Destinations visited: Rwanda; Kigali, &Volcanoes National Park. Uganda’s; Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison falls & Kibale National parks, Rhino trekking plus a tour of Source of the Mighty River Nile.
This 20 days adventure-safari features four of East Africa’s top travel experiences: gorilla trekking in Uganda & Rwanda, Cultural interactions, Big 5 game viewing and tour of the source of the mighty Nile the longest river in the world.
It is an ideal safari for travellers who like their adventure served with plenty of comfort, exploration, good food, cultural interactions and great service. Tick off four of East Africa’s top bucket list travel experiences! Including 2gorilla treks & golden monkey trekking, and exciting guided forest trails.
Touchdown in Kigali
On arrival at Kigali international airport, you will be welcomed by our team and be transferred to your hotel. Spend the remainder of your day relaxing, dining or strolling around.
City tour - Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda
Close Encounters: After a morning City tour of Kigali, a 3-hour road transfer ferries you from arrival in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, to the edge of Volcanoes National Park. Your home for the next three nights is Mountain Gorilla view lodge. Set in the foothills of the majestic Virungas, the lodge has incredible views of the dormant volcanoes and surrounding countryside. Guest suites are spacious, ranch-chic cottages and the main lodge offers a beautiful communal space – this lodge is an ideal base for exploring this unique and remote African wilderness.
Two treks; a gorilla trek & golden monkey trek are included in your stay. In the company of qualified rangers, you set off on foot from the park’s nearby offices to trek the lush, tropical mountains to see Rwanda’s rare mountain gorillas. Since these highly endangered creatures do not breed in captivity, encountering a silverback gorilla and his family in the wild is one of the most poignant and thrilling wildlife experiences in the world.
Soak up the Virungas scenery & culture: Spend the day searching for golden monkeys and other colourful rainforest inhabitants on guided walks through the park or on a hike to the top of the volcano. Specialized birding safaris can be arranged as well as historical tours and cultural visits to local villages. For those taking it easy, there are plenty of comfortable spaces to relax and appreciate the impressive scenery and in the evening there is live music and entertainment around the campfire.
Mahogany Springs Lodge, Bwindi National park in Uganda
Close Encounters: A 7-hour road transfer ferries you from the edge of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda to Uganda’s Bwindi National park edge; your home for the next three nights is the luxurious Mahogany Springs Lodge. Set in the foothills of the majestic Bwindi Impenetrable forest, the lodge has incredible views of the dense forest and surrounding countryside. Guest suites are spacious, ranch-chic cottages and the main lodge offers a beautiful communal space – Mahogany Springs Lodge is an ideal base for exploring this unique and remote African wilderness.
A gorilla trek; is included in your stay. In the company of qualified rangers, you set off on foot from the park’s nearby offices to trek the lush, tropical mountains to see Uganda’s rare mountain gorillas. Since these highly endangered creatures do not breed in captivity, encountering a silverback gorilla and his family in the wild is one of the most poignant and thrilling wildlife experiences in the world.
Soak up the Buhoma scenery & Batwa/pygmy culture: Spend the day trailing with the displaced Batwa pygmies who’ll share their amazing heritage and traditions with the world. Enjoy an incredible day hike in the rain forest with Batwa guides, see how the pygmies lived and hunted for hundreds of years in the forests, learn about medicinal plants, and watch for other colourful rainforest inhabitants and birds. You can optionally hike to the Munyiiga waterfall. Specialized birding safaris can be arranged as well as historical tours and cultural visits to local villages. For those taking it easy, there are plenty of comfortable spaces to relax and appreciate the impressive scenery and in the evening there is live music and entertainment around the campfire.
The Savannah wilderness awaits.
Thousands of birds taking off and landing in relays-thousands of elegant birds call Kazinga Channel home. You will sleep in beautiful eco cabanas facing the Kazinga channel at Bush Lodge
The beautiful panoramas are matched by the peerless game viewing, especially when you have a game drive and boat safari where you have the best chance of seeing all the Big 4 in a single game drive. It is an exquisite and unique environment; the minerals from ancient volcanic action fertilize the grasses, making for lush grazing for thousands of plains game.
Back at Bush Lodge, put your feet up, lean back and enjoy an iced drink as you watch the sun sink below the horizon.
Activities include morning and evening game drives to see the superb resident wildlife and big cat sightings. You could optionally indulge in a dawn hot-air balloon flight over Queen Elizabeth-National-Park one Africa’s most iconic experiences. For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. Lion tracking is a new and unique experience, which allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of lions in the park.
You’ll indulge in an afternoon boat safari along the Kazinga Channel a natural channel which connects Lake-Edward-to Lake-George. Possible sightings include an Amazing diverse collection of the African animal Kingdom which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe plus a variety of colorful species of Water birds like Crested Eagles, Pelicans and Cormorants. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
Africa’s primate Capital!!
