14 Day Uganda and Rwanda Excursion

Ugandan and Rwandan Safaris


Overview

This one is going to be an adventurous safari as it expands from Uganda to Rwanda, with a beautiful double gorilla trekking experience and wildlife. The safari will start from Entebbe and it will end in Entebbe.


Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Kampala.
Upon arrival at the airport, our company representative will pick you and then transfer you to Kampala for refreshment, relaxation.
Overnight at La Petit Village (luxury), Cassia lodge (deluxe), Nexus Hotel (budget).
 
Day 2: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park.
After your early morning breakfast, transfer northwards to the Murchison Falls national park en-route tracking rhinos in Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. After lunch in Masindi Town, drive up to the top of Murchison falls. This is a wonderful spot where the Nile water compresses into a narrow gorge of over 1 km wide down through a 7 meter gap forming a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow in a plume of spray - the wonders of the Nile River!
Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (luxury), Pakuba Safari lodge (deluxe), Red Chilli (budget).
 
Day 3: Game drive and the Nile boat cruise.
After an early morning breakfast, tour the Northern part with a high concentration of the savannah wildlife. Enjoy game viewing and photography of huge African elephants, cape buffalos, waterbucks, hippos, Rothschild giraffes, Uganda kobs and lions if you are lucky you will see the leopards, plus a variety of bird species. Return to the lodge, after lunch, go for a two-hour cruise to the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls from where appalling water escapes through the narrow gorge forming a great thunderous uproar. Along the falls water birds and mammals are in great numbers. Return to the lodge for your dinner and an overnight.
Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (luxury), Pakuba Safari lodge (deluxe), Red Chilli (budget).
 
Day 4: Transfer to Kibale Forest national park.
After your breakfast, transfer to Kibale Forest National Park heading Southwest via the Albertine Escarpment of the great Western Rift Valley while enjoying the sights of traditional homesteads, huge plantations and farms in this fertile country side. You take packed lunch or simply have an early lunch in Hoima. The Murchison to Kibale drive is approximately 7 to 9 hours depending on the weather conditions. Check in to your lodge for an overnight.
Overnight at Crater Safari Lodge (luxury), Primates lodge (deluxe), Chimpanzee Guest house (deluxe / budget).
 
Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking and afternoon Bigodi community tour.
Wake up for an early morning breakfast to get ready for your chimpanzee trekking activity in Kibale Forest National Park. You need to get to the park Head offices by 8.00 am local time for briefing on the day's activity by the senior park ranger guide. At 8.30 am you will be transferred to starting point from where the search of the chimpanzees begins. There are 95% chances of seeing the chimpanzees in this forest. By midday you are expected to be back for lunch and later go for a community walk to Bigodi community. Explore the community developments like schools, craft shops and other conservation projects that have been developed to help the community as you interact with the local people.
Overnight at Crater Safari Lodge (luxury), Primates lodge (deluxe), Chimpanzee Guest house (deluxe / budget).
 
Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and community walk.
After your breakfast, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park; one of the most diversified national parks on the continent. Take a tour to the Katwe-Kabatooro community, explore how the locals engage in salt mining to boost their incomes at L. Katwe. You may also pass by Lake Munyanyange a popular breeding site for the lesser flamingos. Proceed to your lodge for lunch and later take an evening game drive.
Dinner & overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury), Enganzi lodge (deluxe), Irungu safari lodge (budget).
 
Day 7: Game drive and Kazinga channel boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After an early morning breakfast, undertake a morning game drive to the Kasenyi area expecting to view early morning predators such as leopards, and lions, different antelope species, buffaloes, elephants, hippos, warthogs, waterbucks, etc. For birders, Queen Elizabeth national park is a birders' paradise with over 606 species including a variety of migratory and Albertine Rift Endemics. In the afternoon, at 14:00 hrs. You will walk down to the Kazinga Channel for a boat cruise along the Kazinga channel between lakes Edward and George. This is the best place to see a cross section of all the wildlife in this park.
Overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury), Enganzi lodge (deluxe), Irungu safari lodge (budget).
 
