13-Day Explore Uganda & Rwanda Safari - 13 Days

Tour Uganda “the pearl of Africa” and Rwanda “the land of a thousand hills” during this safari. A combination of savanna parks and jungles lets you see the best of what these two countries have to offer. Including game-drives and boat-cruises to spot lions, elephants, buffaloes and more in Murchison Falls NP and Queen Elizabeth NP and a trek to meet rhinos at Ziwa rhino sanctuary before we focus on primates with treks in the jungles to see gorillas, chimpanzees and golden monkeys.

  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1
Arrival to Uganda

Arrival at Entebbe airport for the Explore Uganda & Rwanda safari. We meet our tour guide and make the journey to Kampala getting a first taste of Uganda along the way. Get to the guest home in Kampala to relax after the flight and be ready for the adventure starting the next day.

Main Destination:

Kampala (Uganda)

Accommodation:

Mamaland Guesthome

• Budget guest house located in or near Kampala

Meals & Drinks:

• Dinner (Breakfast & lunch not included)

• Drinks not included

Day 2
Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino and top of the falls

Leave Kampala in the morning to head to Murchison Falls national park. Along the way we make a stop at Ziwa rhino sanctuary where they are working to reintroduce rhinos to Uganda. Here you go for a trek to meet these impressive animals. You then continue on having lunch along the way and drive on to Murchison Falls NP for a visit to the top of the falls. This is a magnificent classic highlight as an explosive dash of water at close range gushes through a narrow crevice. After this we drive on to the lodge just outside the park.

Main Destination:

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (Uganda)

Accommodation:

Twiga Tales Lodge

• Budget lodge located in or near Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 3
Game drive and boat-cruise in Murchison Falls NP

In the early morning we set off for a game-drive in the park. You have the chance of seeing Big cats hunting, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos, plus more as the checklist of mammals reaches 76. We continue browsing the Drive circuits to the Delta point for a cocktail of Birds and mammals. Enjoy a relaxed lunch and then go for a 3 hour boat ride on the river Nile to the base of the falls where you get to see the Hippos (You have never seen more hippos yawning, Grooming in there Pods anywhere else than here- Believe me you)! Nile Crocodiles, Elephants and a variety of beautiful bird species along the banks. If you are a keen birder this might be your magnet to catch them. This is a grand start to your visit in this Great Animal home!

Main Destination:

Murchison Falls National Park (Uganda)

Best Time to Visit December to February (Easier to spot animals)

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)

Wildlife in Murchison Falls NP – See all animals

ChimpanzeeOccasional

ElephantCommon

GiraffeCommon

HippoAbundant

BuffaloCommon

LionOccasional

Accommodation:

Twiga Tales Lodge

• Budget lodge located just outside Murchison Falls NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 4
Transfer to the Kibale Forest environs

After breakfast transfer towards the environs of Kibale Forest. It’s a long drive, so be prepared to relax in the car. A punctuation of stopovers at sceneries like the Rift valley escarpment on Lake Albert if the day is clear with the Congo mountains in view - typical African village setup in the far countryside and tea plantations along the drive offer us chances of stretching. We check in late afternoon at the lodge bordering Kibale Forest in an area with an amazing display of primates. A night in this forest gives you the calls from the nocturnal life plus famous Frog concerts in this forest area revealing a true pristine Africa.

Main Destination:

Kibale National Park (Uganda)

Best Time to Visit December to February and June to July

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June to July and December to February (Least rain)

Wildlife in Kibale NP – See all animals

ChimpanzeeCommon

ElephantOccasional

HippoRare

BuffaloOccasional

LionRare to none

LeopardVery Rare

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Accommodation:

Isunga Lodge

• Budget lodge bordering Kibale NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 5
Transfer through the crater lakes area to Queen Elizabeth NP & boat-cruise on Kazinga channel

We leave the lodge after breakfast and drive through the crater lakes region with beautiful scenery and chance of seeing primates like black and white colobus and red tailed monkey along the way. Our target is Queen Elizabeth NP and the afternoon boat-cruise on Kazinga channel.

This natural channel connects Lake George - Lake Edward. Here you can see Hippopotamuses yawning, Nile Crocodile gaping along the Banks, Savannah version of Pigs the Warthog, impressive elephants and more. After the boat we continue on to the lodge for dinner and a relaxed evening.

Main Destination:

Queen Elizabeth National Park (Uganda)

Best Time to Visit January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)

Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth NP – See all animals

ChimpanzeeOccasional

ElephantCommon

HippoAbundant

BuffaloCommon

LionCommon

LeopardOccasional

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Accommodation:

Pumba Safari Cottages

• Budget lodge bordering Queen Elizabeth NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 6
Game-drive in Ishasha and transfer to Kisoro by Mgahinga NP

After breakfast we leave the lodge and head towards Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park. Ishasha is known for its tree-climbing lions, one of two places in Africa where the lions have the habit of regularly climbing trees to rest. We drive along the tracks seeing buffaloes, topis and hopefully the lions in the fig-trees. After the morning game-drive we continue the journey to Kisoro, drive through the bamboo area via the echuya forest with the Golden scenery of the Volcanoes at eye level in view as we drive down the meandering road to Kisoro volcanic stone town!

