LAND JOURNEY

13-Day Uganda and Rwanda
Primate Safari

Duration

13 Days

Door-to-door

From

1,263 USD

Cities & Landmarks

Uganda: Entebbe, Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth & Bwindi NP
Rwanda: Mgahinga NP, Volcanoes NP, Nyungwe Forest, Lake Kivu & Kigali

Time of Year

Throughout the year

Overview

This 13-Day Prestigious Combined Uganda and Rwanda safari takes you across Uganda’s borders to Rwanda – famously known as a country of “A thousand Hills and a Million Smiles.” You will compare the unique features of Uganda and Rwanda, from the Gorillas both countries share, the green vegetation cover, and the rolling hills and valleys. You will meet eye to eye with the amazing Gorillas and Chimpanzees in their natural habitat, one of Africa’s major highlights.

Route
Kenya
StartNairobi (Day 1)
Day 1-2Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 3Lake Nakuru National Park
EndNairobi (Day 4)
Activities & Transportation

Activities: game drivesgorilla trekkingchimpanzee trekkingnature hikes/walks & boat trip.

Game drives: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle

Getting around: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle

transfer from and back to the airport is included

Tour Features

Mid-range tour

This mid-range tour uses lodges and guest houses.

Can start any day

If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.

Private tour

This tour will be organized exclusively for you and won’t be shared with others.

Suitable for solo travelers

Solo travelers can book this private tour.

Can be customized

You can request changes to this tour.

Minimum age of 16 years

The minimum age for this tour is 16 years.

10 - DAY ITINERARY

Day - By - Day

Arrival 

(See Getting There below for more details)

  • > You’ll be collected from the airport.
  • > Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • Day 1 | Arrival – Kampala (40 minutes’ drive)

    Today you will arrive, and you will be met by your guide that will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala. 

    Main Destination: Kampala (City, Uganda)

     Accommodation: Ivory Castle

                                  > Mid-range hotel located in or near Kampala

    Meals & Drinks: > Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

                                  > Drinks not included

  • Day 2 | Entebbe Murchison Falls National Park

    Today we will depart for the most beautiful protected area in Uganda: Murchison Falls National Park. En route, we will make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, home to the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The reserve was created to reintroduce rhinos to the country which had been extinct since 1982. Together with a guide you will track the rhinos and observe them in their habitat at a very close and safe distance. Have lunch at the Rhino sanctuary and thereafter we will drive to Murchison Falls National Park and drive for an hour deeper into the National Park to the site of Murchison Falls after which the park is named– one of Uganda's most beautiful sights.

    Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park(Uganda)

     Accommodation: Fort Murchison (Room)

                                  > Mid-range lodge located just outside Murchison Falls NP

    Meals & Drinks: > All Meals Included 

                   

  • Day 3 | Game drives, Boat Trip and Hike to the top of the falls

    After an early breakfast, we start the day with a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing Rothschild Giraffe, elephants, lions, Jackson Hartebeest, Oribis, Waterbucks, different species of the savannah woodland birds, and if lucky even the elusive leopard to top Africa’s “The Big 5” amongst a multitude of African plains game before returning to Baker’s Lodge for lunch

    In the afternoon, enjoy a Nile launch cruise to the bottom of the waterfalls for game viewing at close quarters, after the launch cruise, get off from the bottom of the falls and hike up to the top of the falls where you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Nile.

    Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park(Uganda)

     Accommodation: Fort Murchison (Room)

                                  > Mid-range lodge located just outside Murchison Falls NP

    Meals & Drinks: > All meals included (Drinks not included).

  • Day 4 | Transfer to Kibale NP via Lake Albert Fishing Village

    After breakfast, we depart the National Park and calmly transfer to Kabwoya Game Reserve, along with Lake Albert. Enjoy the fishing Village tour to learn more about the surrounding communities and their way of living. Later will transfer to Fort Portal with lunch en route. The lovely town of Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon and is famous for the many tea plantations.

    Main Destination: Kibale National Park (Chimps)

     Accommodation: Isunga Lodge

                                  > Mid-range lodge located just outside Kibale NP

    Meals & Drinks: > All meals included (Drinks not included).

  • Day 5 | Chimp Tracking - Queen Elizabeth NP

    Following the pre-tracking briefing, you will walk or drive to the trailhead for the start of an unforgettable adventure – hiking in the footsteps of the habituated family of chimpanzees. En route, your guide will enthrall you with stories and facts about the forest and its other inhabitants including other species of primates and birds, and other big mammals. 

    Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will spend an unforgettable one hour with them as they go about their daily life - feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching, in their natural habitat.

    Return back to the lodge for lunch then in the afternoon, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

    After checking out, visit and enjoy sightseeing around the scenic crater lakes that surround the dense forest of Kibale National Park. Afterward, you will proceed south alongside the majestic Rwenzori ‘Mountains of the Moon’ to Queen Elizabeth National park.

    Main Destination: Kibale National Park (Chimps)

     Accommodation: The Bush Lodge (Banda)

                                  > Mid-range banda located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

    Meals & Drinks: > All meals included (Drinks not included).

  • Day 6 | AM Game drive & PM Boat ride along Kazinga Channel

    After your breakfast, you will go in search of the game through both the Mweya and Kasenyi Plains areas known for Lions and the elusive leopard. 

    In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel is 33 km long and 2-3 km at its widest points. The scheduled 2-hour boat ride (beverages and snacks included!) will cover a 12-14 km stretch of the channel, with almost guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings including multitudes of a hippopotamus – possibly the world’s highest concentration – Nile crocodiles, wallowing buffaloes on its reedy banks, elephants, and many birds.

    Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park (Uganda)

     Accommodation: The Bush Lodge (Banda)

                                  > Mid-range banda located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

    Meals & Drinks: > All meals included (Drinks not included).


  • Day 7 | To Ishasha Sector Tree Climbing Lions game Drive – Bwindi

    Today, we will depart the beautiful area of Queen Elizabeth and drive to the southwest. En route, enjoy a game drive in Ishasha Climbing lions’ sector and proceed. After a calm and scenic drive, we will arrive at the shores of Lake Mutanda in the afternoon.

    Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)

     Accommodation:Mutanda Lake Resort

                                  > Mid-range lodge located outside Bwindi NP

    Meals & Drinks: > All meals included (Drinks not included).

     

  • Day 8 | Gorilla tracking Bwindi NP

    Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants!

    Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. However, the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort!

    Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, waterproof hiking boots, and a light raincoat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long-sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grab onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that comes in very handy, especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.

    Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young, and sometimes wrestling with the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience!

    Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)

     Accommodation: Mutanda Lake Resort

                                  > Mid-range lodge located outside Bwindi NP

    Meals & Drinks: > All meals included (Drinks not included).

     

  • Day 9 | Kisoro –Mt. Mgahinga NP- Volcanoes NP Golden Monkey Trekking

    After breakfast, drive to Mgahinga National Park. Accompany the game rangers and porters in the morning to track golden monkeys.

    A unique experience that will enhance your primate safari in Uganda! Golden Monkey might not be the most well-known primate, but is certainly an enjoyable, little creature that is worth visiting. It is a small curious monkey, golden in color, and loves to scamper around the trees. There are an estimated 3000-4000 individuals lining the bamboo forests of Virunga Volcanoes, though researchers claim that they are still very much endangered as they face the same difficulties as their cousins the mountain Gorillas.

    Later, drive through the beautiful rolling hills with stops at places of interest, cross the Uganda and Rwanda border, and drive to Ruhengeri the base for Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans. Ruhengeri town itself, located only 25km from the Uganda border, is relatively a small city. The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable. The Town has great views of the surrounding volcanoes. People are very friendly here and although a former Belgian colony (and thus French-speaking), many people speak English here.

    Main Destination: Volcanoes National Park (Gorillas)

     Accommodation: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

                                  > Mid-range lodge located just outside Volcanoes NP

    Meals & Drinks: > All meals included (Drinks not included).

     

  • Day 10 | Trek Diana Fossey Grave – Nyugwe Forest for an evening Canopy walk

    Early breakfast at your lodge;

    The Dian Fossey trek involves a 30 minutes drive from the park headquarters to the trailhead to access the Karisoke research camp where visitors walk for 10 minutes to the park boundary.

    The walk from the park boundary to the research center where Dian’s grave is taken about an hour to 1 hour and a half hours and affords good views of forest hogs, forest elephants, a variety of primates, and bird species.

    This hike is an incredible experience physically, emotionally, and intellectually. It is so inspiring to learn about someone who was so dedicated and left a legacy that exists even today. The hike involves moving through the forests and hiking up the slopes and therefore requires some relative degree of fitness and patience.

