12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour – SAFARI   OVERVIEW

This 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas Trekking takes you on an incredible safari adventure to 2 great east African countries of Rwanda and Uganda. During this safari you’re set for epic Uganda Rwanda tour adventures since you will be visiting several iconic tourist destinations of these 2 unique destinations such as Kibale National Park where you will have a one on one encounter with the Chimpanzees.12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a world renowned gorilla destination for a spectacular gorilla trekking expedition. Akagera National Park in Rwanda, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks in Uganda to have a glance into the savanna wildlife of Rwanda and Uganda as well as stunning wild boat cruises on Lake Ihema and the Kazinga channel.  You will explore the hidden tropical gem of Kigezi Lake Bunyonyi in a soothing boat ride as you get to visit its 29 islands with opportunities of visiting the locals and spend some time with the children in some of the Island schools.

This safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda and it can be arranged under budget, midrange or luxury safari lodge options and can be customized further to suit your safari interests. Pre and post safari accommodation can be organized at an additional fee upon request while making reservation.

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12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour SAFARI ACTIVITIES

  Gorilla Trekking – The experience of seeing these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat is incredible

  Encountering our closet wild cousins’ the chimpanzees that live predominantly in the trees in their natural habitat

  Visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park and enjoying the awe-inspiring views of the mountains that separate Uganda from Central Africa as well as views of Lake Edwards and Lake George

  A boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi which is 900 meters deep and is the second deepest lake in Africa

  Visiting some of the local tribes and spend some time with the children in the orphanages

  Unlimited wildlife viewing game drives in Akagera, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks.

  The stunning wild boat cruises of Kazinga channel and Lake Ihema

  You will have a chance to stand in the middle of the world as you make a stop at the Uganda equator point in Kasese

  Meet the warm and friendly locals

  Be blown away by the  landscape that is overwhelmingly beautiful

12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour FEATURED PARKS / DESTINATIONS.

  Day 1&2: Akagera National Park.

  Day 3&4: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

  Day 5,6 &7: Queen Elizabeth National Park.

  Day 8 & 9 : Kibale National Park

  Day 10: Lake Mburo National Park

  Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi

  Day 12: Transfer to Kigali Kanombe Airport.

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12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

  • Day 1: Transfer to Akagera National Park and have an evening game drive.
  • Day 2: Do a morning game drive in Akagera and a sunset boat cruise on Lake Ihema.
  • Day 3: Transfer from Akagera to Bwindi National Park
  • Day 4: Engage in gorilla trekking in Bwindi and a community walk in the afternoon.
  • Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and undertake an Ishasha game drive.
  • Day 6: Morning game drive and afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise.
  • Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking in  Kalizu forest and evening game drive
  • Day 8: Transfer to Kibale national park via Fortportal.
  • Day 9: Do Chimpanzee trekking and engage in Bigodi  community walk
  • Day 10: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park and engage in an evening game drive.
  • Day 11: Have a morning game walk and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for a boat cruise.
  • Day 12: Morning hike to the top of the world point and transfer to Kigali airport.

12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour – SAFARI DETAIL

Day 1: Transfer to Akagera National Park & have an evening game drive

Welcome to Rwanda!  On this 1st day of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas Trekking & Wildlife we will officially welcome you to Rwanda the Land of a thousand hills. After having your breakfast at the lodge you will proceed to the lounge where you will be met and welcomed by your Prime safaris guide. You will be picked up early in the morning from your hotel at 8:00am.

You will start this incredible Rwanda Uganda safari with an exploratory Kigali city tour drive, which gives you a unique opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of Kigali as you traverse this pristine and clean capital of Rwanda.

