Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Wildlife Safari

ACTIVITY

Sempaya Hot Springs and Gorilla Trekking

Duration

17 days 16 nights

AMOUNT

$4254

17 Days Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Wildlife Safari

Overview

At the mention of Uganda and Rwanda, the need to cross into these two countries to uncover some of Uganda’s primates and Gorilla highlights as well as meet the friendly and amazing people who will make your tour through Uganda and Rwanda a memorable Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Wildlife Safari.

In  this 17 Days Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Wildlife Safari, you will explore  Uganda “the pearl of Africa” and Rwanda “the land of a thousand hills” with a combination of savanna parks and jungles offering wildlife game viewing, primate trekking, the safari continues north into the much loved Murchison Falls National Park where you brace yourself to witness the most powerful waterfall and fascinating water safari experiences while  relaxing and living the dream of your life.

Highlights

  • Kigali city
  • Chimpanzee Trekking
  • Canopy Walk
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Visit the Iby’iwacu cultural village
  • Scenic drive to Uganda
  • Tree-climbing lions
  • Game drive
  • Boat Safari on the Kazinga Channel,on Lake Albert,to the bottom of the Falls, to the Nile Delta
  • Nocturnal Game drive
  • Sempaya Hot Springs
  • Visit Pygmy Community
  • Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Nature Walks

Detailed Itinerary

Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Wildlife

Your memorable Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Wildlife Safari begins on arrival at Kigali International Airport as you are picked up by your driver guide who will transfer you to the hotel for freshening up. Depending on your time of arrival into Kigali, you will drive around the street and conduct a Kigali city tour with a well informed guide on the history and livelihood of Rwanda.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Hotel Des Mille Collines/ Kigali Serena Hotel
  • Midrange:  2000 Hotel/ Five to Five Hotel
  • Budget: Alink Hotel BnB/ Stipp Hotel Kiyovu
Nyungwe forest - Rwanda & Uganda Safari

With breakfast, you will start your journey to Nyungwe Forest National Park with a driving distance from Kigali to Nyungwe Forest National park is approximately 225 km and lasting 7-8 hours with lunch en route.

The  journey is very scenic with a number of interesting historical sites, such as Nyanza King’s Palace, the King’s palace, the National Museum,the Cathedral and Gikongoro Genocide Memorial alongside a demonstration by the “Intore” dancers.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury:  One & only Nyungwe House/ Nyungwe Top View
  • Mid range: Gisakura Guest House/ Kitabi Eco Center
  • Budget: Nyungwe Eagle Nest
canopy

After breakfast, you will set off for the park headquarters to be briefed on the guidelines of Chimpanzee Trekking. After a short briefing, start the walk on your Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Wildlife Safari as you search for the resident chimpanzees inside the forest. After encountering them, you will spend a really enjoyable hour watching them leap from branches, build nests from leaves in the treetops, and play and groom each other.

Return to the lodge for lunch and set off for the canopy walk at Uwinka park headquarters, the canopy is located 50 meters above the ground and 200 meters long gives you an exhilarating tree-to-eye view of Nyungwe forest and the birds flying over. Overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury:  One & only Nyungwe House/ Nyungwe Top View
  • Mid range: Gisakura Guest House/ Kitabi Eco Center
  • Budget: Nyungwe Eagle Nest
Transfer to Volcanoes

Enjoy an early breakfast, your driver guide  will transfer you to Volcanoes National Park, this a long but a very scenic one offering magnificent sceneries of rural Rwanda, the shores of Lake Kivu, the fishing villages heading north to capture the views of Mountains Karisimbi, Bisoke and Sabyinyo in the far distance. Check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Bisate Lodge/ Five Volcanoes Boutique Lodge
  • Mid range: La Bambou Lodge/ La Palme Hotel
  • Budget: Hotel Muhambura/ Kinigi Guest house
Gorilla trekking

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a globally sought after wildlife experience, your driver guide will transfer you to the park headquarters you to the park headquarters where you will be briefed and then venture into the jungle and when you encounter the mountain gorillas you will spend up to one hour with gorillas within five feet of a gorilla as the most important event of your Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Wildlife Safari.

After lunch, you will conduct the Iby’iwacu cultural village experience for an interesting cultural excursion as you  discover the traditional house of a local king, watch an authentic medicine man prepare herbal mixtures, try your hand at bow and arrow shooting or enjoy cultural dances and drumming performed by people from the local area.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Bisate Lodge/ Five Volcanoes Boutique Lodge
  • Mid range: La Bambou Lodge/ La Palme Hotel
  • Budget: Hotel Muhambura/ Kinigi Guest house
Climbing Lions

After breakfast and a packed lunch, you will drive to Uganda through the Cyanika border offering amazing views of the Volcanoes. Proceed to the border and enter into Uganda through Kisoro and to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, known as the Ishasha plains. Be on the lookout for the famed for its tree-climbing lions. It is a fabulous sight to see the lions draped from the trees in the large low limbed fig trees.

On arrival enjoy an evening game drive as you watch the sun at a suitable viewing point either along the ridge area or besides the Ntungwe River allowing you to savour the atmosphere of this beautiful area of the park.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge/ Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Mid range: Kyambura Game Lodge/ Kasenyi Safari Lodge
  • Budget: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge/ Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge
Boat Cruise

With an early breakfast, you will enjoy an early morning game drive which is usually most rewarding which is best known for the lions which prey on large population of Uganda Kob at the Kob mating ground that live in this area.

