This 10 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari is one of our most exciting and memorable Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda and Rwanda. In just 10 days African Pearl Safaris is dedicated to unveil the greatest wonders and treasures of the region, including the spectacular Murchison Falls National Park for the Big Five, Kibale Forest National Park for Chimpanzee tracking, Queen Elizabeth National Park for a unique tree climbing lion experience, Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Parc Volcanoes in Rwanda, share their jungle life. Finally do not miss out on the Golden monkeys and the the Genocide memorial city tour in Kigali.
10 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari
Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park
Begin the panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle and, travel to Masindi via Ziwa Rhino Project. A visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino trekking is a must. After lunch, drive to Murchison Falls. Overnight and dinner at Murchison River Lodge (Mid Range) or (Sambiya River Lodge Bandas (Budget facility) Meal Plan B-L-D
Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park Tour
Begin the day with a cup of African Coffee. After your cup of coffee, cross the Nile by ferry to the northern bank of the park. Your guide will help you spot Elephant, Lion, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. Return to the hotel for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron”. En-route, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over this 17 km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob crocodile. This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. There you leave the boat and start your “quite heavy” hike to the Top of the Falls (approx. 1 hour). See where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Your driver/guide will be waiting for you to bring you back to the lodge. Overnight and dinner at Murchison River Lodge (Mid Range) or (Sambiya River Lodge Bandas (Budget facility) Meal Plan B-L-D
Alternative Activity: Hot Air Balloon Safari in Murchison Falls National Park
Our hot air balloon safari in Murchison Falls National Park gives you an aerial view of Murchison Falls National Park as you spot the many species wild animals. The hot air balloon is made to fly at the tree altitude so as to bring you closer so that you take a good look at the beautiful Murchison Falls National Park.
– View sunrise or sunset from above
– Panorama view of Murchison Falls National Park
– Tree top level flights
– Victoria Nile or Lake Albert view
– Watch full herds of animals
– Watch hidden off-road animals
– Approximately 1 hour hot air balloon ride
– Pick up from set destinations
– Ferry Crossing
– Photos during cold inflation inside the balloon
– Ground Safari before takeoff and after landing
– Receive Participation Certificate
– Bush Breakfast in the wild
The hot air balloon safari costs $380 per person inclusive of the bush breakfast.
Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park – Kibale Forest National Park
All day drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads and farms along Albertine Rift escarpments. Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. Meals and overnight at Primate Lodge cottages (Mid Lodge facility) or Chimps Nest (Budget facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park Tour
After early breakfast, report at Kanyanchu Tourist Centre where tourist activities begin and set out to track chimpanzee in the forest. Chances of viewing the chimps are over 90% but not a guarantee. Kibale National Park is one of the beautiful and stunning forests in the Uganda. It is home to our closest living relatives the endangered Chimpanzee, the threatened Red colobus monkey and the rare L’hoest’s monkey. The forest also boasts of having one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling 13 species including the Black and white Columbus, Blue monkey, Grey-cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey and Bush babies and Pottos.
Thereafter drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park viewing the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. After lunch, take on an afternoon sunset Launch cruise along Kazinga Channel one that joins Lakes Edward and George. The cruise is a wonderful way to see hippo, buffalo, kob and the occasional Nile crocodile (which up until recently did not inhabit this area) and a spectacular bird watching on the water bank. Many who experience the launch cruise consider it the high light of their entire African safari. Dinner and overnight stay at Enganzi Lodge (Mid Lodge facility) or Ihamba Safari Lodge (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park Tour
Rise very early with your packed lunch take on a morning game drive to catch-up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will most likely meet grazing Hippos, Elephants, and Lions, spotted Hyenas, bush buck, water buck, stripped jackal, comical warthogs and the elusive leopard. Proceed to Ishasha. Drive along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by Savannah grasses and acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Ishasha sector where you will take on yet another game drive in search of tree climbing lions in the afternoon and evening. Overnight stay and dinner at Ishasha Jungle Lodge (High end facility) or @ The River Ishasha (Budget facility) Meal plan: (B, L, and D)
Day 6: Ishasha – Bwindi
Early morning guided bush walk for a closer interaction with nature. The mid morning will be spent on a game drive for the tree climbing lions, thereafter proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The journey takes about 2 hours but driving through interesting features. Arrive Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas. Apart from gorillas, there are a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it. Dinner and overnight stay at Silver back Lodge (Mid facility) or Buhoma Community Bandas (budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7: Bwindi Gorilla Tracking
After breakfast set off early with guides to track the gorillas. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each gorilla safari encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magnificent green swathe of dense rain forest, so ancient that survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas believed to number just 720. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together.
Time permitting, spend the afternoon on a community foot safari to explore the life style of the people living and surrounding the park. Return to camp exhilarated to relieve the encounter with friends over a drink. Dinner and overnight stay at Sliver back Lodge (Mid facility) or Buhoma Community Bandas (budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Rwanda
After breakfast, drive to Rwanda as you enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known to Ruhengere via Musanze. A drive by the lakes (Ruhondo and Mutera) arriving at parc Volcanoes in the afternoon. The evening is spent on sightseeing and relaxing around the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Mid facility) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9: Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour
After a briefing from your guide set off to track the gorillas. Spend an hour in awe watching the Gorillas go about their activities. You are likely to enjoy close views of adults feeding, grooming and resting as youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display. Dinner and overnight stay at Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Mid facility) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10: Rwanda Golden Monkey Trekking
In Parc National des Volcano go track the golden monkeys and drive to Kigali, time permitting visit the genocide memorial centre. Traditional crafts can be bought. Transfer to airport for your flight. End of service Meal plan B & L End of Service
The 10 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari package includes:-
– Airport Transfers
– 2 Gorilla Permits 1 in Uganda and 1 in Rwanda.
– All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
– All ground transportation in a comfortable 4x 4 Safari vehicles.
– Park entrance fees.
– Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
– Water, coffee or Tea while on safari.
– All boat trips.
– All game drives.
– All activities at stipulated in the itinerary.
– Chimpanzee trekking Kibale
– All government taxes/levies.
– Community walk Bwindi
– Hike to the top of the falls
– Ferry crossing fees
– En route Lunches
– Golden monkey trek Rwanda
– Bush walk Ishasha
– Border Crossing fees
– Kigali City Tour
– AMREF Emergency Medical Insurance
However, 10 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari package excludes: expenses of personal nature like: Visa to Uganda and Rwanda, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, tobacco and any other program not mentioned herein the safari program.