14 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Safari

This 14 days gorilla safari is an exceptional Uganda Rwanda combined package taking you to the popular tourism sites in these two countries offering you a memorable experience. The safari entails visiting the great Murchison falls national park, chimpanzee trekking in kibale forest national park, wildlife viewing and launch cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park, double Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and volcanoes national park, Lake Bunyonyi canoeing, golden monkey trekking and Dian fossey hike. This safari starts in Kampala-Uganda and ends in Kigali-Rwanda.

Trip over view
Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park
Day 2: Game Drive/ Launch Cruise
Day 3: Murchison Falls – Kibale National Park
Day 4: Chimps Tracking
Day 5: Visit royal tombs -transfer to Queen Elizabeth
Day 6: Game drive & Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel
Day 7: Ishasha game drive & transfer to Bwindi
Day 8: Gorilla tracking – Batwa
Day 9: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for Canoeing & Batwa community visit
Day 10: Transfer to Kigali – Volcanoes national park
Day 11: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda – Visit Ibyiwacu cultural village
Day 12: Golden monkey tracking / Dian Fossey Hike
Day 13: Transfer to Gisenyi town & Boat Cruise at Lake Kivu
Day 14: City Tour & Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park
After your morning breakfast, our driver guide will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you for murchison falls national park. Have an enroute lunch stopover in Masindi town and tour the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Later, Proceed to the park and hike to the magnificent top of the falls with a breathtaking sight of the mighty Nile as it forces its way through a rocky gap. Dinner and overnight stay at Paraa safari Lodge/Murchison river lodge.

Day 2: Game Drive/ Launch Cruise
Luanch- cruise
Have an early morning breakfast and transfer for game drives in the open savannahs. This will reward you with grat views of wild animals such as giraffe, elephant, antelope, lion, and the Uganda Kob grazing. Go back to the lodge for A hot lunch and go for a launch cruise on the Nile to the bottom thriving falls. There you may possibly spot the huge crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, elephants and a variety of water birds like herons, ducks, cormorants, bee-eaters, skimmers, kingfishers, fish eagle and the rare shoebill. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at day 1.

Day 3: Murchison Falls – Kibale National Park
You will have morning breakfast, check out of the lodge and set off for Kibale Forest National Park via Hoima and the Great Western Rift Valley. You will have en route lunch in Masindi town then proceed to the park. Dinner and overnight at Primates Lodge/ Crater safari lodge/Kibae forest camp.

Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking & Bigodi swamp
chimpanzee trekking
After an early morning breakfast, transfer to the park head quaters for briefing about trekking from the park rangers. At 8:00am, hike into the forest in search of chimpanzees the closest relatives to human beings. while trekking, you will also encounter other animals such as Red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, the Blue Mangabeys, Bushbucks, Warthogs, Bush pigs, Duikers, Golden cats among others, several bird species including African Pita, Warbler, and Blue headed sun bird among others. You will spend an hour with the chimpanzees and return to the lodge for rest. In the afternoon, visit thh Bigodi eco swamp for bird watching and return to the lodge for an overnight.

Day 5: Visit royal tombs -transfer to Queen Elizabeth
Wake up early, have breakfast and transfer to Fortportal to tour the Kings Royal tombs and other cultural groups like the Burungu community which is rooted in Traditional Toro culture. Thre you will be introduced to their traditional ways of life through their music, dancing and storytelling. Spend the whole half day with the local community and on village walks/tours and in the afternoon you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park for Dinner and over night at Mweya safari lodge/ Park View lodge/Enganzi lodge.

Day 6: Game drive & Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel
game-driving
On this day, have an early morning game drive after which you will transfer to Kasenyi plains for game drives. Expect to see Lions, Elephants, Cape buffalo, Warthogs, leopard, hyena, mangoose, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, Topi and lots of many small animals and birds and then return to the lodge for a hot lunch. After lunch you will take launch cruise on the Kazinga channel and into the Lake Edward through the known place for the highest concentration of Hippos. You will also be rewarded with views of other animals as they drink on the shores. The cruise also offers an excellent platform for photography besides game viewing and bird watching. Dinner and overnight at Mweya safari lodge/ Park View lodge/Enganzi lodge.

Day 7: Ishasha game drive & transfer to Bwindi
In this morning, take breakfast and drive through Ishasha the southern sectr of the park a home fort the tree climbing lions. You will have lunch at Savannah lodge and then proceed to Bwindi forest national park reaching in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Take a community walk in the nearby villages after your lunch and get exposed to their ways of life. Dinner and overnight at Mahogany springs lodge/Buhoma lodge.

Day 8: Gorilla tracking – Batwa pygmies community
mountaing-gorilla-trekkingAfter a morning breakfast, transfer for briefing at the park headquaters regarding gorilla trekking. You will then with the lead of an armed ranger guide hike into the impenetrable forest following specific trails in search of the allocated gorilla family. In the evening, You will visit the Batwa pygmies, the traditional dwellers of the forest who will introduce you to their forest life. You will the return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for Canoeing & Batwa community visit
After breakfast at your lodge, set off for a drive to Lake Bunyonyi. Arrival check into your hotel and head out for canoeing along lake Bunyonyi taking you to different islands at the lake. Return to the hotel for a hot lunch and then go for a cultural visit to the batwa families / Bukora cave or opt for a cycling tour around lake Bunyonyi. Dinner and overnight at Ha’Buharo Islands’ Heritage Lodge / Bunyonyi Safari Resort / Bunyonyi Overland Resort.
Canoeing-lake Bunyonyi

Day 10: Transfer to Kigali – Volcanoes national park
Have morning breakfast, check out of the resort and set off off for Kigalki via Katuna border. On raeching kigali, you will tour various sites such as the kigali genocide memorial centre, Kigali convention centre and the presidential palace with an en-route lunch in kigali city. From there, transfer to volcanoes national park and check in at the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Mountain gorilla view lodge/ Gorilla solution lodge/ Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge.

Day 11: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda – Visit Ibyiwacu cultural village
In the morning, after breakfast, drive to the park headquarters at Kinigi for briefing before proceeding for gorilla tracking early morning. After there, transfer to the trekking trail starting point and hike into the forest with the guide of an armed ranger searching for Gorillas. You will spend an hour with them and then descend back to the lodge for rest. In the evening, visit the Ibyiwacu cultural village where you will learn first hand about the culture of Rwanda.
ibyiwacu-cultural-village

Day 12: Golden monkey tracking / Dian Fossey Hike
After breakfast, transfer to volcanoes national park for golden monkey trekking. alternatively, you may go for the Dina Fossey Hike where you will be told much about her contribution to gorilla tourism in the virunga conservation area. Dinner and overnight at the lodge (Day 12).

Day 13: Transfer to Gisenyi town & Boat Cruise at Lake Kivu
Have breakfast drive to Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s fresh water lake with an en-route visit to Gisenyi genocide site proceeding to Kivu. Have lunch on arrival, with a great view of the lake later relax around the lake. In the evening you will have a boat ride along Lake Kivu, visiting different fishing villages. Dinner and overnight stay at L. Kivu Serena Hotel / Malahide Hotel.

Day 14: City Tour & Departure
Wake up early, have breakfast, check out of the lodge and transfer to kigali for a city tour after which you will connect to the airport for a return flight.

End of Tour
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