15 DAYS BEST OF UGANDA RWANDA SAFARIS

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15 Days

 15 days best of Uganda and Rwanda safari

 

Tour summary

This 15 Day Uganda–Rwanda Safari takes you to both countries and allows to visit Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda for a canopy walk or chimpanzee trekking. It visits popular National Parks such as Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda for gorillas or golden monkey trekking, to Bwindi Impenetrable National park in Uganda for gorillas or forest walk, to Queen Elizabeth National park for game drives and a boat cruise on Kazinga channel, to Kibale National park for chimpanzee trekking and wetland walk before drive to Murchison Falls National park for game drives and a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls. This tour proceeds to either Jinja town to visit the source of the Nile and/or White Water Rafting which is the longest river on planet earth or take a tour to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary located 23 kms in Lake Victoria.

 

Tour Summary

Day One: Arrival and transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day Two: Chimp trekking or Canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day three: Drive to Volcanoes National Park

Day Four: Gorilla trekking or golden monkey trekking

Day Five: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day Six: Gorilla Trekking or forest walk.

Day Seven: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, evening game drive

Day Eight: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

Day Nine: Drive to Kibale National Park,

Day Ten: Morning chimp trekking and Bigodi wetland walk

Day Eleven: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park

Day Twelve: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls

Day Thirteen: Drive to Kampala via Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary for tracking then Entebbe

Day Fourteen: Optional visit to Jinja for white water rafting/source of the Nile or visit Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Day Fifteen: Drive to Entebbe for your international Flight out.

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival

You’ll be picked up from the airport (or hotel)

Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost

DAY 1: Arrival and transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by our professional tour guide who will take you for a city excursion in and around Kigali so that you are oriented about this great country with a thousand hills. After this excursion, will drive to Nyungwe for your overnight.

Lodge: Nyungwe Top view Hill Hotel

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

Drive time: 4-5 hours

 

DAY 2: Chimpanzee trekking or Canopy walk in Nyungwe

After your breakfast, you will transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park for briefing and then chimpanzee trekking in the forest. Please note that chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park are semi habituated and as such, you will be required to wake up early for you to have chances of spotting them. You can as well go for the adventurous canopy walk which involves walking from one end of the forest to another viewing bird, and other species of primates. Return to the lodge for overnight.

Lodge: Nyungwe Top view Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drive time: 45 minutes

 

DAY 3: To Volcanoes National Park

After your breakfast, you will leave Nyungwe Forest for Volcanoes National Park arriving in the late afternoon for overnight at your lodge.

Lodge: Lebambou Gorilla Lodge

Drive time: 6-7 hours’ drive

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 4: Gorilla trekking or Golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park

Early morning benefit from a tasty breakfast at the lodge before your first exciting morning drive through the Switzerland of Rwanda Park that is too clear in the indigenous forest for Gorilla trekking and draws one to the real side of natural beauty. The activity immerses you into the strange intimacy of the rainforest plus a live call of colorful birds, chattering of the rare golden monkey, and littered with fresh spoor of the mountain elusive populations of buffalo and elephant. If you don’t want to trek gorillas in Rwanda, then you can choose to visit Diane Fossey’s grave or go for golden monkeys. Have lunch at the lodge and later relax up at the lodge from the tiresome and exciting activity.

Lodge: Lebambou Gorilla Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

After breakfast, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. You will cross from Rwanda to Uganda through chanika Uganda Rwanda boarder and then drive to your Lodge.

 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Lodge: Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge or Bakiga Lodge.

Drive time: 3 hours.

 

DAY 6: Gorilla Tracking Day.

Early morning, breakfast with your packed lunch, you will report to the Park headquarters for registration and join other trackers in a briefing about the dos and the don’ts during your Gorilla Tracking at 7:45 am. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, which can take you half an hour to three quarters of the day. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. It is an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful yet endangered Creatures. If you did gorillas in Rwanda and not willing to do it in Uganda, you may opt for a forest walk or community walk.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Lodge: Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge or Bakiga Lodge.

