18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari

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18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Overview of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari

18 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda is a comprehensive safari tour that features these two destinations. It involves primate encounters like double gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Volcanoes National Parks, Colobus monkey tracking in Nyungwe which is the largest colobus monkey grouping in the whole of Africa, golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes, Chimpanzee habituation in Kibale, – also dubbed as the primate capital of the world. The scenic encounters in Rwenzori Mountains – mountains of the moon, Fort Portal and Ndali – Kasenda Crater fields, Mpanga tea estates and Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves. Recreational water experiences on Lake Kivu, Lake Bunyonyi and Kazinga Channel not forgetting the heritage encounters in Kampala city, Kigali city and the Batwa of south western Uganda.   The incorporation of the famous Nyungwe canopy walk is a move to generation of memorable safari experiences.

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A Detailed Itinerary of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Day 1 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do Kampala city tour

Day 2 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Kibale National Park & do Mpanga tea estate cycling & hike the top of the world.

Day 3 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Full day Chimpanzee habituation experience in Kibale National Park

Day 4 of the of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Encounter Sempaya hot springs and do Fort Portal Crater Lake hike & visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves.

Day 5 of the of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Hike Mount Rwenzori & transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park

Day 6 of the of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do game drive & Kazinga Channel Launch cruise

Day 7 of the of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & encounter tree climbing lions en route in Ishasha

Day 8 of the of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 9 of the of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Explore Lake Bunyonyi & transfer to Mgahinga National Park

Day 10 of the of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Undertake the Batwa heritage trail & transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Day 11 of the of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Day 12 of the of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Hike Dian Fossey foundation at Karisoke

Day 13 of the of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do golden monkey tracking & transfer to Lake Kivu

Day 14 of the of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Have a whole day recreational encounter on Lake Kivu.

Day 15 of the of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park

Day 16 of the of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do colobus monkey tracking & Nyungwe canopy walk.

Day 17 of the of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Kigali

Day 18 of the of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do Kigali city tour.

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Day 1 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do Kampala city tour

After breakfast, embark on the city tour of Kampala visiting the historical attractions like the Uganda Museum and monuments, Cultural attractions like Buganda Kingdom palace, Kasubi tombs and Kabaka’s lake, Religious attractions like the Namugongo Martyrs shrine, Namirembe & Rubaga Cathedrals, Baha’i temple and Gadhafi National Mosque, Markets like Owino and Nakasero, academic institutions like Makerere University among others. Retire for overnight.

Accommodation: Sheraton Kampala Hotel (Upmarket/Luxury), Cassia Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Buziga Country Resort (Budget/Basic).

Day 2 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Kibale National Park & do Mpanga tea estate cycling & hike the top of the world. 

Depart from Kampala after your breakfast at your place of stay for Kibale National Park 358km about 7 hours’ drive. You will drive through the country side landscapes with unique features like Mubende inselbergs, valleys and forested landscapes of Kyegegwa and Kyenjonjo. You will make a stop at Mpanga tea estates for a tea cycling encounter where you will have the chance of participating in tea harvesting with the estate workforce. You will also visit the tea factory to understand the tea processing move.  Continue to Kibale National Park and in the evening, you undertake a hike to the top of the world to have great scenic of views of Ndali – Kasenda crater field. Retire for overnight.

Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Chimpanzee Guesthouse (Midrange/Standard) or Kibale Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 3 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Full day Chimpanzee habituation experience in Kibale National Park

After taking a heavy early breakfast, you will gather at Kanyanchu Tourism Centre at 06:00am to set off for the full day Chimpanzee habituation experience. Unlike Chimpanzee trekking which involves one hour encounter with chimps, the chimpanzee habituation takes full day as you will have chances of seeing chimps as they get out of their nests, setting out to feed, watch their social moments, playful tactics, and their amazing sounds until they form new nests in the evening for overnight. It is a comprehensive Chimpanzee encounter that you can have while on safari in Uganda.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 4 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Encounter Sempaya hot springs and do Fort Portal Crater Lake hike & visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves.

