8 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari
Primates Safari in Uganda and Rwanda with 2 gorilla trekking opportunities, chimps tracking in Nyungwe national park, Golden Monkey tracking and wildlife viewing in Lake Mburo national park.
Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe National park
Day 2: Chimps Tracking – Canopy Walk
Day 3:Transfer to Volcanoes NP
Day 4: First Gorilla Tracking – Tour Twin Lakes
Day 5: Golden Monkey tracking – Transfer to Bwindi national park
Day 6: Second gorilla Tracking – community walk
Day 7: Trasfer to Lake Mburo – Afternoon Game Drive
Day 8: Boat ride – transfer back to Rwanda for departure
Day 1: Pick up – Transfer to Nyungwe National park
Our tour guide will pick you up from either the airport or hotel, and hit the road to Nyungwe forest national park. Dinner and Overnight stay
Accommodation: Nyungwe Forst Lodge ( Luxury)
Nyungwe Top View Hotel (Mid-range)
Gisakura Guest House (Basic).
Travel time: About: 5 Hours.
Day 2: Chimps Tracking – Canopy walk/nature walk/birding
Early rise for breakfast. Head out to Nyungwe forest headquarters for briefing about tracking chimps. The rangers know the best spots where you can easily track the chimpanzees. As you hike through the forest, you will come across other primates like monkeys, these will excite you as you get closer to the chimpanzees. Birds will be all over and for birdwatchers, this is the best place to be. Getting a chance to see these chimpanzees is breathtaking; you will see them play on trees, rest and feeding. You are allowed to take as many pictures as you can as long as you observe silence. After a wonderful time with the chimpanzees, you return for lunch and rest. In the afternoon, you go for a forest canopy walk or nature walk to see the twin lakes. You will spot different species of birds. Have dinner and overnight at your hotel
Day3: Transfer from Nyungwe NP – Volcanoes National Park
Have an early at your hotel and your guide will drive you off to Volcanoes National Park. The drive will take you via Lake Kivu were you will have clear views of the water body and take pictures of the beautiful area. Have lunch en route and continue with our interesting drive. Arrive late and check in to your lodge.
Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Volcanoes Lodge ( Luxury)
Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / La Palme (Mid-range)
Muhabura Hotel (Basic).
Travel time: About: 5 Hours.
Day 4: Gorilla Tracking / Tour the Twin Lakes
Have an early breakfast report to the Volcanoes park headquarters as early as 7:30am. After a short drill as regards your expected gorilla tracking conduct is concerned, you will enter the rain forest in search of the mountain gorillas. It is advisable to carry along with you a packed lunch, energy bite and mineral water on this expedition because sometimes tracking can last very long from 1 -6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. On locating the gorillas, the experience is so exhilarating and will be well worth the trouble. Spend a maximum of one hour with the gorillas then return to your lodge. In the afternoon if your up for it head out for a tour the twin lake of Burera & Ruhondo. Dinner and overnight at your lodge
Day 5: Golden Monkeys Tracking – Transfer to Bwindi National Park
Wake up early for your breakfast, drive to the park headquarters for breifing the Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus Kandti), now listed as endangered because of their small numbers. You will be separated in groups of 6 people maxixum, and the trackking will take most of the day. After the trek, return to the lodge for relaxation and drive to Uganda later crossing the border to Bwindi national park
Budget: Bakiga Lodge/ Wagtail eco lodge
Mid-range: Gorilla Mist/Nshongi Gorilla resort
Luxury: Gorilla safari lodge/Gorilla resort
Day 6: Second Gorilla Trekking in Uganda & Optional Community walk
Today wakeup early for a quick breakfast and head out for briefing from the guides, set off for the gorilla tracking in the impenetrable forest. All travelers should be assembled at the briefing point by 8.00am. You need to carry packed lunch, drinking water, rain jacket and walking stick will be provided. After briefing, enter the forest to track gorillas, the time taken to find the magnificent primates is unpredictable since it depends on when the gorillas where last seen. If time permits take an afternoon community walk before retiring for dinner at your lodge. Meal plan –Breakfast, lunch &Dinner in accommodations of previous day
Day 7: Bwindi – Lake Mburo National Park
Enjoy breakfast, with packed lunch go for the Batwa trail. The Batwa people used to live in Bwindi forest, but it was gazetted into a national park IN 1991 and they were misplaced. They now live with the rest of the communities, but most of them are still isolated. Return to Lodge for lunch and drive off to Lake Mburo reaching in time for an afternoon boat ride, do some sport fishing and see the Crocodiles, Pelicans, Shoebill stork, Hippos, Cormorants, Fish eagles along the shores of the lake.
Dinner and Overnight
Day 8: Game viewing Drive – Transfer to either Kampala or Kigali
After early breakfasts, go for an early morning game drive which will offer a wonderful encounter with wild like; Zebras, Waterbucks, Buffaloes, Topis, Elands, Leopards, and a variety of bird species. After the gamedrive setoff to either Kampala for departure or Kigali for drop off at the airport or Hotel.