11 Days Uganda-Rwanda Budget Safari
At Kjong Uganda Safaris we always think more than just a safari. Our 11 days Budget safari experience of Uganda and Rwanda gives not only visitors a high interaction with wildlife but also gives you a memorable experience of 2 times Gorilla trek in Uganda & Rwanda, An overnight experience at the Chimpanzee Sanctuary at Ngamba Islands learning how the chimps spend their days, visiting Uganda’s best park, where all the big game can be seen in abundance and spending an hour in awe watching the Gorillas go about their activities and more fun is expected
Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport
Upon arrival at Entebbe airport, and transfer by Kjong Safaris representative to Entebbe Airport Guest House (Budget Facility) depending on your arrival time for overnight and Dinner Meal plan: Dinner
Day 2: Ngamba Island Visit
After breakfast we will head out to waterfront club jetty located on Lake Victoria to catch a boat to Ngamba Island 23kms from Entebbe town. On our way we will cross The Ugandan Equator on Lake Victoria where the captain will make a stop to take pictures and swimming (optional).
At the island you will be welcomed by your guide and check in at an East African style Tented Camp on the island overlooking Lake Victoria with en-suite bathroom facilities and solar lighting. Later you will view the chimpanzees feeding at a very close distance on a raised platform where you will observe the chimpanzee behaviours as they eat, play and rest.
In the afternoon, you will participate in the caregiver activity where you will participate in the behind the scenes activities as you prepare the chimp food and feed them through throwing the food to them as you watch out for behaviours, chimp features to enable you recognize at least one chimpanzee at the island. In the evening, as the day ends join us for an exclusive sunset cruise as you enjoy the unique view of fishermen casting their nets, fishing villages as they wind down the day and of course the golden circular site of nature’s eye going to sleep. As you sip away on cold drinks in a romantic bliss. Overnight at Ngamba Island Tented Camp Meal Plan B-L-D
Day 3: Ngamba Island-Kibale NP
Have an early morning cup of tea/coffee then you will proceed to the forest where you will learn about the rich ecosystems and abundant life of the 95 acre rain jungle. You will learn how the chimps spend their days, what they eat in the wild, how they hunt by following their trails in the forest. You will also be treated to sights of different plants, tree species and over 120 bird’s species. Ngamba cave where you will get to learn about its history and why it was chosen a home for the 49 chimpanzees.
Later depart for Entebbe where you will meet your driver guide and take the beautiful drive through papyrus swamps and thick jungle of the Nile Delta to Kibale National Park just under the Ruwenzori Mountains. Afternoon guided walk in the crater lakes area of the park for outstanding cultural visit. Meals and overnight at Chimpanzee Guest House (Budget Facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4: Kibale Chimpanzee-Queen Elizabeth NP
Early morning trek for chimpanzees. Kibale is the best reserve in Africa to view chimps, a thick jungle with a towering canopy. In the afternoon, drive to the south into Queen Elizabeth National Park, sightseeing and game viewing enroute. Dinner and overnight at Bush Lodge (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth Park
An early morning game drive in Uganda’s best park, where all the big game can be seen in abundance. Famous for elephant and Kob, expect to see some rarer animals like giant forest hog. There are 638 recorded bird species in the park! After lunch, enjoy a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes Edward and George, for large numbers of buffalo and hippo. Dinner and overnight at Bush Lodge (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth NP-Bwindi
Rise very early with your packed lunch take on a morning game drive to catch-up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will most likely meet grazing Hippos, Elephants, and Lions, spotted Hyenas, bush buck, water buck, stripped jackal, comical warthogs and the elusive leopard. Proceed to Ishasha. Drive along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savannah grasses and acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Ishasha sector where you will take on yet another game drive in search of tree climbing lions in the afternoon. The journey takes about 2 hours but driving through interesting features. Arrive Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas. Apart from gorillas, there are a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it. Dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Bandas (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7: Bwindi Gorilla Tracking
After breakfast set off early with guides to track the gorillas. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each gorilla safari encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magnificent green swathe of dense rain forest, so ancient that survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas – believed to number just 720. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together.
Time permitting, spend the afternoon on a community foot safari to explore the life style of the people living and surrounding the park. Return to camp exhilarated to relieve the encounter with friends over a drink. Dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Bandas (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8: Bwindi – Rwanda
After breakfast, drive to Rwanda as you enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known to Ruhengere via Musanze with a community or village walk. Thereafter drive by the lakes (Ruhondo and Mutera) arriving at Parc Volcanoes in the afternoon. The evening is spent on sightseeing and relaxing around the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at Kinigi Guest House (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9: Rwanda Gorilla Trekking
After a briefing from your guide set off to track the gorillas. Spend an hour in awe watching the Gorillas go about their activities. You are likely to enjoy close views of adults feeding, grooming and resting as youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display. Dinner and overnight stay at Kinigi Guest House (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10: Rwanda Golden Monkey Trek
In Parc National des Volcano go track the golden monkeys and the afternoon simply relax at Camp. Dinner and overnight stay at Kinigi Guest House (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11: Parc Volcano –Kigali Out
After breakfast, drive to Kigali city for an opportunity to have a City tour. This includes a visit to a genocide memorial. Traditional crafts can be bought. Transfer to airport for your flight. End of service Meal plan B & L End of Service
The Safari package includes:-
– Airport Transfers
– 2 Gorilla Permits 1 in Uganda and 1 in Rwanda.
– All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
– All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 Land Cruiser.
– Park entrance fees.
– Crater walk
– Ngamba Island visit
– Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
– Water, coffee or Tea while on safari.
– All boat trips.
– All game drives.
– All activities at stipulated in the itinerary.
– Chimpanzee trekking Kibale
– All government taxes/levies.
– Community walk Bwindi
– Hike to the top of the falls
– Ferry crossing fees
– Crater walk
– Enroute Lunches
– Golden Monkey Trek
– Border Crossing fees
– Kigali City Tour
The package excludes: expenses of personal nature like: Visa to Uganda and Rwanda, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, tobacco and any other program not mentioned herein the safari program.
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