16 Days Pearls of Uganda Rwanda Group Tour-Scheduled Safari

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Overview of the 16 Days Pearls of Uganda Rwanda Group Tour-Scheduled Safari.

The 16 Days Uganda Rwanda group tour-safari is one of the rewarding combined Uganda Rwanda safari options that allow you to explore the remarkable safari highlights of Uganda and Rwanda. The safari takes you through Gisozi genocide memorial to pay tribute to the counts of Rwandese that lost their lives during the bloody genocide, Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking, Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a second gorilla trekking, Queen Elizabeth National Park for amazing wild game viewing including tree climbing lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopard among others, Kibale National Park for an amazing Chimpanzee habituation experience, Murchison Falls National Park for wild game viewing including the Rothschild Giraffes,  Jackson Hartebeest, Aquatics like Nile Crocodiles, Hippos and the shoebill stork that tend to dwell on the river bank and the eventual encounter in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to encounter the white Rhinos. The Prime Safaris Africa Home Experience in Uganda and Rwanda are incorporated to facilitate extensive cross cultural interaction with the native tribes of Africa.

Safari Highlight of the 16 Days Pearls of Uganda Rwanda Group Tour-Scheduled Safari.

Day 1: Arrive in Kigali Rwanda and transfer to the hotel for relaxation and overnight

Day 2: Explore the Gisozi genocide memorial to gain an insight into the bloody genocide that befell Rwanda in 1994 & drive to Volcanoes National Park in the Ruhengeri

Day 3: Undertake mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park sharing 480 mountain gorillas that thrive in the greater Virunga Massif & relax at the lodge

Day 4: Prime Safaris Africa Home Experience in Rwanda. Whole day experiential encounter of the family life in Rwanda

Day 5: Undertake golden Monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park – another endangered species of Primates & cross to Uganda – Lake Bunyonyi

Day 6: Undertake a sunrise boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi exploring its 29 Islands & then transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Day 7: Do gorilla trekking in the forested landscapes of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & relax at the lodge

Day 8: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do a game drive in Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of tree climbing lions

Day 9: Undertake game drive / wild game viewing in the morning & launch cruise along the Paradise of Hippos – the 45km long Kazinga Channel

Day 10: Drive to Kibale National Park and explore the Rwenzori Art foundation which is the only bronze casting center in Africa and the Ruboni Community wax and craft center en route

Day 11: Prime Safaris Africa Home Experience in Uganda: Whole day authentic encounter in a local home near Kibale National Park gaining an experiential touch whatever takes place in an ordinary African homestead

Day 12: Undertake the whole day chimpanzee Habituation in Kibale NP dubbed the primate capital of the world with 13 primate species.

Day 13: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Whole day drive

Day 14: Undertake game drive / wild game viewing in the morning, Nile launch cruise in the afternoon & hike to the top of the falls – the world’s powerful waterfall in the world.

Day 15: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, track white Rhinos and spend an overnight

Day 16: Transfer to Kampala and night departure through Entebbe International Airport

Detailed Safari Itinerary for the 16 Days Pearls of Uganda Rwanda Group Tour-Scheduled Safari.

Day 1: Arrive in Kigali Rwanda and transfer to the hotel for relaxation and overnight

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: Explore the Gisozi genocide memorial to gain an insight into the bloody genocide that befell Rwanda in 1994 & drive to Volcanoes National Park in the Ruhengeri

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:  Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Day 3: Undertake mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park sharing 480 mountain gorillas that thrive in the greater Virunga Massif & relax at the lodge

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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 your lodge for an afternoon relaxation and reciting of the memories.

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Day 4: Prime Safaris Africa Home Experience in Rwanda. Whole day experiential encounter of the family life in Rwanda

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 5: Undertake golden Monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park – another endangered species of Primates & cross to Uganda – Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast, embark in the golden monkey tracking starting at 8am at the Volcanoes park headquarters. The golden monkey trek is one of the thrilling encounters that you can have while on safari in Rwanda and Uganda. The golden monkeys are among the critically endangered primate species that are only thriving in the Virunga massif on global scale. They have impressive skin colors that have got a golden patch on their back thus attractive to look at. After this encounter which tends to last for about 4 hours, you will retreat to the lodge for lunch and then transfer to Lake Bunyonyi passing through magical sights of the Virunga massif and rolling hills of Kigezi known as the Switzerland of Africa. Branch off at Muko from the main Kisoro – Kabale road which is very scenic to drive along Lake Bunyonyi known as the lake of a thousand islands connecting to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Midrange / Budget: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort

Day 6: Undertake a sunrise boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi exploring its 29 Islands & then transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable NP

After breakfast, embark on the boat cruise on the lake of a thousand islands amidst the rolling hills of Kigezi. The boat will enable you explore the major islands and the history behind them. The boat can take 5 hours before returning to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will embark on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the fascinating views if the farmed Kigezi Highlands arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 7: Do gorilla trekking in the forested landscapes of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & relax at the lodge

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Gather at the respective park headquarter in the morning after an early heavy breakfast for briefing about the gorilla trekking encounter by the park rangers at 8am. After briefing, you will head to the forest for the thrilling gorilla trekking adventure. The hike across the varied landscapes of Bwindi marked with deep valleys, steep hills and dense vegetation cover is very rewarding. The moment you come across the critically endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is one those must list moments that you can ever encounter in the life time. The gorilla trek lasts between 2 – 8 hours and after the one full hour of direct encounter with them; you will return the starting point and transfer to the lodge for an afternoon relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 8: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do a game drive in Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of tree climbing lions

