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AVU 029 Uganda Rwanda Safari (16 Days)

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Tour Overview
InquireThis is one the most hilarious safari that enables you to enjoy a great travel experience, wonderful dinning and serene overnights as you explore Uganda’s largest park boasting abundant wildlife and the world’s strongest waterfall –the Murchison Falls on the great River Nile.  Proceed to Kibale National Park famous for the world’s highest concentration of primates to see man’s closest relative – the chimpanzee, then continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park – the world’s most biodiversity wildlife sanctuary featuring climbing lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, lots of small game and rare birds; and mostly be highly inspired by the sight of the giant mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP.

Then cross to Rwanda, another land of hills and beautiful scenery. Transfer to Volcanoes National Park the most popular park in Rwanda well known for Gorilla Tracking. Continue to other places in Rwanda like Gisenyi, Lake Kivu and other interesting places. Then head back to Uganda, visit Lake Mburo National Park, the park enclosed by lakes which harbor very many bird species .proceed to the source of the Nile, the longest river in the world, and also visit other interesting places like; Kalagala falls and Mabira forests.

Tour Highlights

DAY 1: Arrival, Kampala, city tour
DAY 2: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park
DAY 3: Murchison Falls Park; Game drive, Launch Cruise
DAY 4: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park
DAY 3: Chimpanzee Trekking:
DAY 4: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
DAY 7: Forest Walk, Primates Tracking
DAY 8: Drive through Ishasha to Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest National Park
DAY 9: Gorilla Tracking
DAY 10: Cross to Rwanda
DAY 11:  volcanoes national park (Parc National des Volcans) Gorilla Tracking
DAY 12: Rwanda; Hiking, city tour, and boat ride
DAY 13: Travel back to Uganda and then Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
DAY 14: Game Drive, Boat Trip
DAY 15: Travel to Jinja; Source of the Nile in Jinja
DAY 16: Return to Kampala

Detailed Itinerary:

InquireDAY 1: Arrival, City Tour
Our Tour Company representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your proposed accommodation site in Kampala, depending on the time of arrival. If your flight arrives in the morning, you’re advised to exchange money into Ugandan Shillings for use on the safari. Make urban trips to some of Kampala’s historical sites with the help of our driver/guide. This can be done in places like; Kasubi Tombs, Wamala tombs, Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, Museums, Bahia temple and craft shops, around town like on Bombo road name it.
Accommodation: Kampala Serena Hotel or Sheraton Kampala Hotel or Cassia Lodge or The Lodge Kampala
Meal Plan: Full Board.

DAY 2: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park:
Beginning with a panoramic drive Northwest through the famous Luwero Triangle and Masindi Town, Stopover at Masindi hotel for lunch. Proceed to Murchison via Budongo forest, The Western Arm of the East African Rift valley and Lake Albert. Relax a bit at a situated site atop the spectacular fall where and see the Nile’s perfected beauty and marvel as it compresses and squeezes itself from over 1 kilometer wide down through a 7-meter canyon. The 150-meter drop of the falls creates a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow in a plume of spray – the best thing to ever happen to the Nile. Finally, enjoy the sunset as you return to the superb comfort and service of;
Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge or Pakuba Lodge or Bwana Tembo Lodge or Red Chilli Tented Camp
Travel Time: about 6 Hours.
Meal Plan: Full Board.

DAY 3: Murchison Falls Park Game drive, Launch Cruise:
InquireAfter a cup of tea, then embark on an early morning game drive on the northern bank where the guide will help spot elephants, lions, cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffes, hartebeests, waterbucks, oribis, bushbucks, bohor reed bucks, hyenas, and if you’re lucky, leopards. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Relax at the swimming pool side. After lunch, go for a safari upstream by boat to the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the falls just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron.” There marvel at toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17-kilometer stretch you may also see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda kobs. This is also the habitat of many bird species including goliath herons, Egyptian geese, pelican bee-eaters, kingfishers, Hornbills, cormorants and the rare shoebill stork. After taking shots of the photogenic Murchison Falls return for dinner and an overnight stay at;
Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge or Pakuba Lodge or Bwana Tembo Lodge or Red Chilli Tented Camp
Travel time: about 6 hours
Meal Plan: Full Board.

DAY 4: Travel to Kibale National Park:
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We ensure that you carry along your packed breakfast and lunch drive via the Albertaine Escarpment of the western Rift valley on the Masindi-Hoima-Fort portal road. This will be an all-day drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal, passing though verdant countryside and traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the Fabled “Mountains of the Moon”.
Accommodations: Ndali Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge or Primates Lodge or Chimpanzee Guest House
Meal Plan: Full Board
Travel time: about 9 hours

DAY 5: Chimpanzee Tracking:
The activity starts at 8.00 a.m. in the morning. Spend the entire morning searching for chimpanzees and other primates including phoestes, Red-Colobus, Blues, Red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabeys swinging through the dense forest and birds, butterflies and many small insects .The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest’s fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters. A visit to Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site is amazing, as we shall encounter rare and beautiful flora and fauna.
Accommodation: Ndali Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge or Primates Lodge or Chimpanzee Guest House
Meal Plan: Full Board.

