15 Days Uganda Rwanda Combined Group Safari

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Overview:
The 15 Days Uganda safari is a comprehensive trip that will reward you with the safari touch of Uganda and Rwanda. Offering a double gorilla trek in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, the 15 days safari gives attention to detail. The wild game explorations on Murchison Falls National Park along with Queen Elizabeth, Ziwa Sanctuary and Lake Mburo combine to bring the big five of the land animals to your sight while the scenic encounters on Lake Bunyonyi, Mount Rwenzori, the Virunga Volcanoes and the powerful Murchison Falls combine to derive ultimate lasting safari memories. The relaxed recreational boat cruises along the Nile River and the 45km Long Kazinga Channel cannot be underestimated especially with their offers of Nile crocodile counts and Hippos. The Chimpanzee trekking on the primate capital of the world – Kibale along with other 12 primate species and the hot springs encounter in Semuliki add spice to your Uganda safari journeys.
Safari Highlight:
Day 1: Arrive in Uganda
Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route & top of Murchison Falls on arrival.
Day 3: Do game drive & Nile launch cruise
Day 4: Transfer to Hoima & visit Mpalo Royal Tombs
Day 5: Transfer to Fort Portal area, visit Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves, hike the crater area & then transfer to Kibale National Park.
Day 6: Do Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi wetland walk
Day 7: Explore Sempaya hot springs, Pygmies at Ntandi & transfer to Queen Elizabeth Natioanl Park. Visit Rwenzori Art foundation & Ruboni community wax & craft center
Day 8: Do whole day Mount Rwenzori Hiking
Day 9: Do game drive & afternoon launch cruise along the Hippos Paradise – the 45km long Kazinga Channel.
Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & do Ishasha game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions
Day 11: Do gorilla trekking & relax at the lodge
Day 12: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park & have a relaxing boat cruise on the twin lakes of Ruhondo & Bulera.
Day 13: Do gorilla trekking & cross back to Uganda – to Lake Bunyonyi
Day 14: Do Island hopping on Lake Bunyonyi & transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, do game drive while entering the park.
Day 15: Do a walking safari & transfer to Kampala for the night flight departure. Make a stop at the Uganda Equator crossing – Kayabwe.

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda
Arrive in Uganda at Entebbe International Airport after your respective flight. You will be met by our representative who will transfer you to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.
Accommodation: Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo (Upmarket/Luxury), Cassia Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Buziga Country Resort (Budget/Basic).

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route & top of Murchison Falls on arrival.
Leave Kampala after breakfast as early as 6:00am from your place of stay and head to the north of Uganda accompanied by the company guide. The journey is 311km about 5 hours’ drive to Murchison Falls National Park passing through the flat Nakasongora landscapes before diverting at Nakitoma from the main road 115 Km from Kampala to drive further for extra 7 Km to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. You will spend some time tracking the magnificent white Rhinos which only exist at this place in Uganda after which you will proceed to Masindi for Lunch. In the afternoon, you will continue on the drive to Murchison Falls National Park and upon arrival, you will hike the top of the falls to take time gaze at the splendid powerful waterfalls and listening to its roaring sound as it squeezes itself through the 8m ravine before falling 43m below the devils cauldron forming a plume of spray with a trade mark rainbow – the greatest feature to have ever happened on the course of the Nile River which happens to be the longest river in the world.  Check in at your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange/standard) or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget/Basic).

Day 3: Do game drive & Nile launch cruise
Wake up very early for a cup of coffee and then head to the Park for the game drive. The possible sights of various wildlife including; elephants, buffalo, Jackson hartebeest, Kobs, lion, leopard, giraffe among other wildlife will leave you with a taste of African savannah wilderness. The activity takes 3 – 4 hours after which you will return to the Paraa ferry crossing at 11:00am to go back to your lodge for relaxation and memory sharing. After your stimulating lunch, gather at the Paraa for an after boat cruise on the Nile at 02:00pm. This boat trip has got captains and guides who have cruised on this waters for years and will be glad to share with every piece of information that you would wish to gather on this trip including any bird species and wildlife both aquatic and land that might present its self. The shoebill stork can be luckily seen on this boat while the great sights of Nile crocodiles – the second largest reptile in the world and the Hippos would make up your trip up to the base of the falls. The boat takes 3 hours after which you will have marked the end of your day’s adventures.
Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange/standard) or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget/Basic).

