11 Days Best Of Uganda And Rwanda

This safari insight you into Uganda’s best destinations and Rwanda’s serene country side; diverse primates from the chimps to the baboons, the canopy dwelling black and white Columbus monkeys to the rare red-tailed monkey, and the highly restricted mountain gorillas. Murchison savannah restricted Pattas to the velvet monkey, While the giraffe, zebra, lion, leopard, topi, impala, Cob, Elephants, Buffaloes, water buck, forest hogs among others are the treasures of the savannah world. To the birders; this is a hot spot to over 1100 species recorded in Uganda notching with Queen Elizabeth 612 species while Bwindi has 23 restricted albertine rift endemics.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Entebbe Airport

Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport and having passed immigration and luggage collected, you shall exit the arrival hall and as you look out, you shall be met by your guide. He will help you with your luggage to the car and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. He will brief you about Uganda and highlights of your travel itinerary.

  • Journey time 10min to 30min
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 2

Drive to Murchison Falls NP via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

After breakfast drive to Murchison Falls NP via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, have lunch along the way probably at Kabalega Dinner.

Ziwa is a breeding centre for rhino reintroduction into Uganda wildlife areas especially Murchison falls national park, where its Rhinos were hunted to extinction. The sanctuary has over 20 Rhinos. After Rhino tracking 0f 30min to 3 hours, settle down at Kabalega Dinner for lunch. While tracking the Rhinos you have an opportunity to seeing a variety of savanna birds, Bush bucks, Hares and Mongooses.

There after you shall get back to your cars for a 3-hrs drive to your hotel. Check in to your hotel in the evening for an overnight stay but early enough for dinner.

Murchison Falls NP is the Uganda’ largest Wildlife Protected Area whose palm studded grassland supports dense population of lions, Buffaloes, Elephants and Uganda Cob together with the localized Rothschild`s Giraffe and Patas monkey. Immerse concentration of Hippos and birds observed from the morning and the afternoon launch trips along the Nile below the spectacular waterfalls from which the park is named, named by explorer Baker and his wife Florence in 1864 after the president of the Royal Geographical Society.

This Eco-system was described by Winston Churchill in 1907 as `Kew garden and zoo combined on un limited scale`. Churchill hiked, boated and bicycled up the Nile. Since then, the park has seen many more other notables that include, Theodore Roosevelt in 1909, Humphrey Bogart, the prince of Wales (Edward VII) 1930 and the Queen Mother 1959.

  • Morning breakfast
  • Drive to Murchison NP, 8 hrs
  • Track rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Lunch en-route
  • Dinner and over night at hour hotel

Day 3

Morning Game Drive and Boat cruise on River Nile

After your early breakfast you will go for an early morning game drive through the palm studded grassland that supports dense population of Lions, Buffaloes, Elephants and Uganda cob together with the localized Rothschild giraffe and Pattas monkey. Come back for lunch; relax to be ready for an afternoon boat ride.

After lunch go for a 3 hours boat cruise to see how the mighty river Nile funnels through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment. After viewing the bottom of the falls, you shall disband from the boat to meet a Ranger to hike you up to the Top of the fall on Bakers trails to be amused by the water fall named Murchison after Sir Murchison the President of the Royal geographical society. Come back in the evening to enjoy your sundowner at your hotel.

Here, the river funnels through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment, only to erupt out on the other side in a crushing 43m plume of white water.  The calm river then gives comfort to a profuse of bird life, thousands of hippos, and huge crocodiles. The falls were named after the president of the Royal Geographical Society by the explorer Baker in 1864. He considered these falls to be the most important object throughout the entire course of the Nile. 

You shall be met by your guide at the top of the falls for a drive back to your hotel tired but enthused by what you will have seen.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Game drive
  • Lunch at hotel / packed
  • Boat cruise on the Nile
  • Hike to the top of the falls
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 4

Drive to Kibale Forest

After breakfast with packed lunch start a 10 hours long drive to Kibale, passing close to Lake Albert in Bulisa to view Lake Albert and Murchison falls atop escarpment out of the rift valley. Arrive to your hotel in the late afternoon, but early enough for dinner.

Kibale Forest is a lush of tropical forest of fascinating diversity; one of the most beautiful and stunning forest in Africa. It is homes to the largest number of the human closest relative the endangered chimpanzees, the threatened red Columbus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey. The forest has one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling to 13 species including the black and white Columbus monkey, blue monkey and Gray cheeked mangabey, Bush babies and Pottos.

Morning breakfast

Drive to Kibale, 10 hrs

Lunch en-route

Accommodation: mid-range

Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 5

Chimp tracking and drive to Queen Elizabeth NP

After breakfast you will have an early morning start so as to report at Kanyanju ranger station at 8:00 Am the tracking start time for Chimps. Chimp tracking take 3-4 hours; expected to be back by noon. There after shall settle down for lunch before driving to your hotel in Queen Elizabeth NP.

