10 day Uganda Rwanda combo focus on Chimp habituation, bigodi swamp walk an amazing nature walk, Lions Tracking in queen elizabeth, tree climbing lions in isasha sector, the amazing gorilla experience, bisoke hike or diane fossy trail in rwanda the hiker’s choice crown your Gorilla safari Africa with getting Up close with the golden monkeys in the volcanoes national park in Rwanda
Day 1: Journey to Kibale National park
Our driver guide will pick you from your hotel/lodge in Kampala/ Entebbe or your place of residence to start a five hour journey to west of Uganda passing through big towns of Mityana and Mubende before reaching Fort portal. This town is known as the cleanest town in Uganda and it is ever green. Surrounded by big tea plantations and estates presents a good photographic opportunities.
We continue to check in at our lodge before having hot lunch. A relaxing afternoon and evening though we have room for many optional activities.
Day 2: Chimp habituation in Kibale National park
After breakfast you report at the Kanyanchu Visitor Center at 07.45am for group allocation and briefing on the Do’s and Don’ts of Chimpanzee tracking. Kibale Forest National Park has a variety of primates. 13 species have been recorded, including; L’Hoest’s monkey, the black and white colobus, red tailed monkey, coppery tailed monkey, Uganda mangabey, among others.Chimpanzee trekking is the main focus here. The trek takes an average of 4 hours, and on this trek, other Primates and some rare Bird species (325) plus butterflies can be seen.After spending an hour with our closes cousins, you will return to the lodge for hot lunch.
In the afternoon, we visit Bigodi Wetland sanctuary for a community Nature walk where you are to see many birds and 4-5 monkey species.
Day 3: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early in the morning, we depart for Queen Elizabeth national park, driving through big banana plantations, maize, cotton and sunflowers on season, this is so, because of the volcanic soils which are eroded from mountain Ruwenzori’s and also the land is generally flat enabling mechanization.
We drive on the foothills of mountain Rwenzori and through the copper mining town of kasese. On arrival in Queen Elizabeth national park, we checkin and have Lunch at the Bush lodge. In the Evening, we do an evening game drive through Queen elizabeth national park.
Day 4: Game Drive and boat ride along the Kazinga channel
We drive off for an early morning game drive with parked breakfast, aiming for the big cats which are more active in the morning such as; Lions, Leopards, Hyenas, Elephants, Buffalos, Antelopes and different bird species through Kasenyi. Kasenyi tracks in Queen Elizabeth presents the best region for game viewing because of the open grounds which attracts big game. After the game drive, we head back to the lodge for lunch.
Day 5: Game drive in Ishasha sector
After sunrise experience and breakfast, we drive to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park (ISHASHA). It’s the most remote part and less visited though very rich game. This is the home of the Tree climbing lions.Other gaming potentials include the rare Leopard, Hyenas, Giant forest hogs, Topi, big herds of Uganda Kob. We then drive through maramagambo forest which presents opportunities of seeing some primates such as Baboons, Red tailed colobus, Black and White colobus, L’hoest’s monkey, among others.
Day 6: Morning Game drive and onwards to Bwindi
We set out for morning game driving to catch some moments that might have transpired in the dark by visiting the mating grounds, cats hunting and hyenas going back to their dens to sleep.We return to the lodge for breakfast before transferring to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for Mountain Gorilla trekking.
Day 7: Gorilla trekking Experience
The 7th day of our Uganda Rwanda tour is the day for Gorilla trekking. In the morning, after breakfast, we assemble at the visitor centre for briefing and grouping our selves before being guided in the forest by the park ranger guide and armed escorts. Trekking can be physical but interesting, and the different vegetation in the forest and atmosphere is very rewarding, It might be long or short depending on their location, but seeing the peaceful giants brings joy and excitement in your heart.
We then spend an hour with the Gentle giants and enjoy the breath taking hour before returning back to the lodge.
Day 8: Transfer to Rwanda
We checkout and then start on the journey south to Rwanda. The drive to the south in very interesting because of the beautiful panoramic views along the way.
We can see women attending to their farms either on steep slopes or down in the valleys, men cutting timber with bow saws, beautiful sceneries of lakes with several islands, volcanic mountains boarding Uganda, Rwanda and DRC.
We arrive at the lodge in Rwanda and then have Lunch and a relax in the afternoon. In the evening, we have an option of visiting the local community or the cultural village.
Day 9 : Bisoke Crater Lake Hike (3711m)/ Diane Fossey Trail
Have early breakfast, take packed lunch and drinking water and transfer to the park headquarters in Kinigi by 7.00am. Register for the activity and meet the ranger for the pre-trek briefing after which you transfer to the trailhead of the hike situated just outside the park. Porters to carry your backpack are available for hire at USD 10. Hiking sticks are provided free of charge and trek starts. trekking-rwandaMt. Bisoke, 3711m, is of one the 5 Virunga Mountains in Volcanoes National Park. It lies on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, though the summit lies within Rwanda. The volcano is popular for the big Crater Lake at the summit hence the local “Bisoke” which translates to “Soaked with water”. mt bisoke crater lakeThe trek starts at an altitude of 2700m and goes through different layers of vegetation, ranging from bamboo, hagenia-hypericum (2800m – 3200m), to Senecio – Lobelia bush at the top. Enjoy magnificent views along the hike, and encounter a plethora of rare and unique wildlife, ranging from trees, shrubs, orchids, birds, Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkeys, birds. The trek is categorized medium to tough hence good fitness preparation is paramount for better enjoyment. In total the hike is 6 hours, 4 going up and 2 coming down. Return to meet the driver at the trailhead and transfer to the hotel.
Day 10: Golden Monkey trekking in volcanoes national park
Gorilla tracking in volcanoes national park. We drive to the park headquarters for briefing and gorilla group a location, here you enjoy tea or coffee as your guide works with registration and group. A traditional performance entertainment is good to jump start your Golden monkey adventure. We then drive to the trekking starting point. Trekking here is however said to be easier than the first one. Instead of Mountain Gorillas, this time around you will go for Golden monkey trekking. Upon finding these playful monkeys, you will spend 1 hour with them before trekking out of the forest.
End of Rwanda Gorilla Safari