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Birding in Uganda 21 days

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UGANDA EXPLORATION TOUR ITINERARY IN BRIEF

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Birding to Mabira Forest

Day 3: Birding to Masindi

Day 4: Visit Kaniyo Pabidi for the Puvel’s Illadopsis

Day 5: Birding to the Royal Mile and Busingiro

Day 6: Birding to Kibale

Day 7: Whole day birding in the forest

Day 8: Birding to Semliki Wildlife Reserve

Day 9: Birding to Semliki National Park

Day 10: Birding to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 11: Whole day birding and game viewing Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 12: Birding to Bwindi

Day 13 & 14: Birding or Gorilla Tracking

Day 15: Birding to Ruhizha

Day 16 Birding Ruhizha

Day 17 Birding to Lake Mburo National Park

Day 18 & 19:

Day 20: Birding to Mabamba

Day 21: Departure

 

Detailed itinerary

The beauty of this trip is that, although centered on certain special birds, we see so much of more widely distributed species on the way and tremendous scenery and places little visited by other tourists. This trip takes you through most of Uganda’s birding habitats together with national parks and Important Bird Areas. Areas to be visit on this trip consist of Mabira Forest, Kaniyo Pabindi, the Royal Mile and Busingiro in Murchison Falls Conservation Area, Kibale Forest, Semuliki Wildlife Reserve, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mubwindi Swamp and Ruhija in Bwindi, Lake Mburo National Park, and Mabamba Wetland. The trail will take you around some of the most endangered and localized birds including the Albertine Rift Endemics.

 Day 1: Arrival

Here, we shall be welcoming you to Uganda. This is when we do all the airport pickups if there any and as well get to know the guide in charge of the tour as far as it will be taking.

Day 2: Birding to Mabira Forest

Early in the morning after have breakfast our representative is going to pick up at your accommodation of stay then you will head for birding in Mabira forest. Mabira forest the largest remaining tropical rain forest near central Uganda, also most significant ornithological places in Uganda with not less than 300 species. The  whole day you will be looking out for the Grey and Yellow Long bill, Olive Green Cameroptera, Tit Hylia, Yellow Billed, Yellow Spotted, Speckled, and Hairy Breasted Barbet, African pitta, Soty Fly Catcher, Fire Crested Allethe, Nahan’s Francolin, Weyn’s weaver, purple-throated cuckoo-shrike and many more.

Day 3: Birding to Masindi

Have breakfast and make your way to Masindi. Launch enroute will be done as we transfer out for grassland and open woodland birds. Birds that you will be most certain to view are the White Crested Turaco, Lesser and Greater Blue Eared Starling, African Mustached Warbler, Yellow Bellied Hyliota among others.

Day 4: Visit Kaniyo Pabidi for the Puvel’s Illadopsis

After a very early breakfast meal, we will embark on a journey driving to the southern part of Murchison Falls where we have a chance to see bird in the forest specifically out to get the Puvel’s Illadopsis, Narina Tragon, Fire Crested Allethe, Red Tailed Ant Thrush, Xavier’s, Ictrine, Plain and Little Greenbul, Ducky Long tailed Cuckoo, African Emerald Cuckoo, Grey and Yellow Long bill, Collard, Olive, Olive Bellied and Green Sunbird, Rufus Flycatcher Thrush, Crested Guinea Fowl, Yellow Billed Barbet and many other forest species.

Day 5: Birding to the Royal Mile and Busingiro

Check out and start the drive to the next birding destination, you will have a number of stopovers along the way looking out for grassland birds like the Black Bellied Fire finch, Brown Twinspot, Caban’s Bunting, Dark Capped Yellow Warbler, Fawn Breasted Waxbill, White Thighed Hornbill then continue for birding at the Royal Mile. Birding here always produces some of the rare Ituri species like the African Pygmy, and Chocolate-backed kingfishers, Ituri Batis, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Chestnut Capped Flycatcher, Blue-breasted and African Dwarf Kingfishers which are outstandingly frequent. Others include; Western Black-headed Oriole and Purple-headed Starling, Yellow spotted, Yellow Billed and Grey Throated barbet, Brown crowned Eremomela, Cassin’s and Sabine’s Spinetail, and many more. These birds will be tracked at two different spots, which are the Royal mile and Busingiro, in the late evening drive back to Masindi for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6: Birding to Kibale

Since the drive is long less birding will be done today because you will have less stop over’s to look for the birds. Our main specials today will be the Dusky long Tailed Cuckoo, Joyful, and Greenbul among others. You will get to your destination in the late evening where you will check in at

