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12 Days Rwanda, Nyiragongo & Uganda Primates Safari

Set Out on an Inspiring & rewarding Journey through Uganda _ the pearl Of Africa and Rwanda_ The country of a thousand hills highlighting Uganda’s best kept and finest destinations. Hike the nyiragongo for the active volcanoe & Marvel through the off road and ascend into the jungles of Bwindi searching, spectating while getting up-close and personal with the mountain Gorillas. Embark on a journey full of life in queen Elizabeth national while gazing at the tree climbing lions, sailing through the Kazinga wildlife populated water channel and later visiting Humans closest relatives _ The chimpanzees in Africa’s old but unique rainforest of kibale National Park. This journey with no doubt presents a very rewarding, Authentic and inspiring journey through East Africa.

Trip Overview

Safari Starts:              Kigali Rwanda

Gorilla Trekking:        Uganda Bwindi

Safari Ends:                Entebbe _ Uganda

Destinations:              Kigali Rwanda | Nyiragongo Volcanoes Congo | Lake Bunyonyi | Bwindi Forest N.P | Ishasha & Queen Elizabeth | Kibale National park | Murchison Falls | Entebbe

What To Expect & Impressions: Nyiragongo Volcanoes | Dugout Canoe |Kazinga Channel Safari | Tree Climbing Lions | Beautiful nature Walks | Authentic Local meal_ Luwombo experience |Batwa Cultural tour | Traditional Coffee Tour | Bush Breakfasts & Sundowners |Chimpanzees | Mountain Gorillas | Safari in Murchison |Top-Notch Beautiful Lodges & Insightful Karamojong Driver Guides.

                                                                                           

Day _to_Day Itinerary

Day 1: Kigali Genocide tour and transfer to Gisenyi

Overnight: Serena Lake kivu or Kibumba tented Camp

Day 2: Descending the Nyiragongo Volcanoe

Overnight in tents at the top of the volcano.

Day 3: Descend the Volcano and transfer to Kinigi Volcano

Overnight at Mountain View Gorilla Lodge

Day 4: Morning Transfer to Bwindi / Lake Mutanda

Overnight: Gorilla Valley Lodge or Mutanda Lake resort/Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Day 5: The Ultimate Gorilla Trekking Uganda

Overnight: Gorilla Valley Lodge or Mutanda Lake resort/Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Day 6: Forest Nature Walk & Transfer to Ishasha

Overnight: Enjojo Lodge or Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Day 7: Transfer to Kasenyi & Kazinga Boat Cruise

Overnight: Bush Lodge or Katara Lodge/Mazike Lodge

Day 8: Morning Game Drive & Transfer to Kibale National Park

Overnight: Kibale Forest Camp or Turaco Tree Tops

Day 9: Bigodi Swamp Walk & Chimpanzee Trekking.

Overnight: Kibale Forest Camp or Turaco Tree Tops

Day 10: Transfer back to Murchison Falls N.P

Overnight: Fort Murchison Camp/Pakuba Lodge or Twiga Safari Lodge

Day 11: Morning Game drive, Boat Cruise and falls Hike

Overnight: Fort Murchison Camp/Pakuba Lodge or Twiga Safari Lodge

Day 12: Transfer to Kampala / Entebbe

Overnight: Papyrus guest house or connecting flight back home

Day – Day Itinerary.

Day 1: Arrival, Kigali Genocide tour and transfer Gisenyi Boarder with Congo

Welcome to East Africa, Where the journey into the wild begins. Today Morning you will be met by your guide at the kanombe  Airport in Kigali. After a few introductions, you shall now drive to the genocide memorial on the outscarts of Kigali city. The museum tour depicts the atrocities by the interahamwe during the 1994 genocide where over a million Tutsis and Hutus were brutalily murdered in cold blood not leaving innocent kids. This tour takes averagely two hours and should give you the whole picture about the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. You will later have lunch at mille Collin  and later proceed to Gisenyi at the boarder with Congo.  If We manage to do it on time or less, we will also visit the Belgium soldier monuments. These are the Belgium soldiers who were killed during the genocide and different monuments stand upright for each of them.

            Overnight: Serena Lake kivu or Kibumba tented Camp

Day 2: Ascending the Nyiragongo Volcanoes

In the morning, you will pack your bags and get ready to hike one of the most active and violent volcanoes on the Continent with the world’s most fluid and largest lava lake. Nyiragongo Volcano is located in the east of DRC, around 19 km from Goma, and is the most active volcano in the world. In 1997 and 2002, flows of very liquid lava broke out from cracks in the volcanic slopes as lava flowed at a terrific speed killing scores of people and displacing hundreds of thousands in the town of Goma. The 4-5 hour hike through lush rainforest will climax with a fascinating view of this lava lake as you chill out for a night at the crater rim.

            Overnight in tents at the top of the volcano.

Day 3: Descend the Volcano and transfer to Kinigi Volcano
After breakfast, start your descent for a transfer to Kinigi Volcanoes for the ibyiwachu cultural tour and the twin lakes tour in the afternoon. We could opt to relax the day off at a beautiful lodge in Kinigi and catch memories of the nyiragongo hike.

Over night at Mountain View Gorilla Lodge

 

Day 4: Morning Transfer to Bwindi / Lake Mutanda

After the beautiful time at lake kivu and at commran. We will today start our journey to the gorilla destination and territory. Along the way we shall visit the Twin Lakes ruhondo and burela and have our picnic lunch at the lake before you proceed to cross boarders to Uganda. You shall then arrive at lodge by a canoe on lake mutanda while the driver transverse to meet at the lodge. In preparation for the Gorilla trek the next day.
            Overnight: Gorilla Valley Lodge or Mutanda Lake resort/Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Day 5: The Ultimate Gorilla Trekking Uganda

Today is the most awaited day. The day for the up-close and personal with the mountain Gorillas. Depending on the available Gorilla group or family, our day will start earlier to the briefing point for the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking before you ascend into the jungles. When with the gorillas, you shall be allowed an hour with them and then return back. The hour spent with these gentle apes of Bwindi affirms the true relationship and similarity that exists between the apes and man, and definitely leave you with nothing but everlasting memories. Upon return, you shall have a de-briefing with a certificate for trekking Uganda Mountain Gorillas. Absolutely one of the amazing encounters.