Day 8: Ishasha Sector tree-climbing lions and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
After an early morning breakfast transfer to Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park through the Ishasha - the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth NP for a game drive to view the tree-climbing lions which are only here in the whole country.
Savannah Hotel is ideal for lunch after a game drive in Ishasha. Arrive in
Bwindi around evening. 
Overnight stay at Gorilla Mist camp / Ruhija gorilla lodge (luxury), Bakiga lodge (deluxe/ budget).
 
Day 9:  Your first Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi and evening community walk.
Following an early morning breakfast stroll to the park headquarters for briefing and later follow the gorilla trail. It normally takes between 2 to 8 hours or even a day to encounter the gorillas. You will be allowed to stay in the presence of these awesome apes for at least an hour. We recommend that you carry packed lunch as one cannot determine how long it may take to encounter the mountain gorillas. If time and energy allow, you may take a community tour in the neighboring community after trekking to interact with the locals and learn about their lifestyle, traditions and so on.
Overnight stay at Gorilla Mist camp / Ruhija gorilla lodge (luxury), Bakiga lodge (deluxe/ budget).
 
Day 10: From Bwindi to Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda).
After breakfast, you will transfer to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, reaching in the afternoon hours. Rest at your lodge as you prepare for the second gorilla experience in Rwanda.
Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View lodge (luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla lodge (deluxe), Muhabura hotel (budget).
 
Day 11: 2nd Gorilla trekking and evening cultural walk to Iby’wachu village.
In the morning after your breakfast, you will report to the park’s headquarters with packed lunch and drinking water for briefing as you go for your second gorilla experience, this time in Rwanda. After trekking, you will return to your lodge to relax and later go for a cultural tour to Iby'wachu village to get a deep insight into the Rwandan history and culture.
Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View lodge (luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla lodge (deluxe), Muhabura hotel (budget).
 
Day 12: Golden monkey trekking and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.
In the morning, you will report to the park headquarters with your trekking gears, then keep around for briefing about golden monkey trekking and then proceed to trek these rare monkeys. You will later return to cross to Uganda and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi popular for its scenery. The lake is the second deepest on the continent and home to an overabundance of bird species to which it is named. The lake also has several small islands with a rich cultural history.
Overnight stay at Bird nest Resort (luxury), Bunyonyi overland resort (deluxe), Bunyonyi safari lodge (budget).
 
Day 13: Boat or Canoe ride and Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.
After breakfast, take a boat or a canoe to explore some of the Islands including the punishment island. Later transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, arriving early in the afternoon before going for a boat cruise where you may be rewarded with views of crocodiles, hippos and a variety of bird species. The park is an extension of Tanzania Plains with big herds of antelope species, zebras, buffaloes, klipspringers, and other ungulates and a variety of birds. It is the only park in the country with an Impala and the only one in the lower region of the country with a zebra.
Dinner and overnight at Mihingo lodge (luxury), Mburo Safari lodge (deluxe), Eagle's Nest (budget).
 
Day 14: Horseback riding and transfer to Entebbe for departure.
After breakfast, you will go for horseback riding in the park with great views of a number of wildlife and later set off the park with en route game drive then proceed via Masaka, expect a stopover at the Equator in Kayabwe where you will take some cool pictures and do the last minute souvenir shopping around African craft shop near the Equator. You will then return to Kampala with an en route lunch, arriving in the late afternoon and later proceed to Entebbe for departure.
End of the Safari and our services
 
Tour Inclusions
o   Gorilla permits Uganda
o   Gorilla permits  Rwanda
o   Chimpanzee permits
o   Park entry fees
o   Rhino trekking fees
o   Golden monkey fees
o   All community and nature walks
o   Rhino fees
o   Boat cruises
o   Comfortable safari vehicle and fuel
o   Full time English speaking guide and all his allowances
o   All park activities as per the itinerary
o   Bottled mineral water
o   14 days and 13 nights’ accommodation plus meals
o   All government allowances
 
Exclusions
o   Visa
o   Bar bills and beverages
o   Tips
o   Personal insurance
o   Phone call charges
o   Souvenirs
o   Laundry 
o   Air fares
o   Optional activities in the itinerary
o   Any other item not mentioned in the itinerary and items of personal nature like tips and beverages at the lodges

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