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 9: Undertake game drive / wild game viewing in the morning & launch cruise along the Paradise of Hippos – the 45km long Kazinga Channel

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 10: Drive to Kibale National Park and explore the Rwenzori Art foundation which is the only bronze casting center in Africa and the Ruboni Community wax and craft center en route

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After a relaxed breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kibale National Park 157km about 3 – 4 hours’ drive excluding stops en route. The drive will take you through amazing sceneries of Rwenzori Mountains that were named them mountains of the moon by the ancient Greek geographer Ptolemy in 150AD towering to 5,109m above sea level with snowcapped peaks. You will make a stop at Rwenzori Art Foundation which is the only bronze casting Center in the whole of Africa with impressive sculpture that are lined with in the building and a range of art works on the compound. You will marvel at the process of casting and you have an opportunity to participate. From the art foundation, you continue to Ruboni Community Camp which presents the traditional way of basketry and the wax processing technique. Various wax products are on display made by the local people. You can also participate in the art and craft making. Retreat from these activities and continue to Kibale National Park arriving in the afternoon for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Kibale Forest Camp – Safari Tent

Budget / Basic:  Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 11: Prime Safaris Africa Home Experience in Uganda: Whole day authentic encounter in a local home near Kibale National Park gaining an experiential touch whatever takes place in an ordinary African homestead

You wake up very early and connect to one of the native homes to spend the whole day with them, learning their methods of work, immersing in their way of life including traditions and practices. Due to differing roles in the African tradition, the women can team up with fellow women while men can team up with men.  The activities include; cultivation, looking after livestock, art and crafts making, traditional food preparation and the music, dance and drama. Retire for overnight

Accommodation: Home Stay

Day 12: Undertake the whole day chimpanzee Habituation in Kibale NP dubbed the primate capital of the world with 13 primate species.

Wake up early enough to gather at Kanyanchu Tourism Center at 6am for briefing and eventual heading to the forest to embark on the whole day Chimpanzee habituation encounter. The Chimpanzee Habituation unlike Chimpanzee trekking which lasts one hour with chimps, the former offers a whole day encounter with Chimpanzees. You are able to see them as they leave their nests in the morning as they set out to feed, hunt, socialize, patrol, mate, make ant hooting calls, copulate among others until they retire in the evening and build new nests for overnight about 7pm. This is a whole day experience that does not only expose you to Chimps but also other forest offerings like birds, other primate species like Black and white colobus monkeys and impressive flora. Retire from the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Kibale Forest Camp – Safari Tent

Budget / Basic:  Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 13: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Whole day drive

After breakfast at the lodge, embark on the whole day drive to Murchison Falls National Park 441km about 9 hours’ drive passing through impressive countryside landscapes with the unique features of the Albertne rift. The scenic views en route will make your long journey memorable. Arrive in Murchison Area in evening to check in at your lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge – Thatched Safari Tent

Budget / Basic: Heritage Safari Lodge

Day 14: Undertake game drive / wild game viewing in the morning, Nile launch cruise in the afternoon & hike to the top of the falls – the world’s powerful waterfall in the world.

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After an early morning cup of coffee, embark on the drive to the park to explore its wilderness. The game drive carried out in the northern bank of the park presents remarkable encounters with one of the finest wild life species in Uganda and Africa at large giving a typical representation of African savannah. The counts of Rothschild Giraffe, lions, elephants, buffaloes, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Uganda Kobs, Oribis, Leopard, among others can be encountered in this 3 – 4 hour activity. Explore the designated tracks stretching to the delta area where the wildlife tends to congregate. Retreat from the activity and return to the loge for relaxation and lunch after which you will gather at the Paraa jetty for an afternoon boat trip to the bottom of the falls.  The boat trip starting at 2pm see you depart from the Paraa Jetty cruising along the Nile up to the bottom of the falls. The sights of the Nile crocodiles and Hippos may not be missed. The Shoebill stork tends to dwell on the River and can be luckily seen. The other wild game drinking along the river including elephants and a range of antelopes combine to make the boat worth undertaking. Retreat from this 3 hour cruise and get back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge – Thatched Safari Tent

Budget / Basic: Heritage Safari Lodge

Day 15: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, track white Rhinos and spend an overnight

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary 129km about 2 hours’ drive excluding stops en route. You will branch off from the main road at Nakitoma for 7km to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track the white Rhino which only exist in this protected area in the whole of Uganda. The Rhinos which go extinct in 1983 saw their re-introduction in 2005 for re-breeding and later release back to the wilderness. Trekking the Rhinos which are among the big five land animals in the savannah thicket of Ziwa is very rewarding to encounter. Retreat from the activity and retire to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Amuka Lodge

Day 16: Transfer to Kampala and night departure through Entebbe International Airport

After a relaxed breakfast, embark on the 176km transfer to Kampala driving along the flat stretches of Nakasongora with its impressive savannah landscapes and sights of Ankole long horned cattle. You will arrive in Kampala do a simple city drive as you head for other 40km to Entebbe International Airport for your departure flight back home.

End of the 16 Days Pearls of Uganda and Rwanda

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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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