21 Days Best of Uganda and Rwanda Adventure Safari

This 21 – day safari offers unforgettable and thrilling experiences taking you to most sought after destinations in Uganda and Rwanda. You will get to meet the chimpanzees and gorillas in their natural habitats as well as enjoy adrenaline thumping experiences while rafting over the white waters of the Nile River. You also visit two of the most popular Rwandans parks, including a visit to and Lake Kivu. The safari will give you a taste of the local lives from regular local communities’ encounters. You will have an opportunity to sample local African and other continental cuisines. Our safari driver guide has vast experience and knowledge to help you enjoy this safari to the fullest.

Day 1: Pickup from Airport and Transfer to hotel

The driver/guide or company representative will pick you up from Entebbe airport upon arrival and transfer you to your booked accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal Plan: Dinner

Day 2: Drive to Jinja

Today you will be picked up from your hotel at 6:00 am and transferred to Jinja for your day on a white water rafting adventure. Jinja rests on the shores of Lake Victoria, approximately 3 hours East of Kampala. This is historically the source of river Nile. It is also a world renowned adrenaline capital. Here you not only enjoy peaceful sunsets but also birdlife and tranquility. There are lots of activities to partake in here such as white-water rafting, kayaking, tubing, quad-biking mountain biking and horse riding. You can as well choose to go with a full day white water rafting. Once done, the safari driver guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 3: Drive to Sipi Falls

After breakfast, You will start off with a morning boat cruise along the Nile to the source, enjoying the awesome scenery and variety of bird species who call that part of the Nile home. You will then be driven through North Eastern Uganda, to the slopes of Mt Elgon. The aim here is to get you to 1800m above sea level, the site of the Sipi Falls. The serenity and tranquility of this area is spectacular and hosts a series of waterfalls (some nearly 100m high). It is easily accessible via village walking trails by lush green coffee plantations dotting the hills. The temperatures here are cooler than other parts of Uganda. Coffee tours and community visits are some of the activities you can enjoy besides breathtaking hikes. Your lunch will be enroute at Mbale town, before proceeding to check – in to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal Plan: Full board

4: Sipi Falls Hike

This is full of spectacular views and surprises. Sipi River flows along the slopes of Mount Elgon, leaving a series of waterfalls that culminate in a breathtaking drop surrounded picturesque walking tracks and lush green hills on the background. You can opt for a 3hr or 7hrs hike. You will be accompanied by a local guide. You can opt to go for the nature and waterfall or combine with visits to tea plantations all together to spice the experience. Along the way you will enjoy brearthtaking sights of waterfalls, plantations and caves. There is a likelihood of coming across awesome local waving and greeting you ‘Jambo!’ with beaming smiles. You will return from the hike for have lunch. After lunch we will drive to Moroto for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 5: Village walks and visit the traditional “Kraal”

After breakfast, we will take a walk to explore the authentic and amazing culture of the Karamajong. Here we will get to see the likes Karamoja, an area in North Eastern Uganda to experience their traditional ways of life. You will also get an opportunity to take a nature walk and enjoy the scenic valley of Mt. Moroto. We will set camp at a traditional village of the So Tepeth mountain people before heading to visit the local traditional Karamajong Kraals also known as the Manyattas.

A Kraal is basically a village made out of huts surrounded by fences made of wood and thorns. These are built to protect cattle from theft by rival tribes and wild animals. Some of the Kraals are permanent and others temporarily because the community is nomadic.

The Karamajong’s lifestyle is relatively related to the Maasai community of Kenya. Later you will return for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 6: Drive to Kidepo Valley National Park

In the morning grab an opportunity to experience Karamojong daily chores like how they milk their cows. Then you will be a transfered to Kidepo Valley National park – a 5 hours’ drive. Kidepo Valley National Park is strategically tucked between Uganda’s borders with South Sudan and Kenya. It is a naturally authentic and very rewarding journey with beautiful sceneries along the way. You’ll begin an afternoon game drive in the wild Narus valley popular with herds of elephants & buffalos and regular sights of lions and leopards amongst the rocks. The experience here is authentic and natural. The land here is natural and virgin.

The Karamajong and Ike tribes here have their traditions and ways of life still intact. Birding is also popular here with regular sighting of Ostriches and Kori bustard.

Accommodation: Lodge / Camp

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 7: Wild Game drive & foot safari

After breakfast, we will head for a nature walk. Kidepo Valley national park is one of the few parks in Uganda you can do walking safaris. On your walk will be an armed ranger joining for your safety reasons. By this you will enjoy wildlife up-close. Some sights include Buffalo, waterbuck, giraffe, warthog, zebra, bush-buck and baboons along numerous bird species. The guide will help you identify birds, insects, trees, animal droppings, plants and their medicinal values.

Again in the afternoon you take another game. The savannah is vast and surrounded by mountains and rocky ridges. It hosts 475 bird species and big game comprising of over 80 mammal species. 28 of these were not known to occur (or very rarely) in any other Ugandan park. Examples are the; ostriches, zebras, bat-eared foxes, aardwolves, caracals, cheetahs, and greater and lesser kudus. Kidepo Valley National Park is one of Africa’s finest wildernesses ranked number 3 on the CNN list of best national parks in Africa.

Accommodation: Lodge / Camp

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 8: Kidepo To Murchison Falls National Park

Today we will drive to Murchison Falls National Park. The park is one of the oldest and happens to be the most visited conservation areas in Uganda. This is a long rewarding journey cutting across the beautiful Uganda countryside.

Murchison Falls National Park is famous for Murchison Waterfall and numerous wildlife. Besides game viewing you can also indulge in a boat safari. The park has amazing elephants herds, giraffes, lions, antelope, waterbucks, buffaloes, hippos and crocodiles. Game drives take place on the northern section reachable by a ferry across the river.

Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel.

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 9: Game drive and Boat cruise along the Nile

After an early morning breakfast, you will enjoy the park in detail. During the game drive try to spot elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds. A professional ranger with extensive skill and knowledge of the park will be with you. After lunch enjoy a 2-hour boat safari heading for Murchison Falls. For adherent hikers, the boat can drop you near the waterfalls and hike to the top. The hike takes roughly an hour. The sights are stunning.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 10: Murchison to Kibale Forest

After breakfast, undertake a journey to Kibale Forest. You will go on a scenic drive via tea plantations and lush green countryside.
Kibale Forest National Park is located on the edge of Fort Portal. Fort Portal is a colonial tow surrounded by a dense tropical rain forest. Besides Chimpanzees, this park hosts about 13 primate species. Several types of monkeys here include red colobus, black and white colobus, red tailed monkey, olive baboon, the blue monkey and l’hoest’s monkeys.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 11: Chimpanzee Trekking & Swamp Walk

After breakfast, head to the visitors center for a short brief regarding the trek. Kibale forest has over 1450 chimpanzees with over 120 habituated individuals.. The trek takes between 2 to 4 hrs. Once you find the chimps, you will be accorded one hour to interact with them and take pictures. After the trek you will head for lunch. After lunch take a swamp walk at Bigodi bird sanctuary. The sanctuary hosts a number of bird species and primates. Later, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 12: Visit Semuliki National Park and Amabeere Caves

After breakfast, we will head to a birding paradise that is also home to beautiful hotsprings – Semuliki National Park. You will then take a brief nature walk and before driving to Fort Portal for lunch at Fort Motel. Afrter lunch, we will head to Amabeere caves, hosting an amazing historical past. Here you will also experience beautiful waterfalls before later driving back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 13: Drive to Queen Elizabeth for a boat ride

After breakfast, head to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is joined by Lake Gorge and Edward with Kazinga channel. Here you will go on a game drive and boat trip to view wildlife and numerous bird. After lunch you will proceed for boat ride along the Kainga channel home to the largest number of hippos in the world. The boat ride takes 2 to 3 hours. Among the animals to spot while on this ride are; nile crocodiles, hippos, elephants, buffaloes and much more. You will exit on a brief game drive on your way to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 14: Chimpanzees & tree climbing lions

After an early morning breakfast, head on a hike to Kyambura gorge; a gem on the eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is also referred to as the “Valley of Apes.” It is rich in wildlife bio-diversity, hosts a family of 16 chimpanzees and numerous bird species. The views here are picturesque. Hiking through the gorge you get to see red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus, baboons and vervet monkeys. The green-riverine forest hosts many birds as well.
After the hike you will head on for a 2hrs drive to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is home to the Tree-climbing lions. The park offers stunning and breathtaking views.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 15: Drive to Bwindi

After breakfast, you will exit the park on game drive, cutting through a backdrop of the rolling hills and beautiful countryside, to Bwindi. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest hosts half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla. The drive will take 6 to 8 hours. You will have lunch en-route, dinner and overnight stay will be at the lodge.