You will later embark on your 100km or 2-3 hours’ drive to Akagera Game Park. This drive will take you through Rwanda’s countryside and as you progress you will realize a change from Rwanda’s notorious rolling hills to expansive savannah plains of Akagera which are home to a wide variety of savanna wild animals. You settle for lunch at your lodge and later go for a thrilling game drive in the undisturbed savannah plains of Akagera national park. You will get an opportunity to see some of the wild game as you drive through the different tracks of the park including sightings of the African bush elephants, Masaai giraffes, Leopard, Impala, Buffaloes, Waterbucks, Oribi, Eland, reedbuck, Roan antelope, bushbucks, Lions, Black Rhinos among others. You will afterwards drive back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Highlight of the day: The drive through Africa’s cleanest city with trees lined up the streets, beautifully designed roads and well-organized buildings make Kigali a great scene to any visitor.

Accommodation

  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Magashi Tented Camp/ Ruzizi Tented Camp.
  • Midrange/ Moderate: Akagera Game Lodge
  • Budget/Basic: Akagera Rhino Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx.180km or 3-4 hours

Activities & Services

  • Transfer to Akagera Park
  • Evening game drive

Day 2: Enjoy a morning game drive and a sunset boat cruise on Lake Ihema

Day 2 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas Trekking & Wildlife will start with breakfast and a cup of Rwandan coffee after which you will be off for a full day of exploring the plains of Akagera.

First, you will get to engage in a spectacular morning game drive experience.

During this game drive you will come to realize that the habitats of this park are different and thus, every stretch comes with a unique landscape which in turn gives you an insight into the diverse wildlife that exists here. You will enjoy sightings of the African bush elephants, Masaai giraffes, Leopard, Impala, Buffaloes, Waterbucks, Oribi, Eland, reedbuck, Roan antelope, bushbucks, Lions, Black Rhinos among others.

After about 4 hours of exploring the savanna parts of the park, you will return to the lodge and have lunch then in the evening; you will transfer to Lake Ihema where you will engage in a soothing sunset boat cruise. During this boat cruise, you will be in for a stunning encounter with a wide variety of wild water dwellers such as hippos and the Nile crocodiles. If the day has been largely clear, watch the sun as it sets on this lake creating a picturesque moment that will forever be imprinted in your memories. You will return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Highlight of the day:  A Kagera Game Park is regarded as the jewel of Rwanda’s wildlife viewing area and one of the world’s greatest wildlife reserves.  Nowhere in Rwanda is wildlife more abundant, and where you are almost guaranteed seeing the Big Five as well an incredible number of mammals, bird species and other fascinating creatures, a game drive here is  a truly special experience that we will enjoy forever!

Accommodation

  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Magashi Tented Camp/ Ruzizi Tented Camp.
  • Midrange/ Moderate: Akagera Game Lodge
  • Budget/Basic: Akagera Rhino Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Optional activities

  • Visiting the rhino sanctuary here
  • Birding

Day 3: Transfer from Akagera to Bwindi Impenetrable national park.

Therefore, our amazing adventure in Akagera national park unfortunately ends, but we still have a myriad of adventures planned, so let us go for them!

You will wake up at 6:30 for breakfast after which you check out of the lodge on this day of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas Trekking & Wildlife   and embark on a 315km or 7-8 hours journey from Akagera National Park to Bwindi national Park which is found in south western Uganda.

During this road trip, you surely cross from the savanna plains of Akagera that are actually an extension of the Tanzania wilderness plains into the rolling hills of Rwanda that have had this country been referred to as the Land of a thousand hills. You proceed to Uganda after lunch and cross the border at Kyanika after which you drive through the rolling kigezi high lands towards your lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for dinner and an overnight stay.

Highlight of the day: A big five African safari game drive in the largest protected wetland sanctuary and biologically diverse protected area in Africa. The woodland, swamps, low mountains and perches of savannah grasslands makes it atop destination in Rwanda.

 

Accommodation

  • Top Notch / Exclusive: Gorilla Forest Camp/ Buhoma Lodge
  • Luxury/ Up market: Haven Lodge Buhoma
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge
  • Budget/ Basic: Trekkers Tavern Ruhija

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance &time: Approx. 370 or 6 -7 hours

Activities & Services

  • Transfer to Bwindi

 

Day 4: Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable NP & do a community walk

You will wake up to the melodic twittering of several of the 350 birds of Bwindi as they sing to the new day dawn and have a really heavy breakfast that is served at 6:30 am. With your packed lunch in hand, you will transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing about the epic gorilla trekking adventure you’re about to undertake.