After breakfast, transfer to Semuliki National Park to encounter the Sempaya hot springs both female and male as they spur hot water from the ground forming a natural pool around themselves. The nature walk also gives you chances of seeing primates and various flora species. Return and embark on the Fort Portal Crater Lake hike and a visit to the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves – a great heritage site that dates back to the Chwezi people. Hiking the Kyeganywa hill to gain impressive views of the crater lakes and crater hollows that surround it and distant views of Mount Rwenzori is very memorable. Retire to Fort Portal town for overnight.

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Mountains of the Moon Hotel (Midrange/Standard) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

Day 5 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Hike Mount Rwenzori & transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park

Transfer very early after breakfast to Kasese 135km about 3 hours’ drive to undertake an active activity of Mount Rwenzori hiking. The hiking encounter exposes you to raised landscapes of Mount Rwenzori offering impressive scenic views of the ridges and glaciers and the rift valley flats below. The activity is a whole day experience and upon return, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 72km about 2 hours’ drive for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget/Basic).

Day 6 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do game drive & Kazinga Channel Launch cruise

Depart at 06:00am to encounter the rewarding Queen Elizabeth National Park game drive through the Kasenyi tracks. This early departure gives you possibilities of seeing the early risers and the night hunters retreating to their hiding places including the rare leopard, side stripped jackal, hyena, and owls among others. The morning game drive will also give you a possibility to see herds of elephants, buffalos, pride of lions, warthogs and a range of antelopes. You will retire from the 3 – 4 hours game drive and embark to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, embark on the transfer to Mweya for Kazinga channel launch cruise that starts at 3pm lasting for two hours. You have opportunities of spotting hippos, Nile crocodiles, birds on the water shore and counts of wildlife like elephants and buffaloes drinking on the channel side. Retire for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge

Day 7 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & encounter tree climbing lions en route in Ishasha

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the south (Rushaga) 309km. You will drive through Ishasha in search of tree climbing lions, have lunch en route and arrive in Bwindi in the evening for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Valley Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Wagtail Eco-Safari Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 8 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Wake up for an early cup of coffee, before gathering at Park Headquarters at Rushaga for briefing about the gorilla trekking activity at 08:00am always conducted by park rangers. This gives highlights about the dos and don’ts while trekking gorillas. After briefing, you will traverse the jungle in search of the splendid mountain gorillas in the company of the park ranger guide which stretches between 2 – 8 hours. You will walk through the luxuriant vegetation, climb raised gradients, ascend down the valleys before you encounter the great mountain gorillas as they munch their food and get astonished by the young gorillas playing and demonstrating their tactics which will prompt you to use up your camera space unknowingly. Your one hour with gorillas is done and return to the starting point after which you will embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Bird nest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Bunyonyi Eco- Resort (Midrange/Standard) or Byoona Amagara Island Retreat (Budget/Basic).

Day 9 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Explore Lake Bunyonyi & transfer to Mgahinga National Park

After breakfast, embark on the boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi for 5 – 6 hours. The boat encounter on the second deepest Lake in Africa marked with over 29 islands amidst the rolling highlands of Kigezi is very rewarding. The encounter also exposes you to Island communities with their heritage including the Batwa people. Retire from the activity for lunch and then embark on the transfer to Mgahinga National Park 80km about 2 hours’ drive for overnight.

Accommodation: Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Mucha Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Amajambere iwacu Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 10 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Undertake the Batwa heritage trail & transfer to Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, set off for the Batwa heritage trail a half day activity that takes you through the forests of Mgahinga in the company of the indigenous Batwa guides as they interpret every forest landscape and what it meant in their traditional life. The hike stretches up to the Garama cave the ancient dwelling of the Batwa – one can call it their capital in the forest of Mgahinga volcanoes. The cave is a natural shelter that always provided a refugee for the Batwa in times of danger. You will listen to the sorrowful songs being sung by the Batwa women taking you through the course of their tradition; it is a rich taste of the fading typical African culture.  Return from this activity and embark on the transfer to Volcanoes National Park 120km for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Mount Gorilla View Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), La Palme Hotel (Midrange/Standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget/Basic).

