12 Days Best of Uganda and Rwanda Safari

12 Days Best of Uganda and Rwanda Safari

Safari Overview

This great 12 days best of Days Uganda and Rwanda safari will start and end in Kigali. It is an opportunity for visitors have the incredible experience of viewing chimpanzees and birds in different habitats, trekking chimps in two parks of Rwanda and Uganda, with each park offering its unique outstanding attractions. You will be moved by our professional touch as we believe this has never happened to you while in Africa. Visit some of the prime safari destinations in Uganda and Rwanda. These include; Kigali city tour, Nyungwe national park, Volcanoes national park, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mutanda and Queen Elizabeth national park. These safari destinations in Uganda and Rwanda come with spectacular activities such as chimpanzee trekking, gorilla trekking, guided nature walks, boat cruise excursions, and wildlife safari encounters. Looking for the  best discounted 12 days Rwanda and Uganda safari? Read on. 

Safari Highlights for the 12 Days Best of Uganda and Rwanda Safari

Day 1:  Arrival at Kigali International airport and transfer to the Lodge

Day 2: Kigali - Butare and Nyungwe National Park

Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest national park

Day 4: Guided nature walk and afternoon Rugarama Hot spring visit

Day 5: Transfer from Nyungwe to Volcanoes national park

Day 6: Gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes national park

Day 7: Golden monkey tracking & transfer Kisoro town - Uganda

Day 8: Explore Lake Mutanda and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 9: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park & Afternoon Game drive

Day 10: Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura and boat cruise

Day 11: Transfer from Queen Elizabeth national park to Kigali

Day 12: Kigali city tour and departure - End of the safari

Detailed Itinerary for the 12 Days Best of Uganda and Rwanda Safari

DAY 1: Arrival at Kigali International airport and transfer to the Lodge

You will be met and warmly welcomed by our Safari/Driver guide on your arrival at Kigali International Airport. Greet and transfer to your earlier-booked lodge in Kigali. For those arriving earlier an excursion to Kigali city (optional) can be arranged. This includes a visit to a genocide memorial and a visit to the local general goods market and the craft center. Overnight at your earlier-booked lodge. 

Accommodation: Hotel Chez Lando or Mille Collines Hotel or similar 

Meals: Lunch and dinner

DAY 2: Kigali - Butare and Nyungwe National Park

After breakfast, depart for Butare the second largest city of Rwanda after Kigali and is regarded as the intellectual city of Rwanda. It hosts the National Museum, several academic (University) and research institutions. On your way to Butare you will visit Nyanza (currently Nyabisindu) the former Mwami's palace (King's palace) and the seat of the feudal monarchy. The palace has been reconstructed to its 19th century state and shows a traditional dome that can be compared with the Kabaka's palace of Buganda. You will visit the National Museum there, which, is one the well set-up if not the finest ethnographic museum of East Africa. It's a good source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region. Overnight and dinner at your lodge.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Lodge or Gisakura Guest House or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 3: Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest national park

After a delicious morning breakfast, go to the park headquarters for briefing about chimpanzee tracking experience. This is one of the highlight tour activities for your 12 days best of Rwanda and Uganda safari. It is an opportunity for you to interact with some of the primate species of Africa - chimpanzees. You will be grouped and then assigned a professional ranger-guide to take you through the activity. Upon encountering with the chimpanzees, you will be given a full hour to spend in their presence. Watch them closely as they dine, mate and foliage. Ensure to follow the tourism rules and regulations strictly. 

Return to your lodge for lunch and spend the afternoon reading a book or at the swimming pool at your lodge.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Lodge or Gisakura Guest House or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4: Guided nature walk and afternoon Rugarama Hot spring visit

Take a morning guided nature walk in the forest to see a variety of wildlife and some of the three hundred bird species found here. After your afternoon lunch break visit the hot springs in Rugarama.  You may as well opt for the famous afternoon canopy walk in Nyungwe forest national park. This is always an opportunity for visitors to explore the park right from its top. 

Return late afternoon for overnight and dinner at your lodge.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Lodge or Gisakura Guest House or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 5: Transfer from Nyungwe to Volcanoes national park

After a lip-smirking morning breakfast, you will embark on the drive to Volcanoes national park. Return to Kigali and proceed to Kinigi via Ruhengeri. Enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known. [Approximate driving time: 6 hours] Overnight and dinner at your earlier booked accommodation facility. 

Accommodation: Hotel La Palme/Virunga Hotel/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or similar 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 6: Gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes national park

After your morning breakfast, drive to ORTPN Park headquarters ready for briefing by a ranger guide(s) about the greatest Gorilla experience ever. Our driver/guide will drive you to the slopes of one of the Virunga volcanoes for your Gorilla trekking. After the trekking, lunch at your hotel or at Ruhengeri. The afternoon is dedicated for relaxation and sightseeing around the lodge/ hotel. Overnight and dinner at your lodge.

Accommodation: Hotel La Palme/Virunga Hotel/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 7: Golden monkey tracking & transfer  Kisoro town - Uganda

Begin your day with a cup of African tea ready to track the golden monkeys after the trekking, lunch and proceed to Kisoro Uganda side. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Accommodation: Travelers Rest Hotel or Kisoro Tourist Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 8: Explore Lake Mutanda and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Begin your day with an early morning drive to Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda for a guided nature walk in Gahinga and visit the natural, beautiful-looking Lake Mutanda, surrounded by the volcanoes is much rewarding. Lunch in Kisoro. Thereafter to proceed to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening scenic views of the most beautiful lake in the region. Dinner and overnight at your earlier-booked lodge.

Accommodation: Bunyonyi Resort or Bunyonyi Overland Resort 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 9:  Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park & Afternoon Game drive

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Park, game viewing and birding on the way. Lunch on arrival. Afternoon game drive in search for the big Five. This game drive in the famous Queen Elizabeth national park (Ishasha sector) will give you an opportunity to see tree-climbing lions. Dinner and overnight at your lodge. 

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or Ihamba Safari Lodge. 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 10: Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura and boat cruise 

Early morning Chimpanzee tracking inside the jungles of Kyambura gorge. Afternoon boat cruise birding on Kazinga Channel for relaxing on the lake rich in many bird species. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or Ihamba Safari Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 11: Transfer from Queen Elizabeth national park to Kigali

Take a morning drive back to Kigali as you enjoy the beautiful scenery of the winding landscapes and green vegetation. Border crossing from Katuna side. Evening relaxation at the lodge. Dinner and overnight at your earlier-booked lodge. 

Accommodation: Hotel chez Lando or Mille Collines Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 12 : Kigali city tour and departure - End of the safari

This last day of your 12 days best of Uganda and Rwanda safari is dedicated for shopping around Kigali town.  For those who missed an excursion of Kigali, take a half day city tour visiting the genocide memorial, local large markets and different craft centers. After lunch proceed to the airport for you evening flight back home. This marks the end climax of your 12 days best of Rwanda and Kigali city tour / safari trip.

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