A safari that blends Uganda and Rwanda together at its best –giving you the best experience of Uganda’s range of unique dazzling habitats, natural beauty and biodiversity from centuries of generations. The two destinations will cover most of the natural attractions, which includes the mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, Africa’s Big Five, and wide range of bird species..
Day 1- Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your Paradise Safaris’ guide who will pick you and transfer you to your hotel –approximately between 15-40 minutes. Karibu Guest House/Boma Guest House for meals and over night. Meal plan (FB).
Day 2 – Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
Embark on your safari vehicle with your safari guide and drive to Murchison Falls National Park, a protected area of over 4000 km².
Time permitting; you may break your journey at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a species reintroduction programme that has successfully bred over a dozen white rhino and the only place in Uganda where you can see rhino. These docile animals are best viewed on an early morning walking safari.
Murchison Falls National Park is rich in 76 mammal species and 451 bird species, River Nile that runs through the park and attracts Nile crocodile, hippo and the rare semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelope. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffes, warthogs, giant forest hog, Uganda kob, topi and waterbuck are just a few of the big name mammals you may see. If time allows, visit the Top of the Falls and feel the force of the River Nile under your feet as the half a kilometre wide river narrows to just 7 m wide and cascades down through a 45 m drop.
You will spend your night Paraa Safari Lodge, one of Uganda’s finest safari lodges, set within the boundaries of Murchison Falls National Park, giving you easy access for game drives. It’s well-designed modern interiors, balconies and numerous swimming pools overlook the River Nile, on its journey from the river’s source in Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert. Meal Plan (FB).
Day 3 – Boat Cruise Safari on River Nile
Rise for an early morning breakfast or packed breakfast/enjoy your breakfast upon return from the game drive. Set off for an early morning game drive, admiring the wildlife and birdlife at Murchison Falls National Park. Ensure our guide answers all of your questions about the biodiversity in this game reserve park. One of the highlights will be the boat ride to the Nile Delta, home for the iconic Shoebill. Return for lunch while relaxing at the swimming pool. Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (FB).
Day 4 –Transfer to Kibale National Park
After your breakfast, embark on your safari vehicle and drive to Kibale National Park, an incredibly diverse forest of 795 km² that is home to over 335 bird species (some rare or endemic) and 13 species of primates including chimpanzee, red colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest monkey, blue monkey, grey mangabey, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons, pottos and bushbabies. You will be welcomed at one of the lodges that provide comfort and a twist of Africa’s wild at the edge of the forest. Overnight at Primate Lodge. Meal Plan (FB).
Day 5 –Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale National Park
Rise for an early morning breakfast at the call of melodious songs of African birds; arrive at the park headquarters at 8 am for briefing before setting off onto the trails. Spend time with these engaging apes, our closest living relative, great fun to watch as they play and fight in the fruit trees. Your experienced guides will introduce you to the different members of the chimp families, as well as the birds and plant life of the forest. The trails through the forest are generally easy to navigate and Rangers who will explain the fascinating traditional uses of the forest plant species will always accompany you.
The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier that its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into areas of Kibale Forest. Occasionally other large mammals such as buffalo, giant forest hog and numerous antelope species can also be seen. Birders will be on the lookout for an incredible list of 335 bird species. Also look out for the Black and White Colobus Monkey, Red Tailed Monkey and Gray Cheeked Mangabey. Equally long lists of rare and endemic forest species will impress butterfly lovers and botanists. Return your lodge and prepare for an afternoon visit the neighbouring Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. Cleverly constructed boardwalks lead you through Papyrus that towers above your head in Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. With over 130 bird species, multicolored butterflies, eight different types of primates and the rare, semi-aquatic Sitatunga (antelope), this is community tourism at its best. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight: Meal Plan (FB)
Day 6 – Departure for Queen Elizabeth National Park
Enjoy your breakfast at sunrise and embark on your safari vehicle with your guide, and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Kasese, set in the foot of Rwenzori mountains and on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, with occasionally visible picks of Rwenzori mountains. This iconic Queen Elizabeth National Park, named after the Queen Elizabeth visit will offer you over 600 species of birds and gently rolling hills with a scenery landscape, and a dozens of ancient craters carved in the hills. On your route your lodge, keep your eyes peeled to spot particularly elaphants, kobs, Giant Forest Hog and if you are very lucky, you may spot an elusive leopard. You will be welcomed at Katara Lodge, which is perched an escarpment with breath taking views across the floor of the Rift Valley. Overnight at Katara Lodge (FB).
