12

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Safari: Rwanda, Uganda

Primates and wildlife of Uganda and Rwanda

See mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys and tree-climbing lions, take a boat cruise and visit Rwanda's genocide memorial 

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If you have an interest in East Africa’s primates, birds and culture, this journey is for you. See the endangered mountain gorilla in both Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park and Uganda's Bwindi Forest, spend a full day with the chimpanzees at Kibale, track golden monkeys in Mgahinga, see plains game in Queen Elizabeth National Park and the tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha plains, go on a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel and experience the genocide memorial in Kigali. 

Permits and activities included
1 chimp habituation permit per person for Kibale Forest
Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park
1 gorilla tracking permit per person for Bwindi Forest
 

 

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What to Expect on This Safari

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1

Entebbe, arrival

Your transfer vehicle will meet you at Entebbe International Airport and drive you to your guesthouse. Enjoy your evening at The Boma Guesthouse, Entebbe, with breakfast included.

Meals: Breakfast

Transport: Airport transfer included

The Boma Entebbe (Entebbe, Uganda) - African Wildlife Safaris

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2

Your drive to Kibale is well worth it

This morning you'll leave the Boma Guesthouse and head to the Kibale Forest area. The six to seven hour journey goes via the rural towns of Mityana, Mubende and Kwenjojo and Fort POrtal through an attractive landscape of rolling hills with tea plantations and the Rwenzori Mountain chain on the background. You wil enjoy a packed picnic lunch en route. Spend the evening at the Primate Lodge Kibale, with your meals included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Transport: Included

Primate Lodge Kibale Forest cottage exterior, Kibale National Park, Uganda

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3

Full day with the Chimps

After an early cup of coffee, you'll accompany Kibale’s researchers and habituation into the Kibale Forest National Park as they follow chimpanzee families during their daily activities, getting them used to human presence without altering their natural behaviour. Once among the chimps, spend about an hour observing and following them.

Afternoon at leisure .Overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale, with your meals included.

Note: No persons under the age of 15 years will be allowed on chimp habituation.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Transport: Included
 

Primate Lodge Kibale Forest cottage exterior, Kibale National Park, Uganda

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4

Onwards to Queen Elizabeth

After breakfast at Primate Lodge Kibale you'll leave the Kibale Forest at a leisurely pace via the crater lakes to Kasese, the second most populous centre in western Uganda. The road passes through fertile agricultural land and follows the lower slopes of one of Africa’s largest mountain ranges – the Rwenzori Mountains. From Kasese, you'll cross the equator as the road passes though the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Uganda Kob antelope are abundant and you may be able to see elephant or buffalo in the distance. After lunch, continue your game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park as well as a cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Spend the night at the Ishasha Wilderness Camp, with your meals and drinks included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks

Transport: Included

Ishasha Wilderness Camp Bedroom in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

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5 to 6

Witness the unusual tree climbing lions

Today you'll explore the prime game viewing area of western Uganda. A network of tracks allows you to find elephant, buffalo and other animals in the grassland thickets that cover the north Kazinga area near the Mweya Peninsula. Lions and other big cats are most reliably sighted on the typical open East Africa savannah Kasenyi Plain, east of the Kasese/Mbarara highway. This area is known as the main breeding ground of the Uganda kob, the main source of food for lion prides in the area. The 32-kilometre Kazinga Channel is a dominant feature of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and links Lake George with Lake Edward. 

Enjoy a game drive in the Ishasha plains, which are well known for their tree-climbing lion population. From there you'll leave the park via an 80-kilometre dirt road (two to three hours, depending on road conditions) to Buhoma. On this scenic drive, the typical East Africa savannah plains will be left behind as you climb through rolling hills and terraced fields more characteristic of Central Africa. By mid-afternoon or early evening, you'll arrive at the small settlement of Buhoma – the base for your gorilla trek in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Spend two nights at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, with meals and drinks included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks

Transport: Included

Ishasha Wilderness Camp Bedroom in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

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7

Bwindi National Park all to yourself

From Queen Elizabeth National Park, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Buhoma Lodge, situated on the slopes of the Forest of Bwindi offering uninterrupted views of the pristine forest canopy will be your home for three nights with all your meals included. 

Visit the Community project at Ishasha Village. Here the local people will allow you to enjoy some time in their homesteads as well as some of the crops and curious they produce. However, other activities you'll enjoy include forest walks, visits to a local school, orphanage or Batwa pygmy village and curio shopping. Spot over 120 mammals, 345 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies and 160 species of trees in Bwindi National Park, located in the southwestern Uganda on the edge of Great Rift Valley. 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks

Transport: Included

Buhoma Lodge Exterior, Bwindi in Uganda

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8

Gorilla trekking, enjoy every minute

Today provides the rare opportuity to meet mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat.

Experienced guides and trackers will accompany you on an early morning trek through dense rain forests on the mountain slopes. Gorilla tracking may be fairly strenuous with treks ranging from two to six hours or longer at high altitudes through thick vegetation up steep slopes. 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks

Transport: Included


Note: No persons under the age of 15 years will be allowed on gorilla trekking.

Buhoma Lodge Exterior, Bwindi in Uganda

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9

Buhoma Village walk

Apart from trekking, enjoy other activities in the area such as a forest walk, a visit to a local school/orphanage or Batwa pygmy village as well as curio shopping. Forest walks and village community walks are optional. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge with all your meals included. ​

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks

Transport: Included

Buhoma Lodge Exterior, Bwindi in Uganda

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10

Drive via Kisoro to Rwanda

Today you depart Bwindi by road and head to the border  crossing into Rwanda to contunie teh gorilla trekking base. Overnight at the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for one night. 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks

Transport: Included

Exterior Mountain View Gorilla Lodge in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

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11

Visit the Dian Fossey Tomb

Trekking gorillas in the Volanoes National Park offers an equally memorable experience and is just as challenging. If you’ve opted not to trek today, take a hike to Dian Fossey’s grave or enjoy forest walk with Golden Monkeys.  

After lunch, you hed by road to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda – a bustling , clean and safe city.  Overnight Serena or similar, dinner included.  Optional visit to the haunting Genocide Museum.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Transport: Included


Note: No persons under the age of 15 years will be allowed on gorilla trekking.

Kigali Serena (Kigali, Rwanda) - African Wildlife Safaris

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12

Fly Home

After a leisurely breakfast, you'll check out of your room by latest 10 am and be met at the Kigali Serena Hotel by your driver guide foryour transfer to Kigali International Airport to connect with your flight.

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