DISCOVERY OF THE WONDERS OF RWANDA AND UGANDA| 9 Days
Join us as we take this thrilling road exploration of the natural wonders of Uganda and Rwanda. Let’s meet nature as we drive through Rwanda’s rolling hills, dance to the tunes of Uganda’s pygmy people-the Batwa, get covered in the dense forests of Bwindi and Kibale, come up close to the Mountain Gorillas and as we venture into the lion territories of Queen Elizabeth National Park. There is yet more reason: We will find time to walk in Lake Mburo National Park with giraffes and Zebras in our midst, spot the big five game of Africa, eat and dine with the locals and have boat cruises on the Kazinga Channel of Lake Edward and George!
This package is for that traveler who wants to cross various continents, visit different countries, explore, adventure, learn and relax, yet at an affordable price. Join us!
- Kigali City tour for Rwanda’s landmarks, unique history, people, culture and art.
- Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Batwa trail experience
- Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park as we venture into the lion territory and the big five.
- Walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park-the Zebra Paradise
Boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel in Queen
Day 1 — Arrival in Kigali for Rwanda and Uganda tour
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel by any company staff member. The company guide will brief you about the safari that will be commencing the next day.
Day 2 — Kigali City Tour and transfer to Bwindi impenetrable forest
We start this thrilling safari by being introduced to the African Life Style. We will explore the city of Kigali with an intention that we observe the people of Rwanda as they go about their daily business, visit historical sites such as the Genocide Memorial, the Kandt National Museum and several local markets. It is intended that we leave with an experience about life, culture and the people of Rwanda.
We will then set our sights onto the country side as we drive to cross to Uganda to experience nature!
Day 3 — Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park– Uganda
We will spend the third day in the biologically diverse forest of Bwindi! Be at your best and join the rest as you go gorilla trekking. This amazing activity is conducted through the densely forested steep hills until you finally meet these tranquil gorillas within the green plant cover. It is such a wonderful and memorable encounter. Wild animals may be found elsewhere in the world! However, Gorillas are only endemic to Uganda and some parts of Rwanda and DR Congo! Still, half of the world’s population is in Bwindi-Uganda! You get a great deal when you opt for this Safari to Rwanda and Uganda! Nature and great scenery is in Bwindi! The forest is mist covered yet you will have great opportunity to spot several other primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including the 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
Trekking Gorillas is a very interesting activity! It comes with anxiety before you meet the gorillas and when you spot them, you get filled with amazement!
Gorilla trekking groups are assigned on fitness levels. You can request a shorter or longer hike depending on your preferences. For many, the chance to trek in such exotic forest makes a longer hike worthwhile. Others might prefer to meet the gorillas that are closer to the trailhead.
After this fun filled expedition, you will travel back to your lodge for relaxation or for any other preferred activity like walks or bird watching.
Day 4 — Live and learn with this day’s Batwa life experience
The Pygmy- Batwa people are a traditionally hunter -gatherer group, who lived within the forests of Bwindi and survived on small mammals and plants. After plans to conserve and gazette National Parks in the early 1990’s, the Batwa were forced to leave the forest and were no longer able to enter the park to gather food.
Despite being forced to move from the forests, they still cherish their culture and traditional simplistic way of life. Let’s visit them and learn more about their way of life, history and future plans!
Day 5 — Day of relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi
Uganda boasts of daily weather conditions that allow 12 hours of sunlight! Most of the days the sun shines through without any interruption of rain or clouds! On such days, relaxation at water fronts is ideal! We plane that you spend this day while relaxing at the shores of Lake Bunyonyi. You will also have a boat ride, go canoeing and or opt for swimming.
Lake Bunyonyi is located in south western Uganda at 1962m above sea level and is surrounded by steep sided heavily cultivated hills of Kabale. Lake Bunyonyi (literary meaning ‘the place of many little birds’) is a beautiful place with 29 islands dotting the center of the lake and believed to be the 2nd deepest lake in Africa after Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika.
