7 Days Uganda and Rwanda combined team building Safari

7 Days 6 Nights


NB: This team building tour can either start and end in Rwanda or Uganda. Please contact us for your preference.

During these 7 days team building tour, you will have the opportunity to visit both Uganda and Rwanda. While in Rwanda, a visit the Dian Fossey grave site (tomb) in Volcanoes National Park, visit the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village for a truly amazing cultural experience and the genocide memorial center is a must visit. In Uganda, you will visit the Batwa community in Nkuringo adjacent to Bwindi Forest national park, famous for gorillas, track golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park, track chimpanzee in Kibale Forest National Park, and do wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth national park.

Highlight of these 7 days team building safari:

  • Tour of the genocide memorial site, city markets, artisan shops and presidential palace museum within Kigali city
  • Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park
  • Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale national park Uganda
  • Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Launch Cruise at the Kazinga Channel
  • Golden Monkey Tracking
  • Visit twin lakes; Ruhondo and Burera
  • Visiting the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Travel from Kigali to Kibale Forest national park, Uganda

Wake up early and take breakfast as you wait to be picked up from the hotel or from the Airport to start your journey through the beautiful countryside of Rwanda to Uganda. Do not forget to have all your documents ready as you will be asked for them at the Uganda-Rwanda border crossing. A yellow fever card is very important. You will make a stop for lunch at a suitable place on your way to Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda. You will arrive in time to allow you get enough rest in preparation for Chimpanzee tracking the following day.

There are different accommodation options, e.g., luxury: Kyaninga Lodge, Mid-range: Primates Lodge and budget: Chimpanzee Guest House.

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park

After your early morning breakfast, our company Guide will pick you up and take you to the park offices for briefing. The briefing is led by a park Guide and covers topics on the Dos and Don’ts of Chimpanzee trekking during your Uganda-Rwanda team building safari. Chimpanzees live in groups, which are usually very dramatic with conflicts among members constant occurring. The great thing about chimpanzee s is that finding them is very easy – because they are very vocal. You can hear them making noise from miles away even before seeing them. Once you find the group, you are allowed to observe the group, take photos for one hour before you start your journey back to the briefing point for your tracking certificate and will return to your lodge for lunch and afternoon relaxation. Thereafter, take a leisurely late afternoon drive from Kibale National Park to Queen Elizabeth national park for diner and overnight.

There are different accommodation options, e.g., luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge, Mid-range: Park view lodge and budget: Simba safari camp.

Day 3: Game drive and Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today, you will pack your breakfast and head to either the Kasenyi plains or Mweya area to start your game drive. This early morning game drive is designed to allow you spot the nocturnal animals e.g., Leopard and hippos going back to their dens after hunting or grazing the whole night and other early morning risers like hartebeests, lions, small primates, birds, etc. You will return to the lodge to rest as you wait for lunch. After your lunch, an Encounter Africa Safaris guide will drive you to the Kazinga Channel, that separates Lake Edward from Lake George, for your boat cruise. This channel is famous for sighting different animals as they come to drink water. It is also one of the best spots in Africa for bird watching.

There are different accommodation options, e.g., luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge, Mid-range: Park view lodge and budget: Simba safari camp.

Day 4: Game drive in the Ishasa sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Transfer to Volcanoes national park in Rwanda

After a very early morning breakfast, you will check out and get ready for long day drive to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. On this day, your Encounter Africa Safaris guide will pick you after breakfast and head out through the Ishasa sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you enjoy another awesome game drive with very high chances of spotting the tree climbing lions as they usually rest on top of fig and acacia trees after a long night hunt but also to get a nice view of what will probably be their next meal. Aside from rest, these lions also climbing the trees to escape insect bites while on the ground. The Ishasha sector also is habitat to elephants, buffaloes and the Uganda Kob. After maximizing the amazing beauty of nature in the area, you will proceed on your journey to the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. You will again be able to make a lunch stop at an appropriate place.

There are different accommodation options, e.g., luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Mid-range: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge and budget: Kinigi Guest House.

