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12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari

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12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari is an extended combined safari package featuring destinations of Kibale National Park for Chimpanzee trekking, Queen Elizabeth National Park for wild game viewing including four of the Big five except Rhinos and Kazinga Channel Boat cruise, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Lake Bunyonyi for recreation, Volcanoes National Park for second Mountain Gorilla trekking, Virunga National Park for Nyiragongo Climbing and Kigali for Gisozi genocide tour.   It is a blend of Primates, Wildlife sand Adventure.

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Day 1 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Arrive in Uganda – Entebbe International Airport & drive to the lodge

Day 2 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Fort Portal, visit the Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves, hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field & the famous Kyeganywa hill & then connect to Kibale National Park.

Day 3 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Undertake Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park with 13 Primate Species & afternoon Bigodi wetland walk

Day 4 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Tour Ruboni Community & Rwenzori Art Foundation en route & evening game drive upon arrival.

Day 5 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Game drive in Kasenyi Area, afternoon Kazinga Channel Boat cruise & evening game drive along the channel track

Day 6 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Ishasha sector game drive in quest of tree climbing lions

Day 7 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & connect to Lake Bunyonyi for an afternoon relaxation

Day 8 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Do a sun rise boat cruise and connect to Volcanoes National Park

Day 9 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Undertake Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park and transfer to Gisenyi for an afternoon relaxation on its sandy beaches. An optional boat cruise can be arranged

Day 10 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Connect to Congo’s Virunga National Park & undertake Nyiragongo Volcano hiking

Day 11 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Descend from Nyiragongo Mountain and connect back to Gisenyi

Day 12 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Kigali, visit the Gisozi genocide museum and depart

Day 1 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Arrive in Uganda – Entebbe International Airport & drive to the lodge

Your arrival at Entebbe International Park – the main gateway to Uganda is marked by expanse tropical water mass of Lake Victoria – the largest in Africa with a very soothing fresh environment. Our representative will be right there for meet and greet after which you connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Kampala Sheraton Hotel / Lake Victoria Serena Resort

Midrange / Standard: Cassia Lodge / Boma Hotel Entebbe

Budget / Basic: Airport Guesthouse / Banda Inns

Day 2 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Fort Portal, visit the Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves, hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field & the famous Kyeganywa hill & then 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 3 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Undertake Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park with 13 Primate Species & afternoon Bigodi wetland walk

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At 8am, you congregate at Kanyanchu Tourism Centre for briefing about Chimpanzee trekking encounter. The Uganda Wildlife Authority Park rangers guide you through the lush tropical forest noted to have survived the last ice age and thus with great biodiversity including 375 species of birds, 351 species of trees and 13 primate species. The Chimpanzee trekking experience lasts 2 – 5 hours but for conservation purposes the actual viewing is limited to one hour. The views of Chimpanzees as they forage, much fruit, copulate, patrol, jump from branch to branch and from tree to tree coupled with those of other forest offers like Black and White Colobus monkeys, Red Colobus Monkeys and birds combine to generate lasting experience. You undertake Bigodi wetland walk in the afternoon offering likely sights of Great Blue Turaco, lush vegetation and the swamp dwelling Sitatunga antelope. Retire 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 4 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Tour Ruboni Community en route & Rwenzori Art Foundation & evening game drive upon arrival

After a relaxed breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 157km about 2 – 3 hours. You branch off from the main road at Kasese and connect to Ruboni Community on the foot hills of Mount Rwenzori for an extensive community exploration which lasts about 3 hours. You learn about the traditions and way of life of the Bakonzo that have thrived in this area of over 300 years past. The view of the Rwenzori Mountains is also fascinating. Upon return from Ruboni, you visit the Rwenzori Art foundation to explore a range of sculptures on display and casting process its self since this is only bronze casting place in the whole of Africa. From here, you proceed on the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park and do an evening game drive before connecting to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 5 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Game drive in Kasenyi Area, afternoon Kazinga Channel Boat cruise & evening game drive along the channel track

You wake up for an early morning breakfast, and connect to the park to do game drive at 7am in the savannah stretches of Kasenyi lasting 3 – 4 hours gaining likely possibilities of viewing a range of wild game including; Elephants, Buffalos, Topis, Deffasa Waterbuck, Lions, Leopard, Uganda Kobs among others. The drive an open roof safari vehicle offers good touring and photographic opportunities. In the afternoon, you gather at the Mweya jetty for an afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel that connects Lake George and Lake Edward lasting 2 hours amidst amazing sights of Hippos, birds like Great Cormorants and African Skimmers not forgetting Nile crocodiles. The boat starts at 2pm and by 4pm, you are back. The evening is spent doing game drive along the channel track to explore more game as you connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 6 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Ishasha sector game drive in quest of 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 7 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & connect to Lake Bunyonyi for an afternoon relaxation

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 Lake Bunyonyi enjoying the fascinating view of Kigezi Highlands and spend the evening at leisure.

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort

Midrange / Budget: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort

Day 8 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Do a sun rise boat cruise and connect to Volcanoes National Park

Do a boat ride at the sun rise on the lake of a thousand Islands exploring its beauty where the calm waters are intercepted by series of Islands that number to 29 and surrounded the magnificent Kigezi Highlands. Retreat from the encounter, settle for breakfast and then embark on the transfer to Volcanoes National Park 120km about 3 hours drive passing through the most scenic road section in Uganda Kabale – Kisoro road. You settle for lunch in Kisoro, cross the border post at Chanica and spend the evening at leisure at the lodge.

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Day 9 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Undertake Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park and transfer to Gisenyi for an afternoon relaxation on its sandy beaches. An optional boat cruise can be arranged

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 10 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Connect to Congo’s Virunga National Park & undertake Nyiragongo Volcano hiking

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Connect to Goma very early in the morning before gathering at Kibati Patrol post to embark on the Nyiragongo Volcano Climbing commencing at 9am. Nyiragongo is one of the eight (8) Virunga Volcanoes and is gifted with the world’s largest lava lake that is also most violent on the similar scale. The Nyiragongo Trek offers remarkable views of the surroundings and lasts 4 – 6 hours to reach the summit 3470m. The overnight in the Mountain Shelter is available and night view of the lava lake is very amazing.

Accommodation: Mountain Shelter

Day 11 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Descend from Nyiragongo Mountain and connect back to Gisenyi

You descend down the Volcano enjoying the panoramic views of Lake Kivu, Goma and Gisenyi towns and the lush equatorial jungle of Democratic Republic of Congo which is only second to Amazon on world scale. Connect back to Kibati Patrol Post and get into your vehicle to drive back to Gisenyi and relax at the beach

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Lake Kivu Serena Resort

Midrange / Budget: Paladis Malahide

Day 12 of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Kigali, visit the Gisozi genocide museum and depart

You transfer from Gisenyi to Kigali 358km around 3 hours drive exploring the Rwandan hillsides. Upon arrival in Kigali, you tour the Gisozi genocide memorial a living testimony of the 1994 tragic ethnic conflict which left 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus dead. The museum features body remains, writings and audio presentation that will guide you in understanding the cause and effect of the conflict in detail.

End of the 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Safari

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