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Overview of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda

The 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda features white water rafting and bungee jumping along the Nile in Jinja, the hike to the top of Murchison Falls, the Rhino tracking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the game viewing including Elephants, Buffaloes, Rothschild giraffes, the lions and the leopards, Nile river cruise with sights of Nile crocodile’s and Hippos, the Cycling encounter in Mpanga tea estates, the Fort Portal crater lake hike, the heritage tour to Sempaya hot spring walk, nature walk in Bigodi wetland, Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park, the Mount Rwenzori hiking, the gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda, Sabyinyo Volcano climbing and the Dian Fossey hike. It is an extensive adventure safari vacation in Uganda and Rwanda worth exploring.

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Safari Highlight of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda

Day 1 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Drive to Jinja, do half day white water rafting and afternoon bungee jumping

Day 2 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Do Rhino tracking on foot in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Day 3 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do morning game drive, afternoon Nile launch cruise and hike to the top of the falls

Day 4 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Drive to Fort Portal. Whole day transfer

Day 5 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do Mpanga tea estate cycling, Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves and hike the Fort Portal Crater lake field

Day 6 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland walk (the most successful community tourism initiative in Uganda)

Day 7 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Transfer to Semuliki National Park, do Sempaya Nature Walk and transfer to Kasese. Visit the Rwenzori art foundation and Ruboni Community craft center upon arrival

Day 8 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do whole day Mount Rwenzori hiking

Day 9 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do game drive in Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of tree climbing lions

Day 10 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do gorilla trekking and transfer to Mgahinga National Park

Day 11 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do Mount Sabyinyo Climbing

Day 12 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Day 13 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do gorilla trekking and Musaze Caves exploration

Day 14 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do Dian Fossey hike & transfer to Kigali

Detailed Safari Itinerary of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda

Day 1 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Drive to Jinja, do half day white water rafting and afternoon bungee jumping

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After an early breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala, embark on the drive to Jinja early in the morning 80km about 2 hours’ drive from Kampala to participate in the thrilling white water rafting on the famous Nile River the longest on the African continent and the world at large. You get to you rafts 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. Retreat from the half day rafting experience and connect to the bungee jumping site an afternoon bungee jumping experience. You are tied with the latex rubber in the ankles that allows you to slope for over 44m down the waters of the Nile from the cliff safely. You enjoy the great adventure with the wind rushing through your air, the views of the cliff and the views of the sky which combine to generate lasting experience. Retire from the Jinja adventure and return to Kampala for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation(click on a particular accommodation to view more information about it)

Upmarket / Luxury: Sheraton Kampala Hotel

Midrange / Standard: Humura Resorts

Budget / Basic: Buziga Country Resort

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Day 2 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Do Rhino tracking on foot in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Following your breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala, you depart for the transfer to Murchison Falls National Park at 6:30am driving through the beautiful landscapes of Nakasongora and the famous Luwero triangle where the NRA bush war was fought. The journey is 311km about 5 hours’ drive excluding stops en route. You make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary 7km from the main road at Nakitoma to undertake a memorable Rhino tracking encounter. The sanctuary is a home to 15 southern white Rhinos thriving in beautiful natural savannah woodland with enough grass for grazing and trees for shade. Retreat from 1 – 3 hour Rhino experience and embark on the transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Lunch can be enjoyed at Kabalega dinner or Masindi town. Cross with the ferry to the northern section for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Heritage Safari Lodge

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Day 3 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do morning game drive, afternoon Nile launch cruise and hike to the top of the falls

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Settle for breakfast at 6am and connect to the park for game drive at 7am. The game drive is carried out in the northern section of the park where a myriad of wild game thrive ranging from the four of the big five land animals namely the elephants, the Buffaloes, the Leopard and the lion and other counts of Rothschild Giraffes, the Jackson’s Hartebeest, the Oribis, the Uganda Kob, the waterbuck and Patas monkey among other species which may be explored on the 3 – 4 hour game drive. You retreat to the lodge for relaxation and lunch after which you gather at Paraa jetty to undertake the Nile launch cruise departing at 2pm. The 2 hour cruise to the bottom of the falls is a recreational and an impressive safari activity that offers you a possibility of viewing the Nile Crocodiles, the Hippos and the shoe bill stork along with other birds that like to dwell close to water. The wild game viewing on the river banks may not be missed. Upon reaching at the bottom of the falls, you embark on the hike to the top of the falls following a challenging narrow path with steep and slippery slopes as you walk past the Nile River mesmerized by its waters splashing out after hitting hard rocks. You connect with the driver guise at the top of the falls and head to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Heritage Safari Lodge

