THE HEARTBEAT OF RWANDA AND UGANDA SAFARI (13 DAYS)
THE HEARTBEAT OF RWANDA AND UGANDA SAFARI (13 DAYS)
The safari starts in Kigali and ends in Entebbe .
Day 1 KIGALI-PNV
You are personally met upon arrival at airport and transfer to Kigali for a briefing on your safari. After lunch, depart for PNV at 2pm. The journey North of the country goes through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterizes much of Rwanda ‘s landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the Virunga volcanoes, sometimes with a view of 5 peaks on clear weather. Overnight: Gorillas Nest Lodge (FB)
Day 2 PNV
Head for gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans (subject to permit availability at the time of booking). Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is awaresome experience. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch. Overnight: Gorillas Nest Lodge (FB)
Day 3 PNV
Either go for gorilla tracking again in Parc National des Volcans (on payment of supplement at time of booking), or visit the golden monkeys or drive to Gisenyi, visit Ross Carr’s orphanage and Lake Kivu or climb the Visoke/Muhavura volcanoes, or trek to Dian Fossey’s grave,a famous the famous primatologist who dedicated most of his time to research on gorillas or visit the local school, community projects or walk to Lake Bulera. Overnight: Gorillas Nest Lodge (FB)
Day 4 PVN-KISORO
Today either relax or walk near the Lodge, visit the golden monkeys or trek to Dian Fossey’s grave. After lunch transfer to Uganda [Adjust the clock forward one hour]. Time permitting go for a walk near Mount Gahinga . Overnight: Travelers Rest Hotel (FB)
Day 5 KISORO
Either go gorilla tracking again, this time in Mgahinga/Nkuringo (on payment of supplement at time of booking), or climb a volcano, or go for a nature walk, or visit the golden monkeys in Mgahinga. Overnight: Travelers Rest Hotel (FB)
Day 6 KISORO – BWINDI
Drive to Bwindi through the Switzerland of Africa, with the road winding through many hills and valleys. Time permitting go for a guided nature walk in the thick forest rich in birds, butterflies and monkeys. Alternatively go for a cultural visit of the nearby local communities and share the way of life and living. Overnight: Bwindi Gorilla Resort or Gorilla Forest Camp (FB)
Day 7 BWINDI
Either go gorilla tracking (on payment of supplement at the time of booking), Gorilla trek – Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla trekking. Report to the ranger station at 8.00am, from where the guides will take you through the bush, slashing at the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. (A reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking/hiking shoes). Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male – the silverback. Amazing to think that there are only 650 or so of these creatures left in the world! Overnight: Bwindi Gorilla Resort or Gorilla Forest Camp(FB)
Day 8 BWINDI-QUEEN After lunch drive to Queen via Ishaka. Make a stop over to the wilderness Ishasha sector inside the bush in search of rare African climbing lions and other game before proceeding to Queen . An afternoon excursion to Kyambura gorge nearby to track the fast moving and elusive chimpanzees, one of man’s closest relations. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable but the walk is enchanting. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge
Day 9 QUEEN
Dawn game drive in Uganda ‘s best park, where all the big game can be seen in abundance. Famous for elephant and kob, expect to see some rare animals like giant forest hog. There are 638 recorded bird species in the park! After lunch, enjoy a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes Albert and George, for large numbers of buffalo and hippo. Meals and overnight at Jacana Safari Lodge/Mweya safari Lodge.
Day 10 QUEEN-KIBALE
After breakfast drive to Kibale forest for primate viewing. The dense forests offer a suitable habitat for habituated chimps,where designated nature trails have been developed to help you and your guide spot the chimps swinging on top of the trees inside cool forest. After lunch from Kanyanchu Tourist Center , visit Bigodi Bird Sanctuary for birding. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge / Mantana Tented Camp
Day 11 KIBALE-MURCHISON
Begin the day with breakfast. After breakfast drive to Murchison via Hoima, Masindi road through a landscape of Albertine rift escarpment engulfed with tea plantations, forests, rift valley escarpment and valleys. Visit astonishing beauty of the top of Murchison falls where the water escapes from a narrow gorge bouncing downwards 45 meters and making a constant roar and plume of rainbow. Overnight: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Camp.
Day 12: MURCHISON
Begin your day with a cup of African coffee ready for a game drive, bird watching and sight seeing across the open savannah dotted woodland and riverine vegetation along the Nile and Albert delta. Here expect to meet elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, waterbuck and a countless population of birds, return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, a three hour boat trip along the Nile gives you assured chance to see the falls from the bottom angle. Hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, and aquatic birds can be seen along the shores of the River overnight: Overnight: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Camp.
DAY 13 : MURCHISON-ENTEBBE
Wake up at 6:00am prepared to take a photograph of the African rising sun in the morning and enjoy African breakfast. Return to Kampala at leisure and onward transfer to Entebbe Airport.End of services.
The following are included: Transport and a driver/guide allowance, Accomodation on a shared basis and meals, boat trips, park fees, chimpanzee permits and one gorilla permit,ferry crossing.
The following are not included: Airfares to Uganda/Rwanda entry visas and airport taxes, personal expenditure such as tips, telephone calls, laundry and drinks are excluded.