15 DAYS BEST OF RWANDA & UGANDA
- 15 Days
- Age 15+
Arrive Kigali international airport, be met by our drive guide thereafter transfer to your hotel. Overnight: Iris Hotel (Budgeat) Lemigo hotel (Mid-range)
Pick up by the driver guide from your hotel in Kigali for a tour of Kigali city. Kigali is a beautiful modern and very clean city, offering visitors a chance to visit the Gisozi genocide site, craft shops, and local markets. Have lunch and later hit the road driving north-wards to Volcanoes national park in Musanze province.
Overnight: Urugano Virunga Palace (Budget), Classic Lodge Musanze (Mid-range)
This day is set out for Golden Monkey tracking in the Volcanoes National Park. Entering dense stands of bamboo interspersed with open glades; you will make your way deep into golden monkey territory. Guides lead visitors to the habitat of groups of „habituated‟ golden monkeys – monkeys that have become accustomed to human presence. Though viewing is kept to a maximum of one hour, travelers can get an up-close look at the golden monkey in its natural habitat. Adult monkeys frolic in plain view, feeding on bamboo leaves and leaping from perch to perch. Females carry their young, completely comfortable among onlookers. Later visit Red Rocks intercultural center be introduced dance.
Overnight: Urugano Virunga Palace(Budget) , Classic Lodge Musanze(Mid-range)
Start your day with breakfast at your hotel and embark on a journey with your guide to Lake Kivu. This is the largest freshwater Lake in Rwanda and provides a perfect relaxing place when in Rwanda. Afternoon relax along the lake shores or take an boat to explore nearby Islands.
Overnight: Paradise Marahide (Mid-range) ,Inzu lodge (Budget)
After breakfast drive to the border of Rwanda and Uganda via Cyanika border post. Enter Uganda then drive out to Lake Bunyonyi for a canoe ride your guide will give you an introduction to Uganda. You later proceed to your hotel for check in and relaxation. We recommend and early night in order to be ready for your gorilla trekking expedition the next day.
Overnight: Bwindi Backpackers(Budget) and Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge(Mid-range)
Today is the big day… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. You will be required to wake up early in the morning then be led to the visitor’s reception center for a briefing about the park. You are allocated guides before heading into the forest in search of Mountain Gorillas.
Overnight: Bwindi Backpackers (Budget) and Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (Mid-range)
Head out to the beautiful wilderness of Ishasha plains that are a part of Queen Elizabeth National Park - the oldest & second largest National Park in Uganda, located at the base of the massive Rwenzori Mountains, adjacent to lakes Edward&George. The park is covered by Savannah plains that provide an abundance of Game viewing like; Elephants that trumpet when you get too close, lazy Leopards laying in the sun, abundant Gazelle and buck, Lions, Buffaloes, Hippos and others. If you’re lucky, a game drive through the open savannah of Acacia on the edge of the Albertine Rift valley will enable you view ‘Tree climbing Lions’ and other wild animals.
Overnight: Enjojo lodge(Budget) and IshashaJungle Lodge(Mid-range)
After breakfast, go in for a game drive in time to see the sun rise. You will search for all the wildlife in the park; Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, Warthog, etc.In the afternoon, take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel- a natural channel which connects Lake Edward to Lake George. View Buffaloes, Elephants, Waterbucks, Crocodiles and the highest concentration of Hippos plus a variety of colourful species of Water birds like Crested Eagles, Pelicans and Cormorants – an Amazing diverse collection of the African animal Kingdom which comes to the waterhole to drink or bathe. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
Overnight: Bush Lodge(Budget) and Buffallo Safari Lodge(Mid-range)
Kalinzu Forest is home to over 414 species of trees, shrubs and in this forest, you can find 379 species of birds which is an amazing treasure trove for birders. 378 Species of Birds call this their home including the Great Blue Turaco, Black and White Cascket, Cuckoos, and Sunbirds. There are six different Species of Primates found in Kalinzu Forest Reserve including; the Blue Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys and over 220 Chimpanzees. You can hike up the Kishunja Hill Viewpoint, where you can behold the entire Forest Canopy, great parts of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and some Peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains. Being close to Queen Elizabeth National Park, wildlife tend to come from the park and if you are lucky you can see Leopards, antelopes, and wild pigs. In the evening head out for an evening game drive as you watch the sun set over the horizon.
