18 DAYS ADVENTURE TOUR
Day1: ARRIVE KIGALI AIRPORT
When you get to the airport, our safari driver will be ready to welcome you and drive you to Akagera national park. Akagera National Park is near Tanzania. This park is a habitat to an interesting selection of species associated with a diversity of habitats: wetlands, woodlands, grasslands, riparian forest and bush country. Dinner and overnight at Akangera Game Lodge
Day 2: GAME DRIVE IN AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Early in the morning, move on for a game drive in the park to see a variety of birds and animals like elephant, giraffe, buffalo, spotted hyena, hippo, and crocodiles. Enjoy a canoe ride on Lake Ihema to see the large number of hippo, the huge Nile crocodile and albertine birds. Return for lunch and head for a community walk. Dinner and overnight at the lodge of your budget.
Day 3: CITY TOUR AND DRIVE TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Having taken your breakfast, drive around the city for a tour in Kigali. Visit the memorial place of the 1994 100 days of ignorance in the Kigali genocide memorial, orphanages and local communities. In case you are lucky, you will be entertained by the members of a Batwa Pottery Project early evening with an introduction to the life of the first Rwandans. Receive great entertainment like never before and participation involvement is part of unity so don’t hesitate. Other dancers you may get a chance to see are the intore dancers. Transfer to Parc National Des Volcans. 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 4: GORILLA TRACKING IN PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANOS
Rise up early in the morning for an interesting Gorilla trekking expedition. Carrying your tracking gears, head to the ORTPN to have a briefing about the proceeding adventure. Move into the forest to search for the gentle eyed apes that normally find refugee on the mountain slopes. Carry on with your search for the few left Giant primates- The Legendary Mountain Gorillas in Africa! The trek is strenuous and the time taken to encounter the gorillas is surely erratic but it is an exciting experience on meeting the gorillas. Meeting them will depend on there movement and the proximity of their food in the forest. Though it may be along walk you will forget about the fatigue when you meet these gentle eyed dying out apes. Spend an hour with them taking there photo graphs and watching them interact with each other. Return to the lodge and relax as you wait for dinner and overnight at your budgeted
Day5: GOLDEN MONKEY TREK OR DIAN FOSSEY TREK
Rise up early in the morning, take your breakfast and head for Golden Monkey trekking. The Golden monkey is 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. Alternatively, you may head for the Dian Fossey trek. It is a site where the remains of the Gorilla Heroin were buried listen to her touching but interesting story. Dinner and overnight at your budgeted accommodation.
Day6. CROSS TO UGANDA
Rise up early in the morning, take your breakfast then, depart PNV for Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. It is famous for its beautiful islands and prolific bird life, and relaxes as you wait for lunch. Have a canoe ride in the after noon that expose you to exceptional bird watching, and visit the beautiful Islands of Lake Bunyonyi. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia cottages
Day 7: TRANSFER TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Take breakfast early in the morning and drive through the Switzerland of Africa, with the roads winding passed several hills and valleys, with distant views of the volcanoes. The journey rewards you with gorgeous scenic viewing. Eat your lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight at:
Luxury accommodation: Volcanoes Lodge / Sabinyo Silver Back lodge
Standard accommodation: Mountain Gorilla Nest Lodge / Mountain gorilla View Lodge/ Hotel Gorillas
Budget accommodation: Kinigi Guest House
Day 8: GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI
Drink a cup the early morning breakfast, carry your tracking gears, drinking water and wear long trousers for the next expedition. Move into the luxuriant forest to search for the great apes. You need to note that tracking can take 2-8 hours depending on their movements. This expedition involves walking up steep and densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. When you get to meet these ancient apes, you will forget about the strenuous trek and replace it with excitement. Stay with these Giant apes for 1 hour for observation and photography. You will notice that gorillas behave like human beings. They feed there young ones like humans, watch over their young ones like mothers. Relax in the evening as you wait for dinner and overnight at the lodge of your budget.
