Uganda & Rwanda Highlights Safari

Duration: 21 Days / 20 Nights


Overview

Our 21 Day Uganda & Rwanda Highlights Safari trip brings you the best of Uganda and Rwanda:  where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 19 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

This trip specifically includes the most important and well known national parks of Uganda and Rwanda: Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Highlights

  • Game drives (safaris) on the savannahs of Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Park, with chances of seeing the wildlife from close quarters
  • Boat trip on the Nile to the Murchison Falls, where the Nile is forced through a gorge and drops 60 meters
  • Spectacular wildlife viewing from the boat on the Nile where it reaches the delta into Lake Albert
  • See the chimpanzees and 12 other monkey species in Kibale Forest
  • Experience the spectacular hot springs in Semuliki National Park
  • Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel with the biggest concentration of hippos and spectacular birds
  • Search for tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Meet the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park in Uganda, and/or Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda
  • Enjoy the silence and beautiful landscape in Uganda’s most beautiful lake, Lake Bunyonyi
  • Visit the local people and/or the pygmies and experience their local way of living
  • See the chimpanzees and 10 other monkey species in Nyungwe Forest

Places To Visit

Kampala, Uganda, Rwanda, Kigali, Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Departure Dates

Flexible and customizable for private departures.

When to Go

This safari circuit is best visited during the east African dry season, which spans roughly from June – October and January – February annually. In recent years, the dry seasons have been increasing in length due to the effects of climate change, so there is some flexibility with these months if necessary. During this period, guests will experience the best game viewing in the spare and dry bush. Furthermore, the climb through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest will be the most pleasant – and dry – during this time. While this is the high season for tourism, the parks visited are generally quiet year round and crowds will not be a major concern.

If however you have chosen this package in order to experience lush landscapes and rich birdlife – and do not mind sporadic daily rain showers – you may be happier during the rainy season.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Entebbe – Kampala

Arrival at EnteFBe airport. Your guide will be there waiting for you. Pick up and proceed to your accommodation.

Day 2: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park

Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. In Murchison Falls we visit the top of the falls if time allows. On our way we visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. This is the only place in Uganda where you can see the white Rhino.

Murchison Falls is one of the most beautiful national parks of Uganda. One of the main attractions is the Nile, with the spectacular Murchison Falls, where the whole Nile is forced through a narrow gorge and falls 60 meters. Expect to see elephants, giraffes, lions, hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and maybe leopards.

Included: Ziwa Sanctuary, visit top of the falls

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park

Early morning game drive in this beautiful national park. Afternoon boat ride on the Victoria Nile up to the bottom of the falls. The boat is the perfect platform to see and photograph many different bird species.

Included: game drive, boat trip

Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park – Hoima

Early morning game drive or optional boat trip on the Nile to the delta into Lake Albert or optional visit Budongo Forest for a jungle walk. In the afternoon we drive to Hoima town.

Included: game drive

Day 5: Hoima – Kibale Forest

After breakfast we drive to Kibale Forest. You can make a walk around the lodge in the afternoon. During this walk it is possible to see monkeys and birds. It is also possible to make a night walk through the forest to see the animals of the night, like bush babies (both activities optional).

Kibale Forest is a spectacular jungle, with 13 primate species! Including chimps, baboons, black and white colobus, red colobus, grey cheeked mangabey and L’Hoest monkey.

Day 6: Kibale Forest

Chimpanzee tracking in the morning or in the afternoon. For people interested in primates and birds and willing to make another walk we can make a community walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary as well. It is also possible to visit the local people or the crater lakes (optional).

Included: chimp tracking, Bigodi Swamp Walk

Day 7: Kibale Forest – Semuliki National Park

Visit one of the crater lakes. Afterwards transfer to Semuliki National Park. Visit the Sempaya Hot Springs in the afternoon.

Semuliki is a unique place and the only lowland jungle in East Africa, part of the Congo eco system.

Included: visit crater lake, visit hot springs

Day 8: Semuliki National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Transfer to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. On our way we pass the equator where we will make a stop. Game drive in the afternoon.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the best places in Uganda to see lions. Expect to see elephants, lions, many hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and maybe leopards.

Included: game drive

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Game drive in the morning. Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon.

