17 DAYS PRIMATE TOUR
Day 1 ARRIVE KIGALI
On arrival at Kigali airport, a driver guide from AA SAFARIS AND TOURS will be ready to welcome you and transfer you to Parc National des Volcans. Move on for a guided city tour in Kigali where you will be able to visit the Kigali genocide memorial, Rwanda museum, orphanages and other places. Move on to Volcanoes national Park passing via Ruhengeri. The road to Ruhengeri is sealed and offers stunning scenery of hills and valleys of this green and lush country. From Ruhengeri, 30 minute drive to Kinigi at the bottom of Sabinyo Mountain, with exceptional views of the rest of the Virunga Volcanoes. Dinner and overnight at.
Luxury: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge/ sabinyo silver back lodge.
Standard: Mountain gorilla view lodge/ Mountain Gorilla Nest Lodge/ Hotel Gorillas in Kinigi
Budget: Kinigi guest house/ Hotel Muhabura
Day 2: GORILLA TRACKING IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Having had a warm cup of coffee, move to ORTPN for briefing from the guide who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla tracking. Move into the thick luxuriant forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The time you may take to trek the gentle eyed apes is unpredictable. You may take between 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. For this reason, you are advised to wear hiking shoes. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. The time you meet is unforgettable. You even loose all fatigue because the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. You should note that it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at any time therefore you need to have waterproof clothing and zip lock bags for cameras and film. Overnight at the lodge of your budget.
Day 3: GOLDEN MONKEY TREK.
Have an early morning breakfast and get ready to trek the golden monkeys. The Golden monkey scientifically known as Cercopithecus mitis kandti is a subspecies of blue monkey found only in the bamboo forests of the volcanic mountain chain which makes a part of the boundary between Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Golden monkey trek is an experience that one compares to gorilla trekking in Rwanda, Uganda or Congo. Small but great-the golden monkey weighs about 10-25 pounds and has a golden body, cheeks and tail and has complementary black limbs, crown and tail-end. Miniature is presently known about the environmental requirements of the golden monkey, and the subspecies populaces have never been determined. Living in the supercilious montane Virungas forests with its great ape relatives, this primate faces some of the same threats as gorillas, including snares set for small antelopes, human encroachment and people entering their habitat to collect wood. Start the trek by penetrating the dense stands of bamboo scattered with open glades, with the guidance of ranger guides, you will make your way deep into golden monkey territory and habitat of groups of ‘habituated’ golden monkeys – monkeys that have turned into being familiar to human presence and will be seen. Although viewing is classically kept to a maximum of one hour, tourists can get an up-close look at the golden monkey in its natural habitat. Adult monkeys cavort in plain view, feeding on bamboo leaves and leaping from branch to branch. Females drug their young ones, completely comfortable among onlookers. 2 families of golden monkeys have been habituated – one in Volcanoes National Park and the other in Mgahinga National Park. At the moment, you have a chance of seeing these frightened apes in their natural habitat. In case there is ample time, visit the local community. Dinner and overnight at the previous lodge
Day 4 TRANSFER TO UGANDA
Following a hearty breakfast, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The drive passes through Cyanika border and Kisoro where you see green vegetation and some Albertine rift bird species, then to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (a World Heritage Site) passing through the picturesque area known as “The Switzerland of East Africa”. Dinner and overnight at:
Super Rustic Luxury accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp/ Clouds lodge/ Bwindi safari Lodge / Gahinga
Mid range accommodation: Lake Kitandara camp/Gorilla Forest Camp
Budget accommodation: Buhoma Community bandas / Bwindi View bandas / Nkuringo campsite tents / Virunga Hotel /Nkuringo safari centre
Day 5: GORILLA TREKKING IN BWINDI
Early in the morning, take breakfast and move to the park headquarters for briefing. Move into the luxuriant ancient forest to search for the great apes. With your guide, hike into the forest where the gorillas were the night before and track from that point. The time to take searching for these great apes is unpredictable therefore your patience is very vital. This trek takes from 2 to 8 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. The time you get to meet the gorillas is stimulating to the extent forgetting your fatigue. This experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice, hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. Spend an hour with the gorillas watching them play from the vines as others feed there little ones. Return for dinner and Overnight at the accommodation of your budget
Day 6 DRIVE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
After that moment with the ancient apes, drive through the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park. In this area there are tree climbing lions which you may be lucky to see. Get ready for dinner and overnight at.
Luxury accommodation: Mweya safari lodge/Jacana lodge
Mid range accommodation: Ihamba safari lodge/Albertine camp
Budge accommodation: Mweya hostels/Simba safari camp
Day 7 GAME DRIVE AND LAUNCH CRUISE
Wake up early morning for a game drive searching for the early risers. Come back to the Lodge for mid morning breakfast. You may have the chance of seeing warthogs, elephants, buffalos, bushbucks, waterbucks and several other interesting animals. After lunch, head for the afternoon launch cruise at the Kazinga channel. This channel joins Lake Edward to Lake George. You will spot the hippos, crocodile and water birds quenching there thirst while others are playing in the water. Come back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: GAME DRIVE AND VIST KATWE SALT LAKE
Early in the morning, drive through the Kob mating grounds. You may have the chance of spotting at least a lion camouflaged in the bushes waiting for its prey. Pass the abandoned villages of encroachers to this park and proceed to Lake Katwe a salty lake that has existed since the ancient days. Watch the rudimentary salty mining activity. Listen to the history of the lake and the experience the minors have from the lake. Take photographs too. Return to your lodge to relax
Day 9 CHIMPANZEE TREKKING IN KYAMBURA GORGE
Following your breakfast, head to Kyambura gorge where you will be briefed about your next expedition. Get to into the gorge for the great search. You will hear the chimpanzees before you get to see them because they normally communicate through sound. This area also has other primates like the endangered chimpanzees, the threatened red colobus, the rare L’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabeys, red-tailed monkey, bush babies and pottos. Return to your lodge to relax after a whole day in the chimpanzee land. Dinner and overnight at the hotel of your budget.