Proceed to the Mweya peninsula and embark on a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel lasting approximately 2 hours on the 36km Channel connecting two Rift Valley lakes: Edward and George with immerse concentration of hippos at close range, spot over 100 species of water birds, marvel at the majestic elephants in their natural habitat and the crocodiles sunbathing on the channel bank.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge/ Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Mid range: Kyambura Game Lodge/ Kasenyi Safari Lodge
  • Budget: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge/ Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge

With an early morning, drive to Semliki Wildlife Reserve with another rewarding game drive via Kasenyi Plains, a stop at the imaginary Equator line with an en route lunch in Fort Portal Town. On arrival, you will conduct an evening game drive and check into the hotel.

Accomodation:

  • Luxury: Semliki Safari Lodge/ Ntoroko Game Lodge
  • Budget: Kirumia Guest House

With an early morning breakfast, drive to Lake Albert for a boat trip in search of the incredible and rare shoebill stock. Return to the lodge for lunch and  relaxation, after your dinner embark on spot light night game drive with chances of spotting fantastic nocturnal species.

Accomodation:

  • Luxury: Semliki Safari Lodge/ Ntoroko Game Lodge 
  • Budget: Kirumia Guest House
Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Wildlife

With a rendezvous morning, embark on exciting drive to the Sempaya Hot Springs – ringed by the forest, palm trees and veiled in a cloud of steam.The largest spring is a geyser shooting up from an 8m-wide opening in a low salt sculpture with the emerging water at a temperature of more than 100ºC.

Later your driver guide will drive you to the local Pygmy community and learn about the Pygmy traditionally nomadic lifestyle.

Accomodation:

  • Luxury: Semliki Safari Lodge/ Ntoroko Game Lodge   
  • Budget: Kirumia Guest House
Transfer to Murchison Falls

Early in the morning,enjoy an early morning and set off to Murchison falls- one of the highlights of your Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Wildlife Safari. You will drive through the countryside along the Albertine escarpment of the Western Rift Valley with amazing views green tea plantations, hills with terrace gardens and thick tropical rainforests including the famous Bugungu wildlife game reserve.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury:  Paraa Safari Lodge/ Baker’s Lodge
  • Mid range: Pakuba Safari Lodge/ Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget: Red Chili Safari Lodge/ Parkside Safari Lodge
Birds of Uganda - Boat Cruise

Enjoy an early morning game drive to the Albertine Delta with best wildlife viewing like giraffes, buffalos, lions, elephants, Nile crocodiles, hippos, orbis, bush bucks, waterbucks and many more.

Return to the lodge for lunch and relax before embarking on a boat trip to the bottom of the falls which takes around 3 hours. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison Falls National Park since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Hike the top of the falls and you will be refreshed by the fresh sprays of the Nile River.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury:  Paraa Safari Lodge/ Baker’s Lodge
  • Mid range: Pakuba Safari Lodge/ Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget: Red Chili Safari Lodge/ Parkside Safari Lodge
boat cruise to Murchison

With another early rise, you will conduct a boat trip to the Nile delta in search of the shoe billed stork. Return to the lodge for lunch and later enjoy another game drive exploring the amazing wildlife.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Paraa Safari Lodge/ Baker’s Lodge

Mid range: Pakuba Safari Lodge/ Murchison River Lodge

Budget: Red Chili Safari Lodge/ Parkside Safari Lodge  

Rhino Tracking

With an breakfast, you will drive to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary as you enjoy scenic drive via Karuma falls on to the sanctuary will take approximately 3 hours to get there. Seeing rhinos in their natural environment, up close and in person is an unforgettable experience and is the only place in Uganda to view them in their natural habitat.

Later we will transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park-the hidden gem in Uganda, where will enjoy the scenic drive of the landscape, scattered villages and dotted shrubs.

Accomodation:

  • Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge                                                                             
  • Mid range: Kidepo Savannah  Lodge                                                
  • Budget: Nga’ Moru Wilderness Camp
game drive and Nature walks

Game drives and walks in Kidepo Valley National Park are another highlight or your Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Wildlife Safari, take a walking safari along the sandy dry river bed fringed with palm trees, climb to the top of a rocky outcrop and take in the views.

You will walk along isolated tracks to fully appreciate all around you and in-search of tracks and any signs of the animal movements. You may take a walk to track the lions, or even cheetah and you will always have surrounded by Zebra, Waterbuck, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Warthogs, Patas monkeys and big herds of Buffalo.

Accomodation:

  • Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge                                                                             
  • Mid range: Kidepo Savannah  Lodge                                                
  • Budget: Nga’ Moru Wilderness Camp

After an early breakfast, your driver guide will drive you back to Entebbe as you end your Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Wildlife Safari. On arrival at Entebbe, you will check into the hotel and freshen up and relax after the long eventful drive from Kidepo Valley National Park.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Protea Hotel/ Lake Victoria Hotel
  • Mid range: The Boma/ Gately Inn Entebbe
  • Budget: Skyway Hotel/ Serene Guest House

With a leisurely breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight in accordance of the time of the flight.

End of  Safari

Inclusions

Chimpanzee permits

Park activities

park entrance fees

ground transportation

Comprehensively insured vehicle

Driver – guide allowance

Exclusions

Visa

International air fares

Activities/ services not included in the Itinerary

Alcoholic drinks/ wines

Laundry and any service of personal nature.

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