This 14 day safari traces the western Rift Valley in the heart of Africa, starting with game viewing on the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park – elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, and leopard. Track the fast moving and elusive chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge. In Ishasha go on the hunt for the tree-climbing lions lounging on old fig trees. See the rich wildlife and array of birds on the Kazinga Channel. Seeing some of the last remaining 700 mountain gorillas in the world is a fantastic experience and this safari takes you to three gorilla parks – Bwindi and Mgahinga in Uganda and PNV in Rwanda. It offers an opportunity to track gorillas five times, twice in Bwindi, once in Mgahinga/Nkuringo, and twice in PNV.

Bwindi in Uganda has eighteen habituated families and the gorillas there live in thicker tropical forest. You can also go for nature walks to see birds, monkeys and orchids, visit the Akagera National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Kigali City tours etc.

You can also climb a volcano or go for a nature walk or visit the endangered golden monkey. PNV in Rwanda has five habituated gorilla families and tracking most groups in the afro-montane forest usually takes only a few hours. You can also climb a volcano, visit the remains of Dian Fossey’s grave or visit the endangered golden monkey.

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
On arrival in Kampala, you will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel to refresh and relax for the rest of the morning. At fter lunch, you will be taken on a boat trip to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Lake Victoria. An excursion to this forested sanctuary island offers a marvelous introduction to the ecology and conservation of Chimpanzees.
Overnight at Gately in Entebbe (dinner included)

Day 2: Drive to Kibale forest
Travel to Kibale Forest National Park. This equatorial forest holds a higher diversity (13 species) and density of primates than any other African forest. Kibale’s primates include Vervet, L’Hoest’s, Red-tailed and Blue monkeys, in addition to Grey-cheeked mangabey, Red colobus, Black & white colobus, Olive baboon and Chimpanzee. Kibale is the most ideal site in Uganda to seek wild Chimpanzees and one of the few parks in Uganda where night excursions are permitted for those who wish to observe primates such as the unusual Potto and various Galago species (bushbabies). After dark we will take an excursion with spotlights to seek nocturnal primates and other wildlife.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge
Moderate: Primate Lodge (Cottages)
Lowest Price: Kibale Forest Camp

Day 3: Kibale forest national park
In the early morning, we will go Chimp tracking. On your forest walk in the afternoon, you will look for the fascinating multi-species troops of monkeys. Various species move through the forest together, each specie occupying different elevation in the forest. They understand each others’ alarm calls when predators are spotted, so when, for example, an eagle soars overhead, the monkeys at the higher elevation will sound the alarm and all monkeys will take appropriate evasive action. The same applies when those at the lowest elevations spot a ground-dwelling or ambush predator such as a leopard: the terrestrial monkeys will sound the alarm signal and all monkeys will rapidly move up to the higher elevation.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge
Moderate: Primate Lodge (Cottages)
Lowest Price: Kibale Forest Camp

Day 4: Kibale Forest /Queen Elizabeth National Park
We drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Primates found here include the Olive baboon, Red-tailed, Vervet and L’Hoest’s monkeys. There will be an opportunity for more Chimp tracking in Chambura Gorge, though the likelihood of sightings is not as strong as in Kibale Forest. Queen Elizabeth National Park holds other wildlife including the predators, Lion, Leopard and Spotted hyena. Other mammals include Giant forest hog, a variety of antelope, elephant and hippo. The park’s bird species number more than 600, quite likely higher than any other destination in Africa.
 Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Mweya Safari Lodge
Moderate: Katara  Lodge
Lowest price: Simba Safari Camp

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park
You shall join a forest walk through the Maramagambo Forest. This is one of the largest forests in Uganda, and forms a habitat for a number of primates and forest dwellers. Due to its location, Maramagambo also has a great diversity of butterflies and birds. The walk culminates in a visit to volcanic caves that are home to thousands of bats. Pythons are often observed in the crevices of the bats cave as they prey on bats. In this walk you will see the picturesque Blue lake-Kimeranjojo which got its name after swallowing an Elephant.  We take an evening game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Mweya Safari Lodge
Moderate: Katara  Lodge
Lowest price: Simba Safari Camp

