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Eleven Days Rwanda Uganda Safari
Availability : March 2024 to May 2026
Kigali International Airport, Rwanda
Uganda & Rwanda's best tourist destinations
Min Age : 16 +
Max People : 30
Tour Details

Touring Rwanda and Uganda is an exciting way to explore the diverse and beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and culture of East Africa. You can enjoy a variety of activities, such as gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, game drives, boat trips, rhino sanctuary visits, and cultural tours. You can also learn about the history and challenges of these two countries, and support local communities and conservation efforts. Touring Rwanda and Uganda is a rewarding and unforgettable experience that will leave you with lasting memories and impressions.

Departure & Return Location

Kigali International Airport, Rwanda

Departure Time

Pick-up on Arrival

Price Includes

  • Gorilla Permit + Chimp Permit + All Park Entry Fees
  • Gum Boots + Raincoat
  • English & French speaking Tour Guide
  • Porter service fee
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Free Wi-fi Internet
What to Expect

A safari in Rwanda and Uganda is a great way to experience the diversity and beauty of East Africa. You can see some of the most iconic wildlife, such as gorillas, chimpanzees, lions, elephants, and rhinos, in their natural habitats. You can also explore the stunning landscapes, from the lush rainforests and volcanoes to the savannahs and lakes. You can also learn about the rich culture and history of these two countries, and support the local communities and conservation efforts. A safari in Rwanda and Uganda is a rewarding and unforgettable adventure that will leave you with lasting memories and impressions.

  • Rwanda Francs and Uganda Shillings are the currencies used in the target destinations for this tour
  • Early Booking and Early Payment are recommended for this Tour
Itinerary

Day 1Arrive at Kigali International Airport + Pick-up

Arrival and transfer to Nyungwe national park, upon arrival at Kigali international airport on the first day of your 11 days Uganda Rwanda primates safari, you will be welcomed by our driver guide who will brief you about the safari and then start the journey to Nyungwe national park. The national park is located in north-western part of Rwanda and on the way you will have a stopover at the King’s Palace and Museum in Nyanza which formerly acted as the residence of Umwami Mutara III Rudahigwa. The King’s Palace is shaped like a beehive and offers views of long horned Inyambo cattle at the back which descended from the king’s heard and played an important role during ceremonies in honor of the King. During the tour at the museum in Nyanza you will view different collections of Africa’s tradition materials. After the tour at the king’s palace, you will have lunch and then proceed with the journey to Nyungwe national park, upon arrival you will check into the lodge, have dinner and overnight.

Day 2Chimpanzee trekking + canopy walk

Chimpanzee trekking, after an early breakfast on the second day of the 11 days Uganda Rwanda
primates safari you will meet up with your driver guide to transfer to the park headquarters for the
briefing about the rules and regulations of chimpanzee trekking. After the briefing you will be allocated
a chimpanzee family to trek and a park guide who will be sharing information about the chimpanzees as
well as conversant with trails in the forest. Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe national park takes about
30 minutes to 4 hours or even longer depending on where they are located because they like to move
from one place to another in search of food.
Once the chimpanzees are found you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural
habitat where you will be able to learn more about their lifestyle, habits, behaviors, watch them feed,
play, breastfeed, rest, hunt among others, take photos and record videos which gives you lifetime
experiences on the safari. After the one hour encounter with the chimpanzees you will trek back to the
park headquarters, meet up with your driver guide and drive back to the lodge for lunch.
Canopy walk, after lunch you will go for an interesting canopy walk which starts at Uwinka reception
centre which is also the park headquarters. The canopy walkway is 200meters in length, 90 m long and
Nyungwe national park is the only destination in East Africa offering this exciting activity. The canopy
walk activity was opened in 2010 and the bridge is 60m above the forest and goes through huge trees
across steep and deep valley filled with thick forest. The canopy walk takes about 2 hours and offers you
with spectacular views of the bird species, butterflies, primates like blue monkeys, l’hoest monkeys,
black and white colobus monkeys, tree species such as purple orchids among others. After the canopy
walk you will trek back to the starting point where you will meet up with your driver guide to drive back
to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3Transfer to Volcanoes national park

After breakfast on the third day of the 11 days Uganda Rwanda primates safari, you will check out of the
lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Volcanoes national park. You will have a
stopover at Lake Kivu where you will have great views of the lake, beautiful landscape, sunrise, bird
species among others along the lake shores. From Lake Kivu you will proceed with the journey to
Volcanoes national park with another stopover for en-route lunch and upon arrival you will check into
the lodge, have dinner and overnight.

Day 4Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park

Gorilla trekking, after an early breakfast on the fourth day of the 11 days Uganda Rwanda primates
safari you will carry packed lunch and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Kinigi park
headquarters for a briefing about the rules and regulations of gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking in
Volcanoes national park is done in a group of 8 people where each group is allocated a gorilla family to
trek and a park guide who is well conversant with trails in the forest.

Trekking of the mountain gorillas inthe park starts at 8:00 am and takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on the location of the gorillas. During trekking you will be able to view colorful bird species, animals, other primates like black and white colobus monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, plant species among others and once the gorillas are found you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. During the one hour with the mountain gorillas you will be able to learn about their lifestyle, behaviors, watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, breast feeding, take photos, record the moments to show people back home among others. After the one hour with the gorillas you will trek back to the park headquarters, meet up with your driver guide and transfer to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5Transfer to Uganda via Cyanika border to Queen Elizabeth National Park

On the fifth day of the 11 days Uganda Rwanda primates safari, you will have breakfast, check out of the
lodge and your driver guide will pick you up to transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park in
southwestern Uganda. The journey takes about 3 to 4 hours drive passing via Cyanika border in Kisoro or Katuna border in Kabale. On the way you will have en-route lunch and great views of the rolling hills in Rwanda, Kigezi hills, terraced farmlands, beautiful landscapes among others. Upon arrival you will check into the lodge, have dinner and overnight.

