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Natural Heritage Safari of Uganda & Rwanda

Cultural tour & Safari of Uganda & Rwanda

Uganda and Rwanda has an abundance of natural heritage with rich biodiversity, flora, fauna, geological structures coupled with a large variety bird life. Very close to the Equator, we are at home of the last living spices of mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, Savanah elephants, white backed vultures and a lot more. Bwindi in Uganda, is home to half of the worlds’ mountain gorillas, now unfortunately, an endangered species. This is a unique safari tailored to give us the experience of gorilla viewing both in Uganda and Rwanda. This safari has been designed to offer two levels of accommodation and pricing.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Uganda - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Tour Information
Duration : 07 days
Minimum : 02 person
Maximum : 06 persons
Price (From) : US$ 3275
Includes international air
Day 01: Arrive Entebbe (UGANDA)
 
Day 02: Entebbe/Lake Mburo National Park (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 03: Lake Mburo National Park/Bwindi (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 04: Gorilla Tracking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
(B, L, D)
Day 05: Bwindi/Parc National des Volcans, Musanze (RWANDA)
(B, L, D)
Day 06: Volcanoes National Park – 2nd gorilla tracking
(B, L, D)
Day 07: Musanze/ Depart Kigali (Drive)
(B, L)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Entebbe (UGANDA)

Uganda is well connected with several airlines from Europe and other parts of Africa. The capital Kampala; however, the main airport is called Entebbe (EBB) located only 30Kms away. The original name of Uganda is (the kingdom of) Buganda with the most dominant tribe being Baganda and the most widely spoken language is called Luganda. Winston Churchill described Uganda as the “Pearl of Africa”.

Overnight: Option 1: Boma Guest House, Entebbe / Option 2: Hotel No.5, Entebbe (1 night)

Day 02: Entebbe/Lake Mburo National Park (Drive)

a young rhino in the national park

After breakfast, we head south to Lake Mburo National Park. The morning drive will take us into rural Uganda with its enchanting green scenery, seeing villages and meeting the local folks. After a freshly cooked lunch at a local restaurant we look out for imaginary line called, The Equator where we will a unique opportunity to check out the facts from the myths of what happens at the Equator. Definitely not to miss is taking a photo of yourself with one leg on the northern hemisphere and the other on the southern. At Lake Mburo National Park we go on our first game drive. It is the best place in the country to see the Eland Antelopes, Zebra, Topi, Impala, and Acacia. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of some 330 species of water birds. Evening, enjoy an optional guided safari walk.

Overnight: Option 1: Rwakobo Rock Lodge, Lake Mburo National Park / Option 2: Kigambira Lodge, Lake Mburo National Park (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 03: Lake Mburo National Park/Bwindi (Drive)

Another scenic and rural Uganda topography as we drive to the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Here we see beautiful scenery with terrace farming and villages where we will also meet the friendly villagers. Best known for its Mountain Gorillas, the Montane Forest also attracts spectacular birds. There are some 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the African Green Broadbill, Bar Tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species. Tonight, we take a good night’s rest to get ready for our first gorilla tracking activity scheduled for the next day.

Overnight: Option 1: Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, Bwindi / Option 2: Four Gorillas Lodge, Bwindi (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 04: Gorilla Tracking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

An exciting day ahead when at 0730AM we become part of small groups of no more than 8 persons. This will be a day of incredible experience and in the excitement do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorillas. The trek is considered to be one of the most exciting wildlife activities on earth. There are now around only 650 mountain gorillas in the world! The tracking may take between 2 to 6 hours and every moment is as exciting as the one before. Experienced and well-educated game park guides accompany us and interpret the flora, fauna and the lifestyles of the Gorillas. Afternoon, relax at the lodge or go for an optional Village walk returning to the lodge before dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 05: Bwindi/Parc National des Volcans, Musanze (RWANDA)

Gorilla in Volcano National Park

Today we bid kwaheri (goodbye in Swahili the common African language for both countries) and enter Rwanda – the land of chimps and gorillas. Whilst Uganda was under the British influences, Rwanda was part of the German East African domain. The impact of colonial past of different rulers can be easily noticed. Crossing over, we view beautiful scenery and terraced farming as we arrive at the famous Parc National des Volcans in the town of Musanze just in time for lunch. Afternoon is free for optional activities like walking around the valley, seeing the Ibyiwatu Cultural group performance where we can get to know about their culture, music, dance, drama and  hospitality. Dinner at our hotel. An early retirement to be ready for an early morning gorilla tracking the following day.

