11 Days Rwanda & Uganda Safari.

Rwanda and Uganda are two African countries located along the Western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley. These two countries are characterized by different landscapes, but unified by the presence of the green colors and green hills. This Safari gives two different experiences of the African landscape and culture of the people in Africa. This tour is a full immersion in the true nature including the trekking of the endangered mountain gorillas in both countries, treks through the forests and biodiversity.

Arrive Kigali Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).

Day 1. You will be met on arrival at airport and transfer to Kigali. You will then be briefed on your safari and after lunch, depart for PNV. The journey north goes through the beautiful terraced hillsides that show much of Rwanda landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the amazing Virunga volcanoes, sometimes with as many as five peaks visible

Gorilla Tracking Rwanda Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).

Day 2. Go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families, however, are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy.

Primates Tracking/Excursions Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).

Day 3. Either go gorilla tracking again in Parc National des Volcans (on payment of supplement at the time of booking), or visit the golden monkeys or drive to Gisenyi, visit Ros Carr's orphanage and Lake Kivu or climb the Visoke/Muhavura volcanoes, or trek to Dian Fossey's grave, or visit the local school, community projects or walk to Lake Bulera.

Transfer to Uganda-Mgahinga/Nkuringo Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge (FB).

Day 4. In the morning either relax or walk near the Lodge, visit the golden monkeys or trek to Dian Fossey's grave. After lunch transfer to Uganda [Clocks go forward one hour].

Mgahinga/Nkuringo Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge (FB).

Day 5. Either go gorilla tracking again, this time in Mgahinga/Nkuringo, (on payment of supplement at the time of booking), or climb the Muhavura or Gahinga volcanoes, or go for a nature walk, visit golden monkeys in Mgahinga.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (FB).

Day 6. Drive to Bwindi through the Switzerland of Africa, with the road winding through many hills and valleys, with distant views of the volcanoes and lakes. Alternatively look for monkeys and birds near the river by the Lodge or go for a community walk.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (FB).

Day 7.Either go gorilla tracking (on payment of supplement at the time of booking), walking up steep densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. An inspiring moment! Tracking in Bwindi requires stamina and can often take most of the day. Alternatively go for a leisurely nature or community walk.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Jacana Lodge(FB).

Day 8. Leave for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Either drive via Ishasha, home of the tree climbing lion, roads permitting, or take the alternative route through cultivated expanses. Time permitting, go for an evening game drive

Queen Elizabeth National Park Jacana Lodge (FB).

Day 9. Go for an early morning game drive to seek out wildlife, rest during the heat of the day and then go on an evening game drive. The game seen will depend on the season, the Kasenyi plains are good for lion and the Mweya peninsula for a variety of animals.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Jacana Lodge (FB).

Day 10. An excursion to Kyambura Gorge nearby to track the fast moving and elusive chimpanzees, one of man's closest relations. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable but the walk is enchanting. Alternatively go for a nature walk in Maramagambo Forest to see other primates and to visit the Blue Lake. In the afternoon take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel where the wildlife and a vast array of birds come to drink.

Drive to Kampala Departure.

Day 11. Drive to Kampala; enroute stand on the Equator, bargain at the roadside markets and see the royal drum makers. Freshen up in day rooms at Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe until transfer to the airport for return flight.

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