Main Destination:

Ishasha Sector (Uganda)

Accommodation:

Mucha Hotel

• Budget hotel located in or near Ishasha

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 7
Gorilla trekking day- Mgahinga National Park

In the morning we drive to the gorilla trekking starting point where your adventure will begin. You are lead into the forest in a group with a specialized guide and make a trek to the point where the gorillas are. Then you get to spend one unforgettable hour with the gorilla family. After the trek we set off for our target destination Rwanda, the second country in the Uganda & Rwanda safari. Drive out to cross the relaxed border post and continue on through a beautiful landscape in Rwanda to reach the town of Ruhengeri where we spend the night.

Main Destination:

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Uganda)

Best Time to Visit June to August and December to January

High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)

Best Weather Jun to Aug and Dec to Jan (Less rainfall)

Wildlife in Mgahinga Gorilla NP – See all animals

GorillaCommon

ChimpanzeeNone

White RhinoNone

Black RhinoNone

LionNone

LeopardRare

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Accommodation:

Muhabura Hotel

• Budget hotel

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 8
Golden Monkey trekking in Volcanoes national park

This morning you set off to meet the golden monkeys. Your guide takes you to the starting point and you set off with a specialized guide for the trek. You’ll experience beautiful nature and get a great experience of primates After the trek you can enjoy a relaxed afternoon.

Main Destination:

Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda)

Accommodation:

Muhabura Hotel

• Budget hotel located outside Volcanoes NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 9
Transfer to Lake Kivu and relaxed afternoon

After breakfast we leave Ruhengeri and make the short journey to Lake Kivu. The target is to be by the lake for lunch and then you can enjoy a free afternoon relaxing in the beautiful surroundings at Lake Kivu. Possible to go for a boat-ride or just relax with a book (no activities included in the price).

Main Destination:

Lake Kivu (Rwanda)

Accommodation:

Paradise Malahide

• Budget hotel located in or near Lake Kivu

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 10
Transfer Nyungwe forest national park

We continue exploring Rwanda and this day the target is to transfer to Nyungwe Forest. Enjoy the landscape passing by the windows and take in the Rwandan countryside. In the afternoon we check in at the guesthouse close to Nyungwe forest and enjoy the evening.

Main Destination:

Nyungwe Forest National Park (Rwanda)

Accommodation:

Gisakura Guesthouse

• Budget guest house located just outside Nyungwe Forest NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 11
Chimps trekking in Nyungwe forest national park

This morning you head into Nyungwe forest to meet our close cousins the chimpanzees. Go with a specialized guide and trek the chimpanzees. Hopefully you get a good sighting and wonderful experience of the jungle. After the trek we head back to the guesthouse.

Main Destination:

Nyungwe Forest National Park (Rwanda)

Accommodation:

Gisakura Guesthouse

• Budget guest house located just outside Nyungwe Forest NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 12
Transfer to Kigali

We start our journey in the morning with Rwanda's capital Kigali as our target destination. Ones again we get to experience the countryside and scenic landscapes along the way. We expect to arrive in the city during the afternoon and check in at the hotel.

Main Destination:

Kigali (Rwanda)

Accommodation:

Step Town Motel

• Budget hotel located in or near Kigali

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 13
Kigali city tour (depending on flight time) and flight day

Have a city tour of Kigali (depending on your flight time) including the genocide war memorial and traditions and culture of Rwanda in the crafts villages. Your guide will be throwing light on this former French –Belgium colony on how the apocalypse started and how it ended. We have now reached the end of the Uganda & Rwanda highlights safari. Transfer to airport depending on flight time.

Main Destination:

Kigali (Rwanda)

Accommodation:

No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

• Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)

• Drinks not included

Included

  • • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • • Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • • Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • • A professional driver/guide
  • • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • • All Taxes/VAT
  • • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • • International flights (From/to home)
  • • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • • Drinks

Solo 1 room 2 people 1 room 3 people 2 rooms 4 people 2 rooms 5 people 3 rooms 6 people 3 rooms 7+ people
Jan 1, ’18 – Dec 31, ’18 n/a* $3,300 $2,950 $2,850 $2,550 $2,450 Get Quote
Jan 1, ’19 – Dec 31, ’19 n/a* $3,300 $2,950 $2,850 $2,550 $2,450 Get Quote

  • This tour is not available to solo travelers.
  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • This tour must be paid in US Dollars (USD).

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Price From USD $ 1,400/person
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Total $ 1,400 USD