21 Days Uganda Rwanda Primates & Wildlife Adventure

Details

Ngamba Island Sanctuary,Jinja Source of the Nile, White water Rafting,Sipi Falls Hike, Game drive, Boat cruise, Hike to the top of the Falls, Forest walk in Budongo Forest, Chimps in Kibale National park, Game drive, Boat cruise, Game drive in Ishasha, Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes, Visit to Dian Fossy's Grave yard, Golden monkey, Pygmy visit, City tour in Kigali.

Destinations

UGANDA RWANDA Ngamba Island Jinja Sipi Falls Kidepo Valley National Park Murchison Falls National Park Budongo Forest Kibale Forest National Park Bigodi Swamp Queen Elizabeth National Park Ishasha Sector Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Rwanda's parc National des volcans Kigali City.

Duration

21 Days

Availabilty

All Year Round


21 DAYS UGANDA AND RWANDA GORILLAS, CHIMPANZEES AND WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

SAFARI OVERVIEW

This 21 Days Uganda and Rwanda combined Primates and Wildlife Safari Adventure takes you to Visit both Countries to enjoy the Best these destinations have to offer;  Ngamba Island Sanctuary’s Orphaned Chimpanzees, Jinja’s Source of the Nile, Sipi’s Spectacular Falls, Kidepo Valley National Park for the Best Wildlife Safari Adventures, Murchison Falls National Park for Game Safaris and the Falls, Budongo Forest Chimps, Kibale Forest National Park for Chimpanzees, Bigodi Swamp and Community Walks, Queen Elizabeth National Park for a variety of Wildlife, Ishasha Sector as its Famous for its rare Tree Climbing Lions, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Gorillas in the Mist, Lake Bunyonyi Island, Rwanda’s parc National des volcans and Golden Monkeys, Kigali City. As you get the Best of Uganda’s Wildlife, Primates, Bird life, Double Gorilla Tracking both in Uganda and Rwanda, appreciating nature on Guided Walks and Community Walks.

DETAILED  ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival at the Airport – Transfer to Hotel in Entebbe Town

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, You will be met by our safari guide who will transfer you to your Hotel in Entebbe Town for Dinner and overnight at Hotel / Guest House.

Meal Plan: BB

Day 2: Entebbe – Transfer to Lake Victoria by Speed Boat to Ngamba Island Sanctuary

After your Breakfast, our Guide will pick you up from your Hotel and transfer from the Dock on the Shores of Lake Victoria, where you will be transferred by a speed boat to Ngamba Island .The boat ride takes about 45 -50 minutes across to Ngamba Island, crossing the Equator en-route. On arrival at the island, home to 39 chimpanzees, you will be given a short introduction and briefing on the sanctuary. After which, its feeding time! It is fascinating to watch the chimps interact with each other and with their keepers. In the relatively short amount of time you are there you will be able to see such different personalities amongst the group, with some whistling for food and others clapping. Obviously the ideal option would be to re-introduce these orphaned chimpanzees to the wild however this is not possible for a number of different reasons and the sanctuary is not bad for second best. Later in the Evening, the Speed boat transfers you back to Entebbe at the Pier where you will meet your Guide to transfer you to your Hotel / Guest House in Kampala City.

Meal Plan: (BB).

Day 3: Half day  White Water Rafting adventure along the Nile River in Jinja and a boat ride to the source of the Nile
An early breakfast, we depart at 6:00am from the place of stay and transfer East to Jinja an 80km / 2 hours’ drive to catch up with half day white water rafting. Enjoy the views of Mabira forest en route and upon arrival, you engage in a lasting adventure exploring the rapids and cascades on this world’s longest River in your rafts with the guidance of expert Rafters. In the afternoon you enjoy a boat ride to the source of the Nile exploring the point where the Nile River begins its  journey to the Mediterranean Sea. Later in the Evening we proceed to your Hotel / Guest House in Jinja Town for Overnight.

Meal Plan: FB

Day 4: Transfer to Sipi Falls & hike the Sipi falls 

Depart Jinja for Sipi falls Proceeding in the far east of Uganda as you enjoy views of eastern Uganda’s beautifull landscapes including Mount Elgon which is the second highest Mountain in Uganda. You enjoy the hike to Sipi Falls a great place for sightseeing and photography. The hiking uphill offers panoramic views of community lands below. Settle for relaxation and overnight at your Lodge.