Overnight: Option 1: Davinci Lodge, Musanze / Option 2: Five Volcanoes Boutique Lodge, Musanze (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 06: Volcanoes National Park – 2nd gorilla tracking

Early morning wakeup call to be in time for our 2nd Gorilla tracking. Do not forget to take all necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorillas. This will be yet another day of one of the most exciting wildlife experiences - a never to be forgotten one. The vibrant birdcalls and squabbles of the golden monkeys in the forest will eventually bring us to the gorillas in their natural habitat.  Starring into the eyes of these gentle giants is a truly once in a lifetime experience. Our specialized guide explains us about flora, fauna and lifestyle of the Gorillas. Depending on how the sighting goes we return to our lodge after what will have been an incredible experience. Afternoon is free to relax. The region here is popular to trace the Golden Monkeys – an exciting optional activity that lasts about 2 hours. Or you may just laze around. (B, L, D)

Day 07: Musanze/ Depart Kigali (Drive)

Morning drive to Kigali the capital of Rwanda. This relatively short drive will give us sufficient time to explore Kigali – rated as the cleanest city in Africa. We start with a visit to the Genocide Museum which explains much about the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi people – the human toll was 250,000 plus lives lost. A visit to the interesting museum after which we visit the Caplaki Crafts Centre.  We end our tour with a late lunch at the famous Hotel Rwanda (now Hotel de Milles Collines) where over a thousand Tutsis were kept safe by Hotel Manager Paul Ruseesabagina (a Hutu himself) who gave protection to over a thousand Tutsis. This was well documented in the movie called, Hotel Rwanda and we will be right at the place there it all happened walking around the premises and admiring the humanitarian efforts that were put at very high personal risks. Later, we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight – must be after 5PM. (B, L)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

We accept payments in US$, CA$ as well as in other convertible currencies like EUR, AUD and GBP. Tour prices have been costed in US$. CA$ price shown below is an indicative amount reached at by using the conversion rate at the time of web posting and will be applicable if there is no change in the conversion rate. Should the currency conversion rate change, the US$ pricing will prevail. Bestway Tours & Safaris offers a conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

2022 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Aug 21, Sep 18, Oct 16 & Nov 13    
Hotel - Option 1 US$ 3275 US$ 330 -
Hotel - Option 2 US$ 3995 US$ 550 -
2023 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 22, Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 23, May 21, Jun 18, Jul 16, Aug 20, Sep 17, Oct 15 & Nov 12    
Hotel - Option 1 US$ 3450 US$ 330 -
Hotel - Option 2 US$ 4195 US$ 550 -
2022 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Aug 21, Sep 18, Oct 16 & Nov 13    
Hotel - Option 1 CA$ 4258 CA$ 429 -
Hotel - Option 2 CA$ 5194 CA$ 715 -
2023 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 22, Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 23, May 21, Jun 18, Jul 16, Aug 20, Sep 17, Oct 15 & Nov 12    
Hotel - Option 1 CA$ 4485 CA$ 429 -
Hotel - Option 2 CA$ 5454 CA$ 715 -


Notes

◆ Optional - for Golden Monkey tracking US$ 130 based on min 2 persons.
◆ For a private safari set exclusively for you and on your own dates add 5% to the tour costs given above.


Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 17 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Services of local English speaking guides cum drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums, sites & game parks included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • Any airfares
  • Visas and travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Gorilla trekking fees (currently at US$ 700 for Uganda and US$ 1500 for Rwanda - both subject to change)

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 06 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.

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