13 Day Uganda Rwanda Congo Adventure

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The 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari is a comprehensive safari package allowing you to explore these remarkable African destinations noted to be the only ones sheltering the critically endangered Mountain gorillas on a world scale. The safari features Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda, Nyiragongo Volcano hike in Congo, Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park popularly known as the primate capital of the world, extensive wild game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park with the Big four including tree climbing lions, nature walks in the fort portal crater area and Bigodi wetland not forgetting recreational boat cruise on Lake Kivu and Kazinga Channel.

Day 1:  Arrival at Entebbe airport and transfer to lodge

The expanse tropical waters of the world’s largest tropical lake – Lake Victoria fronted by lush tropical city mark your courteous welcome into Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. On the peninsular of Entebbe International Airport, you set your first foot in this maiden country and all that meets you are smiling faces of most hospitable people in the region and among these will be our representative who will usher you in to the country. After the meet and greet, you drive to the hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Day 2 Transfer to Kibale National Park

Team up with your safari guide after breakfast to transfer to Fort Portal Area 300km about 5 hours drive from Kampala. The views of the countryside will astonish you along the drive including the Inselberg geological features in Mubende, Lake Wamala viewed at a distance along with human settlement patterns en route. Stop for lunch before we drive directly to Kibale National Park for relaxation dinner and overnight

Day 3 Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi swamp nature walk

The briefing for Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park commences at exactly 8am at Kanyanchu Tourism Center and after detailing the dos and don’ts, you head to the lush tropical forest of Kibale with immense biodiversity including 13 primate species including common Chimpanzees, Black and white colobus monkeys, L’hoest Monkey among others, 351 species of trees and 375 bird species including the unique Green breasted pitta and Kibale ground thrush. The search for chimpanzees can last 3 – 5 hours with one full hour of direct viewing. In the afternoon, a wetland walk in Bigodi sanctuary is impressive offering probable sights of birds like great blue turaco and gonolecks. Other swamps dwelling species like Sitatunga may also be viewed.  Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After a relaxed breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 157km about 2 – 3 hours drive enjoying the impressive landscapes of Rwenzori Mountains standing as the third highest mountain in Africa with glacial peaks. Proceed on the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park to catch up with an afternoon boat cruise along Kazinga Channel departing at 2pm. The 2 hour boat ride offers beautiful views of the channel waters, the birds on the banks including Great Cormorants and African Skimmers and wild game drinking on the channel side like elephants, Buffaloes among others. You retreat from the activity and undertake a game drive along the channel track in Mweya peninsular as you connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Day 5 Extended Game Drive

If you slept inside the park, the game drive can start at 6am but if you slept outside the park, the park gates open at 7am. Kasenyi sector to the north east of the park features an extensive savannah landscape supporting a myriad of wild game including; elephants, lions, Buffaloes, leopards, Side stripped jackals, Spotted Hyenas, Antelopes like Uganda Kobs, Bushbucks, water bucks, Topis among others. The area also features counts of birds that can be viewed along with wildlife. In the afternoon, you can opt to spend time relaxing at the lodge or take an optional nature walk the lush forest of Maramagambo for birds and unique flora. Another alternative is undertaking a chimpanzee trek in Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu forest for more chimpanzee viewing experience. Retire for dinner and overnight

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park

Following breakfast at the lodge, you set off Bwindi Impenetrable National Park traversing the Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions where you gain chances to explore these amazing creatures hanging on the tree branches in the mid day sun. Proceed to Bwindi arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park featuring a minimum of 400 mountain gorillas presents a remarkable opportunity to explore these critically endangered Apes. The trekking encounter commences at 8am at the respective gorilla trekking region with briefing conducted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority park rangers. This is followed by the trek to the forested hilly landscapes of Bwindi dubbed Impenetrable with beautiful forest cover always covered by mist in the morning, scenic slopes, abundant birdlife and eventually the mountain gorillas. The viewing of these gentle giants is limited to one hour but the entire return trek can last between 2 – 8 hours.  After the trek, you can opt to do a community nature walk to the Batwa. Return in time for dinner and Night rest at the lodge

