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10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo

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10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo starts in Uganda’s capital Kampala and ends in Rwanda’s Kigali. It is an exciting safari package involving Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park, Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Volcanoes National Park, Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park, Golden Monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, extensive game viewing experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park with possibilities of viewing tree climbing lions along with other wild game.

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Day 1 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Drive to Fort Portal Area, visit Amabere g’Nyinamwiru caves, adventure hike the Fort Portal crater Area and connect to Kibale National Park

Day 2 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Do a whole day Chimpanzee Habituation & drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 3 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Undertake game drive in the morning in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kazinga Channel boat cruise in the afternoon & Channel track evening game drive

Day 4 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Undertake an en route game drive in Ishasha sector to explore tree climbing lions

Day 5 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Undertake Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & drive to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Day 6 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Undertake Golden Monkey tracking in Mgahinga National Park & drive to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda

Day 7 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Undertake Mountain Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park & drive to Lake Kivu Gisenyi

Day 8 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Transfer to Kahuzi Biega National Park in Congo via the Cyangungu border

Day 9 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Undertake Eastern Lowland gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park

Day 10 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Transfer to Kigali to mark the end of the tour

Day 1 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Drive to Fort Portal Area, visit Amabere g’Nyinamwiru caves, adventure hike the Fort Portal crater Area and connect to Kibale National Park

Embark on the drive to Fort Portal Area 300km approximately 5 hours drive from Kampala after breakfast at your place of stay. You enjoy the views of the countryside marked by unique features like Mubende Inselbergs, Lake Wamara and the lush tea estates near Fort Portal. You arrive in Fort Portal town for lunch after which you connect to Amabere g’Nnyinamwiru caves where the breast-like features are believed to be breasts of Nnyinamwiru a daughter of Bukuku – the self enthroned King of the Bachwezi who is noted to have denied the daughter to breastfeed her son as he had been foretold that the grandson would take over his throne. The seasonal Nyakasura River flows over the caves forming beautiful falls and sightseeing experience. From the caves, you embark on the hike to the Crater field enjoying the views of the explosion hollows and lakes not forgetting the Rwenzori Mountains at a distance. Hiking the Kyeganywa Hill is also thrilling. Retreat from the activity & connect to Kibale National Park for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Primate Lodge – Luxury Cottages

Midrange / Standard: Kibale Forest Camp – Safari Tents

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 2 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Do a whole day Chimpanzee Habituation & drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

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Congregate at Kibale’s Kanyanchu Tourism Center at 6am to catch up with others and eventual set off to the forest at 6:30am for a whole day Chimpanzee Habituation experience. You have the opportunity to catch up with the chimpanzees as they set out from their nests and spend a great deal of time with them as they forage, munch fruit, hunt, copulate, patrol, make pant hoot calls along with other exciting behaviors. You break from the Habituation experience at 4pm and set off for the 3 hours transfer 157km to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The en route scenic views of Rwenzori Mountains are also rewarding.

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 3 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Undertake game drive in the morning in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kazinga Channel boat cruise in the afternoon & Channel track evening game drive

You start off the early morning game drive at 7am in the Kasenyi sector gaining likely chances of viewing Lions, Buffalos, Elephants, Deffassa Waterbuck, Side-striped jackal, Leopard, Warthogs, Uganda Kobs, Topis, Oribis, Spotted Hyenas among others. The game viewing activity in your 4 x 4 Safari Van / Land cruiser with a pop up roof takes around 3 – 4 hours after which you connect to Mweya peninsular for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, you assemble at Mweya jetty for 2pm boat cruise along the 45km long Kazinga Channel that adjoins Lakes George and Edward. The ride takes 2 hours and offers likely views of Nile crocodiles, Hippos, birds like Africa skimmers, Great Cormorants among others. The drive along the channel track offers late evening game viewing experience.

