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10 DAYS FLY IN UGANDA GORILLAS – RWANDA WILDLIFE & PRIMATE SAFARI


Overview:
This 10 Days Safari Starts in Entebbe and ends in Kigali, it grants chance for ultimate Gorilla tracking experience in Bwindi Forest where you get up close to the world’s remaining mountain gorillas not forgetting Nyungwe Rainforest for its Cheeky Naughty Chimpanzees as well as numerous game drives and a memorable Boat cruise in Akagera. This is also the best place for breath taking scenic moments as you take a memorable Canopy Walk experience in Nyungwe Crowning your Safari with an adventure and discovery on a Community walks.

Day1: Arrival and transfer to the hotel

Day2: Transfer from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day3: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and afternoon Batwa Experience

Day4: Transfer to Gisenyi – Lake Kivu Serena, Afternoon Sun downer cruise

Day5: Transfer to Nyungwe Rain Forest through Butare for Museum Visit

Day6: Morning Chimpanzee Tracking and Afternoon Canopy walk Experience

Day7: Morning Optional Trail Hike or Angola Columbus Monkey Trek - Transfer to Akagera National Park

Day8: Whole Day and Nocturnal Game Drive in Akagera National Park

Day9: Morning Boat cruise on Lake Ihema and Nyakarambi Village Visit enroute Kigali

Day10: Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre visit and Oldest Nyamirambo Town Drive – Departure

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: ARRIVAL – TRANSFER TO YOUR 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. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about your adventure safari.

However, 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 your driver/guide, visiting the Uganda Wildlife Education center to see the endangered species of mammals, primates, plants and birds including the rare endemic Albertine Shoebill Stork at an extra fee of $15 Per person or have a sunset cruise on Lake Victoria at an extra fee of $35 per person to welcome you for a memorable adventure!

Accommodation: Boma Guest House

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2: ENTEBBE- FLY TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK (KIHIIHI)

After early morning breakfast transfer to Entebbe Airport to catch a domestic flight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The flight takes approximately one hour; you will meet our representative who will transfer you to the lodge from Kihiihi Air strip – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, dating back over 25,000 years and contain almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” is home to half of the remaining Mountain Gorillas in the world. After lunch, you can either relax at the lodge or take a guided community walk around near lodge.

Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge.

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 3: ULTIMATE GORILLA TRACKING EXPERIENCE AND AFTERNOON BATWA 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 amazing 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.

After Lunch have a visit to the Batwa communities in the Afternoon – The Batwa were the original dwellers of the jungles of Bwindi and Mgahinga, but their lives changed forever with the establishment of the National Parks. Listen to their stories and watch their dances, they are really amazing!

Do not forget to carry your rain gear, packed lunch, plenty of water, gloves, hat, and waterproof bag for protection of your camera in case of rain

Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge.

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY4: TRANSFER TO LAKE KIVU – GISENYI RWANDA THROUGH CYANIKA & RUHEGERI BOARDER

After early morning breakfast our destination is Lake Kivu Gisenyi in Rwanda, we will drive through and leaving the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Cyanika boarder, we will cross the border to Rwanda passing through Ruhengeri to Gisenyi. Have lunch at Serena Lake Kivu in Gisenyi.

Lake Kivu is a stunningly beautiful Lake and an incredible place to visit and relax! With no hippos or crocodiles and crystal clear, clean water, it is also one of the safest lakes in Africa. While there, we will explore and discover the journey along its interesting coastline as we watch unique fishing boats plying the water and find interesting villages as well as amazing birdlife set amongst true peace and tranquility during our sundowner boat cruise on the Lake.

Accommodation: Serena Lake Kivu

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

DAY5: TRANSFER TO NYUNGWE FOREST THROUGH BUTARE TO VISIT ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM

After breakfast, transfer to Nyungwe forest which is South West of Rwanda and visit the ethnographic Museum to learn about the history of the people of Rwanda as well as East Africa as a whole, later have lunch in any selected restaurant in town and proceed arriving and checking into the lodge on the fringes of the awe –inspiring forest as you prepare for a great walking safari in the Forest the following day!

Accommodation: Nyungwe Top Hill Hotel

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY6: CHIMPANZEE TREKKING AND AFTERNOON CANOPY WALK EXPERIENCE

After early breakfast we will transfer to the nearest reception center in Nyungwe forest by 5am to meet the ranger guides for the pre-trek briefing and thereafter drive to the start point of trekking in the Nyungwe forest to track the Wild chimpanzees – Nyungwe Rainforest is a haven for primates and believed to be one of the oldest forests in Africa and still remains ever green with an untouched natural rainforest that is filled with exciting biodiversity that includes habituated chimpanzees and 12 other primates species (including a 400-strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori Black & White Colobus), it’s also a birder’s paradise with over 300 species, including 16 endemics, and is home to 75 different species of mammals. After the locating the cheeky wild elements of the park, you will have only one hour to observe them as you exercise a great ideal with great photogenic shots with them!

