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14 Days Chimps, Gorillas & Lions From Rwanda

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Duration

14 Days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

5 people

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Languages

English

Overview

Kigali – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kibale Forest National Park
14 Days

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Boat cruise
  • Game drives in QENP
  • Gorilla tracking
  • Gorilla habituation
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale
  • Bird watching (various species)
  • Cultural encounters & interactions
  • Scenic views & stunning sunsets
  • Kigali city tour & genocide memorial
  • Visit the Nyamata twin Churches
  • Souvenir shopping in local craft markets

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival, Meet & Greet With A Transfer To The Hotel

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by one of our driver guides who will transfer you to the hotel. Check in and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Flame Tree Village / Onomo Hotel/ Kigali Serena Hotel.  

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: Kigali City Tour & The Genocide Memorial Sites

Today you will have a detailed city tour of Kigali through the historical landmarks with a visit to: Kigali Genocide Memorial Site, which offered a place in which the bereaved could bury their families & friends, now over 250,000 victims are buried at the site. This site also includes three permanent exhibitions, the largest of which documents the genocide of April 1994. There is also a children's memorial, and an exhibition on the history of genocidal violence around the world.

Your tour of Kigali extends to Nyamata Genocide Memorial Centre (with twin churches), just 30 km outside the capital city. Many Tutsi people gathered here as churches were a place of solace & safety, about 10,000 people locked themselves in the church.

After this memorable excursion, transfer back to the hotel & spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Flame Tree Village / Onomo Hotel/ Kigali Serena Hotel.  

Day 3: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Journey time: 4 Hours

At 331 sq.km, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half the world’s mountain gorillas, over 346 bird species, 202 butterfly species, 400 plant species, 63 tree species, 120 mammal species & 27 frog species. It is the only gorilla conservation area in Africa with the highest population of Gorillas.

On this day your driver guide will pick you up for your transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through Cyanika/ Gatuna Boarder to Uganda. On arrival, check into your lodge for lunch and recuperate from the journey.

Overnight: Mahogany Springs Lodge/ Trackers Safari Lodge/ Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge.

Meal Plan

Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking Day | Optional Activities

After an early breakfast, head to the park headquarters in time for the 08:00am briefing.  Gorilla tracking commences 30 minutes after registration and briefing by the ranger guides.

Gorilla tracking is a very captivating and unforgettable experience which more than repays the effort needed to reach Bwindi. It can last a few hours to a whole day depending on where the gorillas were left previously. After tracking, return to the lodge for lunch with optional activities thereafter.

Buhoma Community Village Walk

This walk provides guests with an opportunity to support the local community whilst enjoying visiting various interesting places as you follow a walking trail through the village. Highlights include the traditional healer, banana brewery and a local Primary school where you may interact with the children.

Meal Plan

Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5: Road Trip to Queen Elizabeth N. Park Via Ishasha

Journey time: 4 - 5 Hours

After an early breakfast depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for diverse ecosystems which include sprawling Savannah, shady humid forests, sparkling lakes, wetlands & amazing craters. The southern route through Ishasha will give you the opportunity of spotting Tree climbing lions;

Have a picnic lunch near River Ishasha and continue on your journey. Arrive at you pre-arranged accommodation and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 6: Explore The Unique Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast, go explore the highlights of this wonderful national park with a variety of animal, birds, insects, flora and fauna. Enjoy a scenic view of several crater lakes like Nyamunuka (medicinal to the animals) & Munyanyange (frequented by flamingos)

Proceed to Lake Katwe (salty lake) interact with the locals, learn about salt mining and return to the lodge for lunch. Boat cruise is scheduled in the afternoon on the Kazinga channel. Return to the lodge & enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure with dinner at the lodge.

Overnight: Buffalo Safari Lodge/ Mazike Valley Lodge/ Mweya Safari Lodge.

Meal Plan:

Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7: A Journey The Primate Capital

Journey time: 2 - 3 Hrs

Enjoy breakfast on a leisurely morning & later start off your journey to Kibale National Park. This trip is composed of a scenic view of the Rwenzori Mountains & a brief stopover at the Equator (photo opportunity) in Kasese. There is an optional tour of Fort Portal the tourism city with highlights like Amabere ga Nyinamwiru, the crater lakes, and Toro Botanical gardens among others.

Upon arrival at the lodge in Kibale National Park, enjoy lunch & spend the rest of the day at leisure or have a sundowner walk around Kibale communities, with dinner in a serene atmosphere.

Overnight. Primate Lodge Kibale/ Papaya Lake Lodge

Meal Plan:

Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8:  Adventure In The Primate Capital Of The World

On this day you will take part in Chimpanzee tracking where you will have an exclusive experience of the chimps plus many more primates which include but not limited to the following; Ugandan Mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, de brazza’s monkey, red colobus monkey, black & white colobus monkey, blue monkeys, baboons and many more varied types of primates Thereafter, return to your lodge for lunch

In the afternoon,

Visiting a local church & Bigodi Trading Centre
Bigodi village trail
Guided nature walks in Bigodi wetland sanctuary (Birding)
Experience a Ugandan school system
Visit elders’ homes for story telling
Get engaged in local community interactions.
Be entertained with cultural songs, dances & plays plus souvenir purchases.
Visiting homesteads

Later on, after this memorable experience, return to you lodge and enjoy your leisure in a quiet environment with sounds of fauna.

Overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale/ Papaya Lake Lodge/ Kyaninga Lodge.