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 4 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Undertake an en route game drive in Ishasha sector to explore tree climbing lions

Following breakfast, connect to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with an en route Ishasha sector game drive in quest for the tree climbing lions. The lions in this part of the world tend to climb trees in the mid morning sun and a drive through the area offers their likely views as they rest on the branches of the fig trees. The sights of other wild game like Elephants, Deffasa Water bucks, Topis and Uganda Kobs among others may not be missed. Proceed to the northern sector of the park for relaxation and overnight

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 5 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Undertake Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & drive to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has a minimum of 400 Mountain Gorillas making Uganda the country with the largest Mountain Gorilla population in the world. Gorilla trekking starts at 8am from the respective gorilla trekking region with briefing by the Park rangers after which you head to the mist in quest of these world’s critically endangered Apes. The walk takes you through the hilly forested landscapes, traversing the narrow valleys, slippery slopes and dense forest tracts before getting in contact with the Gorillas. The one hour of direct viewing generates lasting impression as you view them forage, young ones play and the Silverback administering. The unlimited picturesque opportunities are available for your advantage. From the activity which takes 2 – 8 hours, you drive to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park enjoying the beautiful views of Kigezi Highlands and the overlooking Virunga Volcanoes. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Mount Gahinga Lodge

Midrange / Budget: Travellers Rest Kisoro

Day 6 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Undertake Golden Monkey tracking in Mgahinga National Park & drive to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda

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Golden Monkeys are among the unique species of Primates considered to the endangered world over and known to only survive in the Virunga massif. Mgahinga National Park features a habituated troop of Golden Monkeys on the slopes of Mount Gahinga making Golden Monkey tracking possible. The activity commences Ntebeko Visitor Centre at 8am traversing the beautiful landscapes of the park with sights of lush flora before approaching the Species. The direct viewing is limited to one hour for purposes of Conservation but the entire trek can last around 4 hours. From the activity, you settle for lunch in Kisoro and then connect on the drive to Rwanda crossing at Chanica border post amidst the fascinating views of the Virunga massif

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Day 7 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Undertake Mountain Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park & drive to Lake Kivu Gisenyi

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Tracking Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park presents another experience with the Gorillas but in a varying habitat generating a different tracking experience. Volcanoes features relatively short vegetation compared to Bwindi which in turn offers a relatively open Gorilla viewing encounter. The trek itself is not so demanding compared to that of Bwindi and can at times be short since the gorilla groups tend to dwell at the lower layers of the Mountains. The trekking commences at 8am with briefing but an earlier arrival offers an encounter with the traditional Kinyarwanda performance while sipping a cup of Rwandan coffee. Ten Habituated gorilla groups are always available for tracking daily each taking 8 people. From Volcanoes, you drive to Gisenyi Lake Kivu for afternoon beach relaxation with options of swimming and sun bathing before retiring for overnight

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Lake Kivu Serena Resort

Midrange / Budget: Paladis Malahide

Day 8 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Transfer to Kahuzi Biega National Park in Congo via the Cyangungu border

Following breakfast, you set off on the drive to Bukavu – the South Kivu Province in Democratic Republic of Congo enjoying the en route views of Lake Kivu and the Congo Nile divide trail. Cross the border post at Cyangungu and spend the evening in Bukavu where the Kahuzi Biega National Park is positioned.

Accommodation

Luxury / Midrange: Orchid Safari Lodge

Budget: Hotel Horizon

Day 9 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Undertake Eastern Lowland gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park

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Following breakfast, set off for an adventurous hike in the equatorial jungle of Kahuzi-Biega National Park looking for Eastern Lowland Gorillas – one of the mighty Great Apes. Varying from the Mountain Gorillas, the Eastern lowland gorillas are relatively larger in size and like to thrive in bigger groups. The trek to the Eastern lowland gorillas normally lasts 1 – 4 hours. In the afternoon, you take a sightseeing experience around Tshibati falls. Retire for relaxation and overnight

Accommodation

Luxury / Midrange: Orchid Safari Lodge

Budget: Hotel Horizon

Day 10 of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo: Transfer to Kigali to mark the end of the tour

Set off on the drive back to Kigali City after breakfast passing through the lush forested landscapes of Nyungwe Forest National Park making a stop in Butare to visit the National Museum of Rwanda with 100,000 artefacts detailing the history and heritage of Rwanda. Another stop can be made at Nyanza Palace – the former headquarters of the Rwandan monarchy and home to the two former Kings of Rwandan namely Musinga and his successor Rudahigwa. Proceed on the drive to Kigali to mark the end of the safari. End of the 10 Days Primate Safari in Uganda Rwanda Congo

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