5 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari (CSU-056)

image211Day 1: To Bwindi
Our tour guide will meet you At your hotel in Kampala and drive west to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Take a stop over at the Equator for take some photos. You will then continue to Mbarara town where you will stop for lunch before heading through the grasslands of Ankole. Here you will enjoy the outstanding long horned cattle before going on to the highlands of Kigezi referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Africa!. You will arrive in Bwindi in the evening, freshen up as you wait for dinner and over night
Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort Camp / Lake Kitandara Camp/ Gorilla Forest Camp / Buhoma homestead/Buhoma community Bandas for those on budget.

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking
After a heavy breakfast, assemble for briefing from ranger guides who will lead you through the impenetrable forest. Tracking the Gorillas through the thick forest is an awe-inspiring experience! If you are lucky you can get to see the gorillas, spend 1 hour with them, and be back at the lodge in time for dinner. Commit to memory to carry with you packed lunch, enough water as this activity is so tiring, its also important to wear good hiking boots of an ankle level and long trousers for protection against stinging nettles. Some times the slope may be steep so you should carry. Dinner and overnight at Volcanoes Lodge/Lake Kitandara camp/Gorilla Resort/Buhoma homestead/Buhoma community Bandas.

Day 3: To Rwanda
Take breakfast, then depart for Rwanda passing through the Ankole region, where you see the typical Ankole cattle, coffee plantations and the different vegetation of Uganda, up to the terraced and cultivated hills of the Kigezi region, best known as “the Switzerland of Africa”. Kisoro is positioned at the base of Muhavura volcano at the borders between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. The vicinity has one of the best scenery as you continue past the border and reach Ruhengeri in Rwanda in time for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Gorilla Nest Lodge/Kinigi guest house/Virunga Lodge (FB)

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking
After breakfast, report to ORTPN offices for briefing after which set off in the forest for Gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking is so fatiguing but enjoyable on encounter of these gentle giants. Carry with you a parked lunch and plenty of water. The excitement of your coming across with these calm giants will wipe away your complexity of the potentially strenuous trek. Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display. Return back to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Gorilla Nest Lodge/Kinigi guest house/Virunga Lodge (FB)
Alternatively if you complete your tracking very early, our guides are accepted to transfer you to Kabale to shorten the distance.

Day 5 To Kampala
After breakfast drive back to Kampala. Lunch en route arriving in the early evening.

 

(Pones Mapa de Uganda and Rwanda) The Best Of Uganda & Rwanda (CSU- 0011)

Day 1
Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed by CHEETAH AFRICA SAFARIS representatives and transferred to your accommodation;
In Entebbe
Luxury: Lake Victoria Serena Hotel/ Imperial Botanical Hotel in Entebbe.
Mid- Range L, Victoria Windsor Hotel/ The Boma (B&B)
Budget Entebbe Guest House (B&B)
In Kampala City;
Luxury: Serena Hotel/ Sheraton Hotel/ Grand Imperial Royal Hotel/ Munyonyi Resort
Mid-range.; Hotel African/ Hotel Equatorial/Humura Hotel
Budget: Speke Hotel

Day 2 ( Pone Foto de Rinocerte)
After breakfast, your guide will pick you from the hotel and will drive you to Murchison Falls National Park via Masindi. We drive for 90 kms through the park before we reach Paraa in the late afternoon. Enroute we will stop at Ziwa Rhinos Sanctuary for tracking the Rhinos that spend all the time in the swamp and also have Lunch here or Masindi Court View Hotel via Karuma Bridge to reach later in the afternoon at Fort Murchison just outside the park boundaries.” Here we will stay and with a cool drink and a fabulous view over the river Nile the evening will come with all the noise of an African night. Driving time: ± 7.5 hours

Accommodation
Luxury Accommodation: Nile Safari Lodge or Paraa Safari Lodge FB
Mid- Range: Fort Murchison, Sambiya River Lodge FB
Budget: Redchilli Tented Camp

