10- day – Uganda – Rwanda – Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari

Posted by on June 4, 2017

Heart of Africa – 10- day – Uganda – Rwanda – Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari

10 days – your choice of Lodging in Rwanda and Uganda – Gorilla –  Chimpanzee Trekking Wildlife Safari


10- day – Uganda – Rwanda – Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari – Uganda – Rwanda Combined Primate and Wildlife Safari- – Start your Safari in Entebbe where you arrive in Uganda and fly out of Kigali Rwanda – in between it is Chimpanzee and Gorilla Trekking with wildlife game drives and Boat Rides – Twice Gorilla Trekking.


Day 1- Arrival in Uganda – Entebbe International  Airport:

Arrive at Entebbe airport – if you are coming from Europe – North America – most likely you will arrive at night after 10 pm.  If you come from the mid-east morning or afternoon, South Africa – early evening.

Arrival Notifications: 

You will need an East African Tourism Visa which will cover both Uganda and Rwanda.  You will also need a Yellow Fever Immunization Certificate.

In each case, you are met by our capable – driver-guide who will take you to the Airport Guesthouse.  Airport Guesthouse is a moderately priced hotel with rooms that are self-contained with bath.  Set in a nice garden away from traffic, 10 minutes from the airport.

Lodging:  Entebbe Lodging

Meal Plan:   Bed and Breakfast


Day 2 – Depart for Safari and transfer to Kibale:

Your 10- day – Uganda – Rwanda – Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari begins. Breakfast and depart by 7 am for Kibale Forest – which is a scenic 5-hour drive from Entebbe – Arrive at Lunch time at the Lodge you have chosen.

Lunch

3 pm Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary Walk – this is a guided walk through a jungle swamp -much of it on a wooden board-walk.  Here you can see primates including at times chimpanzees who come here to forage for food, also birds of various kinds including the Large  Blue Turaco.

At times you can also spot the semi-aquatic Sitatunga Antelope that is web-footed.

Your guide is quite experienced, very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna found here  and this walk benefits the local Bigodi Community.

Dinner

Lodging:  Kibale Forest Camp moderate or budget – other lodging choices

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

3 pm Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary Walk – this is a guided walk through a jungle swamp -much of it on a wooden board-walk.  Here you can see primates including at times chimpanzees who come here to forage for food, also birds of various kinds including the Large Blue Turaco.

At times you can also spot the semi-aquatic Sitatunga Antelope that is web-footed.

Your guide is quite experienced, very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna found here  and this walk benefits the local Bigodi Community.

Dinner

Lodging:  Kibale Forest Lodging

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 3 – Kibale Forest Chimp Habituation Experience – all day:

A very early breakfast – take a packed lunch from the lodge – a day-pack that is rain-proof (just in case) to protect  your belongings – 2 to 3 liters of water, snacks such as granola bars, camera equipment and anything else you would like.

Wear long- trousers, long-sleeved shirt, also wear a wide-brimmed hat, hiking boots with a good grip and well-worn in.

The Chimpanzee habituation experience begins early in the morning at dawn and lasts all day until late afternoon.  You are with a guide, and in the company of researchers, trackers, rangers and others who habituate chimps that you will be seeing today.

A one of a kind, unique experience – you will be able to shoot some great pictures and take home some great memories of this most eventful day with the chimpanzees of Kibale Forest.

Dinner at Kibale Forest Camp

Lodging:  Kibale Forest Lodging

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner – Breakfast


Day 4 – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Park:

 Breakfast and we take the 2 1/2 hour drive to Queen Elizabeth Park.

Before Checking in at Bush Lodge we take one of the most scenic drives in Uganda – The Explosion Crater Drive – 27 kilometer drive where you are at the highest point in Queen Elizabeth Park where you have views of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, the escarpment of the Albertine Rift, the Savannah below and Lake Edward and Lake George.

There are 12 craters found on this drive, some are covered with water, others with Savannah and or forests.

Simply beautiful scenes that you can capture with your camera. Some of the craters have been featured in National Geographic.

Check into the Lodge you have chosen.

 

Lunch

In the late afternoon, we t ake a game drive with a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger on board. between your driver guide and the UWA ranger, there is little that you will miss when it comes to birds, wildlife, and scenery before you.

Hopefully, you will spot some lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes of various kind, warthogs, savannah birds and more.  Each game drive is about 3 hours in length and there is a pop-up roof that allows you to stand in the vehicle for best photographs while you are out on a game drive.

Dinner

Lodging:  Lodging Choices.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 5 – Queen Elizabeth Park:

Breakfast

Morning game drive – each game drive is a different experience for you to take in as you drive down a different game track – you might see the same animals again, however it is in a different setting that makes each wildlife game drive a delight.

 The Queen Elizabeth National Park – Mweya area is one of the most popular wildlife areas in southwest Uganda and has much to offer as you are on a game drive and it is always a most interesting adventure.

