Day 1: Our representative will pick you up from your hotel at your convenient time (usually after lunch or on arrival at the airport) and drive northwards. The road takes you through the beautiful terraced undulating hillsides that represent much of Rwanda’s landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the awesome volcanoes, with many peaks visible on clear days. Continue to Ruhengeri for overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel or Kinigi Hotel. (Drive takes a minimum of 3 hours).
Day 2: Park Des Volcans – Gorilla Tracking Day. Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda. In the morning you will be driven to park headquarters. After a briefing you'll begin your gorilla tracking adventure. You will be assigned guides and join other trackers allocated to the gorilla family you will be tracking. Tracking may take 2-8 hours depending on the movement of these primates. Overnight will be at your hotel facility.
Day 3: Volcanoes National Park. Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda. Either go gorilla tracking again – (optional top up of $500) in Parc National des Volcans (on payment of supplement at the time of booking), or visit the golden monkeys or drive to Gisenyi, visit Ross Carr’s orphanage and Lake Kivu or climb the Visoke/Muhavura volcanoes, or trek to Dian Fossey’s grave, or visit the local school, community projects or walk to Lake Bulera. Overnight at your hotel facility in Ruhengeri(FB).
Day 4: Ruhengeri Kisoro To Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. In the morning after breakfast, drive to Kisoro crossing the border to Uganda. Continue to Kabale, the Switzerland of Africa. Proceed to Lake Bunyonyi and overnight at Bunyonyi Overland Resort. Relax at the lakeside. Dinner and overnight (FB).
Day 5: Lake Bunyonyi – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. In the morning take a boat/canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi viewing many bird species including European migratory birds which can be viewed here because of the temperate climate in this area. Visit local group's activities on the island. After lunch transfer to Bwindi National Park. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Gorilla Trekking. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Go gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This forest is more dense, unlike the Rwanda habitat that is much forested, finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. An awesome moment! Tracking in Bwindi requires physical fitness. Alternatively, you will go for a nature or community walk if you are not tracking gorillas. Thereafter, transfer to Ishasha at the southern tip of Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for climbing lions. Dinner and overnight at Ishasa Wildness camp or Ishasha Bandas – UWA Camp.
Day 7: Climbing Lions. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. Today you'll enjoy a game drive looking for climbing lions, which are often seen in trees basking in the sun. This part of the park is famous for leopard, hippos in Ishasha River, elephant, buffalo and many bird species. After lunch, drive through the park to its northern part and check in at Mweya Safari lodge or Istitute hostel (FB).
Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. Go for an early morning game drive to seek out wildlife, rest during the heat of the day, and then go on an evening game drive. The game seen will depend on the season; the Kasenyi plains are good for lion while the Mweya Peninsula has a variety of animals including elephant, buffalo, hyena, antelopes, etc. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel where there is much wildlife and you can view many bird species along the Mweya Channel. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge or Institute Hostel (FB).
Day 9: Chimapanzee Tracking Nature Walk. Kyambura Gorge, Uganda. Take an excursion to Kyambura Gorge nearby to track the fast moving and elusive chimpanzees, one of man’s closest relations. The chimp population is quite mobile and the viewing is unpredictable, but the walk is enchanting. Alternatively, go for a nature walk in Maramagambo Forest to see other primates and to visit the bat cave and the blue lake. Dinner and overnight at lodge facility or Institute Hostel (FB).
Day 10: Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale National Park, Uganda. You will carry out another game drive in the morning exploring different tracks and exploiting all chances of viewing game that inhabit this beautiful part of the world. After lunch depart for Kibale Forest National Park – home of chimpanzees. Check in at Ndali Lodge or Fort Motel or Toro Resort for budget travelers.
Day 11: Primate Watch/Chimpanzee Tracking. Kibale National Park, Uganda.
After breakfast, start off with a local guide to track chimps in their natural habitat. Kibale Forest National Park is believed to have the highest concentration of primates in the world. Over 10 different species of primates including chimps, have been recorded in this park, including the very localized red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys. Tracking the chimpanzee, our ‘cousin’, is a very interesting experience. The way they feed, climb trees, respond to humans, and care for their young ones, is a must see.
A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders have recorded over 300 species including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush. Return to your camp and, in the afternoon, visit Bigodi Swamp. Enjoy bird watching and other activities that take place here and overnight.
Day 12: Murchison Falls. Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. Depart for Murchison Falls National Park where we have a lunch stop on the way. Enter through Bugungu Gate. Arrive in the evening at Sambiya River Lodge or Paraa Rest Camp (Red Chilli) for dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Wildlife And Game Viewing. Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. Enjoy a game drive in the morning with a local guide who will assist you in sighting the Congo Blue Mountains on a clear day. The game drive is carried out along the northern bank of the River Nile where concentrations of game is a common sight; including elephants, giraffes, antelopes, lions, leopards, hyenas and many bird species. Enjoy your picnic lunch.
In the afternoon, go for a boat cruise on the famous River Nile up to the bottom of the falls. Chances of sighting the shoe bill stork are high, although not guaranteed. Continue up to the bottom of the falls where you will see marine animals like the crocodiles, schools of hippos, and many species of birds. Overnight at Paraaa Safari Lodge or Sambiya River Lodge/Red Chilli Rest camp.
Day 14: Top Of The Falls – Kampala. Kampala, Uganda. Check out of your accommodation and then a drive brings you to the top of the falls. You are greeted with a spectacular sight where millions of gallons of water squeeze in a 6-meter gap before becoming the thunderous explosion of Murchison Falls. Then proceed to Kampala, passing through Bundongo Forest. Stop to view different species of flora, seeing particular tree species like mahogany (muvule), etc. that are characteristic of an African rain forest. Dinner and overnight at Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel/Entebbe Resort Beach/Sophies’ Motel for medium and Entebbe Flight Motel for budget.
Day 15: Entebbe Wild Life Education Center, Airport transfer. Entebbe, Wakiso, Uganda. If time allows, visit Entebbe Wildlife Eduation center (UWEC) or Botanical Gardens before transferring to the airport for your homebound flight.
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