Chimps, Gorillas & Lions to Rwanda & DRC

from$5,570

Tour highlights:
  • Boat cruise in QENP
  • Game drives in QENP
  • Bird watching (various species)
  • Cultural encounters
  • The Mt. Nyiragongo hike
  • Scenic views& stunning sunsets
  • Gorilla tracking experience
  • Golden monkey trekking
  • Canopy walk & Canoe rides
  • The Murchison Launch cruise
  • Canoe rides & canopy walks
  • Multiple Game drives
  • Tree climbing lions
  • The Murchison Falls Experience
  • Rhino tracking

DAY 1: ARRIVAL & TRANSFER TO THE HOTEL

  • Journey time: 45mins-1hr                                          
  • Distance: 40Km

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be received by a member of our team for transfer to your hotel in Kampala. Arrive at the hotel & stay at leisure enjoying the cool breeze of Lake Victoria.

OVERNIGHT: Fairway Hotel Kampala

DAY 2: MURCHISON FALLS N. P VIA ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY

  • Journey time: 5-6hrs.                                                 
  • Distance 311Km

Depart Kampala very early for Murchison Falls National Park: Optional Activity

  • En-route to Masindi 3 hours’ drive out of Kampala, make a stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track Rhinos before proceeding to the National Park.

Upon entrance into the park, visit the top of the falls; here you will spot a permanent rainbow right from the top as you feel the loud sound of the waterfall.

The view is rewarding as it explains why Murchison Falls is famously known as one of the world’s strongest waterfalls. And soon after experiencing the perfect scenery, proceed to the ferry dock and crossover to access your lodge so as check in and enjoy your leisure.

OVERNIGHT: Pakuba Safari Lodge

DAY 3: GAME DRIVE AND LAUNCH CRUISE ON THE NILE

After an early breakfast, you will have a game drive through the delta circuit, reputably known for high concentrations of wildlife. This 4-5 hour game drive will reward you with stunning views of the savanna and other plant vegetation of the acacia and borassus palm trees propagated by elephants all the way from Congo.

Expect a wide variety of wildlife including;Lions, hippos, waterbucks, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hyenas, oribis, Uganda Kobs, baboons and patasmonkeys and many more.Take a stop at the Nile Delta where you will view Hippos cooling off in the water, and have some photos around the bank.Later on, drive back to the lodge and enjoy your lunch.

Thereafter, next is an afternoon launch cruise on the Nile; offering you a chance to experience a variety of wildlife as you enjoy the stunning views along the world’s longest river. In addition to taking you close to the base of the waterfall, the 3 hour launch trip follows a stretch of the Nile with a compelling African atmosphere. Game viewing is excellent where you will expect;

  • Hippos in their hundreds
  • The Nile crocodiles
  • Small herds of buffalo, waterbuck, and kob
  • Elephants

The birdlife on the banks is so captivating and the birds to be seen include the African fish Eagle, Goliath heron, saddle-billed stork, African Jacana, Pied and malachite kingfishers, African skimmer, Piacpiac, rock pratincole kingfishers, bee-eaters and many more. After the launch cruise, return to your lodge and stay at leisure with dinner in progress.  OVERNIGHT: Pakuba Safari Lodge

DAY 4: MURCHISON FALLS TO KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

  • Journey time: 8-10 Hrs.                                              
  • Distance 440Km

Early in the morning, after your breakfast, you will depart for Kibale National Park with your lunch stopover in Hoima.

Kibale National Park contains one of the most varied tracts of the tropical rain forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. Upon your arrival you will drive straight to your Lodge and recuperate from the long journey. OVERNIGHT: Kibale Forest Camp

DAY 5: ADVENTURE IN THE WORLD’S PRIMATE CAPITAL

At 795 sq.km, this is home to over 351 tree species some over 200 years old, famous for 13 primate species including Chimpanzees, 70 mammals species & over 375 bird species.In the morning, start of the day with breakfast and get ready for the day’s exciting activities.

Today’s activities.

  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Bigodi wetland sanctuary (optional)

OVERNIGHT: Kibale Forest Camp

DAY 6: KIBALE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

  • Journey time: 2-3 Hrs.                                      
  • Distance 157 Km

Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for diverse ecosystems which include sprawling savannah, shady humid forests, sparkling lakes, wetlands and amazing craters. Ideal for big game, primate species to include Chimps and over 600 bird species. It has superb scenic views of Kazinga Channel, the Rwenzori Mountains and crater lakes which are home to a wide variety of birds.