Queen Elizabeth Np is set majestically in the shadow of the Ruwenzori mountains, this 2,465 SQ km enjoys a stunning location on the rift valley floor between Lakes Edward and George of lush savannah where a mosaic of habitats offers prime grazing for 95 mammals; specialties include giant forest hog and the legendry tree climbing lions of the Ishasha and a checklist of 612 bird species; this testifies to the extraordinary ecological diversity of this park. `There still exists no better introduction or a more inciting invitation to visit the park`, Douglas Warlocks remarked in 1952 owing to the Parks great mammal density then

  • Morning breakfast
  • Chimp tracking time: 3 hours
  • Drive to Queen Elizabeth NP, 4 hours
  • Lunch en-route
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 6

Morning Game drive and afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel

After an early morning breakfast, you will go for an early morning game drive to provide you with excellent opportunities to view game. Head to the floor of the rift valley teamed up with a lot of wildlife making it one of the treasures of the continent. The Kasenyi sector is known for its abundance of lions that prey on the very many Uganda Cobs found in the area. Other game to be seen include; Elephants, Buffalo, Leopards, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Warthog and the un expected Giant Forest Hog, the African largest wild pig which is usually associated with dense forest rather than semi open woodlands.

After lunch enjoy a unique cruise on the Kazinga channel, the 40km Kazinga channel connects two rift valley lakes Edward and George, these remember Queen Victoria sons and heir Edward vii and successor George v. the launch trip on this channel is an excellent opportunity to view the varied and abundant wildlife populations. These include: Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes and Nile crocodile. Not to mention large numbers of resident and migratory bird species. 

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Game drive, 5 hours
  • Packed lunch
  • Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 7

Drive to Bwindi via Ishasha for climbing lions

After breakfast, drive to Bwindi NP via I shasha sector; southern of Queen Elizabeth National Park, a sector which provides a true wildness experience, diverse habitats including the marshy lake Edward flats and beautiful acacia studded savannah supporting a variety of wildlife including the famous tree climbing lions and the rare shoe bill Stork.

  • Morning breakfast
  • Drive to Bwindi
  • Game drive for climbing lions
  • Packed lunch
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 8

Gorilla tracking

Have an early morning breakfast, carry packed lunch, go for registration at the park offices and be ready for briefing at 8:00am. Walk up the steep densely forested hills before coming across the gorillas’ camouflaged in the vegetation. This trek requires a reasonable degree of fitness as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the Gorillas listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the sliver back. It is a pity to think that there only 1000 individuals of these beautiful creatures left in the world.

If you still have energy, take a guided walk, the Munyaga River trail leads to three delightful crystal clear water falls, profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi colorful array of butterflies. Or do community village walk; see how people live; the Batwa, medicine man, local banana juice and beer.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine rift valley, the ancient rain forest that survived the last ice age is situated in the south western Uganda on the edge of western Rift valley. The steep forest hills will definitely camouflage the wondrous mountain Gorillas in the vegetation, to give you the inspiring moment that you have been looking for. This forest alone is a home to over 50% of 1000 mountain gorillas in the world. This is the best of Uganda’s forest reserves, best known for its superb Gorilla tracking but it also provides refuge to Elephants, Chimpanzees, Monkeys and various small antelopes as well as 23 bird species restricted to the Albertine rift.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Gorilla tracking: whole day
  • Packed lunch
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 9

Drive to Kinigi - Rwanda, afternoon visit Diana Fossey Museum

After breakfast drive to Ruhengeri, Ruhengeri town is set at the base of solidified lava flow revealing a fascinating relic of the volcanic activity that could have led to the formation of the lakes of Burera, Ruhondo and Karago. It is the biggest town near Volcanoes NP and home to Dianne Fossy museum.  Get insights about the gorillas; species, life style and habitat. Learn about the lady that committed her life to these gentle giants and how she was unluckily killed.

Volcano NP described by Diane Fossey as an area you shiver than sweat is located in NW Rwanda, an old volcano of green rain forest protecting the virunga mountain range that is about 15000 feet high, comprising of five volcano peaks; Karisimbi 4,507m, Bisoke 3,711m, Muhabura 4,127m, Gahinga 3,474m and Sabyinyo 3,634m. it is rich montane ecosystems of evergreen bamboo forest, open grass land, swamp and heath is home to the rare mountain gorilla.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Drive to Ruhengeri, 4hours
  • Lunch en-route
  • Visit Dianne Fossey museum
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 10

Track Golden monkeys, after noon drive to Kigali

The parks exhilarating golden monkey trekking, experience you to the cultivated foothills, stirring view s of the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, the calls of colorful birds and chattering of these rare monkeys. While the elusive populations of buffalo and elephant are regularly heard spurring in the forest and through the forest canopy gaps you may glimpse at the magnificent mountain peaks of the Virunga volcanoes.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Golden monkey tracking: 5 hours
  • Lunch at hotel
  • Visit the Batwa community
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 11

Visit Genocide Museum and Departure – Kanombe Airport, Kigali

The Kigali Memorial exhibits a permanent memorial to the victims of the 1994 genocide. It deals with a topic of international importance, with far-reaching significance, and is designed to engage and challenge an international visitor base.  Here you will be astonished on how the same people can turn against themselves and in just a period of less than 30 days one million lives to have been lost

  • Morning breakfast
  • Lunch en-route
  • Visit to the Genocide Memorial
  • Departure