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11 Days Epic Rwanda Uganda Combined Adventure Safari

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Package Description

The 11 days safari will greatly immerse you to the jungles of both Uganda and Rwandan parks. You will be able to visit two parks in both countries known for their unique primates. This will be life time safari to remember as you share the same environment with the giant gorillas and chimpanzees. You will as well be able to explore both countries and their attractions.

Highlights
  • This tour is offered by Ongeri Expeditions.
  • This operator reserves the right to change rates advertised.
  • If an accommodation is fully booked, the operator will suggest a comparable alternative.
  • The exact order.
Details Itinerary

Welcome to Rwanda! Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport (KGL)you will be met by our company representative, who will greet and transfer to your hotel for refreshment, pre-safari briefing, dinner and overnight.

You will be invited to a special welcome dinner at the hotel where you will have a chance to get to know each other better as you enjoy your first night in Africa. 

After dinner, your butler will then show you to your rooms where you will spend the night.

Meals plan: Diner

After breakfast, you get to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial which is the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide as well as other genocides in the world. A visit to the Rwanda Art Museum also known as the former presidential palace gives you an insight of the life of the then president of Rwanda, whose plane when shot down in 1994, sparked off the Rwanda Genocide. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

Later depart Rwanda on a scenic drive through thousands of hills, coffee, tea and banana plantations to the border post foothills of the Mt. volcanoes and into the beautiful Pearl of Africa – Uganda. You will see a great country-side of bamboo forest and have great views of landscape.

In the late afternoon, check into your lodge for relaxation and prepare for your big day the next day.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Diner

Today is the big day. Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. You will be required to wake up early in the morning then be led to the visitor’s reception center for a briefing about the park. You are allocated guides before heading into the forest in search of Mountain Gorillas.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts of both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammals, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.

The Gorillas you will track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the Gorillas’ habitat. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous Gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. The time taken to track the Gorillas can take as little as 2 hours or more.

Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Diner 

After breakfast, you will get to do the ‘Batwa’ (pygmies) Cultural Trail. Doing this trail will enable you interact and learn about the interesting lifestyle of Uganda’s unique pygmies. The Batwa pygmies were originally the traditional inhabitants of Bwindi forest that’s currently occupied by the National park. The trail exposes you to the in depth hidden history of the Batwa pygmies before the year 1990 when they evacuated the forest area that had become protected and conserved as a National park.

The Batwa Trail is unique in a way that it show-cases authentic culture of the original inhabitants of Bwindi forest who’s lives mainly depended on the natural habitat. While exploring the trail, you experience the naturally endowed forest through a rare view point of the local people. The experience comes along with different unique demonstrations on how the pygmies used to extract local herbs that were used for healing different diseases, traditional ways of fetching water using locally made bamboo mugs and construction of grass huts.

After your cultural adventure with the pygmies, you transfer to the beautiful Ishasha plains which are part of Queen Elizabeth National Park - the oldest & second largest National Park in Uganda, located at the base of the massive Rwenzori Mountains, adjacent to lakes Edward& George. The park is covered by Savannah plains that provide an abundance of Game viewing like; Elephants that trumpet when you get too close, lazy Leopards laying in the sun, abundant Gazelle and buck, Lions, Buffaloes, Hippos and others.

In the late afternoon, transfer to your accommodation for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Diner

After breakfast, you’ll indulge in a morning and evening game drive in time to see the sun rise and see the sun set over the horizon respectively.

If you’re lucky, a game drive through the open savannah of Acacia on the edge of the Albertine Rift valley will enable you view ‘Tree climbing Lions’ and other wild animalsYou will search for all the wildlife in the park including; Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Uganda Kob, Warthog, etc. After head for a transfer to Queen Elisabeth NP for Kazinga Channel for a boat cruise to view the water dwelling birds and animals such as the pied kingfisher, African fish eagle, herons, darters to mention but a few and see animals such as buffalos, crocodiles, monitor lizards, elephants wallowing at the mad and much more. After boat cruise, you will proceed for a short game drive as you find your way back to lodge for dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Diner

After early morning breakfast, you will head off, for a game drive in search of the early raisers where you have great chance to spot more wildlife before you depart Queen Elizabeth N.P heading to Kibale Forest National Park; you will drive through a scenic lush green countryside. On arrival at Kibale forest; you will enter a completely different world… some serious monkey business. The forest is home to at least 12 Primate Species including: The Red-Tailed Monkey, Olive Baboon, Black and White Colobus plus Blue Monkeys. The bird life in the forest is also prolific and includes the beautiful Great Blue Turaco. If you are very lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the meandering herd of Forest Elephant.

