8 days Uganda and Rwanda wildlife adventure safari

8 Days
From $0
Activity Level
Light
Transport
4X4 Land Cruiser
Comfort Level
Luxury

Trip Overview

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

Day 2: Journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day  3: game drive and boat safari

Day 4: Trip to Bwindi impenetrable National Park

Day 5: Gorilla tracking 

Day 6: Enter Rwanda to Volcanoes National park

Day 7: Gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park

Day 8: Return to Kigali 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

An AA Safaris’ guide/ driver will warmly welcome you to the Pearl of Africa, Uganda and will drive you through the lively Entebbe town to your hotel in Kampala where you will rest for the night.

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: Speke hotel
Days 2&3: Journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Game drive and Boat Safari

Set off early in the morning on a drive to Fort Portal to reach Queen Elizabeth national park. Queen Elizabeth National Game Park is very scenic because it combines bushland, savannah plains, forests, wetlands with the Kazinga Channel flowing through the park that connects to Lake George and Lake Edward thus attracting wildlife and birds to it because of the huge waters it offers for survival. This park has one of the largest hippo concentration numbers in the world. 

on day 3, Breakfast before daybreak will let you start the game drive early during the “golden hours” to enjoy watching the savannah land inhabitants rise like the elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, kobs, antelopes. Let us go for an afternoon boat ride when the sun is hot so that the Kazinga Channel turns into a drinking spot for many animals, especially crocodiles, hippos, buffalos that immerse themselves in the water to cool off. The animals might be unbothered by your boat so you can take photos of them up close.

You can opt for a hike in the valley of apes that is to say the Kyambura gorge which is a geological feature home to several primates like vervet monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons, red-tailed monkeys.

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: Mweya Safari lodge
Day 4&5: Trip to Bwindi impenetrable National Park, Gorilla trekking

Your morning will be a journey for your taste buds as you have a bush breakfast then set off for Bwindi impenetrable national park. Go on a community visit when on the outskirts of the Bwindi forest and see the locals’ way of life, take part in arts and crafts, buy some, have lunch from there then head to your lodge for the evening.

for day 5, you will go gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest. Uganda has 50% of the world’s mountain gorilla population living in the Bwindi forest. Arise early(before 8:00 A.M) so that you can have a morning meal before the AA Safaris tour guide drives you to the park headquarters where you will be briefed on the trekking experience; what to expect, Dos and Don’ts while in the midst of the mountain gorillas. A park guide will start you down well-maintained paths into the Bwindi forest to track one of the 13 mountain gorilla families. When the family to track is sighted, you will be guided to a distance of 6 meters from where you will sit in silence and observe the gorillas go about their day. Watch them feed, hunt insects, tree bark and fruits, play, climb trees, groom one another. Remember not to mimic the sounds they will make, no flash photography, no feeding the gorillas. Lunch will be readily packed for the day. Stay hydrated through the day because of the long walk and energy you will need to move through the thick bushes.

 

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: Arcadia cottages
Day 6&7: Enter Rwanda to Volcanoes National park, gorilla trekking

Today you set off in the morning to the Uganda- Rwanda border so make sure all your travel documents are in order. Enjoy the captivating scenery of the mountainous landscape of this part of Rwanda as you drive to Volcanoes National Park to your lodge for the evening. This park is home to mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, spotted hyena, bushbuck, and black-fronted duiker.

 

Rise early for the drive to the park headquarters for a briefing then with your park ranger, head down the trails of the rainforest till you find the gorilla family you will be tracking for the day. Sit in silence and enjoy the forest with the gorillas as they go about their daily routine in their natural habitat.

If this tour is during the 1st September annually, you can attend the gorilla baby naming ceremony.

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: Le Bambou gorilla lodge
Day 8: Return to Kigali 

Have a hot meal then be driven to Kigali city. If you have time before your flight, you can embark on a city tour to see the Genocide memorial center, shop in the boutiques but this will be out of your pocket.

If you want to be dropped at Kigali International Airport or spend an extra night in a Kigali hotel, inform your AA Safaris consultant during booking. 

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: No accmmodation

Expectations

AA Safaris has designed 8 days for you that combines enjoying nature’s beauty on land and water. Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive and a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel to view wild game like hippos, elephants, buffalos then head on to Bwindi impenetrable park to track the mountain gorillas and unwind at the end of the day. Journey into Rwanda to track mountain gorillas at Volcanoes National Park then into Kigali town, if time permits, for a city tour.

Accomodations

Speke hotel
We offer the best accommodation in Uganda to make your stay a memorable one. We are the first and one of the oldest hotels in Kampala Uganda, named after the famous British explorer, John Hannington Speke who discovered the source of River Nile. Built in the British Colonial times of 1920s, the hotel is perfectly placed as the starting point for exploring Uganda's rich History. Speke Hotel kampala is situated at the heart of Kampala City, just 30 minutes drive from Entebbe International Airport. The hotel has 50 ensuite rooms and all the modern luxury hotel facilities that one would expect in a five star hotel.
Mweya Safari lodge
Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the 'Mountains of the Moon'. To the east, lie the guardians of the birthplace of mankind, the Great Rift Valley hills, separated from the Mountains of the Moon by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Here the water flows endlessly into two giant lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward.
Arcadia cottages
At Arcadia Cottages you are received with a personal touch and a smile. Our facilities include top of the range service cast in the best scenery in the world. The cottages are majestically set on a hillside in extemsive gardens stretching over a 14-acre area. The cottages overlook Lake Bunyonyi and have a very clear view of 26 of 36 scenic islands in the lake. All our rooms are self-contained and provide a lovely view of the lake from all windows. They are also equipped with a provision for your computer and Internet accessibility.
Le Bambou gorilla lodge
Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge is located strategically near the Volcanoes National Park which is home to the rare species of mountain gorillas. This property is situated 2 hours and a half from Kigali International Airport and only 10 minutes’ drive from the park headquarters. We offer mid-range accommodation for gorilla trekkers. The proximity to the Park headquarters is very much convenient for trekkers, whereas its location offers full breathtaking views of Mountain Sabyinyo and the rest of the Virunga chain of mountains. Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge as a safari lodge comprises of 23 self-contained private cottages with an individual fireplace. the rooms were built and properly designed to offer you comfort.

Availability and Prices

Included
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
Excluded
  • Airport pickup
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • 1 chimpanzee permit per person (a US$ 150 value)
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • Park-entrance fees according to the program
  • English speaking driver/guide;
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Domestic flights
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs cancellation insurance, or any other travel insurance)