The 15 days gorilla trek Uganda and Rwanda is the perfect safari combo for those visiting both countries to compare the gorilla tracking experiences. With the introduction of the East African tourists visa, this is the best safari combo, that includes gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, safari game drives and so much. The trip starts from Kigali Rwanda and ends in Kampala Uganda. Contact AA safaris and tours for prices of the 15 days gorilla safari Rwanda Uganda.
- Day 1: Arrive Kigali airport. \ Drive to Nyungwe National park. 4 hrs drive.
- Day 2; Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe forest park.BLD.
- Day 3; Drive from Nyungwe forest to Volcanoes National park. 5 to 6 hours BLD
- Day 4: Optional Activity.
- Day 5: Drive to Uganda Lake Bunyonyi. 3 to 4 hours .
- Day 6: Canoe ride / Batwa experience | Transfer to Bwindi. 3 hrs
- Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi.
- Day 8: Drive to Queen Elizabeth Park – Through Ishasha.
- Day 9: Game drives / Boat ride
- Day 10: Transfer to Kibale national Park- 3hrs drive / Afternoon Chimpanzee Trek. BLD
- Day 11: Drive to Murchison Falls Park. 7 to 8 hrs.
- Day 12: Safari game drive / Boat ride on Victoria Nile.
- Day 13: Drive to Kampala. 6 hours
- Day 14: Kampala City Tour.
- Day 15: Return to your home country.
Day 1: Arrive Kigali airport. \ Drive to Nyungwe National park. 4 hrs drive.
When you get to the airport, a safari driver from AA SAFARIS AND TOURS LTD will warmly welcome you and drive you to Nyungwe national Park. Have a stop over at the old place in Nyanza. Learn about the ancient culture of the Banyarwanda. Dinner and overnight at:
Bacic -ORTPN Rest house/ Gisakura guest house
Moderate – Nyungwe Top hill View Hotel.
Luxury – One and Only Nyungwe Forest lodge
Wake up early morning for breakfast, and after move on to Nyungwe Forest at 5:00am to look for chimpanzee. At times these are referred to as the human cousins because they behave like humans. Watch them as they rise from there nests and begin there day. You will not only come a cross the chimps but there are primates like monkeys that also survive in the park. Birds are also in plenty but the majority are albertine endemics. You will have a forest walk too as you continue with the search. Enjoy your lunch enroute. After the long day search, move back to the accommodation of your budget.
Day 3; Drive from Nyungwe forest to Volcanoes National park. 5 to 6 hours BLD
Early in the morning, our safari driver will pick you up from your overnight hotel and drive to transfer you to Volcanoes national park. . Dinner and overnight at.
Budget accommodation: Muhabura Lodge / Kinigi guest house
Moderate accommodation; Five Volcanoes Hotel / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Up market accommodation in Virunga Volcanoes Lodge / Sabinyo Silver back lodge
Day 4: Optional Activity.
- Gorilla Trancking
- Golden monkey Trek.
- Dian Fossey Tombs trek.
Depending on your prefered activity you will depart your hotel at around 6:45 am to transfer the park head quarters for briefing. After briefing then start the trek through the forest in search for with golden monkeys or Gorillas. Once you meet them you will be allowed to spend 1 hour taking photos and then later return to the starting point.
For Dian Fossey tombs trek, this starts at the Karisoke research centre where you re given an insight about gorilla conservation and its history before you start the trek to the tombs.
If you finish early, you can opt to go for a nature walk to the twin lakes, or visit the Iby’iwacu community at an extra fee.
After the tasty breakfast, drive to Uganda passing Kisoro border. Carry on to the second deepest lava dammed lake of wonders, Lake Bunyonyi. At times it is refered to as the jewel of western Uganda. It is a haven for different types of birds. This unique lake is free from Bilhazia, hippos, crocodiles, mosquitoes and it is a nice place to relax at after a long drive. Dinner and overnight at:
Basic – Bunyonyi Overland
Moderate – Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort
Luxury – Birdnest Bunyonyi.
Day 6: Canoe ride / Batwa experience | Transfer to Bwindi. 3 hrs
Today you will go visit the Batwa community and then later enjoy a cane ride on Lake Bunyonyi visiting different islands. For bird lovers, lake Bunyonyi is the perfect place for birding especially for small birds. Later in the afternoon, you will drive to transfer to Bwindi. Dinner and Overnight at
Mid range accommodation: Ichumbi gorilla lodge/ Gorilla safari Lodge/ Nkuringo Bwindi Lodge. / Silverback lodge / Gorilla mist lodge.
