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7-Day Tailor-Made Holiday and Tour in Rwanda, and Uganda

KIGALI | VOLCANOES | CYANIKA | BWINDI | ISHASHA | QUEEN ELIZABETH NP| LAKE MBURO | ENTEBBE 7 D A Y S | 6 N I G H T S

Destination 1: Dubbed “the land of a thousand hills”, Rwanda’s scenic setting is mind-blowing. A haven for any scenery lover! If interested, there are also some volcanoes to explore including crossing border into the famous Nyiragongo craters. It’s really not just about the safari and savannah here, but the warmth of people you meet as well. Warm and friendly, Rwandese are captivating, whether through traditional dance (itore), unique architecture or works of art. Forget about the country’s sad past. Rwanda is (now) one of the safest destinations to visit in Africa. This content could go on and on but only a visit into Rwanda can best reveal to you what an endearing destination it is! Welcome to Rwanda.

Destination 2: A safari in Uganda offers travellers the opportunity to discover a land of pristine natural beauty. Described as “the Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, Uganda offers some of Africa’s finest geographical and natural beauty, making it a tourist haven. Home to the greatest concentration of primates on the planet (including half the world’s mountain gorilla population), the source of the mighty River Nile and magnificent all year snow-capped peaks on Rwenzori Mountain, Uganda is an adventure enthusiasts’ paradise. Bird-watchers and big 5 animal lovers alike agree, this country is a true African gem waiting to be discovered.

Let Home to Africa take you on this remarkable trip into both Rwanda and Uganda that the Fond Memory will stay with you for so long.

Expect: Golden monkey trekking (Volcanoes NP), gorilla trekking (Bwindi), game viewing (Ishasha), boat trip (Kazinga Channel), game drive/safari (Queen), chimp tracking (Kyambura Gorge), walking safari (Lake Mburo NP).

Bragging Right: Close encounter with the golden monkeys, gorillas and chimps firsthand in their natural habitat, being in and touring both Rwanda plus Uganda – the Pearl of Africa.

Traveler: -------------

Day 1(------): Arrive at Entebbe Airport. Pick up and transfer to the booked Hotel.

We hope your flight is scheduled to land before 14:00hrs. You will arrive at Kigali Airport and perform the routine clearance process and once done, you will step out to meet your waiting Tour Driver-guide. He will welcome you and then hit the road to Volcanoes NP. Volcanoes National Park lies in northwestern Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla NP in Uganda. You will arrive at the booked accommodation and take rest – awaiting next day’s activity. #Optional (extra cost): In case time allows and you’re interested, you may consider Kigali City excursion before transfer to Volcanoes.

Accommodation: (La Palme Hotel-Budget Level) | Meals: Lunch, Dinner | Drive Time: Approx. 3-4 hours.

Day 2(-----): Golden monkey trekking Volcanoes NP. Transfer to Bwindi, Uganda

Golden monkeys trekking takes place in Volcanoes National Park and at the same time (7:00 am) just like gorilla trekking. These rare monkey species are also listed as endangered and Volcanoes NP has habituated groups that are available for trekking by visitors. The exercise starts with a short briefing from the park ranger at the RDB Office. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the golden monkeys through the rainforest of the volcanoes NP. Return to the accommodation for some rest and lunch. After lunch, drive off to Cyanika Border Post. From Cyanika, you will be received by our Uganda-based Professional Tour Driver-guide who will take over from his Rwanda-based colleague. You will cross border into Uganda and overnight at a property close Bwindi National Park where you will undertake the gorilla trekking the next day.

Accommodation: (Gorilla Valley Lodge-Budget Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Drive Time: 3-4 hours.

Day 3(-----): Gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest-Rushaga sector. Return and take rest

Have breakfast and move to the rangers’ post. You will receive some briefing (from a ranger-guide) on the dos and don’ts during gorilla trekking. Thereafter, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure and encounter. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. Once you have located a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle but endangered giants is unforgettable. Return to the accommodation, and take some rest after a strenuous day.

Accommodation: (Gorilla Valley Lodge-Budget Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Drive Time: n/a

Day 4(-----): Game viewing Ishasha for tree-climbing lions. Connect north Queen.