Day 11 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Wake up for an early cup of coffee, before gathering at Kinigi Park Headquarters for briefing about the gorilla trekking activity at 08:00am always conducted by park rangers. This gives highlights about the dos and don’ts while trekking gorillas. After briefing, you will traverse the jungle in search of the splendid mountain gorillas in the company of the park ranger guide which stretches between 2 – 8 hours. You will walk through the luxuriant vegetation, climb raised gradients, ascend down the valleys before you encounter the great mountain gorillas as they munch their food and get astonished by the young gorillas playing and demonstrating their tactics which will prompt you to use up your camera space unknowingly. Your one hour with gorillas is done and return to the lodge for relaxation after which you will undertake a cave walk at Musanze to encounter these natural tunnels in their exciting stature.

Accommodation: You will spend an overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 12 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Hike Dian Fossey foundation at Karisoke

Wake up for breakfast before embarking on the hike to the Dian Fossey site. The hike involves passing through various vegetation zones and a relatively raised ascend before approaching the site of the leading gorilla conservationist that the world is gifted to have had. Dian Fossey an American Primatologist lays in rest at the site and adjacent is her research station at Karisoke with a lot of collections about Mountain gorillas. You will also see the tomb of her favorite silverback – Digit that lies closer to hers. Return for relaxation. In the evening, you can visit the iby’wachu cultural village or take a nature walk to the twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo.

Accommodation: You will spend an overnight at your previous lodge

Day 13 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do golden monkey tracking & transfer to Lake Kivu

Wake up very early to catch up with golden Monkey tracking at 08:00am. The activity exposes you to the rare and endangered golden monkeys that only dwell in the Virunga volcanoes in Africa. The activity takes about 4 hours and starts at 08:00 am from the park headquarters – Kinigi. The trek involves passing the lush vegetation of Volcanoes up to the Bamboo zone where the golden monkeys prefer to dwell. Upon, reaching them, you will marvel at their golden skins and their distinctiveness from other monkey sub species. You will return from this activity to the lodge for lunch after which you will embark on the transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) 110km about 2 hours’ drive for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Upmarket/Luxury), Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu (Midrange/Standard) or Paladise Malahide (Budget/Basic).

Day 14 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Have a whole day recreational encounter on Lake Kivu.

After a relaxed breakfast amidst fresh morning breeze from the gingatic lake Kivu . you will embark on series of activities on the Lake ranging from boat cruise to wind serfing, sunbathing on the lake Kivu beaches and playing beach sports before retiring for overnight.

Accommodation: You will spend an overnight at your previous lodge

Day 15 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park

Transfer after breakfast to Nyungwe forest National Park 240km about 6 hours’ drive to the south of Gisenyi. The journey is quite interesting as it involves the drive along Lake Kivu and the landscapes that overlook it. The resort town of Kibuye is interesting to encounter. Continue on the drive to Nyungwe for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Nyungwe Hill Top View Lodge (Mid-range/ Standard) or Gisakura Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

Day 16 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do colobus monkey tracking & Nyungwe canopy walk.

Wake up for an early cup of tea before embarking on the colobus monkey tracking to encounter one of the most treasured primates with amazing body adornment.  Their black and white skin is one of those rare things that you will ever have. Enjoy the versatile form of these colobus monkeys allowing you to view for some prolonged time as they do not move so fast. Interestingly, Nyungwe has the largest grouping of colobus monkeys n the whole African continent about 400 members.  Return to the Lodge for relaxation and Lunch.  In the afternoon, embark on the Nyungwe Forest canopy walk, the third of its kind in Africa and the First of its kind in East Africa. The 90m long and 50m tall walking platform offers rewarding views of animals, birds, butterfly and great flora.

