The East African countries of Uganda and the Rwanda are known the world over for their natural heritage with well maintained national game parks, wildlife, ornithology as well as an intact African culture. Amongst the most interesting attractions Uganda and Rwanda offer is viewing the gorillas, often at a very close range. This 07 days artistically designed itinerary traces the natural heritage of both these countries including visits to several national parks, rain forests, exciting activities like gorilla viewing, game safaris, etc. This safari may be combined with our other East and Southern African safaris as well as journeys to Ethiopia.
|UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour|
|1.||Uganda - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park|
|Tour Duration||:||07 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||01 person|
|Max. Tour Size||:||06 persons|
|Includes international air|
|Tour Price (from)||:||US$|
Day 01: Arrival Entebbe/Kampala (Drive 43 Kms/1 ½ hour) (UGANDA)
Upon arrival at Uganda’s main airport, we are warmly welcomed and transferred to the commercial city of Kampala some 42Kms away. Subject to time being available an optional tour of Kampala will be provided.
Overnight: Lake Victoria Serena Resort, Kampala (1 night)
Day 02: Kampala/Bwindi National Park (Southern part) (Drive 475 Kms/7 hours)
After a drive-through tour of Kampala we drive through the countryside to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park*. Located in south-western Uganda, at the junction of the plain and mountain forests, Bwindi Park is known for its exceptional biodiversity and is the habitat of over 90 mammal species, a range of primates, including the world-famous mountain gorillas, as well as 23 Albertine Rift endemic bird species, including the African Green Broadbill and the Bar Tailed Trogon. On the way we visit the Royal Drum makers, to see how traditional African drums are made, stop at the Equator to stand in both, the Northern and Southern hemispheres simultaneously and also visit local villages and meet the local folks, arriving at Bwindi in time for our evening meal.
Overnight: Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge, Bwindi National Park (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 03: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - First gorilla viewing
This morning we are set for an exciting day as we head out for our first gorilla viewing. We hike through the thick, verdant, rainforest to viewing the gorillas in their natural habitat. This is truly an amazing and an unforgettable experience. Actual trek times vary, depending on where the gorillas will be. Usually this excursion can take between 4 to 6 hours. Should you not participate in this excursion, you will not need to pay the Uganda gorilla-viewing fee. In this case you may partake of several optional activities, such as exploring the Batwa Trail, where the local tribe demonstrate hunting techniques, gather honey, point out medicinal plants and demonstrate us how to make bamboo cups, visit Ngarama Caves or see tribal traditional dances. (B, L, D)
Day 04: Bwindi National Park/Parc National des Volcans (Drive 159 Kms/4 hours) (RWANDA)
We drive to the Uganda/Rwanda border and after the formalities we drive to Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans), which lies in northwestern Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The national park is known as a haven for the mountain gorilla. It is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga, which are covered in rainforest and bamboo. The park was the base for the zoologist Dian Fossey. We relax in the afternoon in preparation for an early morning rise for our next gorilla viewing experience. The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is a new mid-range lodge in the area and is ideally located for gorilla viewing excursions in Rwanda.
Overnight: The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Ruhengere (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 05: Parc National des Volcans - Second gorilla viewing
Today we go on our second gorilla viewing trek, Volcanoes National Park is the definitive location in Africa to look for the rare mountain gorilla and also a great place to encounter golden monkeys. Trekking here involves less walking and is less strenuous than at trekking in Bwindi. An encounter with these beautiful creatures, which despite their size are remarkably nonaggressive, is a magical experience that is absolutely worth the price. In the evening we have the option to be entertained by the Ibyiwatu Cultural group to learn about Rwandan culture, music, dance, and drama or visit the twin lakes. (B, L, D)
Day 06: Ruhengere/Kigali (Drive 100 Kms/2 hours)
The safari portion of tour comes to a close as we drive to Kigali, Rwanda’s capital through the foothills of the Virunga mountain range. Upon arrival we explore the city, visiting the Genocide Museum and the Caplaki Crafts Center. Time permitting we also visit the Mille Collins Hotel made famous by the movie, Hotel Rwanda. We are then transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Lemigo Hotel, Kigali (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 07: Kigali/Departure
After a wonderful experience of seeing and experiencing the heritage of Uganda and Rwanda, we are transferred to the airport. This journey can be ideally combined with our Kenya-Tanzania, Ethiopia and Southern African tours and safaris. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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|Departure(s)||Per Person on Twin Sharing||Single Room Supplement||Solo Person Rate|
|2017||US$ 2755||US$ 345||US$ 4450|
|For the same safari done on your own dates or for a private safari please add US$ 250 per person|
Due to the limited number of gorilla viewing permits being issued, this tour has been tailored in a way that we have two opportunities of gorilla viewings in two different settings - Uganda and/or Rwanda. You may take one or both gorilla safaris. Cost of gorilla permits for each location has been indicated above.
Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)
This tour operates on a minimum of 01 and a maximum of 06 participants
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