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RWANDA AND UGANDA SAFARI

9 DAYS RWANDA AND UGANDA SAFARI

Day 1: transfer from Kigali to Ruhengeri

If you arrive on an early morning flight our Sabili Tours representative will meet you at Kanombe International airport on arrival and will immediately drive you straight to Ruhengeri where you will have lunch on arrival. It is only 2 hours drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri where you will find the Volcanoes National Park which is home to the endangered mountain gorillas.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Mountain Gorilla view lodge (High Class)

La Palme Hotel Ruhengeri (Mid range)

Muhabura hotel (Budget)

Meal Plan; (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2: encounter the mountain gorilla in Parc Nationale des Volcans

A Silver back weighs 3times as much as an average man thus is enormous. Nevertheless despite being enormous; the mountain gorilla is undoubtedly very peaceful in comparison to other primates. This makes tracking the mountain gorilla reasonably safe. Several families have been fully habituated and are accessible to visitors. Getting to the point where you will view the mountain gorilla is normally hard work since it will require you to be reasonably fit. Nevertheless despite the steep slopes, dense vegetation and slippery passages in case of rain, gorilla tracking can be attempted by adults of any age successfully without any regrets.  After the whole experience both the financial and physical expense are worthwhile.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Mountain Gorilla view lodge (High Class)

La Palme Hotel Ruhengeri (Mid range)

Muhabura hotel (Budget)

Meal Plan; (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3: optional golden monkey tracking/ visit to Dian Fossey’s grave/2nd gorilla tracking

This day is open for a preferable option you can do at will. The golden monkey an Albertine rift endemic was originally in the Gishwati forest which was degraded in the genocide shifting the remaining population to the Virunga volcanoes. Visitors however have the opportunities to view a habituated group of these IUCN listed endangered species.

The hike to Dian Fossey’s tomb involves visit Fossey’s old living quarters nicknamed ‘the mausoleum’ and a visit to the adjacent gorilla cemetery or the former Karisoke research centre.

You can also optionally track a different gorilla group at will with the purchase of a second gorilla permit.

After lunch transfer back to Kigali for dinner and overnight at

Kigali Serena/Hotel des Milles Collines (High Class)

Hotel chez lando/ Beausejour hotel (Mid range)

Beausejour guest house (Budget)

Day 4: Transfer to Uganda.

This day involves crossing the Rwandan Border to Uganda.  Basing on the gorilla permits acquired at the point of booking you will either transfer to Mgahinga National Park; or the Nkuringo sector of Bwindi; or prepare for your experience of the Ugandan mountain gorillas.

Dinner and overnight at:

Mount Gahinga Lodge/Nkuringo safari Lodge (High Class)

Nkuringo Safari camp (Mid range)

Kisoro Traveler’s Rest (Budget)

Meal Plan; (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: gorilla trekking on the Ugandan side

This will be an opportunity to compare the difference between tracking the mountain gorilla in both Rwanda and Uganda. Track the mountain gorilla in a habitat different from the Virunga slopes and experience the difference.

Dinner and overnight at:

Mount Gahinga Lodge/Nkuringo safari Lodge (High Class)

Nkuringo Safari camp (Mid range)

Kisoro Traveler’s Rest (Budget)

Meal Plan; (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: to lake Bunyonyi

Leave Kisoro for Kabale –‘the Switzerland of Uganda’ and check into your lodge. In the evening take a canoe ride to visit the local Batwa pygmies.

Dinner and overnight at:

Birdnest at Bunyonyi/Arcadia cottages (High Class)

Bunyonyi Safari Resort (Mid range)

Bunyonyi Overland Camp (Budget)

Meal Plan; (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

You will leave Lake Bunyonyi and drive to Queen Elizabeth national park. On arrival check into your lodge and have lunch. After lunch enjoy a game drive in the crater lakes area where you will view lots of birds and wildlife. Possible sightings may include White shouldered cliffchat, Broad-tailed Warbler, common Buttonquail, marsh Tchagra, Curlew Sandpiper, Croaking Cisticola, Eurasian Mash Harrier, Lesser Flamingos, Common Greenshank, African Moustached Warbler, Greater Flamingos, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Stint, Southern Red Bishop, Montagu’s Harrier, Gull-billed Tern, Avocet, Pallid Harrier and the Red-capped Lark Uganda kob, occasional elephant, lions, buffaloes and bush backs.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Mweya safari lodge/Jacana Lodge (High Class)

Ihamba safari lodge/Kingfisher lodge Kichwamba (Mid range)

Queen Elizabeth Bush lodge/ Simba safari camp (Budget)

Day 8: morning game drive and launch cruise

Enjoy another game drive in the morning along the Kasenyi tracks then return to your lodge. In the afternoon board a launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel.  Possible sightings of warthogs, large pods of hippos, the sitatunga, Knob-billed Ducks, Squacco Heron, Great White and Pink-backed pelicans, White-faced whistling Ducks, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, giant forest hog, elephants, a crocodile, topi, waterbuck, buffalo, Uganda kob, leopard.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Mweya safari lodge/Jacana Lodge (High Class)

Ihamba safari lodge/Kingfisher lodge Kichwamba (Mid range)

Queen Elizabeth Bush lodge/ Simba safari camp (Budget)

Day 9: Chimp tracking/nature walk and transfer to Kampala

Have a guided nature walk in the Kyambura gorge or with acquisition of a permit; track chimpanzees in the Kyambura gorge. Begin your journey back to Kampala after lunch ending your safari with your arrival.