14 Days Rwanda – Uganda

The best tourism destination of Uganda and Rwanda; beginning with the Akagera NP, to Nyungwe forest for the chimpanzees and canopy walk. Before crossing to Uganda for superb gorilla tracking and peerless of the savannah least of all the climbing lions, Elephants, Rhinos, chimpanzees to mention but a few.

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Day 1

Arrival Kanombe Airport - Kigali

On arrival, you will be met by our staff at Kanombe Airport in Kigali; he will help you with your luggage to the car and drive you to your hotel. After check in, he will brief you about Rwanda and Uganda, as well as your travel itinerary, culture and all other important information. And if time allows you can do city tour; the Genocide Memorial, crafts market and cultural centers.

  • Arrival
  • Drive to your hotel
  • Accommodation, mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 2

Drive to Akagera NP, afternoon Game Drive

After breakfast drive to the east of Rwanda, after 4 hours arrive at the national park gate, Akagera NP. Drive to the park office handle the bureaucracy and drive to your hotel; check in, relax and do an evening game drive.

Akagera NP covers 2500 sq Kms East of Rwanda of a savannah landscape dominated by tangled acacia woodland intercepted by open grass lands. The park is graces with remarkable herds of Elephants, Buffaloes while the elusive leopards and graceful lions and noisy hyenas are regular sights. Its wonderful grass land is haunted by the giraffe and zebra while the park enjoys a checklist of over a dozen species including the predominant Impala, oribi, the secretive bush buck, the rare Tsessebe and the Eland; the largest antelope.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Lunch at your hotel at Akagera
  • Evening game drive
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 3

Full day Game Drive

After breakfast drive to the northern part of the park for a full day game drive; north Akagera is famous for great sightings of the Giraffe, Rhinos, lions among others. with a packed lunch enjoy the rolling hills and acacia trees dominated habitat to retreat back to your hotel in the evening rather tiered but with great memories.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Full day game drive
  • Packed lunch
  • Accommodation, mid-range
  • Dinner and Overnight at your hotel

Day 4

Drive to Nyungwe Forest NP

After breakfast drive SW to Nyungwe Forest National Park along local markets, the traditional palace of Rwanda’s Former King in Nyanza, Botanical Gardens, a cultural museum, green fields of tea scattered across the hillsides and the small wooden houses unique to the areas surrounding Nyungwe Forest.

Nyungwe NP is located in SW Rwanda, it was established in 1933, covering 1030 sq kms in the Albertine rift. It is an ancient Mountain that date back to the Ice Age.  This testified to its rich flora diversity of more than 200 species of trees, over 13 species of primates, including the chimpanzee, the handsome L’Hoest’s monkey and hundreds of the delightfully acrobatic Angola Columbus. The park lies in the Albertine species endemic area with a bird checklist of over 300 species with an avian highlight of the great blue turaco. Nyungwe is a major water catchment for the Republic of Rwanda.

  • Early morning game drive
  • Drive to Nyungwe, 8 hours
  • Lunch en-route
  • Visit the Royal Palace and Butare Museum
  • Dinner and overnight to your hotel

Day 5

Chimp tracking and Canopy walk

After breakfast go chimp tracking in the largest forest in Central Africa, watch out for an array of butterflies and the acrobatic primates like the canopy dwelling black and white Columbus monkeys.  In the afternoon go for a canopy walk; walk on top of the forest as you enjoy a panoramic view of the forest and southern Rwanda.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Drive to the park office
  • Chimp tracking
  • Packed lunch
  • Canopy walk
  • Dinner and over night

Day 6

Drive to Bwindi - Uganda

After breakfast drive to Bwindi, 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. Arrive in the afternoon and check in to your hotel, relax as you read through the gorilla tracking guidelines.

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 800 mountain gorillas in the world. Just sit in the forest among the gorillas listening to them grumble to each other as you marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the silver back. It is extraordinary amazing to sit in the dense rain forest among the only 800 remaining mountain gorillas in the world.

  • Morning breakfast
  • Drive to Bwindi, 7 hours
  • Lunch en-route
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your Hotel

Day 7

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. It is amazing 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 crystals 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.

  • Morning breakfast
  • Gorilla tracking time: 2-8 hours
  • Packed lunch
  • Dinner and over Night at your hotel

Day 8

Drive to Queen Elizabeth NP

After Breakfast drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, entering the park via the southern sector; In about 124km from Mweya lies Ishasha the southern sector 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; big mammals that can be seen in the sector include, Topi, Elephants, Buffaloes, Cob, Giant forest hogs, Leopards, Waterbuck and many more.

Queen Elizabeth Np is set majestically in the shadow of the Ruwenzori, 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 legendary tree climbing lions of the Ishasha and a checklist of 612 bird species 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 by then.

  • Morning breakfast
  • Drive to Queen Elizabeth NP, 7 hrs.
  • Short game drive - Ishasha
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Lunch en-route
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 9

Game drive and boat cruise

After an early morning coffee, 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 forests. After lunch enjoy the 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.  Come back early enough for a sundowner.

  • Morning breakfast
  • Game drive time: 5 hours
  • Lunch at Hotel
  • Afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga channel
  • Diner and overnight at hotel (mid-range)

Day 10

Drive to Kibale

After breakfast and shor morning game drive to Kibale,

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.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Morning game drive
  • Drive to Kibale Forest, 4 hours
  • Lunch en-route
  • Accommodation: mid-range

Day 11

Chimp tracking and crater walk

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.

This is a primatologist dream; it hosts a population of more than 1000 chimpanzees and an 80 strong community has been habituated to tourist visits as well as a half dozen readily observed monkey species including the acrobatic red Columbus, black and white red Columbus and the handsome L`Hohest monkey. These delightful apes are a tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in the trees; and the shady forest trails provides much more to delight Botanists, Butterfly lovers and Birders. 335 species of birds have been recorded including the endemic prirogrine’s ground thrush while the much smaller and hairy forest Elephant and other terrestrial mammals like Buffaloes, Giant forest hogs can also be seen. In the afternoon go for forest walk, Bigodi swamp walk or a community walk

  • Morning Breakfast
  • Chimp tracking time: 7 am – 11 am
  • Lunch in the community
  • Afternoon crater / swamp walk
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel – mid-range

Day 12

Drive to Murchison Falls NP

After breakfast drive to Murchison Falls NP passing a beautiful country side of tea plantation, Bulisa escapement, road side fruit markets

Murchison Falls NP is the country’s 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 then. This Eco-system was described by Winston Churchill in 1907 as `Kew gardens and the 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: 8 hours
  • Lunch en-route
  • Accommodation: mid-range
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 13

Game drive and boat cruise

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 park 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 time: 5 hours
  • Packed lunch
  • Afternoon boat ride
  • Hike to the top of the falls
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 14

Drive to Entebbe via Ziwa Rhinos 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 including the Ugandan born babies. After Rhino tracking of 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 4-hour drive to Entebbe Airport for your departure.

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Lunch en-route
  • Rhino tracking
  • Drive to Entebbe
  • Departure