After this briefing, you will set off into the jungle on your search for the gorillas in the lead of a very skilled armed ranger guide who will also help you make sense of the numerous attractions that you will find along the search for the gorillas and these include several of the 350 bird species that have made this park an incredible birding destination to many birders on their Uganda birding adventure. Several other primates such as Black and White colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys might also come your way and some of the 27 Lizard species like the three horned chameleons can be spotted.

On seeing the gorillas, you have a full hour with these magical beings to watch them as they go about their daily lives and if you’re lucky you might get to see the young gorillas break the 7-meter rule as they get closure to you to have you incorporated in their games. After the full hour contact with these gorillas transfer back to the park centre where you get awarded a Gorilla tracking certificate for your tracking efforts.

After trekking the gorillas visit the local Batwa communities and a first-hand experience of how this small community of people have managed to live side by side with these giant beasts for over 1000 years. While here you will see how these guys used to hunt and use some of the trees and leaves from these forests to treat several of their ailments. After the Batwa encounter, you will return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Highlight of the day: Being visitors of the day and spending time with the family of Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat will make this day of 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas Trekking & Wildlife day a special one.

Accommodation

  • Luxury/ Up market: Gorilla Forest Camp/ Buhoma lodge
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Mahogany Springs lodge/Havens Lodge
  • Budget/ Basic: Trekkers Tavern Ruhija

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Community walk

Optional activities

  • Nature walk
  • Birding

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & have a game drive in Ishasha sector

After an early breakfast on the lodge deck and a short walk around the lodge (fantastic for dramatic Forest photographs) on this day of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas Trekking & Wildlife, we will say our goodbyes to the wonderful staff at the lodge and set off to our next exciting destination of this wonderful safari. We embark on the day’s journey further north towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is a 2 to 3 hour drive with incredibly scenic views en route to Ishasha sector part of the park.

On arrival here, you will engage in a stunning game drive in this sector while you search for the tree climbing lions that have made this park and particularly this sector a must visit place for numerous Africa safari adventurers who are interested in having encounters with these rather unique lions as they usually find them taking a mid-morning rest while lodging their bodies in between tree branches.  After your game drive which lasts between 3-4 hours, transfer to a convenient lodge in this park sector for your lunch break which also helps you stretch your body for a while before you then embark on the remaining part of your journey further northwards to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

We will check in at our lodge to freshen up and enjoy dinner around a camp fire tonight. Just sit back with a drink in hand, listen to the amazing stories of other travellers around you and just enjoy the time under the vast Ugandan sky. Then we are off to our rooms for a night’s sleep on

Highlight of the day: Encountering the Tree climbing lions of Ishasha hanging up and sleeping in the big fig and acacia trees staring at their prey is a must do activity.

Accommodation

  • Luxury/ Up market: Mweya Safari / Mazike Valley Lodge
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Enganzi Game Lodge/ Elephant Plains Safari
  • Budget/ Basic: Pumba Safari Lodge / Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx. 140- 240 or 6-8 hours

Activities & Services

  • Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Game drive in Ishasha

Day 6: Do morning game drive in the Kasenyi sector, afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise

After having breakfast on the 6th day of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas Trekking & Wildlife at 6:00am, you will start off the day with a spectacular game drive to the savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park for a 3- 4 hour morning game drive exploring the park’s rolling savannah landscapes dotted with counts of wild game including the big four of the big five like lions, leopards, buffaloes and elephants, antelope species like waterbucks, Kobs, bushbucks among others, jackals among other wild game. The stretch to Kasenyi and the Mweya peninsular offers you the best of these.

