The East African countries of Uganda and Rwanda are known for their natural heritage. Both not only offer wildlife sightings very different from their neighbours, but also a unique cultural experience that is the envy of other African countries. Uganda has 10 national game parks, including Lake Mburo and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks, which hosts the largest population of gorillas in the world, a highlight of African safari trips. Rwanda, also famous for gorillas, is home to the quirky golden monkeys. This artistically designed safari provides a rare opportunity to see some of the world’s most unique endangered primates.
|UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour|
|1.||Uganda - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park|
|Price (From)||:||US$ 3190|
|Includes international air|
Day 01: Arrive Entebbe (UGANDA)
Our exciting safari begins. We are cordially welcomed at Entebbe – an international airport city and the gateway for tours to Uganda. The capital of Uganda is Kampala, Entebbe’s sister city located a 90 minutes drive.
Overnight: Best Western Hotel or upgrade to Serena Kivu, Lake victoria Hotel (1 night)
Day 02: Entebbe/Lake Mburo National Park (Drive)
After breakfast, we head south to Lake Mburo National park. Enjoy the enchanting green scenery, stop at villages, meet the local folks before we stop for lunch. The next stop is on the 25,000 miles longimaginary line called Equator. Check out the fact from the myths of what happens at the Equator but definitely a photo of yourself with one leg on the northern and the other on the southern hemispheres. As we arrive at the Lake Mburo National Park we take a game drive. It is the best place in the country to see Eland Antelope, Zebra, Topi, Impala, and Acacia. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of around 332 species of water birds, while fringing swamps hide black and yellow papyrus gonalek.
Overnight: Rwakobo Rock Lodge or upgrade to Mihingo Lodge (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 03: Lake Mburo/Bwindi (northern sector) (Drive)
After breakfast, we take another scenic drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park*. The ancient rainforest of Bwindi spans 331 sq. km and boasts 120 mammal species, the famed mountain gorillas, a range of primates, as well as 23 Albertine Rift endemic bird species, includingthe African Green Broadbill, the Bar Tailed Trogon etc. We will be travelling through the lovely countryside with beautiful terraced hills of Uganda and arrive Bwindi. Bwindi is best known for the largest collection of gorillas with some 9 groups of families habituating there. Dinner at our lodge.
Overnight: Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge or upgrade to Mahogany Springs Lodge, Bwindi (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 04: BWINDI
The awaited day! Optional Gorilla tracking – the Ugandan experience. A captivating, unforgettable activity. We start at 0730AM in small groups of no more than 8 people, accompanied by a forest expert. Hiking through the thick, verdant rainforest, we eventually come across the gorillas in their natural habitat. It is an amazing site and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Actual trek times can vary as gorillas wander from one part of the park to another, but our forest expert will have a way to narrow down the search. Only 104 gorilla-viewing permits are issued for any given day. Afternoon is free to enjoy the many optional activities that are unique to Bwindi, like a village walk or a waterfall hike. (B, L, D)
Day 05: BWINDI/RUHENGERI (RWANDA) (DRIVE)
We bid farewell to the Pearl of Africa, as Winston Churchill called Uganda, and cross the border to Rwanda. Border formalities and within no time we are at the Parc National des Volcans. Here you have a choice to either do another gorilla tracking or encounter the golden monkeys. The park located close to the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is another country that boats gorillas.
Overnight: Davinci Lodge or upgrade to Five Volcanoes Boutique Lodge, Ruhengeri (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 06: Ruhengeri
Optional Gorilla tracking – the Rwandan experience. Morning is the time for another exciting round of gorilla tracking. Seven gorilla families reside at the Volcanoes National Park. It is an early start at 0700AM with a local African forest expert who will guide you through the morning. Group size here is also limited to 8 with no more than 80 permits being issued each day. There is an element of hiking on relatively easy terrain. The adventure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on how soon you see the gorillas.
Afternoon is free for optional activities, such as seeing the golden monkeys, visiting the grave of Dian Fossey, the American primatologist and conservationist known for undertaking an extensive study of mountain gorilla groups over a period of 18 years or being entertained at the Ibyiwatu Cultural group with local dances and learning more about the Rwandan culture, music, dance and drama, or visiting the twin lakes, before returning to the lodge in the evening. Each of the above optional tours cost US$ 130 per person based on a minimum of 2 persons. (B, L, D)
Day 07: Ruhengeri/Depart Kigali (Drive)
Enjoy the rural scenery and rolling green hills of Rwanda as we drive via the base of the magnificent volcanoes of the Virunga mountain range. Arrive at the capital city late morning and embark on a city tour of Kigali. Our tour will include the Genocide Museum and the Capital Crafts Center. Our exciting Natural Heritage Safari of Uganda and Rwanda comes to an end as we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. (B, L)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Departure Dates & Prices
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Gorilla tracking permits are limited in both countries. It is therefore advisable that these are secured at the earliest. Once tour is confirmed, we make necessary arrangements of pre purchasing these based on your choice of where you would like to do the tracking. Effective July 01, 2020 Uganda is increasing the per person permit fees to as follows:
- Gorilla fees USD 700
- Golden Monkey (Mgahinga) USD 100
- Chimpanzee (Kabila) USD 200
- Chimp Habituation (Kibale) USD 200
* Book six months in advance and as a party of 4 and each person gets free gorilla permits for the Uganda portion valued at $ 600 per person. This offer valid 31st May, 2020
This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 06 participants
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