            Overnight: Gorilla Valley Lodge or Mutanda Lake resort/Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Day 6: Nature walk through Bwindi & transfer to Ishasha

Today after winding up your Gorilla encounter, with packed Lunch, we will head for a walk through the Bwindi and transverse to the other side of the forest where you shall meet your driver guide. The Guided walk through the forest is enriching and constantly bonds you with nature and the feeling of walking in the gorilla bounderies is exciting. There is a lot to see including different kinds of monkeys, Birds and chances to encounter more gorillas can’t be ignored. On arrival in Buhoma side, you shall meet up with your guide and driver then transfer to Ishasha which is about 2 hours drives. With time upon arrival in the park, we will head for a game drive in search for the tree Climbing lions and more wildlife. We expect to see, elephants, lions, buffalos, antelopes, leopards, hyenas and may bird species. Later we will proceed to end our day on a sundowner on one of ishasha beautiful escarpments.

Overnight: Enjojo Lodge or Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Day 7: Transfer to Kasenyi & Kazinga Boat Cruise

Today, we will have a relaxed breakfast and transfer later to kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park about 2 hours drive but within the park boundaries. We will today head for the afternoon boatcruise on the Kazinga channel with a lot of water life to see at close range. We expect to see crocodiles, buffalos, large schools of hippos, elephants and many bird species with fishing villages on the lake Edward shores.. This trip takes about 2 hours and we shall later transfer tour lodge on the kyambura escarpment.

Overnight: Bush Lodge or Katara Lodge/Mazike Lodge

Day 8: Game Drive & Transfer to Kibale National Park

Today is a relaxed day to enjoy the beautiful lodge as we prepared for our next destination. We will today Transfer to kibale national park about 3-4hours drive. Through the Foothills of mountain Rwenzori, we plan on having an authentic local experience with our Ugandan meal. Along the way, we will have a typical African meal, in a typical African home and in a typical African surrounding. This is for you to understand our African traditions and encounters well. Your guide will take you through the most healthy foods and their traditions as you eat away your lunch in style.. It’s the typical local authentic experience for you to adventure. Later we will drive to Kibale National park through beautiful crater lakes to spectate at.

Overnight: Kibale Forest Camp or Turaco Tree Tops

Day 9: Bigodi Swamp Walk & Chimpanzee Trekking.

Today is another day for the monkey business but especially trekking down humans closest relatives_ The Chimpanzees. After a relaxed breakfast, we will embark on a relaxed 2 -3 hours swamp walk in the bigodi wetlands. We do expect to see a lot of active different monkey species and a lot of endemic but beautiful birds and plants. Later you will get back to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon; you shall embark in search for the Chimpanzees in the kibale forest. With a ranger guide, you shall penetrate the rainforest in search of the chimpanzees listening to their calls, nests, and fresh paths. This takes about 3-4 hours depending on where and how long you take to find the chimps. After an hour of viewing them you shall return to the lodge and sip away the day on a campfire or seeing the sun go down.

Overnight: Kibale Forest Camp or Turaco Tree Tops

 

Day 10: Transfer back to Murchison Falls N.P

Today morning we will start our journey to Murchison falls national park north of Uganda. This journey takes around 7-8 hours including stops in Hoima for lunch and are able to arrive in Murchison falls late afternoon. When we make it on time, we will embark on a short game drive on the northern banks of the river. There is a lot of local life and scenic views on this beautiful road to paradise.

            Overnight: Twiga safari Lodge or pakuba safari Lodge

Day 11: Morning Game drive, Nile Boat Cruise & Hike Falls.

After an early Breakfast, We will embark on an early morning game drive that takes us next to the Lake Albert. For an early morning drive there is a lot of wildlife to see and spectate at. Murchison falls is endowed with spectacular wildlife with lots to see in abundance. The Wildlife feed while getting closer to the water sources and these include Elephants, Giraffes, Heartbeasts, antelopes, buffalos, lions, leopards, oribis and so much more.  Later we will drive to Paraa restaurant for lunch while getting ready for the afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls with so much water life animals like hippos, crocks, elephants, buffalos quenching their thirst with many birds’ species. While at the bottom of the falls, you shall embark off the boat and hike to the top of the falls with spectacular Scenic views. Driver shall tranverse till the top to meet you and drive back to the lodge for a cold beer winding off the day.

            Overnight: Fort Murchison Camp/Pakuba Lodge or Twiga Safari Lodge

Day 12: Transfer back to kampala/Entebbe

Today we will start a relaxed journey to Kampala Entebbe depending on your flight details. The journey to Kampala takes about 5 hours with a lot of Ugandan life and sceneries to spectate at. We anticipate on having a picnic lunch along the way as we drive back to Kampala/Entebbe either to your hotel or for your connecting flight back home.

Included in The package/Price:

  • Transfers in a 4×4 Customised Safari landcruiser
  • Full Board Accommodations 11 Nights
  • All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gorilla permits
  • Chimpanzee Permits
  • Bottled water on safari
  • Planned Bush Breakfasts & Sundowners

Excluded in the Package

  • Personal International flight
  • Visa (USD $50 or $100 for east African tourist visa
  • Congo Visa ($105)
  • 1st Night if required & Depends on Flight details
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Tips
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