8 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Safari

Overview

The 8 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Safari takes you through the impressive countryside landscapes of Uganda and Rwanda providing a perfect escape from the daily bustling life that most people are always accustomed to. The safari incorporates double gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda in the respective parks of Volcanoes and Bwindi, golden Monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, recreational boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi and rewarding wild game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park including the tree climbing lions, elephants, Buffaloes among others not forgetting the aquatics of the Kazinga Channel namely the Hippos and the Nile Crocodiles.

Safari Highlight

Day 1: Drive to Volcanoes National Park & explore the Musaze Caves

Day 2: Undertake gorilla trekking & drive to Uganda (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park)

Day 3: Undertake golden Monkey tracking & drive to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 4: Undertake a sun rise boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi & drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 5: Undertake gorilla trekking & Batwa Community tour in the evening

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do a game drive en route in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions

Day 7: Do morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

Day 8: Transfer back to Kigali Rwanda

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Volcanoes National Park & explore the Musaze Caves

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After breakfast at your place of abode in Kigali city, embark on the drive to Volcanoes National Park in the north west of Rwanda 116km about 3 hours’ drive passing through her hilly landscapes of Rwanda that have earned her a dub as the land of a thousand hills. You arrive in Ruhengeri in time for lunch after which you embark on the exploration of the ancient Musaze Caves. The caves of Musaze date back to 65million years ago when the lava was flowing the Virunga Volcanizes. The caves stretch to 2km inside and their exploration last about 3 hours. You will retreat in the evening to the lodge for relaxation, dinner an overnight.

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Hotel (Luxury/upmarket), Lapalme Hotel (Midrange/standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget/basic)

Day 2: Undertake gorilla trekking & drive to Uganda (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park)

Gather at Volcanoes National Park headquarters Kinigi after breakfast at your place of stay to catch up with briefing at 8am local time. If you arrive early before, you have an opportunity to attend to the impressive Kinyarwanda dance performance and drinking a hot cup of Rwandan coffee till the briefing time. You attend to briefing our respective gorilla groups allocated to you on spot and then embark on the drive to trail heads of each gorilla family. You head to the slopes of the volcanoes in search of these critically endangered apes. You have one hour with them gain at them as they forage, socialize and the silverback demonstrating its manhood. The encounter tends to last 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements and the gorilla family allocated to you. Retreat from the activity and cross to Uganda for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

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

Day 3: Undertake golden Monkey tracking & drive to Lake Bunyonyi

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Gather at the Park headquarter Mgahinga for briefing at 8am after which you head to the forest in search of the golden monkeys. The golden Monkeys are considered as critically endangered world over and are known to be thriving in the Virunga massif. The hike through the forested landscapes of the Volcanoes gives you an opportunity to explore the impressive flora and fauna not forgetting counts of birds and amazing sceneries of the Volcanoes. The golden monkeys tend to dwell in the Bamboo zone and the encounter tends to last 4 hours.  You retreat from the activity and embark on the drive to Lake Bunyonyi driving through impressive Kisoro – Kabale Road with magical scenic views. Arrive in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Lake Bunyonyi Eco – resort (Midrange/Standard) or Byoona Amagara Island Retreat (Budget/Basic).

Day 4: Undertake a sun rise boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi & drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Undertake a recreational boat cruise after a relaxed breakfast to explore the lake of a thousand Islands. You cruise amidst the scenic Kigezi Highlands and the views of a range of Islands that are within the lake. Lake Bunyonyi has 29 Islands. You retreat from 4 - 5 hour activity and retreat to the lodge for lunch after which you embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 5: Undertake gorilla trekking & Batwa Community tour in the evening

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After breakfast, gather at the respective park headquarters for a rewarding gorilla trekking encounter in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi dubbed the impenetrable. You attend to the briefing at 8am after which you head to the mist following your respective gorilla family trails in the company of the ranger guide and a group of 8 gorilla trekkers walking through their challenging hilly landscapes marked with dense undergrowth and mature trees. You eventually come across the critically endangered mountain gorillas thriving in their natural habitat. The one hour is available for you to maximize the experience where you can photo as well. The trekking encounter tend to last 2 – 8 hours after which you retreat from the activity and retreat to the lodge for relaxation. In the evening, you explore the Batwa people which are known to be among the last groups of short people in the world. The Batwa are shorter than an average person and have got impressive traditions that are worth exploring. You attend to their cultural performances and retreat from the activity for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do a game drive en route in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions

Embark on the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the north of Bwindi. You will drive through impressive rural landscapes of Kihihi and Kanungu before arriving in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park named Ishasha. You undertake a game drive in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions that tend to lie on fig tree branches overlooking their prey in the plains. Continue on the drive to the upper part of the park for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket / Luxury), Enganzi Game Lodge (Midrange / Standard) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget / Basic).

Day 7: Do morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

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Drive to the rolling plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park with its extensive savannah grassland for amazing game viewing experience after breakfast. The drive through the Kasenyi tracks enables you to explore a range of game including the elephants, lions, buffaloes, leopards, water bucks, side stripped jackals among other species. The activity tends to last 3 – hours after which you will return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, you gather at Mweya jetty for an afternoon boat cruise starting at 2pm for Marasa and 3pm for UWA with the interval of 2hours to make a round trip for another turn. The encounter offers you opportunity of encountering the Nile crocodiles, the Hippos and water birds along the channel. The wild game also tends to come to the channel shores to quench their thirst. Retreat from that and do a game drive along the channel track as you connect to the lodge for overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket / Luxury), Enganzi Game Lodge (Midrange / Standard) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget / Basic).

Day 8: Transfer back to Kigali Rwanda

After breakfast embark on the transfer back to Kigali. You will drive through impressive Kigezi highlands dubbed the Switzerland of Africa and the impressive hill sides of Rwanda dubbed the land of a thousand Islands. You arrive in Kigali to mark the end of your safari tour.

End of Safari