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15 Days Best Uganda - Rwanda Holiday Tour

 Overview

This 15 Days Best Uganda – Rwanda Holiday Tour will take to both countries (Uganda and Rwanda) and allows to explore Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda for a canopy walk or chimpanzee trekking, Volcanoes National Park for golden monkey trekking or Gorilla trekking, Bwindi Impenetrable National park in Uganda for gorillas and Batwa, Queen Elizabeth National park for game drives/viewing and a boat cruise on Kazinga channel, Kibale National park for chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk and Murchison Falls National park for game drives and a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino tracking. Then proceed to Jinja town for White Water Rafting and visit the source of the Nile which is the longest river in the world.

 

Trip Highlights

  • Canopy walk
  • Golden monkey trekking
  • Gorilla trekking
  • White water rafting
  • Rhino trekking
  • Game drives
  • Boat cruises
  • Community tours
  • Nature walks
  • Chimps trekking

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by our driver guide who will take you for a short Kigali city tour. Thereafter, proceed to Nyungwe for your dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodations:

Budget: I’Hoests Monkey House.

Mid-range: Nyungwe Forest Lodge.

Luxury: Golden Monkey Hotel

                    

Day 2: Canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park

After your breakfast, you will transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park for an adventurous canopy walk which involves walking from one end of the forest to another viewing bird, and other species of primates. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodations:

Budget: I’Hoests Monkey House.

Mid-range: Nyungwe Forest Lodge.

Luxury: Golden Monkey Hotel

 

Day 3: Travel to Volcanoes National Park

After your breakfast, you will leave Nyungwe Forest for Volcanoes National Park arriving in the late afternoon for overnight at your lodge.

Accommodations:

Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Mid-range:  La Bambou Lodge/ La Palme Hotel
Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Virunga Lodge

 

 

Day 4: Golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park

Early morning after a breakfast at the lodge you will go for golden monkey trekking. Have lunch at the lodge and later in the evening go for cultural tour to banana bear makers and Iby’iwacu cultural center.

Accommodations:

Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Mid-range:  La Bambou Lodge/ La Palme Hotel
Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Virunga Lodge

 

 

Day 5: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

After breakfast, you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. You will cross from Rwanda to Uganda through kyanika/katuna Uganda Rwanda boarder and then drive to your Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodations:

Budget: Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp/Broadbill Lodge/Traveler’s Rest Camp

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp /Rushaga Gorilla Camp/ Mutanda Lake Resort.

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Spring Lodge/Gorilla safari Lodge.

 

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking Day and Batwa Experience.

Early morning, breakfast with your packed lunch, you will report to the Park headquarters for registration and join a briefing about the dos and the don’ts during Gorilla Tracking. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, which can take you half an hour to three quarters of the day. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. It is an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful yet endangered Creatures. In the evening, you will go for community walk to experience the living of Batwa people.

Accommodations:

Budget: Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp/Broadbill Lodge/Traveler’s Rest Camp

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp /Rushaga Gorilla Camp/ Mutanda Lake Resort.

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Spring Lodge/Gorilla safari Lodge.

 

 

Day 7: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

In the morning, you will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park while having go views of some incredible scenery along the way. You will arrive in time for Lunch at the lodge and game drive in Ishasha in search for tree climbing lions and other wildlife species like buffaloes, antelopes, elephants and if lucky wild cats such as leopard.

Accommodations:

Luxury Lodge: Mweya Safari Lodge: Katara Lodge
Mid-range:  Bush Lodge (in rooms) / Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents  

 

 

 

Day 8: Morning Game drive and afternoon boat on Kazinga Channel.

This morning you will head to back to the plains of Kasenyi for a morning game drive to explore the beautiful wildlife species buffaloes, antelopes, elephants. After Lunch you will go for an afternoon boat cruise. This cruise offers you chances of viewing animals like hippos, water birds, elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles and many more which visit the channel for drinking water.

