9 DAYS RWANDA AND UGANDA VIA KIGALI

9 DAYS RWANDA AND UGANDA VIA KIGALI

Itinerary

DAY 1 : KIGALI


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Meet and greet at Kinobe Airport by your Guide who will warmly welcome you and transfer you to a hotel in Kigali. Depending on the time of arrival e.g if your flight arrives in the morning, you are advised to have money changed this day. To get to know Kigali, you can visit some of the landmarks in town with the help of our driver/guide. Places may include; the genocide Memorial site, the markets, Franco-Rwanda Cultural centre at asupplement of $35 per person.

DAY 2 : TWIN LAKES BURERA & RUHONDO


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After breakfast take a two hours drive North of Kigali to Kinigi through the beautifully terraced hillside and the spectacular Virunga volcanoes. You may do a city tour here before you go to the Volcanoes.

DAY 3 : BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST


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This morning, after a quick breakfast, you will participate in an adventure tracking the “Little Primates” of the Virunga, the Golden Monkey (CercopithecusKandti).The Golden Monkeys are now listed by the IUCN as endangered because of their small numbers. You will be part of a select group 1 and plus. The trek always takes few hours in the morning which allows you to visit Ibyiwacu Culture village after lunch and later you will

DAY 4 : BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST


After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones.

Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally sloping down back to your lodge. If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the surrounding communities in the evening at a supplement of $35 per person. Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers before getting a good night’s rest for tomorrow's safari adventure.

You may opt for Gorilla Habituation on supplement of $800 per person – here you will be sure of meeting and spending enough time with the Gorillas.

Don’t forget to carry your rain gear, packed lunch, plenty of water, gloves, hat, and water proof bag for protection of your camera in case of rain

DAY 5 : NORTHERN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK


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After an early breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Be sure to have your camera ready for these amazing sightings!

Upon arrival to your lodge, you will enjoy a hot lunch and later in the afternoon take a unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and this launch/cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous, with well over 550 resident species.

DAY 6 : KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK


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Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Have an early morning game drive where you have an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, which provides excellent opportunities to spot lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck. The boat cruise (taken prior) is memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. Be sure to have your camera ready for these amazing sightings!

Then you will be transferrred to Kibale National Park, the home of the primates.

DAY 7 : KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK


After breakfast at your lodge, transfer to the starting point of your Chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest National Park which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, man’s closest relative. Kibale’s 1450 Chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate. Kibale is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon to mention but a few.

So you will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and many others. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, visitors stand a good chance of hearing and seeing our distant cousins as they gloom and bond with one another.

Alternatively, you may opt for chimpanzee habituation where you are able to stay with the chimps for 4 hours maximum at a supplement of $50 per person.

After lunch, head to Bigodi . Bigodi was established by a local development organization to protect the 4sq-km Magombe Swamp that's home to around 200 species of birds (highlights include papyrus gonolek, white-winged warbler and great blue turaco). The highlight of this tour is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco. The swamp is also good for spotting butterflies and primates, with 8 different species here, including grey-cheeked mangabey. The 2-3 hour guided walk is led by experienced local guides who interact with the guests and make the trip both enjoyable and exciting


DAY 8 : KAMPALA


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After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kampala, you will arrive in the late afternoon, time allowing, you may opt to visit coffee/craft shops. You may opt to go for Kampala city tour at a supplement of $35 per person.

DAY 9 : END OF ITINERARY


After breakfast, you will be transferred to Entebbe Airport to catch your flight to your next destination.

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