13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates– SAFARI OVERVIEW

This 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates gives you a double mountain gorilla trekking experience in the two destinations of Uganda and Rwanda out of the three Africa mountain gorilla trekking destinations that are Uganda, Rwanda as well as Congo.

This Gorilla tour starts and ends in Uganda. You will kick off this tour with an unforgettable visit to the magnificent Murchison Falls National Park for spectacular game drive experiences as well as a stunning boat cruise to the bottom of Murchison falls– the world’s most powerful waterfalls. From Murchison Falls Park, you will then proceed to Kibale National Park where you will engage in a Chimpanzee trekking experience on foot. You will continue with your expedition as you visit Queen Elizabeth national park for a game drive and a boat cruise along the Kazinga channel.

A visit to Bwindi impenetrable national park will offer you an ultimate gorilla adventure experience of coming face to face with these highly sought out primates as this park is home to half of the world’s remaining gorilla population with 459 gorillas. You will also visit Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park next for your second gorilla tracking encounter after which you will connect to Lake Bunyonyi to unwind from these two gorilla adventures.

From here, your next destination is Lake Mburo National Park where you will indulge yourself in yet another unique experience that is a game walking experience. During this, you get to walk in the wild and you will round off this amazing safari with a source of the Nile River visit in Jinja town which gives you an opportunity of seeing where the longest river in the world begins its 6500km journey to the Mediterranean Sea.

  • This Africa safari expedition can be arranged under budget, midrange, or luxury options and can be customized further to suit your safari interests.
  • The safari can set off any day of the week
  • The age limit for this safari is 15years and above.
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13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates – SAFARI PRIME ACTIVITIES

  Have a moment to remember with the gentle mountain gorillas as you explore the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

  Track the delightful chimpanzees as well as a myriad of other primate species in Kibale

  Be amazed by the exciting wildlife of Queen Elizabeth, Murchison falls and Lake Mburo National Parks

  Enjoy the stunning wild boat cruises of Kazinga channel and the Victorian Nile

  Unwind from the hectic gorilla expedition with a soothing boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi

  Enjoy living in 2 different halves of the world as you visit the Kayabwe equator crossing point

  Viewing the awesome sceneries as you drive through the colorful villages

13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates –  FEATURED PARKS /DESTINATIONS

  Day 1,  Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary & Murchison falls.

  Day 2 & 3: Murchison Falls National Park

  Day 4 &5: Kibale Forest National Park

  Day 6 : Queen Elizabeth National Park

  Day 7 & 8: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

  Day 9 &10: Volcanoes National Park

  Day 11: Lake Mburo National Park

  Day 12: Jinja the Adventure capital

  Day 13: Source of the Nile.

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13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS.

  • Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route.
  • Day 2: Morning game drive, afternoon Nile launch cruise & hike to the top of the falls
  • Day 3: Undertake a morning Nile Delta boat cruise
  • Day 4: Transfer to Kibale National Park. Sightseeing of en route scenic landscapes
  • Day 5: Do Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi community tour.
  • Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth and afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga channel.
  • Day 7: Game drive in Ishasha sector and transfer to Bwindi National park
  • Day 8 : Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi & engage in a Batwa community
  • Day 9: Transfer to Rwanda-Volcanoes National Park and visit Iby’iwacu community
  • Day 10: Do second gorilla trekking and after relaxation at the lodge.
  • Day 11: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park for an evening game drive
  • Day 12: Do morning game walking safari experience before transferring to Jinja.
  • Day 13: Source of the Nile adventure and drive to Entebbe Airport for your flight back home.

13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates – SAFARI DETAIL

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Track white Rhinos in Ziwa Sanctuary

Welcome to East Africa! this great 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates, Gorillas, Chimps, and Wildlife tour is certainly a journey that matters.

After breakfast we will pack our bags, check out of the lodge and say goodbye to our friendly hotel staff as we embark on the journey northwards to Murchison Falls National Park led by our professional Prime safari guide.   The drive is about 7-8 hours long covering 310km   but the time will fly by; it’s just so beautiful here! We will drive through impressive stretches of the Nakasongora district before branching off at Nakitooma for a special stop in the late morning. We are going to enjoy a stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the only place in Uganda to see the near-threatened (Southern) White Rhinoceros Ceratotherium simum simum in the wild.

