Uganda- Rwanda Primate Safari
12 days 11 nights
Day 1: Arrival – Kampala
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to Kampala, and check in at Lake Victoria Serena, your home for this night. Lunch is on own account.
In the afternoon, depending on your flight, you can enjoy a boat ride stationed at the hotel.
Lake Victoria Serena hotel – BB
Day 2: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park (350kms/6-7hrs)
Depart for the most beautiful protected area in Uganda: Murchison Falls National Park. En route, we will make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, home to the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The reserve was created to reintroduce rhinos to the country which had been extinct since 1982. Together with a guide you will track the rhinos and observe them in their habitat at a very close and safe distance. Have lunch at the Rhino sanctuary and thereafter
we will drive to Murchison Falls National Park and drive for an hour deeper into the National Park to the site of Murchison Falls after which the park is named– one of Uganda most beautiful sights. If time allows, you will be able to visit Top of the Falls for a first view of the magnificent waterfalls. Check in at Baker’s lodge for dinner and overnight.
Bakers Lodge – FB
Murchison Falls National Park is the largest protected area in Uganda. The waterfall for which the park is named is the most electrifying sight of its type in East Africa. The southern part is mostly covered by dense woodlands and harbors one of the most varied forest faunas in East Africa, and is a premier site for bird watchers, as well as one of the best- and most affordable – places to track chimpanzees. The northern part is mostly covered by green grasslands with scattered acacia trees, Borassus palms, and riverine woodlands… The world’s longest River Nile is thronged with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, and buffaloes. Wildlife includes lions, Leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kob and so much more.
Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park
After an early breakfast we start the day with a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing Rothschild Giraffe, elephants, lions, Jackson Hartebeest, Oribis, Waterbucks, different species of the savannah woodland birds, and if lucky even the elusive leopard to top Africa’s “The Big 5” amongst a multitude of African plains game. Afternoon, you will do a site inspection of Paraa Safari Lodge before returning to Baker’s Lodge for lunch.
In the afternoon, enjoy a Nile launch cruise to the bottom of the waterfalls for game viewing at close quarters, after the launch cruise, get off from the bottom of the falls and hike up to the top of the falls where you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Nile. End your day with a sundowner before dinner and overnight.
Bakers Lodge – FB
Day 4: Murchison Falls – Kibale Forest National Park or Charter a flight to Kasese and drive for only 2hrs( at an extra cost)
After breakfast, check out and drive south to Fort Portal, with lunch (packed) en-route. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled ‘Mountains of the Moon’ and is famous for her many tea plantations. You will continue into Kibale National Park arriving at Primate Lodge Kibale in time for dinner and overnight.
Kibale Forest National Park is an extensive Biodiversity National Park in southern Uganda and also known as the “Primate Paradise” has one of the greatest variety and concentration of primates in Africa including our famous cousins the Chimpanzee, Red Colobus Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, L’Hoest’s, Black-and-White Colobus and the Olive Baboons. There is also a wide array of unique birds, forest elephants (smaller and hairier than the more familiar savannah elephant) and much more.
Day 5: Kibale Forest NP
The forest opens its doors for a sensational chimpanzee tracking experience.
Following the pre-tracking briefing, you will walk or drive to the trail-head for the start of an unforgettable adventure – hiking in the footsteps of the habituated family of chimpanzees. En-route, your guide will enthrall you with stories and facts about the forest and her other inhabitants including other species of primates and birds and other big mammals.
Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will spend an unforgettable one hour with them as they go about their daily life – feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching, in their natural habitat.
Return back to the lodge for lunch then in the afternoon enjoy a guided nature walk through the Bigodi wetland.
Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. The path and boardwalk maybe flooded and muddy after heavy rainfall and gumboots are recommended. The walk is about 4km in length taking 3-4 hours at birding pace with local community guides. All proceeds from ecotourism go back to into the community, a conservation project well worth supporting.
Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Primate Lodge Kibale -FB
Day 6: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park
After an early breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park with scenic views of crater lakes and the surrounding rolling hills, you will go through banana farmlands, Afterwards, you will proceed south alongside the
majestic Rwenzori ‘Mountains of the Moon’ to Queen Elizabeth National park. You will arrive at Mweya Safari Lodge in time for dinner and overnight.