Day 7 –Game Drive & Boat Cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Start your day early with a 6 o’clock coffee or tea wake-up call, ready for your early morning game drive. Make sure to ask the hotel staff for a packed breakfast that morning. A popular route for the game drive is the Kasenyi sector, well-known for its lions that prey on Queen Elizabeth’s large population of Uganda Kob (antelope) that mate around this area. Wildlife to look out for includes elephants, antelope, warthogs, Baboons and occasionally a hyena. If you are very lucky, you may spot a Giant Forest Hog, Africa’s largest pig. Keep your eyes peeled to spot an elusive leopard!
After your Safari, you will head back to the lodge for a few hours relaxation by the pool and lunch. In the afternoon, you will take a boat for a water safari on the Kazinga Channel at Mweya that connects the two lakes of Edward and George. This is likely to be a big highlight of your trip! The Kazinga Channel lies in central Queen Elizabeth, its banks fertile with large mammals such as hippo, elephant and buffalo.
The expert Uganda Wildlife Authority guides will identify many of the Channel’s 100 bird species and you’re likely to see African Skimmers, Great White Pelicans, Spoonbill and a number of Bee-eater species. Hippos wallow at the edge of the water, huge Nile crocodiles bask in the sun and elephants come down to drink. The Kazinga Channel boat ride is a brilliant opportunity to take some close-up wildlife shots. Overnight at Mweya or Katara Lodge (FB)
Day 8 – Chimpanzee Trekking at Kyambura Gorge.
After a good breakfast, we will spend the morning hiking Kyambura Gorge on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The forest of Kyambura Gorge is home to a diversity of birdlife and a small number of chimpanzees, and other primates such as black-and-white Colobus and vervet monkeys. As we cross the river inside the gorge, look out for the hippos, elephants and antelope that come to the water’s edge to drink. Around Kyambura, away from the escarpment, you can request your guide to take you to one of the caves around the Twin Lakes. Overnight at Mweya or Katara Lodge (FB).
Day 9 –Depart for Rwanda
Early morning of the 9th day, embark on your safari vehicle to continue with your journey southwards to the Ugandan-Rwandan border. You will be welcomed by impressive views of the volcanic mountains of the Virunga complex while approaching the southwestern Uganda (Kabale). Later, we will cross the border to Rwanda. From here, it is no longer very far to the Volcanoes National Park and soon you will be given a friendly warm welcome to your lodge. Overnight at Best View Hotel/Snow Hotel. Meal Plan (FB).
Day 10: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the ranger station by 8 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes. The rangers will guide you through the fields, up the gentle slopes of the volcanoes and into the bamboo forest. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.
Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas or vice versa, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas. Once you have located your gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour for you. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base.
Tracking the mountain gorillas is a physically demanding experience. The rangers will allocate your gorilla family according to your level of fitness.
An optional activity is a visit to the Iby’iwacu cultural village to watch a cultural dance, meet a local medicine man, or even discover the house of a local king. These cultural activities are popular with visitors and offer alternative incomes to reformed poachers. Overnight at Best View Hotel/Snow Hotel.
Day 11 – Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
The day after your mountain gorilla trek, you will return to Uganda and drive to Lake Bunyonyi, a lake of 22 islands, exquisite birdlife, otters, and optional activities such as canoeing and community tourism experiences. Bunyonyi means “little birds.” You will enjoy a picnic lunch en route. In the afternoon, take a walk to photograph the islands from on high, or go on a nature walk. Overnight at Bird’s Nest. Meal Plan(FB).
Day 12 – Departure for Lake Mburo National Park
Rise for an early morning breakfast and embark on your safari vehicle to Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda’s smallest savannah national park. You will spend your night at Rwakobo Rock, a peaceful lodge adjacent to the lake, finest for breathing taking and relaxing after about 4-hours journey from Lake Bunyonyi. This lodge provides spacious comfortable dotted cottages surrounding a hill with spectacular views of sunset. Overnight at Rwakobo Rock (FB)
Day 13 – Walking Safari in Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo is one of the few national parks in Uganda where you can do a walking safari, to see some of its 350 bird species, and impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck. Burchill’s zebra are Lake Mburo’s most striking inhabitants, although the recent relocation of giraffes from Murchison Falls National Park adds to the park’s interest. In the evening, you can even go for an optional nocturnal game drive. Highly recommended! On this day, choose between the early morning walk or the afternoon boat ride on the lake. Overnight at Rwakobo Rock. Meal Plan(FB).
Day 14 – Departure for Entebbe International Airport
Wake up for a sunrise breakfast and embark on your day to Entebbe international airport and en-route lunch. Take souvenir photos at the Equator while having fun. Your guide will drop you to your guesthouse in Entebbe for the last night of your safari and he/she will pick you up in the morning and transfer you to the airport for your flight.
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- Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
- Full Board Accommodation on Safari
- Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser
- Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
- Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
- Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
- Bottled water while on safari
- Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)
- General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
- Laundry Services
- Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
- International Flights (Arranged on request)
- Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
- Optional Activity fees
- Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
- Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
- Accommodation in Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary(Arranged onrequest)