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Gorillas, Chimpanzees & Wildlife Safari – 8 Days/7 Nights Rwanda & Uganda

Gorillas, Chimpanzees & Wildlife Safari – 8 Days/7 Nights Rwanda & Uganda

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $3559 - $5132
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 8 days
Best months: March - November
Countries visited: Uganda Uganda
Parks visited: Bwindi Impenetrable, Queen Elizabeth
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
On this safari, you will visit Akagera National Park and thereafter you will head to Western Uganda and visit two National Parks i.e. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will see Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Leopards, Lions, and other wildlife. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a verdant magnificent swathe of rainforest across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rainforest is one of the few on the African continent to have flourished and a home to half of the world’s endangered population of Mountain Gorillas. Apart from gorilla tracking, the park boasts 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and prominent bird species.

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali

You will be welcomed by our tour guide at Kigali International Airport and then transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Accommodation: Onomo Hotel Kigali https://www.onomohotel.com/en/ (Mid Range)

                              Radisson Blu Hotel https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-kigali (Luxury)

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 2: Transfer from Kigali to Akagera National Park

Early morning transfer (5:00 am) to Akagera NP, briefing followed by a boat cruise at Lake Ihema to see schools of hippos, giant Nile crocodile, buffaloes, water birds, etc. followed by a half day game drive starting from the South and exit through the North Nyungwe gate. During the Game Drive, you will get an opportunity to see some of the 12 species of antelopes, over 525 species of birds including the rare ones such as the shoebill stock, papyrus gynolek and the big 5 animals i.e. Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant to mention but a few. 

Accommodation: Onomo Hotel Kigali https://www.onomohotel.com/en/ (Mid Range)

Radisson Blu Hotel https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-kigali (Luxury)

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bwindi National Park in Western Uganda. On arrival, you will check-in at the lodge. You will have lunch and thereafter relax at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Haven Lodge http://buhomacommunity.com/haven-lodge/  (Mid Range)

      Mahogany Springs http://www.mahoganysprings.com/ (Luxury)

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4: Gorilla tracking & transfer to Ishaha + game drive (Southern Sector)

Get up at 6.00am for a quick breakfast and transfer to the Ruhija gate of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. With packed lunch in your carry-on, your guide will deliver you to the Ruhija tracking point before 8:00 am for registration and a briefing on what to expect before commencing your tracking.

The guides will then take you through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. (Tracking can take 2 -8 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes).

When you finally locate the family that you are tracking, 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 silverback.

It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest in the knowledge you are in the presence of the few remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild. After the mandatory 1 hour is up, the rangers and guides will lead you back to the starting point where your guide will be waiting for you.

Thereafter you will be transferred to Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will do an evening game drive.

Accommodation: Enjojo Lodge http://www.enjojolodge.com/ (Mid Range)

Ishasha Wildness Camp     http://ugandaexclusivecamps.com/ishasha-wilderness-camp/ (Luxury)

Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

Day 5: Morning Game Drive + Visit to Deo’s & Agatha’s Community projects

On this day, after your early morning breakfast, you will head out for another Game drive for a chance to see more wildlife in Ishaha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National park. After the game drive, you will head back to the lodge and rest. After lunch you will head out to Doe’s and Agatha’s community projects; Deo’s model homestead tour shows how Ugandans survive alongside wildlife on the age of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Every member of the family plays their part in farming and defending their crops animals, day in day out.

While Agatha and her female neighbors invite you to learn about the life of a Mukiga woman living in this remote part of Uganda, she will show you how the local women treat dry millet, one of the community’s staple food. The tour takes an hour each or longer.

Accommodation: Enjojo Lodge http://www.enjojolodge.com/ (Mid Range)

Ishasha Wildness Camp     http://ugandaexclusivecamps.com/ishasha-wilderness-camp/ (Luxury)

Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park - Game Drive + Boat Ride (Northern Sector)

After an early breakfast at 6.00 am, your guide will transfer you to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Together with a game ranger, they will take you on a game drive to the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Kasenyi track in search for lions, hyenas, buffaloes, leopards, waterbucks, bushbucks, Uganda Kobs plus many bird species including ibis, fish eagles, and vultures etc. You will head back to your lodge for relaxation and lunch. After lunch, head out for a boat ride along the Kazinga Channel. During the boat ride, you will have the opportunity to view great numbers of wildlife including elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and large numbers of birds like eagles, kingfishers, sparrows, doves, weaver birds, eaglets and sunbirds converging at the channel waters to enjoy a sip of the natural waters.

After the boat ride, you will head back to the lodge, freshen up and have dinner.

Accommodation:  Marafiki Safari Lodge http://www.marafikisafaris.com/ (Mid Range)

                           Mweya Safari Lodge https://mweyalodge.com/ (Luxury)

Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast 

Day 7: Chimp tracking in Kalinzu & Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast, you will head to Kalinzu Wildlife Reserve for a briefing by the head ranger. You will then start tracking the chimpanzees. The guide will provide detailed explanations on primates. Thereafter you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale. You will have a stopover for lunch. You will check into your lodge and later take a boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi for sightseeing of some of the 25 islands and the opportunity to see the Punishment Island where non-virgin girls were abandoned. Later return to the lodge for overnight.

Accommodation: Arcadia Lodges https://www.arcadialodges.com/ (Mid-range)

        Birdnest Bunyonyi http://www.birdnestatbunyonyi.com/ (Luxury)

Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast

Day 8: Transfer to Kigali and depart

Wake up at leisure and enjoy breakfast. After your breakfast, you will commence your drive back to Kigali. Your guide will drop you off at the airport for your scheduled flight out back home.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Onomo Hotel Kigali
  • Raddison Blu Hotel
  • Haven Lodge
  • Mahogany Springs
  • Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Marafiki Safari Lodge
  • Enjojo Safari
  • Ishasha Wildness Camp
  • Arcadia Lodges
  • Bird's Nest Bunyonyi
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