14-Day Uganda & Rwanda Primate Tour (Midrange Tour) - 14 Days

This is a combination of wildlife game viewing, primate trekking, and fascinating water safari experiences while visiting Uganda and Rwanda. We will help you plan a double gorilla trekking safari in Volcanoes National Park and another one in Bwindi Forest National Park before we bring you to encounter the playful chimps in Kibale Forest National Park. The safari continues north into the much loved Murchison Falls National Park where you brace yourself to witness the most powerful waterfall.

Day 1
Arrival and Transfer to Kigali for Overnight

Upon your arrival at Kigali international airport, you will be met by our guide and transferred to your overnight hotel in BB.

Accommodation options are the Flame Tree Village Hotel (midrange) (subject to room availability at time of booking). Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast.

Main Destination:

Kigali (Rwanda)

Accommodation:

Flame Tree Village Hotel

• Mid-range hotel located in or near Kigali

Meals & Drinks:

• Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2
Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Our tour guide will take you for a city excursion in and around Kigali so that you are oriented about this great country with a thousand hills. After the city tour, you will proceed to Virunga National Park located in the North of Ruhengeri via the dramatic and beautiful terraced hills showing a clear picture of the general landscape and altitude of Rwanda. Lunch will be en-route. Arrive at the park for dinner and overnight. Accommodation is at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

Main Destination:

Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda)

Accommodation:

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

• Mid-range cottage bordering Volcanoes NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3
Golden monkey trek (Optional activity)

In the early morning, have breakfast at the lodge and then drive through the Switzerland of Rwanda: Volcanoes National Park. The activity immerses you into the strange intimacy of the rainforest plus a live call of colorful birds, chattering of the rare golden monkey, and littered with fresh spoor of the mountain elusive populations of buffalo and elephants. Optional activity: choose between a visit to Dian Fossey’s grave or go for golden monkeys. Have lunch at the lodge and later relax up at the lodge from the long and exciting activity. All these mentioned are optional activities which require a supplement cost. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

Main Destination:

Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda)

Accommodation:

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

• Mid-range cottage bordering Volcanoes NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4
Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest Park

After breakfast, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. You will cross from Rwanda to Uganda through cyanika Uganda-Rwanda border and then drive to your lodge. The transfer takes you through the beautiful spectacular scenery and the rolling hills of southern Uganda. Arrive at your lodge in time for dinner and overnight at your accommodation preference. You can stay at Chameleon Hill Lodge or Nkuringo Gorilla Camp (subject to the allocation of the gorilla permits).

Main Destination:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda)

Best Time to Visit June to August and December to February

High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)

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

Wildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable NP – See all animals

GorillaCommon

ChimpanzeeRare

White RhinoNone

Black RhinoNone

LionNone

LeopardNone

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Accommodation:

Nkuringo Gorilla Camp

• Mid-range cottage bordering Bwindi Impenetrable NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Rushaga area

Have an early morning breakfast and then report to the park headquarters for registration and join other trackers in a briefing about the dos and the don’ts during your Gorilla Tracking. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas which can take you half an hour to three quarters of the day. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. It is an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful yet endangered creatures. Optional activity: Batwa Experience Trail or the community walk in Buhoma. Dinner and overnight as previous night.

Main Destination:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda)

Accommodation:

Nkuringo Gorilla Camp

• Mid-range cottage bordering Bwindi Impenetrable NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning you will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park; be prepared for some incredible scenery along the way. Enjoy a breathtaking game drive in the south of the park famed for the tree climbing lions. Then you will continue northwards arriving in time for lunch at the lodge. After lunch head off for an afternoon game drive in the plains of Kasenyi in search for savannah wildlife that may include herds of buffaloes, antelopes, elephants and if lucky, some wild cats such as lions and leopard. You may stay at the Enganzi Lodge or Ihamba Safari Lodge.

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:

Ihamba Safari Lodge

• Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7
Morning Game Viewing & Water Cruise on the Kazinga Channel

This morning you will head back to the plains of Kasenyi for a morning game drive to try to find what could have been missed the previous day. Lunch will be served at the lodge and after you will head to the jetty along Kazinga channel for the afternoon boat cruise. This cruise offers you the chance of viewing animals like hippos, water birds, elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles, and many other wildlife which flop the channel for drinking water. Dinner and overnight at the lodge of the previous night.

