15 Days Uganda and Rwanda Experience

Trip overview:

The 15day safari takes you through the Uganda and Rwanda, discovering the two countries, the Pearl of Africa – Uganda and the land of a Thousand Hills –where you will find the authentic Africa as you imagined it but only better on one of our Safaris. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs like lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard among others and up to 16 primate species, including the rare mountain gorillas and chimpanzees within our tropical rain forest. This safari specially includes the most important sites and national parks of Uganda and Rwanda on the list, Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Gisenyi (Lake Kivu).

Itinerary

Entebbe – Kampala (depending on flight and request) On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to Kampala for an overnight) on Bed and Breakfast BB Distance: 40km (1hour drive) Medium range accommodation: Cassia lodge /Africana (BB) High accommodation: Serena Kampala/ Commonwealth Resort (BB)

Day 2:

Kampala - Murchison Falls National Park Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. On our way we visit the rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. In Murchison Falls we visit the top of the falls. Dinner and overnight at your lodge on Full Board Distance: 350 km (about 6 hours) Medium range accommodation: Pakuba lodge / Fort Murchison/ Murchison River (FB) High accommodation: Paraa safari/ Chobe lodge/ Nile safari lodge (FB)

Day 3:

Murchison Falls National Park Today, experience the morning game drive in these savannah national park and expect some of the animals like elephants, buffalos, giraffes, waterbucks, oribis, bushbucks, among other if lucky lions, spotted hyenas and leopards. In the afternoon, take a 3 hours boat cruise on Victoria Nile to the base of the Murchison Falls. Expect to encounter some of the animal like hippos, crocodiles, variety of water birds species. Medium range accommodation: Pakuba lodge / Fort Murchison/ Murchison River (FB) High accommodation: Paraa safari/ Chobe lodge/ Nile safari lodge (FB)

Day 4:

Murchison Falls National Park - Hoima After breakfast, depart the National Park heading southwest along the Lake Albert and Rift Valley escarpment, with breathtaking panoramic sceneries, visit the Old Fort Butiaba and arrive Hoima the capital town of Bunyoro kingdom, one of the oldest in Uganda. Distance: 150 km (about 3 hours) Medium range accommodation: Kontiki Hotel / Hoima Hotel on Full Board (FB) High accommodation: Paraa safari/ Chobe lodge/ Nile safari lodge (FB)

Day 5:

Hoima Town – Kibale Forest National Park After your breakfast, depart in direction of Kibale National Park, have a stopover in Fort Portal, the capital town of Tooro kingdom which lies on the shadow of Rwenzori Mountains, the biggest mountain range in Africa. Distance: 280 km (about 5 hours) Medium range accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp/ Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (FB High accommodation: Kyaninga lodge/ Ndale lodge/ Mountain of the moon (FB)

- Kibale National Park After breakfast, go for a chimpanzee tracking experience and in the afternoon, make a primate and bird watching in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. Medium range accommodation: Kibale Forest camp/ Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (FB High accommodation: Kyaninga lodge/ Ndale lodge/ Mountain of the moon (FB)

Day 7:

Fort Portal - Queen Elizabeth National Park Transfer to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. On our way we pass the equator. Drive to Katwe fishing village, visit the local mining and arrive your lodge in the afternoon. Distance: 157 km (about 3hours) Medium range accommodation: Enganzi lodge / Katara/ Bush lodge(FB) High accommodation: Mweya safari Lodge/ Kyambura game lodge (FB)

Day 8:

Queen Elizabeth National Park Early morning game drives experience in the national park, with aim of seeing animal like elephants, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, Ugandan kobs, and if lucky lion and leopard . In the afternoon, take the most exciting 2 hours boat cruise on Kazinga channel, one of the most popular sites in Uganda for its concentration of wildlife and bird. Medium range accommodation: Enganzi lodge / Katara /Bush lodge (FB) High accommodation: Mweya safari Lodge/ Kyambura game lodge (FB)