Accommodations:

Luxury Lodge: Mweya Safari Lodge: Katara Lodge
Mid-range:  Bush Lodge (in rooms) / Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents  

 

 

Day 9: Morning Game drive and Travel to Kibale Forest National Park

After an early morning breakfast, drive to the northern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park area in searches the wild animals which include Elephants, Buffalos, and the wild cats, Savanna birds and deferent species of antelopes such water buck Uganda kobs among others. After lunch, proceed the drive to Kibale Forest National Park arrive your lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodations:

Luxury: Papaya Lake/Primate Lodge/Kyaninga Lake Lodge
Mid-range: Mountains of the Moon/Kibale Forest Camp
Budget: Kibale forest camp tents/Chimpanzee Forest Guest House

 

 

Day 10: Chimps trekking and Bigodi swamp walk in Kibale Forest National Park.

In the morning after breakfast, you will go to the park headquarters for briefing and thereafter you will be taken for chimpanzee trekking, through Kibale Forest National Park. During this walk you will have high chances to see many of the 13 primate species native to Kibale Forest National Park. After lunch you will drive to Bigodi for a swamp walk.

Accommodations:

Luxury: Papaya Lake/Primate Lodge/Kyaninga Lake Lodge
Mid-range: Mountains of the Moon/Kibale Forest Camp
Budget: Kibale forest camp tents/Chimpanzee Forest Guest House

 

 

Day 11: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park

In the morning after your breakfast, you will drive to Murchison Falls National Park through small towns, villages and great views of the escarpment, arrive your lodge in the late evening, dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodations:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge/ Baker’s Lodge
Mid-range: Fort Murchison (in rooms)/ Murchison River Lodge
Budget: Fort Murchison in tents/ Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chilli Rest Camp

 

 

Day 12: Morning Game drive and afternoon Boat cruise to the bottom of the falls.

After an early morning breakfast, you will go for a morning game drive that will provide you an opportunity of spotting wild animals which include giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, hippos and if lucky cats such as lions and leopards. Return to the lodge for a lunch , thereafter go for a 2 hour boat cruise to the bottom of the falls to explore how river Nile squeezes itself in a narrow gorge before exploding out producing a lifetime experience.

Accommodations:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge/ Baker’s Lodge
Mid-range: Fort Murchison (in rooms)/ Murchison River Lodge
Budget: Fort Murchison in tents/ Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chilli Rest Camp

 

Day 13: Travel to Jinja via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

In the morning after your breakfast, you will drive back to Jinja via Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino tracking then proceeding to Jinja for dinner and overnight stay at your booked lodge/Hotel.

Accommodations:

Luxury: Jinja Nile Resort
Mid-range: 2 Friends Guest House
Budget: Hotel Triangle/ Jinja Safari Lodge

 

Day 14: White water Rafting and visit to the source of the River Nile

In the morning after your breakfast, you will prepare for an incredible, challenging and memorable activity: white water rafting, thereafter in the late afternoon, you will go for a boat ride to the source of the Nile to witness the actual point where the Nile starts its long journey to the Mediterranean Sea. Then drive to Kampala for your dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodations:

Luxury: Serena Hotel/Pearl of Africa Hotel
Mid-range:  Emin Pasha Hotel/ Speke Resort Hotel/Cassia Lodge
Budget: Acactus Hotel/ Namirembe Guest house

 

Day 15: Departure

After your breakfast, you will have a brief of Kampala city tour and then proceed to Entebbe International Airport for your flight back home.

Safari Requirements:

  • Uganda & Rwanda Visas which can be got on arrival at the Airports
  • Chimpanzee, Gorilla and Golden Monkey trekking permits (paid for in advance through to our company)
  • Travel & Health insurance arranged for from your home country
  • Proof of Yellow fever vaccination (certificate}
  • Travelers must be at least 15 years old on the day of the trekking.
  • Good physical, fit health and mental condition
  • Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood.
  • Insulated warm Jacket synthetic or down.
  • Long Sleeve Shirt and Waterproof Pants.
  • Footwear – Hiking.

 

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the whole trip
  • Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees
  • Drinking water while in the vehicle
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Chimp trekking permit
  • Golden Monkey trekking permit

 

Price Excludes

  • Pre and post tour accommodation in Uganda or Rwanda
  • International airfares
  • Uganda & Rwanda East African Tourist Visa
  • Items of personal nature such as tips, drinks, laundry and Insurance