Accommodation: Spend an overnight at your lodge.

Day 17 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Kigali

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kigali city 268km about 6 hours’ drive without stops en route via the verdant country side that is shaped by hilly scenic views. You will make stops in Butare to visit the National Museum, visit the Kings palace in Nyanza and the Nyanza and Murambi genocide memorial sites.  You will have Lunch en route and arrive in Kigali in the evening.

Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Upmarket/Luxury), Hotel Chez Lando (midrange/standard) or Omurungo Hostel (Budget/Basic).

Day 18 of the 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do Kigali city tour.

Kigali – the capital of Rwanda is a lush city free of traffic and pollutant noise. It is a cozy environment that one may not expect in African cities. In its calmness, it has got rich heritage which is highly shaped by the effects of the 1994 genocide.  After breakfast, you will embark on the tour of this city visiting sites like the Gisozi genocide memorial, presidential Palace museum which was the home of the then president Juvenal Habyarimana who lost his dear life in a plane clash and the remains of FALCON 50 lay in the compound to justify this tragedy. The tour also exposes you to the Natural History Museum, craft centers in Kigali, Kigali down town, Hotel Des Milles Collines – the scene for the movie Hotel Rwanda among other Kigali city landscapes.

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Day 1 of the 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

After breakfast, embark on your 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla trekking safari by driving to Nyungwe Forest National Park – the home of chimpanzees in Rwanda. It is 268km about 6 hours’ drive from Kigali city. Driving to Nyungwe is not a mere journey but rather an amazing encounter in its self as you will come across great sights of Rwandan hills, make stop en route in Butare to visit the Nyanza Palace – the residence of the Kings of Rwanda, Butare National Museum featuring rich ethnography of Rwanda and Nyanza memorial site. Have Lunch en route and continue to arrive in Nyungwe Forest National Park in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Nyungwe Hill Top Hotel (Midrange/standard) or Gisakura Guest House (Budget/Basic).

Day 2 of the 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Chimp trekking & Canopy walk

Wake up for an early morning cup of coffee before embarking on Chimp trekking experience at 08:00am in the Forest of Nyungwe – Rwanda. The experience is quite rewarding as you see Chimps roll down the tree branches; munching fruits, young ones playing amidst their amazing sounds. Their playful and food gathering tactics will leave you in a state of marvel prompting you to fill your camera with amazing photos. During the chimp trekking, you will also come across other 12 primate species including the unique colobus monkey which will leave you with a true taste of nature. In the afternoon, embark on the Nyungwe Forest canopy walk, the third of its kind in Africa and the First of its kind in East Africa. The 90m long and 50m tall walking platform offers rewarding views of animals, birds, butterfly and great flora. The activity is coordinated at Uwinka Visitor Center and it is very rewarding.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 3 of the 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, embark on 284km journey about 8 hours’ drive to the gorilla trekking destination of Volcanoes National Park. You will be astonished by the amazing scenery en route including the farmed landscapes of Rwanda and the banks of Lake Kivu. You will have lunch en route and arrive in the evening for overnight.

Accommodation: Mount Gorilla View Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), La Palme Hotel (Midrange/standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget/Basic).

Day 4 of the 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do Gorilla trekking

Wake up for an early cup of coffee, before gathering at Kinigi Park Headquarters for briefing about the gorilla trekking activity at 08:00am always conducted by park rangers. This gives highlights about the dos and don’ts while trekking gorillas. After briefing, you will traverse the jungle in search of the splendid mountain gorillas in the company of the park ranger guide which stretches between 2 – 8 hours. You will walk through the luxuriant vegetation, climb raised gradients, ascend down the valleys before you encounter the great mountain gorillas as they munch their food and get astonished by the young gorillas playing and demonstrating their tactics which will prompt you to use up your camera space unknowingly. Your one hour with gorillas is done and return to the lodge for relaxation. You will embark on the visit to the splendid twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera in the evening.

Accommodation: You will spend your overnight at the previous lodge.

