11 Days Primates & wildlife of Uganda and Rwanda

Kibale Chimpanzee Tracking - Uganda Safari

Uganda Rwanda Primates & Wildlife Safari Adventure

11 Days Scheduled safari
Departure Date: DECEMBER.11.2017

Highlights

  • 4+ Hour road trip to Fort Portal, Kibale Forest
  • Primates & Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale forest
  • Excellent gorilla tracking with almost guaranteed sightings in both Bwindi & Volcanoes in Rwanda
  • Game drive & Boat Trip in QENP
  • Superb birdwatching adventure with knowledgeable guides
  • Pristine rainforest Exploration.

Overview

See mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys and tree-climbing lions, take a boat cruise and visit Rwanda’s genocide memorial 

If you have an interest in East Africa’s primates, birds and culture, this journey is for you. See the endangered mountain gorilla in both Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Uganda’s Bwindi Forest, spend a full day with the chimpanzees at Kibale, track golden monkeys in Mgahinga, see plains game in Queen Elizabeth National Park and the tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha plains, go on a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel and experience the genocide memorial in Kigali.

What is included in the price of the trip

What to Expect

8:30am on the first morning you drive for Fort Portal, 320 kilometres west of the capital in the northern foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains through attractive landscape of rolling hills with tea plantations.. After an early cup of coffee the second morning, you’ll accompany Kibale’s researchers and habituators into the Kibale Forest National Park as they follow chimpanzee families during their daily activities, getting them used to human presence without altering their natural behaviour.

On the third day after breakfast at Primate Lodge Kibale you’ll leave the Kibale Forest at a leisurely pace via the crater lakes to Kasese. The road passes through fertile agricultural land and follows the lower slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains. From Kasese, you’ll cross the equator as the road passes though the Queen Elizabeth National Park.  You’ll explore the prime game viewing area of western Uganda. A network of tracks allows you to find elephant, buffalo and other animals in the grassland thickets that cover the north Kazinga area near the Mweya Peninsula. Lions and other big cats are most reliably sighted on the typical open East Africa savannah Kasenyi Plain, east of the Kasese/Mbarara highway.

From QENP to Buhoma, Bwindi Forest. On this scenic drive the typical East Africa savannah plains will be left behind as you climb through rolling hills and terraced fields more characteristic of Central Africa. Gorilla trekking is an unforgettable experience which more than repays the effort needed to reach Bwindi and to trek through the forest. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these giants of the Bwindi Forest is surely the most exciting and moving wildlife encounter Africa has to offer.

Leave the northern sector of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via a scenic rural back road with magnificent views on rolling hills and terraced fields. The road passes through the bamboo and montane forest of the Echuya Forest Reserve. By early/mid-afternoon you’ll arrive in the town of Kisoro at the base of the Virunga Mountains in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. After an early breakfast the next day, you’ll go in search of endangered golden monkeys in the Mgahinga National Park, spending most of the morning exploring Mgahinga’s old forest. Around midday you’ll leave Kisoro for the border with Rwanda. Once through immigration and customs, you’ll continue to Musanze (formerly Ruhengeri), overlooking the beautiful lakes Burera and Ruhondo and with breathtaking views over the Virunga volcanoes.

In our last days of the safari, you’ll go to find the gorillas on the Rwandan of the mountains, leaving for the Volcanoes National Park headquarters after an early breakfast. You’ll get a guide and be allocated your gorilla family before you set off into the rain forest to enjoy an hour with the gorillas. Your second gorilla trek is usually better because now you know what to expect. Afterwards, you’ll leave for Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali, where you’ll be dropped off at the Kigali Serena Hotel. You’ll be taken to the Milles Collines Hotel or ‘Hotel Rwanda’ for dinner, returning to the Kigali Serena to sleep. And that marks the end of our safari.

Important Information

Best time for Gorilla Trekking
Rainfall is the main factor to consider when deciding the best time for gorilla tracking. Heavy rains result in slippery and challenging hiking trails. It can rain at any time of the year, but the time periods of June to August and December to January have less rain and are thereby considered the best time to go. The park stays open throughout the year.

Departure Point
Hotel pickup and drop off within Entebbe/Kampala

Departure Time
6:30am

Duration
11 Days/10 Nights

View Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01

Arrival and pick up from the Entebbe International Airport.

Our Guide will warmly welcome you on arrival at the Airport or at your hotel in Entebbe/Kampala. For the former, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about the next day’s wildlife safari by the guide. Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have your money changed on this day, and you may also have the chance to visit Kampala city, about one hour drive from Entebbe.

DAY 02

To Lake Mburo National Park.

