9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari, Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking & Wildlife Game Viewing Tour – Overview

The 9 Days Uganda Rwanda safari is an 8 nights 9 days uganda and rwanda safari tour that starts from Kigali Rwanda with a remarkable Kigali city tour. You will also visit Akagera National Park where you will encounter some of Africa’s magnificent savanna wild game, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is another park that you will visit on this tour for a truly stunning encounter with the mountain gorillas and an encounter with the Batwa pygmies people. The safari will continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel and game drives as well the remarkable chimpanzee trekking experience in Kalinzu game reserve and finally be crowned with a visit to Lake Mburo National Park for wildlife viewing game walk and drive encounters.

This 9 days Rwanda Uganda tour starts in Kigali and ends in Entebbe and can be arranged for you based on luxury, midrange and budget accommodation facilities and also can be customized further to suit all your safari interests.

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9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari, Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking & Wildlife Game Viewing TourSafari Prime Activities 

   Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest brings you into close contact with our wild cousins.

   Having some quality time with the mountain gorillas of the Impenetrable jungles of Bwindi

   Enjoy the impressive sights and sounds of Kigali as you do a Kigali city drive

   Seeing Africa’s wild game in of Akagera Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo Parks.

   Enjoying the wild water adventures of the Kazinga channel and Lake Ihema

   Having a chance to stand in 2 different hemispheres of the world at the same point

9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari, Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking & Wildlife Game Viewing TourSafari Featured Parks and Other Destinations

  Day 1 & 2: Akagera National Park.

  Day 3 & 4: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 

  Day 5, 6 & 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park

  Day 8: Lake Mburo National Park 

9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari, Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking & Wildlife Game Viewing TourSafari Highlights

  • Day 1: Enjoy a Kigali city tour drive then transfer to Akagera National Park.

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

  • Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Park and engage in a Batwa community tour.

  • Day 4: Undertake a gorilla adventure in Bwindi and have a free evening to unwind

  • Day 5: Drive to Queen Elizabeth Park with an en-route game drive in the Ishasha sector.

  • Day 6: Do a morning game drive and afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise.

  • Day 7: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest and have a relaxed afternoon.

  • Day 8: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park for an evening game drive.

  • Day 9: You will engage in a morning walking Safari & transfer to Kampala.

9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari, Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking & Wildlife Game Viewing TourDetailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1 of 9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari: Engage in a Kigali city tour drive and transfer to Akagera National Park.

Welcome to Rwanda! On this day you will be picked up by your Prime safaris driver guide from your hotel at 8:00 am. You will kick start this incredible Rwanda Uganda safari with a stunning 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 really happened during the darkest 90 days of Rwanda during the 1994 Rwanda genocide in which over 1 million people lost their lives during a 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 centre 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 clothes. This will be a good place for you to buy a souvenir to commemorate this trip with. From here, your next stop will be at the Inema art gallery. While here you will have a chance to meet local artists try to inspire this nation through crafting art pieces with a big story and grand vision message to tell. At the end of this experiential city tour, you will embark on your 100km or 2-3 hours’ drive to Akagera Game Park. This drive will take you through Rwanda’s countryside and as you progress you will realise a change from Rwanda’s notorious rolling hills to expansive savanna plains of Akagera which are home to a wide variety of savanna wild animals. You will get a chance to see some of these wild game as you drive towards your lodge here where you will have dinner and an overnight stay.

