- Double Gorilla Tracking, Gorilla Adventure Safaris to Uganda & Rwanda - Select Safaris Africa
 
 

13 DAYS SAFARI TO UGANDA AND RWANDA

Safari Overview

This total wildlife safari will start by a visit to the magnificent Murchison falls where you will be rewarded with a launch cruise to the bottom of the falls as well as the game drive, then you will proceed to Kibale National Park for Chimpanzee tracking, transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park for another interesting game drive including a view of tree climbing lion at the isasha sector and aboat cruise. Then proceed to Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park for Gorilla tracking safari. After transfer to Rwanda for another Gorilla tracking opportunity at parc Nationale des Volcans (PNV). Then return to Uganda to Lake Mburo national park for a game drive and finally end this safari with a Nile adventure trip.

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport
On your arrival at the Entebbe international Airport, you will be met by a safari guide from Select Safaris Africa who will transfer you to your Hotel in Kampala. Overnight at Cassia Lodge/The Lodge/Sheraton Hotel

Day 2: Depart for Murchison Falls National Park
Following early breakfast, depart for Murchison Falls National Park arriving in the afternoon. The drive will take approximately 5-6 hours and will give you a good insight on the Ugandan way of life. Take a stopover at Masindi hotel for lunch. We will continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. From here we will continue on, taking a ferry across the river to Paraa Safari Lodge. Game viewing on the way is very good; look out for hippos, elephants, buffalos and many other animals, seen grazing on the banks of the river. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge/Chobe Safari Lodge/Sambiya River Lodge/Red Chilli Rest Camp

Day 3: Game Drive and Launch Cruise
Following a morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the northern part of the park for a game drive. View Elephants, Buffaloes, Bushbucks, Lions, and a variety of bird species. After lunch, proceed for a two-hour launch cruise up to the substructure of the mighty Murchison falls where sinister water escapes from the narrow gorge, an opportunity to see the amazing hippos, crocodiles, water birds along the river banks enabling a wonderful birding safari. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge/Chobe Safari Lodge/Sambiya River Lodge/Red Chilli Rest Camp

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
Following a morning breakfast, we will depart with our packed lunch to Kibale Forest National Park. We will pass close to Lake Albert. On a clear day, the view on the top of the Albert rift is spectacular. We will arrive in Fort portal late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge/Chaninga Lodge/Chimps Nest/Ataco Country Resort

Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking and Swamp walk
After Breakfast, we shall move into the Forest, for primate viewing. The activity starts at 8.00 am in the morning. A half day search for chimpanzees and other primates including phoestes, Red-Colobus, Blues, Red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabey swinging through the dense forest and birds, butterflies and many small insects. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest’s fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters. After lunch, a visit to Bigodi swamp eco tourism site is amazing, as we shall encounter rare and beautiful flora and fauna. Have a look for different bird species like the Shining Blue Kingfisher, Blue Throated Roller and other rare species and also find the fruiting trees, which attract Narina Trogon, Pied Hornbill, Yellow Spotted, Hairy Breasted and Yellow-Billed Barbets. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge/Chaninga Lodge/Chimps Nest/Ataco Country Resort

Day 6: Head to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will enter the park via the Northern crater Area. With beautiful lakes and rich grasslands which are set deep in the crater valley, this is truly the most breath-taking scenery in the park. The park is a home to a variety of wildlife including elephants, lions, hippos, buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, baboons and birds all typical riverrine savannah habitats and the famous Kazinga Channel. In the Southern Parts is the Ishasha sector with the tree climbing lions and the Maramagambo forest, one of the largest surviving natural forests in Uganda. The Northern part is traversed by the equator and is dominated by the scenery of crater lakes with lots of flamingos. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Katara Lodge/Ihamba Safari Lodge

Day 7: Chimpanzee Tracking and Launch cruise
This morning we will leave for the 08.00am chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge. Expect to see various primates most especially Chimpanzee of different species, Black and white Colobus monkeys and other animals like antelopes, hyenas, Lion and many others in the middle of savanna grassland. This gorge is a home of very many bird species. We will return to the lodge for lunch and a chance to relax before taking an afternoon boat trip along on Kazinga channel. This will give you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Katara Lodge/Ihamba Safari Lodge

Day 8: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
This morning, we will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to the few remaining endangered mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda; and seven red data book species. Once continuous with the forests of the Virunga Volcanoes (Dian Fossey’s stomping ground), Bwindi is now an ecological island, surrounded by cultivation on the rich volcanic soils. Dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs/Gorilla Safari Lodge/Lake Kitandara Tented Camp/Wag Tail Eco Lodge/Buhoma Community Bandas

Day 9: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Park
You will wake up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Report to the ranger station at 08.00 am where the guides will take you through the forest, slashing at the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track gorillas. This trek can take from half an hour to five hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. You sit in the forest among the gorillas listening to them grumble at each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the silverback. It is amazing to think that there are only about 700 or so of these creatures left in the world! If you have the afternoon free, you will take a guided village walk to see how the Ugandans live. Dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs/Gorilla Safari Lodge/Lake Kitandara Tented Camp/Wag Tail Eco Lodge/Buhoma Community Bandas

Day 10: Cross to Rwanda and Head to Ruhengeri
Have morning breakfast, cross the Uganda-Rwanda border and drive to the foothills of the volcanoes that make up Volcanoes National Park in Northern Rwanda. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Le Bambou Lodge/Kinigi Guest House

Day 11: Gorilla Trekking in PNV
Here you have two full days of gorilla trekking. After an early breakfast and be transferred to Kinigi Park Headquarter for briefing before you start the trekking activity in the park. Trekking through the forest, hills and swamps can be tough, strenuous and tiring, sometimes taking up to 8 hours in the forest. But coming in contact with the great primates is well worth the effort. You spend one hour with the gorillas which is a truly amazing experience. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Le Bambou Lodge/Kinigi Guest House

Day 12: Visit at the Dian Fossey Grave
This morning, you will participate in the trek to Karisoke Gorilla Research Centre which Dian Fossey, the famous primatologist set up. Because of her struggle to protect the endangered mountain gorilla in Rwanda, a voluntary project was found called; Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. Please note that this adventurous activity also takes a full day. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Le Bambou Lodge/Kinigi Guest House

Day 13: Reserved for departure
Following breakfast at the lodge and later drive to Kigali to be dropped off at your preferred hotel or transferred to the airport in time for departure flight.
End of Safari

The tour quotation Includes:
- Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking permits
- Ground transport in a comfortable 4WD safari van equipped for game viewing, photography and touring
- Full board accommodation
- All park entrance fees to include government taxes
- Full time English speaking professional driver/guide
- All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary
- Bottled water while on safari
- Airport transfers

The tour quotation excludes:
- Tips
- Laundry services
- Beverages/Drinks
- International flights
- Visas
- Items of a personal nature
-Optional activities and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary