13 Day Uganda – Rwanda Tour

Chimps Trek, Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi tour

Uganda – Rwanda Tour: Chimpanzees In Kibale, Gorillas In Bwindi,Golden Monkeys In National Des Volcans And Game Drive In Queen Elizabeth and Murchision Falls National Park

Overview

Uganda is all about its friendly people and the diversity in landscapes and activities. This Uganda Rwanda Tour will show you the best of what Uganda and Rwanda has to offer. Chimpanzees in Kibale, Gorillas in Bwindi, Golden monkeys in National Des Volcans and game drive in Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Park.

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda and transfer to your hotel

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by our safari guide who then will transfer you to your hotel of booking. He will brief you about the safari arrangements and then leaves you to rest and re-energize till the following day.

Day 2: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park.                               

After breakfast, we drive through the famous Luwero triangle. You visit and track White Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.Stop in masindi for lunch and after continue to Murchison falls national park from here we will continue onto our accommodation place along the Nile River.

  • Luxury Lodge facility: Overnight and dinner at Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge
  • Mid-range moderate facility: Fort Murchison (in rooms)/ Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget facility: Fort Murchison in tents/ Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chili 
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Game Drives, and Boat Trip in Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast head to the delta in search for bird life and enjoy the game drive to look for lions, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes and many more. we will then go for an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison falls. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up –close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbank .if lucky, you may see the and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur the boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to heir impressiveness. Finally you will be stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight .here the Nile, the longest river in the world ,is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide),before ferociously plunging down 43meters’

  • Luxury Lodge facility: Overnight and dinner at Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge
  • Mid-range moderate facility: Fort Murchison (in rooms)/ Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget facility: Fort Murchison in tents/ Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chili
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Drive To Kibale National Park

Leave Murchison fall national park via the Lake Albert escarpment, having a good view of the lakes. Stopover at kolping hotel in Hoima for lunch and after drive across the  interesting River Nkusi( flowing from the southern end of l. Albert through the villages of kagadi, joining Victoria Nile )both rivers join l. kyoga and flow through the Murchison falls continue to l. Albert and north to the Mediterranean sea.
Overnight and dinner at;

  • Luxury facility: Ndali Lodge/ Kyaninga Lodge/ Kibale Forest Lodge/ Primate Lodge 
  • Mid range: Kibale Forest Camp (in rooms)/ Mountains of the Moon Hotel
  • Budget facility: Chimpanzee Forest Guest house/ Kibale Forest Camp in tents/ Rwenzori Travellers Hotel
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Chimpanzee Plus Others,

Assemble at kanyankye river camp at 0800hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzee are mans closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primates species. More primates like black and white Columbus monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, Grey checked mangabey, red tailed monkey, bush babies, pottosand many birds species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, little greenbelt green breasted pitta the crowned eagle, black bee eater and mammals like elephants can be seen in this walk. Kibale national park, which average s about 3300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforest of central Africa. it is inhabited by three large “communities “of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated structure. The big adult’s males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family grouped .chimps tend to forage in small parties or even as individuals. They usually travel on the ground but being primarily fruit eaters, they mostly feed in trees. They coalesce into large groups when they find an abundant source of food, such as fruiting fig tree. Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling, We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socializing with each other or even, occasionally, hunt.  In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the eastern edge of kibale forest is bigodi wetland sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great blue turaco, blue monkeys baboons otters mongoose, bush bucks, bush pigs and among others.

Kibale Forest National Park Safari

  • Luxury: Ndali lodge/Primate lodge/Kibale forest/Kyaninga lodge                                              
  • Moderate: Mountains of the moon/Kibale forest camp
  • Budget: Rwenzori travelers/kibale forest camp/Chimpanzee forest guest house
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:  Queen Elizabeth National Park, Viewing Rwenzori, Lots of Craters Lakes And Wild Animals,

Breakfast and then drive to queen Elizabeth . the game seen will depend on the season; the kasenyi plain are good for lion and the mweya peninsula for a variety of animals shift to queen Elizabeth national park this morning (about 3 hours driving )leaving through fort portal town you turn south and early this afternoon enter queen Elizabeth national park which is dominated on its northern border by the snow capped 16000-foot Rwenzori mountains-the famed “mountains of the moon “this 767-square-mile conservation are is bordered on the on the north east by lake George and on the south west by lake Edward ; its western border adjoins the zaiere parc Du Virunga .you will expect to see teeming herds of impala-like Uganda kob ,as well as topi, elephant and lion ,giant forest hog ,cape buffalo .there are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flaming flamingos reside seasonally. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in the northern part of the park, visiting the baboon cliff famous for its nice scenery, and good views of the shadows of the mountains of the moon-the Rwenzoris. The drive to the lodge leads through large expanses of savannah grasslands and plenty of wild game. Overnight and dinner at;

  • Luxury facility: Mweya Safari  Lodge/ Katara Lodge/ Jacana Lodge 
  • Mid range: Bush Lodge (in rooms)/ Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Budget facility: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents  
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Game Drive to See Lions Leopard, Elephants Buffallo Etc.

we set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the kasenyi track in search of lions elephants solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities’ of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda kobs. We have excellent chances to view just about every animal here at very close range .return to the lodge for your breakfast, before heading out for a launch trip along the kazinga channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wild life  up to close :hippo”s huff and channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle stork and many others.

