Ultimate Uganda Rwanda Safari

21 Days Ultimate Uganda Rwanda Safari, Start: Kampala End: Kigali
Big 5, Savannah Game Drives, Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzees, Community Walks, Birding Adventures

Overview

This Ultimate Uganda Rwanda Safari trip will start in Kampala and it will end in Kigali Rwanda. It specifically includes two chances to see mountain gorillas in both Uganda and Rwanda and it will take you to the most important places of both Uganda and Rwanda such as Jinja, Murchison falls national park, Kidepo valley national park, Kibale forest national park, Queen Elizabeth national park with Ishasha sector famous for its tree climbing lions, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Volcanoes National Park Rwanda with Kigali city tour.


Highlight of 21 Days Ultimate Uganda Rwanda Safari

  • Kampala and Kigali city tours
  • Game drives in Savannah of Kidepo Valley National park, Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park with search for tree climbing lions in ishasha sector.
  • Boat cruise along the Nile River in Jinja Nile source and to the bottom of the Murchison falls, on Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth national park, and on Lake Bunyonyi.
  • Gorilla tracking twice in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park and in Volcanoes national park of Rwanda
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest national park
  • Golden monkeys tracking in volcanoes national park
  • Nature walks
  • Community walks with visit to pygmies
  • Rhino tracking in Ziwa sanctuary

Included in the price

  • Airport transfers
  • Kampala city tour
  • Kigali city tour
  • Golden monkey tracking permit
  • Rhinoceros tracking in Ziwa sanctuary
  • Chimpanzee Tracking permit
  • Source of the Nile visitation fees
  • Park entry fees
  • Nature walks
  • Game drives mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bigodi wetland sanctuary walk
  • Boat cruises as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Cultural visitation fees
  • Transport costs in a 4wd vehicle with pop up roof
  • Full time English speaking knowledgeable guide/driver and his allowance
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Drinking water during the tour
  • Government local tax on Accommodation

Excluded in the price

  • Any domestic or International flights
  • Visa fees
  • All optional activities
  • Medical and travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to the guide/driver and hotel staffs.
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary of personal nature like laundry and beverages, souvenirs and telephone bills.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival & transfer to Hotel in Entebbe / Kampala

Upon your arrival at Entebbe international Airport, you will be welcomed by one of our tour driver/ guide who will transfer you to your Hotel booked in either Entebbe or Kampala for an overnight stay.

ACCOMMODATION:

  • LE PETITE HOTEL
  • CASSIA LODGE
  • KARIBU GUEST HOUSE ENTEBBE

Kampala city tour

Day 2 – Kampala City Tour & Transfer to Jinja Town

After your breakfast, the guide will pick you from your place of stay to start on the Ultimate Uganda Rwanda safari with a Kampala city tour. You’ll have a chance to visit some of the cultural and historical sites such as Kasubi Royal Tombs, where the previous Kings of Buganda were laid to rest,, Namugongo martyrs shrine where the some of the first christian were martyred,  Uganda National Museum that exhibits a rich history and culture, Lubiri and Idd Amin torture chembers, Gadhafi National mosque, Nakasero fruit market, craft villages and any other place of interest. You will have your lunch in Kampala, later you will be driven to Jinja town where you will spend a night;

  • HAVEN RIVER LODGE
  • 2 FRIENDS GUEST HOUSE
  • EXPLORERS CAMP

Day 3 – Visit the source of Nile, Speke monument and drive to Kampala with a visit to Sezibwa Falls & Mabira forest

On this day of your Ultimate Uganda Rwanda safari, have your breakfast then the guide will pick you from your hotel and take you to Jinja town. with the visit to the source of the Nile River which is world’s longest River and Speke monument using the local boat later visit local market have lunch and head back to Kampala with en route visit to Mabira forest, Sezibwa falls or do a Whole day white water rafting on the Victoria Nile. And head back to Kampala.

You will continue and check-in at

  • SHARATON HOTEL
  • LE PETITE VILLAGE HOTEL
  • CASSIA LODGE

Day 4 – Depart Kampala for Kitgum Town for a night, En-route Rhino tracking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

On this day, you will have an early breakfast; thereafter you will be driven to Kitgum town for an overnight with en route visit to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for the Rhino tracking which takes approximately one hour.

You will have lunch on the way and continue to check in to your Hotel for dinner and overnight stay at

  • BOMAH HOTEL
  • FUGLEYS GUEST HOUSE

Day 5 – Drive to Kidepo Valley National Park & Game drive in afternoon.

A relatively early start, after breakfast your tour guide will drive you towards north eastern Uganda to Kidepo valley national park, this is one of Uganda’s best Game Park which hosts variety of animal species and the only place in Uganda where one can see cheetah and ostrich. Here you will enjoy viewing the life style of the Karamojongo people who are closely related to the Masai of Kenya and Tanzania (cattle keeping people) as you will pass through their homesteads.

