The 9 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda for the double gorilla trek Rwanda, then to the Bwindi Forest National Park for the gorilla tours in Uganda, visit Queen Elizabeth where you will experience the wildlife game viewing, boat cruise and then to the Kibale forest for the chimpanzee habituation.
Detailed Itinerary for 9 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari
Day 1: Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park
Meet and greet at 07:00hrs at respective accommodation inKampalaorEntebbe. Begin the panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle. Visit the Rhino Sanctuary en-route to Masindi town. Arrive atMurchisonFallsNational Parkin time for lunch. After lunch proceeds for a forest walk in the Budongo Forest at Kaniyo Pabidi. Primates residents in this forest include L’hoestes, Red Colobus, Blue, Red-tailed monkeys, and Grey-cheeked Mangabeys. The guide will provide detailed explanations, not only about primates but also on all the forest flora and fauna and will ensure that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for bird watching and for seeing primates at close quarters. Proceed to the accommodation of choice for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park
On the early morning game drive via the Nyamusika plateau, you may see elephant, lion, buffalo, giraffe, hartebeest and many more species. After lunch, proceed for a boat trip on the placid Victoria Nile, upstream to the base of the Murchison falls. En-route you will see hippos, crocodiles, waterbuck and a wide variety of birds like the unusual shoebill stork. From the boat you will be able to take pictures of the photogenic and majestic Murchison Falls. Return to the accommodation of choice for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast take a boat ride to the Victoria Nile Delta. After lunch proceed for another game drive. Return to accommodation of choice for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Transfer to Kampala.
After breakfast you proceed to the top of the falls where you can see theNile’s beauty perfected!! Marvel at the Nile compressing from 50 meters to squeeze through a 6-metre gorge dropping 40 metres with a thunderous roar creating a beautiful rainbow, a plume of spray and the best thing that happened to the Nile…”the Murchison Falls”. After a picnic lunch return toKampalaarriving in the evening.
Day 5: Lake Bunyonyi
Our guide/driver picks you at 8:00 am from your hotel in Kampala. Drive to Mbarara via Masaka. Make a stop over at Equator crossing for photography. Proceed and stop over for Lunch in Mbarara at Igongo Cultural village (Ankole Museum) or Agip Motel. After lunch, drive through the breathtaking beauty and soothing environment of western Uganda to Kabale in Kigezi region commonly referred to as “The Switzerland of Africa”. Proceed to Lake Bunyonyi enjoying the stunning view of the beautiful Muhabura Volcanic Ranges. For bird lovers, Bunyonyi is home to several bird species like the African Harrier Hawk, Yellow-backed and spectacled weavers, Levillant cuckoo and lots more birds.
Day 6: Transfer to Rwanda.
In the morning, you will take a boat ride and visit some of the 29 historical islands. After lunch, transfer toKigalivia Katuna. The drive takes you through spectacular countryside of rolling hills with terraced gardens interspersed with woodlots. ArriveKigaliin the evening.
Overnight at Hotel Des Mille Collines
Meal plan: Full Board (dinner, breakfast, packed lunch)
Day 7: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast, drive to Kinigi via Ruhengeri. The road to Ruhengeri is sealed offering stunning scenery of the hills and valleys of this green and lush country, taking a little less than two hours. From Ruhengeri a 20 minute drive to Kinigi at the base ofSabinyoMountain, with excellent views of the rest of the Virunga Volcanoes.
Proceed to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film.
Depending on the gorilla group you have tracked, you may still have enough time to take a nature walk in the National Park, visit the golden monkeys, or visit Dian Fossey’s Grave. It is also possible to visit the Twin Lakes Ruhondo and Burera .
Overnight at Gorilla Nest Lodge or Le Bamboo Hotel
Meal plan: Full Board (dinner, breakfast, packed lunch)
Day 8: Nyungwe Forest National park
After breakfast, transfer toNyungweForestnational Park. This is one ofEast Africa’s largest forests, with 13 monkey species, including chimpanzees. Make a walk through the forest in search of chimpanzees, monkeys and birds, or do the waterfalls trail.
Overnight at Hotel Des Mille Collines or Gisaruka Lodge
Meal plan: (Dinner, Breakfast)
Day 9: Transfer from Nyungwe Forest N.P to Kigali
Transfer from Nyungwe Forest National Park to Kigali Air Port for your outbound Flight.