13 Days Uganda Rwanda
Day 1 - Entebbe
On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda our representative will welcome you and transfer for overnight in BB in Kampala, at Cassia Lodge – Metropole Hotel (C) or Capitol Palace Hotel (E). BB
Optional: Depending on the arrival time, you could visit Ngamba Island on Lake Victoria in the afternoon to view the feeding of the chimpanzees and hear an informative talk by the sanctuary staff.
Day 2 – Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast your adventure in Uganda will begin driving northwest to Masindi and Murchison Falls National Park. First activity is the nature walk in Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, the rhinos breeding project which has brought back to Uganda the endangered white and black rhinos and you will see them closely while walking freely. Lunch. Proceed to the national park and you reach the river Nile where the beautiful Murchison Falls create a narrow canyon of thunderous water. You will have a view from the top of the falls. Murchison Falls is the largest national park in Uganda, and it offers beautiful sceneries of grassland acacia and palm trees savannah in the north and tropical forests in the south.
Before evening you check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight, Paraa Safari Lodge / Nile Safari Lodge (C) or Red Chilli Rest Camp (E). FB
Note: Today transfer is about 6 hours drive, part of it through dirt road within the park.
Day 3 – Murchison Falls National Park
After a cup of coffee, you will depart for an early morning game drive using our safari vehicle to explore the savannah, in the region of the delta of the Nile on Lake Albert, Northern bank. Among other animals in the wild, you might find elephants, lions, buffalos, giraffes, waterbucks, bushbucks, spotted hyenas and, very rarely, the leopards. Relax as you drive back to the lodge where you will have breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon, another safari will be organized by boat along the river Nile to the base of the Murchison Falls. It is amazing the concentration of wildlife in the bank of the river Nile, including hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird’s species, like African eagles, pelicans, kingfisher, Egyptian geese and much more. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge / Nile Safari Lodge (C) or Red Chilli Rest Camp (E). FB
Day 4 – Albertine Rift Valley and Fort Portal
After breakfast you leave the National Park proceeding southwest along the Lake Albert and Rift Valley escarpment, which offer a lot of sceneries and view points. You pass via Hoima the capital town of Bunyoro kingdom and through sugarcane, tea, banana, coffee and cocoa plantations. Lunch en route. By evening you reach Fort Portal, the capital town of Tooro kingdom on the shadow of Rwenzori Mountains, the biggest mountain range in Africa. Dinner and overnight at Nyinabulitwa Country Resort / Mountains of the Moon Hotel. FB
Note: Today transfer is about 7 / 8 hours drive, through dirt road and the conditions are variable according to the rains.
Day 5 - From Fort Portal to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, depart heading Southwest to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You have a game drive en route as you are going to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, from Mweya peninsula you take the most exciting safari by boat along Kazinga channel, one of the most popular sites in Uganda for its concentration of wildlife, bird’s life and opportunities for good photographs. Moreover, you will see plenty of hippos, buffaloes and elephants while drinking from the channel. In the evening you go for another short game drive and try out your luck. Return at lush to your lodge for dinner and overnight, Mweya Safari Lodge / Jacana Safari Lodge (C) or Simba Safari Camp (E). FB
Day 6 – Queen Elizabeth National Park
In the early morning, after breakfast drive to Kyambura Gorge for the trekking to see the chimpanzees in the wild. The gorge is over 16 km long and 100 meter deep following the river Kyambura and the Albertine Rift Valley Escarpment in the eastern boundary of the park. Lunch from the lodge.
In the afternoon, be ready for a long game drive along the tracks of the national park, in the Northern sectors and towards Lake George and Kasenyi village, using our safari vehicle. You might see lions, elephants, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, Ugandan kobs, perhaps the leopard though is shy and rare to be seen. The wildlife population in Queen Elizabeth has much recovered from the dark period of the Seventies, and now the park is a good place to spot animals. Queen Elizabeth enjoys unique landscapes and views of crater lakes and the Albertine Rift Valley, which make this area special and unforgettable. Dinner and overnight, Mweya Safari Lodge / Jacana Safari Lodge (C) or Simba Safari Camp (E). FB
Note: According to the availability of chimpanzees’ permits, the chimpanzee trekking can be relocated to Kalinzu Forest, Budongo Forest or, optional at an EXTRA cost, in Kibale Forest National Park.
