LK 20 Days Cross Countries - Uganda and Rwanda Tours

Trip overview:

The 18 Days Cross Countries - Uganda and Rwanda safaris takes you through 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), Nyungwe National park and Kigali city.

Itinerary:

Day 1:

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/ Backer’s 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– Kibale National Park 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. Afterward, proceed to Kibale National Park via Fort Portal, the capital town of Tooro kingdom which lies on the shadow of Rwenzori Mountains, the biggest mountain range in Africa. Dinner and overnight at hotel on Full Board Distance: 430 km (about 9 hours) Medium range accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp/ Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (FB) High range accommodation: Kyaninga lodge / Ndale Lodge / Papaya Lodge (FB)

Day 5:

- Kibale National Park Today after your very early, depart for Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, this is a lifetime experience that allows accompany Kibale’s researchers and habituation at chimpanzee during their daily activities, thereby getting used to human presence without changing their natural. During your tour, expect coming across the chimps de-nesting (in their nocturnal nests) between 05:30 to 6:30, before them throughout the day till they make new nests and the night around 19.00. Dinner and overnight at hotel on Full Board Medium range accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp/ Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (FB) High range accommodation: Kyaninga lodge / Ndale Lodge / Papaya Lodge (FB)

Day 6:

Kibale National Park - Semuliki Valley National Park - Fort Portal Drive to Semuliki Valley National Park; visit the Sempaya Hot Springs, on the way back, proceed to Amabere for the waterfalls and cave. Dinner and overnight at hotel on Full Board Distance: 90 km (about 3 hours) Medium range accommodation: Rwenzori view guesthouse (FB) High range accommodation: Kyaninga lodge or Ndale Lodge or Mountains of the Moon Hotel (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. Dinner and overnight at your lodge on Full Board Dinner and overnight at hotel on Full Board Distance: 157 km (about 3 hours) Medium range accommodation: Kasenyi game lodge/ Bush lodge (FB) High range 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. Dinner and overnight at hotel on Full Board Medium range accommodation: Kasenyi game lodge/ Bush lodge (FB) High range accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game lodge (FB)

Day 9:

Queen Elizabeth National Park Mweya – Ishasha Sector 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. Dinner and overnight at hotel on Full Board Distance: 120 km (about 3 hours) Medium range accommodation: Ishasha Jungle lodge or Savannah Resort (FB) High range accommodation: Ishasha wilderness (FB)

Day 10:

Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth- Bwindi National Park Early morning game drives 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: 90 km to Buhoma sector (about 2hours)/ 180 km to NKuringo sector (about 4hours) Medium range accommodation: Buhoma Bandas/ Gorilla Mist/ Nkuringo camp (FB) High range accommodation: / Mahogany spring / Buhoma lodge/ Chameleon Hill (FB) Top end accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp/ Cloud lodge (on request)

Day 11:

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 12:

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 13:

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. Distance: 130 km (about 4hours) Medium range accommodation: Gorilla Villa / La Palme / Virunga hotel (FB) High Budget: Mountain Gorilla view lodge High End accommodation: Virunga lodge / Sanbinyo Silver back lodge (FB)

Day 14:

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: Gorilla Villa / La Palme / Virunga hotel (FB) High Budget: Mountain Gorilla view lodge High End accommodation: Virunga lodge / Sanbinyo Silver back lodge (FB)

Day15:

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)

Day16:

Gisenyi – Kibuye After breakfast you will depart for Kibuye which lies at the eastern tip of Lake Kivu. Kibuye is often hailed as the most impressive scenic spot of the lake. Lunch at the shore of the Lake Kivu and afterward take a boat trip to the island of Amahoro Napoleon’s island. Distance: 262 km (about 4 hour) Medium range accommodation: Centre Bethanie (FB) High accommodation: Moriah Hills Resort (FB) High End accommodation: Cormoran (FB)

Day17:

Kibuye – Nyungwe National park Depart for Nyungwe National park, the protected area offers a rare and important habitat for many species, especially primates and birds. And with over 1000 km2, Nyungwe is Africa’s largest protected mountain rainforest, home of over 300 bird species, 26 of which are endemic. Distance: 202 km (about 4 hour) Low budget: Gisakura guesthouse (FB) Medium range accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Hotel High accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (FB)

Day18:

Nyungwe Forest National Park After your breakfast, go for Chimpanzee Trekking and other monkeys in the tropical rain forest. After lunch, go for the canopy walk which sets 50 meters above the ground with a 150-meter walkway and known as the first of its kind in East Africa and third on the continent after South Africa and Ghana. These canopies walks allows visitors to see the forest from above the trees and be at eye level with birds and monkeys that inhabit the upper storeys of the forest. Later return to your hotel/lodge for dinner and overnight on Full board Low budget: Gisakura guesthouse (FB) Medium range accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Hotel High accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (FB)

Day 19:

Nyungwe National park - Kigali Today, after your breakfast, depending on your flight schedule, transfer via Butare visiting enroute, the famous National Museum at Butare and the ancient King´s Palace at Nyanza later arrive Kigali for dinner and overnight. Distance: 276 km (about 7hours) Medium range accommodation: Chezlando /Gorilla Hotel (BB) High accommodation: Serena Kigali (BB)

Day 20:

Kigali - Departure After breakfast go for a city tour of Kigali with possible visit to genocide memorial and other sites, latter, depending on your flight scheduled, proceed to Kigali International airport for your flight back

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 (2017)

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: Uganda and Rwanda 100 USD directly at the Airport and border crossing point Optional activities, Personal natures and tips