Wild Camping

Day 4 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Drive to Fort Portal. Whole day transfer

After breakfast, connect to the Paraa Jetty to catch up with the ferry crossing at 9am to transfer to Kibale National Park 441km about 9 hours’ drive passing through the impressive landscapes of Hoima with the views the Albertine rift. You make a lunch stop in Hoima after which you proceed to Fort Portal region arriving in the evening to check in at the lodge, relax and settle for dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Mountains of the Moon Hotel

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 5 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do Mpanga tea estate cycling, Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves and hike the Fort Portal Crater lake field

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After breakfast, embark on the Mpanga tea estates cycling experience. 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. Retreat from the activity and continue to Fort Portal town where you will settle for lunch after which you will connect to Fort Portal Crater Lake Area. Upon arrival, you are welcomed by the local inhabitants of the place with deep understanding and history of the place. You visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves – the breast like features believed to have belonged to Nyinamwiru the daughter of Bukuku who was a self-enthroned King of the Bachwezi. She was denied the opportunity to breastfeed her baby Ndahura as the father had been alerted that the child will take over his throne. The milk continues to flow out of Nyinamwiru’s breasts. Retreat from this encounter and embark on the hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field where you traverse the challenging slopes of Kyeganywa hill surrounded by a range of crater lakes and crater hollows presenting one of the beautiful scenic sites in Uganda. The top of Kyeganywa hill offers the views of Rwenzori Mountains on a clear day. Retreat from the activity and transfer to Kibale National Park 26km from Fort Portal town for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation (click on a particular accommodation to view more information about it)

Upmarket / Luxury: Ndali Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Wild Camping

Day 6 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland walk (the most successful community tourism initiative in Uganda)

Gather at Kanyanchu Tourism Center to catch up with briefing at 8am about the conduct of Chimpanzee trekking. The exercise is conducted by the park rangers after which you head to the ancient forest of Kibale in search of the common chimpanzees. The common chimpanzees are noted to be sharing 98% percentage of their DNA with humans and thus undertaking an exploration to their natural habitat to spend the full one hour with them is one way to reunite with these cousins. The chimpanzee trekking to last 2 – 5 hours and goes beyond the chimps alone as the forest shelters 13 primate species, the 351 tree species and the 375 bird species which include the endemic Kibale ground thrush. Retreat from the activity, settle for your packed lunch at the center and then connect to Bigodi wetland for an afternoon walk. Bigodi wetland sanctuary features 138 species of birds including the great blue turaco, the swamp dwelling Sitatunga antelope, the lush swamp flora and the community touch including the traditional healer and the women’s art and craft center. You retreat from the 2 – 3 hour walk and connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and relaxation.

Accommodation (click on a particular accommodation to view more information about it)

Upmarket / Luxury: Ndali Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Wild Camping

Day 7 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Transfer to Semuliki National Park, do Sempaya Nature Walk and transfer to Kasese. Visit the Rwenzori art foundation and Ruboni Community craft center upon arrival

Drive to Semuliki National Park after breakfast at your lodge 78km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive. You drive passed the town of Fort Portal which is one of the organized beautiful towns of Uganda before proceeding to Bundibugyo area welcomed by the views of the Mount Rwenzori block. On arriving in Semliki National Park, you undertake the famous Sempaya Nature walk to explore the hot springs both the female and the male hot springs. The male hot spring also known as Bitente has a wider pool while the female hot spring Nyansimbi features hot boiling geyser that sprouts up to 2m high and boiling to more than 100 degrees Celsius. You can boil some plantain or eggs to have picnic bites. The walk to the hot springs also exposes to the lush flora of Semliki Forest which is an extension of Congo forest biome. The Primate species like Black and white colobus monkeys might also be viewed. Retreat from the activity and connect to Ntandi to visit the Batwa people who are initially forest dwellers that were evicted to pave way for conservation. They dance for you and tell you stories of their ancient heritage. From Semliki, you connect back to Fort Portal and transfer to Kasese. Upon arrival in Kasese, visit the Rwenzori Art Foundation which is the only bronze casting center in the whole of Africa where you have an opportunity to explore the gallery with a collection of beautiful artworks. The foundation also offers an experiential touch and allows you to participate in casting process. From the art foundation, if you still have time, you visit the Ruboni Craft village and encounter the local women putting together different material to produce one of the best craft products in Uganda. You can learn a skill like basket weaving. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight on the foothills of Rwenzori Mountains.

