Meet the Primates of Uganda and Rwanda (12 Days)

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This journey is for a traveler who has an interest in Uganda and Rwanda's primates, birds and culture. See the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, spen time with the chimpanzees, track the golden monkeys, see the plains game in Queen Elizabeth National Park and the tree climbing lions of the Ishasha plains, enjoy a cruise on the Kazinga channel and experience the  genocide memorial in Kigali.

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Day to day

Day 1

Arrival and transfer to your hotel

Your transfer vehicle will meet you at Entebbe International Airport and drive you to your guesthouse. Enjoy your evening at The hotel, with breakfast included.

Day 2

Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

This morning you'll leave the hotel and head to the Kibale Forest area. The six to seven-hour journey goes via the rural towns of Mityana, Mubende and Kwenjojo and Fort Portal through an attractive landscape of rolling hills with tea plantations and the Rwenzori Mountain chain on the background. You will enjoy a packed picnic lunch en route. Spend the evening at the lodge, with your meals included.

Day 3

Chimpanzee Habituation

After an early cup of coffee, you'll accompany Kibale’s researchers and habituation into the Kibale Forest National Park as they follow chimpanzee families during their daily activities, getting them used to human presence without altering their natural behavior. Once among the chimps, spend about an hour observing and following them.

Afternoon at leisure.Overnight at the lodge, with your meals included.

Note: No persons under the age of 15 years will be allowed on chimp habituation.

Day 4

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you'll leave the Kibale Forest at a leisurely pace via the crater lakes to Kasese, the second most populous centre in western Uganda. The road passes through fertile agricultural land and follows the lower slopes of one of Africa’s largest mountain ranges – the Rwenzori Mountains. From Kasese, you'll cross the equator as the road passes through the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Uganda Kob antelope are abundant and you may be able to see elephant or buffalo in the distance. After lunch, continue your game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park as well as a cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Spend the night at the lodge chosen by you, with your meals and drinks included.

Day 5 and 6

Meet the unusual Tree Climbing Lions

Today you'll explore the prime game viewing area of western Uganda. A network of tracks allows you to find elephant, buffalo and other animals in the grassland thickets that cover the north Kazinga area near the Mweya Peninsula. Lions and other big cats are most reliably sighted on the typical open East Africa savannah Kasenyi Plain, east of the Kasese/Mbarara highway. This area is known as the main breeding ground of the Uganda kob, the main source of food for lion prides in the area. The 32- kilometre Kazinga Channel is a dominant feature of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and links Lake George with Lake Edward.

Enjoy a game drive in the Ishasha plains, which are well known for their tree-climbing lion population. From there you'll leave the park via an 80-kilometre dirt road (two to three hours, depending on road conditions) to Buhoma. On this scenic drive, the typical East Africa savannah plains will be left behind as you climb through rolling hills and terraced fields more characteristic of Central Africa. By mid-afternoon or early evening, you'll arrive at the small settlement of Buhoma – the base for your gorilla trek in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Return to your lodge, with meals and drinks included.

Day 7

Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

From Queen Elizabeth National Park, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A Lodge, situated on the slopes of the Forest of Bwindi offering uninterrupted views of the pristine forest canopy will be your home for three nights with all your meals included.

Visit the Community project at Ishasha Village. Here the local people will allow you to enjoy some time in their homesteads as well as some of the crops and curious they produce. However, other activities you'll enjoy include forest walks, visits to a local school, orphanage or Batwa pygmy village and curio shopping. Spot over 120 mammals, 345 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies and 160 species of trees in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in the southwestern Uganda on the edge of Great Rift Valley.

Day 8

Gorilla trekking, enjoy every moment

Today provides the rare opportunity to meet mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat.

Experienced guides and trackers will accompany you on an early morning trek through dense rain forests on the mountain slopes. Gorilla tracking may be fairly strenuous with treks ranging from two to six hours or longer at high altitudes through thick vegetation up steep slopes.

Note: No persons under the age of 15 years will be allowed on gorilla trekking.

 

Day 9

Buhoma Village walk

Apart from trekking, enjoy other activities in the area such as a forest walk, a visit to a local school/orphanage or Batwa pygmy village as well as curio shopping. Forest walks and village community walks are optional. Overnight at your Lodge with all your meals included. ​

Day 10

Transfer to Rwanda

Today you depart Bwindi by road and head to the border crossing into Rwanda to continue the gorilla trekking base. Overnight at the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for one night.

Day 11

Visit the Dian Fossey Tomb

Trekking gorillas in the Volanoes National Park offers an equally memorable experience and is just as challenging. If you’ve opted not to trek today, take a hike to Dian Fossey’s grave or enjoy forest walk with Golden Monkeys.  

After lunch, you head by road to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda – a bustling , clean and safe city.  Overnight at a hotel of your choice, dinner included.  Optional visit to the haunting Genocide Museum.

Note: No persons under the age of 15 years will be allowed on gorilla trekking.

Day 12

Departure

After a leisurely breakfast, you'll check out of your room by latest 10 am and be met at the hotel by your driver guide for your transfer to Kigali International Airport to connect with your flight.

End of tour

Prices

Price on request, please send an email to info@ichumusafarisafrica.com

Includes

  • Accommodation.

  • Park entrance fees.

  • All mentioned activities

  • Car hire and fuel.

  • Transportation in a comfortable safari vehicle.

  • English speaking guide/driver.

  • Mineral water.

  • Gorilla tracking permit

  • Chimpanzee permit

 

Excludes

  • Personal expenses.

  • Air tickets.

  • Additional drinks like wines,beers.

  • Tips.

  • Telephone charges.