Budget accommodation: Buhoma Community bandas / Bwindi View bandas / Nkuringo campsite tents / Virunga Hotel /Nkuringo safari centre
Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi.
Have breakfast early in the morning to give you energy through out the day. Carrying your tracking gears move to the ranger station for another interesting adventure. This lasts between 2-8 hours so your patience is very vital. Gorilla trekking starts at 8am and through the forest you start the search for gorillas. After encountering the mountain gorillas, you will be allowed to stay in their presence for 1 hour. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Following the second encounter with the few remaining mountain gorillas, drive to Queen Elizabeth. It is a biosphere reserve. Pass via the Ishasha sector which is famous for habouring tree climbing lions. You will also spot other animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, and antelopes among others on the way. Dinner and overnight at:
Luxury accommodation: Mweya safari lodge/Jacana lodge
Mid range accommodation: Ihamba safari lodge / Marafiki safari lodge.
Budge accommodation: Elephant lodge /Simba safari camp/Ishasha bandas
Day 9: Game drives / Boat ride
Wake up early in the morning and head for a game drive especially in the crater sector of the park. You will have the chance to view animals like elephants, water bucks, bushbucks, Kobs, buffalos, giant forest hogs, topi, and so many interesting animals. There are variety of both local and foreign birds too.
Head for a fantastic launch cruise on Kazinga Channel. It has a beautiful avian life which includes both local and foreign birds like martial eagel, African skimmer, papyrus gonolek, the rare shoe bill to mention but a few. Return for dinner and overnight at the accommodation of your budget.
Day 10: Transfer to Kibale national Park- 3hrs drive / Afternoon Chimpanzee Trek. BLD
Today in the morning after breakfast, you will drive to transfer to Kibale forest park. The drive will take 3 hours arriving early. Check into your hotel and prepare for the afternoon chimpanzee tracking. After lunch, you will transfer to the park headquarters for briefing before you proceed through the forest in search for chimpanzees. On meeting the chimpanzees you will spend 1 hour following them ad then later transfer back to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at
Basic- Kibale forest camp / Chimpanzee guest House
Moderate – Crater safari Lodge / Mountains of the Moon Hotel/ Primates Lodge Kibale standard rooms.
Luxury – Ndali Lodge / Kyaninga Lodge. .
Day 11: Drive to Murchison Falls Park. 7 to 8 hrs.
Early in the morning, head to Murchison fall national park. It is along day’s drive. You are to pass via Hoima to the Park. Check in and have dinner plus overnight.
Luxury accommodation: Paara safari lodge/Nile safari lodge/Chobe safari lodge
Mid range accommodation: Sambiya lodge
Budget accommodation; Red chillis rest camp
Day 12: Safari game drive / Boat ride on Victoria Nile.
Early in the morning, move on for a game drive where you will have the chance of seeing early risers like leopards, lions, hyenas and several 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. After lunch, head to river Nile for launch cruise. In return, watch the Nile waters as they pour down the high escapement forming a cloudy appearance. Return to your booked accommodation for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, head to Kampala. On the way, have a stop over at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. Continue to Kampala where you will have dinner and overnight at:
Luxury accommodation: Serena hotel/ Imperial royale Hotel/Sheraton hotel
Mid range accommodation: Hotel Africana/ hotel triangle/ Hotel Shangri-La
Budget accommodation: Holiday express Hotel/Namirembe guest house
Day 14: Kampala City Tour.
Early in the morning, drive to Mengo palace of Buganda, Naggalabi coronation site, visit the Katereke prison ditch. Head to Bahai Temple in Kikaya the only one of its kind in entire Africa. Continue to Namugongo Uganda Martyrs’ shrine where over 23 innocent Christians where burnt to death. Listen to its great history. If you have just day in Kampala, therefore we recommend to do our 1 days Kampala City tour.
Drive to the national museum and get back to your booked accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Day 15: Return to your home country.
The 15 days gorilla safari Rwanda Uganda today comes to an end with a drop off at the airport for you to catch your onward flight back home.