13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour

Overview of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour

This Uganda tour will start by visiting the magnificent Murchison Falls and then proceed to Kibale National Park for Uganda chimpanzee safari, then transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive and a boat cruise. Then you will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a Gorilla tour Uganda which takes between 2 – 8 hours. The Uganda safari also takes you to Rwanda for Volcano climbing in Volcanoes National Park and Kigali city tour including Kigali genocide memorial before returning to Uganda to explore Lake Mburo National Park. 

Safari Highlight of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour

Day 1 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Undertake 2-hour Rhino trekking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route (311km about 5 hours drive)

Day 2 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Do morning game drive in the northern sector (3 – 4 hours) & an afternoon boat cruise along the Nile to the bottom of the falls (3 hours) and hike to the top of the falls

Day 3 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Transfer to Hoima via the Albertine Rift Valley & hike the Kibiro Salt Gardens

Day 4 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Transfer to Fort Portal Area, do cycling in the Mpanga Tea Estates and relax the Lodge

Day 5 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park (2 – 5 hours) and transfer to Queen Elizabeth Np. Enjoy amazing sights of Rwenzori Mountains en route (157km about 2 -3 hours drive)

Day 6 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Morning game viewing in Kasenyi sector (3 – 4 hours), afternoon 2-hour launch cruise along Kazinga Channel and evening game drive along the channel track

Day 7 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via Ishasha sector in search of tree-climbing lions (218km about 8 hours drive including the 2 hr game drive in Ishasha)

Day 8 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Mountain Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park   (2 – 8 hours trek) / Nature Walk $70pp / Community tour $20pp & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation. (52km about 2 hours drive)

Day 9 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Canoe paddle at Lake Bunyonyi dubbed the Lake of a thousand Islands and transfer to Volcanoes National Park 120km about 3 hours drive

Day 10 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Undertake 7-hour Bisoke Volcano Climbing adventure & relax at the lodge

Day 11 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Transfer to Kigali City 116km about 2 – 3 hours drive, Visit Kigali Genocide memorial, drive through Kigali City & relax

Day 12 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park 294km about 7 – 8 hours drive & relax at the lodge. Optional Night game drives $30pp.

Day 13 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Morning game drive or Optional Game walking safari $30pp / Cycling encounter $25pp and transfer to Kampala

Detailed Safari Itinerary of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour

Day 1 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Undertake 2-hour Rhino trekking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route (311km about 5 hours drive)

Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park Uganda 311km from Kampala about 5 hours’ drive excluding stops en route, You drive through impressive flat stretches of Nakasongora district before branching off at Nakitooma for 7km to Ziwa Sanctuary to track white Rhinos which are only found here in the whole of Uganda. You retreat from the activity, settle for lunch at Kabalega dinner and continue to Murchison Falls National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge – Deluxe room

Midrange: Murchison River Lodge –thatched Safari Tent

Budget: Hornbill Bush Lodge

Day 2 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Do morning game drive in the northern sector (3 – 4 hours) & an afternoon boat cruise along the Nile to the bottom of the falls (3 hours) and hike to the top of the falls

Drive to the park’s northern section for a morning game drive offering impressive wild game viewing encounter.  The 3 – 4 activity takes you through the designated park tracks including Buligi, Queen, Albert and the entire delta area with possibilities of encountering the lions, elephants, Rothschild giraffes, Leopards, Jackson’s Hartebeest, waterbucks, Oribis, Kobs among others.  The open savannah grassland intercepted with scattered Borassus palms also presents a unique landscape worth viewing. Retreat from the activity and return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch after which you gather at Paraa jetty for an afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls. The 3-hour boat encounter opens you to the thrilling Nile waters in their relaxed flow as they join the Albert delta. The views of Hippos, Nile crocodile and shoebill stork might impress you along the adventure. Upon arriving on the bottom of the falls, you will embark on the hike to the top of the world’s powerful waterfall. The Nile River which is the longest in the world forces itself to pass through a less than 8m ravine before falling 43m below to what has been termed the devils’ cauldron forming a plume of spray marked by a thunderous roar and trademark rainbow. During the hike, you will enjoy the sounds of the Nile as it splashes its head on the impermeable rocks that have stood in its way for centuries past. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

 Accommodation

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge – Deluxe room

Midrange: Murchison River Lodge –thatched Safari Tent

Budget: Hornbill Bush Lodge

Day 3 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Transfer to Hoima via the Albertine Rift Valley & hike the Kibiro Salt Gardens

