Animal Kingdom and Incontaminated Nature

Mountain gorillas, Gold monkeys, forest elephants, buffalos, duikers, bushbucks, leopards and the giant forest hogs!

6 – WILD SAVANNAH UGANDA AND RWANDA GORILLAS

DAY 1             ENTEBBE (ARRIVAL)

Arrival to Entebbe airport and transfer to the guesthouse in Entebbe. No meals included.

Overnight at Karibu Guesthouse – Standard Rooms.(-/-/-)

 

 

DAY 2             ENTEBBE – NGAMBA

In the morning, we take a boat trip to Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria. The island is located 23 kilometers from Entebbe. On this boat trip we cross the equator for the first time. The chimpanzee sanctuary was constructed in 1998 by the Jane Goodall Institute and is now run by the Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Education Trust (CSWCT). The chimpanzees on this island are all orphans, only 3 have been born here, since the implants of the female failed to work. On the island, there are 49 chimpanzees. We will have the chance to see the feeding, when all the chimps come out of the forest for their lunch. Our lunch will be on the island as well. After that we will take the boat back to Entebbe for a free afternoon/evening.

Dinner and overnight atKaribu Guesthouse – Standard Rooms. (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 3             ENTEBBE – MURCHISON FALLS

Early breakfast, then we depart to Nakitoma to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (3 ½ hours approx.,170 Kms northwest from Kampala and half way to MurchisonFallsNational Park). Game walk totrack the white rhinos that are spending the hot hours mostly in the swampy areas. Then we proceed to Masindi, where we will have lunch at Court View Hotel. After lunch we continue our journey to MurchisonFallsNational Park (aprox. 3 hours). We drive in a beautiful landscape, land gets flat towards the north as you head to the bottom of the Victoria Nile. Check in and relax for the rest of the evening.

Dinner and overnight at Kabalega Wilderness lodge or PakubaLodge.(B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 4             MURCHISONFALLSNATIONAL PARK

Morning game drive in the northern bank of river Nile as we look out for the elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, Rothschild giraffe, hartebeest, Oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, spotted hyena and if lucky you could even spot the leopard. We will be back in time to have lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon we take a boat cruise upstream to the “bottom of the falls”. The Nile here gets calm at the base of the falls. At this point we will get off the boat and, hike to the “top of the falls” to catch a close view of the beauty that forms the Murchison Falls. This is a guided walk that takes about one and a half- hour. Our driver will pick us from the top and then drive back to the lodge.

Dinner and overnight at Kabalega Wilderness lodge or PakubaLodge.(B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 5             MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we will take a 4 – 5 hours boat cruise to the Victoria Nile Delta the home to the rare wetland birds including shoebill and papyrus endemic species. It is approx. 20km Voyage downstream from Paraa. Return for lunch and free afternoon.

Dinner and overnight at Kabalega Wilderness lodge or Pakuba Lodge.(B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 6             MURCHISONFALLS – FORTPORTAL/KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

This day we drive to FortPortal via Hoima, in a breathtaking landscape that forms the Albertine western Rift Valley. It is a quite long drive ( 8 to 9 hours) but we will have several stop overs to relax, and sightseeing as we pass verdant countryside, traditional homesteads and farms. We will have our packed/picnic lunch on the way. Continue to our camp near the park,  check in and relax for the rest of the evening.

Dinner and overnight at Kibale Forest Camp.(B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 7             KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

Early in the morning, we make our way into the jungle to search for Chimpanzees. Watching our closest relatives in their natural habitat for the second time but Kibale Forest is a fantastic experience. In the afternoon, after lunch at our lodge, we have the possibility to go on a 3 hours walk into Bigodi Swamp. It is one of the best places to see the great blue turaco and with some luck; we can spot more primate species.

Dinner and overnight at Kibale Forest Camp.(B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 8             KIBALE FOREST- QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

In the morning we leave Kibale Forest National Park and drive through Fort Portal, and then along the mystical Rwenzori Mountains towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. As we reach the park boundaries, we may see some animals along the way. In the afternoon we arrive at the Lodge around Queen Elizabeth National Park where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, we will do an evening game drive around the volcanic craters of Katwe.

Dinner and overnight at Mazike Valley Lodge.(B/L/D)

 

DAY 9             QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Early morning game drive in the park: Queen Elizabeth National Park is a diverse ecosystem with savannahs, tropical forests, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters. It is a home to an incredible variety of wildlife. Safaris in this park offer excellent opportunities to see wild animals such as lions, warthogs, leopards, giant forest hog, buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi, bushbuck and other animals. The park has over 550 species of birds. In the afternoon we enjoy a unique 2-hour cruise on the Kazinga Channel to Lake Edward. This cruise offers excellent opportunities for a variety of big game and bird watching. Dinner and overnight at Mazike Valley Lodge.(B/L/D)

DAY10             QUEENELIZABETHNATIONAL PARK /ISHASHA

In the early morning we do a second game drive in the Kasenyi area, within QENP, on a look out for the lions, buffalos, elephants, and large numbers of Uganda Kobs and other antelopes. We will stop to have our picnic/packed breakfast. After we drive to Ishasha (2 ½ hours approx.), which is in the southern sector of QueenElisabethNational Park. Check in and lunch at the Lodge. In the afternoon we will go for a game drive looking for the tree climbing lions and other game, like large herds of buffaloes, elephants, Ugandakobs, etc.

Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Jungle Lodge.(B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 11                       QUEENELIZABETHNATIONAL PARK /ISHASHA

In the morning we will do anothergame drive looking for bird and other animal species are often seen, like buffalos, sitatungas, elephants that cross from Congo, other antelopes and even lions. After lunch at the camp, relax before taking a second chance to see the tree climbing lionsand other game, like large herds of buffaloes, elephants, Ugandakobs, on an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Jungle Lodge.(B/L/D)

DAY 12                       QUEENELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK/ISHASHA–CYANIKA – KINIGI

After early breakfast we will depart to Volcanoes NP (Rwanda) (9 to 10 hours approx.),home of the endangered mountain gorilla. We will cross the Kigezi mountains (so called the “Switzerland of Africa”), and Kisoro where we will stop for lunch at Traveller´s Rest (where Dian Fossey used to stay, resting from the long periods spent observing the mountain gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes). Then we proceed to Cyanika´s border post, and after clearing we will continue to Ruhengeri,and Kinigiat the base of the Virunga Volcanoes.

Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.(B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 13                       KINIGI– VOLCANOES NP – KINGI

After breakfast take a short drive (10 minutes approx.) to Park Headquarters where you will meet up with excellent local guides and trackers, who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. Thereafter, hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. Thereafter, enjoy lunch at the hotel and free afternoon/evening to relax.

 

In Rwanda, there are 10 habituated gorilla groups that can be viewing by tourists.  Each group can be visited by a maximum of 8 people per day and the visit lasts only 1 hour.

The trekking can take from 1 to 8 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet.  The terrain is rough and at times muddy.  Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film isrecommended. It can rain at a few minutes’ notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film.  It is important to take plenty of water. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge(B/L/D)

DAY 14                        KINIGI – KIGALI – DEPART

Early breakfast at the hotel and depart to Kigali (it is a 2 ½ hours-drive). Time allowing (depending on the schedule of your flight) we will visit the Genocide Memorial and the crafts village for souvenirs shopping. Transfer to Kigali airport for your departure flight (afternoon or evening). (B/L/-)

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