12 Days: Uganda and Rwanda Safari
On the 12 Days: Uganda Rwanda Safari, Discover African Nature will take you to these 2 neighbouring countries, offering you access to the top tourist experiences, including Volcanoes National Park, Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Lake Bunyonyi, Queen Elizabeth, cultural diversity, and so much more.
Track rhinos in Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Game drives in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, and Lake Mburo National Parks
Boat cruises in Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park
Nature walks in the Bigodi Swamp
Visiting the crater lake area
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Golden monkey trekking
Kigali city tour
Accommodation facilities vary, including your choice of up-market, mid-range, and low-cost accommodation. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your choice of accommodation so that we can send you a quote for this safari.
This 12 Days: Uganda and Rwanda Safari starts from Entebbe International Airport and ends in Kigali. This adventure safari takes you through the five top-rated national parks in Uganda and Rwanda–Murchison Falls, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and Volcanoes. Come face to face with the rare mountain gorillas of Uganda and Rwanda and the popular chimpanzees of Uganda in their natural habitat, one of Africa’s major highlights. This close encounter with these amazing creatures is simply breathtaking. Get up close with other diverse African wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and captivating culture. If you’re a keen birder, this is the place to be. Experience the wonder of the world renowned Murchison Falls as they squeeze through a narrow gorge. Laugh along with the playful golden monkeys in Ruhengeri.
Day 1: Entebbe – Kampala (37 km)
Meet and greet at Entebbe International Airport as you’re warmly welcomed by your guide, who will aid you in the arrival procedures. Transfer to your hotel, after which you will be briefed about your safari. Depending on your time of arrival, you are advised to have your money changed this day. Spend the night at Cassia Lodge. BB
Day 2: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park (311 km)
In the early morning, you’ll head north to Murchison Falls National Park via the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you will have the opportunity to trek with the rhinos. The sanctuary houses serve as Uganda’s rhino reintroduction project. There are 9 white rhinos, trekking is done on foot, and in all it takes about 1.5 hours. Drive to Masindi Town for lunch and later to Murchison Falls National Park.
Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park
In the early morning, head for a game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile. Your guide will help you spot elephant, lion, cape buffalo, Rothchild’s giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reed buck, hyena, and, if you’re lucky, leopard.
After lunch, go for a boat safari up the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls, stopping just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron,” where you will see the second longest river in the world plow through a narrow gorge and form the strongest waterfall in the world, Murchison Falls. Marvel at the schools of hippos and crocodiles and, over the 17 km stretch, you may see elephant, waterbuck, and Uganda kob. This is also the dwelling place of many birds–species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant, and the rare shoebill stork. After exhausting your camera battery, return to your lodge.
Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park – Kibale Forest National Park (441 km)
After breakfast, drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside, passing through traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. The drive takes approximately 8 hours. Spend the night at Crater Safari Lodge.
Day 5: Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast, we visit Kibale Forest National Park, where the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa is found. The most famous of its 13 species are the chimpanzee, known to be a delightful creature.. It is also the home of species like the rare L’hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkey, and olive baboon. Go on a walk that takes 2-3 hours. After lunch, go for a Bigodi Swamp walk, where you may see a variety of bird species and other smaller mammals.
Day 6: Kibale Forest National Park- Queen Elizabeth National Park (157 km)
After breakfast, you will proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park by way of the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. As you go through the game park, you might spot some animals like the elephant, buffalo, bushbuck, and Uganda kob, antelope, and warthog. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. It is a 42 km channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos around. It offers an excellent platform for photography, bird-watching, and game-viewing. The prolific bird life is colourful and remarkable, with well over 550 resident species.
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Go for an early morning game drive where you may have an opportunity to see the lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda kob, topi, and bushbuck, among others. Later, transfer to Ishasha sector where you will go for another game drive in the evening in search of rare tree-climbing lions. FB
Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (150 km)
Go for another morning game drive before proceeding to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest via the “Switzerland of Africa,” the Kigezi Highlands, with its terraced hillside and winding roads. With all the volcanic activity in this area, the scenic beauty is second to none.
Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After an early breakfast, proceed to the starting point to embark on your gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in search of the experience of a lifetime. Don’t forget to carry your rain gear, packed lunch, and plenty of water. Once you find the gorillas, you will spend an hour with them before returning to your lodge. If time permits, take a community walk around the lodge.
Day 10: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Ruhengeri (89 km)
After breakfast, embark on your journey to Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills. Upon arrival in Kinigi, have lunch before proceeding to one of the lodges in Ruhengeri. Have dinner, then spend the night at Gorilla Volcanoes Hotel Musanze.
Day 11: Ruhengeri
After breakfast, go for golden monkey trekking within Volcanoes National Park. During the trek, you may spot other primates and inhabitants of the forest like birds and butterflies. Return to the lodge for a late lunch. If you don’t want to go gorilla trekking, you can take a hike to Diane Fossey’s grave. This hike takes you to the place where she was filmed for the movie Gorillas in the Mist ; she spent most of her time looking after the injured mountain gorillas here. You may also visit the local communities. After the trek, relax at the lodge. Have dinner, then spend another night at Gorilla Volcanoes Hotel Musanze.
Day 12: Ruhengeri – Kigali – Departure (116 km)
After breakfast, go on a city tour before transferring to the airport to catch your your flight back home.
Accommodation facilities vary, including up-market, mid-range, and low-cost accommodation. Please contact us at email@example.com with your choice of accommodation so that we can send you a quote for this safari.
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Kyambura Lodge, Uganda
Kyambura Lodge is situated at the eastern edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park, in the western part of the great East African Rift valley, with fantastic views overlooking the national park and the Rwenzori Mountains and just a short distance from the Kyambura Gorge.
Gorilla Safari Lodge, Uganda
This is a permanent tented luxury camp situated in the misty rainforests in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Because of this exclusive location, the forest camp is known as the ideal base for gorilla trekking, viewing, and birding within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Enganzi Lodge, Uganda
The lodge is located on a hill bordering the Queen Elizabeth National Park with a beautiful view of the unspoiled bush in the cradle of western Uganda’s magnificent wild. Comprised of 5 splendidly set cottages that offer a picture perfect view of the park’s expanse of bush, guests will be spoiled for choice between all the flora and fauna.
Paraa Safari Lodge, Uganda
Paraa Safari Lodge is in Murchison Falls National Park and overlooks the River Nile. Offering comfortable accommodation, guests have a selection of 54 rooms and a few suites to choose from with magnificent views of the Nile and all with en-suite bathrooms and balconies. Each of the rooms is a haven of style and serenity, complete with a balcony .
Mweya Safari Lodge, Uganda
Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the “Mountains of the Moon”.
Kampala serena hotel
Ideally located at the very heart of Kampala City, the hotel stands on 72 acres of landscaped grounds and water gardens. An urban oasis encircled by the seven hills of Kampala, this 152-room world-class hotel is the focal point of national, regional, business, political, and social life.
The 12 days Uganda Rwanda Wildlife Adventure will take you to these 2 bordered countries and will offer you the best tourist spots such as Volcanoes national park, Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest,Lake Bunyonyi, Queen Elizabeth, cultural diversity and so much more