Uganda Safari From Kigali

8 Days 7 Nights From $1870, per person in a group of two

Rates are per person (pp) and based on 2 people sharing 1 room
Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)

hippos in queen elizabeth national park

Overview

Our 8 Day Uganda Safari from Kigali, Rwanda is meant for those people who are interested in safari in Uganda but can only get flights in through Kigali or fancy shorter drives as well as those staying in Rwanda. Also with the current price of the Gorilla permit of Rwanda, Uganda is now a preferred destination for Gorilla tracking. This this trip gives you a shorter drive time while giving you a feel of both Uganda and Rwanda while on the trip. It will take you to some of the amazing national parks of Uganda such as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorillas, Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drives and boat cruise and Kibale National Park for Chimpanzees. The last day of this safari to spent around Lake Bunyonyi to enable you to just relax after the safari.

Summary of 8 Day Uganda Gorilla, Game and Chimpanzee safari from Kigali

  • Day 01: Pickup from Kigali City/Airport and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 02: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Day 03: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  • Day 04: Game drive and Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National park
  • Day 05: Transfer to Kibale National Park
  • Day 06: Chimpanzee trekking
  • Day 07: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi to Relax
  • Day 08: Drive to Kigali Airport for your flight out.

Highlights

  • You’ll visit to Rwanda and Uganda
  • This tour starts and ends in Kigali (Rwanda)
  • You’ll visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda
  • Activities: gorilla tracking
  • Getting around: Open-sided 4×4 vehicle & pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
  • A transfer from Kigali airport to  the hotel and from the hotel to Kigali airport
  • Additional accommodation before the tour departs and on the last day can be arranged for an extra cost

Things To Note

  • Accommodation is Inclusive
  • Small Group Safari: Max 6 People per group
  • Tour Can Depart any day
  • Tour can be customized
  • Solo travelers can join this tour
  • Age Limit: 15 years and above

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival

  • You’ll be picked up from the airport (or hotel)
  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost

DAY 1: Pick up from Kigali Airport/Lodge to start your 8 Days Gorilla, Game and Chimpanzee Safari through Kigali.

You will be picked from Kigali International Airport/Any Hotel in Kigali to start your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda. You will have a stop at the Genocide museum and then take a Kigali city tour if time allows. This safaris takes you through amazing scenery in both Rwanda and Uganda. Rwanda is popularly known as ‘a country of a thousand hills’ while Uganda is refereed to as the ‘Pearl of Africa’. After you cross over to Uganda via  the Katuna or Chanika boarder, you will make a brief stop at Kabale town (Katuna) or Kisoro (Chanika) before proceeding to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for overnight.

Drive time: Approximately 4-5 hours

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner
Lodging: Haven Lodge Rushaga


DAY 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

After an early morning breakfast, with your packed lunch, you will report to the Park Headquarters at about 7:45 am for registration and then you will join other trackers for a briefing about the Dos and the Don’ts during your Gorilla Tracking safari or gorilla habituation experience. Your guides and researchers will lead you through the thick creepers and undergrowth as you trek to find the Gorillas. This trek can take you half an hour to three quarters of the day. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The amount of time you take during the trek largely depends on the movement of the gorillas. While you may encounter several birds, other animals and primates in the forest during the trek, once you find the gorillas, it is usually an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful yet endangered Creatures.  You will have an opportunity to listen and observe researchers do their work of habituating gorillas and if possible you will be called upon to participate by collecting samples, naming of group members, making calls and so much more. Thereafter, you will return back to the Lodge for overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner

Overnight Lodge: Haven Lodges Rushaga


DAY 3: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park located in Southwestern Uganda arriving in time for Lunch at Elephant Hab Lodge. This will be followed by a short relaxation and an evening game drive in the Savannah plains of Kasenyi. It is is here that wild animals like buffaloes, elephants, antelopes and big cuts such as lions and leopards can be spotted, depending on how lucky you are. Return to your lodge for overnight.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation: Elephant Hab Lodge

Meals: All Meals Included

Drive Time: 5-6 Hours


DAY 4: Morning Game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

This morning you will head back to the plains of Kasenyi for a morning game drive to try to find what you could have missed seeing the previous day. Lunch will be served at the lodge. After lunch, you will head to the jetty along the Kazinga channel for the afternoon boat cruise. This cruise offers you beautiful chances of viewing animals like: hippos, elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles and some water birds which flop the channel to drink water.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation: Buffalo Safari Resort

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water


DAY 5: Morning game drive and transfer to Kibale National Park

After an early breakfast, you will drive to the Northern bank of the Queen Elizabeth National Park (Kasenyi) area in search of some wild animals which include: Elephants, Buffalo, and some wild cats, different species of antelopes such water buck, Uganda kobs etc. as well as Savannah birds. After lunch you will drive to Kibale National Park arriving at your lodge in the evening.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.

