Overview:

The 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Adventure Vacation  Safari is designed to offer you a perfect encounter of gorillas, wildlife, scenery and culture in both Uganda and Rwanda. The safari takes you through Chimpanzee trekking experience in Kibale National Park, Wildlife encounters in Queen Elizabeth National Park including tree climbing lions, elephants, buffaloes, Antelopes among others, recreational launch cruise on the 45m long Kazinga channel amidst Hippos, water birds, wild game drinking on the channel side and Nile crocodiles, gorilla trekking encounters in Bwindi and Volcanoes National parks, recreational boat cruise on the lake of a thousand islands – Lake Bunyonyi, Batwa heritage encounters in Mgahinga gorilla National Park, Nyungwe canopy walk and the colobus monkey tracking.

Safari Highlight:

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale National Park & do crater lake hike

Day 2: Do Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi wetland encounter

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & visit the salt lake

Day 4: Do game drive & Kazinga channel launch cruise

Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & enjoy tree climbing lions en route

Day 6: Do gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 7: Encounter Lake Bunyonyi & transfer to Mgahinga National Park

Day 8: Do Batwa heritage trail & transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Day 9: Day 9: Do gorilla trekking

Day 10: Transfer to Nyungwe forest National Park

Day 11: Do Colobus Monkey tracking & Canopy walk

Day 12: Transfer back to Kigali city.

Description:

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale National Park & do Crater lake hike

Wake for an early breakfast after which you will transfer to Kibale National Park 358km about 7 hours’ drive. You will traverse the lush country side dotted with varying geographical landscapes including inselbergs, deep valleys, and steep sided hills among others with settlements of the local people. You will have lunch en route and upon reaching Fort Portal, you will continue to visit the Amabere caves and do Crater Lake hike. The Kyeganywa hill gives an impressive all round view of the crater lakes and hollows in the area and the sights of Mount Rwenzori at a distance. Retire for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Chimpanzee guesthouse (Midrange/standard) or Chimps nest (Budget/Basic).

Day 2: Do Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi wetland encounter

You gather at Kanyanchu tourism center to start up with short briefing about the Chimpanzee trekking conduct at 08:00am after which you will head to the forest of Kibale full of birds, 13 species of primate, amazing flora and fauna including forest elephants. The search is for the common chimpanzees – one of man’s closest relatives. Upon encountering them, you will marvel at their physical make up particularly the facial structure that is much correlated with that of man, their pant hooting calls, their playful tactics and the way they swing from branch to branch and from tree to tree that will lure you to use up your camera space unknowingly. The full one hour encounter will allow you maximize this experience. Return from this 2 – 5 hour activity and transfer to Bigodi wetland for eco-tour encounter. The community of Bigodi is gifted by a natural wetland with birds like Rwenzori Turaco, animals like Sitatunga and amazing flora which is greatly used in craft making which makes the Bigodi encounter rewarding. The visit to the local healer and a local school gives you the taste of the societal setting. Return to the lodge for dinner & overnight.

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

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & visit the salt lake

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 157km about 4 hours’ drive from Kibale. You will drive through the amazing scenic landscapes of Rwenzori Mountains rising above the snowline with Margarita peak standing at 5,109m above sea level. You will arrive in Queen Elizabeth early for lunch and short relaxation after which you will embark on the drive to the crater are to encounter the magical scenic offerings of the explosion craters that lie in form series surrounded by impressive terrain that is fancied by wildlife especially elephants. You can also use that evening to visit the salt lake (Katwe) to explore into the process of salt formation, extraction and processing. Retire for overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Enganzi Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Mama land Pumba Safari Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 4: Do game drive & Kazinga channel launch cruise

Wake up early enough to depart for a game drive at 06:00am to catch up with early risers and night hunters getting back to their hiding places including Hyenas, owls, side stripped jackals among others. You will drive through the Kasenyi tracks to enjoy the sights of wild game including elephants, lions, buffaloes, antelopes among others though they are not guaranteed. You will return from this 3 – 4 hour activity for relaxation and lunch after which you will gather at Mweya to catch up with the launch cruise on Kazinga Channel at 03:00pm. The 2 hour boat cruise will expose to a range of aquatic animals including Hippos and Nile Crocodiles which is the second largest reptile in the whole world. Wild game drinking on the channel side including elephants, Antelopes and buffaloes and abundant bird life will make your launch trip on the 45m long Kazinga channel memorable. Retire for relaxation and overnight.

