12 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla, Wildlife & Culture Group Safari

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Overview of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla, Wildlife & Culture Group Safari.

The 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla, Wildlife & Culture Safari is one of the magical combined Uganda Rwanda Safari packages that commences in Kigali Rwanda and ends in Entebbe Uganda. The Safari takes you to the genocide memorial at Gisozi, African home experience both in Uganda and Rwanda exploring the authentic daily life of the locals, golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga, Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes and Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable, extensive wild game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park including the tree climbing lions of Ishasha and in Lake Mburo National Park with possibilities of exploring elands, Rothschild giraffes, Burchell’s Zebra and Impala.

Safari Highlight of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla, Wildlife & Culture Safari.

Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport & transfer to the Hotel

Day 2: Visit Gisozi genocide memorial & drive to Volcanoes National Park. Explore the impressive Rwandan countryside landscapes

Day 3: Prime Safaris Africa Home Experience: Explore the authentic daily life of the Rwandan homestead close to the gorilla highlands with a home stay

Day 4: Undertake gorilla trekking & drive to Uganda (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park). Explore the gorillas of Volcanoes & cross to Uganda via Chanika border

Day 5: Undertake golden Monkey tracking & drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Explore the endangered golden Monkey species on the slopes of Mount Gahinga

Day 6: Undertake gorilla trekking & Batwa Community tour in the evening. Bwindi features a minimum of 400 mountain gorillas

Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do game drive en route in Ishasha Sector in search of tree climbing lions and other wildlife

Day 8: Do morning game drive in upper Queen Elizabeth NP, afternoon launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel & evening game drive along the channel track

Day 9: Do Chimpanzee trekking in either Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu Forest Reserve & transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Day 10: Prime Safaris Africa Home Experience: Whole day authentic encounter in the home of a Munyankole Pastoralist immersing deep into their everyday life with a home stay

Day 11: Do game walking Safari in the savannah landscapes of Lake Mburo NP & transfer to Kampala

Day 12:  Departure.   Visit the Christ Our Vision International Children Ministries – the company supported Orphanage & School if your flight is in the evening

Detailed Itinerary of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla, Wildlife & Culture Group Safari.

Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport & transfer to the Hotel

Arrive in Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport after you long day flight in the evening here you will be welcomed by your driver guide who will then transfer you to your respective lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Midrange / Standard: Hotel Chez Lando

Budget / Basic: Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel

Day 2: Visit Gisozi genocide memorial & drive to Volcanoes National Park. Explore the impressive Rwandan countryside landscapes

After your  breakfast at your place of stay in Kigali city embark on the drive to Gisozi genocide memorial to pay a visit to the counts of Rwandese who lost their dear lives during the bloody genocide that befell Rwanda in the year 1994. The number of skulls line in the building and the respective writings gives you a fresh picture of what exactly transpired during that period.  After this encounter, you will have lunch in Kigali and then embark on the transfer to Volcanoes National Park 116km about 3 hours’ drive. The drive will take you through the amazing country side landscapes marked with rolling hills and the rural farmlands presenting an ideal round for scenic photographs. You will arrive in Ruhengeri in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Hotel La Palme

Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Day 3: Prime Safaris Africa Home Experience: Explore the authentic daily life of the Rwandan homestead close to the gorilla highlands with a home stay

Wake up very early and connect with the family members to embark on the whole day routine of their everyday life. If you are a man, you follow your fellow men and if you are a woman, you follow the women. Rwanda features extensive coffee plantations and tea not forgetting the livestock. The women would do cleaning of the houses and the homestead, cultivating, the preparing food, making of crafts among others while men would go in or activities like Milking, Cultivating, live stock rearing, and construction among others. The experience includes enjoying local cuisine, interaction and storytelling and traditional performances before you eventually settle for another overnight.