DAY 6: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park:
After an early Breakfast, proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. A game drive en-route will reward you with impressive views of waterbucks, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and a variety of Antelope species. Arrive early for lunch at are preferred lodge. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge or Enganzi Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board.
Travel time: about 4 hours

DAY 7: Forest Walk, Primates Tracking:
After a cup of coffee, with a packed breakfast drive to Kyambura gorge for a forest walk to look for the habituated chimpanzees and other primates. Expect also the hyena, giant forest hog, and lion. The rangers will provide walking sticks if you need one. After trekking, drive back to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, go Sightseeing around the crater lakes region set deep into the volcanic creators and Baboon cliff is a wonderful memorable experience. Visit Lake Katwe to experience local methods of salt mining as well. Have an e.vening game drive as you return to the lodge.
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge or Enganzi Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board.

DAY 8: Drive through Ishasha to Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest National Park:
After a cup of coffee embark on an early morning game drive along Kasenyi track and Queens mile in the park and expect to see Lions, Elephants, cape buffalo, Warthogs, leopard, hyena, mongoose, waterbucks, Kobs, and lots many small animals and birds. After the game drive, proceed to Bwindi via Maramagambo and Ishasha sector. Drive  along the road via Ishasha sector, animals such as the waterbucks, elephant, antelopes, buffalo, Kobs, can be seen along the road. Relax around the homestead and sightseeing to visit the local community-Batwa and enjoy the local traditional dance.
Accommodation:
Mahogany Springs or Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge or Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas
Travel time: About 6 Hours
Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 9: Gorilla Tracking:
There is an early morning entry into a gorilla sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular as it offers a dramatic, heavily forested and dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for tourists. Recorded mammals here include the endangered mountain gorilla, the rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephants, black-fronted duikers, bushbucks, leopards, giant forest hogs as well as other animals. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time with and observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other.
Accommodation:
Mahogany Springs or Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge or Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas
Meal Plan: Full Board.

DAY10: Cross to Rwanda:
Take breakfast before making a scenic journey to Rwanda through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills with terraced landscape. Drive through the winding road and terraced landscape and reach Kisoro for lunch and then drive to Uganda/Rwanda border and cross to Rwanda.
Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge or Kinigi Guest House
Travel time: About: 7 hours
Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 11: Volcanoes National park (Parc National des Volcans Gorilla Tracking):
Wake up very early in the morning. Have an early briefing before the gorilla tracking starts at 9:00am.Border and cross to Rwanda.
Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge or Kinigi Guest House
Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 12: Other activities and places in Rwanda
After breakfast, you will visit giseny or go to muhavura volcanoes for mountain climbing or to Lake Kivu for boat ride. You may also opt to tour around Kigali city and look at its beautiful scenery
Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge or Kinigi Guest House
Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 13: Travel Uganda and then transfer to Lake Mburo National Park:
After an early breakfast, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park; lunch en route and enter the Park through the Nshara Gate.
Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge or Mantana Tented Camp or Arcadia Cottages or Rwakobo Rock
Travel Time: About: 4 hours
Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 14: Game Drive, Boat Trip:
The morning game drive will take you along the lakeshore track, and with its own system of game trails and cleared walkways, the “Kigambara Loop” offers interesting guided lakeside walks. Here you can find herds of zebra, cape buffalo and eland, and Pribi and topi are easy to approach. Along with the game drive, many visitors also enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo and self-guided nature trails. Bird watches will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo NP including Papyrus Gonoleks, Brown-faced Lapwings, Carruther’s Cisticolas, the extraordinary White winged Warbler and Bare-Faced Go-away bird.

After lunch, then drive back to Kampala stopping at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers. Here you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through generations. There will also be time to stop at the equator for photographs and you will arrive in Kampala in the evening.
Accommodation: Kampala Serena Hotel or Sheraton Kampala Hotel or Cassia Lodge or The Lodge Kampala
Travel Time: About 4 Hours.
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast.

DAY 15: Visit the Source of the Nile in Jinja:
After breakfast, drive to Jinja for whitewater rafting at Kagala Falls which very wonderful experience since you enjoy it both sentimentally by viewing the falls and physiologically by engaging in rafting. In the afternoon you will visit the source of the Nile for boat ride and historical myth about it.
Accommodation: Wild waters Lodge or Gately on the Nile Lodge or Source of the Nile Hotel or Hotel Triangle, Sunset Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 16: Return to Kampala
After breakfast, you will visit The Mabira Forest which is one of the largest forests in Uganda for nature walk. Then return to Kampala. After lunch, be transferred to Entebbe AirPort for departure.
Meal Plan: lunch

End of Uganda-Rwanda Super Safari (16 Days)

 The Safari Package Covers:

  • Park Entrance Fees.
  • Chimpanzee Permit
  • Nature Walk
  • Rafting
  • Mountain climbing.
  • Game Drives
  • Boat Ride
  • Gorilla Permits
  • Ferry Crossing
  • Park Ranger Fees.
  • Relevant Government Taxes.
  • Two hour Launch Cruises along the Nile and along Kazinga Channel.
  • Full Board Accommodation (12 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
  • Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Airport transfers, provide you are departing on the day your safari ends

Safari Exclusions:         

  • Airfares
  • Visa Fees
  • Expenses of personal nature such as; personal insurance, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities

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