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11 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda and Rwanda

  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Kibale Forest National Park - Murchison Falls National Park

Gorilla and Chimp Tracking in Uganda and Rwanda

Experience the best of what Africa has to offer on this safari which will be held in Uganda and Rwanda. Visit the endangered gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or the Virungas in Rwanda. Gorilla trekking is one of the highlights that you must do before you leave Africa. With over 10 years of combined experience, AA Safari & Tours promises to deliver the best of services that will exceed your expectations.

Highlights

  • Private boat ride along the Nile
  • Game drives at the national parks
  • Launch cruise along the Kazinga channel
  • Chimpanzee and gorilla tracking in Kibale National Park
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Land transportation
  • 11 activity days
  • English
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Bushara island camp

Bushara Island Camp offers a range of safari tents, cottages, and group sites to meet the needs of the lone traveler, couples, groups, and families. All safari tents and cottages are self-contained and offer privacy and a beautiful view of the lake. You will be staying here on the first night of the safari.

Muhabura hotel

Muhabura hotel is found opposite the Musanze district headquarters on your way out of town on the main road to Rubavu (Gisenyi). You will find it on the right hand site after you have passed the Bank of Kigali building. You have the option to stay here on the second and third night of the safari.

Kinigi guest house

The guest house, locally known as “Village Touristique de Kinigi”, is situated north eastern of Rwanda, in Kinigi district only 11 kilometers from Ruhengeri City. It is the comfy gateway to the majestic beauty of the volcanic mountain range, the natural habitat of the rare mountain gorillas. It is constructed at the bottom of Sabyinyo volcanic mountain with an altitude of 4,480 meters. You have the option to stay here on the second and third night of the safari.

Buhoma community rest camp

Buhoma community rest camp is a wonderful budget option located within the gates of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You have the option to stay here on the fourth and fifth night of the safari.

Bwindi view bandas

Bwindi view bandas is in the category of budget accommodation although it’s strategically located overlooking the Impenetrable forest. The distance to the headquarters is quite short. Its beautifully furnished to make your stay comfortable and worth remembering.

Accommodation is built in form of bandas, the experience is unforgotten. They have a dining place where meals are served, the meals are well prepared by an expert chef. The staff is friendly and welcoming to meet all your needs. You have the option to stay here on the fourth and fifth night of the safari.

Virunga hotel and campsite

The Virunga hotel and campsite is located behind the national park's office in Kisoro town on Mutanda road. You will find here clean toilets and hot water showers, a restaurant and bar, and a spacious campsite. They naturally provide secure parking in their grounds. You have the option to stay here on the fourth and fifth night of the safari.

Nkuringo safari center

This eco-friendly and romantic lodge is located off the beaten track at 2,161 meters above sea level on the Nteko ridge, overlooking a beautiful swath of the world renowned Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park that’s inhabited by the world’s most sought after animal, the mountain gorilla. The ridge provides a superb vantage across the Kashasha river valley to the forested hill known as ‘Nkuringo’ and the surrounding plethora of trees of the Bwindi Forest.

You have the option to stay here on the fourth and fifth night of the safari.

Simba safari camp

Simba safari camp, renowned for excellent hospitality, is nestled atop a hill overlooking Lake Kikorongo on the edge of Uganda’s most popular Queen Elizabeth National Park, with panoramic views across the park’s extensive savannah plains teeming with wildlife, as well as Lakes George and the famed Kazinga channel.

It is the closest accommodation to Queen Elizabeth’s Kasenyi plains on the edge of Lake George, the famed mating grounds for the Uganda Kobs and thus the most preferred area for game viewing drives.

It is also closest to the other areas of northern Queen Elizabeth National Park, including the Mweya peninsula and the Kazinga channel which is well known for launch cruises, close range game-viewing, as well as bird-viewing. There is also an opportunity to go for guided chimpanzees tracking in Kyambura Gorge. You will be staying here on the sixth and seventh night of the safari.

Chimp's Nest lodge

Set against a stunning backdrop of Kibale Forest and the snow capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains beyond, this small-scaled lodge fits right into its natural environment, located on the border with the national park far away from any traffic or village noises. You won’t find luxury here, but the comfortable, very private, and cozy cottages have an outdoor shower, wash basin, and flush toilet with ample hot and cold water.

If you are looking for adventure, pure nature, tranquility, privacy, and stunning views, you will love Chimps’ Nest! You have the option to stay here on the eighth night of the safari.

RuwenZori view guest house

RuwenZori view guest house is a comfortable, homely, family-run place set within the backdrop of the breathtaking Rwenzori Mountains. Purpose-designed by a Swiss architect and started by a Dutch and English couple, it has welcomed guests from over 95 different countries since its opening in 1997. Conveniently situated in Boma, a lush, green suburb of Fort Portal town, the guest house is within easy walking distance of the bustling local market, the post office and the town center.

You have the option to stay here on the eighth night of the safari.