Exploring the beautiful sights and sounds of Kigali city tour will surely be the highlight of today

Accommodation: –

  • Top-Notch /Exclusive: Ruzizi Tented Camp/ Magashi Camp
  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Akagera Game Lodge
  • Midrange/ Moderate: Akagera Game Lodge
  • Budget/Basic: Akagera Rhino Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx.100km or 2-3 hours

Activities & Services: –

  • Transfer to Akagera Park
  • Evening boat cruise
  • Kigali city tour

Optional activities: –

  • Evening game drive
  • Birding

Activities & Services

  • Kigali city tour

Day 2 of the 9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari: Enjoy a morning game drive and a sunset boat cruise on Lake Ihema

The day is dedicated to having you explore the enchanted plains of Akagera as you will get to engage in a spectacular morning game drive experience. During this game derive you will come to realise that the habitats of this park are different and thus, every stretch comes with a unique landscape which in turn gives you an insight into the diverse wildlife that exists here which include sightings of the African bush elephants, Masaai giraffes, Leopard, Impala, Buffaloes, Waterbucks, Oribi, Eland, reedbuck, Roan antelope, bushbucks, Lions, Black Rhinos among others. After about 4 hours of exploring the savanna parts of the park, you will return to the lodge and have lunch then in the evening, you will transfer to Lake Ihema where you will engage in a soothing sunset boat cruise on the tranquil waters of this lake. During this boat cruise, you will be in for a stunning encounter with a wide variety of wild water dwellers such as hippos and the Nile crocodiles. If the day has been largely clear, watch the sun as it sets on this lake creating a picturesque moment that will forever be imprinted in your memories. You will return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

A soothing boat cruise on Lake Ihema will be the highlight of this day

Accommodation: –

  • Top-Notch /Exclusive: Ruzizi Tented Camp/ Magashi Camp
  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Akagera Game Lodge
  • Midrange/ Moderate: Akagera Game Lodge
  • Budget/Basic: Akagera Rhino Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx.100km or 2-3 hours

Activities & Services: –

  • Morning game drive
  • Evening boat cruise

Optional activities: –

  • Visiting the rhino sanctuary here
  • Birding

Day 3 of the 9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari: Transfer to Bwindi Park in Uganda and visit a Batwa pygmies village

You will wake up at 7:00 for breakfast after which you check out of the lodge and embark on a 270km or 5-6 hours journey from Akagera to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. During this road trip, you surely cross from the savanna plains of Akagera that are actually an extension of the Tanzania wilderness plains into the rolling hills of Rwanda that have this country be referred to as the Land of a thousand hills. After crossing the Rwandan border to Uganda this journey becomes an interesting one as you get to have an opportunity to experience an African massage since the remaining part of the journey is done on murram or dirt roads. After a drive about 4-5 hours, you will be welcomed to the lodge by warm, friendly and all smiling Ugandan faces who will usher you into your room. Lunch will be served from an array of continental dishes prepared from freshly handpicked ingredients. After having lunch you will engage in a visit the local Batwa community to have a first-hand experience of how this small community of people have managed to live side by side with these giant beasts for over 1000 years. while here you will see how these guys used to hunt and use some of the trees and leaves from these forests to treat several for their ailments.

 Spending time with the Batwa people will be the highlight of the day

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: Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance &time: Approx. 270 or 5-6 hours

Activities & Services: –

  • Transfer to Bwindi
  • Batwa cultural tour

Day 4 of the 9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari: Engage in a gorilla trekking experience and a free afternoon for an optional activity

Today, 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 to freshly baked confectionaries aimed at giving you 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 centre 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. During your search for the gorillas, keep your eyes and ears on the lookout for several of the 350 bird species that are found in this park that might come your way, you will also be in a position to see some of the other primates here such as the Black and white colobus monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, different species of lizards such as the 3 horned chameleon and many more. On seeing the gorillas, count yourself among the lucky people who have managed to see these endangered mountain giants in their natural habitat. 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, you will transfer back to the park centre where you get awarded a Gorilla tracking certificate for your tracking efforts. In the afternoon, you can decide to relax at the lodge or engage in any other optional activities here such as birding as you get on a search for several of the 350 bird species that exist here or taking a leisure nature walk as you explore more of this pristine tropical forest.

 Spending a full hour with the majestic gorillas surely makes this day a one to remember for a very long time in your lifetime

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

Activities & Services: –

  • Gorilla trekking

Optional Activities: –

  • Nature walks in Bwindi
  • Birding

Day 5 of the 9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and engage in a game drive in the Ishasha.

