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16 Days Exploring Uganda-Rwanda , This safari will begin in Kampala Uganda’s capital and largest city and end in Kigali Rwanda’s capital and its largest city; it will give you an opportunity to do 4 Days Double Gorilla Trekking Rwanda, track the gorillas in Bwindi national park in Uganda and then in the volcanoes national in Rwanda, you will as well enjoy game viewing in the top gifted Uganda and Rwanda national parks, don’t forget tracking the chimps our closest relative in kibale forest national park and in Nyungwe national park Rwanda, visit the lake Kivu in Rwanda the freshest water body in Rwanda and enjoy beach activities . The safari will as well give you a chance to explore both countries on this 16 Days Exploring Uganda-Rwanda .

Detailed itinerary for 16 Days Exploring Uganda-Rwanda

Day 1: Arrival and Half Day Kampala City tour

on this 16 Days Uganda Rwanda,  arrival at Entebbe international airport, our safari guide will be waiting for you to transfer you to your booked accommodation in Kampala Uganda’s capital and largest city.

However if you arrive in time in Kampala, you explore the Kampala city and visit some of the interesting places around, including the Kasubi Tombs the burial place of over 4 kings of Buganda, Buganda kingdom to get more information about the origin and history of Buganda, visit the Namirembe and Rubaga cathedral, one of the biggest Christian churches in Africa.

Both churches offer a magnificent view of Kampala city, if time allows you will visit Namugongo shrine where over 22 Uganda martyrs where killed for failure to renounce their faith. Dinner and Overnight at

Location: Kampala/Entebbe

Accommodation options:

  • Luxury: Latitude 0 Degrees/ Serena Hotel Kigo
  • Mid-range: Cassia Lodge/ 2 friends Hotel Entebbe
  • Budget: Via Via hotel/Malakai Eco Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Half boar

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

on this 16 Days Exploring Uganda-Rwanda, Our safari guide will pick you up from your hotel in the morning after a hearty breakfast, gets you briefed about the safari and later drive you to the northeastern part of Uganda and finally to Murchison falls national park. The drive will take about 5-7 hours passing via Luweero triangle which is greatly remembered for the war victims, continue through Nakasongola to Masindi.

However before reaching Masindi, you may decide to visit the Ziwa rhino sanctuary and track the black and white rhino that are habituated here.

Tracking costs usd45 per person. From here we will continue to Masindi town for lunch, after an hour lunch break we will proceed to the top of the fall where the water marvels at the Might Nile being forced into a seven meter crevice to thunder 45 meters below in a series of cascades.

While here one can appreciate the staggering power with which the Nile crashes through the narrow gap in the escarpment. From here we will take a ferry crossing to our booked accommodation. Dinner and an overnight at

Location:  Murchison Falls National Park

Meal plan: Half board

Accommodation options:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge | Chobe Safari Lodge

Mid-range: Pakuba Safari Lodge | Murchison River Lodge

Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge | Hornbill Safari Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 3: Game drive and Launch cruise

Wake up early for a cup of tea/coffee, after you will be driven to the northern part of the park to catch up with early risen that rush from their hideouts, you will be fortunate to catch up with many predators and nocturnal animals including the leopard, hyena, hartebeests, lion, other animals expected to see include herds of elephant, buffaloes, giraffe, and many various species of antelopes plus a number of bird species.

The guide will be in position to give you any informative information on any species of wildlife you meet on the way. Later head  back to the lodge for full breakfast and lunch.

After lunch embark on a two hours boat cruise along the Nile for more chance to see various species of wildlife that feed and live on the lake including schools of hippos and crocodiles just a few meters from the boat, while elephants and buffaloes can be seen along the shoreline, the boat cruise also gives more chance to spot various species of birds including the fish eagle, and you may also see the rare shoe-bill.

After came back to the lodge for leisure and later Dinner and an overnight at

Location:  Murchison Falls National Park

Meal plan: Half board

Accommodation options:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge | Chobe Safari Lodge

Mid-range: Pakuba Safari Lodge | Murchison River Lodge

Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge | Hornbill Safari Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 4: Depart to Fort portal Kibale National park.

