7 Days Primates safari Uganda Rwanda starting from Kigali crossing into Uganda for Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale national park the primates capital of East Africa and back to Kigali for mountain gorilla trekking. This tour starts and ends in Kigali.
To cut on drive time, from Kigali to Kibale national park Uganda, its most advisable to begin safari from Uganda Kampala and end from Kigali.
Day 1: Pick Up – Transfer to Kibale National park
Arrival and pick up by our company tour guide at the Kigali international airport or from your hotel early morning. With your tour guide drive crossing into Uganda to Kibale national park. The drive will take approximately 5 hours driving through the scenic Ugandan country side. Dinner and overnight at Crater Lodge (luxury) , Primates Lodge Kibale (Midrange) / Chimpanzee Guest House (budget)
Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP
Set off early morning after a quick cup of coffee and set off to assemble at the Kibale park head quarters by 7:00 am for briefing on chimps tracking. Enter the forest in search for chimps. The search can go upto 4 hours . Return to your hotel for lunch and after which headout for a community visit to the Bigodi swamp for bird watching after which transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge(Luxury), Ihamba Lodge (Midrange) Enganzi Lodge (mid/ Budget)
Day 3: Game drive and boat cruise
Set off quite early today with packed breakfast for your game drive taking you the Kasenyi plains of the park to catch the early risers before they get back to their hideout. Wildlife to spot include hippos, buffaloes, hartebeests, leopard, lions and a large number of bird species. Return to your lodge for lunch and later headout for a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel. Later return to your lodge for Dinner and overnight at hotel of Day 2.
Day 4: Transfer to Volcanoes national Park
Wake up to a worm breakfast at your hotel and get ready for a long drive to Rwanda, and Volcanoes national park. The drive will take you through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth, where you will view tree climbing and continue your journey crossing into Rwanda driving to Volcanoes national park – home of the rare endangered mountain gorillas. Dinner and Overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Midrange), Muhabura Hotel (Basic)
Day 4: Gorilla Trekking – Ibyiwacu cultural village
Wake up early for a quick cup of coffee at your hotel and with a packed snuck from your hotel, drive to the Kinigi park headquarters for briefing about gorilla trekking do’s and don’ts. These are important rules set to protect the health of both visitors and mountain gorillas. You have a chance to decide to go for a hard, medium or simple trek depending on your physical ability.
Trekking for gorilla in Rwanda usually last 2 – 7 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. A head guide will escort you into the forest plus an armed guard in search for your gorilla group. Once you meet the gorillas, you are allowed 1 hour with the gentle giants. After trekking descend back to the park head offices where you will meet you guide to drive you to your hotel for lunch. In the evening, go out for a cultural experience at the Ibyiwacu cultural village.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel of Day 4
Day 5: Golden Monkey tracking / Dian Fossey Hike – Visit Twin Lakes of Burera & Ruhondo
Just Like Trekking for gorillas, golden monkey tracking and Dian Fossey tomb hike takes place at volcanoes national park, starting with briefing at the Kinigi headquarters and then driving to the trekking head trail where you begin your hike. Return to your hotel for lunch and in the afternoon headout to visit musanze’s twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Dinner and overnight at Hotel of day 3
Day 6: Transfer to Lake Kivu – Boat Ride
Today you will transfer to Gisenyi Lake Kivu – Rwanda’s larges fresh water lake. With a cup of coffee at your hotel set off for Gisenyi with en route visit to the Gisenyi genocide memorial site reaching lake Kivu in time for lunch. After Lunch have an afternoon boat ride along lake Kivu touring its islands. Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena hotel (Luxury)/ Palm gardens resort (Deluxe)/ Paradise Marahide (Budget)
Day 7: Transfer to Kigali for city tour – Departure
With a hot cup of coffee at your hotel, be ready to set off to Kigali for a city tour before departure, visiting the Gisozi genocide memorial and other outstanding attractions around and later head to the airport for departure.
End of Tour