 

The long-term goal of the sanctuary is to build a sustainable rhinoceros population and relocate rhinos back to their original habitat in Uganda’s protected areas.  We will do a 2-hour rhino tracking activity (on foot with an expert local guide) here and of course, we hope to see one or more of the 22 or so White Rhinoceros currently in the sanctuary. The experience of seeing a rhino on foot a few meters away from you is an experience you will never forget and hence we will start our mammal and bird trip lists with a bang today!

This super exciting start to our safari will be followed by lunch at nearby Kabalega dinners, and if you want to try some of the local Ugandan cuisines this is your first real chance. After lunch you make your way to Murchison falls where you will engage in a miniature game drive as you head to your lodge.

After freshening up (and maybe enjoying a dip in the pool) we will get together for a sumptuous three-course dinner and a good night’s rest under the stars in Africa.

The highlight of the day: The experience of seeing a rhino on foot a few meters away from you is an experience you will never forget.

Accommodation

  • Top-notch / Exclusive:  Bakers Lodge
  • Luxury/ Up market: Paraa Safari Lodge/Nile Safari lodge
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Pakuba Safari Lodge/ Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget/ Basic:  Fort Murchison Safari Lodge/ Hornbill Safari Lodge/

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx. 375km or 7-8 hours

Activities & Services

  • Rhino trekking at Ziwa rhino sanctuary
  • Transfer to Murchison Falls Park

 

Day 2: Do morning game drive, afternoon Nile launch cruise, and hike to the top of the falls

We will start the day with an early breakfast, and then we set off on our first real game drive for this day of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates, Gorillas, Chimps and Wildlife tour in the northern section of the park which contains savannah Borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine, whereas the south is dominated by woodland and forest patches.

During our drive we will look for Lion, Leopard, African Buffalo, African Elephant, the Rothschild subspecies of Giraffe, Spotted Hyaena, Oribi, Common Warthog, the taxonomically interesting Jackson’s Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Sitatunga, Hippopotamus, the Thomas subspecies of Kob, Tantalus and Patas Monkey, Olive Baboon and Uganda’s largest population of Nile Crocodiles.

After 3-4 hours of epic adventures in the Northern sector take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch. Embark on a boat cruise up the stream of the Victoria Nile and to the base of the falls. On this 17-kilometer cruise, you have possibilities of wonderful crocodiles and hippos along with elephants, waterbucks, and Uganda Kobs drinking water on the riverside. Blessed with a variety of bird species such as the pelican bee-eaters, Egyptian geese, Hornbills, goliath herons, the rare shoebill, stork kingfishers, and cormorants. As you draw close to the falls, you will be welcomed by a thunderous roar of the mighty Murchison falls, which you will watch from a safe distance as they tumble from a 43-meter fall.

Upon arriving at the bottom of the falls, you will embark on a 45-minute hike to the top of one of the world’s most phenomenal waterfalls. The Murchison falls have been described as the most spectacular thing to happen to the Nile along its entire 6,700 km length. The 50-meter wide river forces itself through a rocky gap less than 8 meters wide before falling 45 meters to what has been termed the “devil’s cauldron” below, forming a plume of spray marked by a thunderous

roar and a permanent rainbow.

It is a truly unforgettable experience! After this incredibly exciting activity, we will return to the lodge for dinner and some time to socialize and relax.

The highlight of the day: Remember to look at up the African sky when you go back to your room tonight; the night sky out here in the bush is truly amazing. Also, listen for the hippos that exit the river at night; it is an incredible experience to watch and hear them at night grazing around the lodge grounds.

Accommodation

  • Top-notch / Exclusive:  Bakers Lodge
  • Luxury/ Up market: Paraa Safari Lodge/Nile Safari lodge
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Pakuba Safari Lodge/ Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget/ Basic:  Fort Murchison Safari Lodge/ Hornbill Safari Lodge/

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services

  • Game drive in the Northern sector of the park
  • Fascinating boat cruise along the Nile
  • Hike to the top of Murchison falls

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

  • Night nocturnal game drive experience viewing the nocturnal animals
  • Bush Breakfast
  • Hot air balloon experience
  • Fishing along the Nile delta
  • Birding
  • Cultural encounters

 

Day 3: Undertake a morning Nile Delta boat cruise safari.

On this 3rd day of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Primate Trekking Safari with Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife, you will undertake a morning Nile Delta boat cruise safari on the mighty River Nile. The day begins early at 6:00 am to be ready for 7:00 am set off to the delta point. The Victoria Nile delta, a 20km voyage downstream from Paraa, is home to rare wetland birds including shoebill and papyrus endemic species, one of the best sporting sites in Uganda, the shoebill is one of the highlights for every bird watcher coming to Uganda and the delta boat trip offers the best chances of seeing this majestic bird.