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Hoima. You make a stop en route at Kibiro Salt Gardens to encounter the heritage of this historic site. The Kibiro Salt Gardens has supported the livelihoods of the surrounding community dating far back to 900 years ago far before the coming of Europeans. The locals extract fine salt which they then exchange with the other communities for food and other items. The work of salt extraction at this site has for long been a dominant of female. The process of extracting is rather long and technical than the ordinary but it is amazing to see how the indigenous knowledge is put into use to have a product out well made. Accessing the site exposes you to walking on steep and challenging landscapes with narrow paths that can only be accessed by foot. Retreat from the encounter and transfer to Hoima arriving in the afternoon for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Midrange:   Hoima Cultural Lodge

Day 4 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Transfer to Fort Portal Area, do cycling in the Mpanga Tea Estates and relax the Lodge

Transfer to Fort Portal Area after breakfast following five (5) hours’ drive passing through the impressive countryside landscapes of Kagadi and Kyenjojo that are dotted with lush green, rural homesteads and farmlands. Upon arriving in Fort Portal Area, you settle for lunch in one of the best restaurants in Fort Portal town after which you embark on the cycling in the Mpanga tea estates. The green tea plantation is spread over a beautiful undulating landscape with endless scenic views which makes it ideal to encounter on your mountain bikes. On your cycling, you encounter the estate staff plucking tea and you are free to participate in the exercise to gain the exact touch.

Accommodation

Luxury: Crater Safari Lodge – Luxury Cottages

Midrange:   Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse – Cottage

Budget:    Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse –  Mainhouse room

Day 5 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park (2 – 5 hours) and transfer to Queen Elizabeth Np. Enjoy amazing sights of Rwenzori Mountains en route (157km about 2 -3 hours drive)

After breakfast, gather at Kanyanchu tourism centre for briefing at 08:00 am from the park rangers about the Chimp trekking conduct. Set off to this forest of Kibale after the short briefing in quest of Chimpanzees. The 2 – 5-hour trek will expose you amazing tree species and wildlife including other 12 species of primates like Colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys and olive baboons. The sights of Birds cannot be avoided while their songs will offer you natural entertainment through the jungle. You will marvel at the Chimpanzees as the roll themselves on tree branches, munch fruits and make their pant – hooting calls. After utilizing your one hour, you will have a picnic lunch and return to the starting point for short relaxation and preparation for another activity. In the afternoon, you embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 157km about 2 – 3 hours drive enjoying the amazing views of Rwenzori Mountains dubbed the legendary Mountains of the moon by rising to 5,109m above sea level.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mazike Valley Lodge

Midrange: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget:  Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 6 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Morning game viewing in Kasenyi sector (3 – 4 hours), afternoon 2-hour launch cruise along Kazinga Channel and evening game drive along the channel track

Drive to the rolling plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park with its extensive savannah grassland for amazing game viewing experience after breakfast. The drive through the Kasenyi tracks enables you to explore a range of game including the elephants, lions, buffaloes, leopards, waterbucks, side stripped jackals among other species. The activity tends to last 3 – hours after which you will return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, you gather at Mweya jetty for an afternoon boat cruise starting at 2 pm for Marasa and 3 pm for UWA with the interval of 2hours to make a round trip for another turn. The encounter offers you the opportunity of encountering the Nile crocodiles, the Hippos and water birds along the channel. The wild game also tends to come to the channel shores to quench their thirst. Retreat from that and do a game drive along the channel track as you connect to the lodge for overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mazike Valley Lodge

Midrange: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget:  Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 7 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via Ishasha sector in search of tree-climbing lions (218km about 8 hours drive including the 2 hr game drive in Ishasha)

After breakfast at your respective lodge, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Rushaga region 309km about 8 – 10 hours’ drive inclusive of the game drive time in Ishasha. The drive takes you through Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda where you spend some time driving in its rolling plains marked by counts of fig trees in search of tree climbing lions that tend to climb the fig trees during the day time. The short trees with overlying branches in Ishasha present the best opportunities for viewing tree climbing lions than any other part of the world where such Species exist. Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Haven Lodge Buhoma

Midrange:  Gorilla Mist Camp

Day 8 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Mountain Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park   (2 – 8 hours trek) / Nature Walk $70pp / Community tour $20pp & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation. (52km about 2 hours drive)