Day 7: Whole day birding in the forest

Start early after breakfast and go for a whole day birding walk through Kibale forest in search for special birds most especially the Green Breasted Pitta African Broadbill another species of birds. In the afternoon we go for birding in the Kihingamy Wetland Expect birds like Abyssinian Ground Thrush, African pitta, Joyful Greenbul, Pettit’s Cuckoo shrike, Masked Apalis, White headed wood hoopoe and many more. Dinner and overnight stay at primate lodge or Chimpanzee Guest House

Day 8: Birding to Semliki Wildlife Reserve

Transfer to Semliki National Park after you have had your breakfast. Lunch will be served at Semliki Safari Lodge because you will have reached in time for one of the most important meals of the day. However, later in the evening you will go on board on a birding and game drive providing chances of seeing nocturnal birds like African Scoops Owl, Pearl spotted Owlet, Slender Tailed, Pennant winged and White Tailed nightjars.

Day 9: Birding to Semliki National Park

Very early in the morning have breakfast and carry on for birding the whole day. This part is one of the best birding spots in Uganda as it habours birds from the West African forest that are found nowhere else in East Africa. birding here always produces the Lyre Tailed Honey Guide, Red Billed, Black Dwarf, Piping, Black Watltled Casqued and white Crested Hornbills, Grey crowned, Pale Fronted and Chestnut Bellied Negrofinch, Red Bellied, Blue Billed, Crested and Red Headed Malimbe,malimbe Yellow Throated Nicator, Fiery Breasted Bush shrike, African Piculet, Maxwell’s weaver, Black Throated Coucal, Yellow Throated Cuckoo, Western Bronze Naped and Olive pigeon, Red Tailed and Green Tailed Bristle bill, Eastern Bearded, Red Tailed, Ictrine and Xavier’s Greenbul, Palm Swamp Bulbul and the Leaf Love among others . Back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

 

Day 10: Birding to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Head to Queen Elizabeth Park. This is the second largest National Park in Uganda and home to 612 species of birds making it the biggest list for any national park in Africa and perhaps the whole world. The park has a variety of woodland birds, forest birds and water birds coupled with many northern Europe and transafrican migrant species. Today we spend our night at Mweya Safari Lodge Mweya Hostels or Kingfisher Kichwamba Lodge.

Day 11: Whole day birding and game viewing Queen Elizabeth National Park

Go for an early morning drive in the Kasenyi area in search for Game while birding. Early starts always produce views of the Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, other species expected on this birding day include the Brown, Short Toed and Brown snake eagle, Bateleur, African Harrier hawk, Martial and Tawny Eagle, Lizard Buzzard, Grey Kestrel, Crowned, Senegal and African wattled Plovers, Harlequin Quail, and Common Buttonquail among others. In the afternoon we embark on a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel which connects lakes George and Edward birding along this channel let us see the Great White and Pink-backed pelicans, African Spoonbill, Lesser Flamingo, African Jacana, Common Squacco Heron, African Open-billed Stork, African Fish Eagle, Grey Headed, Malachite and pied Kingfisher and many more.

Day 12: Birding to Bwindi

Have breakfast then transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest birding enroute. Today we have a chance to go though the Ishasha sector which provides chances of viewing the tree climbing lions and other game, lookout for grassland birds including the pipits Larks, African Cuckoo Hawk, Black Cuckoo, White Winged Tit, Ovambo Sparrow Hawk e.t.c we continue to Buhoma where we have our dinner and overnight stay at Gorilla Resort or Buhoma community Bandas.

Day 13 & 14: Birding or Gorilla Tracking

Today we have optional gorilla tracking or birding in the forest on the Bwindi Buhoma area for a full day. While birding we look out for Waller’s, Stallman’s, narrow tailed starling, warblers, Illadopsis, Hoopoes, Tragons, Sunbirds and many more.

Day 15: Birding to Ruhizha

Today we transfer to Ruhizha birding enroute through the neck.

Day 16 Birding Ruhizha

We start after breakfast and go out birding looking out for the Black-billed and Rwenzori Turaco, Western Green Tinker bird, Olive, Elliot’s and Fine-banded Woodpecker, African Green-Broadbill, Mountain, Yellow whiskered and Yellow-streaked Greenbul, African Hill Babbler, Mountain Illadopsis, Grey Cuckoo Shrike Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Montane Sooty Boubou, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird.