The large bird with its prehistoric look fascinates many bird lovers. These solitary birds with the massive shoebill stork can grow up to 150 cm and weigh up to 14 pounds. You also stand a chance of seeing lots of different animals including elephants and great chances of seeing the elusive leopards resting up in the trees after their busy night schedules. You later connect with your Prime safari guide and transfer back to the lodge for relaxation in the afternoon.

The highlight of the daySighting of the  Balaeniceps rex (Shoebill stock)  in the prime wetland thick marshes of papyrus, water lilies, and other wetland grasses of the Nile River, Uganda’s most sought after bird by birding tourists as well as nature lovers. The wetland also hosts huge flocks of Palearctic migrants every year from October to March.

Accommodation

  • Top-notch / Exclusive:  Bakers Lodge
  • Luxury/ Up market: Paraa Safari Lodge/Nile Safari lodge
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Pakuba Safari Lodge/ Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget/ Basic:  Fort Murchison Safari Lodge/ Hornbill Safari Lodge/

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services

  • Game drive in the Northern sector of the park
  • Fascinating boat cruise along the Nile
  • Hike to the top of Murchison falls

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

  • Night nocturnal game drive experience viewing the nocturnal animals
  • Bush Breakfast
  • Hot air balloon experience
  • Fishing along the Nile delta
  • Birding
  • Cultural encounters

 

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale National Park. Whole day drive

On this 3rd day of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Primate Trekking Safari with Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife, We start the day with a slightly relaxed breakfast today. Why don’t you try a “Rolex” this morning? It is an omelet with onion and vegetables rolled up in a chapati; delicious! We will then pack our bags, check out and say goodbye to the wonderful staff at the lodge.

Then it’s time to take a very scenic drive to Kibale National park through the Albertine Rift area, marked with incredible steep escarpments, the extensive rift valley flats and beautiful views of Lake Albert to our right, and the distant Blue Mountains in the Democratic Republic of Congo even further on the horizon. The drive is about 7 hours long, but the time will fly by; it’s just so beautiful here!

We will enjoy lunch at one of the best restaurants in town. Some people say it is the best place to eat in all of Uganda! There are myriad options to choose from, with things like Local food buffet, crocodile burgers, Guinness beef stew, and 46 different pizzas on the menu! Bon appetite!

We will reach our lodge in the late afternoon and settle in. It is a beautifully atmospheric camp hidden away in the forest, and our home for the next two nights. Here you will get seduced by forest smells and sounds, spot primates swinging through the trees, and observe rare birds and beautiful butterflies fluttering around. A magical place indeed!

We will get together in the restaurant area for relaxation, dinner and our overnight stay. Tomorrow another exciting adventure awaits!

The highlight of the day: The fantastic Scenic drive south to the Albertine Rift area, marked with incredible steep escarpments, the extensive rift valley flats and beautiful views of Lake Albert to our right, and the distant Blue Mountains in the Democratic Republic of Congo even further on the horizon.

Accommodation

  • Top-notch / Exclusive: Kyaninga Lodge/ Ndali Lodge
  • Luxury/ Upmarket: 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. 350km or 7-8 hours

Activities & Services

  • Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Optional activities

  • Nocturnal walk in Kibale National Park which enables you to encounter some of the nocturnal creatures such as Bushbabies, Potto, Tree hyrax, and nightjars.
  • Visit the Amabere caves in Fortportal
  • Cycling in Mpanga tea  estate

 

Day 5: Do Chimpanzee trekking in the morning and Bigodi wetland walk in the afternoon

It’s a very special day today, after breakfast, we will gather at the Kanyanchu Tourism Centre to do our Chimpanzee tracking activity which begins promptly at 8 am.

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 has 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! On this day of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Primate Trekking Safari with Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife.

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 as well as engaging in some of their days to day activities such coffee picking, local brew making and as you undertake this community thriller, you will take part in the process right from planting, harvesting, sun drying, pounding and finally making your cup of coffee that is freshly brewed from the coffee that’s grown by these locals. Transfer to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

The highlight of the day: Spending time with the fully habituated chimps offers you an opportunity to draw quite close to them and take pictures, we View them as they munch fruit, swinging in trees, socializing, patrolling, mating, and making hooting calls an unforgettable experience that we 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!