Embark on the Mountain Gorilla exploration in the Impenetrable forest of Bwindi. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda supports a minimum of 400 Mountain Gorillas which on a global scale are given as critically endangered. Therefore, undertaking the gorilla trekking experience in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi is such a lifetime endeavour that will create lasting memories. You gather at the respective park headquarters for briefing in the morning at 8 am where you are also allocated the respective gorilla families to track. From here, you head to the forest in the company of the armed ranger guides that will lead you up the gorillas. The walk is beyond the ordinary as it involves traversing the dense jungle whose thickness would at some points necessitate using a machete to make a path, hiking the challenging landscapes some of which are steep and slippery at times under the canopy of the mature forest which forms darkness even during the day. You are treated to the impressive bird songs and beautiful flowers through the experience. The encounter tends to take 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements and one hour is availed to you to have a direct touch with the gorillas. Upon approaching gorillas, their reaction is not predictable as it can include them giving you a courteous welcome, minding less about you and charging against you. However, as a result of habituation, Mountain gorillas are always welcoming with the Silverback beating a little of his chest to demonstrate his might and also welcoming to you to the group. The young gorillas are very playful and are at times not aware of the 7m rule thus can try to draw closer to even touching on your body – save it by taking some steps away to observe the distance. You are not limited in any way to ask as many questions about gorillas and their habitats along with taking pictures so long as you have the opportunity to do so.

Alternatively, one can engage in either nature walk traversing the rugged landscape of Bwindi or take up a community tour to explore the heritage of the local people.

Retreat from the activity and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi driving through fascinating Kigezi Highlands which locals apply terracing method to cultivate their slopes deriving impressive scenic landscape. You arrive at Lake Bunyonyi Uganda in the afternoon for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Luxury: Birdnest @ Bunyonyi resort

Midrange:  Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort

Day 9 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Canoe paddle at Lake Bunyonyi dubbed the Lake of a thousand Islands and transfer to Volcanoes National Park 120km about 3 hours drive

After breakfast, embark on the boat cruise to explore the second deepest Lake in Africa with a count of 29 Islands after which you shall transfer to Rwanda via the magnificent Kigezi highlands usually referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa” and cross the Uganda – Rwanda border to Ruhengeri which is also marked by magical Virunga mountain chain that comprises of eight (8) mountains. Upon arrival in Rwanda, you embark on the thrilling boat cruise on the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo where you have an opportunity to interact with the local population and do the sight-seeing. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Budget: Muhabura Hotel

Midrange: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Day 10 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Undertake 7-hour Bisoke Volcano Climbing adventure & relax at the lodge

After breakfast, embark on the hike to Bisoke Mountain. Rising to 3711m above sea level, the Bisoke Volcano is part of the eight mountain chain and offers an impressive volcanic climb. Commencing at 7 am at the Kinigi headquarters, the Bisoke Mountain hike involves a drive to the trailhead after which you embark on the climb through lush mountain flora before approaching the beautiful crater and the summit. Upon reaching the top, you enjoy the magical sceneries of all other seven Volcanoes. The encounter takes 7hours of a round trip. You retreat to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Budget: Muhabura Hotel

Midrange: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Day 11 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Transfer to Kigali City 116km about 2 – 3 hours drive, Visit Kigali Genocide memorial, drive through Kigali City & relax

After breakfast, embark on the drive to Kigali City 116km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive with impressive views of the scenic Rwandan hills en route. Upon arrival, you tour the Kigali genocide memorial to explore what actually transpired during the 1994 genocide that hit Rwanda. The writings and audio presentations in the museum offer you a themed interpretation of the collected items. After the genocide tour, you drive through Kigali city exploring the interesting city landscapes before retiring for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury: Hotel Mille Collines

Midrange / Budget: Hotel Chezlando / Step Town Motel

Day 12 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park 294km about 7 – 8 hours drive & relax at the lodge. Optional Night game drive $30pp.

Animals with in the Kigezi wildlife reserve

After breakfast, you embark on the drive to Lake Mburo National Park crossing via Katuna border post.  The remarkable views of Rwandan hillsides, traditional lunch at Igongo Cultural Centre before proceeding to the park for an evening game drive exploring the view of the savannah on the sunset not forgetting the possible views of wild game.

Accommodation
Luxury:
Mihingo Lodge

Midrange: Rwakobo Rock

Budget: Eagles Nest Mburo

Day 13 of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour: Morning game drive or Optional Game walking safari $30pp / Cycling encounter $25pp and transfer to Kampala

After breakfast, connect to the park for an extensive game drive. The possible sights of Impala, buffalo herds, the Topis, Zebras, Rothschild Giraffes among others can be encountered before embarking on the transfer back to Kampala 240km about 3 – 4 hours drive.  Alternatively, you can engage in optional walking safari where you gain chances of viewing wild game on foot or take up a cycling encounter in the park.

End of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla safari Primate Wildlife tour