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12 Days Uganda and Rwanda Safari

Day 1- To Lake Mburo National Park.

Wake up early enough and take your breakfast.  A tour guide from AA safaris and tours ltd will pick you up from Kampala and drive you south westwards. Take a stopover at the equator and then later transfer to  Mbarara .  You will then proceed to Lake Mburo NP.      Have lunch ,   Indulge in an afternoon Canoe Ride and then in the evening,   go for a nature walk to the salt lick area. The salt lick is where most animals in this park come to lick salt. Viewing is aided  by a timber watching platform.

You will retire for  dinner and over night at either ;

Budget – Rwonyo UWA bandas

Moderate- Arcadia Cottages

Luxury – Mihingo Lodge / Mantana  Luxury tented camp

Day 2-  Game drive and then transfer to  Kibale Np

You will indulge in a game drive in Lake Mburo Np and then later transfer to  Kibale Np .  Located 26km   at  the south-east of Fort Portal town Kibale National park  is home to  over 14 species of primates that include the Colobus monkeys, Chimpanzee, the blue mangabeys, red tailed monkeys, baboons to mention but a few.     You may stay at either Fort portal town or  in Kibale National park .

Dinner and over night at

Budget – Chimps Nest camp / Rujuni Guest house/ Primates Cottages

Standard – Nyinabulitwa Country resort or Rwenzori view Guest house/ Kibale Forest Lodge

Luxury – Primates Lodge cottages/ Kyaninga lodge / Ndali lodge / Mountains of the moon Lodge

Day 3 –     Chimpanzee Tacking in Kibale Forest – The Transfer to Queen Elizabeth.

Wake up early in the morning and assemble at  Kanyankyu tourist centre  for briefing .  You will later go for Chimpanzee trekking. Along the trek, you may encounter birds, animals like an elephant which is hairy and smaller than its savannah counterparts.   The rangers will explain all the details about flora and fauna found in Kibale Forest.   Later, you will encounter chimpanzee in the forest . Return and transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP .  On arrival at Queen Elizabeth NP, you will take a tour around the crater lakes region after which you will transfer to your lodge for dinner and over night at ;

Budget- Simba safari lodge / Bush Camp

Moderate – Ihamba Lodge / Hippo Hill camp

Luxury- Mweya Safari Lodge / Jacana safari lodge / Katara Lodge / Kyambura Game lodge

Day 4- Game drive and launch cruise in Queen Elizabeth NP

Wake up early in the mornings and take cup of tea or coffee. Go for a game drive along Kasenyi track to search  for  Buffalos, Elephants, Warthogs, the elusive leopard, hyenas  and Lion. The search may take 3-4 hours . Return to the lodge for mid morning breakfast. After lunch, a two-hour launch cruise along the Kazinga channel proffers visitors a unique opportunity to encounter at close quarters hippo and a variety of bird species common to the park. The prolific bird life is colorful and astonishing with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 5 – Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura gorge – Transfer to Bwindi Np

Wake up for breakfast and then later convene at the Kyambura Gorge to start the chimpanzee trek.   The Kyambura gorge is situated  south of Lake George and east of Queen Elizabeth National Park  where the Kazinga Channel  separates from  the lake, flowing to the  Lake Edward side. Even though it has an  alike ecology with QENP, the ordinary blockades shaped by the Kyambura Gorge and Kazinga Channel make it likely to handle the area as a secede entity. Kyambura gorge is  shock absorber for the north-eastern part of  Queen Elizabeth Np. There is no land link between the reserve and the park, animals simply cross the Kyambura river where it is shallowest during the dry seasons to move between the protected areas. The river gorge manacles a high-canopy humid forest which scores to a swamp-forest and papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) marsh near  the moth of the Kyambura river. The eastern border go after  the Buhindagi river from Lake George, south-east to Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve (a damp semi-deciduous forest not presently included within the IBA) where the boundaries of the Forest and Wildlife Reserves adjoin.  The  Kyambura reserve  is a home to  both fresh and salty  volcanic lakes. The most important salty lakes  include;   Lake Bagusa, Lakes Nshenyi and Maseche while Lakes Kararo, Chibwera , Kinera, and Kyamwiga have fresh water and more to see.

