Ultimate Uganda and Rwanda - AC U&R 9


Highlights:

On this 4 day/3nights safari, Whereas Mountain gorilla tracking is often at the top of every fine traveler’s bucket list, the dramatic landscape of Rwanda, visits to the fascinating golden monkeys and Rwanda’s rich history, will leave you speechless!

You have an opportunity to pay homage to the legendary Scientist and Gorilla Conservation advocate - Dian Fossey with a hike to her tomb or a visit to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Musanze.

Not far from the park, the bustling and vibrant markets of Musanze are a place to immerse yourself into everyday Rwandan culture and lifestyle! Go deep into the earth with Musanze’s caves – one of the area’s newest attractions. Get in touch or check our website for more Rwanda trips.

Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Entebbe – Ishasha (Queen Elizabeth National Park) – App. 7 hours’ drive

Adventure Consults’ representative will meet you on arrival at Entebbe International Airport, assist through customs, or (pick from your residence/hotel if already in Uganda), proceed to the domestic check-in point for your bush flight to Queen Elizabeth National park (departs Entebbe @ 7:00 AM & 12:30 PM, Check in time - one hour in advance). Note that flight schedules are subject to change.

On arrival at Kihihi/Ishasha airstrip, meet your guide for a briefing and transfer to the lodge. While in the park, you will be amazed by the vast game filled savanna.

Today, you have an option to take a 7-8 hours road drive and enjoy the countryside. It takes more time than the flight but the beautiful green Uganda makes it worth it. You also get to save some cash! 

In the afternoon, take a game drive. The ‘super stars’ of Ishasha area are the tree climbing lions that can regularly be seen snoozing on a limb on one of the fig trees. Tree-climbing lions are rare – there are actually only two populations in the world – one is found here in Ishasha, the other in Lake Manyara, Tanzania. It is believed that these lions climb trees as a way to protect themselves from the biting tsetse flies; others believe the lions climb the tree to escape the stifling heat on the ground and catch a cool breeze. Sundowner and later return to the lodge before dark. Meals and accommodation at the lodge.

Day 2: Ishasha Exploration day.

Today, you will have 2 game drives with a lunch break as the day’s heat cools down. Ishasha area is still pristine and untouched. Large herds of buffalo, kobs, and elephants are common in this part of Queen Elizabeth. You might also see the leopard, waterbuck, bushbuck and topi. Nearby River Ishasha hosts the largest hippo population in the world.  

Meals and overnight accommodation at the camp.

Day 3: Ishasha (Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

After breakfast, go for your last game drive and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, keeping an eye out for more game. Arrive at the Lodge early afternoon/lunch.

Afternoon siesta, and later take a village walk around Buhoma area with a visit to craft shops, local schools, hospital and later enjoy entertainment by the local community/Orphan group at the lodge.

Meals and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Tracking takes between 3 to 10 hrs.

Depending on the Gorilla family booked, you may have breakfast at the lodge or have a parked breakfast. Meet your personal guide at the lounge and drive down to the Park Headquarters for a briefing and later enter the Gorilla sanctuary for an interesting search of the gentle giants.

Experienced Wildlife guides along with trackers and porters will accompany you through the ever-green forest.  The journey, through dense foliage and up steep climbs, leads you to lifetime experience of viewing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.  After finding the Gorillas, you will have an opportunity to be within meters of these magnificent apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities. With an estimated 850 Gorilla population in the world, spending one hour with a Gorilla family is a once in a lifetime experience! You will later follow your footsteps and return to the forest edge, meet your guide, head back to the lodge. Depending on trek duration, you have an option for a picnic lunch or have a warm meal at the lodge. 

Ride for a woman project visit: In the afternoon, you have option to visit a women project (Ride 4 a woman). It’s a charitable organization set up to support women struggling with poverty, HIV and domestic violence. Your visit indirectly supports the project work and while here, you may participate in basketry, weaving, making local dishes and have an opportunity for last minute craft shopping. Meals and Overnight accommodation included at the lodge.

Day 5: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Parc des Volcans. App. 6 hrs drive.

An early start for Rwanda, with stops on the way for amazing views of the Volcanoes. Proceed to the border, go through customs and cross to Rwanda (Rwanda is +3 GMT). Drive to Parc des Volcans with views of the great, old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet, and nearly covered with rich, green rainforest.

In the afternoon, take a stroll around the lodge or simply relax and enjoy the intore Dance presentation. Meals and Accommodation at the Lodge.

Day 6: Optional Second Gorilla Tracking in Parc des Volcans or visit the Golden Monkeys.

If you opt for a second Gorilla trek, it’s highly recommended and the experience is different! This will be on payment of supplement – 1,500$ per person (not included in the quote).  

You will have an early morning transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing by the park staff. Loaded with your drinking water, packed lunch and walking stick, enter the forest in search for the famous Mountain Gorillas. The trail into the forest, will abruptly immerse you in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest – Home to the Gorillas. An exhilarating Gorilla trek through the cultivated foothills of the Virungas can be muddy and challenging but offers a Great experience. Alive with the calls of Gorillas you will spend an hour before sloping back to the base. As you slope, through gaps in the forest canopy, the magnificent peaks, among the highest in Africa are glimpsed.

Optional Golden Monkey tracking – included in the main safari price: If you don’t go for a second Gorilla trek, a visit to the rare chartering Golden Monkeys is an ideal and perfect choice for you! Note that Golden monkey tracking also starts in the morning. You will have an encounter with these chattering primates. They live in the bamboo vegetation towards the base of the volcanoes and habituation has helped them to overcome their initial shyness to accept their daily visit by researchers and tourists.  Trekking golden monkeys is a rare and delightful experience. You will visit one of the active families, always jumping from tree to tree – making it a little difficult to photograph but one you get a good shot, it’s worth an effort!!  You may have a parked lunch or have a warm lunch at the lodge.

Meals and Accommodation at the Lodge.

Day 7: Departure via Kigali airport. App. 3 hrs drive.

Morning drive to Kigali, time permitting have a short tour of the city including a visit to genocide memorial, handicraft shops and later to the airport for your international flight. Depending on your flight schedule, you may need a day use room to freshen-up before your flight (on payment of supplement). An extra night in Kigali would be worth it for an extra time and explore the city. Get in touch for related costs and recommended activities.

Please book return flights departing after 1pm.

Accommodation: We do not restrict on where to stay but here are some recommended options. In most cases, we go with the travelers’ choice. Here are below are suggested places (among others) as we cannot list all available options. So get in touch for options.

Lion range (Luxury):
Queen Elizabeth National park/Ishasha: Ishasha Wilderness camp.
Bwindi Impenetrable Park: Bwindi Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany springs, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Clouds lodge, Silverback Lodge, Engagi Lodge.
Rwanda/PNV: Singita Kwitonda/Bisate Lodge/Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge/Virunga Lodge Five Volcanoes Lodge.

Pride range (Mid-range):
Queen Elizabeth National park/Ishasha: Ishasha Jungle Lodge/Buffalo Lodge/Enjonjo lodge.
Bwindi Forest national park: Haven’s Lodge Buhoma/Crested crane/Rushaga Gorilla Camp
PNV/Rwanda: Mt Gorilla View Lodge/Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge



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