 

Accommodation

  • Top-notch / Exclusive: Kyaninga Lodge/ Ndali Lodge
  • Luxury/ Upmarket: 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 2-3 hours

Activities & Services

  • Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Bigodi community visit

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

  • Night game drive experience in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Bush Breakfast
  • Birding

 

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Park and do an afternoon boat launch cruise

We will kick off the 6th day of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Primate Trekking Safari with Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife with a morning cup of tea that is served with a wide selection of crunchy bites and fruits at 7:00 am then embark on a road transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP 157km riding through incredible views of Ndali Kasenda crater field & the legendary Mountains of the moon rising to 5,109m above sea level with snow-capped peaks.

This journey takes about 4 hours to get to Queen Elizabeth engage to take a short break to have lunch then you will transfer to the Mweya jetty to embark on an afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise departing at 2 pm. This 2-hour boat cruise is done along the Kazinga channel a 42 km long channel that connects Lake George to Lake Edward.

This cruise offers you an opportunity to see at close range the highest concentration of Hippos, surrounded by over 550 species of migrant and resident birds and crocodiles drinking and resting at water edges. The cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching, and game viewing. You retreat from the boat cruise and do an evening game drive along the Channel track to explore more wild game in their evening moments. Continue to the lodge overnight.

The highlight of the day: Taking the boat tour on the Kazinga channel is a real must-do activity when visiting the park. It will give us the chance to cruise just meters from hundreds of hippos and African Buffalo, while African Elephants linger on the shoreline, along with water birds and Nile Crocodiles. It is an incredible experience being so close to all these fantastic creatures from the comfort of the boat, with the stunning views of the park surrounding us adding to the memories we will have of this cruise.

Accommodation

  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Mweya Safari Lodge / Mazike Valley  Lodge/ Katara Safari Lodge
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Enganzi Game Lodge/ Marafiki Safari Lodge
  • Budget/ Basic: Pumba Safari Lodge / Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx. 157km or 2-3 hours

Activities & Services

  • Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Ndali Kasenda crater drive
  • Boat cruise

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

  • Night game drive experience in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Bush Breakfast
  • Birding

 

Day 7: Game drive in Ishasha Sector and transfer to Bwindi National Park.

We will start with an early breakfast and then we will pack our bags and check out. We will depart “Queen” and head even further south. Before leaving the park, we will undertake a game drive in the Ishasha sector in the Rukungiri District in search of the famous tree-climbing Lions that tend to lie on fig tree branches scanning the plains for prey. This is also the only area in the park to see Tsessebe (Topi subspecies) and Sitatunga.

We then exit “Queen” and continue towards our next park, the world-famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We will enjoy lunch somewhere along the route and reach our destination in the mid-afternoon.

Composed of 321 km2 (124 sq mi) of both montane and lowland rainforest, and accessible only on foot due to the improbable steepness, Bwindi was gazetted as a National Park in 1991 and declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994. It is an amazing piece of land; it survived the last Ice Age (about 15,000 years ago) when most other forests in Africa disappeared. In the local language (Lukiga), Bwindi means ‘impenetrable.’

The 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 on this day of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Primate Trekking Safari with Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife.

Accommodation

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

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & time: Approx. 130-220km or 4-7 hours

Activities & Services

  • Scenic transfer to Bwindi
  • Game drive in Ishasha in search for the tree-climbing lions

 

Day 8: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking and Community tour

 

On this day, you will have an early morning breakfast served at 6:30 am comprising of a wide assortment of bites ranging from truly delicious tropical organic fruits and confectionaries to give an energy boost for the gorilla trekking in Bwindi experience ahead of you where you get to meet one of the gorilla families in this park for a full hour.

Depart from the lodge with your packed lunch and gather at the park center where you will be welcomed by the park sector warden who will take you through the history of gorilla conservation in this particular park sector and Bwindi park in general. While here still you get to have a miniature cultural performance from the local Batwa people who will showcase their musical skills to you.

With your armed ranger in the lead, embark on a trek, searching for your allocated gorilla family. You will be granted 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 center where you get awarded a Gorilla tracking certificate for your tracking efforts. You will return to your lodge and prepare for an evening tour through the community on this day of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Primate Trekking Safari with Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife.

The highlight of the day: The trek for these great apes is tiresome as the forest can be quite wet and the going fairly steep. But trust us, the bit of exercise will be very well rewarded by meeting, watching, spending time with, and photographing these incredible creatures as you look straight into their inviting, brown, expressive eyes. This is a thrill of a lifetime only Bwindi can offer you.

