Our 15 Days best of Rwanda and Uganda safari trip brings you the best of Uganda and Rwanda: where the Savannah meets the rain-forest. Expect to see the animals of the Savannah (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, and leopard) and up to 16 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!
This trip specifically includes the most important and well known national parks of Uganda and Rwanda: Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park
, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Bunyonyi and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Starting from Entebbe International Airport Uganda and Ending with Kigali International Airport Rwanda.
How did bonobos come to range south of the congo river? Reconsideration of the divergence of Pan paniscus from other Pan populations
While investigating the genetic structure in wild bonobos,1 we realized that the widely accepted scenario positing that the Pleistocene appearance of the Congo River separated the common ancestor of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and bonobos (P. paniscus) into two species is not supported by recent geographical knowledge about the formation of the Congo River. We explored the origin of bonobos using a broader biogeographical perspective by examining local faunas in the central African region. The submarine Congo River sediments and paleotopography of central Africa show that the Congo River has functioned as a geographical barrier for the last 34 million years. This evidence allows us to hypothesize that when the river was first formed, the ancestor of bonobos did not inhabit the current range of the species on the left bank of the Congo River but that, during rare times when the Congo River discharge decreased during the Pleistocene, one or more founder populations of ancestral Pan paniscus crossed the river to its left bank. The proposed scenario for formation of the Congo River and the corridor hypothesis for an ancestral bonobo population is key to understanding the distribution of great apes and their evolution.
Arrival at Entebbe airport. Your guide will be there waiting for you. Pick up and proceed to your accommodation at Caccia Lodge for check inn later proceed for City tour where you will get a chance to Visit some museums such as Kasubi tombs, Namugongo Uganda matters and Uganda Museum. Dinner and overnight at Acc’ Alternatives, Central inn Hotel, Makindye Country Club, Caccia Lodge and Serena Hotel.
Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. In Murchison Falls we visit the top of the falls if time allows. On our way we visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. This is the only place in Uganda where you can see the white Rhino.
Murchison Falls is one of the most beautiful national parks of Uganda. One of the main attractions is the Nile, with the spectacular Murchison Falls, where the whole Nile is forced through a narrow gorge and falls 60 meters. Expect to see elephants, giraffes, lions, hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and maybe leopards. Acc’ Alternatives Fort Murchison Lodge, Murchison River Lodge, Pakuba safari Lodge, Para safari lodge/ Chobe safari lodge.
Early morning games drive in this beautiful national park. Afternoon boats ride on the Victoria Nile up to the bottom of the falls. The boat is the perfect platform to see and photograph many different bird species. Alternatives, Fort Murchison Lodge, Murchison River Lodge, Pakuba safari Lodge, Para safari lodge/Chobe safari lodge.
Early morning game drive or boat trip on the Nile to the delta into Lake Albert or visit Budongo Forest for a jungle walk. In the afternoon we drive to Hoima town. Alternatives Chimpanzee Guest House, Primate Lodge, Crater Safari lodge and Kyaninga lodge.
After breakfast we drive to Kibale Forest. You can make a walk around the lodge in the afternoon. During this walk it is possible to see monkeys and birds. It is also possible to make a night walk through the forest to see the animals of the night, like bush babies (both activities optional).
Kibale Forest is a spectacular jungle, with 13 primate species! Including chimps, baboons, black and white colobus, red colobus, grey cheeked mangabey and L’Hoest monkey. Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee Guest House, Primate Lodge, Crator Safari lodge and Kyaninga Lodge.
Chimpanzee tracking in the morning or in the afternoon. For people interested in primates and birds and willing to make another walk we can make a community walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary as well. It is also possible to visit the local people or the crater lakes. Alternatives Chimpanzee Guest House, Primate Lodge, Crator Safari lodge and Kyaninga Lodge.
Transfer to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. On our way we pass the equator where we will make a stop. Game drive in the afternoon.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the best places in Uganda to see lions. Expect to see elephants, lions, many hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and maybe leopards. Dinner and overnight at Alternatives Pumba Lodge, Enganzi Lodge Park View Lodge and Mweya safari Lodge.
Game drive in the morning. Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon.
The Kazinga Channel is one of the highlights of Uganda and has the highest concentration of hippos in the world. Dinner and Overnight; Alternativesat Pumba Lodge, Enganzi Lodge, Park View Lodge and Mweya safari Lodge.
After breakfast we drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Ishasha sector in the South. Game drive in the afternoon in search of the tree climbing lions.
In Ishasha there are 4 prides of lions that climb the trees. Unique in the world! The other attraction of Ishasha is the Topis, not found anywhere else in this National Park. Dinner and overnight at Alternatives. The River Lodge, Ishasha Jungle Lodge and Ishasha Wilderness camp
Today we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable. On our way we pass through interesting villages and have some breath taking views of the mountains.
Bwindi Impenetrable is a unique jungle, with many monkey species. Bwindi is one of the 2 places in the world where you can find Mountain Gorillas. In the afternoon after checking in at your lodge, you will go for your community walk whereby you will be able to see the Bakiga culture and their ways of living, Batwa so called pygmies experience, Traditional healers, local banana brewing and others. Dinner and overnight Stay at Buhoma Community Rest Camp Community Haven Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Buhoma Lodge.
Gorilla tracking!!! Early morning departure with your ranger to search for one of the world’s most interesting and endangered animal, the Mountain Gorilla! You will spend one hour with one of our closest relatives. An experience you will never forget. In the afternoon take a chance to Visit the Bwindi Orphans development Centre with a lots of entertainments on order free entrance but you can donate or sponsor a child. Alternative accommodations; Buhoma Community Rest Camp Community Haven Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Buhoma Lodge.
Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi; the deepest and most beautiful lake in Uganda. We sleep on one of the beautiful islands. Possible activities: make a nature walk, go for a birding walk, go for canoeing, take a swim or visit the local community. Dinner and overnight; Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort, Bird Nest Resort and Bunyonyi Safaris lodge.
Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. It is possible to visit a pygmy village on the way (optional).
Volcanoes National Park is part of the Virunga Mountains, covering 3 countries: Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Together with Bwindi this is the only place in the world to see the Mountain Gorilla’s. Overnight at; Davinci Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge and Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge.
Optional activities for today: You will wake up early morning and go for Golden Monkey Trek come back for hot lunch, in the afternoon you can decide to go for a scenic walk around volcanoes national park or Visit Ibyiwacu Cultural Centre. Alternative Davinci Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge and Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge.
Transfer to Kigali. Make a city tour or go for shopping if time permits. Afterwards transfer to Kigali airport for your departure.
End of our services, wishing you a pleasant tour.