insurance
  • All meal enroute an in Cities/town where Accommodation is on Bed and Breakfast
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, etc
  • All meals en route and in cities
  • Any other items which are not included in the above itinerary
  • All optional activities

 

            End of Safari – Thank You For Choosing Our Services

 

 

 

 

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

  • Ivory Castle
  • Fort Murchison
  • Isunga Lodge
  • Bush Lodge
  • Lake Mutanda
  • Le bamboo Gorilla Lodge
  • Gisakura Guest House
  • Paradise Malahide

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