Day 3 ( Pone Foto de las Cataratas de Murchison)
After early breakfast and we proceed to the ferry to cross the Nile in staying in the southern bank to the northern bank for early game drive this is fantastic and we shall be looking for the lions, hyenas, if luck we can spot a leopard and criss-crossing tracks. We shall be in close contact with giraffes, Kobs, Red bucks, Bush Bucks and Oribs. Amazing birdlife include Ground hornbill, Koori bustards, Stanley’s bustards, Crested Cranes, Yellow billed stalk, Saddle bill stock and a lot more. We get back to the lodge for lunch and thereafter we take a cruise up to the Nile to the bass of the fall, and this is magnificent spectacle. From here, the mighty river Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to be placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos, biggest and the longest Nile Crocodiles, Water bucks and buffaloes. If lucky you may catch the sight of the rare shoe bill. In addition hippos and crocodiles are abundant and you will see elephants, buffaloes, water bucks and a variety of birds, ducks, bee eaters, fish eagles. The launch trip is (17 km and back takes 3 hours). Safari Hours ± 4 hours

Accommodation
Dinner and overnight for luxurious: Paraa Safari lodge / Nile Safari Lodge FB
Mid range: Sambiya River lodge/Fort Murchison Lodge FB
Budget: Red Chili tented camp.

Day 4 (Pones Foto de Largo crater)
Early morning we drive to Kibale Forest NP in Fort Portal. We will pass close to Lake Albert, on a clear day the view from the top of the Albertine rift valley is spectacular. Overseeing the traditional homesteads and on the local markets depending the day. We will have our safari packed picnic enroute to Fort portal. Before reaching our destination you will see the beautiful Mountain of the moons and the country’s biggest tea Plantations. Driving time: ± 7 hours

Accommodation
Luxury Accommodation: Ndali Lodge / Primate Lodge Kibale/ Kyaniga Lodge FB
Mid range: Rwenzori Guest House View/ Chimpanzee Forest Nest
Budget: Nyinabulitwa Country Resort / Chimp Nest Lodge

Day 5 ( Pones foto de chimpanzee)
After early breakfast transfer to the Park Headquarters for briefing, here you will find one of the largest populations of chimpanzees in Africa, you will also have a chance to see other primates and forest bird life. Remember to carry water, rain gears, and jungle boots and back pack. It will be perfect opportunity to listen to the chimps as the grumble, feeding and these are our human closest relatives. After lunch in fort portal, and we transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park with a stopover at the Equator Queens pavilion, driving slowly through the crater track for scenic view. We shall check in for dinner and over night. Trekking time ± 4 hours

Accommodation:
Luxurious: Mweya Safari lodge/ Kyambura Game Lodge/ Katara Safari Lodge FB
Mid-range: Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp
Budget: Camping/Institute of Ecology hostel.

Day 6 ( Pones foto de leones)
After a cup of tea/ coffee, we enjoy the spectacular sun rise and take on early morning game drive along the Queens Nile, Channel tracks and Kasenyi tracks. We shall be looking for lions, hyenas and if luck we can spot leopards. You will have the opportunity to see at close range herds of Kobs, herds of Cape Buffalos, return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. Afternoon a boat trip along the hippo crowded banks of Kazinga channel a nature one that gives you a unique unequalled wildlife experience. Eye to eye with Yawning hippos and surrounded by a vast numbers of migrant and resident water birds? This boat cruise puts one, rights in the heart of nature, Many buffalos rest in shallows while big herds of elephants enjoy themselves drinking and playing along the channel banks. Crocodiles have become a common sight and occasionally leopards may be seen. The legendary giant forest hog is visible rocking the bush. Warthog is a hallmark sight on the Mweya pensula. The outstanding scenery along the crater at the foothills of the misty mountains of the moon (Mt. Rwenzori). The drive is breathtaking experience. Our friendly guides will assist in planning for a game drive giving you worthwhile talks. Retreat to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:
Luxurious: Mweya Safari lodge/ Kyambura Game Lodge/ Katara Safari Lodge FB
Mid-range: Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp
Budget: Camping/Institute of Ecology hostel.

Day7(Pones foto de leones trepadores)
Before departing to Ishasha sector we take a cup of tea/ coffee, and then we go for a 2 early morning game drive. We shall be looking out for lions, hyenas and if luck we can spot leopards. You will have the opportunity to see at close range herds of Kobs, herds of Cape Buffalos, return to the lodge for breakfast and we depart to Ishasha Sector driving through the park. Optional we can have our picnic lunch or we have lunch at our lodge. In the evening we go for the TREE CLIMBING LIONS safaris and if luck we might also spot leopards and other wildlife: elephants, topis, buffalos, and warthog, Retreat to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:
Luxury Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Mid- Range: Ishasha River Ntungwe Camp
Budget: UWA Camping Site.

