Rwanda and Uganda in 10 days

Glossary
BB-Bed and breakfast, LDBB-Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast, P Trsf- Park Transfer, F Trsf- Fight Transfer, E-Early morning game drive, OA-Optional Activity, A-Morning game drive, P-Afternoon game drive, GH-Gorilla Habituation, CT- Chimpanzee Tracking, BT-Afternoon Boat Trip, CV-Community village visit, CE – City excursion, AA – Adventure activity, CTR- City Tour, RT- Rhino Tracking, CH-Chimpanzee Habituation, GM-Golden Monkey Tracking

Tour Highlights
This safari brings you to one of the most interesting places in Rwanda: the rocky highlands and wet plains of Akagera national park, home to big African game.
Take a walk along the shores of Lake Kivu, through the famous Congo-Nile Divide watershed.
Then, you will track the endangered mountain gorilla on the slopes of the dramatic Volcanoes National Park.

Safari Quotation
The net and non-commissionable cost of the private safari, as described in the above itinerary will be:

Per PersonRate: Each of 2 paying clients sharing in twin including 1 Gorilla permit; US$5,579.00
Each of 4 paying clients sharing in twin including 1 Gorilla permit: US$4,983.00
Please note that gorilla permit or chimpanzee tracking permit availability cannot be guaranteed until we receive a deposit of USD$1500 per gorilla permit and actually book and pay for the permits. The programme or even dates of travel may have to be altered if affected by gorilla permit or lodge availability.

THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:-

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers 
  • ALL Accommodations as per itinerary with all meals
  • All park entrance fees
  • Services of a qualified English Speaking Driver Guide
  • Transport in 1 x 4×4 vehicle
  • 1 liter bottle of mineral water per person per day while on a road safari in a SAFARI CHAPTER UGANDA vehicle 
  • 1 Gorilla permits per person as specified in the itinerary. Gorilla viewing is subject to availability of permits, which are limited. Any gorilla permits required should be purchased when booking. There is a minimum age limit for gorilla tracking which is strictly 15 years.  Gorilla permit prices are subject to change without warning.

THE PACKAGE EXCLUDES:-

  • All International Flights + Taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Tips & personal expenses such as telephone calls…etc.
  • Excursions not detailed in above program

Arrival at Entebbe International airport. After clearing with customs, you will be warmly welcomed by a representative from Safari Chapter who will then transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe.

From the moment you arrive, you will be warmly welcomed and cared for. With all luxurious rooms opening onto the garden and swimming pool, this is a great option for guests looking for an intimate stay in a tranquil setting. For one of the most flavorsome dining experiences in Entebbe, carefully planned menus are paired to an international wine list, and served with pride.

Overnight at Protea by Marriott (BB) “OR similar”

This luxurious 4 star resort hotel is ideally located on the glistening shores of Lake Victoria and a convenient 1km from the Entebbe airport. Protea Hotel Entebbe offers a wide variety of services & amenities including a restaurant that offers an exciting and truly inviting a lacarte menu 7 days of the week. Specialties include Tilapia and Nile Perch, while guests can also relax on the terrace and bar.

It’s a hotel that complements your travel style. With elegant and a warm, inviting feel, the hotel’s decor and rooms create a luxurious atmosphere. The outside terrace, with its own special ambiance and superb lake views is the perfect place to take it all in.

After breakfast, set off for Kibale Forest National Park, home to the chimpanzees- which is a 7 hour drive from  Kampala. Kibale National Park is located south of the town of Fort Portal; its main characteristics are the lush impenetrable forest, and, in particular, the numerous species of primates that populate it including black and white colobus, red-tailed monkeys and velvet monkeys. Expert guides guide visitors on the trail. Kibale is best known for having the highest concentration of chimpanzees; you will get to meet these fantastic primates in their natural environment, some are accustomed to the presence of man because researchers have studied their behaviour for over forty years.

Overnight at Primate Lodge (LDDB) “OR similar”

Experience the world renowned Ugandan hospitality amidst unrivaled nature, scenery and serenity in the heart of Uganda’s primates’ paradise. Primate Lodge Kibale’s principal edge is their location, tucked deep in the forest and right next door to the starting point for Chimpanzee Tracking, one of the most genuinely breath-taking wildlife experiences on the planet. As well as the cool weather, amazing natural surroundings, nice and well furnished rooms.

Guest accommodation comprises 16 rooms in different categories. Other lodge amenities include a spacious dining terrace, a well-stocked bar, a secluded lounge area with a small library, complimentary room service, an evening camp fire, laundry service (at a small fee) as well as free WiFi in the public areas.

You are assured of an all rounded memorable accommodation experience.

Rise and shine! Prep for a day of chimpanzee habituation. Chimpanzees are the most sought after primate by visitors, but you should also look out for the black & white colobus, red tailed monkeys or the grey cheeked Mangabeys. The guides will be able to show you pittas & different bird species and will give details of the tradit of the plant species within the forest.

Chimpanzee tracking is a very fascinating experience. Chimpanzees as well as humans share over 98 percent of their DNA.

They are over 95% within the Kibale Forest, hence making it the most perfect destination in the whole of East Africa for chimpanzee habituation.