Your vacation through Uganda & Rwanda should end on an absolute high by including a visit to the ‘primate capital of Africa’- Kibale forest: a lush forest that gives you a sense of being in a completely different world… some serious monkey business! The forest is home to at least 12 Primate Species including: the Red Tailed Monkey, Olive Baboon, Black and White Colobus plus Blue Monkeys. The bird life in the forest is also prolific and includes the beautiful Great Blue Turaco. If you are very lucky, you may even catch a Glimpse of the meandering herd of Forest Elephant.
You are guided by an expert tracker who intimately and intuitively understands the sights, sounds and signs of the forest to find these creatures referred to as “our-cousins”. Spending an hour watching them is like staying by yourself through the prism of millennia; an awe-inspiring experience!
Activities include; A community walk/birding excursion (2-3 hours) that will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the Great Blue Turaco!
Chimpanzee habituation tracking; instead of the regular chimpanzee tracking, you can opt for a full day chimpanzee habituation experience where you will trail the chimpanzees closely all day, have very close encounters with them as they go about their daily activities. Book this in time because only 6 persons per day are allowed to go.
Be sure to relax your eyes on the vivid green tea plantations as you enjoy a guided tour on the tea farms.
On the shores of Lake Albert
You’ll stay at the cozy Lake Albert Lodge. The main lodge with pool and thatch cabanas faces Lake Albert with magnificent views of the Blue Congo Mountains to the West. In addition to excellent game viewing either by horse back or by walking safari, the staff at Lake Albert Lodge will go out of their way to create breath-taking memories for you. Take a romantic dinner literally under the stars, the Milky sky shimmering above you as the lack of light pollution makes it shine brightly. Then, rise after dawn to enjoy one of Africa’s most timeless bush breakfasts in Kabwoya Wildlife reserve: Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve’s biggest attraction is not so much the wildlife but the collective scenic wonder of everything found in this little piece of heaven.
Activities include morning and night game drives to see the resident wildlife, and birds. Ride into the savannah on horseback and meet big groups of Uganda Kob, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Warthogs and more. You can approach the animals much easier on horseback! Great experience, especially early morning riding and sunset riding. For the more adventurous make use of our quad bikes and go for an extreme ride. Optionally, a walking safari accompanied by our experienced guides brings you up close and personal with nature. Fossil Hunting is another unique activity available for everybody of any age, especially kids.
the dramatic Murchison Falls
Having rested at the scenic Lake Albert lodge, the excitement is palpable as you gear up to have a romance with the mighty River Nile, in Murchison Falls National Park an ancient land located in the Albertine rift valley, home to the famous Murchison Falls, which approaches you with a thunderous sound. At the top of the Falls, the view is amazing- the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below.!! You cross the Mighty River Nile with a ferry to the Northern side from where you have an excellent game viewing. Be on the lookout for animals starting and ending their day: nocturnal creatures scuttling into burrows to sleep and their diurnal counterparts waking up, some, like elephants, engaging in complicated and endearing ‘good morning’ greeting rituals, predators hunting for their next meal, crocodiles basking by the Nile and hippos lurking in water holes.
Activities include morning and evening game drives to encounter the superb resident wildlife and big cat sightings.
You’ll indulge in an afternoon boat safari on the River Nile to the bottom of the Murchison Falls. Possible sightings include an Amazing diverse collection of the African animal Kingdom-which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe plus a variety of colorful species of birds.
You could optionally indulge in a dawn hot-air balloon flight over Murchison falls National Park– one Africa’s most iconic experiences.
Rhino trekking & Kampala.
Bid your Big 5 Safari farewell as you wing your way to Zziwa Rhino-sanctuary this Rhino reserve is a true success story after the extreme poaching that killed the last rhino in Uganda in 1982. Doing this guided trek gets you “up close and personal” to these special beasts that are among “Africa’s Big five.”
You’ll wind down in the vibrant Kampala a city that never sleeps!
Touchdown in Kigali
Your Adventurous vacation ends on an absolute high: leaving the Gorillas, Big 5 and other primates behind, you take off for vibrant Jinja Uganda’s second largest town/colonial industrial hub and home to source of the Mighty Nile. You will stop in the lush Mabira tropical rain Forest for an exhilarating canopy Super Sky way. Experiencing the Mabira Forest canopy makes you behave like monkeys! In Jinja, you will spend 3nights in beautiful cabanas flanked by a beautiful patio and garden.
Activities include; White water rafting, horseback safari along the Nile, Quad-biking, Whitewater kayaking on the Nile, sundowner cruise on the Nile, tour the source of the Nile, Big Game mini-golf, A visit to Jinja market, Village walk and Sport fishing on the Nile. You can optionally skip all the adventure and choose to leisurely wind down or relax by the Nile with a book in hand.
After three days by the Nile and 17 days exploring African jungles & the diverse Savannah, it is time to bid this paradise farewell. You have woken at dawn, dined under the stars, explored the longest river in the world, followed the game and marveled at gorillas where else in the world-could you experience all this?
This marks the end of what we hope will be an adventurous trip.