13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour – SAFARI OVERVIEW

For anyone who is looking for a memorable Africa safari adventure in Uganda and Rwanda that is packed with amazing wildlife encounters and mountain hiking experience, this 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure safari is for you!13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour

This unforgettable trip is fully loaded with several activities, which include a stunning gorilla encounter; amazing wildlife encounters boat cruises chimpanzee encounters, and mountain hiking experience. During this Uganda Rwanda safari journey, you’re bound to visit several iconic tourist destinations which include Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Volcanoes National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, and Kigali city.

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13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour SAFARI PRIME ACTIVITIES

  The wow factor of this tour is hiking in the misty forests of Bwindi and tracking the shy rare endangered Mountain Gorillas which are the biggest living primates

  Comparing the worlds apart as you drive through the country’s colorful villages and engaging in cultural encounters with the local communities

  Exploring the animal filled waters of the Kazinga channel filled with Hippos, buffaloes, crocodiles also termed as the Hippos paradise

  Sightings of the elusive tree climbing lions

  You will enjoy a boat ride on the world’s longest river

  Exploring the verdant forests of Kibale as you track the Chimpanzees on foot

  Uganda is home to the big Five, which you will look for during game drives.

  A Game walk in Lake Mburo brings you much closer to the animals and gives you the serene feeling of being in the wild.

  Learn about the differences in the flow of water between the Southern and Northern hemispheres at the Uganda Equator in Kayabwe.

  African art and crafts souvenir shopping opportunities at the various craft shops

  Exploring the Ugandan roadside fresh food markets during the long drive breaks

  Scenery viewing of the amazing landscapes and natural wonders like the World’s biggest fresh water Lake Victoria and Murchison falls the world’s most power full waterfall.

  Expect a spectacular encounter with the shy but beautiful golden monkeys when you visit Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda

  Enjoy the epic sights and sounds of Kigali as you enjoy a remarkable Kigali city tour drive

13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour –FEATURED PARKS / DESTINATIONS

Day 1 & 2: Murchison Falls National Park

Day 3: Lake Albert Safari lodge

Day 4: Fort portal & Kibale Forest National Park

Day 5 & 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Day 8:Lake Bunyonyi

Day 9 & 10: Volcanoes National Park-Rwanda

Day 11: Kigali City

Day 12 & 13 : Lake Mburo National Park

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13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour – SAFARI HIGHLIGHT

  • Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route
  • Day 2: Morning game drive and afternoon Nile launch cruise, hike to the top of the falls.
  • Day 3: Transfer from Murchison Falls Park to Lake Albert Safari Lodge.
  • Day 4: Transfer to Fort portal where you will engage in a tea estate cycling experience.
  • Day 5: Do Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park.
  • Day 6: Engage in a game drive in Kasenyi sector and boat cruise on the Kazinga channel.
  • Day 7: Do a game drive in Ishasha sector as you transfer to Bwindi National Park.
  • Day 8: Enjoy Mountain Gorilla Trekking & evening boat ride on lake Bunyonyi
  • Day 9: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park-Rwanda, visit the Iby’ Iwacu community
  • Day 10: Hike to the top of the Bisoke Volcano after which you visit the Karisoke Research station
  • Day 11: Transfer to Kigali city and have a Kigali city drive experience
  • Day 12: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, engage in an evening game drive.
  • Day 13: Engage in a game walking safari and then transfer to Kampala via the  Equator.

13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour – SAFARI DETAIL  

Day 1:  Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route

Welcome to East Africa! this great 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure 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 Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure 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: Morning game drive & transfer to Lake Albert Safari Lodge

We start the 3rd day of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure with a slightly later 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.

We will then embark on another morning game drive in the park to look for more animals you could have missed in the previous game drive. There are birds here too! Over 450 species including the iconic Shoebill, rare Pel’s Fishing Owl, Saddle-billed Stork, Red-winged Grey Warbler, African Dwarf Kingfisher, Goliath Heron, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Black-billed Wood Dove, Senegal Coucal, Snowy-crowned Robin-chat, Whistling Cisticola, Buff-bellied Warbler, Silverbird, Western Black-headed Batis and much more.

After the game drive, you will have a lunch break and then it’s time to take a very 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. The drive is about 4 hours long, but the time will fly by; it’s just so beautiful here!

After our evening relaxation, we will all get together for a spacious bush dinner with the stars and the moon dazzling down on us to create a picturesque moment you will never forget and afterward a good night’s sleep.

The highlight of the day: The comfortable lodge is situated in the incredibly scenic Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve, and has stunning views over Lake Albert and the surroundings.