    At the site, you will find the house from where Dian Fossey was mysteriously murdered in 1985 but the more peaceful is the place where she was buried just next to her favorite gorilla friend, Digit, and about 20 other mountain gorillas either killed by poachers or suffered death for other reasons.

    After the trek, join your driver-guide for a transfer back to your lodge to check out and transfer to Nyungwe National Park.  

    In the afternoon, you will go for the canopy walk which offers a splendid view over the lush forest with its magnificent biodiversity. Hardwood trees dominate the upper canopy while the lower part is beautified with a large selection of orchids, flora, and fauna that flourish better in the higher altitudes

    Main Destination: Volcanoes National Park (Gorillas)

     Accommodation: Gisakura Guest House

                                  > Budget guest house located inside Nyungwe NP

    Meals & Drinks: > All meals included (Drinks not included).

     

  • Day 11 | Black and white Columbus Monkey Tracking – Lake Kivu

    After Breakfast, join the briefing team and enjoy the trek alongside the Large troops of black and white colobus monkeys that reside in Nyungwe Forest. These primates often travel in groups of over 300 individuals. It is possible to purchase a permit to trek these animals. Walking through the mountain rainforest and being surrounded on all levels by these active and cheeky monkeys is an experience not to be missed.

    Main Destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park (Chimps)

     Accommodation: Paradise Malahide

                                  > Mid-range hotel located in or near Rubavu

    Meals & Drinks: > All meals included (Drinks not included).

     

  • Day 12 | Morning Relaxation – sunset Boat Cruise to the Napoleon Island

    Have Breakfast and Relax at The sun sandy beach on Lake Kivu as you get your meals outside the Hotel, later in the afternoon have a sunset boat safari to Napoleon Island, and you can have a nature walk to the bat cave as you come across Birds and communities.

    Main Destination: Lake Kivu (Lake, Rwanda)

     Accommodation: Paradise Malahide

                                  > Mid-range hotel located in or near Lake Kivu

    Meals & Drinks: > All meals included (Drinks not included).

     

  • Day 13 | Morning Transfer to Kigali for a City Drive

    Today you will enjoy the scenic drive back to Kigali, then take up a city tour of Kigali including a visit to the Genocide Memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

     Depending on your flight time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

    Main Destination: Kigali (City, Rwanda)

     Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)

    Meals & Drinks: > Breakfast & Lunch (dinner & drinks not included).

End of tour 

(See Getting There below for more details)

  • > Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • > You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

Camps & Lodges

  • (i) Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

DayAccommodationMeals
1Ivory Castle
Mid-range hotel in or near Kampala (Uganda)
Breakfast Included
2-3Fort Murchison (Room)
Mid-range lodge just outside Murchison Falls NP (Uganda)
All Meals Included
4Isunga Lodge
Mid-range lodge just outside Kibale NP (Uganda)
All Meals Included
5-6The Bush Lodge (Banda)
Mid-range banda just outside Queen Elizabeth NP (Uganda)
All Meals Included
7-8Mutanda Lake Resort
Mid-range lodge outside Bwindi NP (Uganda)
All Meals Included
9Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge
Mid-range lodge just outside Volcanoes NP (Rwanda)
All Meals Included
10Gisakura Guest House
Budget guest house inside Nyungwe NP (Rwanda)
All Meals Included
11Paradise Malahide
Mid-range hotel in or near Rubavu (Rwanda)
All Meals Included
12Paradise Malahide
Mid-range hotel in or near Lake Kivu (Rwanda)
All Meals Included
13End of tour
(No accommodation)
Breakfast & Lunch Included

RATES
Important to Know

> Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.

> This tour accepts children who are 16 years and older.


Start dates
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1 room
2 people
1 room
3 people
2 rooms
4 people
2 rooms
5 people
3 rooms
6 people
3 rooms
Jan 1, 2022 – Dec 31, 2022Get Quote55384987464244704355
Jan 1, 2023 – Dec 31, 2023Get Quote55384987464244704355
INCLUSIONS

What's Included

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

What's Excluded

  • International flights(From/to home)
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  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
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  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$25.00 pp per day)
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  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
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  • The government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
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  • Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
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  • Drinks
Getting There

This tour starts in Entebbe, Uganda and ends in Kigali, Rwanda

We can help you select your international flights, but you’ll have to book them yourself

Fly to Entebbe Airport (EBB – Check price)

Fly back from Kigali Airport (KGL – Check price)

transfer from and back to the airport is included

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

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