15 Days Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Tour Packageoffered by supplier M19846 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 15 - 25 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 7 people
Destination(s): Uganda Rwanda
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 4980 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 11980 US Dollar (USD)
Day 1: Murchison Falls National Park. Visit the top of the Falls. Take your breakfast and then you will be picked up from your hotel in Kampala and drive through the famous Luwero triangle or Hoima and then Proceed through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. At the top of the falls, you will see the longest river in the world forcing its self through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. From here we will continue Game viewing on the way is very good; look out for hippos, elephants, buffalos and many other animals, seen grazing on the banks of the river. Dinner and overnight at Luxury – Nile Safari Camp (Break fast Lunch and Dinner - BLD).
Day 2: Morning game drive and boat Trip along the Victoria. After a cup of tea, embark on an early morning game drive on the northern bank where your guide will help you spot elephants, lions, Cape buffalo, rothchild’s giraffes, hartebeasts, waterbucks, oribi, bushbucks, bohor reed bucks, hyenas, and on rare cases leopards. Return to the lodge for mid morning breakfast. Relax at the lodge. After lunch, you will take an afternoon trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls.
This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness. Dinner and over night at the lodge (Break fast Lunch and Dinner - BLD).
Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park to Fort Portal. After break fast, we will depart to Kibale National park. Lunch en route Driving through the country side. We will arrive Fort portal town in the late afternoon. Tonight you will overnight at Luxury – Mountains of the Moon Lodge (Break fast Lunch and Dinner - BLD).
Day 4: To Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will be met by a tours representative from AA safaris and tours Ltd who will brief you. Shift to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Along the way, you will take a stop over at the Equator or the Mpigi Mpambire drum makers before you proceed. Take a game drive en route in search for wildlife. In the park you will have views of a beautiful panorama of the great lakes of Lake Edwards and Lake George, then also their gutter the great Kazinga channel. Drive to your lodge for dinner and overnight at Luxury – Mweya safari lodge.
Day 5: Game drive and lunch cruise. This morning you will leave for an early morning game drives. You will search for lions, buffaloes, kobs, the Python, Elephants, hyenas, warthogs, birds’ hippos and lots of other Savannah wildlife. We will return to the lodge for mid morning breakfast and lunch and a chance to relax. Take an afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga channel. At either 15.00 hrs or 5 pm. The Kazinga Channel is a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George, expect to get exposed to a bird scene with abundance of both typical and migrants species of bird and the highest concentration of hippos in Africa! The bird species on this channel include; pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others. After this wonderful afternoon, a slow drive/walk back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Chimpanzee trek in Kyambura Gorge and transfer to Bwindi. Take your breakfast and assemble at the Kyambura Gorge to start the chimpanzee trek. The trek takes 3-4 hours. This gorge lies south of Lake George and east of Queen Elizabeth National Park where the Kazinga Channel leaves the lake, flowing towards Lake Edward. Although it has similar ecosystems to QENP, the natural barriers created by the Kyambura Gorge and Kazinga Channel make it possible to manage the area as a separate entity. Kyambura gorge serves as a bumper for the north-eastern part of Queen Elizabeth NP. There is no land connection between the reserve and the park, animals simply crossing the Kyambura river where it is shallowest during the dry seasons to move between the protected areas.
The river gorge chains a high-canopy tropical forest which scores to a swamp-forest and papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) swamp near the river mouth. The eastern border follows Buhindagi river from Lake George, south-east to Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve (a moist semi-deciduous forest not presently included within the IBA) where the boundaries of the Forest and Wildlife Reserves adjoin. The reserve is a home both fresh and saline volcanic lakes, in the reserve, the most significant of which are the saline Bagusa, Lakes Nshenyi and Maseche; Lakes Kararo, Kinera, Chibwera and Kyamwiga have fresh water and more to see.
Later, you will leave for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Driving through the seasonal southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha. Found of tree climbing lions the Ishasha sector gets its name from the Ishasha River from intensively cultivated steep sided hills, and as a result carries a high runoff load from the fields. You will later drive to Bwindi, home to the few remaining mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers paradise! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda; and seven red data book species. Once continuous with the forests of the Virunga Volcanoes (Dian Fossey’s stomping ground), Bwindi is now an ecological island, surrounded by cultivation on the rich volcanic soils. Dinner and overnight at Luxury accommodation package - Gorilla Forest Camp.