Accommodation

  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Lake Albert Safari Lodge
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Lake Albert Safari Lodge
  • Budget/ Basic: Lake Albert Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance and time: Approx. 170km or 3-4 hours

Activities & Services

  • Transfer to Lake Albert Safari Lodge
  • Hike to the top of Murchison falls

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

  • Evening game drive experience in the reserve

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale, do cycling in the Mpanga Tea Estates

On the 4th day of this 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure, you will transfer from Lake Albert Safari Lodge to Kibale in a 5-6 hours’ drive. You will wake up at 8:00 am have breakfast then embark on a road drive 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 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 as you bike through this estate on your mountain bikes. This cycling experience allows you to follow the entire process which leads to the production of that aromatic tea that you have been enjoying so far while on this safari. You will see laborers harvesting this tea and if you like you can spare a few minutes and join these men and women to harvest these tea leaves before you continue with your cycling experience. You will make your way to the factory and inside you will see how tea is processed to finally give that pure aroma in each cup of tea you get to enjoy.

After this cycling experience, you will proceed to Kibale National Park where the day ends as you check-in at your lodge.

 The highlight of the day: Driving through Ugandan rural country sight, the historical ancient town of Masindi and the Albertine Rift Valley where the bulky Bunyoro escarpment merges into the vast plains of Acholi land leading you to the  ‘Kew Gardens and the zoo combined on an unlimited scale’.

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. 240km or 4-5 hours

Activities & Services

  • Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
  • Cycling in Mpanga tea  estate

Optional activities

  • Nocturnal walk in Kibale National Park which enables you to encounter some of the nocturnal creatures such as Bushbabies, Nightjars, Tree hyrax, Ginet & Mongoose
  • Visit the Amabere ga nyina mwiru caves in Fortportal

Day 5: Do Chimpanzee trekking & transfer to Queen Elizabeth Np.

After breakfast on this day of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure, we will gather at the Kanyanchu Tourism Centre in Kibale 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!

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. We then embark on the day’s journey further south towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is a 2 to 3-hour drive with incredibly scenic views en route.

 

The 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.

Accommodation

  • Luxury/ Up market: Mweya Safari Lodge / Mazike Valley Safari 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 3-4 hours

Activities & Services

  • Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Park

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: Do morning game drive, afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise & evening game drive along the channel track

We start our day with an early breakfast at the camp, and then we are off to the park again on this 6th day of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure,

Our game drives this morning through the Kasenyi Plains will give us a chance to tick some impressive African big game species, including African Elephant, African Buffalo, Kob, Bushbuck, Hippopotamus, Forest Hog, Common Warthog, Leopard, and various smaller creatures not forgetting the avian life here that may include African Hobby, Rüppell’s Vulture, Bateleur, Brown Snake Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Grey Kestrel, African Finfoot, African Skimmer, Black bee-eater, Caspian Plover,  Grey-winged Robin-chat, Palm-nut Vulture, Papyrus Gonolek, White-backed Night Heron and Yellow-throated Cuckoo, along with many others. After our game drive, we will return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch.

In the afternoon, we have another fantastic activity planned! We will gather at the Mweya jetty for an afternoon boat cruise starting at 2 pm. During this boat cruise, you have the opportunity to sail on the tranquil but turbid waters of 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 over to 1000 individuals and Nile crocodiles that are seen basking along the shores of the channel.

After the boat cruise, we will do a short game drive along the channel track as we head back to the lodge. We will relax and have dinner, chatting about trips we would all like to do in the future to exotic places on the planet.

The highlight of the day: The boat trip 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 waterbirds 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 park all around us adding to the memories we will have of this cruise.

 

Accommodation

  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Mweya Safari Lodge/ Mazike Valley Safari 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

Activities & Services

  • Morning game drive
  • Afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga channel

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

  • Night game drive experience in Queen Elizabeth park
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest/ Kyambura Gorge
  • Birding
  • Cultural encounters

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

We will start with an early breakfast and then we will pack our bags and check out. We will depart Queen Elizabeth National Park 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 Elizabeth National Park 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 Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure.

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 transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for a boat ride

After early morning breakfast, depart from the lodge with your packed lunch and gather at the park headquarters 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. 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. Gorilla tracking will be the highlight of the entire 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure.

 From here, transfer to Lake Bunyonyi where you get to relax from the rather a bit tedious gorilla trekking experience. On arrival to this beautiful tropical gem of the Kigezi highland, you will be fascinated by the tranquil waters of this lake and the numerous islands that are dotted all over this lake hence leading to its famous name The Lake of A Thousand Islands. You will enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on the serene waters of Lake Bunyonyi as you explore several of its 29 islands.

The highlight of the day: An encounter with the gorillas and an experiential boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi will make the highlight of the day on this 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure.

Accommodation

  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Birds nest @ Bunyonyi
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort
  • Budget/ Basic: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Activities & Services

  • Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

Day 9: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda

After a relaxed breakfast, we will leave for our final part of the tour driving further southwards taking all of the morning; we will make a lunch stop in Kisoro after which we will check out the last curio shops in Uganda to pick a Memento for the Ugandan part of the tour.  We will bid farewell to Uganda and transfer to the Cyanika border point to cross over to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park enjoying incredible views of Kigezi Highlands and the Virunga Volcanoes.