Day 9:

Queen Elizabeth -Bwindi Impenetrable National Park After breakfast, drive through the National Park to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for tree climbing lions. After lunch, game drive in search of the tree climbing lions afterwards we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable. Today transfer will depend on the location of the gorilla permits and road conditions. Accommodation will depend on the group of gorillas you will be tracking on Full Board Distance: 190 km to Buhoma sector (about 5hours)/ 250 km to NKuringo sector (about 8hours) Medium range accommodation: Buhoma Bandas/ Gorilla Mist/ Nkuringo camp (FB) High accommodation: Mahogany spring / Buhoma lodge/ Chameleon Hill (FB) High End accommodation Gorilla Forest Camp/ Cloud lodge

Day 10:

Bwindi National Park Today, the activity starts at 8am and you will follow the ranger guides in a group of maximum 8 people as you search for the habituated family of mountain gorillas, which was allocated according to the permits. Bwindi forest in Uganda has a population of about 370 gorillas, which is half the world population according to 2007 gorilla population surveys. It is not predictable the time you will spend to encounter the gorillas. Accommodation will depend on the group of gorillas you will be tracking on Full Board Medium range accommodation: Buhoma Bandas/ Gorilla Mist/ Nkuringo camp (FB) High accommodation: Mahogany spring / Buhoma lodge/ Chameleon Hill (FB) High End accommodation Gorilla Forest Camp/ Cloud lodge

Day 11:

Bwindi National Park -Lake Bunyonyi Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi; the deepest and most beautiful lake in Uganda. On the way, visit the Grace Child home for village and agro tourism; later proceed to your hotel for relaxation Distance: 110 km (about 3hours) Medium range accommodation: Bunyonyi overland resort/ Birdnest oversea (FB) High accommodation: Bird nest / Arcadia cottage (FB)

Day 12:

Lake Bunyonyi – Volcanoes National Park After your breakfast, transfer to the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. On the way visit a pygmy village and later proceed to arrive in the evening. Dinner and overnight / hotel / Virunga hotel on Full board Distance: 130 km (about 4hours) Medium range accommodation: La Palme / Virunga hotel (FB) High Budget: Mountain Gorilla view lodge High End accommodation: Virunga lodge / Sanbinyo Silver back lodge (FB)

Day 13:

Volcanoes National Park After breakfast, you can either make a nature walk in the National Park, climb a volcano or visit Dian Fossey’s Grave. For those interested in gorilla tracking in Rwanda have to inform us in advance for arrangement. If time allows, visit the Twin Lakes, Lake Ruhondo and Lake Burera. Medium range accommodation: La Palme / Virunga hotel (FB) High Budget: Mountain Gorilla view lodge High End accommodation: Virunga lodge / Sanbinyo Silver back lodge (FB)

Day14:

Volcanoes National Park -Gisenyi (Lake Kivu) After your breakfast, we drive to Gisenyi, town located at the shore of the Lake Kivu. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Evening will be at pleasure. Distance: 62 km (about 1hour) Medium range accommodation: Palm Garden Hotel / Paradis Malahide / Virunga hotel (FB) High accommodation: Serena Lake Kivu (FB)

Day 15:

Gisenyi (Lake Kivu) - Kigali Today, after your breakfast, depending on your flight schedule, transfer to the airport for your flight departure Distance: 142 km (about 3hours) Note: Accommodations shall be based on client selection (luxury, Medium or low budget. All lodges have self contained rooms and are selected as per the interest of the client.

TOUR COST

The tariff includes:

Airport transfers Full board accommodation with meals mentioned Ground transportation in modified safari car English speaking Driver/Guide Gorilla and chimpanzee permits Entrance fees to the national park and other sites on the itinerary Local government taxes

The tariff does not include:

Air ticket. Tourist insurance health insurance Entrance visas: East African Visa (Uganda and Rwanda 100 USD directly at the Airport and border crossing point) Optional activities, Personal natures and tips