Tour Duration: 09 Days / 08 Nights
This 9 days Rwanda Uganda combined safaritripoffers you the best opportunity to Visit the country’s key tourist attractions such as Kigali City, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Parc National des Volcans, Karisoke Research Centre, Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Lake Bunyonyi. This trip is one of the best primate safaris in Africa featuring gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking and golden monkey tracking.
Day 1: Arrivalat Kanombe International Airport, Kigali
You will be received by a representative from Africa Nature Trekkers and one of our drivers / safari guide at Kanombe International Airport who will welcome you and drive you to your respective accommodation in Kigali for lunch. After you will take a short city tour with in Kigali and visit places like the Genocide Memorial sites, Local African markets, handcraft shops, Pottery projects and so on.
Day 2: Drive to ParcNationale Des Volcanoes through Ruhengeri
You will be picked up from your Hotel in Kigali and be transferred to Volcanoes National Park in the Northwest of Rwanda. En route, you will have a good sightseeing view of the splendid Virunga Volcanoes. You will arrive at Ruhengeri late afternoon where you can go on a short tour with in Ruhengeri.
Day 3: Gorilla Trek&Burera, Ruhondo Lakes Tour
After a heavy breakfast, you will be led to the ORTPN head offices for registration and briefing on the Gorilla tracking rules as early as 7.30AM. After this, you will be allocated a Gorilla tracking group. This very exciting activity will take you through the Virunga mountainous forest on its slopes. An encounter with the gorillas is the highlight of any Rwanda tour. Time taken to encounter these gentle apes ranges between 2 to 8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas on that particular day. During the 1 hour of interacting with the great apes, you will get to know their behavior and feeding pattern. You can take as many pictures as you so wish. The activity so tiring so you are advised to go with your packed lunch. Return back to your lodge for relaxation.Late afternoon, you will take a tour to the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo to catch a glimpse of the stunning panoramic views of the volcanic mountains.
Day 4: Golden Monkey Tracking
After breakfast at the Lodge, you will go for Golden Monkey tracking within the Volcanoes National Park. These Golden Monkeys are the most endangered primates with in the forest. This activity will not take long like as it is when tracking the Gorillas. You will spend also less time with these primates. Return to your lodge for lunch after which you will either relax at the lodge or take a short community tour to the nearby towns and villages.
Day 5: Mountain Bisoke Hike
After a fully served breakfast early in the morning, you will gather at the park headquarters where you will meet your hiking guides. After a short briefing from them, you will then start on your hike on Mountain Bisoke. The hike to the top will only take 3 or 4 hours depending on the strength and fitness of the hikers. Upon reaching the top, you will then descend back and transfer to your hotel for relaxation.
Day 6: Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda
After breakfast, you will cross the Rwanda-Uganda border at Cyanika to Kisoro town. Upon arrival, you will go for a cave exploration adventure with in the Park.
Day 7: Gorilla Trekking
After breakfast, you will go for a second day gorilla tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. However, sometimes Gorillas may not be seen in this park because of their migration to Rwanda and Congo. Therefore on this day it’s not a guarantee that you will see the Gorillas.
Day 8: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
After a fully served breakfast, you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. Upon arrival, you will have a boat ride on the lake which will enable you explore the second deepest lakes in Africa. The boat ride will also give you a chance to visit the Pygmies on one of the Islands on the lake and this will enable you learn more about these short people of the Batwa Community.
Day 9: Transfer to Kigali – Departure
After breakfast, you will depart for Kigali. Upon arrival in the city, you will take a short city tour and visit places like the Genocide Memorial sites, Local African markets, handcraft shops, shopping malls for simple shopping and many more. Later you will be transferred to the Airport for your flight back home.
End of Tour
This safari trip is a proposal itinerary that can be gladly customized to suit any personal changes, times, dates and other specifications.