11 Day Best Of Rwanda & Uganda

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Our 10-day trip brings you the best of Uganda and Rwanda: where the savannah meets the rainforest.

Expect to see Tree-climbing Lions, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Hippo, and Leopard and up to 16 primate species, including rare Mountain Gorillas and Chimps!!!

  • Elephants at Lake Manyara Ngorongoro

  • Hippos

  • Zebras

  • Local Culture

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DAY 1 - Arrival in Kigali and City Tour

Welcome to Kigali, Rwanda!

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our knowledgeable experts and be transferred to your Hotel where you will be briefed about your itinerary, our beautiful Countries and later proceed to a city tour.

Kigali City

DAY 2 - Nyungwe National Park

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be transferred to Nyungwe National park.

On the way, take pleasure in the work of Rwanda’s local artists on your visits to Rwesero Art Museum, originally built as a palace for King Mutara III Rudahigwa, and the National Museum of Butare, which houses a rich collection of traditional Rwandan art, en route lunch and then proceed to your lodge in the evening for checking in and overnight at the Hotel of your choice.

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DAY 3 - Chimpanzee Tracking

Wake up very early in the morning take a cup of tea or coffee. With your ready packed breakfast for our 04:45am departure, you will be transferred to the park offices for briefing about the chimpanzees and the other primates in this forest before entering and searching for the shy chimpanzees and other primates you may encounter by chance, you will return to the hotel for lunch and relaxing.

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DAY 4 - Unique Canopy Walk

After breakfast, enjoy the chance to view the forest from a canopy walkway. This gives excellent views of one of Africa’s largest temperate rainforests and offers the opportunity to view primates and birds at eye level. Back to the lodge for refreshing lunch and checkout.

You will then be transferred to Kibuye on the shores of the beautiful Lake Kivu. In the afternoon, explore your surroundings by relaxing in and around the lodge, which also has water sports equipment for hire.

Nyungwe-canopy-walk lake-kivu-tour

DAY 5 - Kibuye to Volcanoes National Park

In the morning after breakfast, checkout and depart from Kibuye to Gisenyi.

This offers the chance to explore the beauty of the multiple islands found on the lake Kivu before we go for our lunch. Alternatively, take a private boat cruise of 2 hours from Kibuye to Gisenyi taking in the beauty of the lake and having the chance to visit the islands offshore and view the wide diversity of birdlife on the lake and drive to Volcanoes National Park. The drive takes you 1.5hrs from Gisenyi.

Check in for dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel of your choice.

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DAY 6 - Gorilla Tracking

After breakfast we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent and well informed local guides that keep in touch with the advance group (trackers).The guides will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla tracking based on their excellent experience with gorillas.

We then hike into the forest to where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point with the communication of the advance group. The trek can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes not in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile and spectacular. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world.

Remember to hire a porter to help you carry your backpack or bag as well as give you a hand during hiking where possible. Most treks finish in time to return to your Lodge for Lunch.

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DAY 7 - Golden Monkey Tracking - Bwindi National Park

This morning we have the opportunity to explore Volcanoes National Park in search of the rare golden monkeys.

A fully habituated group of the beautiful Primates’ live in the park and this is one of the only places in Africa where you can find such great close and friendly Golden Monkeys.

Return to your lodge for lunch and refreshment, check out and drive to the Impenetrable Forest of Bwindi National Park.

rwanda-golden-monkeys-in-tree Golden Monkeys

DAY 8 - Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will have another chance to explore more about the Gorillas. This experience is always new whenever done.

Bwindi Impenetrable is a thick forest just like the name describes, the tracking experience will be different from the first one you did in Rwanda. After, return to the lodge for lunch and refreshment.

In the afternoon, drive to an orphanage for a humanitarian visit, where we will be given the background of the orphanage together with their good deeds and experience their hospitality and entertainment.

Return to the Lodge for Dinner and overnight stay!

orphanage-volunteer orphanage

DAY 9 - Bwindi – Queen Elizabeth national Park

After your breakfast, you will take a guided community/nature walk on the Munyanga River Trail, which is an ideal short walk. This trail leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls, and there is a profusion of Tree ferns, Epiphytic Ferns, Orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies, expect to see birds and other primates of the forest.

Return to the tour vehicle as you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park ishasha sector, have a short game drive and return to the lodge for an overnight stay.

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DAY 10 - Game Drive and Kanziga Channel

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred for a game drive with your bags and packed lunch,on this gave drive in this sector expect to see climbing lions in fig tree,elephants, hipos, uganda cobs, water backs to mention but a few relax into the lunch hour and after lunch en-route for a three hour boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel.

This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many animals can be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This gives you a great opportunity for photography, bird watching and game viewing.

Dinner and overnight stay.

qenp-boat-cruise Hippo

DAY 11 - Queen Elizabeth – Kigali/Rwanda

After breakfast, you will drive back to Kigali/Rwanda, have your lunch in Kigali city, later proceed to craft shops for souvenirs and transferred to Kanombe International Airport.

End of the trip and safe journey.

Kigali City

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