Day 8: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Have morning breakfast, check out and we drive to Lake Bunyonyi. Arrival at the lodge, check in have lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon appreciating the stunning views of this beautiful paradise Optional activities are Swimming, Zip lining and nature walk. Dinner and overnight

Day 9: Boat cruise to the islands and Transfer to Volcanoes National park

You take a boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi exploring the lake of a thousand Islands as it has been known because of its count of 29 Islands. The views are spectacular and the life of the Islanders is magical to explore. From the activity, you transfer to Volcanoes National Park 120km about 3 hours drive enjoying the views of the Kigezi Highlands and Virunga Volcanoes. Cross at chaninga border and spend the evening relaxing at the lodge.

Day 10:  Gorilla Tracking in Volcanoes National park of Rwanda

This is a second opportunity to explore the critically endangered mountain gorillas but this time in a different habitat. Volcanoes National Park is part of the Virunga volcanoes where the remaining population of Mountain gorillas 480 thrives. The trek commences at the park headquarters Kinigi at 8am with briefing by the park rangers. However, an early arrival offers an opportunity to enjoy the traditional Kinyarwanda performance and a warm cup of home grown Rwandan coffee. After briefing, you drive to the trail head to embark on the hike through the gorilla highlands marked by lush flora and bird life. The eventual encounter with the mountain gorillas is a lifetime moment and a range of photos can be taken and questions about the gorillas can be asked. After one hour of direct viewing, you return to the starting point and embark on the transfer to Gisenyi Lake Kivu 110km about 2 hours drive for an evening recreation and relaxation. An optional boat cruise can be taken to explore this beautiful lake and its Islands. Retire for dinner and overnight

Day 11: Cross to Congo – Virunga National Park & embark on Nyiragongo mountain hiking

Wake up early enough to transfer to Congo (Goma) about 1 hour drive to catch up with the Nyiragongo Volcano hiking. Gather at Kibati Patrol post from where you will begin the hike from in the company of the Virunga National Park rangers. Enjoy the amazing views and environment of Nyiragongo Volcano noted to feature the largest lava lake in the world. The lava lake is very violent and noted to have had a significant impact on the surrounding environment following its last subsequent eruptions including the 2002 eruption that destroyed half of Goma town 20km away. The accommodation is presented in the mountain shelter and you enjoy the glowing views of the lava lake at night. Nyiragongo Volcano hike lasts between 4 – 6 hours.

Day 12: Descend from Nyiragongo Mountain and transfer back to Gisenyi

This is the second day on the mountain and you enjoy the mountain scenery as you trek back to the starting point. From Kibati, you embark on the drive to Gisenyi to relax at the endless sandy beaches refreshing from the 2 day volcano hike. Retire for overnight

Day 13: Drive to Kigali, tour the Gisozi genocide museum and depart

Drive from Gisenyi to Kigali 358km about 3 hours drive enjoying the scenic Rwandan countryside. After arriving in Kigali city, you tour the Gisozi genocide memorial to learn into the depth of the 1994 tragic ethnic conflict that befell Rwanda leaving over 800,000 people dead. From the museum, do some last minute shopping as you explore Kigali landscapes after which you connect to Kigali International Airport for the flight back home.

Additional information

Chimpanzee permit

Included

Country

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda

Destination

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Flights

Domestic or national flights not included, International flights not included

Minimum group

4

Gorilla permit

Included

Guide

Ask for Guides in other languages, English

Type of vehicle

4WD Safari Van, Land cruiser

Others included

Accommodation as per options in the itinerary, Activities as stipulated on the safari program, Batwa cultural experience, Community walks and cultural experiences, Ranger fees, Traditional Dance

Others not included

All drinks apart from those served for breakfast, Any activity or accommodation NOT mentioned in the itinerary, Any deviation from the suggested program, Any personal insurance covers, Beverages, tips, souvenirs & all items of a personal nature, Porters and other luggage service, Souvenirs and items of a personal nature like telephone calls, Tips and gratuities

Foods and drinks

As indicated in the itinerary

VISA

Not included

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