Accommodation: Home stay

Day 4: Undertake gorilla trekking & drive to Uganda (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park). Explore the gorillas of Volcanoes & cross to Uganda via Chanika border

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After a thrilling breakfast from your respective lodge, you will gather at the Volcanoes Park Headquarters in Kinigi at 8am for briefing and the eventual start of the gorilla tracking encounter. The park rangers will give you the situation that surrounds gorilla trekking and the respective dos and don’ts for the very activity while enjoying a thrilling cup of Rwandan coffee and being entertained by the famous Intore dance demonstrating the traditional Rwandan society. Embark on the actual gorilla tracking hiking through the jungle of Volcanoes following the respective assigned gorilla family and in company of those the eight team mates that have been put together with you track a given gorilla group. The duration for the gorilla tracking tends to fall between 2 – 8 hours and the encounter is more that the ordinary. The hike through the jungle passing by amazing flora and fauna, the impressive and magical scenic landscapes of the Virungas would definitely leave you in a state of bewilderment.  The eventually one hour direct encounter with mountain gorillas seeing direct in their frightening eyes enjoying the beauty of their fur and the being entertained by the playful young ones settles your thoughts of the worthiness of the gorilla permit price. Return from this encounter and transfer to Uganda – Mgahinga Gorilla National Park crossing via the Chanika border arriving in the afternoon for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Midrange / Budget: Travelers Rest Kisoro

Day 5: Undertake golden Monkey tracking & drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Explore the endangered golden Monkey species on the slopes of Mount Gahinga

After breakfast, embark on the golden monkey tracking where you have opportunity to explore the endangered golden monkeys are confined to the Virunga massif on a world scale. The habituated groups thrive in the Bamboo zone on the slopes of Mount Gahinga and their golden patch and playful tactics makes them interesting to encounter on Uganda safaris. Retreat from the day adventure and connect to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park driving through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands with amazing sceneries before arriving at the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 6: Undertake gorilla trekking & Batwa Community tour in the evening. Bwindi features a minimum of 400 mountain gorillas

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Embark on the mountain gorilla exploration in the Impenetrable forest of Bwindi. 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. After the activity, you settle at the lodge for an afternoon relaxation before attending to the performance of the local people either Bakiga or Batwa exploring their amusing music, dance and drama. Retire for dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do game drive en route in Ishasha Sector in search of tree climbing lions and other wildlife

After breakfast transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park – the highest visited Game Park in Uganda. The drive involves traversing the rolling hill of Kigezi and eastern forested landscapes of Bwindi as you make your way to the north before approaching the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha where you will undertake simple game drive in search of tree climbing lions that tend to rest on the fig tree branches. The tree climbing lions thrive in only in this part of Uganda and in Lake Manyara National Park but Ishasha offers ideal encounters because of its short trees. You might be lucky to spot some and then continue to your respective lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation

Midrange/standard:  Enganzi Game lodge

Budget/Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 8: Do morning game drive in upper Queen Elizabeth NP, afternoon launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel & evening game drive along the channel track

After an early morning cup of coffee, embark on the drive through impressive rolling savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth in search of wild game. The stretch to the Kasenyi plains where the mating ground is found offers you opportunities of encountering a range of wild game including elephants, buffaloes, water bucks and Kobs along with predators like lions, leopards and jackals. The game drive takes 3 – 4 hours and you get back to the lodge after the activity for relaxation and lunch after which you connect to Mweya jetty for an afternoon boat cruise. The Kazinga Channel boat commences at 2pm and 4 pm for the Marasa boats and 3pm and 5pm for the UWA boats. The cruise offers you opportunities of spotting Hippos and Nile Crocodiles and other counts of wild game that come to quench their thirst on the channel side. Return for the activity and the drive along the channel track as you head back to the lodge.

Accommodation

Midrange/standard:  Enganzi Game lodge

Budget/Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 9: Do Chimpanzee trekking in either Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu Forest Reserve & transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Wake up for breakfast after which you embark on another game drive in the rolling savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park or undertake an optional chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge where you slope down a gorge of 100m deep with sights of magical lush mature tropical forest thriving below sea level supporting counts of chimpanzees. Hiking the gorge’s steep slopes in search of chimpanzee is a challenging task that the whole encounter to go beyond the chimps. The eventual encounter with the chimpanzees as they munch fruits, make pant hooting calls, socialize, patrol, copulate and roll themselves in tree branches derive an exciting memory that will last for a life time.  Retreat from the encounter which tends to take 2 – 5 hours and embark on the transfer to Lake Mburo National Park 180km about 3 – 4 hours drive. A stop can be made at Igongo Cultural Center 12km past Mbarara town for traditional lunch and the visit to the Erijukiro Museum – the largest private museum in Uganda featuring artifacts of all tribes of south western Uganda after which you proceed to the park for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Midrange/standard:    Rwakobo Rock

