14 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Safari

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14 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Safari

14 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Safari covering some of the most rewarding national parks in both Uganda and Rwanda. This safari package starts from Uganda to Murchison falls one of the world’s wonders, onto Kibale for chimps tracking, Queen Elizabeth, lake bunyonyi, and crossing to Rwanda to volcanoes national park for gorilla trekking, golden monkeys, culture and genocide memorial visit.

Activities :
– Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale
– Kigali city tour to Gisozi Genocide memorial site
– 1st Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi forest
– 2nd gorilla trekking in Volcanoes
– Game drive in Queen Elizabeth NP
– Launch cruise along the Kazinga channel
– Visit Lake Bunyonyi
– Golden Monkey Tracking / Dian Fossey Tomb Hike
– visit Twin lakes of Burera & Ruhondo
– Ibyiwacu Community village
– Visit Lake Kivu

Day 1: Pick up from the airport on arrival – transfer to your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala
Our company tour guide will be waiting for your arrival at the airport for pick up, and transfer to your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe depending on arrival time. Dinner and overnight at Kampala Serena hotel (luxury), 2 Friends Beach Hotel / Malakai Eco Lodge, hotel Triangle(budget)

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park – track Rhonos and Zziwa sanctuary
Set off early morning for Murchison Falls national park en route rhino tracking at Zziwa Rhino sanctuary and lunch at Amuka lodge and then proceed to Murchison falls national park. On arrival you will drive to the top of he falls where you will have a tour around the falls; hear the roaring thunder of the river Nile. Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (luxury), Pakuba Lodge (midrange) and Red Chili Rest Camp (budget)

Day 3: Early morning Game drives and a boat cruise
Wake up to an early breakfast, and head out to southern banks of the river. The morning drive will take you through different habitats. On the drive, you will have an opportunity to watch some of Africa’s unspoilt big game and may also see some of the the BIG 5 – lions, elephants, buffaloes and leopards. Other wildlife to see includes giraffes, Hartebeest, Bushbucks, Jackal, hyena, oribis, Uganda kobs and many others. After lunch, you will carry out a launch cruise which will take you to the bottom of the falls along the River Nile. The Nile hosts large concentrations of Hippos and crocodiles. For the birders, Murchison Falls is a birder’s paradise with concentration is many bird including the rare shoebill stork, Fish Eagle, African Skimmer, Grey-crowned Crane, Black-headed Gonolek, Goliath Heron, Green-winged, Long-toed Plover, Saddle-billed Stork, . Overnight at hotel of day 2.

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale National Park
Rise up early for a quick cup of tea and hit the road driving from Murchison falls to Kibale national park. You will have a lunch stop, reaching Kibale forest in time for Dinner and overnight at at Kyaninga Lodge (up-market)/ Primates lodge luxury tents (luxury) Primates Lodge Deluxe (Midrange), Chimpanzee Guest House(budget)

Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking & Queen Elizabeth national park
With a quick cup of coffee, set off for the Kibale headquarters for briefing from the head park guide about what to expect and how to conduct for the chimps tracking adventure. Trekking for chimpanzees normally takes 3-5 hours after which return to your hotel for luch and a rest. In the evening transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. It takes 2 hours to get to Queen Elizabeth national park. Overnight stay at Mweya Safari
Lodge (luxury option); Ihamba Lodge / Park view lodge (mid-range), Simba safari camp for budget

Day 6: Game drive and boat cruise
Today you will set off early with backed breakfast from your lodge for an early morning gas drive to catch the early riser wildlife including predators and other nocturnal mammals before they retreat to their hideouts. Expect mammals including hippos, buffaloes, hartebeests, leopard, lions, etc and a plethora of both endemic and migratory birds. Return to the lodge for an early lunch. At 2.00 pm transfer to the Kazinga Channel for a boat cruise. The Channel is a magnet to all wildlife in this park. It boasts of a big number of birds than any single destination in Africa. Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury option); Ihamba Lodge / Park view lodge (mid-range), Simba safari camp for budget

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi national park
Wake up to a beautiful breakfast and be ready to hit the road, driving you via the Ishasha sector to view tree climbing lions, With en route luch, arriving Bwindi impenetrable forest late evening and have early rest and be ready for gorilla trekking the next day.

Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / The 5 Volcanes Lodge ( Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Da Vinci Lodge (Mid-range), The Garden Place Hotel (Basic).

Day 8: Trekking with Uganda Gorillas – Batwa Pygmies visit
Briefing for gorilla trekking takes place at 7:00 am by a head park guide at the Bwindi park head offices. All trekkers must be at the park by this time and must attend the briefing which is an overview of what to expect during the trek.
Gorilla safari in Bwindi forest offers you several groups/ families to choose from and it’s important to select one based on fitness.
The gorilla trek is challenging and finally seeing mountain gorillas in beyond what you have imagine. The one hour spend with the gorillas in the wild is a lifetime experience

The family of gorilla is breath taking to watch and you could spend hours just watching the little ones roll around and play. Mountain Gorillas are always playful and quite curious often coming close.

While with the gorillas, its important to listen to your guide instructions and stay calm, never make sudden movements.

After your one hour with the gorillas, return back to the starting point where you will meet your guide to drive back to your hotel for lunch and in the evening head out for a visit to the Batwa pygmies community – these were the original inhabitants of the Bwindi impenetrable forest before they were chased out to gazette the forest for mountain gorilla conservation. Dinner and overnight at Chameleon Hill Lodge (luxury), Bakiga Lodge (Midrange) and Tarvan Trekkers Bwindi (Budget)

Day 9: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Wake up to a beautiful breakfast and be ready to transfer to lake Bunyonyi. This is one of the most beautiful places in Uganda, with a mixture of so many bird species and a beautiful lake. This is a must not miss out place to visit!
On arrival, headut to visit lake Bunyonyi and in the evening have a boat ride along lake bunyonyi. Dinner and overnight at Bunyonyi overland Resort (budget), Bunyonyi safari camp / Bunyonyi Birdnest (Midrange), Bunyonyi resort (luxury)

Day 10: Transfer to Volcanoes national park
Wake up to a beautiful breakfast and be ready to hit the road, crossing into Rwanda and with en route luch, and driving to volcanoes national park Rwanda and have early rest and be ready for gorilla trekking the next day.
Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / The 5 Volcanes Lodge ( Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Da Vinci Lodge (Mid-range), The Garden Place Hotel (Basic).

Day 11: Visit Rwanda Gorillas – Ibyiwacu cultural village tour
Briefing for gorilla trekking takes place at 7:00 am by a head park guide at the Kinigi headquarters in Musanze. All trekkers must be at the park by this time and must attend the briefing which is an overview of what to expect during the trek.
A gorilla safari in Rwanda offers you several groups/ families to choose from and it’s important to select one based on fitness.
The gorilla trek is challenging and finally seeing mountain gorillas in beyond what you have imagine. The one hour spend with the gorillas in the wild is a lifetime experience

The family of gorilla is breath taking to watch and you could spend hours just watching the little ones roll around and play. Mountain Gorillas are always playful and quite curious often coming close.

While with the gorillas, its important to listen to your guide instructions and stay calm, never make sudden movements.

After your one hour with the gorillas, return back to the starting point where you will meet your guide to drive back to your hotel for lunch and in the evening head out for a visit to the Ibyiwacu cultural village situated in Musanze with in the vicinity of volcanoes national park.

Day 12: Golden Monkey Tracking / Dian Fossey Tomb Hike – visit Twin lakes of Burera & Ruhondo
Today you will set off for volcanoes national park offices after an early breakfast for a briefing on golden monkey tracking, after which you will enter the first in search for golden monkeys with your guides and porters. Once you reach the spot for golden monkeys, you will see them in tree branches, on the ground. After this, descend to the Lodge for lunch and later evening drive to visit twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Dinner and overnight at hotel of Day 7

Day 13: Transfer to Lake Kivu in Gisenyi
Start off your day with breakfast at your hotel at leisure and be ready to set off from Volcanoes to Gisenyi lake kivu. This is the biggest fresh water lake of Rwanda. On Arrival have a beautiful lunch overlooking lake Kivu. In The afternoon have a boat ride along lake kivu touring the different islands.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena hotel (Luxury)/ Paradise marahide (Deluxe)/ Palm Resort Gardens (Budget)

Day 14: Transfer to back Kigali
Today you will have breakfast at leisure and prepare for the trip back to Kigali and thereafter to the airport for your flight back home. If you missed the city tour on day 1, you will have it on this day before departure.

