11 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari

Day1: Arrive in Entebbe (Uganda) and transfer to Kampala for the 11 days Rwanda-Uganda safari tour
Today we arrive at Entebbe International Airport (Uganda) for the Uganda safari tour and transfer a short distance to Kampala; the country’s capital for refreshment, Dinner and Overnight.

Day2: Kampala City Tour & transfer to  Kibale Forest National Park for the 11 days Rwanda-Uganda safari tour
Early morning, your guide will pick you and take you for a brief tour of Kampala including the Kasubi Tombs, Ugandan Museum, Namugongo shrines, Basilica, and Hindu Temples. We then head out by road to Kibale Forest National Park, famous for its families of habituated Chimpanzees. The park is home to an astonishing number of 13 species of primates, the highest density for any single destination in the World! The journey to the park offers you an opportunity to visit Nakayima tree; an ancestral shrine for the Baganda traditionalists worshipping their goddess Nakayima at a tree believed to be more than 400 years old, en route in Mubende. You may have lunch there or proceed to have it at Fort Portal at the backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains as you get a chance to glance at the glacial peaks at a distance if the day is clear. If you have time, you may also visit the King’s palace and the Amabeere caves before proceeding to Kibale forest NP for overnight and dinner

Day3: Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for the 11 days Rwanda-Uganda safari tour
This morning take breakfast and gather at the park headquarters for a briefing about chimpanzee tracking by the senior park ranger guide. Proceed into the forest that has been branded the ‘Primate capital of the World’ due to its enormous primate species. The trek will not only reward you with the sights of Man’s closest relative; the chimpanzee, but also other primate species like the blue monkey, the red-tailed, the black and white Colobus, the red Colobus, the velvet monkeys among others.

The park’s enormous bird population will facilitate your trek with a fabulous musical tone. Return for lunch at the lodge before going for a guided walk through the Bigodi Swamp. The Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development Organization manages the Bigodi sanctuary wetland and was formed in 1992 with the aim of achieving social and economic development for local communities. While on your guided walk around the swamps, you can distinguish many from the approximately 137 bird species found here, including the Snowy Headed Robin-Chat, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Emerald Cuckoo and a variety of weavers, warblers, green bulls and sunbirds. There is also an abundance of butterflies, and rich vegetation, such as wild palms, polita figs and the dominant papyrus. You have an opportunity to support any of the community projects at Bigodi by doting or buying a souvenir. You will then depart Kibale by road for Queen Elizabeth National Park with en-route views of the Rwenzori snow peaks punctuating the skyline. The varied ecosystems of this park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for Humanity, support a wide variety of species including elephants, buffalo, lions and leopards. Overnight in Queen Elizabeth National Park at Mweya Lodge or similar

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park wildlife game drive & boat cruise on the 11 days Rwanda-Uganda safari tour
Early this morning, take breakfast and leave for a game drive in open savannah covered by acacia trees along the Kasenyi on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. Expect to see wildlife like lions, leopards, hyenas, jackals as they return from the night hunt as well as savannah grazers like elephants, buffalos, kobs, waterbucks, bushbucks among others. Return for lunch at the lodge before embarking on a cruise up the Kazinga Channel, a narrow band of water connecting lakes Edward and George. This is one of the most memorable experiences of a visit to Uganda, offering an opportunity to cruise amid members of Africa’s largest hippo and crocodile populations.

In addition to these giant semi-aquatic mammals, the launch affords unique opportunities to view other mammals and birds as they come to the water’s edge to drink and bathe. Birding is excellent, and you may expect to see species ranging in size from the tiny, brilliant Malachite Kingfisher to the giant Goliath Heron. Return in the evening to your lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park game drive and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national  park for the 11-day Rwanda-Uganda safari tour
After breakfast, you will have a morning road trip through the Ishasha Plains as you search for the typical tree-climbing Lions (among other things), a population that is found only in this part of the country. It is impressive to see the animals while they are resting on top of the fig trees. You will then have en-route lunch and proceed to Bwindi, arriving in the evening for dinner and overnight

Day 6: Gorilla tracking in Uganda on your 11 days Rwanda-Uganda safari tour
Bwindi, a World Heritage Park is home to just over half of the world’s last surviving mountain gorilla population of now 880 individuals. With an early breakfast, you will report to the park headquarters with your packed lunch for a briefing by the senior park guide before setting off for the trek in one of Africa’s most ancient forests. The trek can take from one to six hours, sometimes more, at elevations in excess of 2270 m (7,500 ft.) and over rough terrain. Travellers should be aware that if they turn around due to fatigue, illness or any other reason the remainder of the group will go on. The returning traveller will be escorted by a local guide or porter. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is invigorating, and the beauty of the forest and its inhabitants is fascinating. Your gorilla permits are included in the tour price ($700 per person). The area around Buhoma is an excellent place for watching primates and birds and you may catch a glimpse of the noisy but evasive Chimpanzees or the beautiful Hornbills and Turaco.