The Kazinga Channel is one of the highlights of Uganda and has the highest concentration of hippos in the world.

Included: game drive, boat trip

Day 10: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha

After breakfast we drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Ishasha sector in the South. Game drive in the afternoon in search of the tree climbing lions.

In Ishasha there are 4 prides of lions that climb the trees. Unique in the world! The other attraction of Ishasha are the Topis, not found anywhere else in this National Park.

Included: game drives

Day 11: Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable

Today we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable. On our way we pass through interesting villages and have some breath taking views of the mountains.

Bwindi Impenetrable is a unique jungle, with many monkey species. Bwindi is one of the two places in the world where you can find Mountain Gorillas!

(Driving time depends on the area in Bwindi we stay).

Day 12: Bwindi Impenetrable

Gorilla tracking!!! Early morning departure with your ranger to search for one of the world’s most interesting and endangered animal, the Mountain Gorilla! You will spend one hour with one of our closest relatives. An experience you will never forget.

Day 13: Bwindi Impenetrable – Lake Bunyonyi

Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi; the deepest and most beautiful lake in Uganda.

Day 14: Lake Bunyonyi

Today you can relax on this beautiful island. It is also possible to make a nature walk, go for a birding walk, go for canoeing, take a swim or visit the local community (all activities optional).

Day 15: Lake Bunyonyi – Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda)

Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. It is possible to visit a pygmy village on the way (optional).

Volcanoes National Park is part of the Virunga Mountains, covering 3 countries: Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Together with Bwindi this is the only place in the world to see the Mountain Gorilla’s.

Day 16: Volcanoes National Park

Optional activities for today: Do a second gorilla tracking (must be booked in advance to be sure), visit the golden monkeys, make a nature walk in the national park, climb a volcano, visit Dian Fossey’s Grave, or visit the Twin Lakes, Lake Ruhondo and Lake Burera (all activities optional).

Day 17: Volcanoes National Park – Kibuye

Transfer to Kibuye by the shores of Lake Kivu. Relax at the shores of this beautiful lake. It is possible to make a walk along the lake or visit a vising village or make an optional boat trip on the lake.

Day 18: Kibuye – Nyungwe Forest

After breakfast we drive to Nyungwe Forest. Optional walk around the lodge to see monkeys and birds.

Nyungwe is one of East Africa’s largest forests. It is home to 13 primate species including chimpanzees. Other attractive monkeys to see: Angolan Black Colobus, Mona Monkey, Blue Monkey, L’Hoest Monkey and Owl Faced Monkey.

Day 19: Nyungwe Forest

Go for Chimpanzee tracking in the morning! See them feeding, walking around and swinging the trees. The chimpanzees are our closest relatives! During this walk you are also able to see other monkey species and birds. Optional visit of a tea factory in the afternoon.

Included: chimp tracking

Day 20: Nyungwe Forest

Today you can make the beautiful waterfall walk, search for monkeys (especially Angolan Black Colobus and Mona Monkey or do the canopy walk (all activities optional).

Day 21: Nyungwe Forest – Kigali

After breakfast transfer to Kigali Airport for your departure. City tour through Kigali if time allows.

Accommodation

Depending on the group of gorillas you will be tracking we will choose where to sleep in Bwindi. There are 4 areas for Gorilla tracking in Bwindi: Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga.

Lodges we use for Medium Budget:

  • Buhoma: Buhoma Haven Lodge (FB)
  • Ruhija: Gorilla Mist Camp (FB)
  • Nkuringo: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (FB)
  • Rushaga: Rushaga Gorilla Camp (FB)

Lodges we use for High Budget:

  • Buhoma: Mahogany Springs (FB)
  • Ruhija: Ruhija Gorilla Lodge (FB)
  • Nkuringo: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (FB)
  • Rushaga: Gorilla Safari Lodge (FB)

Price Includes:

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodations with meals mentioned
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Private 4×4 custom built safari vehicle with knowledgeable driver/guide and fuel
  • Entrance fees to the included National Parks
  • Activities mentioned as included

Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Passport/Visa fees. VISA’s are required for this country
  • Airport departure taxes if any
  • Drinks other then water with meals
  • Gratuities for driver, guides
  • Personal Expenses
  • Meals not listed

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