Uganda and Rwanda
Introduction to Uganda
Uganda is an untapped jewel, which National Geographic listed among the “top 20 new must-see places,” tagging Uganda as “Africa’s new frontier Nation.” In 2011 the Lonely Planet named Uganda the best travel destination, emphasizing its amazing landscapes, animals and its genuinely kind people.
Popular destinations include rafting the mighty River Nile, exploring Lake Victoria, diverse game drives and boat trips in Murchison Falls National Park, observing some of the last surviving mountain gorillas interact with their families in Bwindi National Park, trekking along the crater lakes of western Uganda, and spotting the tree climbing lions of Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park. Uganda’s many marvels, all located within this petite gem of a country, will open your eyes to the genuine beauty of Africa.
Introduction to Rwanda
Rwanda, commonly known as the land of 1000 hills, is in a nutshell, nature’s paradise with a rich cultural heritage. During your trip to Rwanda you must visit the famous primates, including Golden Monkeys, Chimpanzees, Colobus Monkeys, and Baboons to name a few.
Enjoy a full traditional Rwandan experience with dancing, archery, traditional healers, Rwandan cuisine and a taste of Rwanda’s local brew at Iby’ Iwacu Cultural Village in Musanze, Rwanda’s Northern Province. Tour Kigali on an educational bus tour and learn all there is to know about Rwanda’s capital city including Rwanda’s Genocide Memorial Sites: Kigali Memorial Site; Murambi Memorial Site; Nyanza Kicukiro Memorial Site; and Ntarama Memorial Site.
You can also visit Rwanda’s largest lake, Lake Kivu, its numerous islands and beach resort towns Rubavu and Karongi. Go canoeing, kayaking, and wind surfing at the edge of Rwanda’s Western Province.
All about Gorilla Safaris
WHEN TO VISIT GORILLAS
The rainy season is from March till May and October till November. Light rain season falls in November and December. Dry seasons are from December to February and June to August. The best time, the best months of the year would be December to late February and from June to September.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE GORILLA SAFARI
Uganda is suitable for travel any time of the year. Uganda is sunny most of the year with temperatures rarely rising above 29 degrees (84 degrees Fahrenheit). The average annual temperature is about 26 degrees Celsius (78° Fahrenheit). For a gorilla Safari you need to be fairly fit, equipped for the humid, muddy conditions of a rainforest hike, and healthy. You will not be permitted to go gorilla trekking if you have a cold or similar illness because gorillas are susceptible to many human diseases.
The region’s mid-December to February and June to September dry seasons are the best time to go gorilla trekking but you can still expect a tough day on foot: it’s sometimes humid, wet and muddy with steep slopes and tangled vegetation. Nevertheless, the chances of finding a gorilla family are often around 95%.
Once a habituated gorilla family has been located by your guides, you can settle down for an hour to observe them as they feed and groom while their babies tumble about the undergrowth – all under the watchful gaze of the great silverback male. Sitting only a few meters from a gorilla and looking into its soft brown eyes is a spine-tingling experience not easily forgotten
HOW ARE YOU CONTRIBUTING TO THE CONSERVATION OF THE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS?
The mountain gorillas (Gorilla Gorilla Berengie), the world’s most endangered ape, is found only in small portions of protected afro montane forests in northwest Rwanda, southwest Uganda and eastern DRC. The mountain gorilla is one of many species unique to these forests. The forests are also home to many wonderful birds, primates, large mammals, reptiles, insects and plants and also ensure continued water and medical plant resources for the local communities.
The mountain gorillas are divided into two populations and current figures estimate the total population to be about 600 individuals. One population is found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP), in S.W. Uganda, covering about 330km2, and the ecologically homogenous (salem flora and fauna), covering three contiguous National Parks in three countries.; Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcano National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, covering an approximate total area of 300km2.
The threats to the remaining gorilla population and its habitat are many. One of these threats is the possibility of disease transmission form humans to gorillas and vice versa. In order to address the issue of potential disease transmission to the gorillas and to mitigate behavioral disturbances to this fragile population, the gorilla rules have been developed.
By following these rules and through the purchase of the permit, YOU too are contributing to the conservation of the mountain gorilla. Uganda Wildlife Authority uses the funds generated from the sale of this permit for the management of the National Parks. A percentage of the funds raised from Park entrance fees are also donated to local communities living adjacent to the parks to contribute to their development and improve natural resource management in the region.