Day 17 Birding to Lake Mburo National Park

Early in the morning have breakfast then we transfer to Lake Mburo NP. You will bird along the way to reach the park in the afternoon.

Day 18 & 19:

Have breakfast very early in the morning to go for more birding in the park along the Kigambira loop, which traverses a variety of productive habitats. Expect birds like African Marsh Harriers, Banded Snake Eagles, Shikra, Goshawks, Augur Buzzard, African fish, Twany, Steppe, and African Hawk Eagles and many more. Retire for the boat ride on Lake Mburo in the afternoon to check out some of the water bird species such as Papyrus Gonolek, Malachite Kingfishers, African fin foot, giant Kingfisher etc. on the 19th after birding we transfer to Kampala Dinner and overnight at Lindsay Cottages or Cassia Lodge

Day 20: Birding to Mabamba

Early breakfast and then with packed lunch proceed for birding in Mabamba Wetlands where you will be paddled in a canoe while birding through the swamp, look out for birds like the mighty Shoebill and other species like Long-tailed Cormorant, Squacco Heron, Yellow-billed Duck, Malachite Kingfisher, Long toed Plover, Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Bee-eater among other birds. Bird your way back to Kampala looking out for African open billed Stork, Grey Kestrel, African Green Pigeon, Great Blue and Ross’s Turaco later back to our lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 21: Departure

 

Our rates include

  •  park entrance fees
  • Full board accommodation
  • 2 gorilla tracking permits
  • 2 boat rides
  • launch cruise
  • Game drives
  • Meals
  • drinking water
  • services of a full time English speaking driver guide
  • ground transfers and fuel
  • crossing boards

The price excludes tips, laundry, drinks and any other personal expenses.

ACCOMMODATION

Budget – Holiday Express Hotel / Rwonyo Bandas/ Simba safari lodge/ Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Kinigi Guest House

Midrange – Speke Hotel / Arcadia Cottages Mburo/ Ihamba Lodge/ Buhoma lodge / Mountain gorilla View Lodge

Luxury Kampala Sheraton Hotel / Mihingo Lodge/ Mweya safari lodge/ Gorilla Forest Camp / Volcanoes Lodge

 

Gorilla Trek in Uganda and Rwanda

Rwanda gorilla tracking

Rwanda gorilla tracking

10 DAYS GORILLA TREK UGANDA/RWANDA

GORILLA WATCHING IN UGANDA AND RWANDA- ITINERARY IN BREIF

Day 1: Airport Transfer

Day 2: Kampala City Tour

Day 3: L. Mburo National Park

Day 4: To Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5: Game Drive & the Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel

Day 6: To Bwindi National park

Day 7: Gorilla trekking

Day 8: To Rwanda

Day 9: Gorilla Tracking

Day 10: Back to Kampala

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Airport Transfer

You will be welcomed by our representative who will transfer you to Holiday Express Hotel/   Humurah Hotel/ Serena Hotel for your dinner and over night.

Day 2: Kampala City Tour

Go for a city tour around Kampala. Visit the historical and Cultural sites of Kampala like Kasubi Tombs, Namugongo shrine, Ssezibwa fall and then have lunch along the way to Jinja. At Jinja you will visit the source of the Nile; boat ride to the source s stunning, visit the Bujagali Falls.  Return to Kampala for dinner and at your Hotel

Day 3: L. Mburo National Park

Leave very early in the Morning after breakfast along Masaka Road. Take a stopover at the Equator. Then proceed to L. Mburo A game drive en route is rewarding  with herds of zebras, antelopes like Topis, Elands, the Uganda Kob ad many others.. You will arrive in the afternoon have lunch. Then after go for a boat ride along the L. Mburo. Dinner and over night at Mantana luxury tented camp/ Mihingo Lodge/ Rwonyo Camp

Day 4: To Queen Elizabeth National Park

Take breakfast then transfer to Queen Elizabeth You will pass through the scenic country side of Ankole .A game drive en route is rewarding with a variety of animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, mongoose among others. Have lunch and Visit the crater lakes region then after retire for dinner and overnight at Mweya safari lodge or Jacana safari lodge / Albertine camp

Day 5: Game Drive & the Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel

Wake up very early in the morning for an early morning game drive. This will be for the search of the early risers like Lions, leopards, hyenas and many other animals.  Return to the lodge for breakfast. Relax as you wait for lunch time. In the afternoon, you will be taken to the pier at the Kazinga channel for a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel. This will expose you to various aquatic mammals like the Crocodiles and herds of Hippopotami. The shore of this channel is well known for its massive flocks of birds like the African jacana, the fish eagle, pelicans among others.  Crocodiles have become a common sight here and occasionally leopards.