Main Destination:

Queen Elizabeth National Park (Uganda)

Accommodation:

Ihamba Safari Lodge

• Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8
Transfer to Kibale National Park

After an early breakfast, drive to Kibale Forest National Park arriving at your lodge in time for lunch. This afternoon, we can organize an optional nature walk to the crater lakes region or a community walk in the Bigodi community. Dinner and overnight at your choice of accommodation which might be at Kibale Forest Camp.

Main Destination:

Kibale Forest 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:

Kibale Forest Camp

• Mid-range tented camp bordering Kibale NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9
Chimpanzee Trekking

This morning after breakfast, you will drive to the park headquarters to join other trackers for a briefing. Then you will be taken for chimpanzee tracking through Kibale Forest National Park. During this walk, you will have chances of seeing many of the 13 primate species native to Kibale Forest National Park. After lunch you will drive to Bigodi for a swamp walk. This wetland belongs to a community neighboring the park. Dinner and overnight as previous night.

Main Destination:

Kibale Forest National Park (Uganda)

Accommodation:

Kibale Forest Camp

• Mid-range tented camp bordering Kibale NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 10
Drive to Murchison Falls National Park

Drive to Murchison Falls National Park through small towns, villages and great views of the escarpment arriving late in the evening. The drive takes you along the Great Rift Valley and magnificent views of scenery. Lunch will be en-route; later arrive at the National Park and check into your lodge for dinner and overnight at your lodge of preference. You can stay at Murchison River Lodge.

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:

Murchison River Lodge

• Mid-range cottage located inside Murchison Falls NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 11
Morning Game Drives and Afternoon Boat Cruise on the Nile

After an early morning cup of tea, transfer to the northern section for your morning game drive that will provide you an opportunity to spot wild game that may include giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, hippos and if lucky cats such as lions and leopards. Return to the lodge for a lunch break before proceeding to the pier for your two hour boat cruise to the bottom of the falls. There you will witness how river Nile squeezes itself in a narrow gorge before exploding out creating the experience of a lifetime. Dinner and overnight as previous night.

Main Destination:

Murchison Falls National Park (Uganda)

Accommodation:

Murchison River Lodge

• Mid-range cottage located inside Murchison Falls NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 12
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Bulago Island

This morning, leave Murchison falls and make a short tour to the top of the falls where you can witness the magnificent Nile making a beautiful twist into a narrow gorge to form the powerful water falls. Drive to Zziwa Rhino sanctuary and have a nature walk to visit the endangered rhinos before transferring back to Kampala, and connecting to Bulago Island which is found in Lake Victoria. Overnight at The Lagoon Resort.

Main Destination:

Bulago Island (Lake Victoria, Uganda)

Accommodation:

The Lagoon Resort

• Mid-range resort located in or near Bulago Island

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 13
Spend time at Leisure at Bulago Island

Spend the entire day at leisure at the island. Dinner and overnight at The Lagoon Resort. We can suggest various activities for you while at the resort which may include nature walks, boat excursions, swimming or mainly just relaxing and spending the day at leisure. Bulago island is a peaceful island located out in Lake Victoria which is the largest fresh water body in East Africa and largest tropical lake in Africa and the whole world.

Main Destination:

Bulago Island (Lake Victoria, Uganda)

Accommodation:

The Lagoon Resort

• Mid-range resort located in or near Bulago Island

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 14
Transfer to Entebbe

This is the final day of the program. Breakfast and lunch are included and the final transfer from the Island back to the mainland is organized by speed boat and the departure is flexible depending on your flight schedule.

The driver/guide will eventually receive you at the mainland and transfer you to the airport for your flights in Entebbe.

Main Destination:

Entebbe (Uganda)

Accommodation:

No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

• Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)

• Drinking water (Other 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)
  • • Drinking water (On all days)

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)

Rates Per Person

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* $3,980 $3,620 $3,440 $3,360 $3,260 Get a 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).
  • This tour accepts children who are 15 years and up. Children under 16 receive a discount.

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Price From USD $ 3,980/person
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Total $ 3,980 USD