Tour overview

lions ugandaBoth Uganda and Rwanda are countries that are found in East Africa, and these countries are also characterised by many different land scapes , even though the presence of the green colours and the verdant hills is so common in these two countries. This tour also offers 2 completely different adventures of the culture and landscape of the true people of African continent. You will enjoy nature, mountain gorillas, scenery viewing, cultures, the source of the Nile, boat cruises as well as wildlife viewing.

Tour highlights

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Day 3: Have a Game drive & a boat Cruise

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park

Day 5: Morning game drive & a boat cruise on Kazinga channel

Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge

Day 7: Explore Lake Bunyonyi &its islands

Day 8: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National park

Day 9: Enjoy the beach of Lake Kivu in Gisenyi

Day 10: Transfer to Nyungwe National park

Day 11: Enjoy chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe National park

Day 12: Drive to Kigali & enjoy the culture of Rwanda

Day 13: Visit Akagera National park

Day 14: Departure

 

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

Upon your arrival at Entebbe international Airport, you will be welcomed and greeted by our company representative who will then drive you to your booked Hotel in Kampala city.

Overnight at Fairway Hotel/Ivy’s Hotel in Kampala

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Have breakfast and then drive from Kampala to the North West as you continue to Murchison falls National Park. You have a stopover at Zziwa Rhino sanctuary to get a chance to trek these Rhinos. You will fully enjoy your nature walk to enjoy these Rhinos in the wild. Have your lunch in town of Masindi before reaching in the park. Murchsion falls is also the biggest national park in the area with over 3,840kms and named after the falls on the Victoria Nile. You stop at the top of the falls and enjoy the fantastic falls from above.

Accommodation options

Luxury: paara safari Lodge

Midrange: Murchison River Lodge\

Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp

Meal plan: Full board

Day 3: Have a Game drive & a boat Cruise

Have breakfast then proceed for a game drive and take photographs of many animals including the buffalos, elephant’s giraffes, waterbucks, the Uganda kobs, and the lions. You might also get lucky enough and view some leopards and many bird species. Have lunch at the lodge and then go for a boat cruise along the Nile towards the bottom of the falls. This is a chance to view the hippos, the crocodiles as well as the birds along the banks of the water. After, you return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options

Luxury: paara safari Lodge

Midrange: Murchison River Lodge\

Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp

Meal plan: Full board

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park

Have breakfast and then drive from Murchison falls national park and head to south west as you pass the Albertine escarpments of the great western rift valley. You drive through hoima and arrive to Fort portal which is the capital of Tooro Kingdom. Have lunch here and in the afternoon drive to Queen Elizabeth National park and enjoy scenery viewing as well as sighting seeing on your way to the lodge. On arrival, check in for dinner and an overnight.

 Accommodation options

Luxury: Mweya safari Lodge

Midrange: Enganzi safari Lodge

Budget: Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 5: Morning game drive & a boat cruise on Kazinga channel

Have breakfast and then proceed for a game drive in the northern sector of the park near Lake George and also be sure to see the elephants, lions, warthogs, birds and many more animals. After get back to the lodge for breakfast and also enjoy your lunch. After, you will go for a boat cruise on Kazinga channel to view many animals and variety of birds. Later in the evening, you drive to the crater lakes regions for the great sun set view in the savannah and the view of the Rift Valley.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Mweya safari Lodge

Midrange: Enganzi safari Lodge

Budget: Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge

Early in the morning, have a cup of tea and with your packed lunch, the guide will drive you to Kyambura Gorge for a forest walk in order to search for the habituated chimpanzees and many other primates. This gorge is over 6kms long along the rift valley and 100m deep. The rangers will also provide you with a walking stick to help you with the walk. Immediately after the walk, you drive to Lake Bunyonyi through the cultivated terraced hills of Kigezi highlands.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Bird nest safari lodge

Mid-range: Arcadia cottages Bunyonyi

Budget: Ha Buharo Camp

Meal plan: Full Board

Day 7: Explore Lake Bunyonyi &its islands

Have breakfast and after go for a two hour boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi and its many Islands that are good for bird watching, sightseeing as well as discovering the bakiga culture. You then drive to Ruhengeri at the gates of Volcanoes National park.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mid-range: Gorilla Nest Lodge