You will leave for Bwindi Forest National Park. If weather allows , you will drive  through the  seasonal southern sector of Queen Elizabeth – the Famous Ishasha Sector- renown for  tree climbing lions .  The Ishasha sector gets its name from the Ishasha River from which was named locally . The word Ishasha means  intensively cultivated steep sided hills. The river flows intensively and  as a result carries a high runoff load from the fields.  Have a game drive in the Ishasha sector and later drive to   Bwindi, home to the legendary mountain gorillas! Avian and primate life in Bwindi is excellent and there is an implausible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers paradise! It  is a home to 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 plodding ground), Bwindi is now an ecological island, delimited by nurturing cultivation on the rich volcanic soils. Dinner and overnight at

Budget accommodation package- Buhoma Community bandas or Bwindi View bandas or Nkuringo campsite tents or Virunga Hotel or Nkuringo safari centre

Moderate- accommodation package- Lake Kitandara camp or Nkuringo camp site or Wagtail Eco lodge or similar

Upmarket  accommodation package- Engagi lodge or Buhoma lodge or Gorilla Resort camp or Traveler’s rest camp or Silver back lodge

Luxury accommodation package- Gorilla Forest Camp or Clouds Lodge  or Gahinga Volcanoes Lodge , or Volcanoes Bwindi  safari Lodge

Day 6; Gorilla Safari

Take breakfast  and later go for briefing  from rangers . Start your trekking gorilla in Africa. You will then be led  through the forest pushing your way through the bushes, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. (This trek can take from 1 hour  to 10 hours  and a rational  amount of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of  hiking boots).  On encounter, you will  stay in the forest among the gorillas for 1 hour , eavesdropping  to them grouse to each other and wonder at the sheer size of the dominant male-  the silverback! It is an amazing feeling sitting in the dense rain-forest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas in the World. It’s astonishing to think there are only about 650 of these gorgeous beings left. Overnight at  your lodge.

Day  7-  To Rwanda – Volcanoes Np-  Time changes to GMT+02:00 Uganda  is GMT+03:00

Wake up early for breakfast and then later have a Kabale city tour before you proceed to the south western corner of Uganda where Ruhengeri lies. You will clear visas at the border . Note that you must check with your Rwanda embassy or  consulate in your country to ensure that you get a confirmation letter of  your  Rwanda visa before you  travel to any border because without the letter , you may not be allowed entry or visa to  Rwanda . Later enter Kinigi . Lunch en route.

Dinner and over night at

Budget accommodation in Muhabura Lodge / Kinigi guest house

Moderate accommodation in GORILLA NEST LODGE /Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Le Bambou Lodge / Hotel Gorillas Ruhengeri

Up market accommodation in Volcanoes Lodge / Sabinyo Silver back lodge .

Day 8; Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

Take breakfast and report at 0730hrs to the Parc National des Volcans Headquarters in Kinigi office for registration, briefing and formalities. (your driver-guide will take care of all the formalities ).  He will then  drive  you along the brim of Parc National des Volcans.  Thereafter , you will start gorilla tracking through the park .The time taken to look out for these gentle apes will vary with how close they will be and it is unpredictable because the search is in their natural habitats.   The gorilla safari here commences at about 2000 meters above sea level in the up-most slopes of the Volcanoes. After tracking and encountering your assigned group you will spend one hour in their company before   tracking your steps down the volcanoes.   An en counter after a strenuous walk is a worthwhile!   If gorilla tracking ends early, visit of the Iby’Iwacu traditional village (a community based tourism scheme  set by the  local people to display their  traditional ways of living).

