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8 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda
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(No availability) 8 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda

Kigali - Akagera National Park, Rwanda; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

Thrilling Safaris in Rwanda and Uganda

On this safari, you will visit the Akagera National Park in Rwanda and two national parks in Uganda, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. There would be many exciting safari activities that await you in this tour where you can truly enjoy the sights of different wild animals and the landscape views. Come and be part now of this exciting tour!

Overview:

  • Starting point and ending point: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Gorilla and chimpanzee
  • Vaccines needed: StarMount Safaris does not have the mandate to give medical advice but suggest you should contact your family doctor eight weeks before your trip to inquire about necessary vaccinations or other preventive measures. Proof of a Yellow Fever inoculation will be requested by immigration officials.

Highlights

  • 4 game drives
  • Transportation in a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • See Chimpanzees, Gorillas, and other wildlife
  • Enjoy safari at Akagera National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable, and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
  • Including park entrance fees, Chimpanzee, and Gorilla tracking permits
  • Daily meals for the entire tour
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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4 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Kigali International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:00
Check-out Time:
03:00

For this tour, you will be provided with seven nights accommodation. For the first and second night of the tour, you will be staying at Radisson Blu Hotel. The third night will be at Mahogany Springs. On the fourth and fifth night, you will stay at Isasha Wilderness Camp. The sixth night will be spent at Mweya Safari Lodge. And on the seventh or last night of this tour, you will stay at Birdnest Bunyonyi.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali

You will be welcomed by the tour guide at Kigali International Airport (KGL) and then you will be transferred to Radisson Blu Hotel for your overnight stay. Breakfast will be provided for this day.

Day 2: Kigali to Akagera National Park

Early morning transfer at 5:00 a.m. to Akagera National Park, the briefing will be followed by a boat cruise at Lake Ihema to see schools of hippos, giant Nile crocodile, buffaloes, water birds, and more followed by a half day game drive starting from the south and exit through the North Nyungwe gate.

During the game drive, you will get an opportunity to see some of the 12 species of antelopes, over 525 species of birds including the rare ones such as the shoebill stock, papyrus gonolek, and the Big Five animals which are the lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant to mention but a few. You will stay overnight at Radisson Blu Hotel. Breakfast is provided for this day.

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Western Uganda. On arrival, you will check-in at the lodge. You will have lunch and take some time to relax. You will be staying at Mahogany Springs. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for this day.

Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Get up at 6:00 a.m. for a quick breakfast and transfer to the Ruhija gate of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. With packed lunch in your carry-on, your guide will deliver you to the Ruhija tracking point before 8:00 a.m. for registration and a briefing on what to expect before commencing your tracking.

The guides will then take you through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. The tracking can take two to eight hours. A reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes.

When you finally locate the family that you are tracking, sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback.

It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest in the knowledge you are in the presence of the few remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild. After the mandatory one hour is up, the rangers and guides will lead you back to the starting point where your guide will be waiting for you.

Thereafter you will be transferred to Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will do an evening game drive. You will stay overnight at Ishasa Wilderness Camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served to you for this day.

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park

On this day, after your early morning breakfast, you will head out for another Game drive for a chance to see more wildlife in Ishaha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National park. After the game drive, you will head back to the lodge and rest.

After lunch you will head out to Doe’s and Agatha’s community projects; Deo’s model homestead tour shows how Ugandans survive alongside wildlife on the age of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Every member of the family plays their part in farming and defending their crops animals, day in day out.

While Agatha and her female neighbors invite you to learn about the life of a Mukiga woman living in this remote part of Uganda, she will show you how the local women treat dry millet, one of the community’s staple food. The tour takes an hour each or longer.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast at 6:00 am, your guide will transfer you to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Together with a game ranger, they will take you on a game drive to the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Kasenyi track in search for lions, hyenas, buffaloes, leopards, waterbucks, bushbucks, Uganda Kobs plus many bird species including ibis, fish eagles, vultures, and more.

You will head back to your lodge for relaxation and lunch. After lunch, head out for a boat ride along the Kazinga Channel. During the boat ride, you will have the opportunity to view great numbers of wildlife including elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and large numbers of birds like eagles, kingfishers, sparrows, doves, weaver birds, eaglets, and sunbirds converging at the channel waters to enjoy a sip of the natural waters.

After the boat ride, you will head back to the lodge, freshen up and have dinner. You will stay overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for this day.

Day 7: Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve to Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast, you will head to Kalinzu Wildlife Reserve for a briefing by the head ranger. You will then start tracking the chimpanzees. The guide will provide detailed explanations on primates.

Thereafter you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale. You will have a stopover for lunch. You will check into your lodge and later take a boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi for sightseeing of some of the 25 islands and the opportunity to see the Punishment Island where non-virgin girls were abandoned. Later return to the lodge for overnight. You will stay at Birdnest Bunyonyi. Breakfast, lunch, dinner will be provided for this day.

Day 8: Transfer to Kigali and departure

Wake up at leisure and enjoy breakfast. After your breakfast, you will commence your drive back to Kigali. Your guide will drop you off at the airport for your scheduled flight out back home.

Included excursions

During this safari, you will have a cultural tour and a boat ride along the Kazinga Channel in Uganda.

Location

This safari tour will take place at Akagera National Park in Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a verdant magnificent swathe of rainforest across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rainforest is one of the few on the African continent to have flourished and a home to half of the world’s endangered population of mountain gorillas. Apart from gorilla tracking, the park boasts 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and prominent bird species.

At Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will enjoy a launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel, game drives to see animals like lions, hyenas, leopards, elephants, tree climbing lions in Ishasha Plains and many more.

Queen Elizabeth also has other interesting things to see like dozens of crater-lakes, salty and freshwater lakes, views of the Rwenzori Mountains. You will also do chimpanzee tracking in Kalinzu Wildlife Reserve and also go for a boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi.

Food

For this tour, you will be provided with daily meals as specified in the itinerary. Fresh vegetables are in plenty. Also, beans, peanuts, sesame, and eggs can be provided as alternative sources of protein for vegetarians.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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

What's included

  • 4 game drives
  • 2 boat rides
  • Chimpanzee and gorilla tracking permits
  • Cultural tour
  • All park entrance fees
  • Services of an English speaking driver or guide
  • All ground transportation in a 4x4 vehicle and fuel
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals as mentioned in the itinerary

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Any beverages
  • Phone calls
  • Personal insurance
  • Laundry
  • Other services of personal nature
  • Driver and guides' tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 75% 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.
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