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

Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & enjoy tree climbing lions en route

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will drive through Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth in search of tree climbing lions lying on short tree branches of Ishasha providing a perfect base to view these unique creatures other than any other wilderness. Continue on the drive to arrive in the south of Bwindi (Rushaga) 309km about 7hours 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 6: Do gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Wake up for an early breakfast before assembling at the park headquarters Rushaga for briefing about the gorilla trekking activity at 08:00am. The forest of Bwindi dates back from the prehistoric era and is one of the few remaining Afro montane forests in East Africa. Due to its surviving of the last ice age, it has a great bio-diversity concentration including the endangered mountain gorillas. Other great flora will give you company as you traverse the dense thicket famously known as impenetrable forest while wildlife crossings and bird songs will never leave you abandoned in this ancient forest. The trek is a bit strenuous due to rugged terrain that characterizes the area. One hour is availed to you upon encountering of these close to human apes that will leave you with real belief of human evolution theory. Return from the activity after which you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi 73km about 2 hours’ drive for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort (Upmarket/luxury), Arcadia Cottages (Midrange/standard) or Byoona Amagara (Budget/Basic).

Day 7: Encounter Lake Bunyonyi & transfer to Mgahinga National Park

After a relaxed breakfast, you will take a boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi to explore its 29 islands amidst great scenic views of the Kigezi highlands. The cozy boat on the lake of a thousand islands exposes you to unique flora and fauna including bird life. You can take a simple community tour to explore into the traditions of the Batwa forest people and the Bakiga that have inhabited the place for centuries past. Return from this recreational activity and embark on the transfer to Mgahinga National Park 80km about 2 ½ hours’ drive from Lake Bunyonyi. You will arrive in the evening for relaxation and overnight.

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

Day 8: Do Batwa heritage trail & transfer to Volcanoes National Park

After an early breakfast, embark on the Batwa heritage trail to explore the traditions of the Batwa people in detail. The Batwa were hunter gather forest people that dwelled in the ancient forests of East Africa for centuries and centuries ago. With the introduction of the protected area system, the Batwa people were evicted from their traditional homelands and left to suffer on the forest margins with little or no means of survival. In Mgahinga National Park, the Batwa had what can be termed as an epicenter of their tribe. The dwelled in the elevated slopes of Virunga ranges and the ancient caves like the Garama cave were considered as permanent palaces for congregation and tribal festivities. The trek through the forest with the Batwa themselves telling you about their techniques of survival, showing you edible roots, fruits and shrubs not forgetting traditional means of extracting wild honey before approaching the famous Garama cave where the Batwa women recite sorrowful songs remarking their history and legendary experiences, you will be emotionally and physically be lured to contend about the fate of this fading culture. The experience of the forest people is wholesomely rewarding. You will return from 6 – 7 hour activity for lunch after which you will embark on the transfer to Volcanoes National Park 68km about 3 hours for relaxation and overnight.

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

Day 9: Day 9: Do gorilla trekking

Gather at the park Headquarters Kinigi after breakfast at 08:00am for briefing by the park rangers about the conduct of gorilla trekking activity. You will set off following the set trails to the lush volcanic forest full of birds, abundant flora, fauna including golden monkeys, elusive elephants and buffaloes and scenic sights of the volcanic peaks seen through the forest gaps. The trek involves great hiking through the varying terrain which makes it an attraction in its self. The moment of coming across the critically endangered mountain gorillas is a hilarious encounter that will take your strenuous hiking fatigue to rest and concentrate on optical nutrition and satisfying the inner desires. The memories of this experience will be kept in spirit and in the range of photos that your camera is able to contain. The guides are knowledgeable to exhaust your longstanding queries about the gorillas. You have one full hour to maximize your encounter. You will have picnic lunch and then return to the starting point to mark the end of this gorilla trekking encounter after which you go to the lode for relaxation and overnight.

Trekking duration: 2 – 8 hours

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

Day 10: Transfer to Nyungwe forest National Park

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Nyungwe forest National Park in the south west of Rwanda 338km about 9 hours’ drive from Volcanoes National Park. You will drive through the rewarding scenic views of Lake Kivu and the resort towns of Gisenyi and Kibuye. You have lunch en route and continue to arrive in Nyungwe in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Nyungwe Hill Top Hotel (Midrange/Standard) or Gisakura guest house (Budget/Basic).

Day 11: Do Colobus Monkey tracking & Canopy walk

After breakfast, embark on the colobus monkey tracking in the forest of Nyungwe. Colobus Monkeys are primate species and dwell mostly in the forested areas of Africa famously known for their unique skin coat that is designed in white and black attire. Nyungwe forest has the largest grouping of colobus monkeys in Africa. You will enjoy the sights of these species for one hour before returning to the lodge for relaxation and lunch after which you will embark on the famous Nyungwe canopy walk the first of its kind in East Africa and the third in Africa. The 90m long and 40m high Nyungwe canopy takes 1 – 2 hours to accomplish amidst various bird sights, primates like monkeys and the lush canopy of this mountain forest. You will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

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

Day 12: Transfer back to Kigali city.

After a relaxed breakfast, embark on the transfer back to Kigali city 268km about 6 hours’ drive. You can pass by the Nyanza palace and the ethnographic Museum in Butare to experience the culture and heritage of Rwanda. You will also have lunch in Butare before continuing on the journey to arrive in Kigali city in the afternoon.

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