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Overview

This journey starts in Kigali’s Rwanda Capital and ends in Kampala’s Uganda Capital. Explore Nyungwe Forest National Park home to the highest population of black and white colobus monkeys in the world. Chimpanzee trekking is a famous activity in the Nyungwe Forest National Park where you can get close to man’s closest cousin. Partake in the dense canopy walk above the forest that offers breath-taking scenic views.

Next on this safari adventure is the crossing of the border to Uganda to explore the country premier wildlife locations and spectacular landscapes. Start by trekking Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to more than half of the world mountain gorilla’s population. Then onto some relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi, a beautiful freshwater lake surrounded by breath-taking scenery and thought to be the second deepest lake in Africa after Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania. Enjoy swimming, canoeing, hiking the highlands around the lake and more.

Exploring further afield, travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park to test your skills at spotting tree climbing lions in the Ishasha Sector of the national park and you may also track some chimpanzee in the Kyambura Gorge located in the outskirts the National Park as it offers the finest tracking experiences.

Continue your safari with a visit to Kibale Forest National Park home to Uganda’s largest population of Chimpanzees and one of the top birding spots in the country. Enjoy a walk-through Bigodi Swamp and see wild chimpanzees exciting chimp walk. The search for more wildlife spotting and landscape exploration continue as our next stop is Murchison Falls National Park for some big four wildlife spotting and spectacular waterfalls hiking.

From here, proceed to Kidepo Valley National Park known as Uganda’s hidden gem located miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in the North-Eastern corner the country with sights quenching the thirst of any adventurous spirit and sating souls seeking solitude. Round off this Twin centre journey with a visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, an example of a successful wildlife conservation project which today is the only place in Uganda where visitors can track the endangered White Rhinos by foot and at a close range.

Summary of your Trip
  • 1 Night Nyungwe Top View Hill Lodge (Nyungwe Forest National Park) | Rwanda
  • 1 Night Moriah Hill Resort (Nyungwe Forest National Park) | Rwanda
  • 2 Nights Gorilla Safari Lodge (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest) | Uganda
  • 2 Nights Bunyonyi Overland Bandas (Lake Bunyonyi) | Uganda
  • 1 Night Enjojo Safari Lodge (Queen Elizabeth National Park) | Uganda
  • 1 Night Elephant Hab Safari Lodge (Queen Elizabeth National Park) | Uganda
  • 2 Nights Rubalika Safari Lodge (Kibale Forest National Park) | Uganda
  • 2 Nights Pakuba Safari Lodge (Murchison Falls National Park) | Uganda
  • 1 Night Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Kidepo Valley National Park) | Uganda
  • 1 Night Amuka Lodge (Nakasongola District) | Uganda
Price Includes
  • All ground transportation in A 4x4 safari vehicle with all fuel
  • Full-time professional English driver/guide
  • Full board accommodation as per above itinerary apart from Kigali/Kampala/ Entebbe where it is Bed and breakfast only
  • All park entrance fees
  • 1 Chimpanzee permit per person in Rwanda
  • 1 gorilla permit per person; 1 chimpanzee per person; 1 Rhino tracking permit per person in Uganda
  • Ferry crossing, Canopy walk, King's Palace visit
  • Top of the Falls Hike, Full day water rafting, Bigodi swamp walk
  • Game Drives and Boat cruise as per itinerary
  • Drinking Water in the car while on safari
  • Meals Enroute where applicable
  • Any other items included in the above itinerary
Price Excludes
  • Visas, International Air tickets and Domestic Flights
  • Covid-19 PCR Tests
  • Personal insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, porters etc
  • Any other items not mentioned as included in the above itinerary
Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Kigali Airport and Departure to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Driving time: ± 6 hours (± 232 km)

Meet and greet at Kigali International Airport by our representative who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities. You may opt for Kigali City Orientation by visiting the Genocide memorial Centre, local markets, coffee and craft shops if time permits, before being transferred to Nyungwe forest national park, the oldest conserved tropical rainforest in Africa and which remained green during the ice age. But what makes this National Park famous is because it accommodates about 13 primate species with a world’s largest population of 400 monkeys and chimpanzees that are 25% of Africa’s population. In addition, Nyungwe Forest National Park has more than 200 different types of trees, and a myriad of flowering plants including the other-worldly giant lobelia and a host of colourful orchids. On your way to Nyungwe forest national park, you will take a visit to some tourist attractions such as the sites of traditional Rwanda King’s palace in Nyanza as well as the Cultural Museum in Butare.