The long awaited wildlife safari begins this morning, we will an adventurous road trip towards western Uganda to Lake Mburo National Park. Along the way, we shall have a stop-over at the Uganda Equator and the crafts village at Mpambire where there are various crafts for souvenirs. Along the way we shall have a chance of seeing the famous indigenous long-horned Ankole cattle and the beautiful western green plains.

Driving time: ± 4.5 hours

Budget Accommodation: Rwonyo Camp or UWA bandas.

Luxury Lodging: Mihingo Lodge, Skyblue Motel, or Mantana Luxury Tented camp.

DAY 03

In Lake Mburo National Park

Our wildlife safari continues with a morning game drive in the Lake Mburo National park. With its unique characteristic of acacia woodland, it is the only national park where you can see the beautiful gigantic eland. Surrounding Lake Mburo are swamps where cryptic papyrus specialists such as the Sitatunga, antelope and red, black and yellow Papyrus Gonoleks may be seen.

Return to camp for lunch and in the evening; take a boat ride on Lake Mburo for a closer view of the hippos, crocodiles and other wildlife. Return to the lodge and have dinner.

DAY 04

To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

After an early breakfast, we start off the this day’s wildlife safari journey with a beautiful road trip to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We shall drive through grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Ankole cattle with their incredibly long curving horns. We then ascend into the Kigezi highlands, famously known as the “Switzerland of Africa”, with terraced farming and mountain scenery. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Driving time: ± 6 hours

Budget Accommodation: Buhoma community Rest camp or Wagtail Eco-safari camp.

Luxury Accommodation: Silver back lodge, Buhoma lodge or Lake Kitandara Tented camp

DAY 05

In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Gorilla tracking.

This may be the highlight of your wildlife safari: a meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Especially hikers will love the tracking in the beautiful ecosystem of Bwindi Impepenetrable Forest National Park. Depending on where the Gorillas may be located, expect to walk a relatively long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. Gorilla Trekking is definitely worthwhile as you observe the gorillas closely while they eat, play and rest. A unique and unforgettable experience!

Those who prefer not to participate in the gorilla tracking can go for a guided forest walk or explore the surroundings with the Buhoma Village Walk.

Dinner and overnight in Buhoma

DAY 06

To Ishasha sector – Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After breakfast we head towards the north, passing the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park (if road conditions allow). This part is called Ishasha and is famous for the tree climbing lions. After a short game drive in this area we continue to our overnight accommodation for dinner and relaxing.

Driving time: ± 5,6 hours

Budget Accommodation: Students dormitory and Bandas or Savanna Resort.

Luxury Accommodation: Ishasha Wildness camp or Savanna Resort.

DAY 07

In Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The wildlife safari adventure resumes at about 6:00am we leave for the early morning game drive that will take us up about 10.00am then return for breakfast.

After lunch we proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park still through the Ishasha sector. Keep watching out for tree climbing Lions!

DAY 08

In Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The wildlife safari begins early when we start with a morning wildife game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. We search for some of the big 5 game – lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for lunch and resting off the afternoon heat.

In the afternoon we take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the abundant birdlife that is sighted and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be superb. Expect to see a lot aquatic birds, hippos, crocodiles. We then retire back to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.

DAY 09

End of Wildlife Safari – Travel back to Kampala/Entebbe

After Breakfast, we will depart to Kampala arriving in the early evening.

Budget Accommodation

Entebbe: Rwonyo Camp or UWA bandas.

Bwindi: Buhoma community Rest camp or Wagtail Eco-safari camp.

QENP (Ishasha): Students dormitory and Bandas or Savanna Resort.

Luxury Accommodation

Lake Mburo: Mihingo Lodge, Skyblue Motel, Mantana Luxury Tented camp.

Bwindi: Silver back lodge, Buhoma lodge or Lake Kitandara Tented camp

QENP: Ishasha Wildness camp or Savanna Resort.

Safari Costs Include

  • Park fees
  • Gorilla permits if included
  • Chimpanzee permit if included
  • Ferry crossing
  • Guiding fees
  • 4×4 safari van
  • Airport transfers
  • Drinking water
  • Meals if included
  • Accommodation
  • Ranger fees

Our costs exclude:

  • For short trips accommodation on arrival and departure are not included, but can be arranged on request.
  • Flights
  • Visa fees (50 USD)
  • Sodas, beers, wines and other drinks
  • Vaccinations
  • Medical Insurance
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ACTIVITIES
Gorilla Tracking / World Heritage Site/ Bird Watching / Photography / Scenic Drive / Nature Discovery / Outdoor Adventures / Safari

THEMES
Mountain Gorillas / Rwanda & Uganda / Primates / Leisure / Photography / African Safari / Outdoor Adventures / Wildlife Safari

FEATURES
Gorilla Habituation / Spectacular Scenery / Unique Accommodations / Luxury African Safari Lodges

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