Day 10: TRANSFER TO KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
Wake up early for a warm breakfast then drive to Kasenyi plains to view the early raisers and predators returning to their hideouts. On the expedition, you may get a chance of seeing predators like Lions, leopards, hyenas and several others. Have lunch enroute and head to Kibale forest following the beautiful Rwenzori ranges. Dinner and overnight at
Luxurious Ndali Lodge/ Primates Lodge
Mid range Rwenzori View Guest House/Mountains of the moon Fort Portal/ Chimps nest lodge
Budget Kanyankyu Ecological Bandas (FB
Day 11: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, carry your tracking gears and move to the headquarters for briefing. You will be lead into the damp luxuriant, cool and thick forest. The guide will explain to you the types of tress that you come across, you will also see a number of other primates like monkeys that jump from tree to tree, Colobus Monkeys Giant forest hog, Vervet, red-tailed monkeys, the Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, and Olive Baboons. The birds are also in plenty. Continue searching for the stimulating human cousins because they are very mobile. You may hear them hoot before seeing them. Watch the beautiful chimps for some time and come back for lunch. In case you are not so tired, move on for a community walk in the Bigodi community. You will watch some ladies making hand crafts and if there is ample time, you will visit the community school. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 12 GUIDED BIRD WATCHING AND CULTURAL WALK
After breakfast take a move to Bigodi wetland sanctuary. This is situated on the outskirts of the park in Magombe swamp. It is famous for a wide range of wildlife like primates such as chimpanzees, red colobus black and white colobus red tailed monkeys and several others. This wetland is the habitat for more than 138 species of birds. This bird sanctuary is a community run initiative that aims at conserving the unique biodiversity. Visit the local people and the school project attached to this community run project. Get to Bigodi villages and know how the Bigodi locals spend their time, one can get involved in meal preparation, basket weaving. Dinner and overnight at your booked lodge
Day 12 DRIVE TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Early in the morning, get back to your car and drive to Murchison falls national park. You will pass via Biso and the Butiaba escarpment into the Great African rift Valley to your lodge on the banks of Victoria Nile. Lunch enroute and then move into your booked lodge at:
Luxury accommodation: Paara safari lodge/Nile safari lodge/Chobe safari lodge
Mid range accommodation: Sambiya lodge
Budget accommodation; Red chillis rest camp
Day 13 GAME DRIVE AND LAUNCH CRUISE
Wake up early in the morning for a game drive in the Northern sector of the park. Most of the game is to be found in the area north of the Victoria Nile River and East of the Albert Nile and Lake Albert. This is where part of the movie “The African Queen” was filmed. Game is now returning quite rapidly and game drives can be very exciting. During the Game drive, you may have the chance of seeing elephants, oribi, giraffes, waterbucks, hartebeests, topi, buffalo, sitatungas, bushbucks, warthog, bush pig, lion, leopard, mongoose, genet, hyena, jackal and bat eared fox. Return for lunch and move down for an eye captivating launch cruise. Get to see birds like the ancient dying out shoe bill, yellow footed fly catcher, ituri batis, white thighed hornbill and other interesting birds. You will have time to see the elephants, buffalos, giraffes at a closer proximity. Take there photographs too. Return to your booked lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 14 HIKE TO THE TOP OF THE FALLS AND FLY TO KIDEPO NATIONAL PARK
Early in the morning, hike to the top of the falls. You will be able to watch the Nile as it squeezes it self through the narrow gorge and busts out in a thunderous sound. As the water pours down the high escarpment’ it forms a wonderful cloudy appearance. This is said to be the largest natural force of water in the world creating what appears to be a boiling caldron of water. After that spectacular appearance, drive to the airstrip to take a charter flight to Kidepo. Dinner and overnight at Apoka lodge.
Day 15 GAME DRIVE
Rise up early in the morning and head to the park premises for a game drive. This park has variety of wild creatures to see that are untapped. You may have the chance of seeing bat eared foxes, striped hyenas, caracal, cheetas, leopards, lions, ostriches, zebras, bush pigs, defassa, eland. Bush bucks, elephants, lions the list is endless. There are no restrictions to length of game drives but are generally in the mornings and late afternoons because it can be quite hot. Have game walks as per clients’ wishes and requests. Return for dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Day 16: COMMUNITY WALK
After breakfast, walk to the Karamojong community. These are people who have stuck to there traditions since the ancient days. They are similar to the Maasais in Kenya. They are mainly cattle keepers and they dress usually in brief clothes or at times no clothes. They stay in homesteads called the Manyattas. They love wearing beards around their necks and waist. They usually remove their front teeth for beauty and so much more will be learnt when you spend a day in their presence. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day17; FLY TO ENTEBBE AIRPORT FOR YOUR HOME BOUND FLIGHT
Having concluded your tour through Uganda and Rwanda, fly to Entebbe airport for your flight returning home.
A visit to local villages is also available. The Lodge managers must be consulted in respect to all activities.
Day 18; Departure
We drive to Kidepo airstrip for a charter flight to Entebbe airport. The flight takes a maximum of 2 ½ hours. On arrival at Entebbe, meet, greet and transfer to Lake Victoria Hotel for a day room. Our representative will meet you for a safari report and later transfer to the airport for your departure flight.