After breakfast, we will embark on a transfer to Fort portal with beautiful views of peoples homestead and plantation. The drive from Murchison to kibale forest N.P is about 7 hours’ drive and we will arrive in the late afternoon with lunch en-route in Fort portal.

From here we will proceed to Kibale forest national park popularly known for the highest concentration of primate species over 13 species are inhabited in kibale forest N.P  however, the commonly known is the chimpanzee which shares almost 98% of DNA make-up.

Dinner and an overnight at

Location: Kibale Forest National Park

Accommodation Option:

Budget: Lake Nkuruba Camp Site | Kibale Forest Camp|Rweteera Safari Park

Midrange: Chimpanzee Guest House | Kibale Forest Camp| Mountains of the moon

Luxury: Kyaninga Safari Lodge | Ndali Lodge|Papaya Lake Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water throughout

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi nature walk

Wake up early for breakfast to give you energy for chimp tracking, and after you will report to the ranger station in kibale forest national park at 8:00am to receive short briefings about chimp tracking and also gets you assigned to the ranger guide to track the habituated chimps.

After, follow the ranger guide to the forest to start the activity. Chimps are more closely related to humans than to any other living creature on earth; they are tremendous fun to watch when jumping from tree to tree.

The time taken in search of these creatures is unpredictable, however it can go from 1-6 hours as meeting them depends on where they spent their last night from  ounce they are met only one hour is strictly allowed with them while studding their behaviors as well as taking photography.

Others species of primates can also be seen in the process of chimp tracking including red colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, baboons, bush babies, yellow-billed barbets, Narina Trogon among many others plus various species of birds , mammals and butterflies.

After the activity, go back to the lodge for lunch, after lunch, you will go for a guided walk in Bigodi swamp to look for different species of birds like the shinning blue kingfisher among others and more species of primates . Dinner and an overnight at

Location: Kibale Forest National Park

Accommodation Option:

Budget: Lake Nkuruba Camp Site | Kibale Forest Camp|Rweteera Safari Park

Midrange: Chimpanzee Guest House | Kibale Forest Camp| Mountains of the moon

Luxury: Kyaninga Safari Lodge | Ndali Lodge|Papaya Lake Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water throughout

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park game drive

Following a hearty breakfast, will be a transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park one of the top most visited Uganda national park inhabited with a wide variety of incredible creatures.

on this 16 Days Exploring Uganda-Rwanda, We will enter the park via the northern crater area. Queen Elizabeth national park boasts one of the highest bio diversity rating of any game park in the world from the open savannah to rain forest, dense swamps and beautiful cater lakes .

16 Days Exploring Uganda-Rwanda

You will arrive in time for lunch and then in the evening go for a game drive for an opportunity to see many species of animals that rush to their hide-outs. Games expected to see include elephant, buffaloes, lion, leopard, waterbuck, Uganda kobs, warthogs, hyena among many others. Dinner and an overnight at

Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meal plan: half board

Accommodation Option:

  • Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages | Bush Lodge
  • Mid-Range: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge | Elephant Hub Lodge
  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge| katara Lodge
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner
  • Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking and launch cruise

Early morning breakfast and then after you will precede for a morning Game drive to catch up with the games that you missed the previous day. Expect to see elephant, worth hogs, buffaloes, leopard, lion, and bush buck, various species of birds among many others.

After this wonderful activity take slow drive back to the lodge for lunch, after lunch in the afternoon go for a two hours launch cruise on the kazinga channel which connects lakes George and Edward, and during the two hours launch cruise you will be fortunate to enjoy viewing more species of wildlife up close like hippos and crocodiles just feet from away from the boat , buffalo linger in the shallows, the shores of the channel are rewarding with thousands of species of birds including the pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork just to mention but a few. Dinner and an overnight at

Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meal plan: half board

Accommodation Option:

  • Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages | Bush Lodge
  • Mid-Range: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge | Elephant Hub Lodge
  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge| katara Lodge
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner
  • Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 8: Depart for Bwindi Gorilla National Park

Wake up early for a relatively early breakfast and then after, depart to Bwindi impenetrable national park a home to the few remaining mountain gorillas in the world, with a wide variety of bird life and primates over 348 species of birds are recorded in the area and it supports 24 of 26 Albertine rift endemics.