Return to your lodge for d inner and over night.

Day 6: To Bwindi National park

You will be transferred to Bwindi National park through the Ishasha sector. A game drive through this southern sector of Queen Elizabeth is famous for tree climbing Lion encounters. You will have a picnic Lunch in the Wilderness and then after transfer to Bwindi national park. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort camp, Buhoma Homestead/ L. Kitandara Tented camp/ Buhoma community bandas.

Day 7: Gorilla trekking

Go gorilla tracking, walking up steep densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. An inspiring moment! (This trek can take from half an hour to 5 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes) 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 knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left! If you have the energy this afternoon, take a guided walk on the Munyaga River trail, which is an ideal short walk. This trail leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls, and there is a profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies. Here you may also see birds and primates from the forest edge. Overnight at your lodge

Day 8: To Rwanda

After breakfast,   you will transfer to either Kisoro or Kabale .Cross the border then you will be driven to Kinigi. On arrival, you will visit the genocide memorial. Then Visit the Dianne fossey graves before dinner and overnight at Mt Gorilla nest lodge/ Kinigi guest House / Muhavura lodge.

Day 9: Gorilla Tracking

After breakfast, go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga’s is a magical experience. The walks might be strenuous but an encounter of a family of gorillas is rewarding! Spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy.  Transfer to Kabale for your dinner and over night at Habuharo Island Camp/ Arcadia cottages/ Bushara Island Camp

Day 10: Back To Kampala

Take breakfast and then Visit the museums in Kabale from where you will be transferred to Kampala or Entebbe for your next flight back home.

Our rates include

  •  park entrance fees
  • Full board accommodation
  • 2 gorilla tracking permits
  • 2 boat rides
  • launch cruise
  • Game drives
  • Meals
  • drinking water
  • services of a full time English speaking driver guide
  • ground transfers and fuel
  • crossing boards

The price excludes tips, laundry, drinks and any other personal expenses.

ACCOMMODATION

Budget – Holiday Express Hotel / Rwonyo Bandas/ Simba safari lodge/ Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Kinigi Guest House

Midrange – Speke Hotel / Arcadia Cottages Mburo/ Ihamba Lodge/ Buhoma lodge / Mountain gorilla View Lodge

Luxury Kampala Sheraton Hotel / Mihingo Lodge/ Mweya safari lodge/ Gorilla Forest Camp / Volcanoes Lodge

Primate Safari, Chimpanzee and Gorillas of Uganda & Rwanda, 7 days

Elephant
CHIMPANZEE AND GORILLA TOUR ITINERARY IN BRIEF

Day 1: To Queen Elizabeth

Day 2: Game Drive and Launch Cruise

Day 3: To Bwindi National Park

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking

Day 5: Transfer to Rwanda

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking

Day 7: L. Bunyonyi

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: To Queen Elizabeth

Take breakfast then transfer to Queen Elizabeth. You will pass through the scenic country side of Ankole. A game drive en route is rewarding with a variety of animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, mongoose among others. Have lunch and Visit the crater lakes region then after retire for dinner and overnight at Mweya safari lodge or Jacana safari lodge / Albertine camp

Day 2: Game Drive

Wake up very early in the morning for chimp tracking in Kyambura gorge.  The gorge 100mtres deep harbors habituated chimpanzees. It is engraved by Kyambura River which flows across the rift valley floor towards the Kazinga channel. The guided walk to search for man’s closest cousins the chimpanzee begins at Kyambura Fig tree camp at 0800 hours and takes 2 – 6 hours.  Other primates in this gorge include the red tailed monkeys, olive baboon, colobus monkeys among others. Relax as you wait for lunch time. In the afternoon, you will be taken to the pier at the Kazinga channel for a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel. This will expose you to various aquatic mammals like the Crocodiles and herds of Hippopotami. The shore of this channel is well known for its massive flocks of birds like the African jacana, the fish eagle, pelicans among others.  Crocodiles have become a common sight here and occasionally leopards.

Day 3: To Bwindi National Park

You will be transferred to Bwindi National park through the Ishasha sector. A game drive through this southern sector of Queen Elizabeth is famous for tree climbing Lion encounters. You will have a picnic Lunch in the Wilderness and then after transfer to Bwindi national park. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort camp, Buhoma Homestead/ L. Kitandara Tented camp/ Buhoma community bandas.