  • Luxury facility: Mweya Safari  Lodge/ Katara Lodge/ Jacana Lodge 
  • Mid range: Bush Lodge (in rooms)/ Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Budget facility: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents  
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Tree Climbing Lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast we further south through stunning savannah grasslands as we head to the southern sector of the park –ishasha, a remote and beautiful extension of queen Elizabeth national park that is host to a large variety of wildlife. (this is a fabulous area in which to see the lions draped from the trees and nowhere in Africa do you stand a better chance of seeing this than in the large low limbed fig tree of Ishasha).

Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari

  • Luxury facility: Mweya Safari  Lodge/ Katara Lodge/ Jacana Lodge 
  • Mid range: Bush Lodge (in rooms)/ Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Budget facility: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents  
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Transfer to Bwind Impenetrable National Park
After breakfast set off early with guides to track the gorillas. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each gorilla safari encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magnificent green swathe of dense rainforest, so ancient that survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas – believed to number just 720. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together.
Time permitting, spend the afternoon on a community foot safari to explore the life style of the people living and surrounding the park. Return to camp exhilarated to relieve the encounter with friends over a drink.

  • Lower budget: Gorilla Valley Lodge/ Travelers Rest Hotel Kisoro
  • Moderate: Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Resort/ Mutanda Lake Resort
  • Up-market: Volcanoes Mgahinga Lodge/ Rushaga Gorillas Safari Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Gorilla Trekking In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (In Buhoma And Ruhija Sector)

Today enjoy gorilla tracking in Bwindi. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before the highlighting of the trip. Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek the gorillas through the rain forest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers ,in search of a mountain gorilla family ,the walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silver back ,any discomforts will be quickly forgotten .when the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 meters from the gorillas, sit around  them for a whole hour  while gazing into their big round eyes. Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike .the gorilla excursion can take from 2 up 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.  Overnight at your lodge of booking.

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  • Lower budget: Gorilla Valley Lodge/ Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro
  • Moderate: Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Resort/ Mutanda Lake Resort
  • Up-market: Volcanoes Mgahinga Lodge/ Rushaga Gorillas Safari Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
After breakfast, drive to Rwanda as you enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known to Ruhengere via Musanze arriving in Kinigi. You can either take a nature walk with a guide from the park, learning about the flora and fauna of the forest. Alternatively, you could go on a short trek to search for one of the troops of golden monkeys which inhabit the forest (this would need to be pre-booked, and is an additional cost). Or climb the Sisonke / Muhavura volcanoes, or, if you wish, you can visit the Iby’Iwachu Cultural Village, which will give you a fascinating insight into the traditions and history of Rwanda’s people., or walk to Lake Bulera. Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

  • Luxury level: Mountain Gorilla view Lodge
  • Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/ La Palme Hotel / Gorillas Volcanoes Hotel
  • Low Budget: Muhabura Lodge / Kinigi guest house / Virunga Hotel Musanze
  • Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner sightseeing and relaxing around the hotel.

Day 12: Gorilla Trekking Parc Volcanoes.

You can choose to go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcanoes (subject to permit availability at the time of booking). Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy. Accommodation options available

  • Luxury level: Mountain Gorilla view Lodge
  • Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/ La Palme Hotel / Gorillas Volcanoes Hotel
  • Low Budget: Muhabura Lodge / Kinigi guest house / Virunga Hotel Musanze
  • Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Transfer To Kigali Or To Entebbe Airport For Flight Out:

Depart from the park in the afternoon to Kigali. You have a Kigali city tour today and visit the Genocide Memorial Museum before you transfer to the airport for your onward international flight. The city tour    includes the old town (Nyamirambo) and Muslim quarter, the new handicraft village and other shops, the Batwa pottery and dance centre and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial. The memorial is very moving the tour takes a couple of hours – and will be of interest to anyone who has spent some time in this enchanting country. Afterwards you will be dropped off at Kigali Airport for your flight back home.

What to Bring

Given that Gorilla tracking involves a lot of walking on rough, mountainous terrain, a tracker is advised to:

  • Bring shoes with good traction, suitable for steep muddy slopes.
  • Carry rain gear, sunscreen and a hat, as the weather is unpredictable.
  • Carry enough water and food.
  • Carry binoculars
  • Carry a good camera that can take photographs of black animals in dim light without a flash. A monopod can also be very helpful.

 

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