Take lunch and then transfer  to Gisenyi one  of  the  districts on shores of Lake Kivu.  The drive takes about one hour and a half . Have fun at the magnificent Lake Kivu surrounding! (B-L-D).

Dinner & Overnight at  either;

Standard  – Malahide Paradise

Luxury – Kivu Serena Hotel

Day 9; Boat ride on Lake Kivu  to Kibuye

Indulge in  a boat ride to the Napoleon Hut 4-5 hours  . Your tour guide will be waiting for  you in Kibuye . He will take you for lunch and an afternoon visit to the Genocide memorial church around where over 4000 people were killed. Dinner and over night at ;

Budget – Home St John

Standard- Kibuye Guest House/  Hotel Centre Bethanie

Luxury – Moriah Hotel

Day  10;-  Transfer to Nyungwe Np – 133 Km 4 hours drive

You will wake up early enough for breakfast and start your journey to Butare then Nyungwe.

Butare – the second largest city of Rwanda  is referred to an an  intellectual city of Rwanda. It  is a home to the  National Museum, many  universities as well as research institutions.  Along your way to Butare , you will stop at Gitarama for a tour to the Cathedral of Kabagayi which was built by the White Fathers. Who were the first  Catholic missionaries in Rwanda. The church was  built in 1900  and it is  located at Saves Hills, only a few  miles  from Butare.

Also Tour Nyanza  which is now known as  Nyabisindu the former King’s( who  in Kinyarwanda is referred to at Umwami’s )  palace  and the seat of the federal realm.  It is at Nyanza where the  first Europeans  who were Germans  came to visit the Umwami. The palace was refurbished to  its 19th century state and shows a customary dome that can match up  with the Kabaka’s palace of Buganda Kingdom in Uganda.
Have lunch in Butare and then head to the National Museum of Rwanda  one of the premium ethnographic museum in East Africa. The  Museum is a better  source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region. Later drive to Nyungwe Forest National park for dinner and vernight at either ;

Budget – Gisakura guest House

Luxury – Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day 11-   Morning or Afternoon Chimpanzee Tracking

You may choose to do a morning or An Afternoon Chimpanzee tracking  or Colobus Monkey Trekking .Take Breakfast and then assemble at Uwinka tourist information centre for briefing before you start your hike in Nyungwe forest .

Nyungwe Forest NP  hosts  25% of the African Primates!  The forest has   craggy and sheer landscape which a high altitude..  Good  hiking boots are highly recommended  .  On your special interests,  you will have a selection of diverse chances to discover the largest high elevation rainforest of East Africa!  The commonest species  are the large communal troops of Angolan Colobus (Colobus angolensis), which may be over 300 in number .    The park is a home to the biggest troops of  Angola Colobuses  than any other place in the world.  One of these groups is semi-habituated and we recommend to start your exploration with a guided primate walk in search of the Angolan Colobus monkeys (black and white Colobus)! Rangers   may know where these primates may be found but  the hiking times may vary with their unpredictable movements as they search for food in their habitat. It may be a strenuous walk but rangers always make it more enjoyable and informative by  giving you information about the flora and fauna that you encounter while on the walk .

Have Lunch . The exploration continues in the afternoon along  different beautiful trails available  then encounter  the superb waterfall trail of Gisakura is probably the most thrilling along .The afternoon trek may take  2 up to 3 hours and is a very enjoyable hike that can be managed  by any body! If you missed the Angola Colobus in the morning primates trek then  can  try  to trek towards  the tea factory where another troop is hosted.  An encounter is a thrilling moment!

You will be welcomed back by  your driver guide from AA safaris and Tours who will brief you about your trek for the next day . Dinner and Overnight at the   lodge of your budget .

Day 12-  Transfer to Kigali

You will be transferred to Kigali.  Visit the genocide memorial and then later have lunch. Transfer to the airport for your next flight back home. Thank you for choosing AA SAFARIS AND TOURS LTD.

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