Be up early, have breakfast and embark on a transfer to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth NP – famously known for its tree-climbing lion population. Once there, undertake a game drive in search of this rare species of lions. Should you get the chance to spot the lions up in the tree, the sight is picturesque and unforgettable. From Ishasha (south), exit and head to the booked accommodation in the north sector. Check in and take rest. #Optional: If interested, you may consider a late afternoon-to-evening game drive/safari in the Kasenyi plains.

Accommodation: (Irungu Safari Lodge-Budget Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Drive Time: Approx. 6 hours.

Day 5(-----): Game drive/safari. Afternoon boat trip/safari - Kazinga Channel.

Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive/safari in the Kasenyi plains and be on the look for Cape buffalos, herds of elephants plus lions, leopards (though hard to spot) among others. Return to the accommodation for some rest time and lunch. After lunch, you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward. During the trip, the sight of wildlife including giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others will fascinate you. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. #Optional (no cost): If interested, you may go for a brief late afternoon-to-evening game viewing and then, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: (Irungu Safari Lodge-Budget Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Drive Time: n/a

Day 6(-----): Chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge. Transfer to Lake Mburo NP.

We shall have breakfast and proceed for the Chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura gorge. The gorge is home to habituated Chimpanzees plus other primates including baboons, monkeys and also bird species. Today, you will spend the early part of the day tracking chimpanzees here. Thereafter, transfer to Lake Mburo National Park via Mbarara City. Once in Mburo, you may decide to check in and just relax or check in and go for a game drive/safari. #Optional (extra cost): If interested, you can consider the night game drive as well to sight nocturnal wildlife.

Accommodation: (Hyena Hill Lodge-Budget Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Drive Time: Approx. 4 hrs.

Day 7(-------): Walking safari. Travel to Entebbe to catch flight out (17:00hrs or later).

Enjoy your early breakfast and proceed for the Mburo morning park (bush) walk in the presence of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger-guide. On this early morning guided walk, you will have the opportunity to encounter (at close range): Zebras, Giraffes and Eland, Topi and other antelope, Cape buffaloes among others.

Take the Trail to the top of the hills to see Lake Mburo and beyond. Thereafter, return to the accommodation for checkout and then hit the road to Entebbe airport to catch flight (1700hrs or later).

Accommodation: Recommended on request | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch | Drive Time: Approx. 4 hours.

INCLUDED

  • Meals specified and accommodation in en suite facilities.
  • Ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 safari car.
  • Applicable park entrance, activity fees.
  • ONE assigned English-speaking professional driver-guide.
  • Gorilla trekking permit per person.
  • Golden monkey, chimp trekking permit per person.
  • Bottled water while on safari.
  • All airport/hotel pick-up and drop off.
  • Activities as stipulated (except those stated as optional).

NOT INCLUDED

  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Phone calls and bar bills.
  • Personal/travel insurance.
  • Driver guide’s gratuity (recommended).
  • All Other Services of a personal nature (e.g. LAUNDRY, Air fare.
  • East Africa tourist visa (Apply HERE).
  • All kinds of drinks except water.
  • Any activity stated as “OPTIONAL

Note: The above accommodations can be upgraded on request. However, that will lead to rise in safari cost.

Upgrade (Midrange Level): (Davinci Gorilla Lodge) | (Rushaga Gorilla Lodge) | (Elephant Hab Lodge) | (Kigarama Wilderness)

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10-Day Tailor-Made Holiday & Tour in Uganda –Big 5 Safari

ENTEBBE | HOTEL | ZZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY | MURCHISON FALLS NP | KIBALE | QUEEN ELIZABETH NP | ISHASHA SECTOR | BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NP | LAKE BUNYONYI | LAKE MBURO NP | ENTEBBE 10 D A Y S | 09 N I G H T S

Destination: A safari in Uganda offers travellers the opportunity to discover a land of pristine natural beauty. Described as “the Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, Uganda offers some of Africa’s finest geographical and natural beauty, making it a tourist haven. Home to the greatest concentration of primates on the planet (including half the world’s mountain gorilla population), the source of the mighty River Nile and magnificent all year snow-capped peaks on Rwenzori Mountain, Uganda is an adventure enthusiasts’ paradise. Bird-watchers and big 5 animal lovers alike agree, this country is a true African gem waiting to be discovered.

Let Home to Africa take you on this remarkable safari into the Pearl of Africa that the Fond Memory will stay with you for so long.