Stop for lunch en route after which back on the road – enjoy the landscape of green tea fields scattered on the hillsides of the road; the view of small wooden houses all the way to Nyungwe. Arrive at the park in the late evening. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Hill Lodge (Deluxe)
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Activities and Services: Nyungwe Forest National Park; Visit to the Royal Palace and Ethnographic Museum; Scenic viewing
Included: Meet and Greet at Kigali Airport; Transfer; King’s palace visit Cultural museum visit (Royal Museum and Ethnographic Museum)

Day 2Nyungwe Forest National Park Chimpanzee tracking and Canopy walk

After an early breakfast, you will meet you park ranger at the Gisakura RDB park offices and set off to discover the primates and scenic splendour of Nyungwe. Nyungwe is an ideal destination for primates’ lovers with 13 different species living here, and most visitors will go for at least one tracking experience, the most popular of which is chimpanzee trekking.

Starting very early in the morning, chimps are tracked in groups of eight, you will have just one hour in their company once they’ve been located. Sightings aren’t as reliable or as clear as gorillas however, since they often remain in dense forest, but their engaging playfulness and human-like characteristics make the long day worthwhile. Among the primates you are to track in Nyungwe forest include chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkey, golden monkeys, large troops of the Angola Colobus, vervet monkeys, Silver Monkey, Hamlyn’s Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Dent’s Mona Monkey, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys among other primates. Return to the lodge for lunch, after lunch you will go for the Canopy walk and after the walk you will be transferred to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Moriah Hill Resort (Standard)
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Activity and Services: Chimpanzee tracking; Bird Watching experience; Canopy Walks Nyungwe Forest
Included: 1 Chimps Permit per person; Canopy walk

Day 3Departure for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda)

Driving time: ± 8 hours (± 301 km)

This morning it is cross-border time. After breakfast, get ready for your transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This day is a long drive but worth undertaking because it is a scenic drive through the Kigezi highlands commonly known as the “Switzerland of Africa”, with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arriving in the early evening. Check into the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Activities and Services: Rushaga Sector
Included: Lunch en route; transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 4Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Batwa Cultural Visit

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for a briefing about your gorilla trekking
adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers. 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 roam freely in the impenetrable forest and discover their gorgeous natural habitat. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally sloping down back to your lodge. Freshen up and have lunch.

Later in the afternoon, you may visit the Batwa People who are hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors and depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine thanks to ancient knowledge passed down through many generations. They were the first people to inhabit the tropical rainforest who used to stay with mountain gorillas in harmony, it has been once their home for centuries. They used to eat the same food with mountain gorillas considering gorillas as part of their forest family. Visit the Batwa tribe, listen to ancient legends and traditional songs and learn a thing or two about their daily lives and traditions. Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with fellow travellers before retiring to your room, relax and get to sleep to the sounds of nature.

Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Activities and Services: Gorilla Tracking/Uganda Wildlife Authority
Included: 1 Gorilla permit per person; Batwa Community visit (Optional)

Day 5Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Lake Bunyonyi

Driving time: ± 2 hours (± 110 km)

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then depart for Lake Bunyonyi, the second deepest lake in Africa after Lake Tanganyika. This lake is also considered the best place to unwind after multiple day on a safari to enjoy some layback Optional activities such as nature walks, boat rides, walks around the villages and school visits for some upliftment projects.