Day 5 of the 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This will involve crossing the Uganda boarder and driving along the impressive scenic landscapes of the Virunga Volcanoes. You will arrive in Bwindi (south) early for lunch for relaxation after which you will undertake a community walk to the Bakiga and Bafumbira communities that surround the area not forgetting the impressive short Batwa people who were formerly forest dwellers before they were evicted to pave way for conservation. Retire for overnight.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Valley Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Wagtail Eco-Safari Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 6 of the 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Undertake Gorilla trekking encounter in Bwindi.

Wake up very early to take breakfast before gathering for briefing and eventual gorilla trekking at the Park Headquarters in Rushaga. After short briefing, you will set off to the Impenetrable forest of Bwindi, very thick and sometimes hard to penetrate as its name suggest. Trekking gorillas in Bwindi- Uganda is quite challenging as it involves rugged terrain shaped by valleys and steep slopes. The jungle is very lively with rich forest sounds. It ranges between 2 – 8 hours’ to undertake the gorilla trekking activity. You have one hour encounter with gorillas which will lure you into irreversible excitement of gazing at these great apes as they imitate what you do, young ones playing on ground and in tree branches, the sight of the giant silverback and the way they feed all combine to exhaust the capacity of your camera film. You will return to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: You will spend an overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 7 of the 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Uganda – Queen Elizabeth National Park 309km.You will drive through the scenic landscapes of the Kigezi highlands and the eastern forested hills of Bwindi before approaching the savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Southern Ishasha sector offers impressive sights of tree climbing lions and if lucky you can spot some lying on a fig tree branch. Have a simple game drive as you proceed to your lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury/Upmarket), Enganzi Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget/Basic).

Day 8 of the 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do morning game drive and afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise

Depart at 06:00am to encounter the rewarding Queen Elizabeth National Park game drive through the Kasenyi tracks. This early departure gives you possibilities of seeing the early risers and the night hunters retreating to their hiding places including the rare leopard, side stripped jackal, hyena, and owls among others. The morning game drive will also give you a possibility to see herds of elephants, buffalos, pride of lions, warthogs and a range of antelopes. You will retire from the 3 – 4 hours game drive and embark to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, embark on the transfer to Mweya for Kazinga channel launch cruise that starts at 3pm lasting for two hours. You have opportunities of spotting hippos, Nile crocodiles, birds on the water shore and counts of wildlife like elephants and buffaloes drinking on the channel side. Retire for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge

Day 9 of the 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do Mount Rwenzori Hiking & drive to Kibale National Park.

Connect to Rwenzori Mountain 72km about 2 hours’ drive to embark on the whole day hiking encounter. The hiking encounter exposes you to raised landscapes of Mount Rwenzori offering impressive scenic views of the ridges and glaciers and the rift valley flats below. The activity is a whole day experience and upon return, you will transfer to Kibale National Park 135km about 3 hours’ drive for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Chimpanzee Guesthouse (Midrange/Standard) or Kibale Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 10 of the 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland walk

After breakfast, gather at Kanyanchu tourism center for briefing at 08:00am from the park rangers about the Chimp trekking conduct. Set off to this forest of Kibale after the short briefing in quest of Chimpanzees. The 2 – 5 hour trek will expose you amazing tree species and wildlife including other 12 species of primates like Colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, Red tailed monkeys and olive baboons. The sights of Birds cannot be avoided while their songs will offer you natural entertainment through the jungle. You will marvel at the Chimpanzees as the roll themselves on tree branches, munch fruits and make their pant – hooting calls. After utilizing your one hour, you will return to the starting point for relaxation and preparing for another activity. In the afternoon, you will visit the Bigodi wetland to encounter the swamp animals like Sitatunga and birds like Ruwenzori Turaco and an encounter with local people including the traditional healer.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 11 of the 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do Fort Portal Crater Lake hike, visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves, Mpanga Tea Estate cycling & transfer to Hoima.

