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17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari

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17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari is a comprehensive safari package that features a great deal of primate tracking including Mountain Gorillas, Eastern Lowland Gorillas and Common Chimpanzees, extensive wild game viewing in Uganda savannah parks of Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth with the possibility of viewing the Big five, Adventure Mountaineering encounter  in Rwenzori Mountains, Sabyinyo and Nyiragongo Volcanoes and eventually recreation and romance at Lake Bunyonyi and Idwiji Island in Lake Kivu. The Safari commences in Kampala Uganda and ends in Kigali Rwanda.

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Day 1 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park & explore Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route tracking the Southern White Rhinos

Day 2 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Northern section Morning game drive, Nile launch cruise to the bottom of the falls in the afternoon and top of Murchison Falls hike

Day 3 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Drive to Kibale National Park enjoying the views of the lush countryside. Evening at leisure

Day 4 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Undertake Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park & connect to Kasese

Day 5 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Rwenzori Mountain hike exploring the highest Mountain range in Africa and the third highest Mountain on a similar scale

Day 6 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Undertake morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kazinga Channel boat ride in the afternoon & evening game drive along the Channel track

Day 7 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Ishasha sector game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions and other wildlife

Day 8 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & connect to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation

Day 9 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Morning at leisure with a boat ride / canoe paddle at Lake Bunyonyi – the lake of a thousand Islands and drive to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Day 10 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Whole day Sabyinyo Volcano climbing

Day 11 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Morning chill at the lodge and drive to Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda

Day 12 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Undertake Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park & connect to Gisenyi beach recreational experience in the afternoon

Day 13 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Do an adventure hike to Nyiragongo Volcano – the world’s largest and most violent lava lake

Day 14 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Descend from Nyiragongo Volcano and transfer to Idwji Island for relaxation

Day 15 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Morning Island encounter & transfer to Bukavu – Kahuzi Biega National Park

Day 16 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Undertake Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking & Tshibati Falls tour

Day 17 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Transfer to Kigali. Explore the National Museum of Rwanda en route in Butare

Day 1 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park & explore Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route tracking the Southern White Rhinos

The departure in Kampala is at 6:30am after breakfast enjoying the scenic landscapes of central Uganda including the flat stretches of Nakasongora which has the most flat road section in the whole of Uganda. You branch off at Nakitoma driving 7km to the Ziwa Sanctuary headquarters for briefing and setting off for the Rhino trek. The sanctuary is the only home of the Rhino population in Uganda following their re-introduction in 2005 under the breed and re-stock programme. This marks the beginning of the Big five exploration. Retreat from the activity and settle lunch at Kabalega dinner before proceeding to Murchison Falls National Park.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge / Bakers Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge

Budget / Basic: Heritage Safari Lodge

Day 2 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Northern section Morning game drive, Nile launch cruise to the bottom of the falls in the afternoon and top of Murchison Falls hike

The game drive commences at 7am in the northern section of Murchison Falls National Park exploring the magical landscapes of this area dotted with a great count of wild game including; Elephants, Rothschild Giraffes, Buffalos, Lions, Leopards, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Uganda Kob and the Oribis. The activity tends to last 3 – 4 hours after which you get back to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. Gather at Paraa jetty in the afternoon for a Nile launch cruise departing at 2pm for a 3 hour ride to the bottom of the falls. The cruise offers possibilities of viewing Nile crocodiles, Shoebill stork, the Hippos along with the wild game drinking on the riverside like Rothschild Giraffes, Elephants, Waterbucks, Buffalos, Uganda Kobs among others. Upon reaching the bottom of the falls, you embark on the hike to the top of the World’s powerful waterfall. The challenging hike brings along the magical sights and sounds of the Nile where it squeezes itself to pass through a less than 7m gorge before dropping 43m below the Devil’s Cauldron deriving a plume spray marked with a trademark rainbow. You join the driver and the vehicle on the top of the falls to transfer back to the lodge

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge / Bakers Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge

Budget / Basic: Heritage Safari Lodge

Day 3 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Drive to Kibale National Park enjoying the views of the lush countryside. Evening at leisure

Following breakfast, set off from Murchison Falls National Park to Kibale Forest National Park. It’s a long drive but offers remarkable views of the countryside landscape with a lunch stop at Hoima town. The local settlements and physical features make the journey rewarding.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Primate Lodge – Luxury Cottages

Midrange / Standard: Kibale Forest Camp – Safari Tent

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 4 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Undertake Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park & connect to Kasese

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. In the afternoon, you drive for to Kasese enjoying sightseeing en route for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Equator Snow Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp

Day 5 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Rwenzori Mountain hike exploring the highest Mountain range in Africa and the third highest Mountain on a similar scale

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Gather at Nyakalengija Ranger station where you get in touch with Uganda Wildlife Authority Park rangers to set off for the day hike on the legendary Rwenzori Mountains. You trek through the foothills and lower ridges of Africa’s third highest Mountain and the tallest Mountain range since the other two are free standing. Mount Rwenzori is very remarkable to explore as it rises to 5,109m above sea level with snow capped peaks despite its closeness to the Equator. The hike offers impressive views of the Mountain, the rift valley flats and lakes below not forgetting Kasese town. Retreat at around 5pm and connect to Queen Elizabeth National Park for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 6 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Undertake morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kazinga Channel boat ride in the afternoon & 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

Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 7 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Ishasha sector game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions and other wildlife

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

Upmarket / Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 8 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & connect to Lake Bunyonyi for 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 9 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Morning at leisure with a boat ride / canoe paddle at Lake Bunyonyi – the lake of a thousand Islands and drive to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

The morning is spent at leisure exploring the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi marked with 29 Islands. You can opt for a boat ride or a canoe paddle on the lake or resolve to keep at the lodge relaxing. In the afternoon, you embark on the drive to Mgahinga enjoying the fascinating sceneries along Kabale – Kisoro road with great picturesque opportunities. Retire for dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gahinga Lodge

Midrange / Budget: Travellers’ Rest Kisoro

Day 10 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Undertake a whole day Sabyinyo Volcano climbing

Connect to Ntebeko visitor centre at 8am where you will team up with the Uganda Wildlife Authority Park rangers and set off for the day hike to Sabyinyo Volcano rising to 3,669m above sea level. The Mountain is one of the eight Volcanoes that form the Virunga massif forming one of the greatest scenic sights that the world has ever had. Hiking Sabyinyo lasts around eight hours for the round trip. The summit is marked by rugged peaks that have formed the background for its naming as the Old man’s teeth. The lush swamp crater on top is also exciting to explore. Retire for relaxation and overnight

Accommodation

Up market Luxury: Mount Gahinga Lodge

Midrange / Budget: Travellers’ Rest Kisoro

Day 11 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Morning chill at the lodge and drive to Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda

You have a free morning allowing you to chill at the lodge at the back yard of the Volcanoes after which you cross via Chanica border post to Rwanda enjoying the views of Virunga massif. Settle for relaxation and overnight in Volcanoes National Park

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge / Virunga Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Day 12 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Undertake Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park & connect to Gisenyi beach recreational experience in the afternoon

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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 110km about 2 hours 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 13 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Do an adventure hike to Nyiragongo Volcano – the world’s largest and most violent lava lake

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 14 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Descend from Nyiragongo Volcano and transfer to Idwji Island for relaxation

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 from which you drive to Lake Kivu shores and connect by boat to Idwji by boat. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the Island.

Accommodation: Congoman Hotel

Day 15 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Morning Island encounter & transfer to Bukavu – Kahuzi Biega National Park

Take a tour around Idjwi Island in Lake Kivu which is the largest lake in Rwanda shared by Congo as well and one of the Africa’s Great Lakes. The tour allows you explore the plantations of Pineapples and Quinquinas along with the King’s Museum and the Island Community. From the Island, you connect to Bukavu in the South Kivu Province to prepare for the Eastern lowland Gorilla Trekking the following day.

Accommodation

Luxury / Midrange: Orchid Safari Lodge

Budget: Hotel Horizon

Day 16 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Undertake Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking & Tshibati Falls tour

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Embark on the Eastern lowland Gorilla Trekking encounter in one of the world’s re-known lowland gorilla sanctuaries – Kahuzi Biega National Park. You traverse the dense equatorial jungle of Congo which is only second to Amazon on world scale in search of the Great Ape sub species. The Eastern Lowland Gorillas are considerably larger in size by appearance and thrive in larger groups compared to the Mountain Gorillas. The trek to the Eastern Lowland Gorillas normally lasts 2 – 4 hours with one hour of direct viewing. You retreat from the activity and tour the Tshibati Falls for sightseeing.

Accommodation

Luxury / Midrange: Orchid Safari Lodge

Budget: Hotel Horizon

Day 17 of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari: Transfer to Kigali. Explore the National Museum of Rwanda en route in Butare

Following breakfast, you set off on the drive back to Kigali exploring the amazing forested landscapes of Nyungwe – the home to 13 primate species including Chimpanzees and Black and White Colobus Monkeys. A stop will be made in Butare to visit the National Museum of Rwanda with over 100,000 artefacts making it one of the largest museums in East Africa. Settle for lunch after which you proceed to Kigali to mark the end of the tour.

End of the 17 Days Uganda, Rwanda Congo Combined Safari

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