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7 Day Uganda and Rwanda Overland Safari


This safari will take you to both Rwanda, and Uganda, two of the most beautiful countries in East Africa and one of the few places on earth where you can see chimpanzees and Gorillas. Highlights include a visit to Lake Mburo National Park, a 50-kilometer wetland system that hosts special wildlife, and a small savanna.   Then, have Lake Bunyonyi, “the place of many little birds” captivate your senses. Bask in the warmth of the sun and cool down in its wondrous waters. The verdant scenery is relaxing and peaceful. In Rwanda, you will encounter Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. It is a unique and enjoyable experience to watch these gentle giants care for their young, going about their daily lives, feeding, eating, and playing. 


Categories: Uganda, Rwanda


Price Ranges: USD $ 1400- 2999

Activities:

  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Bird Watching
  • Wildlife Game Drive

Days: 6-7 Days


Activities:

  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Bird Watching
  • Wildlife Game Drive

We can pick you up from Entebbe International Airport in Kampala, if you are just arriving from a flight or from your respective hotel where you stayed the night in Kampala/Entebbe. Then, we can head out to Lake Mburo National Park. Along the way, we can have lunch. The drive will take about 5 to 6 hours from Kampala via Mbarara. Mbarara is located in the western part of Uganda. It is one of the fastest growing towns in the area. Upon arriving Lake Mburo National Park, we shall check in to our accommodation, have dinner and rest for the night.

Main destination: Lake Mburo National Park
Accommodation: Mantana Tented Camp/Rwonyo Camp
Meals: Lunch and dinner are included

After breakfast, we can go for an early morning game drive in Lake Mburo National Park where we can spot some wildlife of about 350 bird species, buffaloes, Defassa waterbuck, eland, hippos, hyenas, impalas, leopards, oribis, reedbucks, topis, and zebras. It is noteworthy to mention that there are globally threatened animals like impalas, some bird species, and the cichlid fish species which can only be seen in the lake.

Then later on, we shall proceed to Lake Bunyonyi passing Kabale Town. We shall arrive late afternoon and proceed to our accommodation to check in. We shall also have dinner and call it a day and get a well-deserved rest in preparation for the next day’s adventure.

Main destination: Lake Bunyonyi
Accommodation: Arcadia Cottages/Byunyonyi Overland Resort
Meals: All meals are included

After breakfast, we prepare to explore the area. There are about 29 islets and we can visit the 6 main ones – Akampene (Punishment Island), Bushara, Kyahugye, Bwama, Njuyeera, Bucuranuka (Upside down). It will be interesting to know stories that are linked with these islands. It will provide a lot of cultural insight. Since the lake is known to be free of bilhazaria, you can take a swim. It is very safe and does not have crocodiles or hippos in the water. In any water activity, it is important to take precaution. You can also ride a canoe to explore the lake further. We can also take a short trek to get a good vista of the whole lake. Cultural immersion and interaction can be done with the local settlers in the area. We can see the farmers, playful children and women clad in their traditional kanga wraps.

After sightseeing in Lake Bunyonyi, and taking lunch, we shall drive towards Kisoro and travel to Musanze in Rwanda which is formerly called Ruhengeri. We will pass by beautiful landscapes, fitting to be called “the land of a thousand hills.” When we arrive, we shall check in our hotel, have dinner, and rest for the night.

Main destination: Musanze
Accommodation: Mahabura/Gorilla Nest Hotel/ Kinigi Guest House
Meals: All meals are included

We begin the day early with an early breakfast since we need to be at the park headquarters at Kinigi for the briefing at 0700H. Packed lunch will be prepared by our accommodation. This activity may take 2-8 hours, depending on the sightings and the movement of the gorillas and primates. Mountain Gorillas are the most endangered ape species in the world, with only about 700 left worldwide, they are mostly found at the intersection of Rwanda, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo. But with conservation efforts, it is said that their population is now slowly increasing. Gorillas’ disposition is generally nonaggressive and calm unless they feel threatened. Your visit to these Mountain Gorillas are contributing to their preservation, the funds generated from the permits you have purchased will revert to their conservation.

After the day’s activity, we go back to our accommodation, have dinner, and rest for the night.

Main destination: Volcanoes National Park
Accommodation: Mahabura/Gorilla Nest Hotel/ Kinigi Guest House
Meals: All meals are included

If you’ve enjoyed yesterday’s itinerary, we can do another gorilla tracking trek. Otherwise, we can do a nature walk, search for golden monkeys and visit the grave of Diana Fossey. Then in the afternoon, we shall travel to Kigali.

Main destination: Volcanoes National Park/Kigali
Accommodation: Novotel Hotel in Kigali
Meals: All meals are included

After breakfast, we will visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial and, the Caplaki Craft Village.

The Kigali Genocide Memorial is located in Gasabo District in Gisozi, 10 minutes away from the town center. This memorial honors the lives of more than a million of Rwandans that perished in defending peace and education. It is also the final resting place of about 250,000 Rwandans who were victims of the Tutsi. Apart from the cemetery, there is a library, a museum, and a photo gallery.

The Caplaki Craft Village has 38 independent stalls selling a varied selection of Rwandan handicrafts including masks and carvings, and banana-fiber products. The village is good to buy your souvenirs.

After the day’s activity, we go back to our accommodation, have dinner and rest.

Main destination: Kigali Genocide Memorial/Caplaki Craft Village
Accommodation: Novotel Hotel in Kigali
Meals: All meals are included

After breakfast, we shall checkout. Then, we will take you to the Kigali International Airport. This concludes the tour.

Main destination: Kigali International Airport
Accommodation: None, end of tour
Meals: Breakfast is included

Price per person:


1 adult (1 room) 2 adults (1 room) 3 adults (1 room) 4 adults ( 2 rooms) 5 adults (2 rooms)
  $2,690 $2,540 $2,390 $2,290