You settle for lunch at Tembo restaurant in the Mweya peninsular for a picnic lunch as you have your lunch while glancing at the sprawling savanna grassland plains of Queen Elizabeth Park after which you gather at the Mweya jetty to embark on a thrilling boat cruise on the 45km long Kazinga Channel. The cruise takes 2 hours with possibilities of encountering the aquatic species such as Nile Crocodiles and Hippos not forgetting other wild game that tends to congregate on the channel shores to consume water.

At the end of your boat cruise, you will have another miniature game drive along the channel track as you drive to your lodge in Kibale National Park for dinner and an overnight stay.

Highlight of the day: The 45 km boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel is surely an Oasis of fascinating species inhabiting the park, you cruise just meters from hundreds of enormous hippos and buffalos while elephants linger on the shoreline.

 

 

Accommodation

  • Luxury/ Up market: Mweya Safari Lodge / Mazike Valley Lodge
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Enganzi Game Lodge/ Elephant Plains Safari
  • Budget/ Basic: Pumba Safari Lodge / Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services

  • Game drive in Kasenyi
  • Boat cruise along the Kazinga channel

Optional activities

  • Nocturnal walk in Kibale National Park which enables you encounter some of the nocturnal creatures such as Bush babies, Night jars, Tree hyrax, Ginet & Mongose

Day 7:  Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest and another evening game drive.

The morning of this 7th day of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas Trekking & Wildlife kicks off with an amazing breakfast served at 6:30am with a single aim of energizing for the thrilling chimpanzee trek that’s ahead of you. You will be transferred by your prime safari guide to the Kalinzu forest where you get to go through a short briefing about the entire chimpanzee trekking experience. Embark on primate walk led by a park ranger guide as you search for these great humans of the wild, the chimpanzees, you will be amazed by how much in common we do have with these great apes as they laugh, hug and kiss just like humans do and also look after the young ones.

Besides the chimpanzees, you should also not miss out on the sightings of several other primates that call this forest their home and these include the black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, Grey monkeys. After the chimpanzee encounter which lasts an hour of pure enjoyment return to the park center.

From here, you will return to your lodge to have a lunch break then later on in the evening when the scotching sun has successfully reduced on its intensity you will venture out onto the Kasenyi plains for another round of game drive so that you maximize your chances of seeing all the savanna wild game that exists here. At the end of this game drive, you will return back to your lodge where you will have dinner and an overnight stay.

Highlight of the day:  Fun filled day with our closest relatives biologically 95-98% DNA will be worth it as they communicate by kissing, embracing, patting on the back, touching hands, tickling.

Accommodation

  • Luxury/ Up market: Mweya Safari Lodge / Mazike Valley Lodge
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Enganzi Game Lodge/ Elephant Plains Safari
  • Budget/ Basic: Pumba Safari Lodge / Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services

  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Evening game drive

Optional activities

  • Afternoon birding session in the park
  • Hot air ballooning safari experience
  • Predator tracking
  • Cultural encounters
  • Nocturnal walk in the forest

 

Day 8: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. Hike the Ndali Kasenda Crater field commonly known as the top of the world.

After an early breakfast on the lodge deck and a short walk around the lodge (fantastic for dramatic Forest photographs) on this day of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas Trekking & Wildlife, we will say our goodbyes to the wonderful staff at the lodge and set off to our next exciting destination of this wonderful safari.

We will embark on the transfer to Kibale National Park driving along the Rwenzori Mountains 157km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive. Upon arrival in Kibale Area, you embark on the hike to Ndali Kasenda Crater Lake field to gain impressive of the crater lakes including Lake Nyabikere and Nyinabulitwa before retiring to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

 Highlight of the day: The off the beaten tracks passing through traditional peoples homesteads, crater lakes formed 10000years ago through volcanic activities makes this area an amazing exceptional wonderland. The Ugandan Hobbiton, a must drive through.

