13 DAYS: UGANDA AND RWANDA WILDLIFE
An incredible tour of Uganda and Rwanda, taking in many of the national parks and their wildlife, including the rare mountain gorillas.
Day 1: Entebbe/Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park
Homestead Tours and Safaris Driver-Guide will collect you from your hotel, then drive you across the ever-changing countryside with cultivation, homes, trading centres and forests. A stopover is made at Masindi for snacks. Your trip continues through Budongo Forest and to the top of Murchison Falls. You may get wet with spray when you walk to the top of the dramatic Falls where the vast River Nile forces its way through a 7m wide gap. If you are staying north of the Nile, you will need to cross on the ferry before 7.00pm.
Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park
Be ready for a dawn game drive after an early cup of African tea or coffee; enjoy birdwatching and sightseeing across the open savannah and along the Nile and Albert Deltas. You can expect to see elephants, giraffes, buffalo, Uganda kob, oribi and Jackson's hartebeest. If you are very lucky, you may see lions or a leopard. When you are by the delta, where the Nile flows into Lake Albert, you can safely get out to watch the hippos relaxing in the water as well as many birds.
You will return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, a three-hour boat trip along the Nile gives you the chance to see Murchison Falls from below. Hippos, crocodiles, antelopes and aquatic birds can be seen along the shores of the River.
Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park to Kibale Forest National Park
An early start for the long drive to Kibale Forest National Park.
Day 4: Kibale Forest to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Get up early for a morning trek to look for chimpanzees. You will also see other primates and many birds.
In the afternoon, drive south into Queen Elizabeth National Park, with sightseeing and game viewing en route.
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Begin your day with an early morning game drive past crater lakes and around the Kasenyi and Queens Mile areas where you may encounter elephants, buffalo, waterbuck, warthog, lions, Uganda kob and a variety of birds.
Return to your lodge for lunch. After lunch, a two-hour boat trip along the famous Kazinga Channel is worthwhile. You will have the opportunity to see hippo, buffalo and elephants as well as the chance to see spectacular birds.
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
You will drive south through the Park to the Ishasha sector where you will look for the famous tree-climbing lions. Then continue the drive up the escarpment through beautiful hilly countryside with tea plantations. Bwindi Forest is a lush highland rainforest, filled with primates and exotic birds.
Day 7: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest
Begin the day with an early breakfast ready for trekking, which begins with a briefing from the Ugandan Wildlife Authority staff. Make sure you bring your rain jacket, drinking water, snacks and jungle boots. The guides will lead you inside the forest to see the shy primates. The tracking may take between 3–8 hours but it is well worth the effort. For more information, click on: ADVICE FOR GORILLA TREKKING.
Day 8: Bwindi Forest south into Rwanda
After breakfast, you will drive south to Rwanda, crossing the border at Kyanika. You will stay close to the Parc National des Volcans.
Day 9: Gorilla Trekking and Lake Kivu
After breakfast, you will drive to the Parc National des Volcans headquarters where you will meet the ranger guides. After a briefing you will begin the search for mountain gorillas. The trek can be quite tough and long.
After the trekking, you will drive to Gisenyi on Lake Kivu.
Day 10: Activities by Lake Kivu
You will have the opportunity to relax by the lake and perhaps swim or take a boat ride.
Day 11: Lake Kivu to Nyungwe Forest National Park
After breakfast, drive south to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Enjoy the environment, with all its birds and monkeys.
Day 12: Nyungwe Forest National Park (Chimpanzee Trekking) to Kigali
You will set off very early to track chimpanzees. You may also spot other primates like the colobus monkeys, along with other inhabitants of the forest such as birds and butterflies. Return to the lodge for late lunch.
After lunch, drive to Kigali ready for your flight home tomorrow.
Day 13: Kigali
Depending on your flight departure time, you can opt for a Kigali city tour where you may visit the Genocide Memorial Centre and Kigali Museum before heading to the airport for your flight back home.
This is a sample itinerary. We can adjust the route, activities and type of accommodation according to your requirements and budget. Where there is a choice of accommodation available, you can decide whether you want to stay in luxury, mid-range or budget lodges, hotels, superior camping or guest houses. Click on: HOW TO PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY.