8 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari

Overview of the 8 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari

The 8 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari takes you through the impressive countryside landscapes of Uganda and Rwanda providing a perfect escape from the daily bustling life that most people are always accustomed to. The safari incorporates historical Kigali city tour, amazing sightseeing of the Virungas and the Kigezi Highlands, Mountain Gorilla trekking in both Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, majestic boat cruise along the 45km long Kazinga Channel inhabited by counts of Hippos and Nile crocodiles, rewarding wild game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park including the tree climbing lions, elephants, Buffaloes among others not forgetting the magical Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve. A rewarding moment of recreation is provided at Lake Bunyonyi – dubbed the lake of a thousand Islands.

Safari Highlights of the 8 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari

Day 1: Arrival to KGL in the evening, welcomed by the guide and transfer to Hotel

Day 2: Kigali City tour and transfer to Volcanoes Np

Day 3: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes Np & transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Np Uganda

Day 4: Do Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable NP & relax

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP. Do game drive en route in Ishasha sector in charge of tree climbing lions

Day 6: Do morning game drive in Kasenyi Sector, afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise and evening game drive along the channel track

Day 7: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi – the lake of a thousand Islands

Day 8: Do sun rise canoe paddle / boat ride & transfer to Kigali.

  • Day 1: Arrival to KGL in the evening, welcomed by the guide and transfer to Hotel

    After a flight from your point of origin, you land at Kigali International Airport where you will be received by our company representative giving you a courteous welcome and a brief introduction about the country after which you transfer to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation:

    Budget: Hotel Chezlando – Standard rooms

    Midrange: Hotel Chezlando – Bungalows

    Luxury: Hotel Mille Collines – Garden room

  • Day 2: Kigali City tour and transfer to Volcanoes National Park

    Start at 8am and undertake a half day tour of Kigali city exploring the beautiful city landscapes including the historical Gisozi genocide memorial to reflect on the tragic ethnic conflict that befell Rwanda in the year 1994.  You visit the Kigali markets before settling for lunch at Hotel Mille Collines before setting off for the 116km about 3 hours’ transfer to Volcanoes National Park to the North east of Rwanda. The fascinating Rwandan hillsides en route will form part of your lasting memories. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

    Accommodation:

    Budget:  Muhabura Hotel  

    Midrange:  Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

    Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge

  • Day 3: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes Np & transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Np Uganda

    The Gorilla trekking in Rwanda starts at Kinigi park station in Volcanoes National Park. You enjoy the traditional Intore performance before the briefing and a hot cup of coffee. Briefing starts at 8am after which you connect to the trail heads to embark on the gorilla trekking encounter.  Depending on the gorilla group allocated and how far it has moved that day, the trek lasts 2 – 8 hours and involves one full hour of Gorilla viewing and impressive photoshoots. Retreat from the activity and transfer to Uganda. You cross through Cyanika boarder in the views of the Virunga massif before being welcomed by the magical Kigezi Highlands arriving at the lodge in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

    Accommodation

    Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge

    Midrange: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge – Private Cottages

    Budget: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge – Standard room

  • Day 4: Do Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & relax

    Engage in another Mountain Gorilla trekking experience but this time in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – with a minimum of 400 Mountain Gorillas. The trek commences with briefing at 8am after which you follow the rugged landscapes of Bwindi marked with steep slopes both up hill and downhill, narrow valleys all with dense vegetation cover. The duration of the gorilla trek in Bwindi ranges from 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla group movement but the actual time spent with the Gorillas is one hour for purposes of conservation. The second encounter with the Gorillas comes with diverse experience including more chances for better photo shoots.

    Accommodation

    Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge

    Midrange: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge – Private Cottages

    Budget: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge – Standard room

  • Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP. Do game drive en route in Ishasha sector in charge of tree climbing lions

    Start off the journey at 7am to Queen Elizabeth National Park 309km about 10 hours’ drive inclusive of the lunch stop and game drive in Ishasha sector. The two hour game drive in the Ishasha sector offers chances of viewing the tree climbing lions that tend to hang on the branches of fig trees in the mid morning sun. In the afternoon, you proceed to upper Queen and connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

    Accommodation:

    Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages

    Midrange: Enganzi Game Lodge

    Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge – Deluxe room

  • Day 6: Do morning game drive in Kasenyi Sector, afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise and evening game drive along the channel track

    Game drive commences at 7am traversing Kasenyi sector gaining great possibilities of a range of wild game including the four of the big five namely; Lions, Leopard, Elephants and Buffalos, others like defassa waterbuck, topi, bush buck, wart hog, spotted hyena and beautiful bird sights. Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 600 species of birds. The game drive lasts 3 – 4 hours after which you settle for lunch and later do Kazinga Channel launch cruise in the afternoon departing at 2pm from Mweya Jetty.  The majestic launch cruise lasts for 2 hours and comes with possibilities of exploring Nile crocodiles, Hippos, water birds and the wild game drinking on the channel shores. From the boat cruise, you do an evening game drive along the channel track in search of more wild game.

    Accommodation:

    Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages

    Midrange: Enganzi Game Lodge

    Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge – Deluxe room

  • Day 7: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi – the lake of a thousand Islands

    Gather at Kalinzu Forest Reserve station at 8am for Chimpanzee trekking experience. You head to this tropical forest of Chimpanzees – man’s closest relative. The trek through the lush flora with possible sights of birds and other primate species will make it rewarding before spending the memorable 1 hour with the Chimpanzees as they forage and socialise including their pant hooting calls.  The Chimp trek lasts 2 – 5 hours after which you embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi enjoying the countryside landscapes including local plantations and cattle farms.  Spend the evening at leisure.

    Accommodation:

    Luxury: Birdnest @ Bunyonyi Resort

    Midrange / Budget: Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort

  • Day 8: Relaxed breakfast, canoe paddle / boat ride & transfer to Kigali.

    After a relaxed breakfast on the Lake shores, embark on a boat ride or canoe paddle on Lake Bunyonyi enjoying the soothing freshness of this beautiful lake marked with a range of 29 Islands that have earned her a dub as the Lake of a thousand Islands.  Retreat from the experience and drive back to Kigali 196km about 4 hours drive to connect with your flight back home.

    End of the 8 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari

Safari Overview and Highlights

Overview of the 8 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari

The 8 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari takes you through the impressive countryside landscapes of Uganda and Rwanda providing a perfect escape from the daily bustling life that most people are always accustomed to. The safari incorporates historical Kigali city tour, amazing sightseeing of the Virungas and the Kigezi Highlands, Mountain Gorilla trekking in both Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, majestic boat cruise along the 45km long Kazinga Channel inhabited by counts of Hippos and Nile crocodiles, rewarding wild game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park including the tree climbing lions, elephants, Buffaloes among others not forgetting the magical Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve. A rewarding moment of recreation is provided at Lake Bunyonyi – dubbed the lake of a thousand Islands.

Safari Highlights of the 8 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari

Day 1: Arrival to KGL in the evening, welcomed by the guide and transfer to Hotel

Day 2: Kigali City tour and transfer to Volcanoes Np

Day 3: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes Np & transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Np Uganda

Day 4: Do Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable NP & relax

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP. Do game drive en route in Ishasha sector in charge of tree climbing lions

Day 6: Do morning game drive in Kasenyi Sector, afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise and evening game drive along the channel track

Day 7: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi – the lake of a thousand Islands

Day 8: Do sun rise canoe paddle / boat ride & transfer to Kigali.

Detailed Itinerary
  • Day 1: Arrival to KGL in the evening, welcomed by the guide and transfer to Hotel

    After a flight from your point of origin, you land at Kigali International Airport where you will be received by our company representative giving you a courteous welcome and a brief introduction about the country after which you transfer to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation:

    Budget: Hotel Chezlando – Standard rooms

    Midrange: Hotel Chezlando – Bungalows

    Luxury: Hotel Mille Collines – Garden room

  • Day 2: Kigali City tour and transfer to Volcanoes National Park

    Start at 8am and undertake a half day tour of Kigali city exploring the beautiful city landscapes including the historical Gisozi genocide memorial to reflect on the tragic ethnic conflict that befell Rwanda in the year 1994.  You visit the Kigali markets before settling for lunch at Hotel Mille Collines before setting off for the 116km about 3 hours’ transfer to Volcanoes National Park to the North east of Rwanda. The fascinating Rwandan hillsides en route will form part of your lasting memories. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