Depending on the nature of the road, we will pass via the famous part of the park famously known as the Ishasha sector known for housing the rare tree climbing lions, try to search them they are so interesting to spot sited in on fig trees or tree blanches.

Have lunch at the Ishasha River before continuing on to Bwindi national park arrive at the par the late afternoon. The evening is reserved for leisure as you wait for tomorrow’s most breathtaking activity gorilla tracking. dinner and an overnight at

Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Accommodation Option:

  • Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge | Buhoma Lodge
  • Mid-range: Gorilla Mist Camp | Bakiga Lodge
  • Budget: Ruhija Gorilla Friend camp,| Buhoma Community Camp/Bwindi view bandas
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

     

Day 9: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi national park

On this 9 day of 16 Days Exploring Uganda-Rwanda, wake up early for breakfast is followed with a transfer to the park headquarters to receive a short briefing from the park wardens about the whole process of mountain gorilla tracking and also gets you allocated to the gorilla family and the ranger guide.

From here the guide will take you through the bush to begin the most breathtaking safari activity at the park gorilla tracking. The trek will take you through thick and muddy forest with steep slopes, so a reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed and you should don’t forget tracking gears like study pair of walking shoes/boots, long sleeved shirts or blouses.8 Days Rwanda culture & gorilla tour

Tracking time is unpredictable it can go from a half to full day while searching these giants, as meeting them depends on where they spent their night before.  Ounce they are met you will strictly allowed only one hour with them. You will sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them gripe to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silver-back, on  this 16 Days Uganda Rwanda16 Days Uganda Rwanda

It is a breathtaking feeling sitting in the dense rain-forest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. In the process of tracking you will come across many forest flora and fauna and the guide will be available to give you any information on any species of wildlife you meet on the way.

In the evening if you still have energy you will take a guided village walk. Dinner and an overnight at

Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Accommodation Option:

  • Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge | Buhoma Lodge
  • Mid-range: Gorilla Mist Camp | Bakiga Lodge
  • Budget: Ruhija Gorilla Friend camp,| Buhoma Community Camp/Bwindi view bandas
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

     

Day 10: Depart for Lake Bunyonyi

Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast, and later we will embark on a transfer to lake Bunyonyi  the deepest lakes not only Africa but also in the world, it was named lake bunyonyi because of the very many small birds that reside along the shoreline, the lake has a nice view which makes it attractive.

Arrive in time at the lodge for lunch and after, go for a boat ride for an opportunity to explore the nearby island surrounds the lake.  And you will be fortunate to spot various species of birds that feed and live on the lake. You will return at the later in the evening. Dinner and an overnight stay at

Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Accommodation options;

Luxury: Birdnest @ Bunyonyi Resort,

Mid-range: Bird Nest Bunyonyi Overland Camp

Budget: Crater Bay cottages

Meal Plan; Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 11: Transfer to Rwanda.

Wake up relatively early for a morning breakfast, after you will drive to Uganda Rwanda boarder, after finalizing with the border crossing requirements we will enter Rwanda (the clocks go backwards one hour) with a scenic drive we will arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon, if you have energy take in the panoramic sunset over the volcanoes, as you wait for tomorrows most breathtaking safari activity gorilla tracking, 16 Days Exploring Uganda-Rwanda. Dinner and an overnight at

Location: Volcanoes National park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mid range:  Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/Da Vinci safari Lodge

Budget:Garden Palace Hotel/Kinigi Guest House

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 12: Mountain Gorilla Tracking (volcanoes national park)

After breakfast on this 16 Days Exploring Uganda-Rwanda, you will be driven to the park headquarters to receive short briefings by the park wardens/ senior ranger guide and also gets you allocated to the gorilla family in respect to client’s physical abilities. After briefing, the ranger guide will transfer you to the starting point to begin the search of our close cousins who shares almost 97% human genes.

