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12 Days Rwanda and Uganda Safari


Overview
This 12 days Uganda and Rwanda Adventure Safari starts in Kigali and ends in Entebbe International Airport. Meet eye to eye with the amazing gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda in their natural habitat, one of Africa's major highlights. This close encounter with these amazing apes is simply breathtaking. Also get a close encounter with other diverse African wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and amazing culture and if you are a keen Birder, this is the place to be. Also enjoy the option of white water rafting on the Nile.

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali International Airport

Day 2: Transfer to Ruhengeri

Day 3: Gorilla Tracking in PNV

Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla National Park

Day 5: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National NP and Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel

Day 7: Game drive or hot air Balloon safari or game drive, afternoon bat cave

Day 8: Either game drives or Kyambura chimpanzees in Queen Elizabeth

Day 9:Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, boat cruise and game drive

Day 10: Transfer to Jinja

Day 11: Activities in Jinja including white water rafter or boat trip on the nile among others.

Day 12: Departure

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL RWANDA -KIGALI

Meet and greet at Kinobe Airport by your Guide who will warmly welcome you and transfer you to a hotel in Kigali. Depending on the time of arrival e.g if your flight arrives in the morning, you are advised to have money changed this day. To get to know Kigali, you can visit some of the landmarks in town with the help of our driver/guide. Places may include; the genocide Memorial site, the markets, Franco-Rwanda Cultural centre.

Accommodation: Serena Kigali

Meal Plan: Breakfast

DAY 2: KIGALI – RUHENGERI

After breakfast take a two hours drive North of Kigali to Kinigi through the beautifully terraced hillside and the spectacular Virunga volcanoes. Proceed to Kinigi Park Headquarters to track gorillas in Pac Des National Volcan. Tracking through the dense forest is great adventure and thrill of observing the gorilla is rare, moving and exciting, though tough and tiresome. Once the gorillas are sighted it's worth the input of time and effort.

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 3: KINIGI

Today you have different options; you can choose to Gorilla track again which is subject to payment of supplement at the time of booking, or track the Golden monkeys, or climb the muhavura Volcanoes, or take a walk to Lake Bulera or drive to Gisenyi and visit Ross Carr's orphanage and visit the local community or simply stay resting at the camp.

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 4: KINIGI – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONALPARK

After breakfast our destination is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest . 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 evening. Check into the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation: Lake Mutanda Resort 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 5: GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI FOREST

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. 

Don’t forget to carry your rain gear, packed lunch, plenty of water, gloves, hat, and water proof bag for protection of your camera in case of rain

Accommodation: Lake Mutanda Resort

Meal Plan: Breakfast

DAY 6: BWINDI NATIONAL PARK – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONALPARK

After breakfast depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park via Ishasha to view the famous tree climbing lions. Your expert driver guide will take you through the game park where you might spot some animals. Upon arriving at your lodge, you will enjoy a hot lunch and later in the afternoon take a unique 2-hour boat cruise on the 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.  

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 7: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK – GAME DRIVE AND BOAT SAFARI

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 game drive where you have an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, which provides excellent opportunities to spot lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck. The game drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. Be sure to have your camera ready for these amazing sightings!

Alternatively you may opt to go for a balloon safari on payment of a supplement of $380. Arise early in the morning and proceed to the starting point of your balloon safari at the Kasenyi gate of Queen Elizabeth NP at 5:30am. This early drive in the dark is a chance to see nocturnal animals that live in and around the park. You will meet your pilot and be given a safety briefing and instructions for boarding the balloon as well as landing procedures.

The flight gives you great photo opportunities that are different from an ordinary safari on the ground. As you gently drift over the park, you can watch the sun rise as savannah below come to life with birds and animals. After landing, celebrate the flight with a glass of sparkling wine. After the toast, passengers sit down to a delectable bush breakfast prepared by Mweya Safari Lodge. The bush breakfast makes for a memorable ending to your ballooning adventure in Queen Elizabeth NP.

Afternoon visit the bat and hunters cave where we take a close look at the bats, rock python and forest cobras. The same walk will provide a chance of seeing birds, primates, tree species etc. Return to the lodge for dinner and your last overnight stay.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 8: QUEEN ELIZABETH

Go for an exciting nature walk to Maramagambo Forest to catch a glimpse of a variety of primates including chimpanzee. Visit the bat caves and the 'Blue Lake'. Or visit Kyambura Gorge to track one of man's closest relatives "chimpanzees" which are unpredictable to see because they are quite mobile but the walk is enchanting.

Accommodation: Mazike Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 9: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK - LAKE MBURO NP

After breakfast, at 08.00 hours you will travel to L. Mburo National Park, the smallest National Park of Uganda. Though being small, it has a lot offer!! Centered on a series of swamp-fringed lakes its birdlife is very rich. The green acacia woodland harbors wildlife like Zebra, warthog, Eland, Impala, not to mention the lake itself, which is home to schools of hippos and crocodiles! Furthermore, Uganda Wildlife Authority recently brought 15 giraffes from Murchison falls to Lake Mburo.

You will arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. Later in the afternoon at 16:00 enjoy the boat ride on Lake Mburo and get quite close to the croc and hippos. As you return to your Lodge, you may have an evening game drive as you return to your lodge. 

Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 10: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK - JINJA

After breakfast have a safari walk under the escort of an armed ranger. The Kopjes are particularly interesting with the camouflage kilspringers and topis. Due to cattle herding in the area it is amusing to see zebra grazing alongside the long horned Ankole cattle peaceably. It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range.

Alternatively, you may choose to go for mountain bike safari (on payment of a supplement of $15 per person for 2 hours) or horseback riding safari in the park (on payment of $60 person for 2 hours).

Later drive back to Jinja with a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time. Take some photos, then another stop over at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations arriving in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Wildwaters Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 11: JINJA

Jinja district is blessed with a wide range of tourist activities therefore you may either enjoy a quad bike safari into the nearby villages as well as visit the soft power projects in the district. You can also go for a one day rafting experience or rafting and bungee jumping combo or a horse back safari on the shores of the Nile. Later visit the crafts villages to buy some souvenirs.

Transfer to Kampala in the evening.

Accommodation: Wildwaters Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast

DAY 12: DEPARTURE

Depending on the departure time, go for a city tour and visit the craft markets before transferring to airport to catch your flight back home.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

• All ground transportation in
  A 4x4 safari vehicle with all fuel
• Full time driver/guide with all his associated expenses
• Full board accommodation as per above itinerary a part from Kampala /Kigali where it is Bed and breakfast only.
• Boat cruises
• 1 chimp permit in Kyambura
• Game drives
• 1 Gorilla permit per person
• Any other items included in the above itinerary 

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

• International Air tickets
• Visas
• Personal insurance
• Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, etc
• Any other items which are not included in the above itinerary 

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