 

DAY 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This morning you will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park, be prepared for some incredible scenery along the way. You will arrive in time for Lunch at the lodge and game drive in the plains of Kasenyi in search for savannah wildlife that may include herds of buffaloes, antelopes, elephants and if lucky, some wild cats such as lions and leopard.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Lodge: Elephant Hab\Enganzi Lodge.

Drive time: 4-5 hours.

 

DAY 8: Morning Game drive and afternoon boat on Kazinga Channel.

This morning you will head to back to the plains of Kasenyi for a morning game drive to try to find what could have missed the previous day. Lunch will be served at the lodge and after you will head to the jetty along kazinga channel for the afternoon boat cruise. This cruise offers you chances of viewing animals like: hippos, water birds, elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles and many other wildlife which flop the channel for drinking water.

 

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Lodge: Elephant Hab\Enganzi Lodge.

 

DAY 9: Morning game drive and transfer to Kibale National Park

After an early breakfast drive to the northern bank of Queen Elizabeth National Park (kasenyi) area in searches the wild animals which include: Elephants, Buffalos, and the wild cats, Savanna birds and deferent species of antelopes such water buck, Uganda kobs among others. After lunch you will drive to Kibale Forest National Park arriving at your lodge in the evening.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.

Lodge: Kibale Forest Camp/Chimpanzee Forest Guest House.

Drive time: 3-4hours.

 

DAY 10: Chimp Tracking.

This morning after breakfast you will drive to the park headquarters to join other trackers for a briefing and after you will be taken for chimpanzee tracking, through Kibale Forest National Park. During this walk you will have chances of seeing many of the 13 primate species native to Kibale Forest National Park. After lunch you will drive to Bigodi for a swamp walk. This wetland belongs to community neighboring the park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.

Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp/Chimpanzee Forest Guest House

 

DAY 11: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park

Drive to Murchison Falls National Park through small towns, villages and great views of the escarpment arriving late evening.

Drive time: Approximately 8-9 hours’ drive

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 12: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls

After an early morning cup of tea, transfer to the northern section popular known as paraa for your morning game drive that will provide you an opportunity of spotting wild game that may include, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, hippos and if lucky cats such as lions and leopards. Return to the lodge for a lunch break before proceeding to the pier for your two-hour boat cruise to the bottom of the falls to witness how river Nile squeezes itself in a narrow gorge before exploding out producing an experience of a lifetime.

 

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 13: To Entebbe en route Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Drive back to Entebbe via Zziwa Rhino sanctuary en route before proceeding to Kampala for tracking and then head to the guest house for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Kiribu Guest House/Boma Guest House

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Drive time: 6-7 hours

 

DAY 14: Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary or Jinja visit for source of the Nile

Drive from Entebbe town and straight to the pier to embark on your afternoon boat cruise to Ngamba Island located 23 kilometers on an island in Lake Victoria. This one-hour boat cruise will expose you to several birds, you cross the equator arriving at Ngamba for an educational and informative talk about chimpanzees. After the talk, you will then proceed to view orphaned chimpanzees feeding and then return to Entebbe Main Land for your overnight. Ngamba Island is a place where rescued chimpanzees are orphaned, rehabilitated and the fact that they cannot return back to their original forests, Ngamba becomes their new home. Be part of the few to learn more about chimpanzees and how to protect them or drive to Jinja where the journey will take you through Mabira Forest, small road side markets, sugar and tea plantations and en-route stop at Ssezibwa Falls. You will then take a boat ride to the source of the Nile to witness the actual point where the Nile starts its long journey to the Mediterranean Sea.

Accommodation: Karibu Guest House/Boma Guest House.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Drive time: 3 hours

 

DAY 15: Departure

After your breakfast and depending on your flight details, you will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport for your flight back home

 

    End of safari

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