10 Days Uganda – Rwanda Gorilla Safari Holiday

10 Days Uganda – Rwanda Gorilla Safari Holiday, Uganda – Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari – Tour

This tour is designed for travellers that want to trek gorillas in Uganda & Rwanda, track chimpanzees in the forest of Kibale in Uganda, and also see the famous tree Climbing lions of Ishasha Sector – Queen Elizabeth in Uganda.

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TOUR SUMMARY:

TOUR STARTS: Entebbe, Uganda.

TOUR ENDS: Kigali, Rwanda.

PARKS TO VISIT: Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Forest, & Volcanoes Park – Rwanda.

NIGHT SPENT ON TOUR: 09

ROOMING:  02 persons sharing a twin / double room.

PERMITS: Gorilla Trekking permits, Golden monkey Permits – Rwanda.

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TOUR PROGRAM – 10 Days Uganda – Rwanda Gorilla Safari Holiday

DAY 01: ARRIVAL INTO UGANDA ( The Start of your 10 Days Uganda – Rwanda Gorilla Safari Holiday).

On arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by a Realm Africa Safaris representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe- this marks the start of your 10 Days Uganda – Rwanda Gorilla Safari Holiday.

Drive time(s):

Entebbe Airport to Serena Lake Victoria Hotel = 01-hour.

Entebbe Airport to Karibu Guesthouse = 10 Minutes.

Entebbe Airport to Entebbe Airport Guesthouse = 10 Minutes.

Accommodation In Entebbe: 

Luxury: Serena Lake Victoria Hotel

Midrange: Karibu Guesthouse – Entebbe.

Budget: Entebbe Airport Guesthouse.

Meal plan: Breakfast only (B).


DAY 02: TRANSFER TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK.

Early morning breakfast; thereafter with your entire luggage, check out of Karibu guesthouse and embark on a 5 – 6hour drive westwards to Fort portal. Lunch stop at Gardens Restaurant for lunch; after which you will continue with your drive to Kibale forest National Park.

Drive time(s): 5 – 6 hours.

Accommodation near Kibale Forest National Park:

Luxury: Papaya Lake Lodge / Ndali Lodge / Kyaninga Lodge.

Mid-range: Primate Lodge / Crater Lodge / Kibale Forest Camp / Chimpanzee Guesthouse.

Budget: Kibale Forest Camp / Rweteera Safari Park

Meal plan: Dinner (D).


DAY 03: CHIMP TREKKING IN KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

10 Days Uganda - Rwanda Gorilla Safari HolidayEarly breakfast; thereafter your guide will accompany you on a stroll down to the park offices (2 – 3minutes walk) and be there by 7.30am for briefing and thereafter begin the trek into the forest to find the Chimpanzees. You shall observe of wildlife in the forest including many species of monkeys, birds, small mammals, butterflies, and plants. One shall be allowed to be 01-hour with a group of habituated Chimpanzees. Return to the lodge for lunch.

After Lunch, we check out of Primates Lodge and embark on our 03-hours drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. On arrival at Queen Elizabeth National park, we will check in at the park gate and enjoy an en route game drive towards Kasenyi Safari Camp where will be Spending a couple of nights as we explore Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park:

Luxury: Kyambura gorge Lodge / Mweya Safari Lodge.

Mid-range: Kasenyi Safari Camp / Bush Lodge / Ihamba Safari Lodge.

Budget: Bush Lodge / Simba Safari Camp

Meal plan: Dinner (D).


DAY 04: MORNING GAME DRIVE + AFTERNOON BOAT TRIP ON THE KAZINGA CHANNEL

Grab a coffee or tea, and let us head out as early as we can (of course not in the dark when we can see much) for a morning game drive. Because your Lodge is in the wilderness, your game viewing experience could start right from the time you wake up only to notice there is a lion beside you Luxury tent – don’t freak out!! Just reach for your camera and capture the moment.