13 Days Encounter in the shadows of Virunga and Rwenzori Mountains
Luxury from USD 5430 Midrange USD 4620 Budget USD 4210 per person sharing
This 13 day Encounter in the shadows of Virunga and Rwenzori Mountains offers Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking and wild life game drives coupled with amazing scenery. The Rwenzori Mountains rise to 5,109m above sea level standing as the third highest on the African continent along with the Virunga Volcanoes which is a chain of eight mountains standing to the south west of Uganda form a natural wonder of life time that is worth exploring. Exploring the shadows of these mountains presents impressive wild game viewing in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth National Parks including the Big five of land animals, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National park dubbed the primate capital of the world, the gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and recreation encounter on Lake Bunyonyi dubbed the lake of a thousand hills which combine to generate ultimate Africa safari memories. The Prime Safaris Africa Home Experience in the traditional rangelands of Ankole offers an auntetic experiential touch of the Munyankole pastoralist homestead and daily routine.
Day 1: Arrive in Uganda – Entebbe International Airport and transfer to your hotel
Day 2: Transfer to the Uganda safari destination of Murchison Falls National Park. Make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for white Rhino tracking en route & visit the top of the falls on arrival
Day 3: Undertake game viewing / game drive in Murchison Falls National Park & afternoon launch cruise along the Nile River
Day 4: Transfer from Murchison Falls to Hoima. Visit the Kibiro Salt Gardens en route and take Hoima town tour on arrival
Day 5: Transfer to Fort Portal Area. Undertake the Mpanga Tea Estate cycling or the Fort Portal crater lake hike & Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves tour
Day 6: Undertake Chimpanzee Tracking Safari in Kibale Forest National Park & transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 7: Do wildlife tour / game drive / game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park & afternoon Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise
Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do game drive in Ishasha sector en route in search of tree climbing lions
Day 9: Do gorilla trekking and attend to the Batwa / Bakiga cultural performance at the lodge
Day 10: Undertake coffee tour in Kisoro, boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
Day 11: Prime Safaris Africa Home Experience: Whole day authentic encounter in the home of a Munyankole Pastoralist immersing deep into their everyday life
Day 12: Do game walking safari and transfer to Kampala. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe
Day 13: Departure through Entebbe International Airport
8 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Safari
Luxury from USD 4935 Midrange USD 4150 Budget USD 3960 per person sharing
The 8 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Safari takes you through the impressive countryside landscapes of Uganda and Rwanda providing a perfect escape from the daily bustling life that most people are always accustomed to. The safari incorporates double gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda in the respective parks of Volcanoes and Bwindi, golden Monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, recreational boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi and rewarding wild game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park including the tree climbing lions, elephants, Buffaloes among others not forgetting the aquatics of the Kazinga Channel namely the Hippos and the Nile Crocodiles.
Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport & drive to Volcanoes National Park
Day 2: Undertake gorilla trekking & drive to Uganda (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park)
Day 3: Undertake golden Monkey tracking & drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 4: Undertake gorilla trekking & Batwa Community tour in the evening
Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do an afternoon boat cruise along Kazinga Channel and evening game drive along channel track
Day 6: Do morning game drive in upper Queen Elizabeth NP & transfer to Ishasha sector for another game drive in search of tree climbing lions
Day 7: Transfer to Kigali. Do Coffee tour en route
Day 8: Departure. Visit the Gisozi genocide memorial if the flight is in the
12 Days Gorillas, Wildlife and Culture Safari
Luxury from USD 6110 Midrange USD 5150 Budget USD 4840 per person sharing
Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport & transfer to the Hotel
Day 2: Visit Gisozi genocide memorial & drive to Volcanoes National Park. Explore the impressive Rwandan countryside landscapes
Day 3: Prime Safaris Africa Home Experience: Explore the authentic daily life of the Rwandan homestead close to the gorilla highlands with a home stay
Day 4: Undertake gorilla trekking & drive to Uganda (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park). Explore the gorillas of Volcanoes & cross to Uganda via Chanika border
Day 5: Undertake golden Monkey tracking & drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Explore the endangered golden Monkey species on the slopes of Mount Gahinga
Day 6: Undertake gorilla trekking & Batwa Community tour in the evening. Bwindi features a minimum of 400 mountain gorillas
Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do game drive en route in Ishasha Sector in search of tree climbing lions and other wildlife
Day 8: Do morning game drive in upper Queen Elizabeth NP, afternoon launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel & evening game drive along the channel track
Day 9: Do Chimpanzee trekking in either Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu Forest Reserve & transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
Day 10: Prime Safaris Africa Home Experience: Whole day authentic encounter in the home of a Munyankole Pastoralist immersing deep into their everyday life with a home stay
Day 11: Do game walking Safari in the savannah landscapes of Lake Mburo NP & transfer to Kampala
Day 12: Departure. Visit the Christ Our Vision International Children Ministries – the company supported Orphanage & School if your flight is in the evening
18 Days Comprehensive Safari in Uganda
Luxury from USD 12000 Midrange USD 8835 Budget USD 7975 per person sharing
The 18 Days comprehensive Safari in Uganda as the name suggests features an extended encounter allowing you to explore a range of Uganda safari sites in detail. The 18 Days Safari commences and ends in Entebbe incorporating adventure, culture, wildlife, primates like gorillas and chimpanzees, recreation and the famous Prime Safaris Africa Home Experience. The destinations featured include; Jinja which is the source of the world’s longest River and a haven for white water rafting, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino tracking, Murchison Falls National Park for sightseeing Murchison Falls, wild game viewing including; Rothschild giraffes, elephants, Buffaloes, Jackson’s Hartebeest, the Nile Launch Cruise or sights of Nile crocodiles, Hippos and Shoebill stork, Kibale National Park for chimpanzee trekking, Mpanga tea estates for cycling, Rwenzori Mountains and Virunga Volcanoes for adventure mountain climbing, Semliki National Park for the Sempaya hot spring tour, Queen Elizabeth National Park for tree climbing lions and the Kazinga Channel, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for tracking the critically endangered mountain gorillas, the Lake Bunyonyi for recreational encounter, Lake Mburo National Park for magical savannah game including the Impala antelope, eland, Rothschild giraffe, Topis, Burchell’s Zebra among others and the cultural tours to the Banyankole community, Batwa of Ntandi and Bakonzo of Rwenzori. The Prime Safaris Africa Home Experience presents an authentic experiential touch of the local African homestead.
Day 1: Arrive in Uganda (Entebbe International Airport) & transfer to the lodge
Day 2: Drive to Jinja – the source of the mystical Nile River which is the world’s longest and the center of white water rafting adventure in Uganda
Day 3: Drive to Murchison falls National Park. Make a stop en route at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary which is the only home of white Rhinos in Uganda for white Rhino tracking
Day 4: Undertake a game drive in the savannah landscapes of Murchison Falls National Park & an afternoon launch cruise along the Nile River
Day 5: Visit the top of the Murchison Falls – the world’s powerful water fall and drive to Hoima. Make a stop at Kibiro Salt Gardens en route
Day 6: Drive to Fort Portal Area, settle for lunch in Fort Portal town and do either cycling in Mpanga tea estates or visit the Amabere g’Nnyinamwiru caves, hike the Fort Portal Crater lake and then transfer to Kibale National Park
Day 7: Do morning chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park and do an afternoon eco-tour walk in the Bigodi wetland
Day 8: Drive to Semliki National Park. Visit the Sempaya hot springs, Batwa of Ntandi & drive to Kasese. Upon arrival, tour the Africa’s only bronze casting center – the Rwenzori Art Foundation and Ruboni Community craft village
Day 9: Undertake a whole day adventure hiking to Rwenzori Mountains commonly known as the mountains of the moon the 3rd tallest in Africa rising to 5,109m above sea level with snowcapped peaks
Day 10: Do game drive in the morning in Queen Elizabeth National Park with sights of elephants, lions, buffaloes, leopard, Antelopes etc. settle for lunch at Mweya and undertake the Kazinga Channel launch cruise in the afternoon with sights of Hippos and Nile Crocodiles
Day 11: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Undertake a game drive in Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of tree climbing lions and other wild game
Day 12: Undertake the mountain gorilla trekking in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi Impenetrable with a minimum of 400 out of the 880 mountain gorillas that are known to thrive in the wild & then drive to Mgahinga National Park
Day 13: Undertake an adventure climb to any of the three Volcanoes of Gahinga, (3,474m), Muhabura (4,127m) and Sabyinyo (3,669m) or undertake the golden monkey tracking
Day 14: Undertake the Batwa Heritage Exploration and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi driving through the fascinating Kisoro – Kabale Road
Day 15: Whole day authentic encounter in a home of a Mukiga gaining an experiential touch whatever takes place in an ordinary African homestead
Day 16: Undertake a coffee tour and drive to Lake Mburo National Park, settle for traditional lunch at Igongo Cultural Center and do a night game drive in Lake Mburo National Park.
Day 17: Take a cultural tour to the Banyankole community at Enyemebwa center exploring the Ankole long horned cattle, its surrounding heritage and in the afternoon drive back to Kampala. Stop at Uganda Equator Crossing Kayabwe en route
Day 18: Departure.