Day 9: DRIVE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK AND LAUNCH CRUISE
Enjoy your breakfast and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The journey takes you through gorgeous rolling hills and the Ishasha sector. On the way into the park, you may get the chance of meeting the tree climbing lions. They are commonly seen in this area. Have lunch as you prepare for the exciting launch cruise. Move down to the Kazinga channel for the launch cruise. It is famous for the highest concentration of Hippos in Africa. Bird life is abundant with over 610 species and hundreds of Nile crocodiles. You will also see herds of elephants and buffaloes quenching there thirst from the water in the channel. The boat provides a clear platform for photographing. Dinner and overnight at the
Luxury accommodation: Mweya safari lodge/Jacana lodge
Mid range accommodation: Ihamba/Albertine camp
Budge accommodation: Mweya hostels/Simba safari camp
Day 10: GAME DRIVE AND CHIMPANZEE TRACKING
Early in the morning, head for a wonderful game drive. On the way , you will be entertained by the presence of animals like the waterbucks, warthogs, Kobs, you may also see some lions hiding in the bushes ready to catch there prey and several other animals. Come back to the lodge and have your carry your lunch. Drive to Kyambura gorge nearby to track the fast moving and mysterious wild chimpanzees, one of man’s closest relations. Kyambura Gorge is home to the only family of habituated chimpanzees in Africa. Start the trek from Fig Tree Camp. The chimps are always in motion and viewing is unpredictable but the walk is charming. During this walk, you may have the chance of meeting other primates like Red tailed monkeys, Vervet, Black and White colobus monkeys, olive baboons and Giant forest hog. Watch the apes as they conclude there day by making there nests. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at your selected lodge
Day 11: GAME DRIVE AND TRANSFER TO KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
After taking a warm cup of tea or coffee, move on to Kasenyi plains to view the early raisers and predators going back to their hideouts. On the expedition, you may get a chance of seeing predators like Lions, leopards, hyenas and several others. Take your lunch enroute and head to Kibale forest following the 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
Day 12: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
Get up early for breakfast then carry your tracking gears and head to the headquarters for briefing. You will be lead into the 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 big numbers. Continue searching for the exciting human cousins because they are very mobile. You may hear them hoot before seeing them. Watch the gorgeous 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. Come back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day13: DRIVE TO MURCHISONFALLS NATIONAL PARK
Early in the morning, get up and drive to Murchison falls national park. This park is nestled in almost the central part of Uganda. It has a variety of animals that are eye captivating. See the great beasts in there natural habitat and observe how they co-exist. You will pass via Hoima them Masindi. Have lunch enroute because this is a long drive. Drive to the top of the falls and see the Nile as it squeezes itself in the narrow gorge producing a thunderous sound. Dinner and overnight at:
Luxury accommodation: Paraa safari lodge/ Nile safari camp/ Chobe safari lodge
Mid range accommodation: Sambiya river lodge
Budget accommodation: Red chillis lodge/ Kaniyo pabidi camp/ Sambiya lodge bandas
Day 14: GAME DRIVE AND LAUNCH CRUISE IN MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Wake up early in the morning and get into the car for a game drive where you will have the chance of seeing early risers like leopards, lions, hyenas and a number of other animals that are returning to there hide outs. More animals you may spot include: giraffes, cape buffalos, hippos, oribi, warthogs, kobs to mention but a few. Having finished your lunch, head to river Nile for launch cruise. Watch the Nile waters as they pour down the high escapement forming a cloudy appearance. There are a number of birds to see quenching there thirst from the river side. Some of these beautiful birds include: the sought after shoebill, yellow- footed fly catcher, ituri batis, martial eagel, papyrus gonolek and very many other birds. Move back to your booked accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Day 15: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN MURCHISON FALLS N.P
Rise up early in the morning for breakfast then proceed to the ranger station for briefing. Move into the forest for another interesting chimps search. The forest has very tall trees with very large leaves. There are also some other primates like monkeys and baboons. The birds are also in big numbers. Continue with the search. As you get closer to the chimpanzees, you will hear them call out to each other as if trying to alert each other. 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 botanical names and local names of some of these trees. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.
Day 16: RETURN TO KAMPALA
Having enjoyed your tour, drive to Kampala for the last faze of your tour. You will pass via Luwero and see the remains of the 1980s liberation war that brought the current government into power. Arrive the city late in the evening and check in. Dinner and overnight at:
Luxury accommodation: Serena hotel/ Sheraton hotel/Imperial Royale hotel
Mid range accommodation: Cassia lodge / Hotel Africana/Hotel Triangle
Budget accommodation: Namirembe guest house/Holiday express Hotel
Day 17: WHITE WATER RAFTING/JINJA TOUR/QUAD BIKING
Early in the morning, take your breakfast and head to Jinja for an adventurous whole day expedition. White water rafting is done on the Nile rapids at Bujagali. This part of the Nile is taken to be one of the best for those who love white water rafting. White water rafting is normally launched right at the falls. Bujjagali provides the safest white water rafting point in the world with grade 5 rapids all along the route and ranks as the most interesting in the world. To complete this adventure, you take about 25km on water and gives you the chance to view some of the large numbers of water bird species. It is an entire day activity. In the late evening have a marvelous barbecue with other rafters. You may take on a jinja tour where you will get the chance to visit luxuriant Mabira natural forest. Spot some interesting monkeys as they jump from tree to tree in excitement. The forest also has a variety of birds present. Tour the source of the Nile on a boat, see its actual originality where the Nile separates from great Lake Victoria. Continue to Bujjagali falls where you will take part in the half day White water rafting adventure. You may also opt to do quad biking or try the adrenaline stimulating bungee jumping. Return to Kampala for dinner and overnight.
Day 18: RETURN FLIGHT
After the adventure filled safari, get ready for your home bound flight at Entebbe.