Mweya Safari Lodge (deluxe tent) – FB
Day 7: Lion Tracking & Boat Cruise
In the morning become a researcher for a day, as you learn to use telemetry to find the different lion pride who roam the savannah of Queen Elizabeth. We can honestly state there is no better way to find and photograph lions in all of Uganda. The lion is one of the most sought-after safari species and one of the most impressive to observe. Living in pride of around 15 individuals, lions adhere to strict social structures. Groups consist of related females and their cubs, who are often born around the same time and raised communally. During the drive, the guides and researchers will discuss the human-animal conflict in communities around the park, veterinary issues within the park, and lion family dynamics as part of a very in-depth game drive. You will come face to face with the King of the Jungle and you will have stories for a lifetime. picnic breakfast and return to the lodge for relaxation
In the afternoon we take on a scenic boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a 33km long natural and pre-historic canal that joins Lakes Edward and Lake George. Formed by tectonic activity millions of years ago during the
formation of the rift valleys, the canal, 2 to 3kms at its widest, is now the most dominant feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park and one her key tourist attractions.
On a scheduled boat ride over a 12km stretch from Mweya to the bird sanctuary (2hrs), guests are almost always guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings including large schools of hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, wallowing buffaloes on its reedy banks, elephants, multitudes of birds including many endemics as well as numerous other plains game that come to drink at its water’s edge all day long.
Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.at Mweya Safari Lodge (deluxe tent)
Day 8: Game drive in Ishasha Sector, PM game drive with sun-downer
After your Exquisite breakfast, you will depart the northern part of QENP and drive to the southern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of the tree climbing lions, with a game drive through the Ishasha side in search of the tree climbing lions It is a beautiful route with the Rwenzori Mountains on your right side and the green valley on the left this is one of the most amazing scenic views you will experience, getting there in time for
lunch and some rest. Later on, you will enjoy another game drive in search of the tree climbing lions, returning back in time for a beautiful sun-downer at the lodge as you watch the sun go down. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Ishasha Wilderness Lodge (FB)
Day 9: Drive from Queen Elizabeth – Volcanoes National Park – Approx. 200km/5hours or opt to fly to the border at an extra cost
After breakfast, drive through the beautiful rolling hills of Kabale and Kisoro with stops at places of interest, cross the Uganda and Rwanda border, drive to Ruhengeri the base for Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans. Ruhengeri town itself, located only 25km from Uganda border, is relatively a small city. The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable. The Town has great views of the surrounding volcanoes. People are very friendly here and although a former Belgian colony (and thus French-speaking), many people speak English here.
Overnight: Virunga Lodge. (Full Board) (Inclusive of Massage, local beverages, and laundry service)
Day 10: Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Trekking
Early breakfast at your lodge;
0600 hrs: transfer to the Volcanoes National Park HQs
0700 hrs: Registration, where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are a total of 80 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.
Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point.
Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear. The cost, US$15 per person/per day. We advise that you utilize this service.
is endemic to the Albertine Rift. Two groups each with over 100 individuals are being habituated for visitors in the Virungas.
The Kabatwa group, found in the east of the park on the flanks of the Sabyinyo volcano and the Musongo group higher up on the flanks of the Karisimbi volcano at an altitude of about 2800-3000 meters.
After the trek, join your driver guide for a transfer back to your lodge.
Overnight: Virunga Lodge. (Full Board) (Inclusive of local beverages and laundry service)
Day 12: Volcanoes National Park – Kigali – Departure
Enjoy the scenic drive back to Kigali, then take up a city tour of Kigali including a visit to the Genocide Memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience and proceed to the airport for your departure flight.
- Airport transfers
- Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle
- English speaking driver/guide
- Accommodation in places mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals as described in the itinerary
- Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
- Activities and excursions mentioned in the program
- International and/or domestic flights and airport taxes
- Meals and drinks not mentioned above
- Items of personal nature
- Optional activities
- Gorilla permit