Expect: Rhino tracking (Zziwa), game drive/safari (Murchison), boat trip/safari (Murchison), and top of the falls’ experience, Kibale Forest walk/trek, chimpanzee tracking (Kyambura Gorge), game drive/safari (Queen), boat trip/safari – Kazinga Channel, game viewing (Ishasha), gorilla trekking (Bwindi Forest), sightseeing and relaxation (Lake Bunyonyi), game drive + walking safari (Mburo NP).

Bragging Right: Being at the top of Murchison Falls, close encounter with chimps, gorillas firsthand in their natural habitat, being in and touring Uganda – the Pearl of Africa.

Traveler: -------------

Day 1(------): Arrive at Entebbe Airport. Pick up and transfer to the booked Hotel

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, a Home to Africa assigned English-speaking Professional Tour Driver-guide will receive and welcome you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. Thereafter, you will transfer to the booked accommodation. You will check in and take your rest – recovering from jet lag, adjusting to time difference. #Optional (extra cost): Just in case you reached early and interested in some activity, you may consider; a). excursion to the Entebbe Botanical Gardens to sight a few primates and birds, b). excursion to Mabamba wetland in search of the prehistoric shoebill stork. Otherwise, check in and just take your rest.

Accommodation: (Via Via Entebbe-Budget Level) | Meals: Dinner | Transfer Time: Approx. 20 minutes

Day 2(------): Travel to Zziwa for an hour of rhino tracking. Proceed to Murchison NP.

Be up early, have breakfast and drive off to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Once there, you will proceed for an hour of on-foot rhino tracking. From the rhino tracking, head to Masindi where you will have a lunch stop. After lunch, embark on the transfer to Murchison Falls NP. The highlights of this park include the roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. Then surely, the concentration of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here will fascinate you. #If interested and time allows, we can proceed for a late afternoon-evening game drive.

Accommodation: (Ikorom Safari Lodge-Budget Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Transfer Time: 7 hours exclude time in Zziwa.

Day 3(------): Morning game drive/safari. Afternoon boat trip upstream to the falls.

Have your breakfast, depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park and be on the look for wildlife including: lions, leopards (though hard to spot) among others. For any birder, there are quite a number of birds to sight too during the drive. Return to the accommodation for some rest time and lunch. After lunch, you will head out for the boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls where you will also be able to catch sight of more animals including Hippos and Crocodiles and several water birds. #Optional (extra cost 15$): If interested, continue with a hike to the top of the falls. The hike may be a strenuous one but the thrill on reaching the top is unforgettable. Return to your accommodation and relax.

Accommodation: (Ikorom Safari Lodge-Budget Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Transfer Time: n/a

Day 4(------): Transfer from Murchison to Kibale Forest NP. Check in and have good rest.

Today, you will have breakfast and then, depart right away for Kibale Forest National Park – popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkey, Uganda mangabey (Lophocebus ugandae) among others. The drive is quite long but incredibly scenic – passing through villages, lush green countryside and hills dotted with tea plantations that characterize this part of Uganda. The beautiful scenery will amaze you all the way. Upon arrival at the accommodation, check in and just relax. #Optional (extra cost 15$): If interested, you can proceed for the crater lakes excursion. You will enjoy the beauty of the numerous small lakes, surrounded by gentle hills, and the stunning views all over. Else, just enjoy your rest at the facility.

Accommodation: (Chimpanzee Forest Lodge-Budget Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Transfer time: Approx. 7 hours.

Day 5(-------): Kibale Forest walk /trek and, transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP. Game drive.

Have breakfast and move out to explore the Kibale Forest. Best known for chimpanzee tracking, Kibale Forest has something else to offer. The park’s nature walk will uncover for you some of Kibale rarely talked about residents including mammals like the duikers, forest hogs, butterflies, and the rich vegetation. There are also several amphibian and reptile species as well. The park has a resident population of African forest elephants as well. Return to the accommodation, check out and you will embark on a transfer (about 2hrs) to Queen Elizabeth National Park.  You will reach Queen early enough to have lunch, rest and then proceed out on a game drive. The game drive offers the chance to sight; lions, leopard (but hard to spot), elephants, buffalos to mention but a fewFrom the game drive, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: (Irungu Safari Lodge-Budget Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Transfer Time: 2-3 hrs.

Day 6(------): Chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge. Afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel.

