Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari, 20 Days

Safari Highlights:

  • Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Wildlife Viewing in Murchison Falls National Park
  • Chimpanzee Trekking on Ngamba Island
  • Game Drive and Boat Cruise in Murchison Falls National Park

Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Journey from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, our Uganda tour guide will transport you from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park, in the North-western part of Uganda. You’ll stop in Nakasongola to see the Rocks there. They’re pretty amazing too! You will have an unforgettable experience at the game park, seeing the Nile squeeze through a 7-meter canyon. As it falls, it roars with a thunderous roar and also creates a beautiful rainbow in the plume of water droplets. This is a scene to look forward to. Its one of the safari highlights. You will spend your night and have dinner at Paraa Safari Lodge /Red Chilli Rest Camp


Day 2: Game Drive and Nile Cruise

After breakfast in the morning, our guide will take you for a Murchison Falls game drive where you will see hippos, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, water bucks, lions, Uganda kobs and a variety of bird species and even leopards if you’re lucky. After your lunch, you our guide will lead you to a 2 hour boat cruise on the river Nile where you will catch amazing sights. Rest assured of seeing the hippos and crocodiles at a close range along the riverbanks. After the boat cruise, you will return to the lodge for dinner and the night.

  • Super Luxury Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge
  • Luxury Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge
  • Mid-range Accommodation: Sambiya River Lodge
  • Budget Accommodation: Red Chilli Camp or Global Village Guest House

Day 3: Journey from Murchison Falls National Park to Kibale National Park for Chimpanzee Trekking

Your day will begin with breakfast, after which you will head straight to Kibale National Park. The park consists of 13 primates’ species. There’s a lot to see along the way to Kibale National Park, like the changing vegetation, villages and many many more. You will have your lunch at your accommodation after checking in.

  • Luxury Accommodation: Primate Lodge, Mountains of the Moon
  • Super Luxury Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge
  • Budget Accommodation: Chimpanzee Guest House, Rwenzori View Guest House
  • Moderate Accommodation: Chimp Nest Lodge, Bush Lodge

Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest

Your day will begin with breakfast as you prepare for the day’s chimpanzee trekking activity. After the breakfast, our safari guide will drive you to the headquarters for briefing before embarking on the chimpanzee trekking journey. During the activity, you will see wildlife including Grey Cheeked Monkeys, Red Colobus Monkeys, Red Tailed Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Baboons and many others. After this activity, you will return to your hotel for lunch.
After your lunch, you will continue for bird watching in Bigodi Wetland Swamp, after which you’ll return to your hotel for dinner.

  • Luxury Accommodation: Primate Lodge, Mountains of the Moon
  • Super Luxury Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge
  • Budget Accommodation: Chimpanzee Guest House, Rwenzori View Guest House
  • Moderate Accommodation: Chimp Nest Lodge, Bush Lodge

Day 5: Journey from Kibale National Park to Semliki National Park

Very early in the morning, after your breakfast, our safari guide will drive you from Kibale National Park to Semliki National Park. Some of the highlights to look forward to include the nocturnal dwellers like the white tailed mongoose and slender mongoose, standard and pennant winged night jars, cats, hyenas, leopards and many more. This is the only place in Uganda where you can do a spot lit night drive. This game park is full of surprises. You will spend your night at any of the following accommodations:

  • Luxury Accommodation: Semliki Safari Lodge
  • Budget Accommodation: Kirimia Guest House
  • Moderate Accommodation: Sempaya Rest Camp

Day 6: Chimpanzee Trekking in Semliki National Park

After your breakfast in the morning, you’ll head to the forest to track the chimpanzees. They tend to disappear during the day, so its preferable to trek them either at dawn or dusk. There are also variety of bird species which are found in this picturesque forest. In the afternoon, you may relax by the pool or go for a game drive in the park, depending on your preference.

  • Luxury Accommodation: Semliki Safari Lodge
  • Budget Accommodation: Kirimia Guest House
  • Moderate Accommodation: Sempaya Rest Camp

Day 7: Journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After your breakfast, our safari guide will drive you to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will get there at around lunch time, so you’ll have your lunch at your hotels. After that, there’s a fun boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel that will be waiting for you! You will see a variety of wildlife which include many species of birds like the African skimmer, jacana and the rare shoe bill among others. After all this fun, our safari guide will drive you back to your hotel where you’ll have your dinner. After dinner, you’ll go for a night game drive to see and experience the nightlife of the animals. You’ll be driven back to your accommodation after the drive. You can enjoy the sounds of the African night while you sleep!

  • Budget Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Safari Camp or Mweya Hostel
  • Moderate Accommodation: Simba Safari Camp, Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Luxury Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge.

Day 8: Chimpanzee Trekking and Wildlife Safari at Queen Elizabeth Park

The day will start with you having breakfast, after which our safari guide will drive you to Kyambura Gorge (in QueenElizabeth National Park) for chimpanzee trekking. You will also be able to plenty of wildlife at the same time! After chimpanzee trekking activity, our safari guide will take you back to your hotel where you’ll relax. In the afternoon, you’ll go for a game drive around the park, where you’ll see hyenas, lions, leopards, giant forest hogs, hippos, huge herds of buffaloes and elephants! You’ll also see the Ugandan kobs and crested cranes, plants and trees among others. After the drive, you’ll be taken back too your hotel for dinner.

  • Budget Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Safari Camp or Mweya Hostel
  • Moderate Accommodation: Simba Safari Camp, Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Luxury Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge.

Day 9: Journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After your breakfast at your hotel, our safari guide will take you for a game drive, after which he’ll drive you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will pass through Ishasha, and you might as well have an opportunity to see the mountain climbing lions. Your hotel may be one of the following (depending on your preference):

  • Super Luxury Accommodation: Clouds Lodge / Gorilla Forest Camp / Mahogany Spiring Lodge.
  • Luxury Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge /Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Resort Lodge.
  • Budget Accommodation: Nshangi Gorilla Resort / Bwindi View banda / Buhoma Community Rest Camp
  • Moderate Accommodation: Wagtail Safari Camp / Gift of Nature Lodge/ Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Lake Kitandara Tented Camp / Trekker’s Tavern Cottages

Day 10: Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After an early morning breakfast, preferably at around 5.30am, our safari guide will take you to the park headquarters where you’ll be briefed about the your gorilla trekking activity by the park rangers. The landscape of Bwindi National Park is simply beautiful! The vegetation is thick and ever green, thanks to the frequent rainfall throughout the year! The fun of this activity starts right about the time you find the legendary giants – the Mountain Gorillas. Make sure you’re armed with your cameras because, trust me, this is a moment you’ll want to re-visit every so often! Its a major highlight, so be prepared for the thrill! You’ll watch the gorillas feeding and nursing their babies while others play about. After this activity, you will head back to your hotel for the night.

  • Super Luxury Accommodation: Clouds Lodge / Gorilla Forest Camp / Mahogany Spiring Lodge.
  • Luxury Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge /Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Resort Lodge.
  • Budget Accommodation: Nshangi Gorilla Resort / Bwindi View banda / Buhoma Community Rest Camp
  • Moderate Accommodation: Wagtail Safari Camp / Gift of Nature Lodge/ Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Lake Kitandara Tented Camp / Trekker’s Tavern Cottages

Day 11: Journey from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Rwanda

After your breakfast, our safari guide will drive you to Rwanda, and you’ll get there in the evening. You may go for a city tour to visit the Rwanda markets, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and the genocide memorial if there’s enough time.

  • Luxury Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge/ Gorilla Nest Hotel
  • Budget Accommodation: Kinigi Guest House
  • Moderate Accommodation: Volcanoes Virungas Lodge

Day 12: PNV Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

After your breakfast, our safari guide will take you to the PNV headquarters for briefing before you go for gorilla trekking. Do not forget to carry lunch because the trek is a bit lengthy, taking between 2 – 9 hrs to find the gorillas. After this activity, you’ll spend the night at any of the hotels below:

  • Luxury Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge/ Gorilla Nest Hotel
  • Budget Accommodation: Kinigi Guest House
  • Moderate Accommodation: Volcanoes Virungas Lodge