In the late afternoon, transfer to your accommodation for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Diner

This morning at 08:00am, your Chimpanzee tracking excursion will commence. Kibale Forest boasts of the highest number of primate species in the world, including our delightful cousins- the Chimpanzees. At this moment, in Uganda, there are approximately 4,950 Chimps left in the wild, which makes this forest a perfect and best place to spot chimpanzees in Africa! During the excursion, your ranger will point out the other species living in the forest, including birds, flora and fauna.

In the afternoon you embark on a nature excursion. Your swamp walk (1- 2 hours) will take you through grassland and some beautiful scenery. It is usual to spot 3 or 4 different primate species during this walk through the highlight is catching a glimpse of the Great Blue Turaco bird!

In the late afternoon, return to your accommodation for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Diner

Bid farewell to Kibale N.P after breakfast and head out for the mighty Murchison Falls National Park - the largest national park and Uganda's flagship with exceptional wildlife. The meandering Victoria Nile and the dramatic Murchison Falls neatly bisecting Uganda's largest park, here you'd expect a wide range of animals and you'd be right. It's a stunning habitat for wildlife and it’s where to go in Uganda for classic big game species.

In the late afternoon, transfer to your accommodation for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Diner

After an early breakfast, you head out on an early game drive while the animals are the most active since it’s not yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. This is the best time to spot wild animals.

A drive through the park brings you eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds. They are all there in Murchison Falls National Park!

In the afternoon, a 3hour Boat Cruise along the Victoria Nile will lead you to the base of the Murchison Falls. Along the way, you will be able to view a wide variety of birds and wildlife; numerous hippos, elephants and crocodiles, as well as breathtaking scenery.

Optional Activity: Hot Air Balloon Safari: 380 dollars per person

Nothing on earth is quite like the powerful Murchison Falls. Flying over the largest protected area in a hot air balloon allows you the pleasure of experiencing her beauty and power first-hand. There is an astonishing range of activities from sunrise/post sunrise, hot air balloon safari with/without bush breakfast, Sunset hot air balloon safari, short rides for large groups and students and bird-eye view.

Experience the wildlife of Murchison Falls NP in a, unique way. Wake up early to catch the sunrise, as you silently fly over the plains of the Park. Admire the herds of buffaloes, elephants and enjoy the serene tranquility of the African bush…

You will take off early at dawn for a balloon flight that lasts for approximately 1 hour. Rise as the suns rises and float in whatever direction the winds of the morning take you. Fly higher than the trees and hills and enjoy the best of Uganda, with many great photo opportunities of the scenery and wildlife below.

After a smooth landing you can celebrate this amazing adventure with a glass of juice before returning to your lodge.

You will take off early at dawn for a balloon flight that lasts for approximately 1 hour. Rise as the suns rises and float in whatever direction the winds of the morning take you. Fly higher than the trees and hills and enjoy the best of Uganda, with many great photo opportunities of the scenery and wildlife below.

After a smooth landing you can celebrate this amazing adventure with a glass of juice before returning to your lodge.

Hot Air Balloon Flights schedule:

Sunrise: 5:00am — 9:30am (includes bush breakfast)
Sunset: 4:00pm — 6:30pm

In the late afternoon, return to your accommodation for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Diner

This morning at 7:00AM, a morning trip to the Lake Albert Delta is a must for any bird and wildlife enthusiast.  The Victoria Nile delta, a 20 km voyage downstream from Paraa, is home to rare wetland birds including shoebill and papyrus endemic species.

You will depart Murchison Falls National Park and head to Entebbe for refreshment and overnight as you relive your safari highlights.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Diner

Depending on the time of your departure flight, you can simply relax or explore the town of Entebbe before departing to the airport from where you’ll catch your departure flight home. Upon arrival at the airport, gather your luggage and proceed to your departure lounge to board your flight for your journey back to home.

Itinerary Inclusions & Excludes
Inclusions :
  • Meet And Greet Service At Kigali International Airport
  • Accommodation Inclusions As Per Itinerary
  • All Scheduled Charter Flights As Per Itinerary
  • All Scheduled Road Transfers
  • Selected Rwanda National Park Fees/Conservancy Fees
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance
  • Administration Fee
Excludes :
  • expenses of personal nature like: Covid test fees, Hot air balloon, Air fare, East Africa Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, personal shopping bills and cigars
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