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13-Day Explore Uganda & Rwanda Safari – 13 Days

13-Day Explore Uganda & Rwanda Safari – 13 Days

Tour Uganda “the pearl of Africa” and Rwanda “the land of a thousand hills” during this safari. A combination of savanna parks and jungles lets you see the best of what these two countries have to offer. Including game-drives and boat-cruises to spot lions, elephants, buffaloes and more in Murchison Falls NP and Queen Elizabeth NP and a trek to meet rhinos at Ziwa rhino sanctuary before we focus on primates with treks in the jungles to see gorillas, chimpanzees and golden monkeys.

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Tour Uganda “the pearl of Africa” and Rwanda “the land of a thousand hills” during this safari. A combination of savanna parks and jungles lets you see the best of what these two countries have to offer. Including game-drives and boat-cruises to spot lions, elephants, buffaloes and more in Murchison Falls NP and Queen Elizabeth NP and a trek to meet rhinos at Ziwa rhino sanctuary before we focus on primates with treks in the jungles to see gorillas, chimpanzees and golden monkeys.

Tour Summary
You’ll go to Rwanda Rwanda & Uganda Uganda
You’ll visit Kampala (City), Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls NP, Kibale NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, Ishasha (Queen Elizabeth NP), Mgahinga Gorilla NP, Volcanoes NP, Lake Kivu & Nyungwe Forest NP
This tour starts in Entebbe (Uganda) & ends in Kigali (Rwanda) –

Rwanda
Things to Consider
Budget tour
Private tour
Can start any day
Can be customized
Not for solo travelers
16 Min age of 16 years

Activities & Transportation
Activities: game drives, gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking & boat trip
Game drives: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
Getting around: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included

Accommodation & Meals

  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost
  • Day
    Accommodation
    Meals
  • 1 Mamaland Guesthome Budget guest house in or near Kampala (Uganda)
    Dinner Included
  • 2-3 Twiga Tales Lodge Mid-range lodge just outside Murchison Falls NP (Uganda)
    All Meals Included
  • 4 Isunga Lodge Mid-range lodge just outside Kibale NP (Uganda)
    All Meals Included
  • 5 Pumba Safari Cottages Budget lodge in or near Kyambura (Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda)
    All Meals Included
  • 6 Mucha Hotel Budget hotel in or near Ishasha (Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda)
    All Meals Included
  • 7-8 Muhabura Hotel Budget hotel just outside Volcanoes NP (Rwanda)
    All Meals Included
  • 9 Paradise Malahide Mid-range hotel in or near Rubavu (Rwanda)
    All Meals Included
  • 10-11 Gisakura Guest House Budget guest house inside Nyungwe Forest NP (Rwanda)
    All Meals Included
  • 12 Step Town Motel Budget hotel in or near Kigali (Rwanda)
    All Meals Included
  • 13 End of tour (No accommodation)
    Breakfast & Lunch Included

Arrival to Uganda – 1st day
Arrival at Entebbe airport for the Explore Uganda & Rwanda safari. We meet our tour guide and make the journey to Kampala getting a first taste of Uganda along the way. Get to the guest home in Kampala to relax after the flight and be ready for the adventure starting the next day.
Main Destination: Kampala (Uganda)
Accommodation: Mamaland Guesthome
• Budget guest house located in or near Kampala
Meals & Drinks:
• Dinner (Breakfast & lunch not included)
• Drinks not included

Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino and top of the falls – 2nd day

Leave Kampala in the morning to head to Murchison Falls national park. Along the way we make a stop at Ziwa rhino sanctuary where they are working to reintroduce rhinos to Uganda. Here you go for a trek to meet these impressive animals. You then continue on having lunch along the way and drive on to Murchison Falls NP for a visit to the top of the falls. This is a magnificent classic highlight as an explosive dash of water at close range gushes through a narrow crevice. After this we drive on to the lodge just outside the park.

Main Destination: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (Uganda)
Accommodation: Twiga Tales Lodge
• Mid-range lodge located just outside Murchison Falls NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinks not included

Game drive and boat-cruise in Murchison Falls NP – 3rd day

In the early morning we set off for a game-drive in the park. You have the chance of seeing Big cats hunting, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos, plus more as the checklist of mammals reaches 76. We continue browsing the Drive circuits to the Delta point for a cocktail of Birds and mammals. Enjoy a relaxed lunch and then go for a 3 hour boat ride on the river Nile to the base of the falls where you get to see the Hippos (You have never seen more hippos yawning, Grooming in there Pods anywhere else than here- Believe me you)! Nile Crocodiles, Elephants and a variety of beautiful bird species along the banks. If you are a keen birder this might be your magnet to catch them. This is a grand start to your visit in this Great Animal home!

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park (Uganda)
Best Time to Visit December to February (Easier to spot animals)
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)

Accommodation: Twiga Tales Lodge
• Mid-range lodge located just outside Murchison Falls NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinks not included

Transfer to the Kibale Forest environs – 4th day

After breakfast transfer towards the environs of Kibale Forest. It’s a long drive, so be prepared to relax in the car. A punctuation of stopovers at sceneries like the Rift valley escarpment on Lake Albert if the day is clear with the Congo mountains in view – typical African village setup in the far countryside and tea plantations along the drive offer us chances of stretching. We check in late afternoon at the lodge bordering Kibale Forest in an area with an amazing display of primates. A night in this forest gives you the calls from the nocturnal life plus famous Frog concerts in this forest area revealing a true pristine Africa.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park (Uganda)
Best Time to Visit December to February and June to July
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June to July and December to February (Least rain)

Accommodation: Isunga Lodge
• Mid-range lodge located just outside Kibale NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinks not included

Transfer through the crater lakes area to Queen Elizabeth NP & boat-cruise on Kazinga channel – 5th day

We leave the lodge after breakfast and drive through the crater lakes region with beautiful scenery and chance of seeing primates like black and white colobus and red tailed monkey along the way. Our target is Queen Elizabeth NP and the afternoon boat-cruise on Kazinga channel.