Day 5: Track the mountain gorillas and take a Tour of the Iby’iwacu cultural village

After an early morning breakfast, you will be driven to the park offices briefing about mountain gorilla tracking. Briefing is usually at 7:00 am and is led by the park Rangers and Guides. It is during this time that you will be assigned a gorilla family to track. Of course, the family you are allocated depends on one’s personal fitness and age. Because gorilla tracking can be challenging to some people, especially depending on the location of the family, you can be advised to hire a porter to carry your heavy luggage as you head out to the forest. Being able to see these mountain gorillas in the wild is the ultimate experience you want to experience. You will be required, at all times to follow instructions from your guide(s) and/or warden(s) especially when you (are about) approach the gorillas. As a rule, clients can only enjoy a maximum of one hour with the gorilla family. So, take time to observe them and take enough photos/videos during this time.

Return to the lodge for a late afternoon lunch and relaxation before heading out to Gorilla Guardians Village in Musanze, just adjacent to the Volcanoes Park. Formerly known as the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village, this is where the different tribes of Rwanda come together to show their culture through music, dances and drama. There will also be some souvenirs that you can buy to remind you of your tour to Rwanda. By the way, at the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village, tourists are not just onlookers, in fact, you can also be an active participant by putting on the traditional costumes and joining the performers during an exciting evening/night performance.

There are different accommodation options, e.g., luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Mid-range: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge and budget: Kinigi Guest House.

Day 6: Tracking Golden Monkey and a visit to the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo

Wake up early once again, take breakfast and wait for the driver to take you to the park offices for briefing on golden monkey tracking and also be assigned a Guide and armed Rangers who will escort you into the forest in search for the golden monkeys. These endangered primates are only found in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Apart from man, as their greatest threat, Eagles are considered their natural enemies as they snatch their young ones. Interestingly the Golden monkeys are a very playful primates and love the flash from cameras unlike the mountain gorillas. These primates generally enjoy feeding on bamboo shoots and other vegetation in the forest. Once you have hiked and encountered the golden golden monkeys, you will return to your lodge in the afternoon for lunch and rest before again heading out to the beautiful twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera.

There are different accommodation options, e.g., luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Mid-range: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge and budget: Kinigi Guest House.

Day 7: Drive to Kigali for a City Tour or to catch your flight out

After your breakfast, you will be driven to Kigali for a city tour before heading to the airport. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful rolling hills of Rwanda’s countryside and the vast tea plantations on your way to the city centre. On this day, you will visit the Gisozi Genocide memorial site, the presidential palace museum, city markets and gift shops to buy local crafts/arts if you wish. Thereafter, have lunch and head to the airport or to your next accommodation as you wait for your next flight out.

End of your Team Building Tour

This safari is available on private basis so you can contact us for a quote. Provide us with details of how many people you will be in a group, when you intend to travel and one of our specialists will respond to you as soon as we receive your email

Tour inclusions;

  • A standard customized tour van
  • An English-speaking driver
  • Fuel
  • Gorilla Permits
  • Chimpanzee Permits
  • Golden Monkey Permits
  • Park fees
  • Water and meals while traveling
  • Full board accommodation for 6 nights
  • Pickup and drop-off in Kigali
  • Visiting the Gorilla Guardians Village
  • A visit to the Ruhondo and Burera twin lakes
  • Kigali city Tour
  • Drinking water and light snack

Tour exclusions;

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal insurance
  • Guide for you Rwanda-Uganda Team Building Tour
  • Appropriate gears for mountain gorilla trekking include: –Good hiking boots with traction, thick cotton gloves and A light raincoat
  • Services of Porters during trekking

Safari Vans


Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari. Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people. We also have 4×4 Super Customs very comfortable and stable on the road. These carry up to 5 people with their luggage. We also have 4×4 RAV 4 for a group of two people

Safari land cruiser


We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop-up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE). They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smartphones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat.

New Normal Travel Guidelines (SOPs)

At Encounter Africa Safaris our core value is to provide you with an authentic safari experience during these new and changing times when the whole world is alert about the ongoing pandemic of the Coronavirus. Encounter Africa Safari Travel SOPS have been put in place to ensure the wellbeing, safety and health of our clients and as such guidelines and measures have been put in place as we return to the new normal post covid-19. All these are in line with advice, guidelines and procedures for a post covid-19 traveler put in place by WHO, UNWTO, UWA, AUTO, UTB and Civil Aviation.