We shall have breakfast and proceed for the Chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura gorge. The gorge is home to habituated Chimpanzees plus other primates including baboons, monkeys and also bird species. Today, you will spend the early part of the day tracking chimpanzees here. Thereafter, return to the accommodation for some rest time and lunch. After lunch, you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward. During the trip, the sight of wildlife including giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others will fascinate you. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. After the boat trip, you can proceed for a brief late afternoon game drive and thereafter, return to the lodge.

Accommodation: (Irungu Forest Safari Lodge-Budget Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Transfer Time: Approx. n/a.

Day 7(-----): Sunrise game drive – Kasenyi plains. Head to Ishasha sector and connect to Bwindi.

Be up early and proceed for an early morning game drive in the Kasenyi plains. Be on the look for Cape buffalos, herds of elephants, lions, leopards (though hard to spot) among others. Return to the lodge and check out then head to Ishasha sector in search of tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are hard to spot (most especially when they are down in the grassland looking for prey). Should you get to spot them, the sight is picturesque and memorable. From Ishasha, we shall continue to the accommodation at the edge of Bwindi National Park (Ruhija sector) – arriving in the evening (5 or 6pm).

Accommodation: (Broadbill Forest Camp-Budget Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Transfer Time: 6 hours.

Day 8(------): Gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation.

Have breakfast and move to the rangers’ post. You will receive some briefing (from a ranger guide) on the dos and don’ts during trekking. Thereafter, you will enter the Bwindi Forest for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. Once you have located a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle but endangered giants is unforgettable. Return to the accommodation, check out and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day.

Accommodation: (Itambira Island-Tree House-Budget Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Transfer Time: Approx. 2-3 hours.

Day 9(-------): Transfer to Lake Mburo NP and enjoy afternoon (evening) game drive.

Have breakfast and set off to Lake Mburo NP via Mbarara City. You will arrive at the accommodation in Lake Mburo in time and rest before moving out for an afternoon-to-evening game drive. On the game drive, expect to see the gigantic eland antelopes, zebras, topi, impalas, Uganda kob and Cape buffalos among others. Later, relax at the accommodation where you will spend the night. #Optional (extra cost 30$): If interested, you may consider the night game drive to encounter nocturnal creatures which will be a rare sighting compared to the regular daytime sightings.

Accommodation: (Hyena Hill Lodge-Budget Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Transfer Time: Approx. 4-5 hrs.

Day 10(-------): Morning walking safari in the park. Return to Entebbe to catch flight.

Enjoy your early breakfast and proceed for the Mburo morning park (bush) walk in the presence of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger-guide. On this early morning guided walk, you will have the opportunity to encounter (at close range): Zebras, Giraffes and Eland, Topi and other antelope, Cape buffaloes among others.

Take the Trail to the top of the hills and see Lake Mburo and beyond. From this vantage point, you will have a great view of 9 of the twelve lakes surrounding Lake Mburo NP. Thereafter, return to the accommodation for checkout and then hit the road to Entebbe airport to catch flight (1800hrs or later).

Accommodation: Recommended on request | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch | Drive Time: Approx. 4 hours.

INCLUDED

  • Meals specified and accommodation with en suite facilities [private toilet, bathroom].
  • Ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 safari car.
  • Applicable park entrance, activity fees.
  • [1] Professional English-speaking Tour Driver-guide.
  • [1] Gorilla trekking permit per person participating.
  • [1] Chimp tracking permit per person participating.
  • Bottled water while on safari.
  • [1] Complimentary airport/hotel pick-up and drop off.
  • Activities as stipulated (except those stated as optional).

NOT INCLUDED

  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Phone calls and bar bills.
  • Personal/travel insurance.
  • Driver guide’s gratuity (recommended).
  • All Other Services of a personal nature (e.g. LAUNDRY, Flight ticket(s).
  • Entry visa into Uganda (Click à Here).
  • All kinds of drinks except water.
  • Any activity stated as “OPTIONAL”.
  • Covid-19 tests (if any).

Note: The above accommodations can be upgraded on request. However, that will lead to rise in safari cost.

Upgrade (Midrange Level): (2 Friends Beach Hotel) | (Twiga Safari Lodge) | (Kibale Guest Cottages) | (Elephant Hab Lodge) | (Bakiga Lodge) | (BirdNest Resort Bunyonyi) | (Kigarama Wilderness Lodge)