Again because of the location of the Kasenyi safari Camp ( inside the park) you will enjoy the convenience of having a full relaxed breakfast right after your early morning games unlike the other travellers staying at far-flung lodges, you don’t have to rush – sit back relax, and enjoy your safari.

Lunch at the lodge; thereafter we drive from the Kasenyi area of Queen Elizabeth National park to the popular Mweya peninsula – where our afternoon boat safari on the Kazinga channel begins.

Curious on what to expect on this Kazinga boat trip? Read “Kazinga boat trip experience”.

Enjoy another en route game drive towards your camp for dinner & overnight.

Accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park:

Luxury: Kyambura gorge Lodge / Mweya Safari Lodge.

Mid-range: Kasenyi Safari Camp / Bush Lodge / Ihamba Safari Lodge.

Budget: Bush Lodge / Simba Safari Camp

Meal plan: Dinner (D).

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (BLD).


DAY 05: MORNING GAME DRIVE & TRANSFER TO ISHASHA SECTOR OF QUEEN ELIZABETH.

Enjoy a full breakfast; thereafter with a packed lunch box, we check out with all your luggage and embark on a morning game drive as you exit the Kasenyi savannah plain of Queen Elizabeth Park and head to Ishasha sector – popular for tree climbing lions – probably the best place to see them.

Lunch inside Ishasha sector – after which we continue with a game drive to comb the bushes, shrubs and fig trees for tree lions and other animals like the topi, hyena and who knows we could catch a glimpse Of the elusive leopard. Drive to the lodge on time for check in and dinner.

Accommodation in Ishasha Sector – Queen Elizabeth National Park:

Luxury: Ishasha Wilderness Camp.

Mid-range: Ishasha Jungle Lodge.

Budget: @ the River Camp

Meal plan: Dinner. (D)


DAY 06: VISIT DEO’S ISHASHA MODEL HOMESTEAD + AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE

10 Days Uganda - Rwanda Gorilla Safari HolidayBreakfast; thereafter your driver guide will drive you to Deo’s homestead a community base project that exposes you to the daily living of Uganda’s. Deo himself or the guide available will then lead you to the amazing elephant trench that helps locals protect food gardens from being invaded by Elephants from the neighbouring Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth Park. On this tour, you get to appreciate the local people’s effort to live alongside the wildlife of Queen Elizabeth. Learn more “Deo’s homestead project

Lunch at the lodge. Enjoy a siesta and a 3:30 pm we will again head to the park for an Evening game drive. We love to at least do more game drive so as to increase our chances of sighting game, remember every day in the wilderness is different. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation in Ishasha Sector – Queen Elizabeth National Park:

Luxury: Ishasha Wilderness Camp.

Mid-range: Ishasha Jungle Lodge.

Budget: @ the River Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (BLD).


DAY 07: TRANSFER FROM ISHASHA TO BWINDI FOREST

Breakfast; thereafter we will check out of the lodge with all our bags and embark on the drive to Bwindi forest via Ruhija Sector. Today we enjoy a scenic drive through Bwindi forest and the surrounding communities.

Arriving at the lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure or you could opt to take a walk within the community.

Accommodation in Rushaga area – Bwindi Forest National Park:

Luxury: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge / Chameleon Hill Lodge.

Mid-range: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort.

Budget: Rushaga Gorilla CampGorilla Valley Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. (LD).


DAY 08: GORILLA TREKKING OR HABITUATION IN BWINDI FOREST.

10 Days Uganda - Rwanda Gorilla Safari HolidayEarly breakfast; with a packed lunch box, your driver guide will drive you to the briefing point for a briefing. After the briefing, your driver guide will then transfer you to your gorilla trekking or Gorilla habituation start point. Gorilla trekking allows one (01) hour gorilla viewing and photographing gorillas (permits cost; US$600 or US$450 in April, May & November) while gorilla habituation experience as a full day gorilla experience that starts earlier than gorilla trekking and involves following a group of wild gorillas (still undergoing habituation) from the time they leave their previous nights nest to the time they begin to build a new nest for the night. Gorilla habituation allows up to 4 hours viewing and photographing wild gorillas (permits cost US$1500 each). Gorilla habituation admits only 4 tourists (in the company of a team of Rangers) while Gorilla trekking admits 8 tourists (in the company of a team of rangers).