Day 13: Journey from Rwanda to Lake Bunyonyi

After your breakfast, our tour guide will drive you to Lake Bunyonyi, where another amazing adventure will be waiting for you. The adventure at Lake Bunyonyi is quite rewarding, and you’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery and lots of species of birds and wildlife. You’ll have you lunch at your accommodation hotel, after which you’ll go for the activities, including guided canoeing, island exploration and wildlife viewing! You will spend ypur night and have your dinner at any of the following accommodations:

  • Luxury Accommodation: Heritage Lodge / Bird Nest Bunyonyi
  • Moderate Accommodation: Bunyonyi Overland Camp / Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi
  • Budget Accommodation: Bushara Island Camp

Day 14: Exploring Lake Bunyonyi

After your breakfast in the morning, you will go for canoeing, which takes between 2 – 4 hours. You will also enjoy the beautiful scenery and a variety of wildlife at the lake. You’ll spend the night at any of the following hotels: Or you can take a night canoe cruise.

  • Luxury Accommodation: Heritage Lodge / Bird Nest Bunyonyi
  • Moderate Accommodation: Bunyonyi Overland Camp / Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi
  • Budget Accommodation: Bushara Island Camp

Day 15: Journey from Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo National Park

Your day will begin with breakfast, after which our safari guide will take you to Lake Mburo National Park. You will check into your booked accommodation. Some of the action to look forward to at Lake Mburo National park includes a boat cruise on Lake Mburo where you will see zebras, crocodiles, hippos, eland, impalas, buffaloes and a variety of bird species like bush shrike, papyrus, the rare shoebill, Africa fin foot, fish eagle and many more!

  • Luxury Accommodation: Mantana Tented Camp
  • Super Luxury Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge
  • Budget Accommodation: Rwonyo Camp
  • Moderate Accommodation: Arcadia Cottages-Lake Mburo

Day 16: Game Drives in Lake Mburo National Park

You’ll have 2 game drives for this day. After your breakfast at your hotel, our safari guide will take you for 2 game drives in the morning and evening respectively. You will get to see plenty of wildlife like zebras, crocodiles, hippos, eland, impalas, buffaloes and a variety of bird species like bush shrike, papyrus, the rare shoebill, Africa fin foot, fish eagle and many more!

  • Luxury Accommodation: Mantana Tented Camp
  • Super Luxury Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge
  • Budget Accommodation: Rwonyo Camp
  • Moderate Accommodation: Arcadia Cottages-Lake Mburo

Day 17: Journey from Lake Mburo National Park to Kampala

After breakfast, our safari guide will drive you to Kampala to the hotel of your choice. You’ll stop at the eqautor along the way for photo shoots and shopping.

  • Luxury Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
  • Budget Accommodation: Namirembe Guest House
  • Moderate Accommodation: Hotel Africana

Day 18: Chimpanzee Trekking in Ngamba Island

After your breakfast, our safari guide will drive you to the shores of Lake Victoria, where you’ll continue to Ngamba Island for your chimpanzee trekking activity. You’ll arrive at the chimpanzee sanctuary and will be briefed about the sanctuary and then go spend some time with the chimps as they feed. Later you will go for a nature walk on the island with the young chimps.

  • Luxury Accommodation: Victoria Hotel
  • Budget Accommodation: Ngamba Island Camp
  • Moderate Accommodation: Boma Hotel

Day 19: Chimpanzee Habituation in Ngamba Island

After your breakfast, you will go and spend some more time with the chimpanzees. You’ll interact with them as they feed and play around with you and walking hand in hand with you. You’ll spend the night at any of the following hotels:

  • Luxury Accommodation: Victoria Hotel
  • Budget Accommodation: Ngamba Island Camp
  • Moderate Accommodation: Boma Hotel

Day 20: More Chimpanzee Viewing on Ngamba Island

After breakfast, our safari guide will drive you to Kampala to your preferred hotel, or to the airport for your flight, depending on your arrangements.

Price based on 2 people sharing budget accommodation $5405

Price based on 2 people sharing in Mid-Range accommodation $6450

Price based on 2 people sharing in Luxury accommodation $7400

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