Meal Plan: FB

Day 5: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park with a Game drive enroute at  Pian Upe Game Reserve
Depart the lodge at about 7:00am after your breakfast and drive to Kidepo Valley National Park, which is one of Uganda’s virgin and yet diverse safari destinations. A game drive en route will be undertaken in Pian Upe Game Reserve with lucky sights of Cheetah, Elands, spotted hyenas, patas monkeys, jackals, vervet monkeys, topi, olive baboons, Cape buffalo, Guther’s dik-dik, water buck, Klipspringer among other wild game. Later proceed to Kidepo Valley National Park for your Dinner and overnight at the Accommodation of your Choice
Meal Plan: FB

Day 6: Full Day Game drives in Kidepo Valley National Park

An early morning breakfast, depart the lodge for an extensive wild game viewing in the less explored landscapes of Kidepo Valley National Park, traversing the famous Narus Valley stretching up to Kanangarok hot springs. The wildlife to look out for include; elephants, lions, Buffaloes, Rothschild giraffes, cheetah, greater and lesser kudu, eland, black-backed and side-striped jackals, leopard, spotted hyena, warthog, Burchell’s zebra, bushbuck, Defassa waterbuck, bush duiker, oribi, Bohor reedbuck and Jackson’s hartebeest. The stretch to the hot spring Area is good for spotting the Ostrich. This Wildlife Game Experience can take a Morning and Afternoon Drive.  Later in the Evening return to the Lodge or Camp for Dinner and Overnight.

Meal Plan: FB

Day 7: Authentic cultural experience to the Indigenous Karimojong in the Morungole Mountains
Morning breakfast, Take up a lasting authentic cultural Experience to the Indigenous Karimojong on the great hills of Mount Morungole. This is one of the indigenous tribes of Africa and because of their remote dwelling place, they still feature their original traditions including family setting, norms, marriage practices among others. It’s an active adventure to the Mountains and it’s a whole day experience with great sightseeing as well. Return to the Lodge or Camp for dinner and Overnight stay.

Meal Plan: FB

Day 8: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park.

Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park enjoying the views of the rural landscapes of northern Uganda including the remains of the infamous Kony war. Arrive in the park in the evening and depending on the lodge location, an evening game drive can be made en route to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: FB

Day 9: Morning Game Drive – Launch Cruise on the Nile Delta

After an early breakfast, we enjoy a game drive through the park as you look out for Elephants, Giraffe, Buffalo, and many species of Antelope pass you by and try to spot a Lion or Leopard relaxing in the sunshine if lucky. Return to the Lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, we will take a relaxing boat trip along the Nile to the bottom of the mighty Murchison Falls. Here, we will spot Hippos, a dazzling array of birdlife along the banks like kingfisher, cormorants, bee-eater and the rare shoebill stork without missing those Nile Crocodiles! Listen out for the thunderous and electrifying sound of the famous waterfalls as you approach its base. We disembark from the boat and return to the Lodge / Campsite for Dinner and Overnight
Meal Plan: FB

Day 10: Game drive – Budongo Forest Reserve guided Nature walk

Early morning breakfast, we enjoy another game drive across the savannah, along Lake Albert Delta, abundant wildlife as you move slowly as the sun rises. What you are sensing and feeling, seeing around cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world, this is Murchison Falls with its birds, lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, warthogs, giraffes, humorous appearing warthogs.

Enjoy your  Lunch and later in the afternoon you will proceed to Budongo Forest Reserve. On arrival to this Forest, have an exciting Jungle experience by exploring the forest by a guided nature walk. This Reserve has one of the largest Mahogany forest in East Africa and home of the large population of 9 Different Primates and 360 species of birds and 290 different types of butterflies. Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site which Lies within the boundaries of Murchison Falls National Parks composed of Mahogany trees and Iron wood. The 115 km area is an isolated block from Budongo forest. Its remoteness occasionally provides a sanctuary for the Lion, Leopard and Buffalo. Early morning is the best time for touring as you will meet forest creatures licking salt in the forest glades. The River Waiga provides refreshment to the species of the forest. It is ranked as one of the most important birding eco-regions in Uganda and is highly conserved for this purpose. The forest is drained by four small rivers -Sonso, Waisoke, Wake and Bubwa which drain their waters into Lake Albert. Dinner and Overnight at Lodge / Campsite.

