Ultimate Uganda and Rwanda - AC U&R 9


Highlights:

This 9day/8 Nights safari covers Uganda’s & Rwanda’s amazing Chimps, Big game, water safari and Mountain Gorillas. You will enjoy relaxed drives and walks through Kibale Forest (Chimpanzee tracking), Queen Elizabeth National Park (Big game & Water Safari), and end with the endangered Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Parc Du Volcans in Rwanda for everlasting memories! While in Rwanda, you have an option to go for a walk in search for Golden Monkeys or hike to Dian Fossey’s grave.

Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park Approx. 5 hrs

On arrival at Entebbe International airport, Adventure Consults representative will meet and assist through customs and start your journey to the west via Kampala. Drive through the green tea plantations and the evergreen Kibale forest, arriving Fort-portal in time for Lunch. Proceed to the Lodge. Meals and Overnight accommodation at the Lodge.

We recommend that you book flights getting into Entebbe by 10:00am, or else a night in Entebbe/before starting the trip is worth. Get in touch for recommendations on where to stay and related extra costs.

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking - Kibale Forest NP. Tracking takes about 3 to 4 hrs.

After Breakfast, transfer to Kanyanchu park Headquarters in time for a briefing and head out to the forest. Chimpanzee tracking starts early in the morning. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest's fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters.

After lunch, go for a walk in Bigodi - an eco-tourism swamp with rare and beautiful flora and fauna. Meals and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 3: Kibale - Queen Elizabeth National Park. App. 3 hrs drive.

Morning start for Queen Elizabeth National Park, following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. Explore the Katwe crater area or drive straight to the Lodge for lunch.

After lunch, enjoy arewarding game drive where you will view waterbucks, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and a variety of Antelope species. Sundowner at the crater area later and return to the Lodge for dinner. Meals and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 4: Game Viewing & Boat ride.

Following an early morning cup of tea/coffee, embark on a morning game drive along Kasenyi track and Queens’s mile in the park and keep a watch out for Lion, Elephant, Cape buffalo, Warthogs, Leopard, Hyena, Mongoose, Waterbuck, Ugandan Kob, and lots of the many small animals and birds.

After lunch, enjoy a unique boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through high concentrations of Hippos and a wide variety of animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This river cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous with well over 600 recorded species having been spotted. Meals and Overnight at the lodge.

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth N.P Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. App. 4 hours’ drive

Today, you will head out to Bwindi via the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Drive through Ishasha sector famous for its tree climbing Lions unique to this region and multitude of animals. Proceed to Buhoma, rriving at the Lodge in the afternoon, relax and enjoy the lodge service and the surrounding environment or 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. Meals and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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!

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: 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 9: 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):

Kibale Forest National Park: Kyaninga/Ndali/Primate lodge Kibale/Crater Lodge.

Queen Elizabeth National park: Mweya Lodge/Katara Safari Lodge/Kyambura Gorge Lodge.

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):

Kibale Forest National park: Kibale Forest camp/ Chimpanzee Guest House/Isunga Lodge.

Queen Elizabeth National Park: Mazike Lodge, Enganzi lodge/Kingfisher Lodge/Bush 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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