Continue and make it to Apoka tourism zone with en route game drive later you will check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at

  • APOKA LODGE
  • SAVANNAH LODGE

Ultimate Uganda Rwanda Safari in Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda Safari

Day 6 – Game drive in morning, and another game drive in the afternoon

After an early breakfast, you will be picked from your Lodge and go for an early morning game drive with chances to see big herds of Giraffes, Elephants, Buffaloes, zebra, Waterbucks, wart hogs, prides of Lions which are sometimes seen lying on big rocks, leopards, look out for cheetah and ostrich, kudu lots of birds and many more . Return to the lodge for lunch break then later after lunch head back for another game drive in evening hours for more chances to see animals and sun set.

You will go back to your lodge for your dinner and overnight stay at DAY 5.

Day 7 – Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

After your early breakfast, you will exit the park and drive to Murchison falls national park, which is the largest and most beautiful park of Uganda, bisected by the world’s longest river the Nile.

Here you will be open to more animals of the Savannah where Elephants, giraffes, Buffaloes, lions, jackals, hyenas, Uganda kobs, Oribi that can be encountered in your game drives with hippopotamus and Nile crocodile that will often be seen using the boat cruise as you follow the upstream side to see the mighty Murchison Falls from the bottom as where the name of this park is derived from.

You will make several stop over for pictures, lunch on the way and proceed en route game viewing, once you enter the park, continue to check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at

  • PARAA SAFARI LODGE
  • PAKUBA SAFARI LODGE
  • FORT MURCHISON

Day 8 – Game drive and boat trip in the afternoon to the bottom of the falls

On this day you will have early morning breakfast and then go for the Game drive where you will see Savannah game such as giraffes, Elephants, Buffaloes, Uganda kobs, Jacksons hart beasts, wart hogs, Oribi, and on lucky occasions lions leopards hyenas as well as jackals plus a lots of bird species thereafter return back to the lodge for lunch break, afterwards go for the boat ride in the afternoon.

You will later return to the lodge for overnight stay at DAY 7.

Day 9 – Early morning Game drive and transfer to Hoima town for a night.

A relatively early morning start, after your breakfast your guide will pick you and take you to the game drive for more chance to try early raisers like lions leopards, elephants, hyenas, jackals, Buffaloes, Giraffes, warthogs, Hartebeests, Uganda Kob, waterbucks among other animals then later you will transfer to hoima town where the seat of the Bunyoro Kitara kingdom is found to shorten the journey to Kibale national park the next day, you will check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay at

  • HOIMA CULTURAL LODGE
  • HOTEL KONTIK

Day 10 – Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After your relaxed breakfast, you will start your journey heading to Kibale forest national park for around 6 hours, the home to our closest relative chimpanzee. Here over 13 primate species are recorded including the red Colobus and the chimpanzee, besides these, there are around 350 bird species recorded making it the best place for primates and bird watching in Uganda.

You will then proceed passing through different village along the Albertine rift making several stops for photography and later check in to your lodge in preparation for your chimpanzee trek the next day you will stay at

  • KYANINGA LODGE
  • CRATER SAFARI LODGE
  • CHIMPANZEE GUEST HOUSE

Ultimate Uganda Rwanda Safari in Kibale Forest National Park

Day 11- Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi nature walk

On this day after your breakfast you will assemble at the ranger station ready for your chimpanzee tracking, you will then be briefed about the do’s and don’ts while with chimpanzee thereafter proceed your trek which will take you 3 to 4 hours.

After tracking you will go for lunch break, later go for Bigodi wetland sanctuary for more primate and bird watching walk that will take approximately 3 hours.

You will then return back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at DAY 10.

Day 12 – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and afternoon game drive

Wake up and take your relaxed breakfast then head to Queen Elizabeth national park via Kasese town with the better view of the mountain of the moon called Rwenzori which is Uganda’s highest mountain, it’s on this day where you will cross the equator as you enter the park.

You will proceed and check in to your lodge, then later go for evening game drive in search of Savannah game like Elephants, buffaloes, lions, water bucks, Uganda kobs, lucky enough leopards hyenas and variety of bird species associated with Savannah grassland, thereafter you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay at

  • MWEY SAFARI LODGE
  • ENGANZI LODGE
  • BUSH LODGE

Day 13 – Game drive and afternoon Kazinga channel boat cruise

On this day, take a cup of tea or coffee and go out for morning game drive to catch up with early raisers like lions leopards hyenas among others that will take you approximately 3 – 4 hours, later return to the lodge for a full breakfast and lunch break. After lunch you will be driven to the jetty for your afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga channel a natural water body that connects two rift valley lakes George and Edward found within the this park.