Lodge: Rwenzori view guest house.

Drive time: 3-4 hours.


DAY 6: Chimp Tracking

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kibale National Park Headquarters located at Kanyanchu. Here, you will join other trekkers for briefing before you proceed into the forest for chimpanzee trekking. You will be led by a well-trained and experienced ranger/guide who will take you for a guided primate walk inside Kibale Forest National Park. This forest provides an opportunity to visit one of the habituated communities of chimpanzees. You are allowed to spend an hour with these Great Apes while observing their behaviour. You are allowed to take photographs. So make sure your cameras are nearby. Kibale National Park is also home to other 13 primate species which can also be spotted while trekking the Chimpanzees. Of course there are also numerous species of forest birds. In fact, this is another haven for bird lovers. After lunch, you will head to Bigodi wetland for a wetland walk with opportunities to see primates and several bird species. This walk will enable you appreciate the role of the of the local people around Bigodi in conserving the wetland. You can choose to support them through donation in kind. Please note that this is a voluntary act.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.

Accommodation: Rwenzori view guest house.


DAY 7: Depart Kibale National Park for Lake Bunyonyi.

Drive from Kibale National Park to Lake Bunyonyi to break the long journey to Kigali but also to relax after the lodge tour. Lake Bunyonyi is one of the three Lava damned Lakes in Uganda which was formed when lava flowing from one of the volcanoes blocked a river channel and water was forced to flow back hence filling the space to create Lake Bunyonyi. Bunyonyi locally means small birds – due to the abundance of small birds in this area. Lake Bunyonyi is said to be the deepest lake in Uganda and second deepest in East Africa. People usually visit Lake Bunyonyi just enjoy the the beauty of the surrounding area – making it one of the best places to relax in after your long safari.

Drive time: Approximately 6-7 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Bird Nest Overseas Cottages or Crater Bay Cottages


DAY 8: Optional Canoeing or Hiking activities around the Lake Bunyonyi and transfer back to Rwanda to End the trip

After breakfast, you will have a choice of either taking a walk around the Lake to admire its beauty and that of the surrounding hills or take a canoe ride on the Lake to explore the different islands’ exciting histories. For example, you can visit the Punishment Island where girls who would produce babies out of legitimate tradition marriage would be dumped and left to die. This is a whole day activity and you will surely enjoy it. Alternatively, you can hike one of the hills around Lake Bunyonyi. Encounter Africa Safaris supports some projects in the communities surround this area. So, those who want to do something on their tour can go for volunteer work. After any of the optional activities drive to Katuna Border and head back to Kigali with either a late flight or post tour hotel on your own arrangement.

Drive Time: 4-5 Hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch


COST PER PERSON SHARING

PersonsDatePrice per person
1 PersonAny dateUSD2730.00
2 PersonsAny dateUSD1870.00
3 PersonsAny dateUSD1580.00
4 PersonsAny dateUSD1440.00
5 PersonsAny dateUSD1350.00
6 PersonsAny dateUSD1290.00

Lodge Options

Bwindi Havens Gorilla Lodge Rushaga

Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge Gallery: Click image for details.

Trekkers Tavern Lodge Ruhija Region

Trekkers Tavern Lodge Ruhija Region: Click image for details.

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Transport in a 4×4 Safari Van
  • Fuel for the round trip
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • All park entry fees
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Cost excludes

  • Uganda and Rwanda Visa fees plus all expenses of person nature such as drinks and tips
  • USD600.00 gorilla permit permit person(we book it for you)

STANDARD: 4X4 SAFARI VAN

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

UPGRADE: 4X4 LUXURY SAFARI LANDCRUISER

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.

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