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12 Day Classic Uganda & Rwanda

Uganda, Africa

from $7,592* per person 12 Days Year-round
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Volcanoes Safaris 10 people max
  • Entebbe airport, uganda
  • Active & Adventure trips
Safari Highlights include:

    GORILLA TRACKING in Bwindi, Uganda and PNV, Rwanda (five opportunities).
    STAND on the Equator.
    GAME DRIVES in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
    BOAT CRUISE on the Kazinga Channel.
    PRIMATES bat cave and Blue Lake in Maramagambo Forest.
    CHIMPANZEES in Kyambura Gorge.
    TREE CLIMBING LIONS in Ishasha.
    NATURE WALK in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
    CLIMB the Muhavura or Gahinga Volcanoes/nature walk.
    GOLDEN MONKEYS in Mgahinga/PNV.
    DIAN FOSSEY'S grave in PNV/Ros Carr's orphanage.

Locations visited/nearby

Uganda, Africa

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Itinerary

Day 1

Departing from Entebbe airport you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey. On the route south you will be able to stop at the royal drum makers and stand astride the Equator before continuing to Queen Elizabeth National Park and the contemporary Kyambura Gorge Lodge. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the veranda that overlooks the savannah plains with the magnificent Rwenzori Mountains in the distance.

O/N: Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge (L, D)
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    Day 2

    Taking an early morning or evening drive, and resting during the heat of the day, provides the best opportunity to see game. What you see depends on the season, but the Kasenyi plains are excellent for sighting lion and large herds of Uganda kob. The Mweya peninsula offers excellent game drives with magnificent views across the water to the Rwenzori Mountains. Mweya is one of the best places to look for leopard, which live in the dense, scrubby thickets. Time permitting visit the Kyambura Womens Coffee Cooperative and its coffee processing station or the wetland reserve to spot birds.  Both projects were set up and are supported by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Project.

    O/N: Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge (B, L, D)
    Day 3

    The Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and forms a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. Here you can track one of our closest animal relatives, the chimpanzee. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk itself is enchanting. In the afternoon take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lakes Edward and George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the waters edge. The channel is a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle.

    O/N: Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge (B, L, D)
    Day 4

    Your safari now continues to the primeval Bwindi forest. Travelling via Ishasha - subject to road conditions - you can observe the unusual behaviour exhibited by the tree-climbing lions. The long journey through the rapidly changing landscape takes you to Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, which looks across to the towering trees of the forest. Depending on when you arrive, there maybe time to explore the lodge grounds with its clear mountain stream or visit the local village.
    O/N: Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (B, L, D)
    Day 5

    After enjoying an early breakfast, you set off gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Tracking in the Bwindi forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day. Alternatively there are other activities and excursions on offer in and around the national park:

    Take a guided walk in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life. This walk offers excellent photographic opportunities and the knowledgeable guide will provide a great insight into this globally important habitat.

    Walk through the local village, and learn about community projects, such as the Amagara project that assists local farmers and their communities, and Bwindi Community Hospital which started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 60,000 people. The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust supports both projects.

    Discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies, and learn about the native tribal inhabitants of the forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills.
    O/N: Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (B, L, D)
    Day 6

    Either go gorilla tracking again or opt for one of the other, gentler but equally rewarding alternatives available (see above).
    O/N: Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (B, L, D)
    Day 7

    Leaving for Mgahinga after breakfast, the route winds through bamboo forests and then mountain roads to the Kanaba Gap with its spectacular views of the Virunga Volcanoes. The route drops dramatically, surrounded by terraced hills to the frontier town of Kisoro and climbs again to 2,300m to the Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge, next to the Mgahinga National Park. Enjoy your pre-dinner drinks on the terrace with stunning views of the Volcanoes or warm yourself inside by the roaring fire.
    O/N: Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge (B, L, D)
    Day 8

    Experience the lives of the Batwa Pygmies, and walk the Batwa Trail. Accompanied by Batwa Elders, this is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the unique cultural heritage of the forest’s indigenous people. Whilst you walk through the forest, the Batwa will demonstrate their traditional hunting techniques and knowledge of medicinal plants. You will also visit the sacred Ngarama cave and enjoy the traditional music and dance of this rich and fading culture. Alternatively there are other exciting activities for those interested in the culture and natural history of Mgahinga:

    Track gorillas in Nkuringo.. Tracking is possible at Nkuringo, located at the southern sector of Bwindi National Park. Tracking here can be challenging due to steep and muddy paths.

    Hike the Muhavura or Gahinga Volcanoes. Gahinga offers a gentler hike through the bamboo forest on the lower slopes and marshy craters at the peak. The lower slopes are rich with forest birds and the marshes near the summit are home to bushbuck and elusive duiker. Muhavura is the most challenging peak in the park. The hike will take most of the day, but the adventurous will be rewarded with great sense of accomplishment and  - on a good day - spectacular views.

    Take a guided nature walk through the park to track the golden monkeys. The path takes you from the bamboo stands and a forested gorge on the lower levels to the elevated heath and moorland higher up. The forest is not only home to the rare golden monkey, but also a great diversity of bird and animal life.
    O/N: Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge (B, L, D)
    Day 9

    A more relaxed morning during which you can do one of the activities in day 8 - except gorilla tracking- before journeying south to Rwanda. Volcanoes Virunga Lodge perched on the top of a hill overlooking the Volcanoes and Lakes Bulera and Ruhondo. From the terrace you can take in the panoramic sunset over the lakes and - weather permitting - enjoy a performance from the Intore Dance troupe.
    O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (B, L, D)
    Day 10

    Gorilla tracking in the Parc National des Volcans, through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga range, is a magical experience. Once you reach the gorillas, you can spend an hour with them and be back at base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially if it is wet and muddy.
    O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (B, L, D)
    Day 11

    Either go gorilla tracking again (additional permit required, subject to availability), or choose from one of many options. There is much to explore here including tracking the endangered golden monkey or trekking to Dian Fossey’s grave and the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of her favourite gorilla, Digit. Other popular excursions include visiting the local school and community projects supported by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust; the Roz Carr Imbabazi orphanage and meet some of the hundreds of children helped by this uplifting project. Alternatively relax on the shores of Lake Kivu, home to some of the finest inland beaches in Africa, or take a guided walk to Lake Bulera and experience local village life.

    O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (B, L, D)
    Day 12

    Your safari ends with your journey to Kigali. Before transferring to the airport, there maybe time to tour the city and visit the genocide memorial, a moving testimony to this country’s past that it has courageously overcome. Return to your hotel or transfer to the airport in time for your return flight.

    (B, L)

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