Day 6 — Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park through the Ishasha Sector!
Next highlight of this safari is the adventure in the wilderness of Ishasha that is famously known for tree climbing lions! We will leave Bunyonyi early and venture into the Lion Territory as we travel to Queen Elizabeth Natonal Park. The southern part of Queen Elizabeth is covered by savannah plains, thickets and fig trees that offer good hunting grounds for the tree climbing lions! Keep your camera and binoculars close such that you do not miss the opportunity to take that great and memorable shot for your home gallery!
Day 7 — Exploration of the Northern Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth is greatly habited by the big five, various primate species as well as over 600 species of birds! You intended to see animals! Exploration of Queen Elizabeth gives you opportunity to spot Elephants, Buffalos, lions, Leopards, Warthogs, Hyenas, water bucks, antelopes and many bird species such as Ibis, Fish Eagles and vultures among others that live in this park. Exploration of the Kasenyi plains of this park will be an awesome activity!
Exploration of the park will be supplemented with an evening boat cruise along the spectacular Kazinga Channel which connects Lake Edward to Lake George. The boat ride along the banks will give you an opportunity to see yawning hippos, herds of Uganda kob with their black and white spiraled horns, Nile crocodiles sunbathing, as well as elephants immersing themselves beneath the water while poking their trunks up and splashing themselves with water to cool off.
Day 8 — Travel to Lake Mburo National park and watch giraffes and Zebras graze while on a walking safari!
After the exhilarating experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park, embark on the journey to the calm and beautiful Lake Mburo National Park. The wooded grassland section of the park is endowed with giraffes, herds of buffalos and a large numbers of antelopes like Elands, Topis, Impalas, Waterbucks, Bush duikers, and Zebras.
Lake Mburo National Park is peculiar; as it is the only place in Uganda’s parks where you can do a walking safari and come up close to friendly animals like giraffes and Zebra! What a photograph you may take in such environs!! The entire Lake Mburo Park is a place of magical beauty; “a place where the vision of a deep red sunset silhouetting the thorny acacia shrub along the extensive marshy area can be experienced.
On arrival, go for the afternoon boat cruise on Lake Mburo and experience a variety of aquatic life in the make of hippos, crocodiles. Different bird species can also be seen during this boat cruise. These may include ; African Finfoot, Shinning Blue Kingfisher, African Fish Eagle, Little Bittern, Black crowned –Night Heron, White crowned Night Heron among others.
Day 9 — Travel to Kampala or Entebbe with enroute exploration of the Equator Crossing!
After your awesome time in Lake buro National Park, you will embark on your return road trip to Kampala. This time we traverse the rolling hills and mountains of Mbarara-Masaka region. Great panoramic views and eye catching sceneries are present along this route.
You will make a stop at the equator crossing, take the best photo shots and engage in some of the activities and experiments that people normally engage in when they reach the equator. The experiments engaged in are not scientifically tested/proved but fun to watch. These experiments involve pouring water in the basin while observing how it swirls in opposite directions in the northern & southern hemispheres of the equator line.
While here, enter the Curio and Souvenir shops and get some mementoes to keep your memories about this awesome Africa safari.
After this exercise, we will be thinking departure and how to plan another awesome trip with Mukisa Safaris to the other magical parts of Uganda!
- Gorilla permit
- Park entrance fees
- Ground transport
- Batwa trail experience
- Bottled water in the safari vehicle
- Boat cruises
- Game drives
- Service of an English-speaking guide
- Park fees for vehicle
- Government taxes
- Flight charges and Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- All extras at the accommodation that is, drinks, telephone, laundry among others.
- Tips to the guide/driver
- Charges by the porters during gorilla trekking
Price — US $2,260 per person (For two people)
The price slightly increases if you decide to travel as a solo traveler. Conversely, the price payable per person reduces from the stated amount if the tour is booked by more than two people.