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10 Days 9 Nights
Availability : Jan 01’ - Dec 31’
Entebbe
Uganda - Rwanda
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 50
Tour Details

This 10 days Uganda and Rwanda Adventure Safari starts in Entebbe International Airport and ends in Kigali. This Adventure Safari takes you through the 5 (five) most liked and visited national parks in both Uganda and Rwanda that is Murchison falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Volcanoes national park. Meet eye to eye with the amazing gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda and chimpanzees of Uganda in their natural habitat, one of Africa’s major highlights. This close encounter with these amazing apes is simply breath-taking. Also get a close encounter with the Playful Golden Monkeys in Ruhengeri, other diverse African wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and amazing culture  and if you are a keen Birder, this is the place to be

Departure & Return Location

Entebbe & Kigali International Airport

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Tour Guide
  • Parking Fees and Taxes
  • 9 Nights Full Board Accomodation
  • Gorilla and Chimp Trekking Permits
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Flights and Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Your 10 Days Complete Uganda and Rwanda Primate Wild Safari will include;

  • Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth – Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions
  • Gorilla Trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Golden Monkey Trekking within Volcanoes National Park
  • Kigali City Tour - End of Safari
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Entebbe, Transfer to Kampala

Meet and greet at Entebbe International Airport by Crystal Guide who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities. Transfer to your hotel after which you will be briefed about your safari. Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have your money changed this day and get to know Kampala with the help of our guide.

Overnight at Cassia Lodge.

Day 2Head to Kibale Forest National Park

Pick up from your hotel and drive west to Fort Portal through verdant countryside passing through traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. The drive approximately takes 5 hours. Arrive at the lodge in time for a late lunch. Relax at the lodge or take a unguided walk around the lodge to enjoy the beauty of the scenery.

Accommodation: Crater Safari Lodge

Day 3Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast at your lodge, transfer to the starting point of your Chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest National Park which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, man’s closest relative. Kibale’s 1450 Chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate.

Alternatively you may opt to do chimpanzee habituation experience by paying a supplement of $70, this exercise takes the whole entire day. Only 6 people are allowed per day and you will be sure to come face to face with these closest cousins of man. Advance booking is necessary for this option.

After lunch, head to Bigodi for an afternoon swamp walk. Bigodi was established by a local development organization to protect the 4sq-km Magombe Swamp that’s home to around 200 species of birds (highlights include papyrus gonolek, white-winged warbler and great blue turaco). The highlight of this tour is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco. The swamp is also good for spotting butterflies and primates, with 8 different species here, including grey-cheeked mangabey. The 2-3 hour guided walk is led by experienced local guides who interact with the guests and make the trip both enjoyable and exciting.

Accommodation: Crater Safari Lodge

Day 4Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After your morning breakfast proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. As you go through the park, have a game drive to spot some animals like the Elephant, Buffaloes, bushbucks, and Uganda Kob, Antelopes, Warthogs, among others.

After a hot lunch In the afternoon enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. It is a 42kms channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos. It offers and excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous, with well over 550 resident species.

Accommodation: Mweya Lodge

Day 5Queen Elizabeth – Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions

After early morning breakfast proceed to Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth park which is famed for the tree climbing lions. Have a game drive in Ishasha before checking into your Lodge.

Accommodation: Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Day 6Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast pack your bags and depart for Bwindi Forest National Park.  The drive takes you through the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads. Check into the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge

Day 7Gorilla Trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating.

One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with.

You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally sloping down back to your lodge. If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the surrounding communities in the evening. Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers before getting a good night’s rest for tomorrow’s safari adventure.

 

Don’t forget to carry your rain gear, packed lunch, plenty of water, gloves, hat, and water proof bag for protection of your camera in case of rain

 

Accommodation:     Gorilla Safari Lodge

Day 8Depart from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Tranfer to Ruhengeri

After breakfast, embark on your journey to Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills. On arrival in Kinigi, have lunch before proceeding to one of the lodges in Ruhengeri.

Dinner and overnight – Gorilla Volcanoes Hotel Musanze.

Day 9Golden Monkey Trekking within Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast go for golden monkey trekking within Volcanoes National Park. During the trek, you may spot other primates plus viewing other inhabitants of the forest like birds and butterflies, return to the lodge for late lunch. If you don’t want to go gorilla trekking, take a hike to Dian Fossey’s Grave.

This is a full day hike to a place where Dian Fossey premiered in the popular Gorillas in the Mist movie, spent most of her time looking after the injured mountain gorillas or you visit the local communities. After the trek, relax at the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge. 

Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Volcanoes Hotel Musanze.

Day 10Head to Kigali - End of Safari

After breakfast transfer to Kigali airport have a city tour before transferring to the airport to catch your flight back home.

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