Day 6Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Gorilla trekking, after an early breakfast on the sixth day of the 11 days Uganda Rwanda primates safari,
you will carry packed lunch and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to the park headquarters for
a briefing about the gorilla trekking rules and regulations. After the briefing you will be grouped into 8
people where each group will be allocated a gorilla family to trek and park guide who is well conversant
with trails in the jungle. Grouping of individuals in Bwindi national park is done according to various
factors such age, physical fitness and personal preferences because gorilla trekking is strenuous
therefore in case you are not physically fit you are advised to communicate with your driver guide so
that you are allocated a gorilla family that is near to trek.
Gorilla trekking in the park takes 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on where the gorillas are located,
during trekking you will have spectacular views of the forest birds such as Rwenzori batis, handsome
francolin, animals like forest elephants, bush pigs, warthogs, primates like l’hoest monkeys, red tailed
monkeys, chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys among others. When the gorillas are found
you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity
to learn more about their lifestyle, behaviors, watch them carry out their daily activities, take photos
and record videos. After the face-to-face encounter with the gentle giants you will trek back to the park
headquarters where you will be awarded a certificate for participating in gorilla trekking, meet up with
your driver guide and transfer back to the lodge for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 7Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

After breakfast on the seventh day of the 11 days Uganda Rwanda primates tour, you will check out of
the lodge and your driver guide will pick you up to transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park which is the second largest protected area in Uganda. The journey takes about 2 to 3 hours drive and on your way you will pass via Ishasha sector where you will view the tree climbing lions lying up in the acacia, fig tree branches staring at the antelopes grazing in the open savannah plains. The tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector will be viewed during the game drive and they are believed to climb trees due to various reasons such as to escape heat from the ground, run away from biting insects like tsetse flies, to have a clear view of the prey among others. After the game drive in Ishasha sector you will go for lunch and then continue to Queen Elizabeth national park where you will check into the lodge, have dinner and overnight.

Day 8 Game drive /Lion tracking +afternoon boat cruise + transfer to Kibale National Park.

On the eighth day of the 11 days Uganda Rwanda primates tour, you will have an early breakfast and meet up with your driver guide to go for a morning game drive or lion tracking experience. The game drive is commonly done in Kasenyi plains during this interesting activity you should look out for animals like elephants, lions, leopards, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, bushbucks, warthogs, bird species like martial eagle, African skimmer, grey crowned crane, red throat spur fowl, yellow throated long crow among others. After the game drive you will drive to the lodge for lunch, after lunch you will go for an amazing boat cruise on Kazinga channel a water body that
joins Lake Edward and Lake George. The boat cruise is done in three schedules for example the morning scheduled boat cruise, the afternoon scheduled boat cruise and the evening scheduled boat cruise. Each scheduled boat ride takes about 2 to 3 hours and during the afternoon scheduled boat cruise you will be able to take beautiful pictures, have spectacular views of the landscape, fishermen organizing their fishing gears, view large concentrations of hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes among others along the water banks, aquatic birds like fish eagle, long tailed cormorants, spur winged plover, squacco heron, black crake, papyrus gonolek, African jacana among others. After the interesting boat ride you will meet up with your guide and transfer to the Kibale National Park for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 9Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk

Chimpanzee trekking, after an early breakfast on the ninth day of the 11 days Uganda Rwanda primates
tour your driver guide will pick you up from the lodge to transfer to Kanyachu visitors center for a
briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations of chimpanzee trekking. After the briefing you will be grouped into 6 people where each group will be allocated a chimpanzee family to trek, a park guide who is well conversant with trails in the forest and then start trekking. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale national park takes about 30 minutes to 4 hours or even longer depending on where the chimpanzees are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food.
During trekking you will be able to view different bird species, plant and tree species, animals like
elephants, buffaloes, bush pigs, warthogs, primates like vervet monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, red tailed
monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys among others. Once the chimpanzees are found you will be
able to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which helps you to watch them feed, breastfeed, hunt, play, rest, learn about their lifestyle, take photos and record the moments. After spending one hour with the chimpanzees you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will
meet up with your driver guide to transfer to the lodge for lunch.
Bigodi swamp walk, after lunch you will go for nature walk in Bigodi wetland a sanctuary that is
managed by community tourism initiative and has transformed the lives of people in Bigodi. During the
guided swamp walk you will pass through boardwalks, papyrus plants where you will be able to view
bird species like great blue turaco, barbets, hornbills, papyrus gonolek, weavers, plant and tree species,
primates like red tailed monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, black and white colobus
monkeys, baboons, animals like antelopes among others. After the swamp walk you will meet up with
your driver guide at the starting point and drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 10Transfer Back to Gisenyi, Rwanda + Lake Kivu & Sun set boat ride!

On this day, you will set off to Lake Kivu in Gisenyi town, through a scenic view of eastern province have
lunch on the way, you will take an evening sunset boat ride enjoying the view of islands, gas plant and
beautiful landscape around with visit to the hot springs, later when you return, have your dinner and overnight.

Day 11Transfer to Airport + End of Safari

Say your good-byes to the friendly hotel Staff, check-out, and embark for a transfer to Kigali International Airport, for your flight back home or to your next destination. We warmly welcome you to enjoy this 11-day tour of Uganda and Rwanda with us. Thanks for choosing us.

 

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