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking

Go gorilla tracking, walking up steep densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. An inspiring moment! (This trek can take from half an hour to 5 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes) 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 knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left! If you have the energy this afternoon, take a guided walk on the Munyaga River trail, which is an ideal short walk. This trail leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls, and there is a profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies. Here you may also see birds and primates from the forest edge. Overnight at your lodge

Day 5: Transfer to Rwanda

After breakfast,   you will transfer to either Kisoro or Kabale .Cross the border then you will be driven to Kinigi. On arrival, you will visit the genocide memorial. Then Visit the Dianne fossey graves before dinner and overnight at Mt Gorilla nest lodge/ Kinigi guest House / Muhavura lodge.

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking

After breakfast, go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga’s is a magical experience. The walks might be strenuous but an encounter of a family of gorillas is rewarding! Spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy.  Transfer to Kabale for your dinner and over night at Habuharo Island Camp/ Arcadia cottages/ Bushara Island Camp.

Day 7: L. Bunyonyi

Take breakfast and then Visit the museums in Kabale from where you will be transferred to Kampala or Entebbe for your next flight back home.

Our rates include

  •  park entrance fees
  • Full board accommodation
  • gorilla tracking
  • chimp permit
  • boat ride/ launch cruise
  • Game drives
  • Meals
  • drinking water
  • services of a full time English speaking driver guide
  • ground transfers and fuel
  • crossing boards

The price excludes tips, laundry, drinks and any other personal expenses.

ACCOMMODATION

 Budget –Simba safari lodge/ Buhoma Community Rest Camp/ Kinigi Guest House/ Bushara Island camp

Moderate –Ihamba Lodge/ Buhoma lodge/ (Mountain Gorilla Nest Lodge / Mountain gorilla View Lodge/ Hotel Gorillas)/ Bunyonyi Overland camp

Up Market – Mweya safari lodge/ Katara Lodge / Gorilla Forest Camp/ (Volcanoes Lodge / Sabinyo Silver Back lodge)/ Habuharo Island Camp/ Arcadia cottages

Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trip, 8 days Safari Holiday

Queen Elizabeth wildlifeGORILLA TREKKING IN UGANDA-RWANDA ITINERARY IN BRIEF

Day 1: To Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 2: Game Drive & the Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel

Day 3: To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking

Day 5: To Rwanda

Day 6: In Parc National Des Volcans: Gorilla Tracking

Day 7: To L. Mburo

Day 8: To Kampala

 

Detailed itinerary

The 8 days Uganda Rwanda tour is designed to take you to the two famous gorilla tracking National parks in East Africa. That is; park des Volcans and Bwindi Impenetrable national park. The launch cruise along the Kazinga channel in this tour is also Fun and you can only know if you try it out. By the end of the tour, you will have tells to tell.

Day 1: To Queen Elizabeth National Park

A representative from our company (guide) will pick you from Kampala in the morning after breakfast and drive you through Uganda’s lush beautiful countryside. Take a stopover at Equator, take a few pictures, may be stretch a bit. Continue to Queen Elizabeth national park and a game drive en route is rewarding with vistas of animals like Antelopes, birds, Elephants, among others.  In the afternoon explore the fascinating Queen Elizabeth’s charming crater lakes sector. These crater lakes are unique in a way that each of them has its own individual temperament and nature providing a residence for a myriad of creatures. Visit Lake Katwe and get to see the salt works and Flamingo Lake is exhilarating!  Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana lodge/ Institute of Ecology

Day 2: Game Drive & the Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel

Today, you will wake up to a cup of coffee and go for a morning game drive in the Park. Unto this adventure, you will be looking for some of the Big Five from their natural habitat; Elephant, Buffalos, Lions, leopards and Bush bucks, Giant forest hog, Hyenas, waterbucks, mangoose, and many bird species. Return to the lodge for mid morning breakfast and relax at the lodge as you wait for your next tour activity that will come after lunch. After lunch, take a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel to watch the families of Hippos, and Crocodiles close to the waterside as well as other land mammals’ drinking water along the shores of the channel.  Not only that, this channel harbor a great number of bird species  you might be in luck and might encounter the legendary shoe bill stork, pelicans, Skimmers, fish eagle, martial eagles, the papyrus gunlock, African Jacana and many others.  Due to the fact that this activity exposes you to more animal spies at a go, you might be forced to render it the best activity taken part in.

