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13 DAY GROUP GORILLA TOUR UGANDA AND RWANDA

Safari Overview
This safari adventure gives you the opportunity to visit the most important national parks in Uganda for double primate viewing in Bwindi and Kibaale forest National Parks in Uganda and Parc Nationale des volcanes in Rwanda. You will do a lot of birding and game drives in open roof vehicles along the Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison falls National Park, including the boat cruise along Kazinga Channel and River Nile at and Murchison falls. For accommodation, you can choose between Classic, Midrange and Budget depending on your preference
DAY 1: Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park

After an early morning breakfast, drive northwards to Murchison via Budongo forest with a lunch stopover in Masindi. You will arrive in the Albertine Rift valley at the top of the falls in the late afternoon when the Nile's River looks impressive and especially magnificent when it streams down in a thunderous growl, going from a kilometer wide river to becoming a 6 meter wide gorge. This is the most powerful natural rush of water found anywhere in the world. You will then take a ferry to reach Paraa Safari Lodge for dinner and night (FB).

DAY 2: Game drive in Murchison Falls NP
You will have an early morning game drive on the northern bank. The delta area is blessed with a rich wildlife such as buffalo, lions, hyenas, elephants, cape hartebeests, roth child's giraffes, bushbucks, bohor reedbucks, oribi, waterbucks, and even leopards. Go back to the lodge for a late breakfast and rest. Right after lunch, get on a boat cruise up the stream of the Victoria Nile and to the base of the falls. You will see the wonderful crocodiles, hippos, elephants, waterbucks and Uganda kobs on this 17 kilometers cruise. It is also set apart by its variety of bird species such as the pelican bee-eaters, Egyptian geese, hornbills, goliath herons, the rare shoebill, stork kingfishers and cormorants. You will have dinner and spend your second night at Paraa Safari Lodge.

DAY 3: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast, pass through the Albertine Escarpment and the verdant countryside, traditional farms and homesteads for an arrival and late lunch in Fort Portal in the afternoon. Dinner and night at Ndali safari Lodge /Rwenzori View Guest House / Kanyaankyu Ecological Site / Sky Tree House (FB).
DAY 4: Chimpanzee Tracking
After an early breakfast, drive to Kanyanchu, Kibale Park Headquarters, by 8.00 am for chimpanzee trailing. In addition to chimps, Kibale forest is home to other primates including the red-tailed and grey-cheeked mangabeys, phoestes, blue and red-colobuses. There are many beautiful birds' species, butterflies and many small insects as well. A visit to Bigodi swamp ecotourism site, given its astounding flora and fauna, will be worth it too. Return to the lodge for lunch and later on have dinner and spend the night at Ndali safari Lodge/Rwenzori View Guest House/Kanyaankyu ecological site/Sky Tree House.

DAY 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
Take a 3 hour trip to Queen Elizabeth national park after an early morning breakfast. Your lunch will be taken at Mweya Safari Lodge. Get on a cruise along the Kazinga Channel, between Lakes Edward and George. In addition to the vast diversity of the landscape, the Channel offers a great number of water birds. Go back to Jacana safari Lodge and Mweya Safari Lodge for your dinner and night.

DAY 6: Wildlife Viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early in the morning you will get on a game drive in search of predators such as leopards, lions, jackals, and hyenas. Then return to the lodge for breakfast and drive to Kyambura Game Reserve for more chimpanzees trailing and a walk in Maramagambo forest. Dinner and night at Jacana safari Lodge /Mweya Safari Lodge (FB).

DAY 7: Get to Bwindi via Ishasha to see tree-climbing lions
After a daybreak cup of coffee, get on a game drive along Kasenyi trail and Queens mile along which you are bound to see extremely large elephants, leopards, cape buffalo, lions, warthogs, hyena, waterbucks, mangoose, and lots of many small animals and birds species. After the game drive you will drive to Bwindi NP through Maramagambo and Ishasha sector hoping to see the well-known tree-climbing lions. You will reach Bwindi national park in the evening. Have dinner and spend the night at Lake Kitandara tented Camp or Basic Buhoma community bandas (FB).

DAY 8: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After an early breakfast, you will take a packed lunch, have a briefing by the game guides at the park headquarters and start your gorilla trail. Encountering the mountain gorillas in their natural environment takes between 2 to 9 hours and is the highlight of an Africa exploration safari. You will only have 1 hour to scrutinize these calm lovely apes, take pictures and get acquainted to them. You will have dinner and spend the second night at Lake Kitandara tented Camp/ basic Buhoma community bandas.

DAY 9: Drive to Rwanda via Kabale highlands, 'the Switzerland of Africa
After breakfast you will be taken to Rwanda via the glorious Kigezi highlands usually referred to as the ' Switzerland of Africa' and across Uganda's border to enter in Ruhengeri, Rwanda. You will spend the evening visiting the Burera and Ruhondo twin lakes on a boat and interact with the local community. Dinner and night at luxury Volcanoes Rest Camp Rwanda or mid-range Gorilla Nest camp.

DAY 10: Gorilla tracking in Volcano national park
Most of the day will be spent trailing mountain gorillas in Volcano national park and in the afternoon cross back to Uganda and spend your night at Lake Bunyonyi.

DAY 11: Transfer to Lake Mburo
After breakfast, go to Lake Mburo National Park with lunch en route in Mbarara, and continue until you reach the park through Nshara Gate. Have dinner and spend the night at Agip Motel or basic Rwonyo Rest Camp.

DAY 12: Game Drive in Lake Mburo national park
After breakfast, get on a game drive. In some areas you may have a guided nature walk. The morning game drive will take you along the lakeshore trail through the "Kigambira Loop" that presents interesting guided lakeside walks. You will definitely see herds of zebras, cape buffalos, oribis, topis and elands. There are 250 species such as the papyrus gonoleks, brown-faced lapwings, bare-faced go-away bird, the extraordinary white-winged warbler and carruther's cisticolas. Bird watchers will have a great adventure. After lunch you will drive back to Kampala for a night, Speke Hotel or any other hotel of your choice.

DAY 13: The Source of the Nile Adventure

After breakfast, let us take you to Jinja via Mabira forest to get to the Source of the Nile. We will drive to Bujagali Falls so you can enjoy white water rafting and bungee jumping, and in the evening take a look at Jinja town while returning to Kampala. If you wish to fly out of Uganda your guide or driver take you directly to Entebbe International Airport. If you are not ready yet, we can take you to any lodge in Kampala or Entebbe for a night until a drive to the airport is more appropriate.