Day 5 is dedicated to getting you to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This day begins early in the morning as you wake up to the sweet melodies of numerous birds as they sing their hearts of the dawn of new day on the shores of this incredible highland lake. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 am in order to allow you to commence your 6-7 hour journey to Queen Elizabeth Park on time. As you transfer to Queen, you will engage in a game drive experience in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park named Ishasha which is well known for its tree-climbing lions. The Ishasha sector presents a remarkable encounter with the unique tree-climbing lions which are only existing in two spots in the whole world with the Ishasha sector having the best viewing opportunities. After this search for the tree-climbing lions, you will proceed with the remaining part of your journey to Queen Elizabeth park which ends with your arrival to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

A sighting of the tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector lodged in between tree branches will be the highlight of the day

Accommodation: –

  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Safari Lodge / Mazike Valley 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. 230km or 4-6 hours

Activities & Services: –

  • Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Game drive in the Ishasha sector

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

  • Night game drive experience in Queen Elizabeth Park

Day 6 of the 9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari: Morning game drive, Kazinga Channel boat and mini evening game drive

After breakfast having breakfast at 6:00 am, you will start off the day with a spectacular game drive to the savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park for a 3 – 4-hour morning game drive exploring the park’s rolling savannah landscapes dotted with counts of wild game including the big four of the big five like lions, leopards, buffaloes and elephants, antelope species like waterbucks, Kobs, bushbucks among others, jackals among other wild game. The stretch to Kasenyi and the Mweya peninsular offers you the best of these. You settle for lunch at Tembo restaurant in the Mweya peninsular after which you gather at the Mweya jetty to embark on a thrilling boat cruise on the 45km long Kazinga Channel. The cruise takes 2 hours with possibilities of encountering the aquatic species such as Nile Crocodiles and Hippos not forgetting other wild game that tends to congregate on the channel shores to consume water.  Retreat from the activity and do a game drive along the channel track with in the Mweya peninsular to explore more game. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

 Today’s highlight be will the incredible boat cruise on the Kazinga channel

Accommodation: –

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

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Afternoon boat cruise
  • Game drive in the Kasenyi sector

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

  • Night game drive experience in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Bush Dinner
  • Hot air ballooning experience
  • Birding
  • Cultural encounters

Day 7 of the 9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari:  Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest and have a free evening for relaxation.

The morning of this day kicks off with an amazing breakfast served at 6:30 am with a single aim of energizing for the thrilling chimpanzee trek that’s ahead of you. You will be transferred by your guide to the Kalinzu forest where you get to go through a short briefing about the entire chimpanzee trekking experience. From here in a company of park ranger, embark on jungle walk as you search for these great humans of the wild the chimpanzees and the highlight of the day will be when you get to meet these exciting creatures you will be wowed by how much in common we do have with these great apes as they laugh, hug and kiss just like humans do and also look after the young ones. Besides the chimpanzees, you should also not miss out on the sightings of several other primates that call this forest their home and these include the black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, Grey monkeys. After the chimpanzee encounter which lasts an hour of pure enjoyment return to the park centre. From here, you will return to your lodge to have a lunch break and enjoy a free afternoon that allows you to enjoy the impressive sightings of the expansive savanna plains of Queen Elizabeth that are filed with a lot of wild game from the comfort of your lodge’s lounge area while sipping on any of the wide variety of tropical drinks from the lodge’s bar.

The highlight of the day: An encounter with the chimpanzees will fascinate you on this day

Accommodation: –

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

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Evening game drive

Optional activities: –

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

Day 8 of the 9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari: Transfer to Lake Mburo for an evening game drive.

This day is fairly relaxed as you will wake up at 8:00 am for breakfast then embark on a 205 km or 3-4 hours’ drive to Lake Mburo National Park. You will drive through impressive south western Uganda landscapes such as the beautiful tea plantations of Bushenyi which may see like large football playing fields from afar before making a stop at Igongo Cultural Center 12km past Mbarara town the largest in the sub-region for a thrilling traditional lunch. After having this sumptuous lunch buffet, you will proceed and visit the 1520AD solar eclipse monument which is found in Biharwe 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. As you get closer to Lake Mburo Park you’re exposed to counts of long-horned Ankole cow with their beautiful physical spread, horn patterns and body colour. Upon your arrival into this park, you will engage in a stunning game drive which puts you on a collision course with several of the wild animals that call this park their home such as the Burchell Zebras which are only found here and also in the far distant Kidepo Valley Park, sights of the Elands which are the biggest antelopes you can ever encounter on the African plains are eminent. Other animals you encounter include Giraffes, Hippos Kobs and many others.

A highly rewarding evening game drive in Lake Mburo will surely be your day’s highlight

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

Activities & Services: –

  • Transfer to Lake Mburo
  • Evening game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Hike to the top of the world point

Optional activities include: –

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

Day 9 of the 9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari: Do morning walking Safari & transfer to Kampala with a stop at the Equator.

This is your last on this 9 days uganda rwanda safari. You will wake up early in the morning at 7:00 am and have breakfast. After having breakfast, you will embark on a spectacular morning game walk which is also coupled with a game drive experience aimed at taking you easily and faster to sections of the park that have a high concentration of wild game. During this game walk, you will visit the Kazuma hill and also various water ponds in this park which are home to a wide variety of wild mammals such as the Burchell zebras, Elands, Kobs and Cape buffaloes.  While on this walk, you will have an opportunity to walk among these wild animals which will be only a few meters away from you, however, this shouldn’t scare you because you will be accompanied by an armed ranger who will ensure your security. At the end of this activity, you will commence on your transfer to Kampala which covers 240km or taking about 3 – 4 hours’ drive 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 Equator cafeteria. Another stop is done at the Mpambire drum centre 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 Entebbe where your safari will come to an end as you catch your departure flight back home.

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

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

Activities & services: –

  • Morning Game walk
  • Equator experience
  • Transfer to Kampala

 

End of the 9 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari, Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking & Wildlife Game Viewing Tour

9 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari with Gorilla Trekking Chimpanzees & Wildlife Tour – Safari Inclusions 

   Full-time English professional safari driver-guide

   4×4 safari van/ 4×4 Safari land cruiser with pop 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

9 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari with Gorilla Trekking Chimpanzees & Wildlife Tour – Tour Excludes

  •    International &domestic flight fees
  •    Visa fees
  •    Laundry services
  •    Items of personal nature
  •    Gratuities and tips
  •    Other beverages/ drinks
  •    Other extras not mentioned in the itinerary above

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9 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari with Gorilla Trekking Chimpanzees & Wildlife Tour – Gorilla trekking tips

  •   Mountain gorillas sometimes nest far from the start of your gorilla trek, you should ready yourself for a long walk and drink plenty of water.
  •    Eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden – designated time and place will be communicated.
  •    Smoking while inside the forest is strictly forbidden
  •    Bwindi being a tropical forest, it can rain anytime so we encourage you to carry a rain poncho
  •    Waterproof walking shoes or hiking boots are essential.
  •    Gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants
  •    Long trousers and long-sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest to avoid insect stings.
  •    Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash
  •    Porters are available to help you carry your day pack for a small charge
  •    As you prepare to come for your Uganda gorilla adventure, please do some exercises so that you prepare your body for gorilla trekking which can last between 3-8 hours
  •    In case you can’t walk for a very long time, you shouldn’t really worry about not being able to do gorilla trekking because there are potters who can carry you throughout at a small extra cost.
  •    Carry your sunscreen lotion to keep your skin safe from the tropical heat & sun rays
  •    When you get to the gorillas, don’t make noise because this agitates the gorillas
  •    For more information about gorilla trekking tips please follow these links to read more about gorilla trekking tips and advice.
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