Day 3: To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Take breakfast and after transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park. As you drive along the road via Ishasha sector, animals such as the waterbucks, elephant, antelopes, buffalo, Kobs, can be seen along the road. This sector of Queen Elizabeth national park gives you opportunities to encounter tree climbing lions. Relax around the Forest camp. Dinner and over night at the luxurious Gorilla Forest Camp set deep in the rain forest/ Buhoma Community Rest camp.

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking

This is one of the awaited for day with one of the highlight activities of this tour. Well prepared with your packed lunch, rain jackets, cameras, water, long pair of trouser and jungle boots on, you will assemble for briefing from the rangers about gorilla tracking the great adventure and experience!  The time taken to encounter these peaceful primates is erratic for it may take1-10 hours. However, on encounter, one may be forced to say, it is stunning!!!! After the adventure a credential awaits the successful tracker. The day is not easy at times but pleasing. Return to your lodge for dinner and over night.

Day 5: To Rwanda

Proceed through the rolling hills and beautiful scenery to Rwanda.(NB the time goes an hour behind) and then later transfer to Kinigi Park Headquarters to track gorillas in Parc National des . Check in Mt Gorilla Nest Lodge or Kinigi Guest House for dinner and Overnight.(FB).

Day 6: In Parc National Des Volcans: Gorilla Tracking

Go Gorilla tracking through the forest, hills and swamps can be exhausting and the time taken to track gorillas is erratic. However, an en counter of these gentle Giants face to face may be exhilarating!!  If the gorilla tracking ends early enough, you will trek to Karisoke Research Centre of Dian Fossey, the famous primatologist, or visit local communities. Alternatively for those who are not up to it, modestly relax at the Camp.

Day 7: To L. Mburo

Drive to L. Mburo National Park.  This park is unique in its own way that each part of it has a unique feature.  You will arrive in the afternoon and go for an evening Boat ride along L. Mburo. Then later go for an evening game drive. Dinner and over night at Mantana Luxury camp/ Mihingo Lodge/ Rwonyo Camp

Day 8: To Kampala

Wake up early in the morning and go for a morning game drive in search for Elands, Topis, Oribi and many other Savannah animals.  Proceed to Mbarara for breakfast and then after continue to Kampala.

Our rates include

  • Park entrance fees
  • Full board accommodation
  • 2 gorilla tracking permits
  • Boat ride/ launch cruise
  • Game drives
  • Meals
  • Drinking water
  • Services of a full time English speaking driver guide
  • Ground transfers and fuel
  • Crossing boards

The price excludes tips, laundry, drinks and any other personal expenses.

ACCOMMODATION

 

Budget – Simba safari lodge/ Buhoma Community Rest Camp/ Kinigi Guest House/ Rwonyo Bandas

Mid range – Ihamba Lodge/ Buhoma lodge / Mountain gorilla View Lodge/ Arcadia Cottages

Luxury – Mweya Safari Lodge / Gorilla Forest Camp/ Volcanoes Lodge/ Mihingo Lodge (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner- BLD)

 

Uganda and Rwanda Primate Safari 5 days

chimp Uganda
5 DAYS RWANDA UGANDA’S BRIEF ITINERARY

DAY 1: To Rwanda

DAY 2: Gorilla Tracking

DAY 3: Transfer to Bwindi

DAY 4: Gorilla Trekking

DAY 5: Back to Kampala

Detailed itinerary

 

DAY 1: To Rwanda

Depart from your lodge in Kampala and head south-West to Rwanda. You will have short stop at the Equator an informative talk as well as a photographic opportunity then  proceed to Mbarara where were we will stop for lunch. Your drive will take you through Uganda rolling green hills through the highlands, also known as the ‘Switzerland of Uganda’. Your road will then head even higher to where you can see the triangular peaks of the Virunga Volcanoes of Rwanda and the Cong. Overnight in the sounds of the mountain rainforest.

DAY 2: Gorilla Tracking

Early morning, you will enter the Gorilla sanctuary of Parc National des Volcans, the rain tropical forest covering the hills surrounding Virunga Volcanoes. The trekking is a demanding but rewarding experience. Ensure you bring with you enough water and the packed lunch. The time spent in the forest depends on the movements of the Gorillas in their natural environments. After the activity, you will return back to the Cam. Overnight at the Lodge

DAY 3: Transfer to Bwindi

After breakfast, leave for Kisoro or Kabale depending on your tracking group. Stroll through the beautiful country side of Rwanda. Have lunch en route then arrive in the late afternoon.