Accommodation

  • Top-notch / Exclusive: Kyaninga Lodge/ Ndali Lodge
  • Luxury/ Up market: Crater Safari Lodge/ Primate Lodge Kibale
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Chimpanzee Forest Guest House- Cottages
  • Budget/ Basic: Chimpanzee Forest Guest House-Main House/ Kibale Forest Camp- Tents

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx. 157km or 3-4 hours

Activities & Services

  • Transfer to Kibale
  • Ruboni community walk

 

Optional activities

  • Afternoon birding session in the park
  • Cycling in Mpanga tea estate
  • Nocturnal walk in the forest

Day 9: Engage in a chimpanzee trekking experience and visit the Bigodi wetland sanctuary

After breakfast we will gather at the Kanyanchu Tourism Centre in Kibale to do our Chimpanzee tracking activity which begins promptly at 8am. The encounter commences with a briefing from the excellent park rangers who will be our guides for the activity. After the briefing, we head to the forest in search of man’s closest relative.

The activity lasts about 3 to 4 hours and over the years have had a 95% success rate of seeing some of the 1,450 individuals in Kibale. The chimps have been fully habituated and thus offer you an opportunity to draw quite close to them and take pictures. Viewing them as they munch fruit, swinging in trees, socializing, patrolling, mating and making hooting calls is an unforgettable experience that you will treasure forever. You have a full hour to enjoy these precious creatures and you are free to take as many photos as you wish!

After our amazing Chimpanzee trek we will return to the starting point where we will enjoy our packed picnic lunch and catch our breaths after all the excitement.

After lunch the fun doesn’t stop, as we visit the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a famous successful community tourism initiative where we have a chance to walk in the swampy habitat that has become known as the “bird paradise”, as we have the chance to see some special species here and also undertake this community thriller, you will take part in the coffee-making process right from planting process, harvesting red ripe coffee berries, sun drying process, then coffee pounding and finally making your own cup of coffee that is freshly brewed from the coffee that’s grown by these locals.

After our exciting day we will head back to our camp to freshen up. Then we will have dinner together and reminisce about our wonderful day and amazing time so far in Uganda. Then we’re off to bed for a good night’s rest, because tomorrow another superb national park awaits!

Highlight of the day: Drawing quite close to the chimpanzees, viewing them as they munch fruit, swinging in trees, socializing, patrolling, mating and making hooting calls is an unforgettable experience that you will treasure forever on this day of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas Trekking & Wildlife

Accommodation

  • Top-notch / Exclusive: Kyaninga Lodge/ Ndali Lodge
  • Luxury/ Up market: Crater Safari Lodge/ Primate Lodge Kibale
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Chimpanzee Forest Guest House- Cottages
  • Budget/ Basic: Chimpanzee Forest Guest House-Main House/ Kibale Forest Camp- Tents

Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services

  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Bigodi wetland community walk

 

Optional activities

  • Afternoon birding session in the park
  • Cycling in Mpanga tea estate
  • Nocturnal walk in the forest

Day 10: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park for an evening game drive here.

The morning of this day kicks off with an amazing breakfast at 8:00am before you get to embark on a 205km or 3-4 hours’ drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Along the way to the park, you will make a stop at Igongo cultural hotel where you will dine on a sumptuous traditional buffet and if you wish, you can try out the local Eshabwe mayonnaise like source which is a delicacy in this part of Uganda.

You proceed to the Park after lunch having chances of sighting several long horned cattle that are kept by locals in this area. Upon getting inside the park, you commence with your afternoon game drive here which puts gives you  an encounter with several of the wild mammals of the whispers of the wild including   plain Zebras, Rothchild giraffes, Eland antelopes, and Cape Buffaloes, Hippos and many others during this game drive. At the end of this activity on this day of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas Trekking & Wildlife, you will transfer to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.  

Highlight of the day: Quiet interesting is the diverse wildlife species boasting of a unique collection of  mammals and birds for a 370km sized protected Area, with 68 mammals and 350 bird species, the  game drives here make this park a dream destination. 