You may try your hand at paddling at dugout canoe or eating freshwater crayfish. You can also opt to visit the famous punishment island where you will learn about its tragic past. Young girls who got pregnant outside marriage were left to die in this particular island. Most were saved by poor men who had failed to find a bride. The lake has 29 islands, and you will spend your time canoeing, watching birds, going for nature walks and visiting the different islands. Lake Bunyonyi is a small paradise for travellers looking for a place to relax.

Accommodation: Bunyonyi Overland Bandas
Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Activities and Services: canoe ride
Included: canoeing on lake Bunyonyi

Day 6Lake Bunyonyi to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Driving time: ± 3 hours (± 182 km)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park- Ishasha Sector-
the sector known for the tree-climbing lions. You will arrive in time for a late lunch and after which you will go for a game drive. Return to the lodge after the game drive for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Enjojo Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Activities and Services: Ishasha Sector
Included: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park; Game Drive; Search for Tree Climbing lions

Day 7Full Day Queen Elizabeth National Park – Morning Game Drive & Afternoon Boat Cruise

Driving time: ± 4 hours (± 110 km)

Rise up at dawn for breakfast and an early morning game drive anticipating early risers including predators and other nocturnal mammals before they retreat to their hideouts. Expect mammals including hippos, buffaloes, hartebeests, leopard, lions, etc and a plethora of both endemic and migratory birds. Return to the lodge for a hot lunch and relax.

Later enjoy a unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. It is a 42kms channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George. This Channel is a magnet to all wildlife in this park. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos. It offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous, with well over 550 resident species. After yet another spectacular wildlife experience, drive to the lodge for Dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Elephant Hub Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Activities and Services: Kazinga Channel; Game Drive;
Included: Game Drive; Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel; Park entrance fees

Day 8Queen Elizabeth National Park to Kibale Forest National Park

Driving time: ± 2 hours (± 157 km)

Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Have an early morning game drive as you drive out of the park to Kibale Forest National Park where you have an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, which provides excellent opportunities to spot lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, deface waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck. Game drives are memorable method of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. Be sure to have your camera ready for these amazing sightings! You will arrive in time for a late lunch. You may opt for optional activities at the lodge at an extra cost like Canoeing, Top of the world hike.

Accommodation: Rubalika Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Activities and Services: Uganda Wildlife Authority; Scenic viewing
Included: Transfer to Kibale Forest; Game Drives; Park entrance fees

Day 9Full Day Kibale Forest National Park – Chimpanzee tracking & Bigodi swamp walk

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 Chimpanzees represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate. Kibale is also home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey.
Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey-cheeked mangabey, Red-tailed monkey, and Olive baboon to mention but a few. So you will enjoy guided nature walks in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, and many others. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, visitors stand a good chance of hearing and seeing our distant cousins as they gloom and bond with one another. After chimpanzee tracking, you will return to the lodge.

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 eight different species here, including grey-cheeked mangabey. Experienced local guides interacting with the guests will make the trip both enjoyable and exciting during the 2-3 hour guided walk.

Accommodation: Rubalika Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Activities and Services: Kibale Forest Chimp Tracking; Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
Included: 1 Chimpanzee permit per person; Bigodi swamp walk

Day 10Kibale Forest National Park to Murchison Falls National Park

Driving time: ± 6h30mn (± 354 kms)

After your morning breakfast, begin your journey to Murchison Falls National Park. Drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside passing through traditional homesteads, farms and Tea Estates. Capture blue Mountain of Congo on clear days. Enjoy the landscape and stopover for lunch en-route. You will arrive at you lodge in the late afternoon. Check in at your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Activities and Services: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
Included: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park; Enroute Lunch; Park Entrance fees

Day 11Full Day Murchison Falls National Park – Game Drive & Boat Cruise

Rise very early in the morning for your game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile in your open-roof vehicle which will give you an excellent opportunity to view and photograph the diverse wildlife. Your guide will help you spot elephant, lion, cape buffalo, Roth child’s giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reedbuck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. Alternatively, you may go for a hot air balloon safari very early in the morning with a bush breakfast included at a supplement of $380 per person.