DAY 4: Gorilla Trekking

Go gorilla tracking, walking up steep densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. An inspiring moment! (This trek can take from half an hour to 5 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes) 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 knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left! If you have the energy this afternoon, take a guided walk on the Munyaga River trail, which is an ideal short walk. This trail leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls, and there is a profusion of tree ferns, epithetic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies. Here you may also see birds and primates from the forest edge. Overnight at your lodge

DAY 5: Back to Kampala
After breakfast, we will depart to Kampala arriving in the late evening

Our rates include

  •  park entrance fees
  • Full board accommodation
  • gorilla tracking in Uganda
  • gorilla trekking in Rwanda
  • Meals
  • drinking water
  • services of a full time English speaking driver guide
  • ground transfers and fuel
  • crossing boarders

The price excludes tips, laundry, drinks and any other personal expenses.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Budget accommodation Basic Kinigi Guest House/ Buhoma Community Rest Camp (FB) (Full Board)

Mid range accommodation Mountain Gorilla View Hotel/Nkuringo gorilla Camp

Luxury accommodation Gorilla Resort camp/ Virunga Lodge

Gorilla Tour Rwanda & Golden Monkey Trek, Dian Fossey Trek in Africa, 4 days

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4 DAYS GORILLA TRACKING & GOLDEN MONKEY TREK ITINERARY IN BRIEF

Day 1: On your way for gorilla tours

Day 2: on your way to gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Park Volcanoes

Day 3: Golden Monkey trekking or Dianne fossey grave trek or second day of gorilla trekking

Day 4: End of Gorilla Trekking Rwanda – Transfer to the airport after shopping some souvenirs 

 

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: On your way for gorilla tours

You will be met, welcomed and picked up by our tours representative who will transfer you to Kigali for a city tour. You will visit the genocide memorial. The Kigali Genocide Memorial was launched in April 2004 on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. This Centre is well built on a place in Kigali where over 250,000 people were buried after genocide. These graves are obvious assistant inflections of the cost of ignorance in Africa. The site is an enduring monument to   fatalities of Rwanda genocide. It is a place for people to mourn for their loved ones that yielded to the genocide. It contains an eternal exposition of the Rwandan genocide and a display of other genocides around the world. You will then transfer to volcanoes National park or a nearby lodge.

Day 2: on your way to gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Park Volcanoes

Have your breakfast, carry your packed lunch and gorilla trekking gear and then report at the ORTPN offices for registration and briefing. Drive to the Volcanoes National Park for a memorable gorilla trek. Gorilla trekking may sometimes seem to be strenuous so trekkers are required to be fit because it may take from 2 hours to 10 hours. You may have a picnic lunch along the trek if trekking takes longer hours. An encounter of the gorillas after a tiring trek is rewarding!  You will return to the lodge.  If gorilla trekking ends early, you may visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo at an extra cost.

Day 3: Golden Monkey trekking or Dianne fossey grave trek or second day of gorilla trekking

Have breakfast and report at the ORTPN Office for registration and briefing, thereafter drive to the Volcanoes National Park for the Golden Monkeys trekking or Dianne Fossey grave trekking or a second day of gorilla trekking. The choice depends on your budget. Golden monkeys are one of the rarest primates in Africa.  It is now believed that the only feasible population of these monkeys is left in the Virunga Volcanoes National park and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda.  A smaller population may continue living in the Nyungwe Forest National Park in Southern Rwanda but this has yet to be confirmed. The golden monkey is a disparate species of guenon – Cercopithecus Kandti and is ubiquitous to the Albertine Rift.

The Dian Fossey trek will take you to the graves of the late famous American zoologist – Dian Fossey who was murdered while on her research about Gorillas and other primates in Park des Volcans. Volcanoes NP was the pedestal for the famous naturalist Dian Fossey who carried out her research into the gorillas. She arrived in 1967 and established the Karisoke Research Centre between Karisimbi and Visoke. Since then, she spent most of her time in the park.  She is significantly credited for saving the gorillas from extinction by passing on their quandary to the notice of the international community. She was murdered by an unknown assailants at her home in 1985, a crime often attributed to the poachers she had spent her life fighting against. Dian Fossey’s vitality research was later revealed in the movie Gorillas in the Mist, marked after her memoirs. She was buried in the volcanoes National park in a grave close to her research center amongst the gorillas which became her life.