Lunch

Afternoon Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel which is a natural channel that connects Lake George and Lake Edward.  This is one of the highlights of your time in Queen Elizabeth Park.  The boat slowly moves along the shore and you are able to see many pods of hippos, crocodiles, hippos, monitor lizards, antelopes, elephant herds, buffaloes, and at times in the late afternoon some predators come to water before the evening hunt.

Dinner

Lodging:  Lodging Choices.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 6 – Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with Game Drive in Ishasha – Tree Climbing Lions

Breakfast and we move to the Ishasha area (2-hour drive) of Queen Elizabeth Park where we take a game drive in search of the tree-climbing lions that the area is famous for.

The Lions climb up into the trees and sleep the day away after the night’s hunt, you may also spot a leopard up in a tree during this game drive.  Ishasha is the best area in East Africa for tree-climbing lions.  In Uganda, you can find them in both Kidepo Valley Park and here in Ishasha.

There is much more to be seen here on the vast Savannah such as Elephant herds, buffaloes, antelopes including the larger Topi antelopes with their rich coloring.

Lunch at Savannah Resort

We continue to the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where we check into the lodge you have chosen.

Dinner

Lodging:  Lodging Choices

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner – Breakfast


Day 7  – Gorilla Tracking – Rushaga – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

 Breakfast at the Lodge – pick up your packed lunch and put two liters of water into your daypack.  Camera equipment, granola bars might come in handy.

Dress in long trousers, long-sleeved shirt – both for protection against nettles, branches, shrubs.  Some tuck their trousers or jeans into their socks to guard against soldier ants.  Light rain-jacket, hat with wide brim, sturdy gardening gloves to pull yourself on branches.

Porter to carry your belongings is provided for the trek.  This frees you to take pictures and assists a Ugandan family.

The gorilla trek is from 3 to 5 hours in length or longer – however that hour with the mountain gorillas is most rewarding and you will not forget it anytime soon.

Optional Gorilla Habituation Experience:

Instead of Gorilla Trekking you can go on an all-day Gorilla Habituation Experience with researchers habituating a gorilla group. Your time with the gorilla group is 4 hours long.

Dinner

Lodging:  Lodging Choices

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner – Breakfast


Day 8-Move to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park:

 Breakfast and we move to Buniga Forest where we go on a guided walk with the first people of the forest who have been here for thousands of years, the Batwa Pygmy people.

Learn the ancient ways of hunting and gathering as you move through the montane forest from the Batwa people on this interactive walk.  This is a most informative – interactive walk and you have a chance to learn as to how small of an ecological footprint they left on their forest environment.

The Batwa People will show you their ancient ways of hunting and gathering, you will see primates, at times chimpanzees and birds in the forest.

Lunch at Dian Fossey’s home away from home in Rwanda – the Travelers Rest Hotel in the town of Kisoro. This hotel was owned by what one can call the Father of Uganda Gorilla Tourism – Walter Baumgaertel.

After lunch, we cross the border into Rwanda.  Quite a few countries are exempt from having to have a visa – if you need a visa – you have to apply on line and you cannot purchase it at the point of entry.

You can also obtain an East African Visa that is good for days for Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya – the cost is 100 USD.

Arrive at Kinigi in Rwanda – located next to Volcanoes National Park. Check into the lodge you have chosen

Dinner in the shadows of the Volcanoes

Lodging:  Volcanoes National Park.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 9 – Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda at Volcanoes National Park:

 Early breakfast and off to Park Headquarters for your gorilla tracking orientation where you are also offered a cup of coffee or tea as you a lovely Rwandan Intore Dance Performance.

Wear the same kind of clothing as you did for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Tracking.  Porters once again are there to assist you and to free you in order to take pictures.

You are assigned to track a gorilla family group based on your level of fitness and here in some cases, you climb up high – depending on where on the volcano your group is located.

This is your second gorilla trek in a different environment compared to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.

Three to five hours is the average gorilla trek, in some cases, it may last all day depending on where your group is located on that day.

Gorilla Permits in Rwanda are now 1500 USD each.

After Gorilla Trek – time permitting we visit the Iby” Iwacu Cultural village for a look into Rwandan life and culture.  Reservations must be made ahead of time.

Dinner

Lodging:  Volcanoes National Park.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


  Day 10 – Kigali – Departure for Home:

Breakfast and we depart for Kigali where we take in the Genocide Memorial which is one of Kigali’s most meaningful and sacred Places with over 250,000 victims of the Genocide buried here.

Lunch at Hotel Rwanda – des Mille Collines Hotel – optional not covered.

Shop for genuine Rwanda gifts to take home as memories of your time here

Depart for Kigali and airport departure

Overnight lodging can be arranged in case you have a morning departure time

Enjoy your combined 10 Uganda Rwanda –  Private Safari.


This better budget private safari includes all permits, all lodging, all food, all activities, bottled water in the vehicle and is changeable as to lodging arrangements.

It does not include – tips, drinks at lodges such soft drinks or alcohol


  If you area interested in this 10- day – Uganda – Rwanda – Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari – please contact us.