Day 8 (Pones foto de Gorilla)
After early breakfast we depart to the home of the remaining endangered Mountain Gorillas in the Virunga massive Volcanoes in Rwanda; the bad road takes us through a beautiful landscape called the “Switzerland of Africa”. We pass mountains, hills and lakes with cultivated terraces and tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, in the vast plane of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo the Virunga volcanoes dominate the view. We will stop in Kisoro for Lunch at Hotel Travelers Rest, built in a somewhat colonial style, and entirely renovated in 1999, has a comfortable ambiance. In the sixties the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’ Dian Fossey visited Hotel Travelers Rest many, many times to do paperwork, to relax or to meet people. Fossey said about the hotel: “It was my second home.” Here you enter through the border post of cyanika to Ruhengeri or Kinigi in Rwanda, it will depend the location of your hotel. Dinner and overnight;

Accommodation:
Luxury; Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Sabinyo Silver Back: Gorilla Nest (Anna Cottage) FB
Mid- Range; Gorilla volcanoes hotel / La’ Palma FB
Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Day 9
Early breakfast before proceeding to the park head quarters( Volcanoes Park National) where visitors assemble at 07.00 for a briefing on how to” behave” while in the company of a gorilla group. You will meet your guide here and proceed to the starting point of the trek to your allocated group of gorillas. The length of trekking varies depending on where the gorillas are as well as what the weather conditions are.
It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers and gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets as well as sufficient amount of water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. Spend a magical hour with these amazing creatures while your guide will explain more about the family and their behavior. “Before trekking back to the base and return to your lodge,
Afternoon for relaxing and enjoying the breathtaking view, Dinner and overnight;

Accommodation:
Luxury; Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Sabinyo Silver Back: Gorilla Nest (Anna Cottage) FB
Mid- Range; Gorilla volcanoes hotel / La’ Palma FB
Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Day 10 (Pones Foto de Mono oroando)
On this day you can choose optional activities like a second gorilla trek or a trek to the endangered Golden Monkeys, Alternatively a trek to the grave of the legendary Dian Fossey can be chosen, Visit the community called ebyewakyo a mixture of pygmies and ex forest poachers performing historical dances, folklore telling; Lunch at your hotel and visit the magnificent views over the volcanoes mountains and two twin Lakes Burera and Ruhondo, local Market in Ruhengeri; All treks are at additional cost.

Accommodation:
Luxury; Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Sabinyo Silver Back: Gorilla Nest (Anna Cottage) FB
Mid- Range; Gorilla volcanoes hotel / La’ Palma FB
Budget: Kinigi Guest House
Day 11 Depending on your flight time have an early morning breakfast before leaving for Kigali Airport. You can enjoy a guided city tour and visit some interesting, historical sites, including the Kigali Memorial Centre. Have lunch in the capital city and do Craft and gift shopping then your guide will transfer to the Kigali Airport for your Out Bound Flight.

INCLUDED IN PACKAGE PRICES:
Park entrances
Airport pick up and dropping
Guides in the Park
Safari Car (open roof Min- Bus, Land cruiser 4X4WD)
Fuel
English speaking Driver/guide
Boat rides
Game drives
Chimp Trekking
Gorilla Permit in Uganda its 500 USD and Rwanda 750 USD
Accommodation as per Itinerary
Bottled water in the car
If Luxury and Mid- range FOOD is included.

NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE PRICE:
Air flight Tickets and airport taxes
Language Guide/ Translator Spanish, German
Tip for the guide
Wines/ Beers
Visas for Uganda and Rwanda
Visas for Rwanda you have to apply on line www.migration.gov.rw
Tips to the driver guide and other people involved in the services of hotels.
Medical Insurance
Food for Budget
Optional Activities

TOTAL PRICE FOR THIS PACKAGE FROM USD

PACKAGE USD $
LUXURY:  3- 4 PERSONS EACH 3480
MIDRANGE: 3- 6 PERSONS EACH 2790
BUDGET: 4-6 PERSONS EACH 2358