Gorilla Encounter Wildlife & Kigali City Tour | 10 Days
This 10 days trip is seamlessly designed to take you to the fun filled, fascinating and educative premium destinations both in Uganda and Rwanda. This wildlife safaris will apprise you with everlasting astonishment and admiration about Uganda’s beauty as well as the diversity that unites the communities both in Uganda and Rwanda. With this trip, you will visit the major savannah parks, interact with the local people as well as encountering with the mountain gorillas.
Day 1 — Travel to Murchison Falls National Park with Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Early morning, the company guide will pick you from your hotel and embark on this memorable safari by driving North West of Uganda along the Kampala Gulu High way to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and later to Murchison Falls National Park.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is endowed with over 22 Re-introduced White Rhinos.
The Rhino tracking exercise begins with a briefing from a specialized site ranger and thereafter you proceed to track the Rhinos. This activity normally takes between 30minutes to an hour depending on where the Rhinos are located within the sanctuary. Your time at the sanctuary will offer you an opportunity to learn more about the White Rhinos and will give you a memorable experience about Rhinos in Africa.
After rhino tracking at Ziwa, you will proceed with your journey to Murchison Falls where you’re likely to arrive at late in the afternoon. Upon arrival, you will check in at your lodge to relax in preparation for the next day’s activities.
Day 2 — Game drive and boat cruise in Murchison Falls National Park
This day of your Safari gets you to encounter with the natural establishment of Murchison Falls National Park. You begin your exploration of the park with a game drive in the northern circuit of the park.
This game drive will certainly avail you with the chance to see various animals which among others include; lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees and many bird species.
In the afternoon, go for a boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls where the Nile River explodes through a narrow gorge of 7 metres wide and cascades down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes.
Day 3 — Travel to Kibale Forest National Park
On this third day of the safari, you will embark on the journey in the morning to Kibale Forest National Park and this is a long drive which might take several hours with enroute lunch from Hoima town.
While on the journey, you may opt for occasional stopovers to enjoy views of beautiful sceneries like the Rift valley escarpment on Lake Albert. Also, this travel gives you an opportunity to have an insight into the typical African village set up in the far countryside and various plantations.
On arrival, you will check in at your lodge in preparation for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 — Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park
This day starts with an opportunity to encounter with Man’s closest cousins-chimpanzees in the forest of Kibale. The activity starts with a briefing where instructions on how to track chimpanzees are passed on.
The forest is only accessible on foot and the walk will provide you with the opportunity to also see a variety of other primates and animals as well as birds and a variety of butterflies, and other insects.
Chimpanzees are the closest relatives to humans sharing about 98.7% of their DNA composition with humans.
They are sociable, intelligent as well as communicative and among their very interesting traits are their abilities to utilize tools like rocks for crushing nuts, empty pods for hollowing out water plus sticks for capturing termites from their holes.
A successful track of the chimpanzees will give you beautiful lasting memories about Uganda.
In the evening, you may opt to walk around the community to discover more about the economic and social livelihood of the local community.
Day 5 — Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
On this day, you will leave for Queen Elizabeth National Park and while on the way, you will enjoy the spectacular views of the splendid Rwenzori ranges.
Upon arrival, check in at your lodge and relax.
Alternatively, you can take an evening walk around the environs to learn and explore more about the community’s economic and social set up.
Day 6 — Game drive and Launch cruise on Kazinga channel
Start the day with a game drive which will expose you to a variety of different animal species which are habitat to this park. The Park has several spots of well-maintained game viewing tracks where there are high chances of seeing animals such as elephants, buffaloes, lions and a variety of antelopes among others.
In the afternoon, enjoy a boat cruise on the spectacular Kazinga Channel which connects Lake Edward to Lake George. The boat ride will give you an opportunity to see yawning hippos in the water, buffaloes, elephants, zebras, the Uganda-kobs, topis, waterbucks, bushbucks, reedbucks, duikers, mongoose, swamp antelopes, spotted hyenas, warthogs, forest hogs among others.
The channel also attracts several water birds like the Pelicans and the African Fish Eagle. Taking a boat cruise will, therefore, avail you with a chance to get into a close encounter with such animals in addition to enjoying your time.
After this fun thrilling expedition, you will relax at your lodge and have dinner before retiring to your respective rooms for overnight.
Day 7 — Transfer to Lake Mutanda in Kisoro
You will set off after breakfast to Lake Mutanda in Kisoro district for the amazing highlight of this safari which is gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. On your way to Kisoro, if time allows, you may visit the Kitagata hot springs; an iconic physical feature with an interesting local story attached to it.
While at Lake Mutanda, you will enjoy the spectacular views of the foothills of the Virunga Mountain range, gentle breezes of the lake and cool yet sunny weather. The three volcanoes which can be viewed from here are; Mount Muhabura, Mount Sabinyo and Mount Gahinga.
Also, this lake has several islands with the lakeside accommodating a variety of animal and plant species which are unique to this area. Actually, weaver bird nests are a common sight among the reeds along the lakeshore.
Day 8 — Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga
Early morning, you will go gorilla trekking. This amazing activity takes you through the densely forested steep hills until you finally meet these tranquil gorillas within the green plant cover. It is such a wonderful yet memorable encounter. Tracking requires physical fitness as it may last the entire day.
Once gorillas are identified, you will be allowed a maximum time of one hour within their vicinity and then after the walk out of the dense forest. Your time with the gorillas will certainly create a long-lasting memory about your visit to Uganda.
After this fun-filled expedition, you will travel back to your lodge for relaxation. Also, you can opt to take a walk around the environs of the lodge.
Day 9 — Travel to Kigali for a city tour
On this day, you will leave Kisoro and travel to the Republic of Rwanda. While on the way, you will enjoy scenic views of the rolling hills that characterize this region.
Upon arrival in Kigali city, you will embark on discovering more about this city by taking a city tour. Particular places expected to be visited will include the Genocide Memorial, the city’s Caplaki Crafts Village and the local markets.
Visiting the genocide memorial will give you an insight into the negative consequences of Africa’s civil wars.
After this adventurous exercise, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 10 — Transfer to Kigali International Airport
After having spent a peaceful and comfortable night in Kigali city, the guide will pick you from your hotel and drive you to Kigali International Airport to enable you to catch up with your flight back. This day, therefore, concludes your African tour which had started in Uganda.
- Accommodation as per the itinerary
- Chimpanzee tracking
- Ground transport
- Boat cruise
- Park entrance fees
- Vehicle entrance
- Services of an English speaking guide
- Enroute lunches and bottled water in the safari vehicle
- Game drives
- Community visit
- Gorilla Trekking permit
- Visa fees
- Air ticket
- All extras and optionals at the accommodation for example laundry, beverages
- Charges by the porters during gorilla trekking
Price — US $3,100 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.