Meal Plan: FB

Day 11: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park (Uganda Chimpanzee trekking) 

After breakfast, we will travel to Fort Portal town, through the villages and beautiful scenery of tea Plantations. You will have lunch en route and you will arrive late afternoon. In the evening if time allows, you will have a walk around  the crater rims, past alcohol brewing in oil drums, through banana plantations, coffee terraces, plots of cassava, groundnuts, sorghum and millet. Then after, relax for the rest of the evening. Dinner and overnight at Hotel / Lodge / Cottages / Resort (FB)
Meal Plan: FB

Day 12: Chimpanzee Tracking In Kibale Forest – Bigodi Walk

Early in the morning before 8:00am, report to the ranger station for a short briefing before starting off with the search for the Chimpanzees. Kibale national Park is a habitat for more than 10 primate species, which include, black & white coleus monkeys, red colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys among the many. After lunch go for a swamp walk, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is managed by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental organization formed in 1992 with the aim of achieving social and economic development for local communities. You will be guided and walk around the swamp, which is home to approximately 137 bird species including the Snowy Headed Robin Cat, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Emerald Cuckoo and a variety of Weavers, Warblers, Greenbuls and Sunbirds. There’s also an abundance of Butterflies. It’s also rich in vegetation, such as wild palms, polita figs and the dominant papyrus. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at the Lodge / Campsite.
Meal Plan: FB

Day 13: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 

After an early breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park on time for your lunch, later go on an evening Game drive and return to your Lodge for Dinner and overnight at Lodge / Campsite.

Meal Plan: FB

Day 14Game drive along Kasenyi tracks- Launch Cruise Along the Kazinga Channel

After a cup of coffee, Embark on an early morning game drive along Kasenyi track and Queens mile in the park and expect to see Lions, Elephants, cape buffalo, Warthogs, leopard, hyena, mangoose, waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, Topi and lots many small animals and birds. After lunch, enjoy the unique evening 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and over night as above.

Meal Plan: FB

Day 15: Transfer to the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park

After Breakfast, we checkout of our Hotel / Lodge and transfer to Ishasha sector which lies close to the southwestern tip of Queen Elizabeth National Park for your lunch. Ishasha is a vast low-lying savannah plain lying south of the equator in the Albertine Rift Valley. Famous for its tree climbing lions that are famed for tree climbing, a trait only shared with other lions in the Lake Manyara region in Southern Tanzania. They often spend the hottest parts of the day in the ficus trees found throughout the area, The Ishasha River separates the larger Parc national des Virunga in the DR Congo with which it shares an international boundary. Dinner and Overnight at Lodge / Camp.

Meal Plan: FB

Day 16: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Gorillas

Today you will depart for Bwindi Forest, through the southern sector of the park; here if lucky, you will view the famous tree climbing lions as they rest up in the large Fig  trees. You will have lunch and then go for a community walk through the nearby villages. Dinner and Overnight at Lodge / Camp

Meal Plan: FB
Estimated Time: 2hrs and a half
Estimated Distance: 90km (From Ishasha Sector)

Day 17: Gorilla Tracking, Afternoon transfer to Lake Bunyonyi Island
Wake up and prepare for the unforgettable experience. You will have breakfast to transfer to the park headquarters for briefing before setting off to the forest in search for gorillas. The guide will brief you and at 8:30 am you will set off to the forest for these apes. The time you will take searching these humble apes is unpredictable however it ranges between 2-9 hours depending on their movement. The activity requires you to go through steep rocks climbing up and down making it tiresome, however the thrill of encountering these giant primates erases the poor memories you went through in trying to find them. Later in the Evening proceed to Lake Bunyonyi Island to relax by the Lake. Dinner and overnight at Lodge / Camp Lodge.

Meal Plan: FB

Day 18: Boat Ride to visit the Batwa Pygmies or visit to the other Islands

After breakfast you will take a nature walk in the morning and in the afternoon after your lunch you will go for a boat ride on the lake to the Pygmy Community. Dinner and overnight at the Cottages.

Meal plan: FB

Day 19: Depart for Rwanda’s Parc Nationale Des Volcanoes

Depart for Rwanda after your Breakfast, border crossing – Clear with the Immigrations at Cyanika Border. Proceed to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, proceeding at your accommodation later in the afternoon. Your guide will brief you about the gorilla trek for the next day. Dinner and over night at Lodge / Guest House.

Meal Plan: FB

Day 20: Another Day of Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda 

After an early breakfast, you proceed to the park offices for a briefing, then continue on your second Gorilla trekking. We advise you bring with you hiking shoes, long pants and long sleeved shirts for the trek. A packed lunch and water is provided by the lodge, after the trek you will be taken for Hikes at the Dianne Fossey graves. Then return to your Guest House / Lodge for dinner and over night,

Meal plan: (FB).

Day 21: Golden Monkey tracking – Kigali Genocide Memorial Site (Rwanda Cultural Tour)

After breakfast, you will go for Golden Monkey tracking, return to lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Kigali for a tour around the Genocide memorial sites and the Markets around. Later in the Evening depending on your Flights departure time, Our driver transfers you to the Airport in Kigali for your Out bound Flight Home.

End of Safari!

 

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