Accommodation

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

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx. 55-85 km or 1-3 hours

Activities & Services

  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
  • Community walk

 

Day 9: Transfer to Rwanda Volcanoes National Park and visit Iby’iwacu community

This day is fairly relaxed as you get to wake up a little bit late at 8:00 am for breakfast after which you will embark on your 3-4 hour transfer to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park via the magnificent Kigezi highlands usually referred to as the Switzerland of Africa’ and cross the Uganda – Rwanda border after lunch, heading to Ruhengeri which is also marked by magical Virunga mountain chain that comprises of eight (7) mountains.

Upon your arrival to Ruhengeri, you will engage in a cultural thriller as you get to visit the Iby’ iwacu community center and while here, you have an opportunity to be entertained by the energetic Rwandan cultural dancers who will surely fascinate you with their rather unique high jumping and arm waving dance strokes, grind millet and sorghum on the local grinding stone to make food, cycle a wooden bicycle around the village, shoot arrows with the Batwa people, listen to village elders explain their traditions and also becoming a king and queen of the day.

Return from the activity and connect to your lodge for dinner and overnight beautifully winding up this 9th day of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates, Gorillas Chimps, and Wildlife.

The highlight of the day:  Engaging in the cultural thriller of the Rwandan dances and local social interactions in the Iby’ iwachu village will be the highlight of the day.

Accommodation

  • Top-Notch /Exclusive: Bisate Lodge/ One & Only Gorilla Nest
  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Midrange/Moderate: Da Vinci Lodge
  • Budget/Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx. 90 km 1-2 hours

Activities & Services

  • Transfer to Volcanoes Park
  • Visit Iby’iwacu community center

 

Day 10: Do gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park & relax at the lodge.

Day 10 of this 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates, Gorillas, Chimps, and Wildlife tour gets you to have your second gorilla encounter and this time around it will be in Volcanoes Park. You will begin the day with an early morning breakfast at your lodge after which our prime safari guide will transfer you to Volcanoes Park headquarters in Kinigi.

You get the opportunity to enjoy the sights of the traditional Kinyarwanda performance and take a cup of hot Rwandan coffee courtesy of the Park authorities. Have briefing and after you will be allocated a gorilla family that you will track and also a ranger guide who will lead you on this second gorilla expedition. From here, you will get into your vehicle to connect to the trailhead where you finally start your search for our closest relatives in the   Volcanoes.

Depending on the gorilla group that you have tracked and its movement for that day, the walking can range from 30 minutes – 8 hours including hiking steep landscapes marked by lush flora and enchanting birds. Upon encountering gorillas, you spend one hour with them as they forage and socialize allowing you to take as many pictures as you can and interacting with your ranger asking questions. Retreat from the activity and connect back to the starting point after which you head back to your lodge for relaxation in the evening.

The highlight of the day:  Meeting the mighty Silverback Gorilla in his natural Habitant of the Volcanoes National Park will draw you an unavoidable rush of adrenaline.

Accommodation

  • Top-Notch /Exclusive: Bisate Lodge/ One & Only Gorilla Nest
  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Midrange/Moderate: Da Vinci Lodge
  • Budget/Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx. 90 km 1-2 hours

Activities & Services

  • Gorilla tracking

 

Day 11:  Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & have an evening game drive.

The 11th day of this 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates, Gorillas, Chimps, and Wildlife tour begins early at 7:00 am after breakfast and then you transfer back to Uganda heading to Lake Mburo national park 340km about 6 hours’ drive.

You make a stop at Igongo Cultural Center 12km past Mbarara town for a delicious traditional cuisine featuring organically grown and freshly served food items. After lunch, you will proceed with the journey to Lake Mburo Park for an extra 33km entering through Sanga gate for an evening game drive where you have possibilities of encountering elands, Burchell’s Zebra, Topis, Rothschild giraffes, Impala antelope, waterbucks, and warthogs among others not forgetting a range of acacia associated birds before retiring for overnight.

The highlight of the day:  Having an enchanting evening game drive in the whispers of the wild will surely spice up your day.

