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16 Days Intensive Adventurous Safari in Uganda and Rwanda

Entebbe, Wakiso District, Central Uganda, Uganda

Magical Safari in Uganda and Rwanda

This safari is designed for you, the adventurous, the nature lovers, the strong and resilient, and you who can brave the test of traversing long distances in the wilderness. During this safari, you will traverse the treasured game parks of Kidepo, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda. You will also cross to Rwanda where you will get sights of various mountain ranges and end with a city tour.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Maximum group size: Unlimited
  • Children policy: Children of any age are welcome. However, children below 16 years old can not participate in gorilla trekking trips. They can join the safari but will have to stay at the lodge while the adults go for gorilla trekking.
  • Starting point: Entebbe, Uganda
  • Ending Point: Kigali, Rwanda
  • English speaking guide
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • Park entrance fees included
  • Game drives, boat cruises, gorilla and chimpanzee tracking
  • See chimpanzees, gorillas, lions, leopards, elephants, and more
  • Visit Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth national parks
  • Ground transport aboard an open sided 4x4 vehicle
  • English speaking guide included
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

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14 activity days
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

You will spend the nights in different locations, at hotels or lodges, as follows:

  • Entebbe - Night one
  • Kapchorwa - Night two
  • Kidepo Valley National Park - Night three and four
  • Murchison Falls National Game Park - Night five, six, and seven
  • Kibale Forest National Park - Night eight
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park - Night nine, 10, and 11
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - Night 12 and 13
  • Kigali - Night 14 and 15

Program

Day 1: Arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), you will be warmly welcomed by the company staff that will transfer you to your hotel in or around Entebbe town for overnight stay.

Day 2: Pick-up from the hotel and transfer to Kapchorwa with en-route visit to the source of the Nile River

In the early morning, you will be picked up from the hotel and begin this memorable expedition whilst taking the Eastern route of Uganda with Kapchorwa as your destination for this day. On your way, however, you will first have a detour to the source of the Nile River in Jinja town.

Nile River is the longest river in the world which starts from Lake Victoria and runs for a distance of 6853 kilometers before it pours its waters into the Mediterranean Sea. This safari will therefore give you an opportunity to visit the source of this international iconic physical feature.

Along the way, you will enjoy spectacular views of the landscape which comprises both natural forests and vast plantations of both sugarcane and tea. In addition, you will be able to see how the local people carry on with their daily economic activities.

After visiting the source of the Nile River, you will resume with your journey to Kapchorwa where you will arrive later in the afternoon or evening for overnight stay. Take this opportunity to discuss the Basoga, Bagisu, and Bagwere cultures with the guide. These are the dominant tribes of this Eastern route of Uganda.

Day 3: Travel to Kidepo Valley National Park via Pian Upe Game Reserve

The third day of this safari will be spent traversing the vast plains and semi arid savanna of North Eastern Uganda with a motive of reaching Kidepo Valley National Park. Observing that this is quite a long journey, you will reach the park in the evening and check in at your lodge. Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the wildest and most spectacular reserves in Africa with a landscape of small hills, rocky outcrops, and inselbergs.

The temperatures in Kidepo are usually high, and this will certainly give you a good taste of adventure. While in Kidepo you can get stunning panoramic views of the Narus River Valley and wildlife such as elephants, herds of buffaloes, jackals, Jackson’s hartebeest, and klipspringer, among others.

The park is renowned for its exceptional variety of birds of prey. While there it is likely that you can spot ostriches, Kori bustards, pygmy falcons, Verreaux’s eagles, Egyptian vultures, and Abyssinian ground hornbills, among others. While on the way, you will enjoy the beautiful views of the landscape and the wild game animals in the Pian Upe Game Reserve.

Day 4: Game drive and cultural experience with the Karamajong people

This day will start with a morning game drive to Kanangorok hot spring area. It is intended that you bisect the park such that you obtain more chances of encountering animals like the hunting dog, bat-eared fox, and other animals endemic to Kidepo National Park like the cheetah and the striped hyena.

After the game drive, you will have a cultural interaction with Karamajong people at Karenna or Kapedo. You will meet the local elders and have an opportunity to interact with them as they show you the kraals, the grinding stones, and many more interesting items used by them.

The Karamajong are still traditionally attached to their culture and you will find out when you observe them how they selflessly love and defend their cattle, their way of dressing, and the nature of their houses.

Day 5: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

You will travel from Kidepo Valley on this day and head southwards to Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls is Uganda’s largest national park and is a home to over 400 birds species. The park is also endowed with several attractions including mammal species with four members of the big five, the lion, the leopard, the elephant, and the buffalo.

Other species include bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks, warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas, hippos, and crocodiles, among other resident creatures. You will start the day in the morning and transfer through Gulu, Uganda’s biggest town in the North.