After your breakfast, tour Fort Portal and later on proceed on your journey to ‘’a medley of wonders’’. On arrival after a stopover atthe equator, you will check into your lodge for lunch, refreshment and leisure.

In the evening go for aDusk Game Drive; experience the various animals towards the night time to include bushbucks, elephants, warthogs, hippos and more. Thereafter, return to your lodge for a dinner under and after, you may join a campfire and storytelling.OVERNIGHT: The Bush Lodge

DAY 7: EXPLORE QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Start off the day with a tasty breakfast and then get deeper into the highlights of this amazing park.Dawn Game Drive; explore the park’s flora and fauna to include elusive bird species and a wide variety of animals like elephants, buffaloes, hippos, impalas, waterbucks, Kobs, warthogs and many more. Don’t miss out the scenic views of the crater lakes like Nyamunuka which is medicinal to the animals.

Today’s activities

  • Katwe Community
  • Launch cruise
  • Visit Mweya Museum

After the day’s activities, you will return to your lodge and enjoy asundowner leisure. OVERNIGHT: OVERNIGHT: The Bush Lodge

DAY 8: TRAVEL TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

  • Journey time: 4 Hrs: 25mins                                      
  • Distance 150Km

After breakfast and a leisurely morning, you will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Southerly Ishasha Sector, this will offer you a chance to see the tree climbing lions as this is the only place where can be found. On arrival, check into your lodgeand recuperate from the journey.

At 331 sq.km, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half the world’s mountain gorillas, over 346 bird species, 202 butterfly species, 400 plant species, 63 tree species, 120 mammal species & 27 frog species. Here is the chance to meet and interact with the shortest people (Batwa) of the mountains.

OVERNIGHT: Buhoma Community Haven Lodge

DAY 9: GORILLA TRACKING DAY

After an early breakfast, head to the park headquarters for briefing at exactly 8:00am and tracking will commence in the next 30 min after registration and briefing by the ranger guides.

Gorilla tracking is a very captivating and unforgettable experience which more than repays the effort needed to reach Bwindi. This starts at 8:30am and can last a few hours to a whole day depending on where the gorillas were left the previous day. After gorilla tracking, return to your lodge and have your lunch.

In the evening you may opt for a community tour where you will meet and interact with the shortest people (Batwa) of the mountains; learn about their way of life such as; hunting skills, medicinal knowledge, child upbringing, cuisines, art and crafts and many more interesting aspects.

OVERNIGHT: Buhoma Community Haven Lodge

DAY 10: BWINDI TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, MUSANZE

  • Journey time: 3-4 Hrs.

After an early breakfast, depart Bwindi for Volcanoes National Park in Musanze, Rwanda. You will travel through Cyanika Boarder on a scenic drive, arrive at your hotel/lodge and have lunch.

Volcanoes National Park lies in northwestern Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The national park is home to the rare and endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys with five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo). At 160sq.km, covered in rainforest and bamboo, the park was the base for the zoologist Dian Fossey.

After lunch you will be discovering the culture and history of Rwanda by way of engaging in the below activities:

  • Canoe Rides;enjoy a little excitement in modern canoes on Mukungwa River near Musanze.
  • Visit Iby’Iwacu cultural village;this visit will give you a chance to meet local people, in their community, with a taste of Rwanda’s culture and traditions. While here enjoy:
  • A guided community walk; see the king’s house
  • The different types of traditional dances,
  • Visit the traditional medicine man; get to know how medicinal trees, shrubs, grass are used to cure local patients.
  • Attend a local banana brewery process and have a taste on local banana beer.
  • Explore the Batwa pottery making experience, lessons and engagement

Later in the evening, return to your hotel/lodge and spend your leisure time with dinner in a peaceful night.

OVERNIGHT: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

DAY 11: GOLDEN MONKEY TRACKING & TRIP TO GISENYI

Early in the morning have your breakfast and immediately be transferred to the park so as to register for this activity.Golden monkey trekking is usually conducted and at 7:00am just like gorillas. These rare species are also listed as endangered and Volcanoes national park currently has two habituated golden monkeys’ troops that are available for visiting, both of which make about 80 members living in the bamboo vegetation towards the base of the volcanoes.