Day 4: Transfer to Hoima & visit Mpalo Royal Tombs
After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Hoima where you will visit the Mpalo Royal Tombs to encounter historical Kings of Bunyoro like King (Omukama) Kabalega who is famously known for resisting against the British rule in Bunyoro. Have an afternoon relaxation at the lodge.
Accommodation: Kontik Hotel.

Day 5: Transfer to Fort Portal area, visit Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves, hike the crater area & then transfer to Kibale National Park.
After an early breakfast, embark on the drive to Fort Portal area. After an approximate 5 hour drive on a rough murram road always preferred and named by the European travellers as African massage, you will arrive in Fort Portal town – the main town of the romantic Batooro in time for lunch. After lunch you will drive to the Fort Portal crater area for a hike and Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves tour. Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves – the breast like features dates back in the pre historic era with great attachment to the Chwezi heritage. The breasts (Amabere) are believed by the locals to belong to Nnyinamwiru the daughter of Bukuku who was a self-imposed King of the Bachwezi. The maiden daughter cut her breasts in protest of being refused to breast feed her only son Ndahura who later became a prominent King of the Chwezi Empire. The encounter also involves the hiking the Fort Portal Crater field. The famous Kyeganywa hill rises in a conical shape and its summit presents great sight-seeing moments of the range crater hollows and crater lakes including Saaka, Bikere among others not forgetting the distant views of Mount Rwenzori on a clear day. Transfer to Kibale area for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Chimpanzee Guesthouse (Midrange/standard) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget/Basic)

Day 6: Do Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi wetland walk
After breakfast, gather at Kanyanchu tourism center for briefing at 08:00am 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 will visit the Bigodi wetland to encounter the swamp animals like Sitatunga and birds like Ruwenzori Turaco and an encounter with local people including the traditional healer.
Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Chimpanzee Guesthouse (Midrange/Standard) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

Day 7: Explore Sempaya hot springs, Pygmies at Ntandi & transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Visit Rwenzori Art foundation & Ruboni community wax & craft center
After an early breakfast, set off for Semuliki National Park 78km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive passing through Fort Portal town. The sights of mystical mountains of the moon – the Ruwenzori will welcome you at a distance before approaching Bundibugyo district and eventually Semuliki National Park. The Sempaya nature walk will see you traverse one of the pre-historic forests in East Africa that survived the last ice age and with great concentration of Guinea-Congo biome species. The walk which lasts between 2 – 4 hours takes you down to the female (Nyansimbi) and Male (Bitente) hot springs with the largest spring spouting up to 2m high. Here, you have to be careful as the emerging water has a temperature of more than 100 degrees Celsius and the pools that surround are also hot. You are free to boil some plantains and eggs which gets ready within a couple of minutes. The walk also exposes to chances of encountering the red-tailed monkey, grey cheeked mangabey and black and white colobus monkey. Upon return from this encounter, you will visit the Bambuti Pygmies at Ntandi about 5km from Sempaya along the Bundibugyo road. The Bambuti Pygmies have got close coloration to the Batwa forest people of south western Uganda and Rwanda not forgetting the Basua pygmies of Congo basin. The Bambuti of Ntandi are not forest dwellers but are short in height than an average person. You will return to Fort Portal for lunch after which you will transfer to Kasese region. You will visit the Rwenzori Art Foundation – the only bronze casting center in Africa to have a look at the process of various sculpture making and the final products. A fine cup of coffee can be arranged at the site before proceeding to visit the Ruboni craft & wax center to have a look at how the local people extract different products like candles from bees wax and also encounter the craft making process. It is an experiential and if interested you can have some time and participate in making if various crafts like baskets among others.  Proceed to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Ihamba Safari Lodge(Upmarket/Midrange) or Ruboni Community Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 8: Whole day Rwenzori hiking
Transfer early after breakfast to Mount Rwenzori (Nyakalengija) for the whole day Rwenzori hiking encounter. The hiking encounter exposes you to raised landscapes of Mount Rwenzori offering impressive scenic views of the ridges and glaciers and the rift valley flats below. It is a perfect one day active adventure exploring the legendary mountains of the moon as described the famous Greek geographer Ptolemy in 150AD towering to 5,109m above sea level making it the tallest mountain range in Africa and the third highest in Africa. Return from the activity at 5:30 pm and transfer to your lodge for relaxation and overnight.
Accommodation:   Ihamba Safari Lodge(Upmarket/Midrange) or Ruboni Community Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 9: Do game drive & afternoon launch cruise along the Hippos Paradise – the 45km long Kazinga Channel.
Wake up very for a cup of coffee before setting of for the game drive activity in the savannah game park of Queen Elizabeth. The early departure at 06:00 gives you an opportunity to see night hunters like hyenas getting back to their hiding places and early risers setting off to look for what to eat. The drive through the Kasenyi and channel tracks gives a probable opportunity to see a range of game including; Lions, buffalo, elephants, elusive leopard (if too lucky), defassa water bucks, Uganda kobs, Oribis, side stripped jackal among other wildlife. Return to the lodge after this 3 -4 hour game drive and relax till lunch time. After lunch, you will gather at Mweya for a recreational afternoon launch cruise leaving at 03:00pm taking 2 hours exploring the magical offerings of Kazinga Channel including the sights of water birds and wild game drinking on the channel side, the Nile crocodile and the Hippos. The 45m channel that stretches from Lake George to Lake Edward has tranquil waters that always give pleasure and psychological satisfaction to any traveller on Uganda safaris. Retire from the boat at 5 pm for relaxation and overnight.
Accommodation: Kyambura Game Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Kazinga Channel View Resort (Budget/Basic).

Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & do Ishasha game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions
After breakfast, embark on the transfer to the gorilla trekking haven of Bwindi south (Rushaga) 309km from Mweya. You will pass through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and do simple game drives in search of the unique tree climbing lions that tend to rest on fig tree branches during day time – something that you can only find in Queen Elizabeth National Park Ishasha sector – Uganda and Lake Manyara National Park in southern Tanzania. Proceed with the journey, have lunch en route and arrive in Rushaga late in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Valley Lodge (Midrange/standard) or Wagtail Eco- Safari Camp (Budget/Basic)

Day 11: Do gorilla trekking & relax at the lodge
After an early morning breakfast but with packed lunch, you will have a briefing by the game guides at the park headquarters then start your gorilla trek. Encountering the mountain gorillas in their natural environment takes is cumbersome and takes between 2 – 8 hours but once found it is the highlight of an Africa adventure safari. You will have only 1 hour to observe, interact with and photograph these calm lovely apes. Return from the activity to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.
Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange / Standard) or Nshongi Gorilla Resort (Budget/Basic).

Day 12: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park & have a relaxing boat cruise on the twin lakes of Ruhondo & Bulera.
After breakfast 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. Your evening shall be spent visiting the Burera and Ruhondo twin lakes for a boat drive and interacting with the local community. Retire for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Mount Gorilla View Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), La Palme Hotel (Midrange / Standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget/Basic).

Day 13: Do gorilla trekking & cross back to Uganda – to Lake Bunyonyi
You will spend part of your day tracking mountain gorillas in Volcano national park and in the afternoon cross back to Uganda and spend your night at Lake Bunyonyi.
Accommodation: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi (Midrange/Standard) or Byoona Amagara Island Retreat (Budget/Basic).

Day 14: Do Island hopping on Lake Bunyonyi & transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, do game drive while entering the park.
After breakfast early in the morning, embark on the boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi exploring its range of 29 islands. You will do island hopping gaining a glimpse of the main islands and their communities, visit schools and homesteads and exploring their livelihood activities. Retire from this activity and embark on the transfer to Lake Mburo National Park and enter the park through Sanga Gate. Do an evening game drive as you head to your lodge for relaxation and overnight.
Accommodation: Mihingo Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Arcadia Cottages Mburo (Midrange/Standard) or Eagles Nest (Budget/Basic).