Red Chilli camp

Red Chilli is superbly located to explore Murchison Falls National Park. It is located at Paraa, on the southern bank of the River Nile, in the heart of the park. The camp is just 500 meters from the Paraa ferry where all vehicles cross the Nile for game drives around the Nile Delta and from where boats can be hired for game viewing and sport fishing on the Nile.

They offer the only low to mid budget accommodation in the park, in furnished safari tents and bandas (small individual houses) with public or private bathrooms, as well as the only camping facilities with modern showers, toilets, cooking area, and security lighting. You have the option to stay here on the ninth and tenth night of the safari.

Budongo eco lodge

Situated in the heart of Budongo Forest Reserve, part of Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo eco lodge provides excellent and pocket friendly accommodation in the midst of one of the largest and most beautiful rainforest locations in Uganda whose incredible biodiversity includes nine different species of primates, 360 species of birds, over 290 different types of butterflies, and some of the oldest trees in Uganda.

All within utterly easy access of available forest activities, Budongo eco lodge provides an exciting jungle experience guaranteed for lasting memories. You have the option to stay here on the ninth and tenth night of the safari.

Day 1

Immediately after your breakfast at your hotel in Kampala, you will meet a tour guide from AA Safaris and Tours who will brief you about the long trip that you are about to start before you continue on to Kabale. You will have your lunch from Mbarara and dinner at the lodge.

Day 2

You will be picked up by your guide after your breakfast and drive to Rwanda. Since you will be crossing the border, you must clear your visa there. It is therefore very important for you to check with your Rwanda embassy so that you get a confirmation letter of your Rwanda visa to avoid being inconvenienced at the border. You will have lunch en route but your dinner will be at your accommodation

Day 3

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the park headquarters for registration and briefing by the ranger before you start tracking. Gorilla tracking may take some hours, therefore you have got to be fit for the tracking. Once you meet the gorillas, you will have just one hour to spend with them, you may sit in the jungle with them as you watch the way they look after their young ones, and play around, giving you the best memories of this safari.

You will return to the lodge for dinner and sleep as you will have to carry your lunch boxes with you in the morning.

Day 4

After your breakfast, you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda. This is an ancient equatorial forest and has the highest number of mountain gorillas in Uganda. It has over 90 mammal species among which are 11 primate species like the prominent black and white colobus. Lunch will be an en route one but dinner will be at your lodge.

Day 5

Immediately after your breakfast, you will go straight to the park headquarters for briefing and then go for gorilla tracking. This is also the starting point of gorilla trekking which might take you two to seven hours before you can see any gorilla, but an encounter with them will be an amazing experience. Your dinner and overnight stay will be back at your lodge.

Day 6

Early in the morning, you will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park with your packed lunch. You will go through the Ishasha sector in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park which is famous for the tree climbing lions, giving you a memorable experience. You will have your dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 7

Wake up early in the morning and take a cup of tea or coffee. You will then go for a game drive along Kasenyi track to search for buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, the elusive leopards, hyenas, and lions. The search may take three to four hours.

You will go back for mid morning breakfast at your lodge and then after your lunch, you will go for a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel from where you can be sure of seeing a huge number of hippos and lots of bird species, about 550 species for those who love watching birds. Dinner and overnight will be back at your lodge.

Day 8

Take your breakfast and proceed to Kibale National Park for Chimpanzee tracking. Kibale has the highest number of chimpanzees. You will have lunch before proceeding to Kanyankyu for gorilla trekking in the afternoon. You will have dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 9

After breakfast, you will head to Murchison Falls National Park, passing via Hoima. You will stop at the top of the falls to have to clear view of the falls and watch as the Nile follows down, forcing its way through. You will sleep and have dinner at the lodge.

Day 10

Wake up early morning for a cup of coffee or tea then set off for a three to four hours game drive on the northern bank of the Nile River. Expect encounters of game in this park that include Rothschild giraffe, elephant, Jackson hartebeest, lions, water bucks, and a variety of Savannah woodland birds. You will return to your lodge, have a mid-morning breakfast, and relax as you wait for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will go for your reserved private boat ride along the Nile to view aqua game and avian species at close proximity. This is a unique encounter with a family of hippos and crocodiles among other animals. For those interested in birds, watch out for the legendary shoe bill stork if you are lucky and many other bird species. You will then have dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 11

After breakfast, you will start on your journey back to Kampala but you may visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary if you wish but will have to pay an extra fee for that.

  • Launch cruise along the Kazinga channel
  • Private boat ride along the Nile

This safari will be held in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, and Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda.

You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your meals are included in the price.

  • Capture your safari moments with a camera
  • Enjoy the tour
  • Explore the camp grounds
  • Meet and interact with the locals
  • Observe the animals
  • See the stunning views
  • Visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Chimpanzee and gorilla tracking in Kibale National Park
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Game drives at the national parks
  • Land transportation
  • Launch cruise along the Kazinga channel
  • Private boat ride along the Nile
  • International airfare
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Kampala, Uganda

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