End of Safari

Minimum trekking gears you need:
good hiking boots, gators, gloves – thick cotton, leather, goretex, raincoat – preferably thin, light snacks and water 1-2 liters. Importantly hire a porters – they are available at the starting points.Keep in mind that these porters were ex poachers given an chance to earn a living by carrying bags for visitors going for gorilla trekking. They are very helpful, polite and friendly.

For optimal trekking adventure
Have a decent fitness to enjoy the trek
Wear proper footwear ready to hike through difficult terrain – good shoes make it easier for you
Have a plan for rain
Carry sufficient water and light snack
Great to tip the guides, rangers – they work hard to ensure you have an optimal gorilla adventure. They need some encouragement! recommendation tip is $10usd preferably in local currency per porter, guide, ranger.

Safari Quote Includes

– Full time private safari vehicle (according to your itinerary)
– A Full-Time Private Driver/Guide
– Fuel for your safari
– Gorilla Permits
– Bottled drinking water per day
– All Activities in Itinerary
– Pickup and drop-off at your desired location with in Kigali
– 24 / 7 hours devoted tours manager in Kigali / Kampala
– Cultural / community visit
– Kigali city Tour

Excludes
International & local flights, visas, personal costs like tipping, beverages, wines, Personal Insurance

Accommodation

2Arrival Overnight – 1 Night
– Kampala Serena hotel (luxury),
– 2 Friends Beach Hotel / Malakai Eco Lodge,
– hotel Triangle(budget)

2 night – Full Board Accommodation with Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner
Murchison Falls National Park Accommodation
Paraa Safari Lodge (luxury),
Pakuba Lodge (midrange)
Red Chili Rest Camp (budget)

2 night – Full Board Accommodation with Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner
Lake Bunyonyi Accommodation
Bunyonyi overland Resort (budget),
Bunyonyi safari camp / Bunyonyi Birdnest (Midrange),
Bunyonyi resort (luxury)

Kibale national park Accommodation

2 night – Full Board Accommodation with Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner
– Primates lodge (Luxury)
– Primates Lodge Deluxe (Midrange)
– Chimpanzee Guest house (Budget).

Queen Elizabeth national park Accommodation
2 night – Full Board Accommodation with Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner
– Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury option);
– Ihamba Lodge / Park view lodge (mid-range),
– Simba safari camp for budget

2 night – Full Board Accommodation with Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner
Bwindi forest Accommodation
– Chameleon Hill Lodge (luxury),
– Bakiga Lodge (Midrange)
– Tarvan Trekkers Bwindi (Budget)

2 night – Full Board Accommodation with Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner
Lake Bunyonyi Accommodation
Bunyonyi overland Resort (budget),
Bunyonyi safari camp / Bunyonyi Birdnest (Midrange),
Bunyonyi resort (luxury)

2 night – Full Board Accommodation with Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner
Nyungwe Forest
Nyungwe Forst Lodge ( Luxury), Nyungwe Top View Hotel (Mid-range), Gisakura Guest House (Basic).

Lake Kivu
Lake Kivu Serena hotel (Luxury)
Paradise marahide (Deluxe)
Palm Resort Gardens (Budget)

Volcanoes National Park
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / The 5 Volcanes Lodge ( Luxury)
Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Da Vinci Lodge (Mid-range),
The Garden Place Hotel (Basic)

Accommodation Differences & characteristics

Types of Accommodation

– All Luxurious lodges/hotels/camps comprise of beautiful views, private balconies, swimming pool, beautiful views as well private facilities including en-suite bathrooms and toilets.

– Mid range / Deluxe Hotels / lodges comprise of beautiful and very comfortable accommodation with beautiful views, clean, with private bathrooms and toilets.

– Budget / basic offers descent accommodation, with limited facilities. Some of the facilities have private bathrooms and toilets, but this is not guaranteed as many budget accommodations have shared facilities.

Important Notes
– Itinerary does not include arrival Accommodation / Dinner
– Minimal Age for gorilla trekking and chimpanzee is 15 years
– No discount on children Except if sharing room with their parents
– Traveller ensure you have checked the visa and inoculation requirements. (Please ensure you check all transit points visa information).
– It is a requirement to have a yellow fever immunization card to enter Uganda, Rwanda, DRC, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi*
– Online Visa Application is necessary before travel. (This depends on the nationality in respect with the country being visited. Verify the information accordingly)