Accommodation

  • Luxury/ Up market: Mihingo Safari Lodge/ Matana Tented Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx. 240km or 4-5 hours

Activities & Services

  • Transfer to Lake Mburo
  • Evening game drive in Mburo Park

Optional activities include

  • Game walk safari
  • Evening boat cruise
  • Biking safari experience
  • Birding

Day 11: Engage in a morning game walk/ drive and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Today you will wake up at 7:00am for breakfast after which you will embark on a stunning game walk through the enchanted plains of Lake Mburo National Park. During this game walking safari experience, you will have an opportunity to get a close up encounter with numerous wild mammals of this park as you enjoy a nature walk among these animals. Some of the animals you will meet during this walking safari experience include Impalas that can only be found here in Uganda.

After about 2 hours of exploring this park on this day of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas Trekking & Wildlife,   you will begin your 199km or 4-5 hours transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. You can have astop at the African monolith tree of life Kabale outside where you will have your lunch break before you make that final transfer to reach Lake Bunyonyi. Upon arrival, you will be dazzled by the amazing scenery created by the tranquil waters of this lake together with its interspersed 29 islands that will definitely take your breath way.

Upon your arrival, you will engage in a stunning boat ride on this lake as you explore several of its 29 islands which have a quite ear catching local story behind them. At the end of this ride, transfer to your lodge here for dinner to be served later on and an overnight stay.

Highlight of the day:  One of Uganda’s favorite parks , partly because it is quieter than the other reserves, its natural beauty makes it  an awe-inspiring place, you will be compelled to become an animal once again, relinquish dominance and sample vulnerability as you take on one of the best game walks in the wild.   

Accommodation

  • Luxury/ Up market: Birds nest @ Bunyonyi

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx. 199 km or 4-5 hours

Activities & Services

  • Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi
  • Game walk safari

Other optional activities you can choose to do on this day include

  • Evening boat cruise
  • Biking safari experience
  • Birding
  • Cultural encounter with the Ankole people

Day 12: Engage in a community hike and transfer back to Kigali

The 12th day of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas Trekking & Wildlife begins as the sky starts to lighten and the morning choruses of birdsongs awaken you. You will wake up to a relaxed cup of Ugandan coffee which you will drink as you enjoy the beautiful views of the lake at the Lodge. After this you will embark on a hike to the top of the world point here which takes you 2200meters above sea level and if you manage to get to the top your efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views of the entire Lake Bunyonyi which will forever be imprinted in your memory.

After this hike, set off for a community tour as you visit the some of the local schools here where you get to meet the local students who are striving for a better future, if it’s fine with you, you can donate a few scholastic items to the school to enable these students to have a comfortable stay in school.

From the school visit you will transfer back to your lodge for lunch after which you will unfortunately pack your bags, check out of this wonderful lodge and commence on your return journey back to Kigali and have a city tour, Some of the major attraction sites you will visit during your city tour include the Kigali genocide memorial- A visit to this memorial gives you a unique insight into what really happened during the darkest 90 days of Rwanda during the 1994 Rwanda genocide in which over 1 million people lost their lives during a blood massacre between the Hutus and the Tustis- the 2 major tribes in Rwanda.

From the genocide memorial, make your way to the Kimironko market center and encounter day to day local Rwandese try to earn a living by selling a wide variety of stuff ranging from crafts, food items and cloths. This will be a good place for you to buy a souvenir to commemorate this trip with. From here, your next stop will be at the Inema art gallery. While here you will have a chance to meet local artists try to inspire this nation through crafting art pieces with a big story and grand vision message to tell.

Highlight of the day: Taking on a tour in the cleanest, safest and quietest city with a well maintained infrastructure system. Africa’s most beautiful city is a great scene for any visitor.