Day 15: Do a walking safari & transfer to Kampala for the night flight departure. Make a stop at the Uganda Equator crossing – Kayabwe.
After breakfast you will embark on a game walk. The morning game walk will take you along various park trails to have chances of exploring various wild game including; herds of zebra, cape buffaloes, oribi and topi, eland. With over 250 species such as the Papyrus Gonoleks, Brown-faced Lapwings, Bare-faced Go-away bird, the extraordinary White-winged Warbler plus Carruther’s Cisticolas, Bird watchers might have a memorable adventure. After lunch you shall drive back to Kampala with a stop at the Uganda Equator crossing at Kayabwe before proceeding to Kampala and Entebbe for check in and flight departure.
End of Safari:

REF: PUST G7 – 15 DAYS UGANDA SAFARI

BUDGET
3 PAX USD 3940
4 PAX USD 3654
5 PAX USD 3654
6 PAX USD 3517

 

MIDRANGE
3 PAX USD 4451
4 PAX USD 4150
5 PAX USD 4161
6 PAX USD 4015

 

LUXURY
3 PAX USD 4973
4 PAX USD 4588
5 PAX USD 4,651
6 PAX USD 4453
Safari Start Dates:     
Month

Date

February

15th

March

25th

April

27th

June

6th

July

14th

August

21st

October

15th

November

13th

December

13th

Terms and Conditions

We offer set departure dates for the above scheduled programs LEAVING FROM KAMPALA ON THE SPECIFIC DATES MENTIONED.These are fixed for groups who would like to join other people traveling on these tours.

Where gorilla tracking is involved, this will depend on the availability of gorilla permits at the time of booking. Because of the scarcity of gorilla permits, our programs have been standardized to allow tracking in either Bwindi or Mgahinga parks or Rwanda – De Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. However tracking Rwanda (Park Volcanoes) this will need a top up of permits, visa entry, accommodation and border crossing fees.

Clients to track in Rwanda staying in upmarket/Medium facilities will top USD 395 and client staying budget facility will be toping up USD 285.

Safaris cutting accross x-mas and end of year dates will be subjected to supplements.

Clients are advised to book early to avoid disappointments (see our other booking policy terms )

Tour minimum numbers of people are 2 – 6 people. Each person will be communicated the standing number of persons to join and how many are confirmed for the trip. A refund or top up will be paid where the number exceeds other than communicated. Big groups will be communicated special rates on request

Clients on working visits in the country stand to exploit this chance for our affordable tours and safaris.

Accommodation

In terms of accommodation the price quote given is based on the Midium rate and budget options rate accommodation facilities. The budget type of accommodation is in rest camps or bandas- which are African small medium houses separate from each other and may not necessarily be self contained, while in other cases it will be in hostels like at Queen Elizabeth National Park or in budget hotels. In most cases these are simple accommodation units but with clean facilities. Meals can either be served from canteens in some cases or in the Dinning rooms.

In the Medium option rates, accommodation is in self-contained facilities (cottages, hotels, lodges or tented camps) with standard en-suit rooms and offer meals of international standard cuisine. For Luxury and Upmarket accommodation facilities can send special request.

Included in the Cost

The costs given above include accommodation and meals on full board basis while on safari, 1 gorilla permit and 1 or 2 chimp tracking permits per person where mentioned, 1 boat cruise on River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park and another launch cruise on Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National park also where mentioned, game drives and park entrance fees plus bottled water through out the safari transits.

Cost Excludes

The cost excludes airport transfers and accommodation in Kampala. However, airport transfers and accommodation while in Kampala (before and after the safari) can be arranged for you on request. The cost also does not cover drinks, souvenirs, tips, and all other expenses of personal nature. Our trips usually begin at 8.00am from Sheraron or we can pick you at your hotel and end in Kampala. However, pick up from any other place can be arranged on request.

Deposit.

A total of 30% will be deposited or at least costs to pay for gorilla permit fees to confirm the safari .The Balance will be paid 3o days to safari date. Payments will be done by sending funds by Telegraphic Transfer (wire transfer ) method to our bank Account details communicated upon confirmation.

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