Budget: Kinigi guest House

Meal plan: Full Board

Day 8: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National park

Wake up so early in the morning and head to the headquarters to brief you about the dos and don’ts of Gorilla trekking in Rwanda. You then will enter the gorilla home of volcanoes national park. This is where the biologist Dian Fossey work till 1985 and also cared for these endangered mountain gorillas. This trek is so demanding but so rewarding at the same time. You have to ensure that you carry enough water as well as packed lunch. The time that is spent in the forest also depends on the movements of the gorillas with in their natural environment. After the trek, you return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mid-range: Gorilla Nest Lodge

Budget: Kinigi guest House

Meal plan: Full Board

Day 9: Enjoy the beach of Lake Kivu in Gisenyi

Have breakfast and then leave volcanoes and proceed to Gisenyi which is a pretty town that is located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Kivu, which is the water body in Rwanda. You will then descend the escarpments down towards the lake, with the great views of volcanoes, you will relax along the beach as you enjoy the cool breeze.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Serena Kivu Hotel

Moderate: Palm Beach Hotel

Budget: Stipp Hotel

Meal plan: Full board

Day 10: Transfer to Nyungwe National park

Have breakfast and then drive to Nyungwe National park, the road is so scenic along the lake. Have lunch in Kibuye and arrive to Nyungwe forest in time for dinner and an overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Nyungwe game lodge

Midrange: Nyungwe Hill top lodge

Budget: Gisakura Guest House

Meal plan: Full board

Day 11: Enjoy chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe National park

Have breakfast and after go to Nyungwe Forest for the trek in search for the many troops of the Angolan colobus monkeys or the tracking of the chimps. Nyungwe is also a huge pure rain tropical forest of over 1000 sq km in size and you will be so amazed by the intense, and green mountain vegetation. The park has got over 13 species of primates, 275 species of birds, 100 species of orchids and many more. Make sure that you carry packed lunch and water. After you return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 12: Drive to Kigali & enjoy the culture of Rwanda

Have breakfast at the lodge and then drive to Kigali, which is the capital city of Rwanda. Have a stopover in Gikongoro for a tour to the genocide memorial site of Murambi. Have lunch in Butare, after you visit the Rwandan original hand craft.  Butare town also hosts the biggest university as well as the national museum that are worth to visit. Have a stop at Nyanza for a safari tour of the royal palace of the traditional king of Rwanda, the Mwami . You arrive in Kigali for dinner and an overnight at hotel.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Kigali Serena Hotel

Mid-range: Hotel Chez Lando

Meal plan: Full board

Day 13: Visit Akagera National park

Have breakfast at the lodge and then drive to Akagera National park that is located along the Tanzanian border of Rwanda. Have lunch and then proceed for a game drive in the park and also have a boat trip on the lake Ihema to view the large numbers of buffalos, Nile crocodiles as well as the birds. This park is also famous for its heards of the game animals that include; the lions, zebras, elephants, the impalas, giraffes, topis, and over 425 species of Birds. Some of the birds found here include; shoebill stork, the AfricanJacana, the herons and the sacred Ibis Goliath herons.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Ruszizi tented Lodge

Midrange: Akagera Game lodge

Budgte: camping

Meal plan: Full board

Day 14: Departure

Have breakfast and then proceed for a game drive in the park. Later in the afternoon, return to Uganda and have an overnight at Agip Motel. The other alternative would be to drive back to Kigali for overnight and dinner.

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Tour inclusions

  • Gorilla trekking permits
  • Chimpanzee permits
  • full board accommodation,
  • Full time English speaking professional driver/guide,
  • All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary,
  • Bottled water while on safari,
  • Transport

Tour Exclusions

  • Kigali hotel fees( the eve of the safari and the night after the safari),
  • Tips,
  • Laundry services,
  • Beverages/ drinks,
  • international flights,
  • Visas,
  • Items of a personal nature,
  • Optional activities in the itinerary