Overnight: Bush Lodge (Budget) and Buffallo Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Transfer to Fort Portal and have a visit of the King’s Palace. The palace is worth a visit purely for its panoramic views. Looking down from the highest hill is the residence of King Oyo, who ascended the throne in 1995 at the age of three. Later proceed to your lodge for refreshment and overnight.
Overnight: Chimpanzee Guest House(Budget) and Kibale Forest Camp(mid-range)
Depart at 8:00am your chimpanzee tracking excursion will commence. Kibale Forest boasts of the highest number of primate species in the world, including our delightful cousins- the Chimpanzees. At this moment, in Uganda, there are approximately 4,950 Chimps left in the wild, which makes this forest a perfect and best place to spot chimpanzees in Africa! During the excursion, your ranger will point out the other species living in the forest, including birds, flora and fauna. In the afternoon, you’ll embark on a nature excursion. Your swamp walk (1- 2 hours) will take you through grassland and some beautiful scenery. It is usual to spot 3 or 4 different primate species during this walk through the highlight is catching a glimpse of the Great Blue Turaco bird!
Overnight: Chimpanzee Guest House(Budget) and Kibale Forest Camp(mid-range)
Today you head out for the mighty Murchison Falls National Park, which is the largest national park and Uganda's flagship with exceptional wildlife. The meandering Victoria Nile and the dramatic Murchison Falls neatly bisecting Uganda's largest park, here you'd expect a wide range of animals and you'd be right. It's a stunning habitat for wildlife and it’s where to go in Uganda for classic big game species.
Overnight: Red Chilli Camp(Budget) and Murchison River lodge(Mid-range)
After an early breakfast, you head out on an early game drive while the animals are the most active since it’s not yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. This is the best time to spot wild animals.A drive through the park brings you eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds. They are all there in Murchison Falls National Park! .In the afternoon, a 3hour Boat Cruise along the Victoria Nile will lead you to the base of the Murchison Falls. Along the way, you will be able to view a wide variety of birds and wildlife; numerous hippos, elephants and crocodiles, as well as breathtaking scenery.
Overnight: Red Chilli Camp(Budget) and Murchinson River lodge(Mid-range)
Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. En route to Ziwa, you will go for a chimpanzee trekking experience in Budongo forest.Budongo Forest offers an extremely rich biodiversity including 24 species of small mammals, 9 species of primates and 280 butterflies. It is also the natural habitat of more than 600 chimpanzees. Other primates that can be observed are the Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Red-tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys and Grey-cheeked Mangabeys. Later you trek rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary- this Rhino reserve is a true success story of the revival of rhinoceros after the extreme poaching that killed the last rhino in Uganda in 1982. Doing this guided trek gets you “up close and personal” to these special animals that are among “Africa’s Big five.”After trekking Rhinos, you will proceed to Kampala reaching your hotel late in the evening.
Overnight: Cassia Lodge(Budget) and Prestige Hotels and Suites(Mid-range)
Kampala the capital of Uganda is an amazing city seated on 7hills and located in the central region. It is not as advanced as Modern day first world cities but has lots of infrastructural development going on and Kampala’s main tourist attractions are majorly pre-colonial and colonial sites that have a lot historical attachment to Ugandans. You will explore some of the seven hills of Kampala and visit several places among which include: Kabaka’s Palace & Parliament: The Kabaka`s Lake, Gadaffi Mosque: Later proceed to Entebbe airport from where you’ll catch your departure flight home.