After lunch, go for a boat cruise upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just a few meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, marvel at the schools of hippos, crocodiles and over the 17km stretch, you may see elephant, waterbuck, and Uganda Kob. This is also the zone of many birds, species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant, and the rare shoebill stork.

After taking shorts of the photogenic Murchison Falls, you may choose to continue to the top of the falls, where you will have an amazing view of the falls! See where the Nile -the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Later, return to your lodge and relax in the evening. Alternatively, you may choose to pay a supplement of $80 per person to go for the delta cruise in search of the shoebill and wildlife.

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Activities and Services: Game Drive, Boat Cruise on the Nile, Top of the Falls Hike
Included: Game Drive; Park Entrance Fees; Ferry Crossing; Boat Cruise on the Nile Top of the Falls Hike; Vehicle Entrance fees

Day 12Full Day Murchison Falls National Park to Kidepo Valley National Park

Driving time: ± 7h30mn (± 376 kms)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kidepo Valley National Park. Nestled in the wild frontier region of Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park is apparently the most isolated national park in Uganda but still stands out to be one of the best virgin places every wildlife viewer can ever visit in Uganda. This virgin national park is undoubtedly among the best wilderness areas in Africa, harbouring a couple of extinct species of wildlife that can’t be found in any other Ugandan national park. Kidepo is right at the core of a Savannah landscape right next to a few mountainous bodies. This national park is another great spot for a cultural trail, especially for those who would like to see the Karamojongs, Acholis plus other great tribes. Some of the other exciting tourism activities in the wilderness of this area include nature walks, birding, and hiking. In case, you arrive early, you may go for an afternoon game drive. Accommodation: Kidepo Savannah Lodge.

Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Activities and Services: Transfer Uganda Wildlife Authority
Included: Transfer to Kidepo valley National Park; En route Lunch; Park Entrance fees.

Day 13Full Day Kidepo Valley National Park

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and you will be excused if you overslept to make most of your time in this idyllic place referred to “as one of those Out of the Ordinary places in East Africa” – this is unspoiled Africa, remote, untouched, unvisited, Africa without the crowds – a park with less than 10 new visitors a day, Experiential Africa at its best. After breakfast, you will go for another morning game drive.

The park has great observation points with binoculars and you will be happy to use them and you can never have enough of a game drive in this park! Return to the lodge for lunch and unwind a bit before embarking on a drive to Kidepo valley close to the South Sudan border to visit the hot springs you can encounter Ostriches within the region although their numbers are highly threatened by poaching by south Sudanese.

Accommodation: Kidepo Savannah Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Activities and Services: Transfer Uganda Wildlife Authority
Included: Game Drives; Hot spring visits

Day 14Kidepo Valley National Park to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Driving time: ± 7h30mn (± 376 kms)

Rise early to enjoy your last game drive of this 14 Nights Rwanda-Uganda Safari Adventure
After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to the magnificent Kidepo Valley National Park as you set up on a drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, an example of a successful wildlife conservation project which today is the only place in Uganda where visitors can track the endangered White Rhinos by foot and at a close range. You will have lunch en-route arriving in the late afternoon in the Nakasongola District, home to the Sanctuary. Check-in at your lodge, relax and enjoy the amenities on offer. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation: Amuka Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Activities and Services: Transfer Uganda Wildlife Authority
Included: Transfer to Nakasongola District (Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary); En route Lunch; Park Entrance fees

Day 15Rhino Tracking and Transfer to Entebbe International Airport

Driving time: ± 3h30mn (± 220 kms)

After breakfast, you will go rhino trekking. There are 15 Rhinos that were reintroduced after their extinction in the 1970s through poaching. A local ranger guide will lead you on foot to an up-close encounter with the rhinos and it may take about 1 and a half hours.

After a successful Rhino tracking, back on the road to our final destination – Entebbe Airport with a stopover for lunch en route. Depending on your flight departure time, you may opt to visit coffee/ craft shops before being transferred to the airport.

Activities and Services: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Included: 1 Rhino permit per person, lunch en route; Airport transfer

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