You will continue the drive through the flat scenic landscape with local villages while enjoying the Ugandan countryside. You will arrive at Murchison Falls National Game Park in the afternoon and check in at your lodge.

Day 6: Game drive, boat cruise, and hike to the top of the falls

This day of your safari gets you to encounter with the natural establishment of Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls National Park is greatly endowed with animals, birds, the Nile River, and forests that will certainly give you beautiful lasting memories about wildlife. This park is Uganda’s largest and the oldest national park. It’s a home to 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.

Like earlier stated, it is bisected by the Nile River and has the mighty breathtaking Murchison Falls and spectacular views of water. It is a park that you will always wish to explore. You will begin your exploration of the park with a game drive in the Northern circuit of the park. There you will encounter beautiful rolling plains.

While in these plains you may view lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks, hippopotami, spotted hyenas, wild cats, lions, leopards, as well as many of the other mammals of the park. For the birders, this area supports the secretary bird, black-chested snake eagle, tawny and martial eagles carmine, and swallow-tailed bee-eaters, among others.

In the afternoon, you will go for a boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls where the Nile thunders through a small seven-meter gap down to the delta. This experience is breathtaking and should not to be missed. The banks of the Nile are home to many species.

You may see huge Nile crocodiles, hippos, and other wildlife that may come down to drink from this mighty river. You may see the prehistoric shoebill, saddle-billed stork, and many other birds.

After docking at the shores, you will undertake a hiking experience to the top of the falls. While hiking, you will enjoy sighting this marvelous falls from different angles and it’s from the top where you will enjoy seeing the Nile River forcing its way through the narrow gorge.

Upon completion of this fascinating expedition, you will be transferred to your lodge for relaxation and overnight sleep in preparation of the next day’s activities.

Day 7: Shoebill search and relaxation

This day is dedicated for the search of the prehistoric shoebill and your relaxation at the lodge. In the morning, you will embark on the boat that runs to the delta to look for the shoebill. While on the boat, you will be in position to see various animals that frequent the river banks and other species of birds.

After a successful search of the shoebill, you will return to the lodge to relax for the rest of the day in preparation of the long drive scheduled for the next day to Kibale Forest National Park.

Day 8: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park

On this seventh day of the safari, you will embark on the journey in the morning to Kibale Forest National Park and this is a long drive which might take several hours with en-route lunch in Hoima town.

While on the journey, you may opt for occasional stopovers to enjoy views of the beautiful scenery like the Rift Valley escarpment on Lake Albert. Also, this travel gives you an opportunity to have an insight about the typical African village setup in the far countryside and various plantations.

On arrival, you will instantly start enjoying the natural breeze and beauty of the place and its environs. You will be able to see blue monkeys and black and white colobus monkeys which occasionally frequent the surrounding areas of your lodge. The various sounds in the forest and nearby thickets from the birds’ calls and animals will create a new tune to your ears.

In the evening, after dark, while lounging on the lodge's veranda, you will continue to see and sense various primates roaming around, especially beneath the lodge’s floodlights.

Day 9: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

This day starts with an opportunity to encounter man’s closest cousins - the chimpanzees in the forest of Kibale. The activity starts with a briefing where instructions on how to track chimpanzees are passed on. The forest is only accessible on foot and the walk will provide you with the opportunity to also see a variety of other primates and animals, as well as birds and a variety of butterflies and other insects.

Chimpanzees are the closest relatives to humans sharing about 98.7% of their DNA composition. They are sociable, intelligent, as well as communicative, and among their very interesting traits are their abilities to utilize tools like rocks for crushing nuts, empty pods for hollowing out water, plus sticks for capturing termites from their holes.

While in the forest, keep walking until you hear their calls and you will stop immediately when you spot one chimpanzee - an old female foraging peacefully in the canopy. When you move slowly and carefully a little closer without being noticed, more of the troop will come into view with a dozen chimps scattered across the trees.

For conservation purposes, you will be allowed in the forest after locating the chimps for a maximum of one hour and then you will walk out of the forest.

A successful track of the chimpanzees will give you beautiful and thrilling lasting memories about Uganda and its natural endowments. After a successful track of these primates, you will leave for Queen Elizabeth National Park and, while on the way, you will enjoy the spectacular views of the splendid Rwenzori Ranges.

The drive from Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park describes the iconic image of East Africa. It stretches from the thick vegetation to the open savanna and the short golden grass and clumps of strange trees. Upon arrival, check in at your lodge and relax.

Day 10: Game drive and launch cruise on Kazinga Channel

You will start the day with a game drive which will expose you to a variety of different animal species which have this park as a habitat. The park has several spots of well-maintained game viewing tracks where there are high chances of seeing animals such as elephants, buffaloes, lions, and a variety of antelopes, among others.