After breakfast, drive through Fort Portal town and connect to Fort Portal Crater Lake Area for an amazing hiking encounter. Hike the famous hill of Kyeganywa that is surrounded by counts of crater lakes and crater hollows with impressive scenic views and the towering mountains of the moon at a distance. You will also visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves to encounter the breast like features of which the locals attach greatly to the Chwezi people. The Nyakasura falls of the seasonal Nyakasura River also offers rewarding experience. Return from this area and drive through Fort Portal town again to Mpanga tea estates for an active tea estate cycling and a visit to the tea factory. After this encounter, transfer to Hoima town for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Kontik Hotel / Kolping Hotel.

Day 12 of the 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park & visit the top of the falls.

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Murchison Falls National Park and upon arrival, you will visit the top of the falls to encounter the roaring Nile River which is the longest in the whole world squeezing itself to pass through less than 8m narrow gorge forming a plume of spray marked by a trade mark rain bow as it falls 43m below to what has been regarded as the Devil’s Cauldron. Retire for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Murchison River Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget/Basic).

Day 13 of the 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do game drive & Nile launch cruise

Wake up very early for a cup of coffee and then head to Paraa ferry crossing at 7:00am to the northern sector of the Park where game drives are carried out. The possible sights of various wildlife including; elephants, buffalo, Jackson hartebeest, Kobs, lion, leopard, giraffe among other wildlife will leave you with a taste of African savannah wilderness. The activity takes 3 – 4 hours after which you will return to the Paraa ferry crossing at 11:00am to go back to your lodge for relaxation and memory sharing. After your stimulating lunch, gather at the Paraa for an after boat cruise on the Nile at 02:00pm. This boat trip has got captains and guides who have cruised on this waters for years and will be glad to share with every piece of information that you would wish to gather on this trip including any bird species and wildlife both aquatic and land that might present its self. The shoebill stork can be luckily seen on this boat while the great sights of Nile crocodiles – the second largest reptile in the world and the Hippos would make up your trip up to the base of the falls. The boat takes 3 hours after which you will have marked the end of your day’s adventures.

Accommodation: You will spend an overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 14 of the 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Kampala & visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kampala 311km about 5 hours’ drive excluding stops en route. At Nakitoma, branch off from the main road for further 7km to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to undertake White Rhino tracking. Have an opportunity of encountering the only white Rhinos in Uganda. Continue on the drive to arrive in Kampala in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel (Upmarket/Luxury), Cassia Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Buziga Country Resort (Budget/Basic).

Day 15 of the 15 days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari: Encounter the source of River Nile – Jinja.

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Jinja the source of the Nile 80km from Kampala about 2 hours’ drive. You will enjoy the fresh air presented by Mabira forest en route with roadside forest views. Upon reaching Jinja – the adventure town of Uganda, you will enroll yourself for the white water rafting experience that will see you contain the strength of waters of the Nile as they splash through the rapids. You will also participate in the bungee jumping that will see you fall from the cliff to touch on the waters of the Nile 140ft below – one of the active adventures you will ever have. The relaxing boat cruise to the source of the Nile will take you to the point where John Speke, the first European to see the source of the world’s longest river stood. You will see the Nile starting it 90 days journey to the Mediterranean Sea. Retreat from this active adventure to Kampala in the evening.

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  • 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
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  • 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)

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  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
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  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
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The 18 Days Uganda Comprehensive Safari is an all round encounter of Uganda offering any Uganda Safari undertaker a complete experience of the Pearl of Africa. Read More

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8 Days Uganda Mountain Gorilla Safari

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10 days Uganda Gorilla Safari Holiday

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Safari Title : 18 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari
Safari Category : Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari, Chimpanzee tracking
Safari Class: Upmarket/Luxury, Mid-range/Standard, Budget/Basic
National Parks Featured: Volcanoes National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Major Safari Activities: Gorilla Trekking, chimp tracking, monkey tracking
Accommodation Rating : 2-5 Star
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Product Availability : All Year round

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