We will reach our stunningly-located lodge in time to freshen up and later we meet at the restaurant for our dinner here. We will sit under the African sky and reminisce about our wonderful time so far before heading to bed and a good night’s rest. Tomorrow we go to the most famous Bisoke Volcano Climbing adventure!

The highlight of the day:  Traversing through the incredible Highlands of Kigezi and Virunga Volcanoes on this special day of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure

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. 180 km 4 – 5 hours

Activities & Services

  • Transfer to Volcanoes Park
  • Visit the caves of Musanze

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

  • Visit Dian Fossey Research station in Kinigi
  • Visiting the twin Lakes of Musanze
  • Local beer-making experience
  • Coffee tour in Musanze
  • Visiting the Musanze caves

Day 10: Undertake a 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 the other seven Volcanoes. The encounter takes 7hours of a round trip.  After having your lunch break you can visit the Karisoke Research station and pay homage to the true gorilla heroes that have over time dedicated their lives and times towards the conservation of these magnificent beings which we all now love to see every time an opportunity arises. Transfer back to the lodge to have dinner and an overnight stay.

The highlight of the day: Making it to the top of the breath-taking Bisoke Mountain summit and a beautiful crater on this 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure.

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

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

  • Visiting the twin Lakes of Musanze
  • Local beer-making experience
  • Coffee tour in Musanze
  • Visiting the Musanze caves

Day 11: Transfer to Kigali City and do a city tour around the City  

On the 11th day of this 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure, you will enjoy breakfast at 7:30 am, you will embark on a 2-3 hours’ drive to Kigali City covering about 116km. This drive will fascinate you as you drive through the impressive rolling hills of the Rwandan countryside.

Upon your arrival, you will have a lunch break before you kick start your 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. 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 happened during the darkest 90 days of Rwanda during the 1994 Rwanda genocide in which over 1 million people lost their lives during a bloody massacre between the Hutus and the Tutsis- 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. 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. From here, will transfer to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

The highlight of the day: The fascinating Kigali city drive through the cleanest city in Africa will leave you mesmerized.

Accommodation

  • Top-Notch /Exclusive: Radisson Blu Kigali
  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Protea by Marriott Kigali/ Kigali Serena Hotel
  • Midrange/Moderate: Mille Collines Hotel / Hotel Chezlando- Pavilion rooms
  • Budget/Basic: Hotel Chezlando – Standard rooms

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Activities and services

  • Kigali city tour
  • Transfer to Kigali

Day 12: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & do an evening game drive.

After breakfast, you embark on the 294km or 7-8 hours drive to Lake Mburo National Park crossing via Katuna border post.  The remarkable views of Rwandan hillsides, traditional lunch at Igongo Cultural Centre for this second last day of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure.

From here you will proceed to Lake Mburo National Park and during your drive to this park, you will make an en’ route stop at the 1520AD solar eclipse monument which is found in Bihar village. If you wish you can hike up the hill on which this monument is set and enjoy spectacular views of the undulating Ankole plains which form a nice background for you to take photos. While here, the guide will take you through the intriguing history behind this solar eclipse and how it managed to greatly change the destiny of three great ancient kingdoms all at once.

You will proceed 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.

The highlight of the day:  A home to over 68 mammals and 350 bird species in just overly 370kms makes the game drives in this compacted gem very rewarding, the weather patterns, fauna, and flora are believed to have changed very little for as long as a million years or more, giving the area an incredible prehistoric presence.

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. 294km or 7-8 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 13: Morning game drive and transfer to Kampala

Embark on an exciting game walking safari in the savannah stretches of Lake Mburo National Park where the extensive acacia savannah and open grassland is intercepted by hills some of which are marked with ancient Precambrian rocks dating to 500 million years past. The game walk offers chances of spotting; cape buffaloes, zebra, oribi, topi, warthog, eland, waterbuck, Rothschild giraffe, and bushbuck among others. The park also has 350 bird species.

From the activity, embark on a 240 km journey towards Kampala. This journey comes with interesting & exciting road stops done at the Equator where you get to have an equator experience on how to differentiate the Northern from the Southern hemispheres and also have a photo moment. Enjoy a locally inspired lunch buffet at the Equator cafeteria. Another stop is done at the Mpambire drum center and where you will have an encounter with local artists as they manufacture a wide variety of local musical instruments such as the drums, African chairs. From here, proceed with the rest of your journey back to Kampala marking the end of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure.

The highlight of the day: Without dought the best way to see wildlife, 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.   

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Drive distance & time: Approx. 240km or 3-4 hours

Activities & Services

  • Morning game walk
  • Transfer back to Kampala
  • Equator experience

End of the 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour with Gorillas and Wildlife Adventure

13 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

13 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

13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour – PRICE PER PERSON

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13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour 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

 

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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)

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.

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