Accommodation:  Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 16: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest

After breakfast, you will head on to the jungle for the trek. The trek starts with a short briefing at the park headquarters. You lunch and soft drinks will be packed. This forest draws its history from over 25,000 years back surviving the last Ice Age. The diversity of flora and fauna is incredibly awesome. Half of the world’s mountain gorillas live here. It also hosts 5 other primate species, 120 mammal species, over 220 butterflies and 360 birds species. This gorilla safari is tasking and requires a reasonable degree of fitness. In the safari walking shoes come in handy. You will also enjoy packed food and mineral water. Insect repellent, sun screen and a hat are recommended. The tracking of the gorillas takes approximately half or whole day depending on the day’s dispersal of these primates. After the trek, you will return to your lodge for lunch. Later drive to Lake Bunyonyi. Here you will enjoy the splendid beauty of the lake that hosts numerous islands and a number of bird species. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 17: Bwindi – Musanze Volcanoes 

After breakfast at your lodge, you will head for a canoe ride to Lake Buyonyi exploring the beauty and magnificent views of this amazing lake. You will then head to Musanze – Volcanoes through Cyanika boarder enjoying the beautiful views of backdrops of the rolling hills and a number of stopovers along way for photography. Musanze is near Volcanoes national park and hosts a number of lodges. Volcanoes national park is home to mountain gorillas and shy golden monkeys. After lunch take an optional visit to Iby’ Iwacu cultural village, to enjoy Ugandan culture and traditions or alternatively relax at the lodge pool side. Dinner and overnight stay at lodge.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 18: Golden Monkey Trekking at Volcanoes

After an early morning breakfast, prepare for the golden monkey trekking. It starts with a briefing at the park headquarters. The trek is epic and less strenuous than the gorilla one. After the trek you will return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will drive to Gisenyi which lies on the shores of Lake Kivu. The rest of the day will be spent relaxing at the lodge. Diner and overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 19: Drive to Nyungewe Forest NP (Canopy walk)

You will have an early morning breakfast and checkout then drive to the western province cutting across the with beautiful countryside. Here you will undertake a Canopy walk. The wark is usually on an elevated platform enabling you spot primates at a far. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 20: Drive to Kigali.

After breakfast, we will drive to Kigali. There will be a number of stopovers to visit a tea plantation and museums; The King Palace museum and Ethnographic museum. The lunch will be en-route. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 21: Kigali City tour and airport transfer

After breakfast, you will checkout and we will head to Kigali for a city tour. Here you will explore the beautiful and cleanest city in Africa. You will visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Ground, a resting place for the 1994 genocide victims. From here you will head for lunch. After lunch, you will visit some art galleries and local market. You will then be transferred to the airport to catch a flight home or to your onward destination. This being one of the best and extensive safaris, you will carry with you beautiful memories and stunning experiences of Uganda and Africa in general. We hope you enjoy the safari to the maximum and recommend your families and friends.

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This package includes:

  • All airport transfers
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • 1 Gorilla permits, ($600) per person to be paid in advance
  • Chimpanzee permits
  • Golden monkey permit
  • Museum visits
  • En-route lunches
  • Foot safaris
  • Visit to hot springs
  • Visit to Amabeere caves
  • Hike to top of falls
  • Boat cruise
  • Local canoe ride
  • White water rafting
  • Sippi falls hike
  • Canopy walk
  • Kigali city tour
  • Visit to local market
  • Bigodi nature walk
  • Game drives at listed in the itinerary
  • Visit to Kigali genocide memorial ground
  • Community tours
  • Park entrance fees
  • Services of English speaking driver/guide.
  • Excursions as listed in itinerary
  • 1 liter bottle of mineral water per day per person during safari

The package excludes:

  • Air Fare
  • Visa
  • Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips To Local Guides
  • Telephone
  • Porter Fee While Trekking
  • Personal Insurance
  • Personal Shopping Bills And Cigars.