    Accommodation:

    Budget:  Muhabura Hotel  

    Midrange:  Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

    Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge

  • Day 3: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes Np & transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Np Uganda

    The Gorilla trekking in Rwanda starts at Kinigi park station in Volcanoes National Park. You enjoy the traditional Intore performance before the briefing and a hot cup of coffee. Briefing starts at 8am after which you connect to the trail heads to embark on the gorilla trekking encounter.  Depending on the gorilla group allocated and how far it has moved that day, the trek lasts 2 – 8 hours and involves one full hour of Gorilla viewing and impressive photoshoots. Retreat from the activity and transfer to Uganda. You cross through Cyanika boarder in the views of the Virunga massif before being welcomed by the magical Kigezi Highlands arriving at the lodge in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

    Accommodation

    Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge

    Midrange: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge – Private Cottages

    Budget: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge – Standard room

  • Day 4: Do Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & relax

    Engage in another Mountain Gorilla trekking experience but this time in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – with a minimum of 400 Mountain Gorillas. The trek commences with briefing at 8am after which you follow the rugged landscapes of Bwindi marked with steep slopes both up hill and downhill, narrow valleys all with dense vegetation cover. The duration of the gorilla trek in Bwindi ranges from 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla group movement but the actual time spent with the Gorillas is one hour for purposes of conservation. The second encounter with the Gorillas comes with diverse experience including more chances for better photo shoots.

    Accommodation

    Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge

    Midrange: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge – Private Cottages

    Budget: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge – Standard room

  • Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP. Do game drive en route in Ishasha sector in charge of tree climbing lions

    Start off the journey at 7am to Queen Elizabeth National Park 309km about 10 hours’ drive inclusive of the lunch stop and game drive in Ishasha sector. The two hour game drive in the Ishasha sector offers chances of viewing the tree climbing lions that tend to hang on the branches of fig trees in the mid morning sun. In the afternoon, you proceed to upper Queen and connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

    Accommodation:

    Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages

    Midrange: Enganzi Game Lodge

    Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge – Deluxe room

  • Day 6: Do morning game drive in Kasenyi Sector, afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise and evening game drive along the channel track

    Game drive commences at 7am traversing Kasenyi sector gaining great possibilities of a range of wild game including the four of the big five namely; Lions, Leopard, Elephants and Buffalos, others like defassa waterbuck, topi, bush buck, wart hog, spotted hyena and beautiful bird sights. Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 600 species of birds. The game drive lasts 3 – 4 hours after which you settle for lunch and later do Kazinga Channel launch cruise in the afternoon departing at 2pm from Mweya Jetty.  The majestic launch cruise lasts for 2 hours and comes with possibilities of exploring Nile crocodiles, Hippos, water birds and the wild game drinking on the channel shores. From the boat cruise, you do an evening game drive along the channel track in search of more wild game.

    Accommodation:

    Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages

    Midrange: Enganzi Game Lodge

    Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge – Deluxe room

  • Day 7: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi – the lake of a thousand Islands

    Gather at Kalinzu Forest Reserve station at 8am for Chimpanzee trekking experience. You head to this tropical forest of Chimpanzees – man’s closest relative. The trek through the lush flora with possible sights of birds and other primate species will make it rewarding before spending the memorable 1 hour with the Chimpanzees as they forage and socialise including their pant hooting calls.  The Chimp trek lasts 2 – 5 hours after which you embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi enjoying the countryside landscapes including local plantations and cattle farms.  Spend the evening at leisure.

    Accommodation:

    Luxury: Birdnest @ Bunyonyi Resort

    Midrange / Budget: Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort

  • Day 8: Relaxed breakfast, canoe paddle / boat ride & transfer to Kigali.

    After a relaxed breakfast on the Lake shores, embark on a boat ride or canoe paddle on Lake Bunyonyi enjoying the soothing freshness of this beautiful lake marked with a range of 29 Islands that have earned her a dub as the Lake of a thousand Islands.  Retreat from the experience and drive back to Kigali 196km about 4 hours drive to connect with your flight back home.

    End of the 8 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari

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