Day 7 – Ishasha – Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast, you leave the Northern sector of Queen Elizabeth and proceed to the South, where are found the rain tropical forests which are hosting the remaining world population of the endangered mountain gorillas. The choice of the area of the gorilla safari depends on the availability and allocation of permits. According to the road and climatic conditions, you will pass via Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth, the Southern region of the park. You will have a game drive in search for the so called “tree climbing lions”. During the hot hours of the day, lions of this area enjoy resting lying on top of Figs trees and it is exciting to see this spectacular spot. Lunch en route. You reach by evening the Lake Bunyonyi after Kabale town. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages – Heritage Lodge (C) or Jajama Panorama Lodge (E). FB
Note: Today transfer can be very long up to 8 hours and depends on roads conditions.
Day 8 – Lake Bunyonyi - Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast, you will enjoy one of the most extraordinary wildlife and birding experience by boat crossing the Lake Bunyonyi. With its forested and green islands, the lake is home to species of endemic birds and the guide will help you to spot many of them. You can visit Kabale town and the bakiga cultural museum. Lunch. Your journey proceeds to Rwanda through the border after Kisoro, at the footsteps of Muhavura volcano and you arrive at Volcanoes National Park from Ruhengeri town. Dinner and overnight at Hotel La Palme - Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (C) or Kinigi Guest House / Hotel Muhavura (E). FB
Day 9 - Mountain Gorilla tracking
After breakfast, at 7 in the morning starts the trekking in the forest of Virunga in search for one of the habituated families of the mountain gorillas. After the briefing from the ORPTN rangers, you follow them as they guide you through the forest’s trails. Bring with you water and packed lunch. It is not predictable the time you will spend to find the gorillas. You have one hour for observing the primates and their behaviors, while taking photographs.
After the trekking, you leave Volcanoes National Park descending to Lake Kivu in Gisenyi. This is a pretty town on the shores of the lake. Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel - Stipp Hotel (C) or Paradis de Malahide Hotel (E). FB
Day 10 – The shores of Lake Kivu - Southern Rwanda
After breakfast, you leave Gisenyi in the direction of South Western Rwanda along the road on the shores of Lake Kivu. The stop over for lunch will be in Kibuye, a pretty town on the lake where you will enjoy stunning sceneries. Proceed in the afternoon to Cyangugu, on the Southern cost of the lake. The small town is the gateway to Nyungwe Forest National Park. You will have dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Lodge (C) or Gisakura Guest House – Peace Guest House (E). FB
Note: Today journey might take up to 7 hours according to the conditions of the roads.
Day 11 – Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park
After an early breakfast, at 6 am you enter Nyungwe forest for the trekking to see the chimpanzees. The park is spread for over 970 sq km of green hills, the largest uncontaminated piece of tropical forest in Eastern Africa. Nyungwe hosts 13 species of primates, including the chimpanzee, the Angolan colobus, the Hoest Monkey, the silver monkey, owl faced monkey, red tailed monkey, velvet monkey and olive baboon. Ensure you carry with you packed lunch and water for a picnic lunch. You will have dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Lodge (C) or Peace Guest House (E). FB
Day 12 – Gikongoro - Butare – Nyanza
After breakfast you will drive to Kigali. The first stopover is in Gikongoro for a visit to the Genocide Memorial of Murambi, the most important nationally. Lunch in Butare, the second town in Rwanda, considered the cultural capital, hosting the university and the National Museum. Very rewarding are the handicraft shops where are sold typical products made by Rwandan artisans, especially in the weaving and baskets. As you proceed, a stop over is made in Nyanza, that in the past was the political capital and it hosts the antique Royal palace, entirely renovated for the visitors, displaying original items and pieces of history of the Mwami, the king. Arrive in Kigali for dinner and overnight at Beauséjour Hotel (C) or Iris Guest House (E). FB
Reserved for departure flights from Entebbe International Airport or Kigali International Airport. BB