This is a breathtaking experience on should not love to miss in the life time. Gorilla tracking time is unpredictable as the time to meet these giants depends on where they last seen the previous day, so a reasonable degree of fitness is needed as well tracking gears like strong pairs of walking shoes/boots It’s a breathtaking moment to sit among the gorillas listening to them grumble to each other, it’s an extraordinary feeling sitting in the forest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas, it’s amazing that only 880 of these remaining creatures left.

Upon spotting them one hour is allowed to stay with these animals while taking photography as well as imitating their calls.

Then return to the point where your vehicle is stationed so as to transfer you back to the lodge and later you may go for nature walk to Lake Ruhondo and Burera (Optional)/ take a community walk to the near community of banyarwanda. Dinner and an overnight at

Location: Volcanoes National park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mid range:  Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/Da Vinci safari Lodge

Budget:Garden Palace Hotel/Kinigi Guest House

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 13: Transfer to Lake Kiva

on this 13 day of 16 Days Exploring Uganda-Rwanda, This day you will depart volcanoes national park after breakfast to Lake Kivu Rwanda’s freshest water body, the lake offers an opportunity to enjoy beach activities like swimming, beach volley ball, sun bathing and also you can decide to take a boat ride to the nearby island while on the boat you will see many species of birds that live and feed on the lake, see fishermen and people’ plantation in the vicinity. Come back to the main land and later to the hotel for dinner and an overnight at

Location: Lake Kivu

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Mid range:  Palm Beach Hotel

Budget: chimpanzee Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 14: Depart for Nyungwe forest national park

With a relatively hearty breakfast, we will depart to Nyungwe forest national park in the southwestern part of Rwanda. Nyungwe forest national park is a home to over 15 species of primates, the most common is the chimpanzee the most close relative to human sharing almost 98% of human genes.

Before arriving at the park we will first visit the Butare town and explore interesting places like the kings palace at Nyanza, the murambi genocide memorial site, if time allows also visit the Butare Museum, enjoy lunch en-route before we continue to the park. Dinner and an overnight at

Location: Nyungwe forest national park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Mid range: Nyungwe top View Hill Hotel

Budget: Nyungwe Guest house/ (Gisakula Gust House

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 15: Chimpanzee tracking

Wake up for an early breakfast and then after, transfer to the park headquarters to receive short briefings about the dos and dont’s while with the chimps and also get you assigned to ranger guide.

After, you will follow the ranger guide to the forest to begin the search of our cousins who shares almost 98% of human genes. Chimps are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruitful trees.

The incredible diverse forest is a home to over 13 species of primate, other species expected to see during the search of chimps include the black and white colobus monkey, baboons, civet monkey, mona monkey, grey mangabey, black faced vervet monkeys among many others. chimp tracking may go from 1-6 hours and ounce they are met, you strictly allowed one hour with them while studding as well as taking photos (flash cameras are not allowed) on this 16 Days Uganda Rwanda.

After activity return back to the lodge for lunch, in the evening, you may go for an optional nature walk. Dinner and an overnight at

Location: Nyungwe forest national park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Mid range: Nyungwe top View Hill Hotel

Budget: Nyungwe Guest house/ (Gisakula Gust House

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 16:Departure.

Wake up early for a robust breakfast, and then after, our safari guide will drive you to Kigali and if time allows enjoy a city tour and visit some of the interesting places in Kigali like the genocide memorials, National Museum, market places, among many others.

Have lunch en-route and later you will connect to Kigali international airport for your departure flight back home if scheduled on this day.

Thus the End of safari of 16 days Uganda and Rwanda safari

The safari include on the 16 Days Exploring Uganda-Rwanda

  • 4×4 Ground transportation and fuel
  • Full English speaking safari driver/ guide an all his associated expenses
  • Park entrance fees
  • Government taxes
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • 2 gorilla permits per person
  • 2 Chimp permits per person
  • Lake Kivu
  • Game drives and launch cruise
  • Lunch en-route
  • City tour and any other activities included in the itinerary

Not included on the 16 Days Exploring Uganda-Rwanda

Visa fees

Airport taxes

items of personal nature like bar bills

Tipping

Laundry, and any expenses of personal nature

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