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ITINERARY for Tour to Gorillas, Game, Culture and Launch cruises in Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Arrive. Meet, greet and transfer to your hotel to check-in. Half day tours in Bujumbura, to visit the Snake & Culture Museum; the Islam Culture Centre; City Hall; President’s Office and the main attraction of the City: Lake Tanganyika. Dinner and overnight at Club du Lac Tanganyika Hotel for luxury on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
EITHER visit Kibira Forest National Park, for a guided nature walk in this park of few animals species. Time permitting, visit the Explorers Memorial, a huge rock in the Suburbs of Bujumbura commemorating the meeting between explorers Livingston and Stanley in 1871.
OR Visit the Source of the River Nile at Rutovu. Dinner and overnight at Club du Lac Tanganyika Hotel for luxury on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
Drive eastwards to Kigali in Rwanda. Drive through hills and turns, continuing to the border with Rwanda and on to Butare. Lunch while there and visit the Botanical Gardens and a cultural museum.
Arrive late afternoon. [Approximate driving time: 4 hours] Overnight at Kigali Hotel des Mille Collines for mid range.
Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, is an attractive city spread over many hills for which Rwanda is well known. The City has a pleasant, buoyant air and its people are some of the friendliest in the world. The markets, the handicraft shops and the genocide sites are some of the main places of interest. The range of hotels and restaurants is steadily increasing. Time permitting, visit the Nyabugogo market, the Moslem quarter in Nyamirambo, the Franco-Rwanda cultural centre and a genocide memorial.
In the afternoon, drive the two hours North of Kigali to Kinigi via Ruhengeri. Enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known. [Approximate driving time: 4 hours] Overnight at the Sabinyo Silverback Lodge for luxury or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for mid range (FB)
In Parc National des Volcans: Either go gorilla tracking (on payment of US$750 gorilla permit supplement at time of booking) Track the golden monkeys or climb the awesome Visoke volcano, or trek to Karisoke Research Centre which was set up by the famous primatologist Dian Fossey, or visit local communities. After lunch, cross into Uganda Overnight at the Gorilla Forest Camp for luxury or Silverback Lodge for mid range.
Go gorilla tracking (subject to availability of gorilla permits at time of booking), carrying a packed lunch. You will be accompanied by a guide and porters who will carry your shoulder pack for you. You will then set off to the thick forest in search of gorillas. The terrain can be difficult, with steep slopes covered in dense vegetation that gives the park its name. In addition, the altitude of 5200 feet and more means participants do need to be physically fit.
The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 8-9 hours before one returns to camp. Difficulty, however, is not impossibility and coming face to face with the great primates is well worth it! Overnight at the Gorilla Forest Camp for luxury or Silverback Lodge for mid range.
Leave for Mweya in Queen Elizabeth National Park, stopping at Kanaba Gap to view the spectacular Virunga volcanoes and eye-catching terraced hills. Continue directly to Mweya. We may drive via Ishasha, weather conditions permitting – where you may see tree-climbing lion – or drive through farmland to Mweya. The magnificent Queen Elizabeth National Park, in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, is centered around Lake Edward, Lake George and the Kazinga channel, a waterway linking the two lakes rich in wildlife and birds. The Rwenzori Mountains act as a stunning backdrop. The park’s vegetation varies from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows, savannah, crater lakes and swamps.
Over 500 bird species are present, including the shoebill stork, the black bee-eater, 11 different species of kingfisher and several falcons, eagles and flamingos. The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel is rich in game, especially hippo, buffalo, elephant and a vast array of birds. In the Kyambura Gorge, chimpanzees tracking. Around Ishasha, go on the hunt for the famous tree-climbing lions which lounge nonchalantly in the upper branches of old fig trees. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge for luxury or Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge on mid range on F/B.
Early morning game drive. A boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel is a rewarding experience. Evening game drive. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge for luxury or Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge on mid range on F/B.