Budget/Basic:   Eagles Nest

Day 10: Prime Safaris Africa Home Experience: Whole day authentic encounter in the home of a Munyankole Pastoralist immersing deep into their everyday life with a home stay

Wake up very early to connect to the homestead of the local homestead at 6am catch up with the family members as they wake up to catch up on their daily routine.  The women and men here have distinct roles though others are overlapping. The Masculine encounters include; milking in the morning, taking the milk to the collection center if the buyer is not picking it at home, setting out to the field with the cows to graze in the extensive wilderness, watering the cows on the handmade soil troughs, treating the sick animals and it is spraying day, you participate in spraying of cows, evening grazing and eventual evening milking. Mid morning breaks can be used to visit the banana plantations and crop gardens where you can participate in the respective activities as well like pruning, planting or harvesting depending on the season, weeding among others. The Women encounters include; home cleaning including house and the courtyard sweeping, preparing tea, milk churning, cultivating, making crafts, lunch preparation including the dish that is made without sauce – Eshabwe from Cow Ghee among other aspects. You have a general entrainment with men in the evening marked by impressive citations, singing and dances.

Accommodation: Home Stay

Day 11: Do game walking Safari in the savannah landscapes of Lake Mburo NP & transfer to Kampala

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After your early morning breakfast, you will undertake a nature walk-the most interesting game walks in the country that presents possible exposure to various species of primates, birds, antelopes like elands, waterbucks, Impala, Topis, Bush buck, Klipspringer among others, buffaloes, Rothschild giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra , wart hogs among other species not forgetting the beautiful savannah landscape dotted with great acacia. Retreat from the activity an embark on the transfer to Kampala 240km about 3 – 4 hours’ drive making a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for magical photo shoots where one leg can be placed in north sphere and the other remains in the south. It also am impressive site for purchasing memorabilia to take back home as a remembrance for this safari in Uganda

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Cassia Lodge

Budget / Basic: Banda Inn

Day 12:  Departure.   Visit the Christ Our Vision International Children Ministries – the company supported Orphanage & School if your flight is in the evening

This is dedicated for your flight departure back home. If the flight is in the evening, you can visit the Christ Our Vision Child Care to reach out to the disadvantaged children most of which have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS and are victims themselves. You see them study and play. You can also share words of encouragement to restore their hope. Retreat from the orphanage and do sigh seeing in Kampala city exploring the sites of historical, religious, cultural and political significance. These include; the Ugandan Parliament, the Uganda National Museum, Namugongo Martyrs Shrine where 45 converts were burnt because of converting to Christianity, the Rubaga Cathedral which is the headquarter for catholic faith in Uganda, the Namirembe Cathedral for Protestants and the Baha’i Temple which is the only temple of the Baha’i in Africa.

End of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla, Wildlife & Culture Group Safari.

Mini Van Vehicle Option

Midrange Budget
2 Pax  4178.749
3 Pax  4098.133
4 Pax  3756.975
5 Pax   3783.06
6 Pax   3616.383
7 Pax  3655.1
8 Pax   3546.087
9 Pax   3584.011
 

2 Pax   3900.999
3 Pax   3731.466
4 Pax   3479.225
5 Pax   3451.96
6 Pax   3338.633
7 Pax   3339.243
8 Pax  3268.337
9 Pax  3276.622

NB: The travel in the low season months of May and November attracts $150 discount per person on the Uganda gorilla permit and $50 discount on the Uganda Chimpanzee permit for Kibale.

Departure dates

Month Date
Jan 21st
May 18th
July 2nd
Aug 27th
Nov 15th
Dec 19th

Terms and Conditions

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 unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

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