13 Days Wildlife Primate Safari To Uganda And Rwanda
Day 1: DRIVE TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Early in the morning a driver guide from AA SAFARIS AND TOURS LTD will pick you up from your overnight hotel and transfer you to Murchison falls. You will pass via the Luwero triangle where the 1980s NRM war was most serious. Spot the beautiful vegetation along the way. You will have your lunch enroute and continue to Ziiwa Rhino sanctuary to see the rehabilitated Rhinos that were extinct. . Hike to the top of the Nile and wander art the gorgeous site of the striking Murchison falls. Dinner and overnight at:
Luxury accommodation: Paara safari lodge/Nile safari lodge/Chobe safari lodge
Mid range accommodation: Sambiya lodge
Budget accommodation; Red chillis rest camp
Day 2: GAME DRIVE AND LAUNCH CRUISE.
Wake up early and head for a game drive. You will be able to see variety of animals like hartebeest, Uganda Kob, lions, waterbuck, buffalos, oribi, baboons the list is endless. Enjoy the green vegetation that surrounds the banks of the river. Return to the lodge for breakfast and later lunch. Move down to the river for an interesting launch cruise. You will be able to see beautiful avian life, animals like herds of elephants, buffalos, antelopes, a school of hippos, crocodiles and several other interesting animals. Come back to your lodge.
Day 3: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN BUDONGO FOREST
Get up early for break fast and head to Budongo forest (known for a diversity of ecology) for chimp trekking. View our closest relatives (800 chimps population) and see what you can learn from them. There are also more primates like the vervet monkeys, blue and red tailed monkey, potto, black and white colobus and baboons. You will also have a forest walk and get to see the numerous trees that the forest is endowed with. The guide will give you some of the scientific names and local names of some of these trees. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.
Day 4: TRANSFER TO KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
After a hearty breakfast, drive to fort Portal passing via Masindi Hoima road. You will get there late in the evening and then have dinner and overnight at:
Luxurious accommodation: Ndali Lodge/ Primates Lodge
Mid range accommodation: Rwenzori View Guest House/Mountains of the moon Fort Portal/ Chimps nest lodge
Budget accommodation: Kanyankyu Ecological Bandas (FB
Day 5: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
Rise up early and take a warm cup of coffee/tea. Carrying your tracking gears, head to the ranger station for briefing from the guide. Move on to Kanyanchu to track chimps and other primates within the forest. Have a chance to compare and contract between the chimp’s behavior and humans and discover a lot! Also check out the grey checked mangabey, L’Hoest monkey, red-tailed monkey and the vervet monkeys. During the afternoon hours, drive to Queen Elizabeth national park (4 hrs). Enjoy a game drive in Mweya peninsula and find out for yourself the beauties surrounding Katwe town and its several saline crater lakes. Get to know about salt mining in the small towns. There are also buffalos along the road. Dinner and overnight at:
Luxury accommodation: Mweya safari lodge/Jacana lodge
Mid range accommodation: Ihamba/Albertine camp/Hippo hill camp
Budge accommodation: Mweya hostels/Simba safari camp
Day 6: GAME DRIVE IN QUEEN ELIZABETH ANTIONAL PARK AND FOREST WALK
Rise up early in the morning and get ready to be part of an interesting game drive. On your drive you will get to prove that this park is a biosphere reserve for a number of wild species. Pass the Northern sector of the park and view a variety of animals that dwell in these premises. Some of these include warthogs, antelopes, elephants, water bucks, birds and several other species. After an interesting game drive, proceed to Maramagambo forest to see the mysterious blue lake, the gorgeous bat cave, walk through the forest searching for primates like the monkeys, baboons and several others. You may get the chance of seeing a very huge python and other snakes. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: TRANSFER TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
After the fun in Queen Elizabeth, get ready to leave for Bwindi National park the home of the ancient dying out apes. Pass via the Ishasha sector. In this part of the park, you may get to see the tree climbing lions because they are common here. Carry on to Bwindi forest National Park. Dinner and overnight at
Budget accommodation package- Buhoma Community bandas or Bwindi View bandas or Nkuringo campsite tents or Virunga Hotel or Nkuringo safari centre
Moderate- accommodation package- Lake Kitandara camp or Nkuringo camp site or Wagtail Eco lodge or similar
Up market accommodation package- Engagi lodge or Buhoma lodge or Gorilla Resort camp or Traveler’s rest camp or Silver back lodge
Luxury accommodation package- Gorilla Forest Camp or Clouds Lodge or Gahinga Volcanoes Lodge, or Volcanoes Bwindi safari Lodge
Day 8: GORILLA TREKKING IN BWINDI.
Get up early in the morning and prepare for the most memorable experience of the tour. Carry your tracking gears, drinking water and packed food move the ranger station. You will be briefed about the rules to follow while in the company of the gorillas. You will move into the thick dump and luxuriant forest. On the way, you will have the chance of meeting some monkeys, baboons, chimpanzees, birds that sing from the tree branches, and several other features. You are recommended to wear long trousers because there may be stinging beetles. Hiking shoes are also important because the ground is always damp, quite boggy and slippery. You may not locate these apes easily because of there movements so you need to be patient. When you get to meet them, you will be filled with excitement, stay with them for 1 hour taking there photographs and watching the young ones as they play from the vines. Return to the lodge and relax or have a community walk to the Batwa land and learn about there culture. Dinner and overnight at the lodge of your budget.
Day 9: CROSS TO RWANDA.
Following the morning game drive, carry on to Rwanda a cross the boarder via Katuna. Drive to Parc National Des Volcans where you will have 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 10: GOLDEN MONKEY TRACKING
Wake up early in the morning for breakfast then move to the ORTPN for another briefing from the guide. This concerns your proceeding interesting activity where you will go for golden monkey tracking in the Virunga Volcanoes Mountains. Golden monkeys are the most endangered primates in the Volcanoes. Presently, it is believed that the only feasible population of these monkeys is left in the Virunga Volcanoes National park. A small populace may exist in the Nyungwe Forest National Park in Southern Rwanda but this is yet to be confirmed. The golden monkey is a special species of guenon – Cercopithecus Kandti and is prevalent to the Albertine Rift. Return for dinner and overnight at the lodge of your budget.
Day 11: DIAN FOSSEY TREK
After your marvelous break fast, head to the Dian Fossey Trail where you will learn more about the American gorilla heroin. She spent the rest of her life studying and living amongst the gorillas. Her work came to the world map after the Film Gorillas in the clouds. Very many people got interest in seeing these great apes and others formed groups like Friends of gorillas. You will wall and discover the products of her sweat. In the afternoon, head for a city tour where you will visit the Kigali genocide memorial, craft shops and several other interesting places. Return for dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.
Day 12: BOAT RIDES ON LAKE KIVU
After taking your warm tea and coffee, drive to Lake Kivu for a boat ride. You will be able to see a variety of birds that reside in this area, the vegetation that surrounds the lake and even the landing sites that are found on this lake. After your lunch, visit the Kigali Museum, Bisensero and the Murambi genocide memorials. Listen to the touching history behind these places. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight
Day 13: DRIVE TO KIGALI AIRPORT.
Having enjoyed your trans- boarder tour, prepare for your home bound flight leaving Kigali Airport.