You must choose only one   of the treks on this day because both of them begin in the morning. After you will return to the lodge for your lunch, dinner and overnight or if your flight tomorrow is early then we will transfer you to Kigali

Day 4: End of Gorilla Trekking Rwanda – Transfer to the airport after shopping some souvenirs 

After breakfast, walk around the city, shopping for Rwandan souvenirs Transfer to the Airport for your home-bound flight

Our rates include

  •  park entrance fees
  • Full board accommodation
  • gorilla tracking
  • golden monkey tracking
  • Dianne Fossey grave trekking
  • Meals
  • drinking water
  • services of a full time English speaking driver guide
  • ground transfers and fuel
  • crossing boards

The price excludes tips, laundry, drinks and any other personal expenses.

ACCOMMODATION

 Budget: Kinigi guest house

Mid range: Mountain gorilla view lodge

Luxury: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge.

 

Gorilla Trekking 3 Days, Bwindi

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GORILLA TREKKING ITINERARY IN BRIEF

Day 1: Leave for Bwindi Impenetrable national Park Gorilla Tour

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 3: travel back to Kampala

Detailed itinerary

Formerly Bwindi Forest reserve, gazetted in 1942 Overnight, Bwindi became a national park in 1992 and recognized as a world heritage site in 1994. In the local Lukiga language, the word ‘Bwindi’ means impenetrable so the double warning ‘Bwindi Impenetrable is apt for Bwindi is all but impenetrable.   But if the terrain is far from easy to negotiate, it is well worth the effort. A trek through Africa’s most ancient rainforests, in search of the endangered mountain gorilla, ranks among the world premier wildlife encounters. Bwindi lies in south-western Uganda about 530km from Kampala. The park can be reached by road from several directions.

Mountain Gorillas are Uganda’s star attraction and of course she is believed to have the highest population of primates living in the country worldwide. Gorillas share 95% of human genes; they are gentle giants with brown eyes that are not common when looked directly into hence as humble and thrilling as a human being. There are 5 Gorilla groups found in Uganda,4 of them are found  in Bwindi Impenetrable forest, and 1 in Mgahinga National Park hence can only b e visited by a number of 8people per group. The 3 Days Gorilla trekking tour is the shortest safari tour that we offer and this is how it will go about.

Day 1: Leave for Bwindi Impenetrable national Park Gorilla Tour

Drive from Kampala by road and continue south-West in about 8-10hrs drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is famously referred to as the home for Mountain Gorillas, in the park the Montana Forest also create interest for spectacular birds of which, there are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemics plus the African Green Broadbill, Bar Tailed Trogon and other gorgeous forest species. Make a stop at the Equator for an enlightening talk plus a photographic chance. Afterwards proceed hence make a stop in Mbarara where were we will have your lunch enroute. This journey will take you via Uganda undulating green hills via the highlands, also renowned as the ‘Switzerland of Uganda’ prior to making the last journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, habitat of the mountain gorilla. That night you will nap to the sounds of the mountain rainforest. Overnight at either of the lodges below

Budget accommodation package- Buhoma Community bandas or Bwindi View bandas or Nkuringo campsite tents or Virunga Hotel or Nkuringo safari centre

Moderate- accommodation package- Lake Kitandara camp or Nkuringo camp site or Wagtail Eco lodge or similar

Up market accommodation package- Engagi lodge or Buhoma lodge or Gorilla Resort camp or Traveler’s rest camp or Silver back lodge

Luxury accommodation package- Gorilla Forest Camp or Clouds Lodge or Gahinga Volcanoes Lodge, or Volcanoes Bwindi safari Lodge

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

On this day, you will have to rise up very early to prepare yourself for the most stimulating activity of Gorilla tracking.  Bwindi has 6 habituate go to the ranger station at 8:00am with your lunch boxes and all the required gear where the guides will lead you to track the extraordinary Mountain Gorilla, possibly one of the most exhilarating wildlife experiences on earth. There are currently only almost 700 still existing in the world! The tracking is likely to take between 2 and 6 hours but its glowing worth the attempt. At this part of the tour, you will not have the guide that has been with you from the start of the tour, you will be guided a specialized guide who knows each and everything about the Gorilla. So you are called upon to feel free and ask as many questions as you can while the trek goes on. In the afternoon rest at the camp or in case you are not so tied, participate in a guided village walk to interact with the indigenous Batwa Community. Go back to the Camp in the evening.

Day 3: travel back to Kampala

After a morning breakfast, we will leave Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and drive back to Kampala make a journey break for lunch reaching in the early evening.

Our rates include

  •  park entrance fees
  • Full board accommodation
  • gorilla tracking
  • Meals
  • drinking water
  • services of a full time English speaking driver guide
  • ground transfers and fuel

The price excludes tips, laundry, drinks and any other personal expenses.