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Your Uganda – Rwanda adventure safari takes you to Nyungwe forest National Park famous for its canopy walk and the chimpanzee trekking, the cultural tours in Butare National Museum and the Nyanza palace, the remarkable Congo – Nile divide trail exploration, the water adventures on Lake Kivu, the gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, the Sabyinyo Volcano Climbing, the Island hopping on Lake Bunyonyi, night game drive and walking safari in Lake Mburo and the white water rafting and bungee jumping along the Nile in Jinja.
Kigali International Airport
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Your 10 days Uganda – Rwanda adventure safari will include;
After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park 268 km about 6 hours’ drive passing through the lush countryside landscapes of southern Rwanda. You have a stop in Butare to visit the Ethnographic Museum which is the largest Museum in Rwanda with over 100,000 artifacts that bring out the history and traditions of Rwanda in detail.
After this encounter, you embark on the tour to the Nyanza palace which is a Royal home to the two Kings of Rwanda namely King Musinga and his successor King Rudahigwa. The impressively build Kinyarwanda hut whose architecture dates back to the times of these Kings. There are also the traditional Inyambo Cows with their beautiful horns and can make a considerable parade. Retreat from the activities in Butare and embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, connect to the Park headquarters for briefing at 8am local time before heading to the forest in search of common Chimpanzees. The forest of Nyungwe is considered as the largest montane forest in the region and is a rich habitat to 310 Species of birds, over 75 mammal Species, 13 Species of Primates of which common Chimpanzees are among along with counts of butterflies, impressive trees and beautiful orchids.
The chimp trek tend to last 2 – 5 hours inclusive of one hour direct encounter with the chimps. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation an lunch. In the afternoon, you connect at Uwinka Visitor Center to embark on the afternoon Nyungwe canopy walk.
After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) 294km about 7 – 8 hours’ drive driving along the Congo Nile divide with magical sceneries of the water catchment area for these two prominent rivers arising from the heart of Africa. The day long transfer involves getting out of your vehicles and trek for some distance enjoying the thrill of this beautiful landscape on foot. The views of Lake Kivu and the resorttowns of Kibuye and Cyangungu before approaching Nyungwe forest are rewarding. Retire for dinner and overnight.
After a thrilling breakfast on the cool morning hours at Lake Kivu, you embark on the adventure exploration on this gigantic lake – the largest in Rwanda. You have various adventure activity options to engage in ranging from Kayaking to Wind Surfing, Catamaran along with Jet Ski that allows you to explore the waters of Lake Kivu in detail. Retreat from the lake experience and embark on the drive to Volcanoes National Park 10 km about 2 hours’ drive arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
The earlier arrival offers you an opportunity to explore the traditional Kinyarwanda performance and the hot cup of Rwandan coffee all presented at a zero cost. You traverse the jungle full of lush flora, counts of birds (178 species) and the forest animals like duikers. The one magical hour with the gorillas presents a lifetime moment of re-uniting with your long lost cousins.
You enjoy them as they forage, the silver-back demonstrating its might, the young ones socializing, the female caring for the young and the entire group spread across the forest gathering their nutritious diet provided naturally in their ancient habitat. Retreat from the activity which tends to last 2 – 8 hours according to the movements of mountain gorillas and embark on the drive to Uganda (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park) 68 km about 3 hours’ drive crossing at the Chanika border passing along the magical Virunga massif with fascinating scenery before approaching Kisoro and Mgahinga for relaxation.
After breakfast, gather at Ntebeko visitor center to embark on the Sabyinyo Volcano hike 3,669 m above sea level lasting about eight hours to cover the 14 km round trip. The hike to the Sabyinyo Volcano follows an impressive scenic landscape with the views of the gorge and the forested landscapes. The summit is rather rugged with a swamp filled crater that presents magical hiking encounters as you move from one peak to another offering the views of the surrounding area and beyond. Retreat from the climb to mark the end of the encounter.
After a calm breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi 73 km from Rushaga and 80 km about 2 hours’ drive from Mgahinga passing through the fascinating Kigezi highlands and upon arrival, you embark on the Island hopping experience exploring the main Islands of Lake Bunyonyi including Bwama Njuyera, the Bushara Island, Akampane, and the Bucuranuka.
The boat cruise on this second deepest lake in Africa as you connect to the corresponding Islands is also rewarding. The Island communities have got impressive traditions which can be explored along with local schools where you get the opportunity to explore the life of the Islanders.
After a tranquil breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Mburo National Park 199 km about 5 – 6 hours’ drive. You drive through impressive countryside landscapes of south western Uganda before approaching Mbarara town – the largest in the sub region 45 km to Lake Mburo. You drive further for 12 km to make a traditional lunch at Igongo Cultural Center after which you will connect to Lake Mburo National Park to check in at the lodge and settle for short relaxation and dinner.
At 7 pm, you embark on the night game drive in the savannah landscapes of Lake Mburo National Park with possibilities of exploring nocturnal Species including hare, porcupine, Aardvack, white-tailedmongoose, honey badger, and side – stripped jackal, bush pig, spotted hyena, serval cat, jenet cat, civet, thick – tailed Galago and black galago. You also have chances of viewing the day hunters and grazers having in a night rest. Retire for overnight.
After your early morning breakfast at 6:00 am, you will undertake a 2 hour nature walk-the most interesting game walks in the country that will expose you to various species of primates, birds, antelopes like elands, waterbucks, Impala, Topis, Bush buck, Klipspringer among others, buffaloes, Rothschild giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, wart hogs among other species not forgetting the beautiful savannah landscape dotted with great acacia.
Retreat from the activity which may last 3 hours and embark on the transfer to the country’s capital Kampala, before making a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for magical photo shoots where one leg can be placed in north sphere and the other remains in the south. You arrive in Kampala in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Transfer to Jinja early in the morning 80 km about 2 hours’ drive from Kampala to catch up with the white water rafting on the famous Nile River, the longest on the African continent and the world at large. You get to you rafts with the team of expert guides to traverse the speedy waters clashing the ancient rapids to produce a plume of spray and powerful waves that hit you ruthlessly after encountering you on their way.
Retreat from the half day rafting experience and connect to the bungee jumping site an afternoon bungee jumping experience. You are tied with the latex rubber in the ankles that allows you to slope for over 44 m down the waters of the Nile from the cliff safely. You enjoy the great adventure with the wind rushing through your air, the views of the cliff and the views of the sky which combine to generate lasting experience.