The average weight of an adult well grown male chimpanzee is between 35 and 70 kilograms, with a height of approximately 3 meters whereas an adult female chimpanzee weighs between 26 and 50 kilograms and a height between 2 and 4 feet.

A chimpanzee’s life expectancy is at 40 years whereas that for those living in captivity can extend up to 60 years.

In Uganda today, Efforts to actually conserve the chimpanzees are extensively acknowledged and well supported. Actually The Jane Goodall Foundation has played a major role in the overall conservation of not only these Chimpanzees.

Chimpanzees are Sociable, intelligent as well as communicative and among their very fascinating traits is the ability to utilize tools like rocks for crushing nuts, emptying pods for hollowing out water plus sticks for capturing termites from their holes. These skills have for long been passed on from one generation to another and researchers say that different troops have specialist tasks, based on their habitat as well as diet.

Chimps stay in groups of 10 – 100 members. They can babysit each other’s young, kiss, groom one another and even hold hands. The young chimps become independent at

the age of 4 years. Nonetheless, chimps can be aggressive and unsociable, mainly if disturbed.

Although they spend some time on ground, they normally feed and do make their sleeping nests up in the trees. Their diet varies comprising of leaves, seeds, fruit plus flowers.

Overnight at Primate Lodge (LDBB)

After breakfast, you will set off for Queen Elizabeth National Park. This park was named after Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. This is the second largest park in Uganda after Murchison Falls National Park. This park boasts of some of the most magnificent views in the Western arm of the Great Rift Valley, it gushes with a remarkable variety of ecosystems, from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows, savannah, swamps and a rare set of tree climbing lions at Ishasha.

Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (LDBB) “OR similar”

Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on  a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, it 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.

Wake up to the sound of wild life, after a delicious breakfast, drive off for an interesting game drive. After lunch, you will get to experience a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel that connects both Lake Edward and Lake George. Proceed to Kisoro

Overnight at Mucha Lodge (LDBB) “OR similar”

Mucha Lodges has invested extensively in providing high quality, affordable accommodations in the Kigezi Highlands to provide you with a trip of a lifetime at a price you can afford. Designed to give a delicate mix of contemporary style design with eclectic accentuations from the Kigezi community, Mucha offers you the amenities of modern living like wifi connection while still offering you the raw, unspoiled attractions of Africa.

After Breakfast, you will set off for to Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park.

Volcano Climbing

Besides wildlife, Volcanoes national park is a home for three extinct volcanoes. Travelers to this park therefore have an added advantage of hiking to the top of any Volcano which rewards them with spectacular views of Rwanda’s rolling hills, Kigali city, Virunga volcanoes and local communities. Mt Karisimbi is the most hiked Volcano and the experience is worth the hike.

Caving

Do not miss out visiting the Musanze caves on your Rwanda safari to Volcanoes national park. Experienced guides will lead you into these caves while narrating to you the mysteries of the caves, history and all other facts about Rwanda.

Other optional activities you can do in Volcanoes national park include cultural tours especially to Iby’Iwacu cultural village, bird watching, visiting the twin lakes of Bulera and Buhondo among others.

Overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (LDBB) “OR similar”

This lodge is an exclusive and up market lodge situated minutes away from the headquarters of the Parc National des Volcans, where the starting point for the gorilla trekking is located.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas and affords magnificent views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside.

Guest cottages and the main lodge are beautifully constructed and finished to a very high standard. The lodge is a perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of East Africa.

The lodge is built and operated by Governor’s Camp. The lodge is owned by a community trust, SACOLA, which uses rental and community fees from the lodge to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the communities adjacent to the park. The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) played a vital role in the development of Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.

Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comprises five double cottages, two suites and one family suite. All are stone buildings with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs, and feature large sitting areas, fireplaces, stylish en-suite bathrooms finished with Venetian plaster, a dressing room and a sheltered veranda. Heat exchangers in the fireplaces provide a plentiful supply of hot water.

The family suite has a second bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

The main lodge building comprises a reception, sitting room with snug area, dining room, library, and games room, a responsible tourism/community awareness room, shop and bathrooms. Three large fireplaces provide warmth and all rooms are finished with a polished wooden floor. Two patio areas afford wonderful and dramatic views to the Virunga Volcanoes and the surrounding lowland farmland.

Today, after an energizing breakfast, you will embark on your Gorilla Trek. Before 8 am, you will be driven to the ranger station for registration and briefing by one of the rangers. The guides will then lead you from there.

The trek can take anywhere from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking boots. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas – sadly enough there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left. You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to the base station.

Overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (LDBB)“OR similar”

Today will finally have the unique experience of tracking the Golden Monkeys. This takes place at the same time, 7:00am just like gorilla trekking. The Golden monkeys are a rare species that is also listed as endangered so Volcanoes national park currently has two habituated golden monkeys’ troops that are available for viewing. Golden monkeys in Rwanda live in the bamboo vegetation towards the base of the volcanoes. You can spend one hour with the monkeys once you find them just like you did with the Gorillas.

Overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (LDBB) “OR similar”

After breakfast, you will set off for Kigali, to catch your flight back home. End of Safari.

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