The forest is home to 120 species of mammals, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, and 163 species of trees, making it one of the richest ecosystems in Africa. Overnight and dinner at Bwindi

Day 7 Bwindi, Uganda & transfer to  Pac National des Volcano, Rwanda for your 11 days Rwanda-Uganda safari tour
Today we travel by road for about 6 hours via Kisoro to Pac National des Volcano, Rwanda, a journey that takes us through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of the Uganda-Rwanda border, We pass through high, forested hills and through deep-farmed valleys. The drive is reminiscent of what one would experience driving through central Europe. "In the heart of Central Africa, so high up that you shiver more than you sweat," wrote the eminent primatologist Dian Fossey, "are great, old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet, and nearly covered with rich, green rainforest – the Virunga". Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda, the Pac des Volcano protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range, home of the rare mountain gorilla and a rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. Overnight near Parc National des Volcano

Day 8 Gorilla tracking in Rwanda on your 11 days Rwanda-Uganda safari tour
Early this morning we drive to the park headquarters where we are briefed by the guides of the Parc des Volcano before we start our gorilla trek. This 13,000-hectare national park protects the Rwanda sector of the Virunga Mountains, a range of six extinct and three active volcanoes which straddle the border with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The bamboo forest is interspersed with alpine moorland, grassland and marsh. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. If you are lucky you will get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch. Some gorilla families however are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day… especially when wet and muddy.

The Mountain Gorillas in the Parc National des Volcano are part of a worldwide population of just 880 individuals. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to one of 10 habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild. The gorillas are by no means tame and are completely wild animals. However, experienced guides will accompany you on your tracking, many of who have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts. Because of this, the time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as 1 hour to as much as 8 hours before one return to base. Once the gorillas are located, our group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Please remember that the mountain gorillas are wild animals and are not enclosed in any form and are free to move as they please. For this reason, the actual sighting of the gorilla groups cannot be guaranteed. Overnight near Parc National des Volcano

Day 9 Diana Fossey hike / Golden monkey tracking on your 11 days Rwanda-Uganda safari tour
Today is a day of options. You may choose to trek the Golden Monkeys or take a trek up to the grave of Dian Fossey and the remains of the Old Karisoke Research Station. It is strongly advised that these options are pre-booked and confirmed at the time of purchase of the main tour to ensure availability. For those who loved the book and/or the movie ”Gorillas In The Mist” the Dian Fossey trek could be a good option. Over the course of the morning, you follow in her footsteps as you trek to Dian Fossey’s grave and the many graves belonging to the poached gorillas, including that of Digit; her favourite gorilla friend. For a more leisurely experience, trekking to the Golden Monkeys is highly recommended.

In June 2003 the National Parks department first allowed permits to trek these rare primates. A short walk to the edge of the forest to see the endangered Golden Monkeys is a rare treat. Watching these unique primates play and perform in the forest is mesmerizing. After tracking the golden monkeys, you may choose to go for an optional visit to the Banyarwanda community as you have a taste of their lifestyle and culture. Listen to their stories, taste their dishes, dance their traditional dances and become one of them for a moment as you get a chance to participate in their daily life activities. Overnight near Parc National des Volcano

Day 10 Parc National des Volcano & transfer to  Kigali city for your 11 days Rwanda-Uganda safari tour
Today you will drive back to Kigali after your breakfast at the lodge. In Kigali, we shall have a brief look at Kigali and the Genocide Museum, which opened in 2004 to mark the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. While the genocide occurred as a result of a complex series of factors, it can only be seen as an absolute tragedy to Rwanda and its people. Time spent at the Genocide Museum is moving and important in understanding the sheer courage and resilience of this beautiful, tiny nation. In the afternoon, you may transfer to L. Kivu for a boat cruise on the lake and later relax at the sunny beaches of this scenic lake. Overnight and dinner Kibuye

Day 11 Departure and end of your 11 days Rwanda-Uganda safari tour
Take breakfast and go for the last minute shopping as your guide transfers you to the airport for departure.

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