9 Days Rwanda And Uganda Primate And Wildlife Tour
Day1: ARRIVE KIGALI AIRPORT
When you get to Kigali airport, our safari drivers will be ready to welcome you and drive you to Kigali city for a touching but exciting city tour. You will be able to visit the Kigali genocide memorial where the remains of the 1994 genocide victims are preserved. Move on to the community centers like the orphanages and craft shops. Carry on to Parc National des Volcans where you will have your dinner and overnight at
Budget accommodation: Muhabura Lodge / Kinigi guest house
Moderate accommodation; Gorilla nest lodge / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Up market accommodation in Virunga Volcanoes Lodge / Sabinyo Silver back lodge.
Day 2: GORILLA TREKKING
Get up early in the morning and prepare for the day’s expedition. After your breakfast early in the morning, you will proceed to the ORTPN for briefing from the guide. Carry your tracking gears and packed Lunch because the duration for finding the apes is unpredictable. Wear long trousers because in the wilderness there are some stinging beetles. Hiking shoes are also important among what to wear because the ground id quite slippery. Keep searching because the gorillas are always in motion. When you get to find them, spend an hour with them watching them as they feed there young ones as others play from the vines. Take there photo graphs too. Return to the lodge for your lunch. Relax and enjoy your dinner and overnight.
Day3: GOLDEN MONKEY TREKKINGIN THE VIRUNGA VOLCANOES
Wake up early in the morning for your breakfast and get ready to go and trek the golden monkey. 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
Rise up very early in the morning for a heavy breakfast and drive to Uganda. You will pass through the Ruhengeri boarder to Bwindi Impenetrable national park. 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 TRACKING
Following your breakfast, head to the park headquarters for briefing from the guide. He will give you the guide lines in order to have a successful trek. Move into the forest for gorilla tracking in the prehistoric luxuriant Bwindi forest. You may get the chance of seeing other primate like the monkeys and the chimpanzees on the way. The vegetation is also eye captivating. Keep searching until you see the gorillas. When you meet them, your excitement will over power the fatigue. Spend an hour with them watching them as they play and other feed there young ones. Return for dinner and overnight at the lodge you booked.
Day 6: DRIVE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK AND GAME DRIVE
Rise up early in the morning for breakfast and drive to Queen Elizabeth national park passing via Ishasha sector. This sector is famous for being a haven for the tree-climbing lions. You will have the chance of seeing warthogs, elephants, buffalos as you penetrate the park to Mwea Peninsular. Dinner and overnight at
Luxury accommodation: Mweya safari lodge/Jacana lodge
Mid range accommodation: Ihamba/Albertine camp
Budge accommodation: Mweya hostels/Simba safari camp
Day 7: GAME DRIVE IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK AND LAUNCH CRUISE
Rise up early to have a game drive and see the early risers. Most of these are predators such as leopards, lions, side-striped jackals, hyenas and genets prior to going back to their hide-outs. Return to the lodge for late breakfast. After a hearty lunch, move on to Kazinga channel where you will have a breathtaking launch cruise. There is a variety if birds that move around the shores of the lake. Some of them include; yellow –eyed black flycatcher, grauer’s rush warbler, kunge apalis, mountain masked apalis, rwenzori double- collared, mountain Babbler, red throated alethe and so many other birds. This is also the congregation center for Hippos, Crocodiles, Buffalos, Elephants and other water antelopes Transfer to Kibale National Park for dinner and overnight at:
Luxurious; Ndali Lodge/ Primates Lodge
Mid range Rwenzori; View Guest House/mountains of the moon hotel in fort Portal
Budget; Kanyankyu Ecological Bandas (FB)
Day 8: CHIMPANZEE TREKKING
Following your breakfast, head to Kanyanchu park headquarters to get briefed about chimpanzee trekking at 8.00 am local time. You will hear the chimpanzees before you get to see them because they normally communicate through sound. Kibale forest has the greatest concentration of primates in Africa boasting of at least 13 primate species including 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. Dinner and overnight at the hotel of your budget.
Day 9: DRIVE TO KAMPALA
Following your breakfast, you will drive to Kampala for your return.