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Accommodation: (click on a particular accommodation to view more information about it)

Upmarket / Luxury: Equator Snow Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp

Wild Camping

Day 8 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do whole day Mount Rwenzori hiking

Gather at Nyakalengija ranger post to start the Mount Rwenzori hike at 8am. Organized by the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services that manages the central circuit, the Rwenzori hike is a daylong encounter enabling you to explore the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in detail. The Rwenzori Mountains stand as the third highest in Africa rising to 5,109m above sea level with snowcapped peaks. The day long exploration to the legendary mountains of the moon presents magical sights of the Rwenzori ridges, the rift valley lakes below including Edward and George, the savannah stretches of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the panoramic view of Kasese town. Retire at 5pm for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation: (click on a particular accommodation to view more information about it)

Upmarket / Luxury: Equator Snow Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp

Wild Camping

Day 9 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do game drive in Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of tree climbing lions

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After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Buhoma (195km), Ruhija (253km), Rushaga (344km) and Nkuringo (351km) driving through southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park named Ishasha 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 Ishasha sector having the best viewing opportunities. You continue on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Wild Camping

Day 10 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do gorilla trekking and transfer to Mgahinga National Park

This is a special day dedicated for the mountain gorillas. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park supports a minimum of 400 mountain gorillas which on global scale are given as critically endangered. Therefore, undertaking the gorilla trekking experience in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi is such a life time endeavor that will create lasting memories. You gather at the respective park headquarters for briefing in the morning at 8am 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. Retreat from the activity and transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park 204km from Buhoma, 146km from Ruhija, 53km from Rushaga and Nkuringo driving through the impressive Kigezi Highlands arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gahinga Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Mucha Hotel

Budget / Basic: Amajambere iwacu Community Camp

Wild Camping

Day 11 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do Mount Sabyinyo Climbing

After breakfast, gather at Ntebeko visitor center to embark on the Sabyinyo Volcano hike 3,669m above sea level lasting about eight hours to cover the 14km round trip. The hike to the Sabyinyo Volcano follows an impressive scenic landscape with the views of the gorge and the forested landscapes. The summit is rather rugged with a swamp filled crater that presents magical hiking encounters as you move from one peak to another offering the views of the surrounding area and beyond. Retreat from the climb to mark the end of the encounter.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gahinga Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Mucha Hotel

Budget / Basic: Amajambere iwacu Community Camp

Camping

Day 12 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

After a relaxed breakfast, embark on the transfer to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda crossing the Chanika boarder driving along the Virunga massif with impressive magical views of the eight mountains that compose the Virunga range. Approach Volcanoes National Park and spend the rest of the day relaxing at the lodge

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Hotel La Palme

Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Camping

Day 13 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do gorilla trekking and Musaze Caves exploration

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Settle for breakfast at the lodge at 6am and connect to Kinigi Park headquarters of Volcanoes National Park to catch up with briefing at 8am. The earlier arrival offers you an opportunity to explore the traditional Kinyarwanda performance and the hot cup of Rwandan coffee all presented at a zero cost. After this encounter, you attend to the ranger guide briefing at 8am in the respective gorilla families allocated after which you connect to the trail head to embark on the active gorilla trekking experience. You traverse the jungle full of lush flora, counts of birds (178 species) and the forest animals like duikers. The one magical hour with the gorillas presents a lifetime moment of re-uniting with your long lost cousins. You enjoy them as they forage, the silverback demonstrating its might, the young ones socializing, the female caring for the young and the entire group spread across the forest gathering their nutritious diet provided naturally in their ancient habitat. Retreat from the activity which tends to last 2 – 8 hours according to the movements of mountain gorillas and connect to the lodge for short relaxation. In the afternoon, you embark on the Musaze Caves tour exploring the ancient caves that feature 21 entrances stretching to 2km inside having formed over 65 million years ago as a result of lava flow from Bisoke and Sabyinyo Volcanoes. The walk takes 2 hours after which you retreat to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Hotel La Palme

Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Camping

Day 14 of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda: Do Dian Fossey hike & transfer to Kigali

After breakfast, embark on the Dian Fossey site hike exploring the Karisoke research station where Dian Fossey based to conduct substantive research about the mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif. The trek to the site involves an active hike as it is positioned on a ridge in between the Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke and lasts for 4 hours. Retreat from the activity and embark on the transfer to Kigali 116km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive passing through impressing rolling hills of Rwanda to mark the end of the tour.

End of the 14 Days Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda and Rwanda

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