After a Hot lunch at the Lodge, we will drive to Uwinka, the main reception center of the park, and set out for the canopy walk to experience the park from a different perspective – 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 is 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! 

Do not forget to carry your rain gear, packed lunch, plenty of water, gloves, hat, and waterproof bag for protection of your camera in case of rain

Accommodation: Nyungwe Top Hill hotel  

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY7: MORNING OPTIONAL HIKING ADVENTURE OR ANGOLA COLUMBUS MONKEY TREK – TRANSFER TO AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

Have breakfast and before transferring to Akagera, we may set out for an optional early morning hiking adventure in Nyungwe forest National Park through one of the trails at an extra fee of $60 per person – Nyungwe has a number of trails that you can hike to explore waterfalls, nice view points, and observe rare plant life and other wildlife.

Alternatively you can opt for Angola Colobus monkey tracking near Gisakura at an extra fee of $60 per person – Nyugwe forest has over 400 Angolan Colobus which is the largest group recorded in the world. You may run into a great number during your trek, get your camera ready for spectacular photogenic shots!

Or, After an early morning breakfast, Carry packed lunch and immediately drive East of Rwanda to Akagera National park following impressive panoramic spectacular terraced hills and landscapes dominated by local settlements – Akagera National Park is found along the border of Tanzania and got its identity from Akagera River which flows along its eastern boundary feeding into several lakes including the largest Lake Ihema. You will reach late afternoon for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Ruzizi tented Camp 

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY8: FULL DAY GAME DRIVE IN AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

Arise early morning and pursue a whole day game drive to explore the park’s most magnificent and famous features as well as Rwanda’s largest lake. Here we shall run into a great number of elephants as well as the buffalos along the way. We shall then have a picnic lunch in savanna plains and then continue with our exploration game drive where you will view animals including; zebras, impalas, waterbucks, topis, baboons, giraffes, cape elands and many more.

After the long exciting day, return to the lodge for sun downers busk on the deck of the lodge where you will also enjoy a comforting fire plus the sounds of the African wild!. 

Accommodation: Ruzizi tented Camp 

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY9: MORNING BOAT CRUISE ON LAKE IHEMA AND VISIT TO NYAKARAMBI VILLAGE - KIGALI CITY

After breakfast, take a boat trip on Lake Ihema where you will spot the water birds that include the rare endemic Albertine shoebill stork. You can also get chance to view the hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, and many other land animals including the antelopes, elephants, buffaloes along the shores.

Have early lunch or carry packed lunch and proceed to Kigali with a stopover in Nyakarambi Village to view how the Imigongo cow Dung paintings are also created by the Kakira Women Co-operative. There is also the art form that was created by Prince Kakira and was also used in decorating the houses using cow dung. This dung is also dried and then mixed with colors that are made from the organic material-like the plants to create white and red paints which are very spectacular and vibrant. Later proceed to Kigali reaching early at the Hotel for Dinner. 

Accommodation: Serena Kigali 

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

DAY10: CITY TOUR TO GENOCIDE RWANDA MEMORIAL CENTRE AND NYAMIRAMBO OLDEST TOWN DRIVE

Have morning breakfast and visit the Genocide memorial center in Kigali – The center was officially opened in 2004 to Mark the 10th 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.

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. 

Transfer to Kigali Airport to catch your onward international flight to the next destination – Out Bound Flight

TOUR INCLUSIONS

• All Ground transfer with a
  4x4 pop up roof Safari Vehicle
• Driver/Guide with all his associated expenses
• Meals as indicated on full board apart from in Cities and Towns
• Accommodation is based on Double/Twin Occupancy.
• 1Way Domestic Flight ticket per person to Bwindi impenetrable    Forest
• 1 Gorilla permit per person
• Sundowner cruise in lake Kivu
• Canopy Walk Experience
• Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe Rainforest
• Game Drives in Akagera National Park
• Boat Cruise on Lake Ihema
• visit the ethnographic Museum
• Nyakarambi Village Visit
• Nyamirambo Town Drive
• Genocide Rwanda
• Well bottled water for drinking
• Activities as per the itinerary

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

• International Air tickets
• Visas
• Personal insurance
• All Meals enroute and where accommodation is on Bed and  breakfast only
• Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, etc
• Any other items which are not included in the above itinerary
• All optional activities as per the itinerary 

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