 

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Drive distance & time: Approx. 130km or 3-4 hours

Activities and Services

  • Transfer to Kigali
  • Community hike

End of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas Trekking & Wildlife

12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour SAFARI  INCLUSIONS

  Full time English professional safari driver guide

  4×4 safari van/ 4×4 Safari land cruiser with poop up roof for game viewing with functional A/C

  Full board accommodation

  Gorilla & chimpanzee trekking permit fees

  Boat cruise fees

  Wi-fi Internet on board the safari vehicle

  Bottled water

12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour – SAFARI  EXCLUSIONS

  International &domestic flight fees

  Visa fees

  Laundry services

  Items of personal nature

  Gratuities and tips

  Other beverages/ drinks

Other extras not mentioned in the itinerary above

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  19. HERE A FEW THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN ASPIRING TO GO FOR A GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI – UGANDA GORILLA SAFARI NEWS
  20. WHEN IS IT IDEAL FOR GORILLA TREKKING IN UGANDA AND RWANDA? – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS:
  21. GORILLA TREKKING IN UGANDA’S LOW SEASON – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS
  22. MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREKKING A MOVE TO BROADER CONSERVATION PICTURE – UGANDA GORILLA SAFARI NEWS
  23. WHERE ARE GORILLAS TRACKED IN UGANDA
  24. WHERE DO GORILLAS SLEEP? – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS:
  25. WHERE DO WE FIND GORILLAS – UGANDA GORILLA SAFARI NEWS
  26. WHERE ELSE CAN MOUNTAIN GORILLAS BE TRACKED APART FROM BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK? – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS:
  27. WHAT DO GORILLAS EAT? – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS:
  28. THE GORILLAS OF BUHOMA – UGANDA GORILLA SAFARI NEWS
  29. SPENDING ONE MAGICAL HOUR WITH THE RUSHEGURA GORILLA FAMILY IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS:
  30. GORILLA TRACKING REGIONS OF BWINDI – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS:
  31. EXPERIENCING THE FAMOUS BATWA CULTURAL TRAIL IN THE MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS
  32. A NEW BABY GORILLA BORN IN BWEZA GORILLA FAMILY IN BWINDI UGANDA
  33. A NEW BABY GORILLA BORN IN RUSHEGURA GORILLA FAMILY

12 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas Trekking & Wildlife – GORILLA TREKKING TIPS

  Mountain gorillas sometimes nest far from the start of your gorilla trek, you should pace yourself and drink plenty of water.

  Eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden – designated time and place will be communicated.

  Bwindi being a tropical forest, it can rain anytime so we encourage you to carry a rain poncho

  Waterproof walking shoes or hiking boots are essential.

  Gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants

  Long trousers and long sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest to avoid insect stings.

  Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash

  Porters are available to help you carry your day pack for a small charge

  As you prepare to come for your Uganda gorilla adventure, please do some exercises so that you prepare your body for gorilla trekking which can last between 3-8 hours

  In case you can’t walk for a very long time, you shouldn’t really worry about not being able to do gorilla trekking because there are potters who can carry you throughout at a small extra cost.

  Carry your sunscreen lotion to keep your skin safe from the tropical heat & sun rays

  When you get to the gorillas, don’t make noise because this agitates the gorillas

  • For more information about gorilla trekking tips, please follow these links to read more about gorilla trekking tips and advice.
  • Note that this safari is guided by the Post COVID – 19 Standard operating Procedures
  • For more information about gorilla trekking tips please follow these links to read more about gorilla trekking tips and advice.
  • Note that this itinerary is suggestion and can be further customized to suite your desire. Whatever your preference is, please let us know and we shall advise /adjust accordingly.
  • Post safari accommodation for the last night after the tour can be arranged at an extra fee upon request during the booking process.

 

  • Visa information

East African visa.

Can be applied prior to arrival through your nearest Rwanda/ Uganda Embassy or through the online portal. Also available on arrival at Kigali International Airport, subject to long queues (We do not recommend this method)

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At Prime Safaris and Tours Ltd, your safety is our utmost priority. We have thus undertaken the necessary safety measures in compliance with the approved Standard Operating Procedures by the Governments of ALL African countries in which we operate with a goal of protecting our customers while travelling and on their Africa safari. The following guidelines will be applicable for your  Safari in Uganda, Rwanda, Congo and other African Countries.