This will take a maximum of 2 hours thereafter return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay at DAY 12.

Day 14 – Transfer to Ishasha, afternoon game drive in search of tree climbing lions.

After morning breakfast, transfer to the southern part of the park called ishasha which is famous for tree climbing lions that are always sighted clinging in between the branches of the fig trees, have your lunch and do game drive in the afternoon in search of them. Here you stand more chance to see as you take more pictures of other animals like topi found only in this part of the park, Elephants, hyenas, Uganda kobs, herds of Buffaloes, birds, warthogs and possibly leopard and schools of hippopotamus in Ishasha River. Later check in to your lodge for overnight stay at

  • ISHASHA JUNGLE LODGE
  • SAVANNAH RESORT HOTEL

Day 15 – Morning game drives and transfer to Bwindi National park.

On this Ultimate Uganda Rwanda Safari day after your breakfast, you will go for another game drive in ishasha for more chances to see tree climbing lions as well as other Savannah game and thereafter transfer to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park which is the home to the rare mountain Gorillas and other forest mammals like Duiker, chimpanzees, Colobus monkeys and many more. Check in to your lodge for relaxation in preparation for the next day’s Gorilla experience.

You will check-in to

  • MAHOGANY SPRING
  • BUHOMA LODGE
  • BUHOMA COMMUNITY REST CAMP

Ultimate Uganda Rwanda Safari

Day 16 – Bwindi forest N P; Gorilla tracking in Uganda and nature walk

Wake up early and take your breakfast, then with your packed lunch and drinking water plus your tracking gear report to the ranger station ready for the exiting encounter to these gentle giants the mountain Gorillas. You will attend the briefing about the Do’s and Don’ts of gorilla tracking by the ranger guide. After the briefing, you will then set off to the forest for your gorilla tracking adventure, which may take 3-6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. You will be allowed to stay with the gorillas for a maximum of one hour once you find them.

On return from gorilla trekking, you will refresh at the lodge, if time allows and you are still strong enough, go for nature walk in the park up to the waterfall.

Return to the lodge later for Dinner and overnight stay at DAY 15.

Day 17 – Community walk & Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

After your relaxed breakfast, you will go for community walk and meet the Batwa people and learn more about their traditional lifestyle. The Batwa/ pygmies are the short people who used to live in the forest surviving on fruit gathering and hunting before they were evicted from the forest for conservation purposes, on your return, you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi the most beautiful and deepest lake of Uganda. Arrive in the afternoon relaxed Dinner and overnight stay

  • BIRDNEST RESORT LAKE BUNYONYI
  • ARCADIA COTTAGES
  • BUNYONYI OVERLAND RESORT

Day 18 – Boat ride to visit the historical islands,  Transfer to Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park

On this day after your breakfast, you will take a boat ride or canoe visiting different islands including, the punishment island, Sharps island, Bushara Island and many others. You will learn about their history, and when you return, you will have lunch and afterwards you will drive to Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, cross over at Cyanika border to check in to your hotel for overnight stay at;

  • MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE
  • LE BAMBOO GORILLA LODGE
  • MUHABURA HOTEL

Day 19 – 2nd Gorilla tracking and cultural visit to Gorilla Guardians Village (ibyi wacu)

Another amazing Ultimate Uganda Rwanda Safari day for you, after your breakfast report to the park offices for the briefing about gorilla tracking well dressed in tracking attire and drinking water the tracking here will take few hours to 8 hours, you will be split into small groups of 8 people and the walk up the mountain with a park ranger who will interpret the gorilla behaviors in the wild, later after tracking you will visit cultural village called Iby iwacu for cultural demonstrations and entertainments .then go back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at DAY 18.

Day 20 – Golden monkey tracking/ Dian Fossey Grave hike and transfer to Kigali city.

Wake up and take your breakfast, then drive to the park office ready for golden monkey tracking. Alternatively you can choose to Go for Dian fossey grave hike to Karisoke. The trekking will take 3-5 hours in total, and on return from your trek you will have lunch afterwards set off  to Kigali. You will check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay at

  • KIGALI MARRIOT HOTEL
  • FLAME TREE VILLAGE
  • FIFE TO FIVE HOTEL

Day 21 – Kigali City tour and departure.

After your breakfast, the tour guide will pick you from your hotel and take you to Kigali city tour where you will visit Kigali genocide memorial, Nyamata church, and Caplak Craft village and other local market. You will Later be transferred to the Airport if it will be your scheduled departure flight or to your Hotel as you reach the end of your safari.

Note that accommodation suggested are categorized as  Budget, Mid-range and luxury. Choose you the category according to your choice and budget.

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