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8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari

8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari Holiday

Overview of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari

The 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari is a short safari tour featuring Mountain Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, Adventure hike to Nyiragongo Volcano, game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park and Optional Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve. The safari also features historical tour to the Gisozi genocide memorial a living testimony of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. It starts in Kigali Rwanda and ends in Kampala Uganda.

Safari Highlight of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Safari

  • Day 1 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari: Visit the Gisozi genocide memorial and transfer to Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 2 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari: Undertake Mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park & transfer to Lake Kivu – Gisenyi for relaxation
  • Day 3 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari: Undertake a hike to Nyiragongo Volcano
  • Day 4 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari: Descend from Nyiragongo Volcano and transfer to Uganda – relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi
  • Day 5 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do game drive en route in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions
  • Day 6 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari: Undertake an extensive game in the savannah stretches of Kasenyi plains & afternoon boat cruise / river safari along Kazinga Channel
  • Day 7 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari:  Drive to Lake Mburo National Park and do an evening game drive. Optional Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve
  • Day 8 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari: Do morning walking safari and transfer to Kampala

Detailed itinerary of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Safari

Day 1 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari: Visit the Gisozi genocide memorial and transfer to Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, you connect to Gisozi genocide memorial to pay tribute to the counts of Rwandese that lost their lives during the tragic genocide that befell Rwanda in the year 1994. The writings, audio presentations and the range of human remains at the display combine to give a defined picture of what transpired during this tragic event. Retreat from the museum tour; settle for lunch after which you embark on the drive to Volcanoes National Park 116km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Day 2 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari: Undertake Mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park & transfer to Lake Kivu – Gisenyi for relaxation

Volcanoes National Park is part of the Virunga volcanoes where the remaining population of Mountain gorillas 480 thrives. The trek commences at the park headquarters Kinigi at 8am with briefing by the park rangers. However, an early arrival offers an opportunity to enjoy the traditional Kinyarwanda performance and a warm cup of home grown Rwandan coffee. After briefing, you drive to the trail head to embark on the hike through the gorilla highlands marked by lush flora and bird life. The eventual encounter with the mountain gorillas is a lifetime moment and a range of photos can be taken and questions about the gorillas can be asked. After one hour of direct viewing, you return to the starting point and embark on the transfer to Gisenyi Lake Kivu 110km about 2 hours drive for an evening recreation and relaxation. An optional boat cruise can be taken to explore this beautiful lake and its Islands. Retire for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Up market / Luxury: Lake Kivu Serena Resort, Midrange / Budget: Paladis Malahide

Day 3 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari: Undertake a hike to Nyiragongo Volcano

Wake up early enough to transfer to Congo (Goma) about 1 hour drive to catch up with the Nyiragongo Volcano hiking. Gather at Kibati Patrol post from where you will begin the hike from in the company of the Virunga National Park rangers. Enjoy the amazing views and environment of Nyiragongo Volcano noted to feature the largest lava lake in the world. The lava lake is very violent and noted to have had a significant impact on the surrounding environment following its last subsequent eruptions including the 2002 eruption that destroyed half of Goma town 20km away. The accommodation is presented in the mountain shelter and you enjoy the glowing views of the lava lake at night. Nyiragongo Volcano hike lasts between 4 – 6 hours.

Accommodation: Mountain Shelter

Day 4 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari: Descend from Nyiragongo Volcano and transfer to Uganda – relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi

This is the second day on the mountain and you enjoy the mountain scenery as you trek back to the starting point. From Kibati, you embark on the drive to Lake Bunyonyi – Uganda to relax refreshing from the 2 day volcano hike. Retire for overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort, Midrange / Budget:  Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort

 Day 5 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do game drive en route in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions

After breakfast, you embark on the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park 289km about 8hours drive making an enroute game drive in the southern sector of the park with possibilities of viewing tree climbing lions along with other wild game like defassa waterbuck, elephants, Uganda Kobs, Topis among others. Proceed to the northern sector for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury:  Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge, Midrange / Standard:  Enganzi Lodge, Budget / Basic:  Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 6 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari: Undertake an extensive game in the savannah stretches of Kasenyi plains & afternoon boat cruise / river safari along Kazinga Channel

The morning game drive takes you to the savannah landscapes of Kasenyi on the rift valley floor as early as 7am presenting chances of exploring wild game including elephants, lions, Buffaloes, the Defassa waterbucks, the leopard, Side stripped jackal, the Spotted Hyenas, warthogs, Topis, the Uganda Kobs, Oribis among other wild game. The activity lasts 3 – 4 hours drive. In the afternoon, the boat ride departs at Mweya dock at 2pm running for 2 hours along the scenic Kazinga Channel that adjoins Lake George and Lake Edward. The bird species like the African Skimmers, the Great Cormorants; aquatics like the Nile crocodiles and Hippos not forgetting a range of wild game that might be seen drinking on the channel shores. Do an evening game drive along the channel track as you head back to the lodge.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury:  Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge, Midrange / Standard:  Enganzi Lodge, Budget / Basic:  Pumba Safari Cottages

 Day 7 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari:  Drive to Lake Mburo National Park and do an evening game drive. Optional Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Mburo National Park 180km about 3 hours drive enjoying the countryside lush landscape including the Kalinzu forest reserve where you can undertake an optional Chimpanzee trekking, the Bunyaruguru crater field with a range of lakes such as Lake Africa that is shaped like the map of Africa before approaching Mbarara town and Igongo Cultural Center for traditional lunch. You proceed to Lake Mburo National Park entering via Sanga gate for an evening game drive. The sun set views of the acacia savannah vegetation of Lake Mburo coupled with possible wildlife sights like Burchell’s Zebra, Impala, Warthogs, the Rothschild giraffes, the water bucks, the Topis among others combine to derive lasting memories.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury:   Mihingo Lodge, Midrange / Standard:   Rwakobo Rock, Budget / Basic:   Eagles Nest

Day 8 of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari: Do morning walking safari and transfer to Kampala

Undertake a morning walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park departing from Rwonyo Center in the company of the armed ranger. Exploring the wildlife on foot offers a closer look of the wild game than when in the vehicle. The Rothschild giraffes, Elands, the Burchell’s Zebra, Impala, Warthogs, the water bucks, the Topis among others might be explored. Retreat from the 2 hour activity and transfer back to Kampala 240km about 3 – 4 hours drive.

End of the 8 Days Rwanda Congo Uganda Highlight Safari

Getting There

General Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

General Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)
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