 

Accommodation

  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Mihingo Safari Lodge/ Matana Tented Camp
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Rwakobo Rock / Emburara Farm Lodge/ Arcadia Lodge Mburo
  • Budget/ Basic: Eagles Nest Mburo

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Activities & Services

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

Optional activities include

  • Banyankole cultural safari experience
  • Game walk safari
  • Game drive
  • Biking safari experience
  • Birding

Day 12: Undertake game walking safari in the morning and transfer to Jinja

After breakfast, you will embark on a guided game walk exploring the impressive savannah landscapes of Lake Mburo National Park dotted with counts of wild game. The morning game walk exposes you to moist savannah, open grassland, acacia vegetation covering undulating hills that feature protruding ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date to over 500 million years ago. On the walk; there are chances of viewing zebra, cape buffaloes, oribi and topi, eland, warthog, waterbuck, bushbuck, and Rothschild giraffe among others. The counts of birds such as Brown-faced Lapwings, Bare-faced Go-away bird, the extraordinary White-winged Warbler plus Carruther’s Cisticolas may also be encountered.

The hike to Kazuma hill offers magical views of the range of five lakes that are in the park. Retreat from the activity and embark on the transfer back to Jinja town. You make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing at Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots and purchase of souvenirs for the gift shops available. Arrive in Kampala in the evening for overnight.

The highlight of the day: On this day of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates, Gorillas, Chimps, and Wildlife tour Becoming part of the wild during the three hours game walking safari will bring back your instincts and intuitions lost during the busy schedules of our daily life.

Accommodation

  • Luxury / Upmarket:  Wild Waters Lodge Jinja /King Fisher Resort Jinja
  • Midrange/ Moderate: 2 Friends hotel Jinja / Source of the Smile
  • Budget: 2 Friends Jinja

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Optional activities

  • Boat cruise on Lake Mburo
  • Evening cultural encounter
  • Birding
  • Cycling / Biking in Mburo wilderness
  • Evening horse riding

Day 13: The Source of the Nile Adventure

This day of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates, Gorillas, Chimps, and Wildlife tour begins with an early morning breakfast then embarks on a road transfer to Jinja for a white-water rafting thriller on the famous Nile River the longest on the African continent and the world at large. You get to raft with the team of expert guides to traverse the speedy waters clashing the ancient rapids to produce a plume of spray and powerful waves that hit you ruthlessly after encountering you on their way.

Rafting on the Nile is a safe and adventurous encounter that qualifies to be among the active adventure vacation safari activities in Uganda. After this experience, visit the source of this mighty river and take a soothing boat cruise to the exact point where this river begins its 6650km journey down North to the Mediterranean Sea on the Egyptian seaboard.

The highlight of the day: Nothing can be compared to this fun-packed adrenaline-fueled Rafting adventure on the world’s longest river, you will raft while exploding through the warm green pools in the equatorial sunshine, a once in a lifetime experience.

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Drive distance & time: Approx. 80km or 1-2hours

Activities and Services

  • Transfer back to Kampala
  • White water rafting
  • Boat ride to the source of the Nile

Other optional activities you can do include

  • Visit Sezibwa falls
  • A nature walk in Mabira forest
  • Ziplining in Mabira
  • Biking
  • Horse riding
  • Fishing

End of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates, Gorillas Chimps and Wildlife

13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates 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-fii Internet on board the safari vehicle

  Bottled water

13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates 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

Getting There

Transport Means to Your Safari Destinations

4X4 Safari Vans For Hire In Uganda Rwanda

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Looking for 4X4 Safari Vans for hire in Uganda, Prime Uganda Safaris is available to your service. We have customized safari vans that have 4 wheel drive and have demonstrated the capacity to access distant Uganda Safari destinations and across borders such as Rwanda. Read More

4X4 Safari Landcruisers For Hire In Ugand & Rwanda

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One of the best known 4×4 WD that you can use for your safari in Uganda’s Parks and Rural countryside.Our car hire is based on limited mileage and applies to travel within Uganda.( Terms and conditions apply. Read More

4X4 Minivan|Coaster|Mini Buses For Hire in Uganda Rwanda

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We have minivans for hire to groups of eight up to twelve. Make sure to find the class to suit your large group.In this Category, we have 4X 4 Safari Mini bus with capacity ranging from 6 seater to 14 seater and they’ve got a pop up roof for game viewing purposes. These have got diesel powered engines and come with a driver guide but excluding fuel.( Terms and conditions apply). Read More

13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates – PRICE PER PERSON

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13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Primates 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

 

  • 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 Uganda/Rwanda Embassy or through the online portal. Also available on arrival at Entebbe International Airport, subject to long queues (We do not recommend this method)

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