This natural channel connects Lake George – Lake Edward. Here you can see Hippopotamuses yawning, Nile Crocodile gaping along the Banks, Savannah version of Pigs the Warthog, impressive elephants and more. After the boat we continue on to the lodge for dinner and a relaxed evening.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park (Uganda)
Best Time to Visit January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)

Accommodation: Pumba Safari Cottages
• Budget lodge located in or near Kyambura
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinks not included

Game-drive in Ishasha and transfer to Kisoro by Mgahinga NP – 6th day

After breakfast we leave the lodge and head towards Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park. Ishasha is known for its tree-climbing lions, one of two places in Africa where the lions have the habit of regularly climbing trees to rest. We drive along the tracks seeing buffaloes, topis and hopefully the lions in the fig-trees. After the morning game-drive we continue the journey to Kisoro, drive through the bamboo area via the echuya forest with the Golden scenery of the Volcanoes at eye level in view as we drive down the meandering road to Kisoro volcanic stone town!

Main Destination: Ishasha Sector (Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda)
Accommodation: Mucha Hotel
• Budget hotel located in or near Kyambura
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinks not included

Gorilla trekking day- Mgahinga National Park – 7th day

In the morning we drive to the gorilla trekking starting point where your adventure will begin. You are lead into the forest in a group with a specialized guide and make a trek to the point where the gorillas are. Then you get to spend one unforgettable hour with the gorilla family. After the trek we set off for our target destination Rwanda, the second country in the Uganda & Rwanda safari. Drive out to cross the relaxed border post and continue on through a beautiful landscape in Rwanda to reach the town of Ruhengeri where we spend the night.

Main Destination: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Uganda)
Best Time to Visit June to August and December to January
High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)
Best Weather Jun to Aug and Dec to Jan (Less rainfall)

Accommodation: Muhabura Hotel
• Budget hotel located just outside Volcanoes NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinks not included

Golden Monkey trekking in Volcanoes national park – 8th day

This morning you set off to meet the golden monkeys. Your guide takes you to the starting point and you set off with a specialized guide for the trek. You’ll experience beautiful nature and get a great experience of primates After the trek you can enjoy a relaxed afternoon.

Main Destination: Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda)
Accommodation: Muhabura Hotel
• Budget hotel located just outside Volcanoes NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinks not included

Transfer to Lake Kivu and relaxed afternoon – 9th day

After breakfast we leave Ruhengeri and make the short journey to Lake Kivu. The target is to be by the lake for lunch and then you can enjoy a free afternoon relaxing in the beautiful surroundings at Lake Kivu. Possible to go for a boat-ride or just relax with a book (no activities included in the price).

Main Destination: Lake Kivu (Rwanda)
Accommodation: Paradise Malahide
• Mid-range hotel located in or near Rubavu
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinks not included

Transfer Nyungwe forest national park – 10th day

We continue exploring Rwanda and this day the target is to transfer to Nyungwe Forest. Enjoy the landscape passing by the windows and take in the Rwandan countryside. In the afternoon we check in at the guesthouse close to Nyungwe forest and enjoy the evening.

Main Destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park (Rwanda)
Accommodation: Gisakura Guest House
• Budget guest house located inside Nyungwe Forest NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinks not included

Chimps trekking in Nyungwe forest national park – 11th day

This morning you head into Nyungwe forest to meet our close cousins the chimpanzees. Go with a specialized guide and trek the chimpanzees. Hopefully you get a good sighting and wonderful experience of the jungle. After the trek we head back to the guesthouse.

Main Destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park (Rwanda)
Accommodation: Gisakura Guest House
• Budget guest house located inside Nyungwe Forest NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinks not included

Transfer to Kigali – 12th day

We start our journey in the morning with Rwanda’s capital Kigali as our target destination. Ones again we get to experience the countryside and scenic landscapes along the way. We expect to arrive in the city during the afternoon and check in at the hotel.

Main Destination: Kigali (Rwanda)
Accommodation: Step Town Motel
• Budget hotel located in or near Nyungwe Forest NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinks not included

Kigali city tour (depending on flight time) and flight day – 13th day

Have a city tour of Kigali (depending on your flight time) including the genocide war memorial and traditions and culture of Rwanda in the crafts villages. Your guide will be throwing light on this former French –Belgium colony on how the apocalypse started and how it ended. We have now reached the end of the Uganda & Rwanda highlights safari. Transfer to airport depending on flight time.

Main Destination: Kigali (Rwanda)
Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
• Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
• Drinks not included

Inclusion

• Park fees (For non-residents)
• Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
• Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
• All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
• All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
• A professional driver/guide
• All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
• All Taxes/VAT
• Roundtrip airport transfer
• Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Exclusion

• International flights (From/to home)
• Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
• Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
• Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
• Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
• Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
• Drinks

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