Leave for Semliki National Park, passing via the Rwenzoris, or “Mountains of The Moon” as they are sometimes called. Visit the hot springs and do a game safari in the park. Picnic lunch in the forest. Visit the pygmies village in the evening Overnight at Kyaninga Lodge for luxury or Chimpanzee forest guest house for mid range on a Full Board basis.
A guided nature walk in Kibale Forest, which has the highest number of primates in Africa – including red, black and white colobus, blue monkeys and baboons and a large number of chimpanzees. A chimpanzee walk provides a high possibility of seeing and hearing the noisy chimps and other primates playing around through the forest. Birdlife is also fabulous, with over 300 species recorded in the forest.
An afternoon walk in Bigodi wetland gives the opportunity of seeing the unusual birds, baboons, chimps and other primates which live around the swamp. Overnight at Kyaninga Lodge for luxury or Chimpanzee forest guest house for mid range on a Full Board basis.
Take the long drive from Kibale, through Hoima with Lake Albert in the distance. Reach Masindi in the afternoon. Overnight Masindi Hotel on a Full Board basis.
The meandering Victoria Nile and the dramatic Murchison Falls make this National Park, the biggest in the country, a stunning beautiful home for wildlife. The park is also associated with many of nineteenth century explorers searching for the white water. The terrain is dominated by rolling savannah and tall grassland, with thick bush and woodlands in the higher and wetter areas, and closed canopy forest in the Rabongo area.
The highlight of the park is the Murchison Falls, where the 50 metre wide Nile is forced through a narrow cleft in the rocks, dropping down with a thundering roar and a beautiful rainbow. The three-hour launch trip to the bottom of the Falls is unforgettable, both to experience this mighty river and to see the wildlife and birds that bask on its banks. Experience the mighty River Nile thundering down a narrow opening…. go in search of the park’s big game and birds. Overnight Paraa Safari Lodge for luxury or Murchision River Lodge for mid range on a Full Board basis.
An early morning game viewing north of the Nile. Launch trip to the bottom of the mighty exciting Falls, with crocodiles, hippos and a vast array of birds including the rare Shoebill stork, lounging on the banks of the Nile. Evening game drive. Overnight Paraa Safari Lodge for luxury or Murchision River Lodge for mid range on a Full Board basis.
Leave for Kampala through Luweero, passing through a huge expanse of green and pleasant land. Arrive late afternoon in Kampala and visit the craft centre for some artifacts. Overnight at Hotel Africana or Cassia Lodge on bed and breakfast.
Kampala, the capital of Uganda, is spread over a number of green hills and takes its name from Kasozi Kampala, “the hill of antelopes”. The city grew around the court of the Kabaka (king) of Buganda with British colonial officials settling on adjoining hills. It is a charming green city, with its many gardens and attractive views of the surrounding countryside and Lake Victoria. There is a wide range of hotels and restaurants. The Kasubi Tombs – the traditional royal tombs of the Kabakas of Buganda – are a fine example of Ganda architecture. Then there are the colorful Nakasero fruit and vegetable market, the general goods market and the crafts market. There are a number of interesting buildings in the city, including the buildings that housed the colonial administration, the Parliament, the museum and buildings of different religious faiths and the Namugongo Martyrs’ Shrine, where 22 martyrs were burnt alive in the late 19th century. Other interesting places include: The Baha’i’ Temple – the only one in Africa; and Kabaka’s man-made Lake in Rubaga. Barkcloth, basket ware, pottery, gourds, kikoi cloth, carving, traditional weapons and musical instruments are some of the souvenirs available for purchase.
EXCURSION ITINERARY: The Parliament, the museum and buildings of different religious faiths, the Namugongo Martyrs’ Shrine, the colourful markets, Bahai Temple and the Kasubi tombs are the main places of interest. Traditional crafts can be bought. There is a wide range of hotels, restaurants and leisure centers. Overnight at Hotel Africana or Cassia Lodge on bed and breakfast.
Transfer to Entebbe airport for departure depending on the flight time.