9 Days Discover Uganda & Rwanda Safari
Discover the best of Uganda and Rwanda in this 9 days Discover Uganda & Rwanda Safari. From the savannah plains of Lake Mburo you will travel to the wilderness of Queen Elizabeth and track the Mountain Gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
- This tour starts in Entebbe and ends in Kigali Rwanda,
- You’ll be visiting Entebbe, Lake Mburo NP and Queen Elizabeth NP, Volcanoes NP and Kigali.
- All inclusive African safari including accommodation, meals, transfers and entry fees
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost
- Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD with gasoline/fuel,
- Mineral water in the vehicle,
- Services of an English speaking Driver/guide,
- Accommodation as shown at the lodges mentioned in the itinerary,
- Meals as shown (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner),
- All Park Entrance Fees and all permits
- International Airfares; Excess baggage charges;
- Ugandan Entry Visa Fees
- International travel Vaccinations and Inoculations;
- Items of personal nature such us Room service,
- 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.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed by your private Discover Uganda & Rwanda Safari and be transferred to your accommodation in Entebbe. Overnight at the Boma Hotel (-)
Day 2: Entebbe – Lake Mburo National Park (5 hrs)
After breakfast, start your Discover Uganda & Rwanda Safari heading southwest to Lake Mburo National Park. Have a stopover at the Uganda Equator for a demonstration of the north and south hemisphere. As we enter the park and head towards our accommodation, it is likely that you will encounter the first wildlife. After checking in you will join a boat ride on the lake and enjoy the rich birdlife. Or you may decide to go for a game drive in search of zebras, buffaloes and different types of antelopes.
Dinner and overnight at Rwakobo Rock (B-L-D)
Day 3: Lake Mburo National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park (4 hrs)
Early start of the Discover Uganda & Rwanda Safari day as we will go for a nature walk guided by a ranger. Lake Mburo is the only national park where you can experience a safari on foot. Return for breakfast and then continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park with lunch en route.
Dinner and overnight at Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (B-L-D)
Day 4: Lion Experiential Project and Boat cruise
At 6:30 am head for the Lion Experiential Project, a research project that allows visitors to participate in monitoring the pride in the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behaviour.
With the aid of the researchers and equipped with radio-collar-receiving equipment, keep track of the lion prides in the park. Head back to the lodge for relaxation. In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George.
Thanks to the abundant birdlife that is sighted, and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your Discover Uganda & Rwanda Safari.
Dinner and overnight at Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (B-L-D)
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Lake Bunyonyi (6 hrs)
Today we will depart the beautiful area of Queen Elizabeth and head to Lake Bunyonyi – gorilla highlands region arriving in time for late lunch and relaxation.
Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages (B-L-D)
Day 6: Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast embark on a 5-hour expedition starting off by canoe across to the Kyabahinga peninsula. A Discover Uganda & Rwanda Safari visit to a trading centre above Edirisa Nursery School you will be invited to a cup of the local brew. On a 30 minutes ascent on the slopes of Kyabahinga, you will encounter a traditional healer/herbalist who will share secrets of the tropical highland flora. Thereafter have a stopover at the Africa Explorer Cultural Village some 2,300 metres above sea level.
Over a drink, Ianick speaks about many stories of the Bakiga, their traditional beliefs, Rastafarianism and much more. Kyabahinga has got amazing views over most of Lake Bunyonyi, its 29 islands and the distant Muhavura volcano. The last stop is a craft centre with demonstrations on making local crafts and participatory roles as well.
Thereafter descend back heading for the canoes once again to proceed back to the mainland. After lunch, you will relax at the lodge.
Dinner and Overnight at Arcadia Cottages B-L-D
Day 7: Lake Bunyonyi – Volcanoes National Park 4 hrs
After breakfast, head to Volcanoes National Park arriving in time for lunch and relaxation.
Dinner and Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge B-L-D
Day 8: Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park- Kigali Town ( 3 hrs drive)
After breakfast, head for a pre-tracking briefing by the park warden getting an overview on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure – participants can expect to walk long distances in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be challenging, however, the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback far more than makes up for the effort in their quest.
Granted the time taken can be quite unpredictable taking anything from 2 to 8 hrs or longer. Later head back to the trailhead, get your tracking certificate and take the last day of the Discover Uganda & Rwanda Safari in Kigali town.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel Mille Collines. (B-L-D)
Day 9: End of Discover Uganda & Rwanda Safari
After breakfast, head to the airport for your onward flight back home. Depending on the time of your flight, you may have a city tour in Kigali.
End of the 9 days Discover Uganda & Rwanda Safari
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