General recommendations for personal hygiene, cough etiquette and keeping a distance of at least one meter from persons showing symptoms remain particularly important for all travelers and even those without symptoms. These include:

  • Perform hand hygiene frequently, particularly after contact with respiratory secretions. Hand hygiene includes either cleaning hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub. Alcohol-based hand rubs are preferred and are not easily soiled. All travelers are advised to carry with.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing immediately of the tissue and performing hand hygiene; the recommended type of mask is the N95.
  • Refrain from touching mouth, eyes and nose, in general areas of the face.
  • Postponing travel plans in cases of illness, and avoiding contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections, hence social distance of at least one meter apart and if you are not sure of your health then postpone travel until you feel

On arrival at the airport or any entry point

  • Mandatory temperature screening using non-contact infra-red thermometers at the key tourism gates at the Airport.
  • Clients are required to have tested for the Virus prior to travel dates and should carry with medical documents supported by medical evidence and consistent with health best practices.
  • A non-contact system (digital travel) has been introduced at the Airport for clients to check in and out and at visa points, you will be attended to by someone behind a glass shield and they will also wear face masks and protectors to maintain as little contact as possible.
  • It’s now a must for all travel bags to be wrapped in plastic bags for travelers who are checking in at the Airport.
  • Mandatory hand washing / sanitizing at all entrances of the Airport for all travelers and staff.
  • Face masks are a must for all travelers, the recommended mask is an N95.
  • Tours should not exceed more than 4 in a group to maintain social distancing and walk marks in place around the airport.

In the vehicle while traveling.

  • Regular communication of safety protocols and responsibilities to clients, and to keep them informed and reminded to stay vigilant while enjoying.
  • Onboard sanitizing tissues and/or fluids to clients (travelers) and staff (driver guides and the like) will be available and we encourage you to use them.
  • Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces. Hence we will minimize the stops and set designated stopping areas that we prove to be safe for our health and we will encourage a takeaway food system to seating in hotels during stops. We rather encourage picnic eating along the way.
  • Cleaning all surfaces more frequently, using products and disinfectants that meet requirements with special attention to high-touch surfaces like vehicle door knobs, picnic boxes, hand rests, refrigerators, etc.
  • Redesigning all processes towards a more digital and touchless approach in all possible touch-points. Like cashless payment points as money has been found to spread the virus.
  • Reduce the number of objects on board. Limit luggage quantities while traveling to only what is enough for your tour.

At the lodge.

Encounter Africa Safaris is working with only those lodges that have proven to uphold the health of our clients first and practicing as per the guidelines of WHO as below;

  • Our partner hotels, lodges and restaurants are those that have increased the frequency of cleaning in common areas and contact surfaces and rooms. The lodges have also gone further to put hand sanitizers in both the common room and in bedrooms.
  • Social distancing is a must in lodges we use of at least one meter which is the standard around the world.
  • Upon arrival standard safety protocols will be outlined and how the lodge is practicing them to prevent spread of the virus in case a person is found to be sick.
  • Our partner hotels and lodges keep spare rooms for possible sick or quarantine guests that are suspected to have the virus and later inform authorities about it.
  • The hotels and lodges we use have implemented contactless check-in and provide guests with a hygiene welcome kit where possible (this may include gloves, masks, and sanitizers).
  • Where possible temperature will be taken using a contactless infra-red thermometer as a basic standard for checking the common symptom of covid-19.
  • The partner lodges have adopted new services such as room service or picnic takeaway to reduce convergence in the common dining area at the lodge and also you are encouraged to avoid buffets while ordering for meals as these attract many people.
  • Our partners lodges and hotels foster flexibility in all their operations, such as those that can amend bookings if clients are not able to make it at suggested times and those that can keep credit for the client until when they are fit to travel.

At the national parks.

  • All Staff and visitors shall wear the right face masks that have been prescribed by Ministry of Health (Visitors will carry their own masks an N95).
  • Staff of Uganda Wildlife Authority will inform the visitor of the general government approved covid operational guidelines. They will explain to the visitor the UWA safety COVID measures (DOs and DONTs) during their tour and stay within the protected areas.
  • The tourists shall be required to provide a certificate that shows that they are COVID negative, either provided by our Ministry of Health or the relevant authority from the country most recently visited.
  • Temperature screening will be done at the key tourism gates of the different National Park. Those with temperatures above 37.6 degrees Celsius shall not be allowed into the protected areas and shall be advised to seek medical help through the mechanisms set up by authorities to get to the nearest quarantine location.
  • Every tourist shall have wash and disinfect their hands at all entry points to the protected areas. Sanitary alcohol sanitizer dispensers as well as hand washing facilities with soap shall be installed at all entry points.
  • There will be regular disinfecting of common areas with heavy tourist contact before, during and after visiting hours. These include information counters, service desks, waiting areas, park offices and toilets. Toilets in particular should be cleaned at least every 2 hours
  • Where applicable, transparent screens will be fitted at all, park gate counters. The staff manning the gate will only allow visitors who have the prescribed face masks and who have washed/ sanitized to enter the park

