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Discover Uganda & Rwanda Safari

10 Days Discover Uganda & Rwanda Safari

Safari Overview

The 10 Days Discover Uganda and Rwanda Safari may start either in Kigali, Rwanda or in Kampala Uganda’s capital city.  You can decide to have 2 trekking sessions in Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for sensational gorilla trekking experiences alongside wildlife game safaris.

Safari Highlights of 10 Days Discover Uganda and Rwanda Safari

  • Kigali city tour with a visit to the genocide memorial
  • Kandt Museum in Kigali
  • Golden monkey tracking in volcanoes national park
  • Buniga Forest walk / Batwa Experience 
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi forest national park Uganda
  • Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda
  • Boat cruises in Akagera NP and Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Game drive in Akagera NP and Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park along Kazinga Channel.

Tour Itinerary for the 10 Days Discover Uganda and Rwanda Tour

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali Airport

Arrival at Kigali Airport where you will be welcomed by a company representative. You have the option of a city tour in Kigali. The Kigali city tour takes you to the major historical and cultural sites of Rwanda. You may visit Kandt House or the museum of natural history where Dr. Richard Kandt the first German colonial resident of Rwanda resided and is now the Natural History Museum in honor of his work.

Or visit the Kigali Memorial Centre. This is a grim reminder of the 1994 senseless massacres. The museum is built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried. The exhibits in the museum powerfully tell the story of Rwanda, its history, and the unfolding genocide. Included are touch screens which have on them the testimonials of some of the survivors present during this turbulent time. Accommodation at Hotel Milles Collines. 

Day 2: Transfer to Akagera National Park 

After a relaxed breakfast head for the low-lying undulating plains of Akagera National Park the home to elephant, buffalo, giraffe, and zebras, more than a dozen types of antelope species, and elusive lions and leopards, arriving in time for lunch before proceeding to Akagera arriving for an evening game drive thereafter heading to your lodge for a cool relaxed evening. Accommodation and Meals at Ruzizi Tented Camp 

 

Day 3: Game drive & Boat Cruise on Lake Ihema

Have breakfast and then enjoy a game drive experience in search of animals like the:  elephant, giraffe, hippo, zebra, and crocodiles.  After lunch head for a boat cruise on Lake Ihema for 2.5 hours, look out for crocodiles and hippos and over 40 water bird species, this is also the best way to view the park’s abundant waterbirds including breeding colonies of noisy and cormorants and open-bill storks. Accommodation and Meals at Ruzizi Tented Camp 

Day 4: Akagera National Park  – Volcanoes National Park

This morning you will head to the North passing through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda¹s landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the awesome volcanoes with spectacular views of close to 5 peaks. You will arrive in time for lunch and thereafter visit the Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. These are beautiful lakes located at the base of volcano Muhabura and close to the border with Uganda. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

Day 5: Gorilla Trekking or Golden Monkey Hiking

After breakfast, prepare for an unforgettable encounter with the gentle giants of Volcanoes National Park, the Mountain Gorillas! At the national park offices, you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide.

After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide and a gorilla group assigned to you,  as well as appropriate safety precautions, you head to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure.  The time taken can be quite unpredictable taking anything from 2 to 5 hrs or longer. You will have a packed lunch from the lodge for this hike. Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; grooming, feeding and moving about. 

Alternatively, you will have a golden monkey trekking in the park. Spend the morning searching the lush vegetation at the foot of Mount Sabyinyo for one of two habituated groups of the golden monkeys, one of them a troop of more than 80 members. Spend an enchanted hour watching their frolics as they leap among the slender shoots of bamboo or tumble among the dense foliage on the forest floor.  Return to the accommodation for relaxation or late lunch.  Accommodation and meals at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Day 6: To Rushaga Sector – Bwindi National Park

After your relaxed breakfast, you will set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the southern part of the park- the Rushaga Sector. You will arrive in time for lunch and relaxation at the camp.

Day 7: Gorilla Trekking or Buniga Community Walk/ Batwa Experience

You have another chance at Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest or exploring the Buniga Forest Trail and Batwa Experience. The trail showcases the life of the Batwa native pygmies—their historical nomadic cultures when they occupied the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest until 1991 when the forest was gazetted as a national park. The Batwa Experience will also showcase their way of life, how they lived in huts made of grass, and trees, and the use of tree-houses, and caves. Hike in the forest with the people of the forest with the help of a Batwa guide and enjoy trying out your hunting techniques as the Batwa teaches you how to shoot with a bow and arrow. Visit a traditional Batwa homestead and learn from the women how to prepare, cook and serve a meal. Talk to medicine men and learn about the medicinal properties of the forest flora. Hear ancient legends and traditional songs. Accommodation and Meals at Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge

Day 8: Bwindi NP- Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, head to Queen Elizabeth National Park with lunch en route arriving in the early evening for relaxation.  You may have an evening game drive in the park, look out for buffaloes, lions, elephants, and more 

OR  Head out to the Kichwamba Orphanage Foundation, a community-based organization dedicated to bringing hope to the hopeless by elevating orphans, other vulnerable children, and the elderly whose parents and guardians died from the wildlife attacks, anti-poaching ranger patrols, HIV/AIDS scourge, wars, and poverty into improved and better lives through care, education and empowerment.  Accommodation and Meals at Buffalo Safari Lodge.

Day 9: Lion Experiential & Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise

After breakfast, you will visit a lion experiential project. This experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring the pride in the park, using locator devices and learning habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings, and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology, and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem.

After lunch, head for the scheduled 3 hrs boat ride along the Kazinga channel joining lake Edward and Lake George with excellent wildlife sightings including, multitudes of hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, wallowing buffaloes on its reedy banks, elephants, multitudes of birds including many endemics as well as hundreds of other plains game that come to it for water. Accommodation and Meals at Buffalo Safari Lodge

Day 10:  Queen Elizabeth NP to Entebbe

After breakfast, head back to Kampala with lunch en route and a stopover at the Uganda Equator for a demonstration of water flow in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. You will arrive in the evening for a drop-off at the airport if you have a late flight back home or post-accommodation can be arranged.

End of the 10 day Discover Uganda & Rwanda Safari

General Tour Package Price from USD 4180

Included in the 10 days Discover Uganda and Rwanda Safari

Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD Toyota Landcruiser with gasoline/fuel, Mineral water in the vehicle, services of an English-speaking Driver/guide, Activities, Batwa Trail, Nature walks, Boat cruises,  Game drives, Accommodation, Meals, all Park Entrance Fees, Statutory Taxes where applicable.  

Excluded in the 10 days Discover Uganda and Rwanda Safari

International Airfares; Excess baggage charges; Ugandan Entry Visa Fees USD 50 per person; fees for International travel Vaccinations and Inoculations; Gorilla permits in Uganda  USD 700 or Rwanda  USD 1500, Items of personal nature such as Room service, Alcoholic drinks, and Beverages, Communications charges (telephone, fax, internet), Laundry, etc.; Postage fees, Porterage fees, Tips and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and Hotels staff, Shopping charges for Curios and Crafts, International Airport Departure Taxes, Optional activities unless specified as included, Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.  

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