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. 

USD1700 worth of 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
1 golden monkey tracking permit per person for Mgahinga National Park
1 gorilla tracking permit per person for Volcanoes National Park
Entrance fees for Kigali Genocide Memorial & Museum


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What to Expect on This Safari

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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



Your drive to Kibale is well worth it

This morning you'll leave the Boma Guesthouse at 8:30am for Fort Portal some 320 kilometres west of the capital in the northern foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. The four hours’ drive goes via the rural towns of Mityana, Mubende and Kwenjojo before entering Fort Portal through an attractive landscape of rolling hills with tea plantations and the Rwenzori Mountain chain on the background. After lunch in Fort Portal, you'll leave for the Kibale Forest National Park. This 35- kilometre (1-1,5 hours, depending on road conditions) stretch goes via a dirt road and passes a few scenic crater lakes before entering the dense tropical rain forest. 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



Full day with the Chimps

After an early cup of coffee you'll accompany Kibale’s researchers and habituators 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. You can expect to see the chimps de-nesting (coming out of their nocturnal nests) between 5:30am and 6am, before following them during the day until they create new nests and retire for the night around 7pm. 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



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. Spend the night at the Kyambura Gorge Lodge, with your meals and drinks included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Included

Volcanoes Kyambura Lodge View in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda



Kazinga channel and plains game

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. At 3pm you'll enjoy a two- to three-hour boat cruise on the channel, which attracts a variety of animals and birds and has one of the world’s largest concentrations of hippos year round. Overnight at Kyambura Gorge Lodge, with meals, drinks and activities included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Included



Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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 in the small settlement of Buhoma – the base for your gorilla trek in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp, with meals and drinks included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Included

Watching gorillas at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Uganda



Gorilla trekking, enjoy every minute

Gorilla trekking is an unforgettable experience which more than repays the effort needed to reach Bwindi and to trek through the forest. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these giants of the Bwindi Forest is surely the most exciting and moving wildlife encounter Africa has to offer. Spend a second night at Gorilla Forest Camp, with meals, drinks and activities included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Included

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



Mgahinga Gorilla National Park all to yourself

Leave the northern sector of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via a scenic rural back road with magnificent views on rolling hills and terraced fields. The road passes through the bamboo and montane forest of the Echuya Forest Reserve. By early/mid-afternoon you'll arrive in the town of Kisoro at the base of the Virunga Mountains. Spend the night at Mount Gahinga Safari Lodge overlooking the Virunga Mountains, with your meals and drinks included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Included

Mount Gahinga Lodge View in Virunga Volcanoes, Uganda



Golden monkeys and into Rwanda

After an early breakfast you'll go in search of endangered golden monkeys in the Mgahinga National Park, spending most of the morning exploring Mgahinga’s old forest. Around midday you'll leave Kisoro for the border with Rwanda. Once through immigration and customs, you'll continue to Musanze (formerly Ruhengeri), overlooking the beautiful lakes Burera and Ruhondo and with breathtaking views over the Virunga volcanoes. Spend the night at the Virunga Volcanoes Lodge, with your meals and drinks included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Included

Virunga Lodge Exterior View in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda



Your Rwandan Gorilla trekking and onwards to Kigal

Today you'll go to find the gorillas on the Rwandan of the mountains, leaving for the Volcanoes National Park headquarters after an early breakfast. You'll get a guide and be allocated your gorilla family before you set off into the rain forest to enjoy an hour with the gorillas. Your second gorilla trek is usually better because now you know what to expect. Afterwards, you'll leave for Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali, where you'll be dropped off at the Kigali Serena Hotel. You'll be taken to the Milles Collines Hotel or ‘Hotel Rwanda’ for dinner, returning to the Kigali Serena to sleep.

 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



Fly Home

After a leisurely breakfast, you'll check out of your room by latest 10am and be met at the Kigali Serena Hotel by your driver guide for a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial & Museum, followed by lunch in town. You'll then be transferred to Kigali International to connect with your flight.

Safari Map

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The Primates of Uganda & Rwanda (EA 11 days) safari map

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