Game Drive in Uganda & Gorillas in Rwanda Tour

Game Drive in Uganda & Gorillas in Rwanda Tour – 6 Days


Starting in Kampala and ending n Kigali, this6 day Game Drive in Uganda & Gorillas in Rwanda Tour will enable you to trek Chimpanzees and other primates in Kibale Forest National Park, trek Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, trek Golden Monkeys in Volcanoes National Park, do game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and conduct a nature and community walk in Bigodi swamp.

You will finish with a visit to the Genocide memorial sites in Kigali to pay homage to the over one million people who lost their lives. 

Safari Highlights

  • The thrill of trekking Mountain Gorillas in the challenging forest terrain and the humbling experience of coming face to face with them as they feed, play, rest and bond with their young
  • Trekking and watching the delightful Chimpanzees and Golden monkeys as they make acrobatic manoeuvres in the tree branches
  • Learning about the great pioneering work of the American primatologist who pioneered the initiatives to protect and conserve Mountain Gorillas in the volcanic mountains.
  • Viewing the awesome scenic features of the volcanic landscapes
  • Listening to heartrending accounts of the astonishing genocide that occurred in Rwanda in the late 1990s.

Activity Schedule

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park & Bigodi Swamp Walk
Day 2: Chimp Trek in Kibale & Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 3: Game drive and Boat launch on Kazinga Channel
Day 4: Game drive in Ishasha Sector & transfer to Bwindi
Day 5: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi & transfer to Volcanoes National Park
Day 6: Golden Monkey trek & transfer to Kigali

Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park & Bigodi Swamp Walk

You will depart Kampala in the morning after breakfast and travel westwards through Uganda’s beautiful green countryside to Kibale Forest National Park.  The journey will take 6-7 hours through the savannah grasslands dotted with lots of banana & Tea plantations, traditional homesteads and picturesque landscapes.

You will get to Kibale Forest National park in the afternoon and go for the Bigodi swamp walk that will take you through swampy grassland, local communities and some beautiful scenery.

It is usual to spot 3 or 4 different primate species during this walk and to see a variety of rare bird species and other smaller mammals.

Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge of your booking.

Day 2: Chimpanzee Trek in Kibale Forest & Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will, after breakfast, head to Kibale Forest to trek the primates. The activity begins at 8.00 am with a briefing on the rules for trekking the chimpanzees after which you set off to search for them in the forest. The exercise takes half a day and along the way, you will see other primates such as Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Phoestes, Red-Colobus and the Blue-tailed and Red-tailed monkeys swinging in the tree branches of this thick forest.

Your guide will give you informative briefings on the lifestyles of the primates you will be coming across and on the plants as well as on the insects and butterflies in this forest to ensure that the trek is not only informative but enjoyable as well.

You will return to the lodge for lunch and later transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 3: Game drive and boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

You will set off for the Game Drive in Uganda & Gorillas in Rwanda Tour the third day early (about 6.30 am) for a morning game drive, an awesome experience to spot the animals in their natural habitats.  Expect to see the famous Big Five; elephants, Buffalos, Lions, Bush bucks, Kobs, Giant forest hogs, Hyenas leopards, antelopes, and Waterbucks as well as birds. You will return for breakfast / early lunch and go for a launch cruise along the amazing Kazinga channel to see at close range the big water animals like Hippos, Buffalos, Crocodiles and elephants bathing at the banks of the channel.

There is also a variety of bird species on the water banks, especially the famous Shoebill, pelican and Jacana.

You will thereafter retire for dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Day 4: Game drive in Ishasha Sector & transfer to Bwindi

Will after breakfast move to the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for the tree-climbing lions lounging in the tree branches while keeping a close eye on herds of Uganda kob, their favourite prey. It is also home to many buffaloes, elephants, and rare shoebill storks.

You will have lunch at one of the lodges in this part of the park and drive south to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. En route to the Game Drive in Uganda & Gorillas in Rwanda Tour, you will see the great countryside, bamboo forest and great views of the scenic landscape characteristic of the western rift valley.

You will arrive in the late afternoon and retire to your booked lodge for dinner and overnight. 

Day 5: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi & transfer to Volcanoes National Park

You will have an early morning breakfast and move to the Park headquarters to join other trackers in a briefing about the Gorilla trekking rules at 7:45 am. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, which can take you 2-8 hours. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access by tourists.

You will have one hour to stay with the Gorillas once sighted and later transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

You will check in at the lodge booked for you in Ruhengeri town adjacent to the park and later go out for a nature walk to the twin lakes.

You will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Golden Monkey trek, Visit Karisoke Research Centre & transfer to Kigali

You will have breakfast and then assemble at the Park headquarters for a briefing on the Golden monkey tracking rules before going out to track them in the forest. The trekking will take 1-2 hours after which you will return to the lodge for lunch and some rest.

In the afternoon you will hike to Karisoke Research Centre which features an exhibit on Mountain Gorillas and the conservation efforts pioneered by Dian Fossey. It also shelters the Dian Fossey artefacts, a 3D interactive model of the Virunga Mountains and casts of real gorilla nose prints.

Overall, the centre adds a perfect learning opportunity to the facts that people barely know about Mountain Gorillas.

You will later transfer to Kigali for your departure flight.

End of the 6 days Game Drive in Uganda & Gorillas in Rwanda Tour

Requirements for this Safari:

  • Uganda & Rwanda Visas which can be got on arrival at the Airports
  • Chimpanzee, Gorilla and Golden Monkey trekking permits (paid for in advance through our company)
  • Travel & Health insurance arranged for from your home country
  • Proof of Yellow fever vaccination (certificate)
  • Physical fitness

Cost Includes:

  • Gorilla permits
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Airport transfers
  • Safari vehicle
  • Fuel for the entire trip
  • Drive accommodation and Meals
  • English Speaking driver guide
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • All park fees
  • Bottled drinking water

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfares
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tips and expenses of personal nature

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