Day 7: Gorilla track. Wake up for an early morning breakfast to give you the energy you need for this gorilla trek in Africa. You will be taken to the starting point for briefing and the ranger guides will lead you through the forest pushing your way through the bushes, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. (This trek can take from 1 hour to 10 hours and a rational amount of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of hiking boots). On encounter , you will stay in the forest among the gorillas for 1 hour , listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male- the silverback! It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas in the World. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left. Overnight at your lodge.
Day 8: To Rwanda – Volcanoes National Park. After breakfast, cross the border then you will be driven to Musanze. Ruhengeri which is also known as Musanze is the pedestal of Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda. Within Musanze. The main attractions in Musanze like the Volcanoes National Park, Virunga Mountains with their four peaks- Bisoke, Muhabura, Sabyinyo and Karisimbi. Karisimbi is the highest peak which can be climbed in two days. An easier climb can be done on Bisoke-one day. Other attractions include; the natural bridge, lakes Burela and Ruhondo. Dinner and over night at Virunga lodge.
Day 9: Another gorilla tracking Rwanda community tour. Rise up early and take breakfast, afterwards you will proceed and start another gorilla tracking expedition in Parc National des Volcans. The experiences are never the same for each is more interesting. You are likely to see what you missed finding the day before. On encounter of the gorillas, you will spend an hour with them –a paranormal experience. Return to the lodge. If you still have time, you will visit the Ross Carr’s orphanage; interact with the local school and community projects. Return for dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Day 10: Kigali City Tour. Have breakfast and leave for Kigali. Drive and take part in an amazing City tour which includes visiting the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and the genocide memorial. Enjoy your lunch on the way and relax in the afternoon. Dinner and over night at; Transfer to Kabale for your dinner and over night at
Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi. Not denying the inevitable rigorous day at Bwindi, most clients will cherish some relaxing moments on the shores of this peaceful lake. Tourists will choose among the various tour activities. They can choose to go birding, cycling, and sun bathing, swimming or even canoeing. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia cottages/ Bunyonyi Overland camp.
Day 12: Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo National Park. Very early in the morning, given the little time, take breakfast, then have a drive of 4 hours to Lake Mburo National Park. A game drive today will enable us to see the zebras, topes, elephants, elands, impalas, buffaloes antelopes, etc. Dinner and overnight at Mantana luxury tented camp/Agip Motel in Mbarara.
Day 13: Lake Mburo National Park – Kampala - Ngamba. After breakfast, we transfer to Kampala and head straight to Ngamba .You will be driven to the shores of Lake Victoria to meet your 9.00 am or 12:45 boat to Ngamba Island. The boat trip takes about 45 minutes-1 hour across to Ngamba Island, crossing the equator en-route. and will sleep at Ngamba GNC.
Day 14: To Ngamba island. The island harbours around 39 orphaned chimpanzees. The chimpanzee guides will give you a simple briefing on chimpanzee and later you will assemble at the visitor plat foam to encounter these animals feeding. This is a fascinating time to watch them whilst they feed. In this short time you are there, you will be able to see such different personalities amongst the group, with some whistling for food and others clapping.
Obviously the ideal option would be to re-introduce these orphaned chimpanzees to the wild however this is not possible for a number of different reasons and the sanctuary is not bad for second best. You will return to the mainland before driving to the Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre (zoo). Here they have replicated some of the country’s ecological zones such as Savannah, wetlands and tropical forest. If you have not managed to see the shoebill in the wild you are guaranteed a sighting here, as well as rhino. You will return to your hotel in the afternoon or evening.
Day 15: To Kampala city tour, if you missed it on Day 1. Wake up very early in the morning and go for a city tour around Kampala and later shop some souvenirs for remembrance of Kampala. Then later you will be transferred to Entebbe for your flight back home. Luxury Accommodation package quote AS $9400.77 person in a group of 6 people.
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Airfare is included in the tour price.
- Full board accommodation
- Transport in 4 wheel drive
- English-speaking driver guide
- 2 gorilla permit per person
- Chimpanzee permits
- Nature walks in Bigodi
- Game drives
- Boat rides
- Visiting the top of teh falls
- Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary
- Canoe Ride in Lake Mburo
- Park entrance fees
- Bottled drinking water.
- Optional activities
- Visa fees
- Airfares and any other item of personal nature.
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