Further reading:

Accommodation in Rushaga area – Bwindi Forest National Park:

Luxury: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge / Chameleon Hill Lodge.

Mid-range: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort.

Budget: Rushaga Gorilla CampGorilla Valley Lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Packed lunch & Dinner (BLD).


DAY 09: CROSS INTO RWANDA.

Breakfast; thereafter we will check out of the lodge with all our belongings and embark on a drive to Cyanika border post (Uganda – Rwanda). After the formalities of checking in and out of either countries – Uganda & Rwanda, we drive and visit the twin lakes Bulera & Ruhondo. Thereafter we continue to Mountain gorilla lodge for Lunch and check in.

Optional (Not included in the tour price).

Accommodation Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda:

Luxury: Sabyinyo Governors Camp

Mid-range: Mountain gorilla Lodge / Le bambou Lodge.

Budget: Muhabura Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (BLD).

ALTERNATIVE:

Breakfast; thereafter we will check out of the lodge with all our belongings and embark on a drive to Cyanika border post (Uganda – Rwanda). After the formalities of checking in and out of either countries – Uganda & Rwanda, we drive to Gisenyi town on the shores of Lake Kivu (with views of DR. Cong’s Goma town.

Time & weather permitting; take a boat trip on Lake Kivu or enjoy a leisurely walk along the shores of Lake Kivu.

Accommodation around Lake Kivu – Gisenyi – Rwanda:

Luxury: Serena Lake Kivu Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (BLD).


DAY 10: SECOND GORILLA TREKKING OR GOLDEN MONKEY TRACKING

Breakfast; with a packed lunch box your driver guide will transfer to Volcanoes National Park headquarters – Kinigi for a briefing. After which your guide will drive you to the start point of either gorilla trekking or Golden Monkey trekking.

Return to your lodge and freshen up; thereafter you will check out of the lodge with all your bags and transfer to Kigali a Head of your departure flight.

 ALTERNATIVE:

Breakfast; thereafter transfer from Gisenyi town to Kigali City.  Lunch at Hotel Mille Colline – Popularly known as Hotel Rwanda in Kigali (not included in the tour price). Thereafter we will visit the Gisozi genocide memorial Centre (not for the faint hearted). Thereafter your driver guide will transfer you to UTC mall (bourbon Coffee) where you can enjoy a coffee and free Wi-Fi ahead of your transfer to the Airport on time for your outbound flight back home.

END OF SERVICE – 10 Days Uganda – Rwanda Gorilla Safari Holiday

 

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TOUR PRICE ABOVE INCLUDES;

  • Gorilla trekking / Gorilla Habituation Permit
  • Ngamba Island forest Walk.
  • Boat transfers to Ngamba Island as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Kazinga Boat trip in Queen Elizabeth national park.
  • A visit to Deo’s Model Homestead in Ishasha.
  • Accommodation & Meals as indicated in the Itinerary.
  • Park Entry Fees as explained in the Itinerary.
  • Bottled Drinking water in the Car NOT at the Lodges.
  • Professional English Speaking Local driver guide.
  • 4x4Safari Customized Mini Van transportation.
  • All fuel Costs for the entire trip.
  • In – car Wi-Fi while you travel.

EXCLUDES:

  • International Flights to and from your home country and or any other destination.
  • East African Tourist Visa – US$100 (we recommend the East Tourist Visa – Online).
  • Extra meals and or drinks during the safari.
  • Activities mentioned as “Optional” in the itinerary.
  • Tips & Gratuities to your driver guide or Hotel / Lodge Staff.

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