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Kawira Safaris

  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
Destinations

Destinations

Rwanda, Uganda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Mid Range

Tour Overview

See some of the amazing wildlife and landscapes of Uganda and Rwanda. Go on guided treks to find chimpanzees in Kibale National Park (Uganda) and Nyungwe National Park (Rwanda) and gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda) as well as other primates, wildlife and birds.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Chimpanzee Safari, Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari, Primate Safari, Trekking Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Nyungwe, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale National Park
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Trekking, Boat Cruise, Nature Walk
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Entebbe, end in Kigali

Highlights

  • Kibale National Park
  • Chimp Tracking
  • Game Drive
  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Kigali City Tour
  • Canopy Walk
  • Chimps Trekking
  • Lake Kivu

Summary

  • Day 1: Arrival and transfer to your hotel
  • Day 2: Kampala to Kibale National Park
  • Day 3: Chimp tracking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 4: Game drive and transfer to Bwindi National Park
  • Day 5: Gorilla tracking and transfer to Kigali
  • Day 6: Kigali City Tour
  • Day 7: Depart for Nyungwe National Park and canopy walk
  • Day 8: Chimp trekking and transfer to Lake Kivu
  • Day 9: Lake Kivu to Kigali airport

RATES – PER PERSON USD

From USD 4,500 per person

What's Included

  • All accommodation on Full Board (FB) basis as per itinerary
  • Safari vehicle and fuel
  • English speaking guide
  • 1 gorilla permit in Bwindi National Park
  • 2 chimpanzee trekking permits per person
  • Game drives and walks
  • Entrance fees to the national parks
  • All boat tours
  • All cultural activities
  • Park entry fees
  • Taxes
  • Free mineral water in the vehicle during the tour

What's Excluded

  • International flights
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips
  • Anything not mentioned in the Includes

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Kawira Safaris
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Kawira Safaris‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

On arrival our staff will be there to welcome you. After a short briefing, transfer to your hotel in Entebbe for check in and a short rest followed by lunch. If the flight arrives before 1600 hours local time, there will be city tour around Entebbe and later drop off at your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Depart from Entebbe and drive to Kibale, a distance of 358 km. You will depart early in the morning and drive west through Mityana and proceed for a lunch break in the beautiful town of Fort Portal. Marvel at the stunning palace of Toro Kingdom, the Royal tombs, the numerous shops and the mosque before driving on to Kibale, only a couple of kilometers ahead. On arrival, you will check into Kibale Forest Camp. Kibale National Park hosts the highest number and greatest variety of primates in the whole of East Africa including chimpanzees, baboons, black and white colobus monkeys and the blue monkey. There’s an optional primate walk in the afternoon to Kanyanchu River Camp; this is the most popular walk inside the park taking you through a diversity of flora zones and unveils a number of wild animals along the way living inside the forest. Head back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Today the forest opens its doors for an exhilarating chimpanzee tracking experience. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus monkey and many others. Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will spend an unforgettable hour with them as they go about their daily life in their natural habitat – feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching. After the trek you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for most of the journey. Lunch is on the way then enjoy a game drive until 1600 hours when we arrive at Kazinga Chanel for a sundowner boat cruise. The channel is a natural waterway between Lake Edward and Lake George and the cruise will be one of the highlights of your safari as you see abundant birdlife and view elephants, buffaloes and hippos cooling off at the shores. After the boat cruise we will take you to your accommodation for check in, dinner and overnight at your lodge.

The day begins early as we start with a game drive, heading towards Bwindi National Park, driving through the southern sector giving you an opportunity to see lions, leopards, giant forest hogs, Cape buffaloes, elephants, defassa waterbucks, spotted hyenas, Uganda kobs, topi, bush bucks and numerous bird species. Afterwards drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park through the verdant countryside, passing traditional homesteads and enjoying panoramic views of the Rwenzori Mountains. Arrival in Bwindi National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas, where you will check in for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the national park headquarters to meet your guides for the day. Complete park formalities and then embark on a spectacular mountain gorilla tracking adventure. Once you spot a gorilla family, you’ll spend time observing these gentle giants, a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. The trekking will be strenuous, up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. You’ll enjoy taking photographs after which you will descend back to the lodge. Most treks will be finished before lunch and we will return you to your lodge for a freshen up and check out. Your lunch is already packed and will be eaten en route as we leave for Rwanda. The drive to Kigali, Rwanda is extremely scenic and we will stop to take pictures of the Five Volcanoes and the Land of a Thousand Hills. In all the transfer takes around 4.5 hours.

After breakfast we start the day with a tour of the city. First head to Nyamata and visit the mellinium village and return for the rest of the tour of Kigali. Named in 1907 by Dr. Richard Kandt, the first colonial resident governor of Rwanda, Kigali city is surrounded by lush green hills, referred to as the ‘land of a thousand hills’. Interesting spots to visit may also include the craft market, Gisozi genocide memorial site and Museum of Art.

After breakfast our guide will be waiting to pick you up for the departure to Nyungwe National Park, which takes about 6.5 hrs. Travel via Butare and visit the famous National Museum here as well as the ancient King’s Palace at Nyanza. The museum was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government with an ethnic collection, the design and concept all realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren, Belgium. Ethnographic objects are grouped together according to the theme giving premium information on the daily life. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and belong to the finest handicrafts of the region. The National Museum remained surprisingly untouched during the civil war in 1994. Have Lunch in Butare and then continue to Nyungwe National Park arriving for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Take an early morning breakfast then with your packed lunch drive to the park for the starting point of your chimpanzee trek. Two species of chimpanzee occur in Africa – bonobo and the common chimpanzee pan troglodytes (often shortened to chimpanzee, sometimes referred to as the robust chimpanzee). The largest remaining populations occur in central Africa (Gabon, DR Congo and Cameroon). The chimpanzee population is only about 400 in Rwanda which are endangered. It should be mentioned that there is no guarantee that you’ll see the chimps as they are unpredictable and can move long distances in one day. Nyungwe National Park is the largest block of montane forest in East and Central Africa and is an incredibly rich area of biodiversity.

Later today you depart for Lake Kivu. The unpaved road gently curves back and forth as it weaves through hills and mountains beside the lake from Gisenyi to Cyangugu. Eucalyptus trees line the road, while every corner of the hills is terraced with bananas. Villagers smile and wave; you’ll end up with hands tired from waving, and feel like royalty at the end of the trip! Arrive at your hotel, nestled on the shores of Lake Kivu. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Today the day is spent in Gisenyi, the largest port on the Rwandan shore of Lake Kivu, in the company of your guide who will show you the town. Enjoy a short boat ride to one of the islands in Lake Kivu or simply explore the town, enjoying the hustle and bustle of the local market or wander through the leafy streets admiring the old colonial buildings. Later break for lunch and in the afternoon we bid goodbye to our host in Kivu and transfer to Kigali, engage in last minute shopping in one of the friendliest African capitals, before returning to the airport for your international flight back home.

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