These endangered species are very active creatures, and jump from tree to tree which is really captivating. The activity can last for several hours depending on the speed of movement for the monkeys. However, golden monkeys do not go into higher altitudes like gorillas hence sparing travelers several hours of hiking.

After spending time with the golden monkeys with lunch, you will be at be heading to Gisenyi.OVERNIGHT: Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel

DAY 12:TRAVEL TO GOMA IN CONGO& HIKE NYIRAGONGO

Early breakfast: Drive to the Rwanda-Goma boarder, to be registered with your visas at the immigration office & then join a convoy to Mount Nyiragongo in company of the Virunga National Park rangers (Meals Included)

Mount Nyiragongo is an active stratovolcano (3,470 m) in the Virunga Mountains inside Virunga National Park (DRC), about 20 km north of Goma Town & Lake Kivu, just west of Rwanda boarder.

The main crater (2 km wide) contains an active lava lake having 2 distinct cooled lava benches within the walls (the higher is 3,175 m & the lower is 2,975 m), with fluid lava emitted during eruptions containing melilite nephelinite.

Fact: Mount Nyiragongo has erupted since 1882 & the lava lake was confirmed in 1948, measured 120,000 m2. The lake is confined within a broad, steep-sided cinder cone on the crater floor (60ft high / 600ft wide). Hiking takes 5 hours & overnight atop the mountain (lava flames seen best at night), descending the next day & back to your hotel in Rwanda.OVERNIGHT: Atop the Mountain

DAY 13:DESCEND MOUNT NYIRAGONGO TO GISENYI

Enjoy breakfast high up on the mountain & thereafter start descending down with the ranger guides.

Hop onto your transfer vehicle & proceed to the immigration office to be cleared before crossing over to Rwanda.

Upon arrival at your hotel in Gisenyi, check-in, refresh & enjoy your lunch with the rest of the day spent at leisure.OVERNIGHT: Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel

DAY 14: TRAVEL TO NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

  • Journey time: 5 Hours

After breakfast, depart from Gisenyi to Nyungwe through Kibuye. This is one of the most scenic drives during this trip.

On arrival, check in to your lodge and spend the rest of the day at leisure.OVERNIGHT: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

DAY 15: DISCOVER NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Early in the morningtake part in the Canopy walk.

Getting to the canopy is also about 2 hours from the starting point at Uwinka visitor Centre. The forest is on a mountain and the hike is also slippery due to the fact that the ground on which the guests trek is wet and so moist.

This bridge adjourned between the huge trees will guarantee a feel of fresh air, 60m above the forest floor. Apart from the freshness in the air and the wonderful aerial view of the trees, you will also enjoy the sights of the fantastic birds that fly across as you enjoy the walk. This canopy walk is the most preferred activity for the park visitors and it’s one of those you want to try before you die. This 90m long canopy walk way also gives a unique face to face meetings with the butterflies, birds and the monkeys.

Optional Activities

  • Isumo waterfalls trek
  • Mud trails that take you to the heart of this thick montane forest.

OVERNIGHT: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

DAY 16:TRAVEL TO KIGALI & DEPARTURE

In the morning after your breakfast, you will be transferred to the airfield to catch your next domestic flight to Kigali (optional)

Alternatively, you may choose to go by road arriving in Kigali in the late afternoon. Depending on your outbound flight, you may do some souvenir shopping before heading to the Airport to check in for your flight back home. END OF SAFARI

DISCLAIMER:The journey time stated in the itinerary is an estimation and it is subject to variation depending on traffic and road conditions.

PRICE: Quoted in US Dollars per person sharing

Based on 2 Pax: 5570 USD per person sharing

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Full Board Meals & mineral water on safari
  • 15 night’s accommodation
  • All park entry fees
  • Gorilla & Chimp Permits, Monkey game drives
  • All ground transfers
  • Transport in a 4X4 vehicle
  • DRC Visa & excursions
  • Services of an English–speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the round trip
PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Meals and snacks not inclusive in accommodation
  • En Route–lunches
  • Optional activities
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • All drinks alcoholic & nonalcoholic
  • Expenses of a personal
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Domestic Flight

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