During the game drive, you will drive across the savanna and see how it changes color with the rising sun. Elephants normally come out of silhouette, antelopes gather in staggering numbers, and huge lumbering hippos charge towards the water. You will be searching for the giants and getting up close to those that dominate the landscape.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a boat cruise on the spectacular Kazinga Channel which connects Lake Edward to Lake George. The boat ride along the banks will give you an opportunity to see yawning hippos in the water and you will see large herds of Uganda kob drinking water with their black and white spiraled horns, making it suitable for fabulous photos.

You will also be in a position to see Nile crocodiles sunbathe on the banks, while elephants disappear beneath the water poking their trunks up like snorkels. Spending the day on a boat safari is a very relaxed introduction to a true African safari as you can just sit back and absorb all of the encounters along the water.

The channel also attracts several water birds like the pelicans and the African fish eagle. Taking a boat cruise will therefore avail you with a chance to get into a close encounter with such animals in addition to enjoying your time.

After this fun, thrilling expedition, you will relax at your lodge and have dinner before retiring to your respective rooms for overnight.

Day 11: Transfer to the southern sector Ishasha for tree climbing lions

In the early morning, you will be transferred to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha, in search of elusive tree climbing lions which have this sector as a habitat.

These tree climbing lions are normally seen resting on branches of fig trees, cunningly waiting to pounce on the small animals such as antelopes, mongooses, and others. The game drive within this sector will certainly avail you with a thrilling opportunity.

Day 12: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - Rushaga

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for the highlight of this safari which is gorilla tracking. Bwindi is home to almost half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world and your encounter with these giants will certainly give you lasting memories about your safari. On arrival at the lodge, you will check in and relax in preparation for the next day’s activities.

Day 13: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Batwa cultural experience

In the early morning, you will go gorilla trekking. This amazing activity takes you through the densely forested steep hills until you finally meet these tranquil gorillas within the green plant cover. It is such a wonderful yet memorable encounter.

While entering the forest, you will first walk on a handmade trail but then you will veer off to follow tracks left by forest elephants. The canopy will envelop you completely with rare and exotic flora found on every side. This is a challenging trek since it involves hiking through steep ascents and tangled trails.

Gorilla trekking groups are assigned on fitness levels, so you can request a shorter or longer hike depending on your preferences. For many, the chance to travel in such an exotic forest makes a longer hike worthwhile with some troops four hours away from the trailhead. Others might prefer to meet the gorilla troop closest to the trailhead.

Once gorillas are identified, you will be allowed a maximum time of one hour within their vicinity and then you will walk out of the dense forest. Your time with the gorillas will certainly create a long lasting memory about your visit to Uganda.

In the evening, you will enjoy a cultural experience with the Batwa. The Batwa are former inhabitants of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest who lived a purely rudimentary type of life which involved food gathering and hunting, but for conservation purposes they were relocated outside the forest and are trying to adapt to a new life.

You will be able to interact with them as they showcase their traditional hunting skills, fire making, and traditional dance.

Day 14: Transfer to Kigali, Rwanda through the Northern Province

On this day of your safari, you will leave Uganda and transfer to the Republic of Rwanda through the Northern Province. This northern district of Rwanda has spectacular views, especially those of the Virunga Mountains.

You will drive through Ruhengeri and Musanze and, along the way, you will enjoy beautiful scenery of the countryside which comprises rolling hills. Upon arrival in Kigali, you will check in at your lodge for relaxation and overnight stay.

Day 15: Kigali city tour

On this second to last day of your safari, you will undertake a city tour around Kigali city. You will visit a few selected sites which include Genocide Memorial, craft centers, and Kandt National Museum. This city tour will apprise you of the history of Rwanda and the social-economic transformation of the country before and after the genocide. After the city tour, you will retreat to your accommodation to relax for the entire evening.

Day 16: Transfer to the airport for departure flight

After having spent two peaceful and comfortable nights in Kigali city, you will be picked up from your accommodation and driven to Kigali International Airport (KGL) to enable you to catch up with your flight back home. This day therefore concludes your African tour which started in Uganda.

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Food

During the tour, you will be provided with meals for all the days of the safari. Bottled water will also be provided while on safari.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Chimpanzee tracking permits
  • Park entrance fees
  • Ground transport aboard a 4x4 customized safari van
  • Guides fees
  • Boat cruises
  • Meals for all the days of the safari
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • 15 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Charges for the porters during gorilla trekking
  • Flight tickets
  • Gorilla trekking permits (600 USD)
  • Insurance
  • Tips to the tour guide
  • Visa

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfers from this airport are not included. On departure, you will be leaving from Kigali International Airport (KGL).

Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
16 days / 15 nights
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Pricing information

The price below is for two travelers. The price slightly increases if you decide to travel as a solo traveler. Conversely, the price payable per person reduces from the stated amount if the tour is booked by more than two people.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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