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth/ Bwindi National Park
After an early morning game drive, we continue to the Buhoma sector of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Bwindi’s chief claim to fame is its resident, habituated population of Mountain Gorillas. These spectacular primates now number only around 650, most of which live either at Bwindi or across the border in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans. (Bwindi holds some 280 – 320 Gorillas, in 15 groups.) This ancient rainforest has 120 mammal species, perhaps more than any other national park in the country except Queen Elizabeth. Primates include L’Hoest’s, Red-tailed, Blue and Colobus monkeys and the Olive baboon. Antelope include bushbuck and 5 species of forest-dependent Duiker. Birders come to Bwindi to seek the 23 Albertine Rift Endemics which thrive here. Of those, 14 are found nowhere else in Uganda. Some 200 species of butterfly have been recorded in the park and the colourful clouds of butterflies that congregate at Bushpig wallows is a marvelous spectacle.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Buhoma Lodge
Moderate: Engagi Lodge
Lowest Price: Buhoma Community  (self-contained cottages)

Day 7: Bwindi National Park
After our early morning briefing, we will be led into the forested slopes to look for one of the habituated groups of Mountain Gorilla. This is a most awe-inspiring wildlife experience. For conservation purposes, our time with the Gorillas is limited to one hour. Because Gorilla sighting is not precisely predictable no other activity
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Buhoma Lodge
Moderate: Engagi Lodge
Lowest Price: Buhoma Community Campground (self-contained cottages)

Day 8: Transfer to Rwanda
Take breakfast and depart for Rwanda. You will cross the border via Kisoro then clear at the boarder – Rwanda is 1 hour behind Uganda . Located in the far northwest of Rwanda, the Parc des Volcans is home to the steep slopes of this wonderful mountain range – home of the rare mountain gorilla – and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which cuddles evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla view Lodge/Gorilla nest camp (High end facility),
La Palme Hotel (mid-range),
Muhabura Lodge / Kinigi guest house (budget accommodation)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Gorilla Trekking in Parc National des Volcans
Go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans (subject to permit availability at the time of booking). Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy.
Accommodation options available
Up-market: Virunga Lodge
Moderate: La Palme Hotel
Lowest Price: Kinigi Guest House.

Day 10: Golden Monkey Tracking /Akagera National Park

This morning we will seek out the recently habituated troop of the rare Golden monkey. We then drive to Akagera National Park for an afternoon game drive, to see many night birds and animals. After this, commute back for dinner and overnight at the hotel
You will have an afternoon game drive in the park and you will be able to see a variety of birds and animals such as elephant, giraffe, buffalo, spotted hyena, hippo, and crocodiles. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge ( full board basis)

Day 11: Kigali
After breakfast drive to Kigali
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Gorillas Kigali Hotel

Day 12: Tour of Kigali
You have a Kigali city tour today and visit the Genocide Memorial Museum before you transfer to the airport for your onward international flight. The city tour includes the old town (Nyamirambo) and Muslim quarter, the new handicraft village and other shops, the Batwa pottery and dance centre and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial. The memorial is very moving – the tour takes a couple of hours – and will be of interest to anyone who has spent some time in this enchanting country.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market:
Serena Kigali Hotel 
Moderate:
Hotel Gorillas Kigali
Lowest Price:
Hotel Gorillas Kigali

Day 13:
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home

Accommodation

Accommodation is based on a standard double/ twin or single room in your choice of accommodation. This can either be budget, mid range or high end.  All accommodation options are selected by its location and service standard compared to its price. When you are with 1, 3 or 5 persons 1 single supplement is included. When you want more single supplements you can contact us at info@experienceafricasafaris.com

Inclusions / Exclusions

  • Inclusions
    • Transport in a 4wd  motor vehicle with pop-up roof for excellent safari view viewing
    • All fuel for the tour;
    • English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
    • Your choice of accommodation as listed in the program
    • Meals according to the program;
    • Gorilla including permit
    • All park entrance fees.
    • Boat trip
    • Game drives
    • Golden monkey tracking
    • Chimpanzee permits
    • Ngamba island
  • Exclusions
    • International air fares;
    • Entry visa Uganda and Rwanda;
    • Meals that are not part of your accommodation;
    • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, hotel staff, etc;
    • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.).

Meal plan

The cost of the tour includes most meals. Please check in the program what meals are included with your choice of accommodation.

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