Tourist vehicles and boats within the national parks

  • The National guidelines issued by MoH shall be enforced by tourists while in visiting the National Parks i.e
    • Saloon cars – 3 persons (This does not include the guide, where one is requested and paid for)
    • Buses, mini buses and omnibuses – Half capacity
    • Overlanders – Half capacity
    • Concessionaire delivery vehicles, pick-ups and lories – 2 persons
    • Private boats and launches – Half capacity
    • Tour operator game drive vehicles and UWA owned game drive vehicles – 6 persons
  • Social distancing should be observed within the vehicles
  • Tour operators and service providers will be regularly reminded to disinfect their cars regularly
  • UWA owned vehicles will be washed every day before use and disinfected daily through spray pumps
  • Every protected area shall provide a safe location where this spraying can be done, and where they tour operators can also park their cars to disinfect them
  • All tour operators shall be encouraged to provide their drivers with an alcohol rub/hand sanitizer for frequently or alternatively wear gloves. Caution should however be taken to remove this sanitizer whenever the car is parked
  • All other precautionary measures have to be enforced ie washing hands, social distancing and cautiously using masks

Key Tourism Activities

Briefing of tourists

  • Before engaging in any tourism activities, the tourists shall be given the usual briefing regarding the activities they are about to engage in. In addition to this, the guides shall remind the tourists about the risk / looming dangers of covid and brief them on the general preventative measures government has instituted and the measure they will be expected to abide by while in the Protected Areas, and remind them that it’s both for their safety and that of the wildlife.
  • These guidelines and measures shall also be printed and displayed in key visible areas within the park such as the briefing areas, the gates, the information centres, the canteens, to mention but a few.

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking

  • The existing gorilla and chimpanzee tracking rules and guidelines (see annex) will remain in force to prevent any human to animal transmissions. These include
    • 8 and 6 tourists will be allowed to track the gorillas and chimpanzees respectively
    • The tourists must keep 7m away from the gorillas and chimpanzees
    • Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be overly coughing shall not be allowed to track
    • Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be sick shall not be allowed to track. These include tourists with signs flu, and those who report to have diarrhoea and stomach upsets, malaria etc
  • While the forests are dense and don’t have any specific trails for tracking, the assigned UWA guides shall try as humanly possible to ensure that there is social distancing among the tourists while the tracking takes place
  • The tourists shall be encouraged to carry light equipment to minimise the need for potters while they undertake the tracking. This will be communicated to potential tourists through the tour operators and other fora
  • Due to the reported side effects of putting on masks for long periods and in high altitudes, the number of breaks during the tracking shall be doubled to give tourists time to breathe fresh air.
  • During these breaks, social distancing should be observed

Game Drives

  • The regular park rules shall apply
  • The vehicle guidelines above shall also apply
  • Where a guide is requested, the guide shall sit at the front and shall continuously remind the tourists about the need to social distance
  • Masks shall be worn at all time
  • Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find a safe and secure place to park the vehicle and allow for the tourists to get fresh air while maintaining social distance

Boat Cruises

  • The regular park rules shall apply
  • The boat and launches guidelines above shall also apply
  • The UWA owned boats must be cleaned and disinfected every day before any boat cruise activity
  • The concessionaire shall also be required to clean and disinfect their boats every day before any boat activities
  • The guide shall enforce social distancing while on the boat.
  • Masks shall be worn at all time while on the boat
  • Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find space within the boat for this client to get some fresh air for a few minutes. This shall be away from the other tourists

Anticipated travel needs for anyone traveling post Covid-19

  • Bring enough of your medicine to last you for the entire trip.
  • Pack enough alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and keep it within easy to reach.
  • Bring a cloth face covering to wear in public places. Mask N95 is recommended while traveling to Uganda.
  • Prepare food and water for your trip where possible and avoid eating at places providing buffets.
  • Limit the number of people you get in contact with while on safari.

For more information about safety and healthy responses and updates on Covid-19 in Uganda and East Africa, do not hesitate to contact Encounter Africa Safaris

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