Meal Plan:

Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9:   Leave Kibale Via Kampala To Entebbe & Departure

Journey time: 5 - 6 Hrs

After an early breakfast, depart Kibale via Fort Portal and Kampala City straight to Entebbe International Airport, so as to check in for your outbound flight. This road trip offers you an opportunity to shop for souvenirs in Fort Portal town (the most scenic town in Uganda) with a view of the largest tea plantation (Rwenzori Commodities). En-route meals are on client’s own cost but mineral water is fully provided at any time.

Day 8: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Via Ishasha Sector

Journey time: 4 - 5 Hrs
After breakfast and a leisurely morning, you will have a transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Southerly Ishasha Sector.
Tree climbing lions; this is the most captivating experience in Ishasha, thus its popularity in the entire national park. Tree climbing lions that reside up in the acacia and fig trees are spotted hanging up in the trees, as they try avoid tsetse fly and other ground insects’ bites, and they usually enjoy their prey high up in the trees.
You will have a picnic lunch near R. Ishasha and thereafter proceed with your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arriving in the afternoon.
Overnight at Mahogany Springs/ Trackers Safari Lodge
Basis
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9: Gorilla Tracking Day With Optional Activities

After an early breakfast, head to the park headquarters for briefing at exactly 8:00 am and tracking will commence in the next 30 min after registration and briefing by the ranger guides.
Gorilla tracking is a very captivating and unforgettable experience which more than repays the effort needed to reach Bwindi. This starts at 8:30 am and can last a few hours to a whole day depending on where the gorillas were left the previous day. After gorilla tracking, return to your lodge and have your lunch.
In the afternoon you may opt for a community tour (optional) where you will meet and interact with the indigenous mountain people (BATWA) ; learn about their way of life such as; hunting skills, medicinal knowledge, child upbringing, cuisines, art and crafts and many more interesting aspects.
Meal Plan
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
Drinks Included

Day 10: Scenic Journey To The Magical Lake Bunyonyi

Journey time: 2 - 3 Hrs
After checking out of your Lodge, start off your journey to the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. Upon arrival get to your lodge, check in and enjoy your lunch.
Then after lunch enjoy a community/nature walk with visits to;
• The terraced gardens at Lake Bunyonyi as you hike.
• Birding is awesome here, explore the unique birds of this pristine area.
• Bakora cave & the Abaheesi (traditional Blacksmiths)
• Visit a local market, homesteads & local schools around Lake Bunyonyi.
• Crafts are also there to purchase as souvenirs in support of the community’s development programs.
Overnight: Bunyonyi Eco Resort/ Arcadia Cottages

Day 11: Explore Bunyonyi To Lake Mburo N. Park

Journey time: 3 - 4 Hrs
After breakfast, you will get involved in a yet another adventurous experience which includes:
• Dug-out canoeing; explore the 29 Islands of Lake Bunyonyi together with guided nature walks.
• Visit the historical Islands of Akampene (punishment Island), Bwama & Njubeera Island (Sharp’s Island)
Return to your lodge for lunch and refreshment followed by a check out. Then immediately start off your journey to Lake Mburo National Park.
Overnight at Rwakobo Rock/ Mihingo Lodge/ Mantana Tented Camp

Day 12: Game Drive and Boat Cruise in Lake Mburo

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will go for your game drive in the woodland acacia. Expect a variety of flora and fauna which includes zebras, Roth’s child giraffes, elephants, elands, wart hogs, topis, Kobs and by chance some leopards. Visit the salt licks and watch animals licking natural salt to supplement their diet while at a viewing platform.
After lunch take a boat cruise will take you close to the rich flora and fauna of Lake Mburo. And along the shores, you will spot a variety of animals that come to water and cool off, thus suitable during the afternoon.
Optional activities. Horse riding, cycling, walking safari among others
Overnight at Rwakobo Rock/ Mihingo Lodge/ Mantana Tented Camp
Meal Plan
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 13: Travel to Kampala City

Journey time: 4hrs: -5 hours
Spend a leisurely day with lunch at the lodge, and after lunch depart Lake Mburo for Kampala. Have a stopover at the equator or a photo opportunity and then proceed to Kampala city. Spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight at Fairway Hotel & Spa/ Cassia Lodge/ Speke Resort Munyonyo
Basis
Bed and Breakfast

Day 14: Kampala Half Day City Tour & Departure

Journey time: 45mins – 1hr
On this final day of your safari, enjoy a brief tour of Kampala city with visits to; the highlights of the city such as the Buganda palace, Uganda museum, Nakasero market, all the historical monuments, the largest craft village and temples. You will later be transferred to Entebbe International Airport to check in for your flight.
END OF SAFARI
Disclaimer
1. The journey time(s) stated in the itinerary is estimation and it is subject to variation depending on traffic and road conditions.
2. Listed accommodation options are subject to availability at the time of booking. If not available, similar properties will be considered

Included/Exclude

  • Meals on a full board basis
  • Daily mineral water on safari
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • All park entry fees & cruise fee
  • Gorilla & Chimp Permits
  • Game drives & the Katwe experience
  • Transport in a 4X4 land cruiser (Window seat guaranteed)
  • AMREF emergency medical evacuation cover
  • Services of an English–speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the round trip
  • Meals & snacks outside accommodation
  • En Route–lunches
  • All optional activities
  • Extra nights at a fee
  • Medical & travel insurance
  • All drinks alcoholic & non-alcoholic
  • Expenses of a personal
  • Tips & gratuities

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